19.07.2024: I am very happy to announce that my successor, Dr. Alice Claßen, has officially accepted the position as Professor of Animal Ecology. She will start at the beginning of 2025 and move to the new BIOM building. A warm welcome, Alice!

15.07.2024: Welcome back to Dr. Mazi Sanda, Université of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon. He will stay with us until mid December and work on Collembola ecotoxicology in relation to environmental stressors.

31.03.2024: Juliane Filser officially retired but will continue managing the group and being involved in some teaching.

03.01.2024: recently published:Global fine-resolution data on springtail abundance and community structure | Scientific Data (

29.08.2023: Professor:in (w/m/d) für das Fachgebiet Tierökologie Fachbereich 2 - Biologie / Chemie -->

22.08.2023: Extracting DNA from soil or directly from isolated nematodes indicate dissimilar community structure for Europe-wide forest soils

27.04.2023: Campuspreis
Henry Spencer Badet IV was one of the nominees for the "Campus Award". The "Campus Preis - Forschen für nachhaltige Zukunft" is awarded by the university's trust foundation "Kellner & Stoll Stiftung für Klima und Umwelt". Spencer (Picture: in white shirt in the middle) had completed his Master Thesis on "Soil properties and microbial activity in three different farming systems on gleysols in northwestern Germany" in our group in 2022.

09.02.2023: Warburg!
Another long-term project was finished today: the showcase with our oldtimer, the Warburg apparatus dating back from the first years of the university. Former technician Ute Uebers came to help with the details, and from now on the instrument decorates the entrance of the UFT building.

08.02.2023: Global Collembola
It's been a long way, and today finally we're happy to share this article:

30.01.2023: On February 2, 2023 Juliane Filser will be one of the panelists in this online event on women in Science:

05.12.2022: UPSI! Hardworking Antje Siol managed to acquire yet another research project, dealing with indoor pollution by persistent substances - Forschung - Universität Bremen (

21.11.2022: Recently published: Urbanization decreases species richness, and increases abundance in dry climates whereas decreases in wet climates: A global meta-analysis

14.11.2022: New topics for BSc/MSc research projects and theses! - OFFENE THEMEN - Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten - Universität Bremen (

20.10.2022: Recently published: Global distribution of soil fauna functional groups and their estimated litter consumption across biomes

20.09.2022: Recently published: Clay Types Modulate the Toxicity of Low Concentrated Copper Oxide Nanoparticles Toward Springtails in Artificial Test Soils

01.09.2022: Today Dr. Borbála Szabo from the Institute of Ecology and Botany at the Centre for Ecological Research in Budapest, Hungary, joined our group. In the next two years she will study "Extreme climate events modifying the effects of pesticides on Folsomia candida (Collembola)" - a research fellowship financed by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation and ideally complementing our ongoing research. Good success, and a very warm welcome!

27.08.2022: „Der Boden ist ein ganz natürlicher Filter für Schadstoffe fast aller Art“, sagt Prof. Dr. Juliane Filser - Grundwasserverunreinigung: Diese Rolle spielen Böden bei der Sanierung (

27.06.2022: Böden in Gefahr - Politik muss handeln! -

17.06.2022: Congratulations - today Jonas Fischer successfully defended his defence! We are proud and happy for him!

30.05.2022: up2date. Das Onlinemagazin der Universtiät Bremen„Wir müssen dringend umdenken – und zwar jetzt!“ [Forschung] / up2date – Das Onlinemagazin der Universität Bremen – University of Bremen Online Magazine (

31.03.2022: Recently published: Artenvielfalt-Konferenz ohne Einigung – Biologin warnt vor Ausbreitung von Viren (

08.02.2022: Congratulations - today Laura Schnee successfully defended her defence! We are proud and happy that she took up a postdoc position in Christian Mikutta's groupat Leibniz University Hannover - already in January.

07.02.2022: Potential postdoc for Global Collembola, Leipzig. Deadline February 28, 2022  - Humbolt Foundation

01.02.2022: Today Sven Gladow joined our group. In his PhD project he will study multiple stress in soils in relation to copper-based agrochemicals. Welcome, and good success!

26.01.2022: 12 doctoral research positions on land-water interactions at the iES in Landau (University of Koblenz-Landau).

29.12.2021: Recently published:Changes in thePhysico-Chemical Properties ofDegraded Soils in Response to theReviTec Approach Applied at Gawel(Far-North Cameroon). 10.3390/su14010324

01.12.2021: Today Sonja Faetsch joined our group. Together with Moira she will take over Yvonne's tasks within the project ALBINA.

01.12.2021: Recently published: Comparative Experimental Effects of Intercropping andCypermethrin on Insect Pest Infestation and Yield of Maize,Cowpea and Okra in Two Cameroonian Agro-Ecological Zones

15.11.2021: Dr. Yvonne Sakka has taken up a new challenge after many years with us. Thank you so much for all your excellent work, in particular for your invaluable and selfless support during hard times in 2020. We will miss you badly. All the very best for your future!!!

