FinkLab

Experimental Aquatic Ecology group at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and the University of Cologne. Follow our research and publications on ResearchGate or Google Scholar and via Twitter.

The overlooked chemical language of algae

Review and perspectives on the ecological roles of algal volatiles out in Biological Reviews.
including a recent press release

November 2022


High resolution mass spectrometry locates essential lipids in zooplankton

New paper from a collaboration with WaserCluster Lunz published in Inland Waters.

October 2022


Sustainable aquaculture via exploitation of natural products?

Book chapter on bioactive cyanobacterial metabolites acting against parasitic salmon lice published in a book on Crustacean Biology and Aquaculture with colleagues from Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, Italy.

September 2022


Global change alters chemical communication across realms

Opinion paper resulting from a fantastic pan-European collaboration just published in Global Change Biology.
including massive media coverage, e.g. by Daily Mail Online

July 2022


Second paper from 2nd DynaTrait phase published

The second paper from Jessica's PhD project was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Plankton Research.

May 2022


New paper on Sander lucioperca aquaculture and larval feed quality

Collaborative project with the chair for Aquaculture and Sea Ranching of the University of Rostock published in Sustainability.

May 2022


How do nutrients and grazers interactively control eutrophication processes in streams?

Publication targeted to practicioners (in German) resulting from Alessandra's Early Career Award of the German Limnological Society - DGL published in Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft.

April 2022


Impact of ocean acidification on chemical signalling between algae and marine benthic animals

Another paper from the fantastic collaboration with Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn was just published in Frontiers in Marine Science.

March 2022


First paper from 2nd DynaTrait phase published

The first paper from the DYNATLOSS II project and Jessica's PhD project is published in Microorganisms.

January 2022


New MSc student in our group

Please welcome Kristin Kreuter a new MSc student from the University of Magdeburg, who will investigate essential fatty acids in stream biofilms.

December 2021


First paper of 2022 - fish toxicity biomarkers in an anthropogenically impacted stream

Great international collaboration at the Holtemme stream (this is where our Mobile Mesocosms (MOBICOS) are located) results in a new paper in STOTEN.

November 2021


Early Career Award of the German Limnological Society for Alessandra Iannino!

Alessandra is one of this years Early Career Award winners of the German Limnological Society - DGL - congratulations Alex!

October 2021


Another paper out from our stream biofilm project

After the laboratory studies, now also the first paper using the MOBICOS mesocosms for our biofilm research project is published in Scientific Reports.

September 2021


New PhD student started in Collaborative Research Centre RESIST

After successfully completing her MSc thesis on stream biofilms in our group, Alexandra Schlenker started as a new PhD student in the DFG CRC 1439 - RESIST investigating effects of stream restoration on food webs.

July 2021


New publication on eutrophication effects on periphyton heterogeneity

Another paper of Alessandra's PhD thesis was accepted for publication in Hydrobiologia.

April 2021


Two new environmental toxicology papers on the stream leaf shredder Gammarus

Two papers resulting from a collaboration with the University of Landau were accepted for publication in Aquatic Toxicology and Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

December 2020


Intrapopulation trait variability in Daphnia - new paper in Freshwater Biology

The second paper of Maja's PhD thesis was accepted for publication in Freshwater Biology.

September 2020


Analysis of compound-specific stable nitrogen isotopes from amino acids to characterize trophic niche use in invasive amphipods

The fantastic collaboration with the University of Koblenz-Landau yielded another paper just accepted with International Review of Hydrobiology.

September 2020


Taxonomic shift over a phosphorus gradient affects the stoichiometry and fatty acid composition of stream periphyton

The second paper of Alessandra's PhD project was accepted for publication in the Journal of Phycology.

July 2020


Ocean acidification alters the responses of invertebrates to wound-activated infochemicals produced by epiphytes of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica

Finally, the last paper of Patrick's ASSEMBLE marine research at Stazione Zoologica 'Anton Dohrn' on Ischia, Italy will be published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

July 2020


Best practice paper on fatty acid analyses in aquatic sciences

As a result of the first Lipids in the Ocean conference in Brest, France, a network of European aquatic scientists put together a best practice paper on lipid analyses in the aquatic (marine and freshwater) sciences that will soon be published in ICES Journal of Marine Science.

June 2020


Pond metatranscriptome paper out in Frontiers in Microbiology

The first paper of Stephanie's PhD project was accepted for publication in Frontiers in Microbiology.

May 2020


Copepod transcriptome paper published in special issue in the Philos. Transactions of the Royal Society

A new paper resulting from a collaboration with the Marine Ecology group at the University of Ghent, Belgium will be published in a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences.

March 2020


MOBICOS paper accepted for publication

The paper on the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research's Mobile Aquatic Mesocosm (MOBICOS) infrastructure was accepted for publication in the International Review for Hydrobiology.