10.11.2021: Buch: Warnsignal Klima: Boden & LandnutzungIntensive Landwirtschaft und Bodendegradation, Juliane Filser

21.10.2021: Recently published:Celebrating the work of Early Career Researchers in Soil Science: European Journal of Soil Science.Laura Schnee also speaks in the accompanying video from an online meeting organised by the British Society for Soil Science.

15.10.2021: We are pleased to announce the start of a new project "Mixtox" financed by UBA, the German Federal Environmental Agency. During the next three years we will develop a procedure that allows including potential mixture toxicity effects of contaminants when evaluating contaminated soils.

21.09.2021: Now on YouTube - Public Talk by Juliane Filser in Bremen's "House of Science" (Video 2 - in German)

06.09.2021: Recently published:Potential of the Red Alga Dixoniella grisea for the Production of Additives for Lubricants

01.08.2021: We welcome Prof. Adriano Sofo from the University of Basilicata, Italy. Financed by DAAD, he will stay with us for two months to continue our cooperation on soil organic matter dynamics in relation to soil management, a follow-up of the COST Action KEYSOM.

15.07.2021: Today our new PhD student Jonas Nelles from RWTH Aachen started his PhD project entitled "Biodiversity under stress: the pitfalls of chemical mixtures in a changing environment". A warm welcome, and good success!

28.04.2021: Recently published: Ion compositions in artificial media control the impact of humic acid on colloidal behaviour, dissolution and speciation of CuO-NP

23.04.2021: Nanoparticles, Wastewater and Agriculture - BBC Interview with Juliane Filser will be online on April 23, 2021 from 21:32 onwards

22.04.2021: NEW JOB! Scientific staff

31.03.2021: Recently published: Use of Deep Learning for structural analysis of CT-images of soil samples - Royal Society Open Science

03.02.2021: Recently published: Bypass and hyperbole in soil science: A perspective from the next generation of soil scientists

13.01.2021: Recently published: Identification and Speciation of Nanoscale Silver in Complex Solid Matrices by Sequential Extraction Coupled with Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry      

05.12.2020: December 05, 2020 is World Soil Day!
Enjoy this beautiful video
and lots of other interesting information here:

25.11.2020:  Recently published: Soil properties can evoke toxicity of copper oxide nanoparticles towards springtails at low concentrations more see

19.10.2020:  Recently published: Mobility and adsorption of liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs) in soils – environmental hazard perspective more see

14.10.2020:  Recently published: Low concentration effects and different outcome in repeated reproduction tests with silver nanoparticles, silver nitrate and Folsomia candida (Collembola)  more see

30.09.2020: two new projects: PlantaFiltra - FungusDetect  more see

25.09.2020: Recently published: Soil organic matter research and climate change: Merely re-storing carbon versus restoring soil functions

25.09.2020: Time to Act: September 25 - Global Climate Strike!!!

11.09.2020: Dead otter (Lutra lutra) found! More see

14.08.2020: Three people recently successfully defended their theses and obtained there degree: Tamara Georgobiani (MSc), Anne Paa (MSc) and Alexandra Jereczek (BSc). Congratulations to all of you!

06.07.2020: Recently published: Vegetation thresholds for the occurrence of millipedes (Diplopoda) in different tropical forest types in Andasibe, Madagascar

23.06.2020: Recently published: Cu(OH)2 nanorods undergo sulfidation in water. Environmental Chemistry Letters.

22.06.2020: Recently accepted papers: Sulfidation of sea urchin-like zinc oxide nanospheres. STOTEN.

04.05.2020: Recently published: Soil fauna: key to soil organic matter dynamics and modelling. HANDBOOK OF METHODS.

04.05.2020: Recently published: Gene Drives at Tipping Points

20.04.2020:Recently published: the first paper from the ALBINA project

02.03.2020: Recently accepted papers: see

03.12.2019: Potentials and risks of nanomaterials explained in an entertaining manner by PhD students from the graduate school nano Toxcom!

28.11.2019: World Soil Day - MOVIE NIGHT  05.12.2019 - UFT Room 1790 - 4pm- Free entrance!   

11.11.2019:  Master/Bachelor Thesis/Project offer: How can clay mineralsimpact the toxicity of copper oxide nanoparticles towards soil organisms?

12.09.2019: Das 12. Milbenkundliche Kolloquium findet vom 26. bis 28. September 2019 im Zentrum für Umweltforschung und nachhaltige Technologien (UFT) statt

10.07.2019:Mitarbeiterstelle für eine Technische Assistenz (w/m/d) mit der Hälfte der wöchentlichen Arbeitszeit für 2,5 Jahre zu besetzen.