January 2020


Cladocera special issue published in Hydrobiologia


The special issue of Hydrobiologia on the 11th international Symposium on Cladocera is published, including a study on Gene expression of Daphnia magna with Heidi Windisch.

December 2019


Gene network regulation via dietary fatty acids

Another Daphnia transcriptome paper accepted for publication in BMC Genomics

November 2019


Creating artificial biofilms

New methods paper accepted for publication in Limnology and Ocanography: Methods

November 2019


Nitrogen enrichment changes plankton fatty acids and affects zooplankton

Paper from a collaboration with LMU Munich published in Scientific Reports

November 2019


Using chemical language to shape future marine health

New Opinion Paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

October 2019


Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) induce settlement in juvenile shrimp

New Paper from an international collaboration in Italy published in Scientific Reports

October 2019


Language of Life under Climate Change

Patrick presented an invited keynote lecture at the ISCE Meeting in Atlanta (GA), USA

June 2019


Maja successfully defends her PhD thesis

Maja Ilic successfully defended her PhD thesis at the University of Cologne on May 10th - Congratulations!

May 2019


Maja's first paper from her PhD thesis published in L&O

We found "Equal relevance of omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids for the fitness of Daphnia spp." - just out in Limnology and Oceanography. This is the first chapter of Maja's PhD thesis.

May 2019


ASLO Early Career activities featured in Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

Article on the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography's Early Career activities around and beyond the recent ASLO Aquatic Sciences meeting published in the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin.

April 2019


eDNA paper published in Aquatic Conservation

Environmental DNA as a tool for the conservation of endangered tropical reptiles (here: the Vietnamese Crocodile Lizard) - new paper now published in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.

March 2019


Successful ASLO Aquatic Sciences meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The whole FinkLab participated in the 2019 Aquatic Sciences meeting: Four oral presentations given, two sessions chaired and one workshop co-organized!

February 2019


Interactions of algae with microbes and grazers in present and future oceans

Patrick presented an invited keynote lecture at the British Phycological Society's annual meeting in Oban, UK

June 2019


Paper accepted for publication in Aquatic Conservation

Timm's latest paper in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (in collaboration with colleagues in Vietnam and the Cologne Zoo) shows the potential for the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) in conservation biology.

November 2018


Life in transition - Article in Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

Article on life as an early career scientist and how the Early Career Committee of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) can assist with these transition processes published in the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin.

October 2018


We move from U. Cologne to the UFZ Helmholtz Centre!

From Nov 1st on, our group will be relocated from the Institute for Zoology at the University of Cologne to the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Magdeburg.

October 2018


Paper accepted for publication in Freshwater Biology

Alessandra's paper in Freshwater Biology demonstrates that high nutrient availability leads to weaker top-down control of stream periphyton.

August 2018


Two more FinkLab papers accepted for publication in May

One on effects of global warming on freshwater plankton with Eric von Elert and one on the Gene expression of Daphnia magna with Heidi Windisch.

May 2018


Two new FinkLab papers accepted for publication in May

One on western fire salamanders with Timm Reinhardt and Maja Ilic and one on the food web of Salar de Atacama, Chile with Jana Moelzner and Lisa Burmann.

May 2018


Two new group members in April

Max Diesner started a PostDoc and Jessica Titocci a PhD in our group. Klick on their names to read more about their research.

April 2018


Papers on the molecular basis of algal food quality for Daphnia now included in journal issues

Daphnia transcriptomics of under essential fatty acid limitation in (Molecular Ecology 27 (4) and enzyme activities and gene expression dependent on dietary quality (Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B 218)

April 2018


New BSc student Michelle Etienne

Michelle started her BSc thesis on inducible defenses in Daphnia on March 5th.

March 2018


Two new papers accepted on the molecular basis of algal food quality for Daphnia

Transcriptomics of D. magna under essential fatty acid limitation with Heidi Windisch and Enzyme activities and gene expression of D. pulex dependent on dietary quality with Anke Schwarzenberger

February 2018


PhD position available in freshwater plankton biodiversity

Apply until February 2nd, 2018, find details here

January 2018


New project on freshwater plankton biodiversity

Funded within DFG priority programme DynaTrait

October 2017


Third paper on effects of insect repellents on aquatic invertebrates

Collaboration with the German Federal Environment Agency yields publications in Water Research, Environmental Pollution, and Environmental Science and Pollution Research

September 2017


New PhD student from Chile

Stephanie Trench Fiol starts DAAD fellowship on metatranscriptomics in high altitude wetlands

April 2017


Four papers on benthic algal biodiversity published

Results of Sophie Groendahl's PhD thesis published in Scientific Reports, PloS One (2016), BMC Ecology, and PloS One (2017).

March 2017


New publication on long-term effects of fungicides on stream invertebrates

Collaboration project with the University of Koblenz-Landau published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

February 2017