28.06.2019: The next paper which has been accepted: see

20.05.2019: A further paper has been published -

26.04.2019: One more paper has been accepted - see

15.04.2019: Our new paper shows x-ray microphotographs of silver nanoparticle uptake in Collembola, and how their toxicity is affected by single soil components. Free download before June 4, 2019:

03.04.2019: Our new paper is out, and right in the University News:

Pflanzenschutzmittel: Forscherteam fordert Umdenken. Die Zulassungspraxis von Pflanzenschutzmitteln verfehlt die angestrebten Umweltstandards und trägt zum Verlust von biologischer Vielfalt bei. Deshalb fordert eine internationale Expertenguppe unter Beteiligung der Universität Bremen eine Veränderung des Zulassungsverfahrens.

01.04.2019: What a day: we welcome our PhD student Lea Spelzhausen, together with Yvonne Sakka and Antje Siol who will work on the new project "ALBINA" - more to follow soon!

23.02.2019: The Ecology Blog goes online, thanks to Jan-Lorenz Formann

18.02.2019:PhD Position (m/f/d) (Soil Biodiversity and Function) in Görlitz:
For the Leibniz Collaborative Excellence project „Integrative Analysis of the influence of pesticides and land use on biodiversity in Germany“ (INPEDIV), the Senckenberg Nature Research Society is inviting applications to its institute in Görlitz Museum of Natural History (SMNG) in the Department of Soil Zoology for a PhD Position (m/f/d) (Soil Biodiversity and Function)


10.01.2019: Ausschreibung einer Doktorandenstelle mit dem Thema „Towards an improved understanding of carbon sequestration: the impact of fauna on decisive processes in soil“


07.01.2019: A hearty welcome to Prof. Richard Zytner, Univ. of Guelph, Canada! He and his student Elese St Louis will work with us until April 30 on crude oil degredation in soil as influenced by fertilizers, biochar and copper-based nanoparticles.


20.12.2018: The good news don't stop: two former PhD students, Elaheh Daghighi and Birthe Fischer [formerly Schröder] got new jobs as well - congratulations!


19.12.2018: Really Happy Holidays this year: funding will be granted for the project poroposal ALBINA, starting on April 1, 2019 - and our former MSc student Pascaline Diale got a PhD position in Stefan Schrader's group!


21.11.2018: Congratulations to our international students: Pascaline Dioh Lobe, Muahmmad Saiful Islam and Amelia Megia Guerrero got their research published in peer-reviewed journals - see


13.11.2018: Anna Evlanova successfully defended her MSc thesis on copper nanoparticle bioaccumulation: Congratulations!


29.07.2018: In a newspaper interview, Juliane Filser points out the connections between environmental problems, economy and consumer behaviour and calls for including sustainability in school education - see!5520279/


01.07.2018: Congratulations! In June, four candidates obtained their degree: Nicho Waidmann (BSc), Musa Ibrahim, Guillaume Patoine and Irene König (all MSc)


05.06.2018: While taking mesofauna samples, PhD student Hind Khalili found a really smashing surprise in her small soil cores - see


01.06.2018: Plant Protection and Environment - Due to recent dramatic declines especially of bees and other insects and the recent ban of some neonicotinoids in the EU the loss of biodiversity has increasingly gained public awareness. On May 23 2018, the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) published a discussion paper based on an expert group meeting held in 2017. "The Silent Spring - on the Need for Sustainable Plant Protection", co-authored by Prof. Juliane Filser, calls for changes in the European authorisation procedure for plant protection products. The article has received considerable attention in the media. More information:


09.04.2018:  Moira McKee very successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Effects of silver nanoparticles on Collembola - from exposure situation to community interactions". Congratulations, dear Moira! We are very happy that you will stay with us for a few more years as a Postdoc!


05.03.2018: Two new students, Chiu-Hsiang Chieh (MSc Ecology) and Aboudi El Rabih (BSc Biology, Excellence module “LabTop”) attended their first group meeting: welcome to our group!


15.02.2018: After a three-month research stay with us, Danra Dieudonne is returning to his home university Ngaoundéré, Cameroon. It was a pleasure having you with us!


31.01.2018: Last working day of Dr. Yvonne Sakka, after almost seven years with us: thank you so much for all your engagement and inspiration, and the very best wishes for your future!


15.01.2018: After more than a decade of exclusively successful and pleasant cooperation, my UFT colleague PD Dr.Stefan Stolte and his wife Dr.Marta Markiewicz gave their goodbye-party. We will terribly miss you and wish you all the best for your future as Professor of Water Chemistry at the University of Dresden – trusting that the spatial distance won't stop us from pursuing common projects.


01.01.2018: Olivia Roithmeier has accepted a four-year fulltime position at the Federal Environmental Agency - Congratulations!


31.12.2017: End of the project “DENANA – Design Criteria for Sustainable Nanomaterials”, and at the same time of PD Dr. Maria Engelke’s contract: Thank you very much for all your excellent work and input over the last years – and have a great time!