Prof. Dr. Daniel Hering,
Since 1997, Daniel Hering is employed by the University of Duisburg-Essen. The focus of his work is on assessment and restoration of streams, rivers and floodplains and on the effects of multiple stressors. Together with colleagues from the Department of Aquatic Ecology, he developed the assessment systems Perlodes, which is based on benthic invertebrates, and is applied for assessing rivers in Germany. He coordinated three EU-funded projects: AQEM (www.aqem.de), WISER (www.wiser.eu) and MARS (www.mars-project.eu).
Department of Aquatic Ecology and Department of Aquatic Ecosystem Research, Centre for Water and Environmental Research
The Department of Aquatic Ecology is part of the Centre for Water and Environmental Research in the University of Duisburg-Essen, which involves more than 20 research groups covering a wide thematic range including sciences, engineering, social sciences and economy. The Department of Aquatic Ecology employs about 30 scientists covering amongst others aquatic biodiversity, assessment and restoration of surface waters, ecosystem services. The group has developed methods, software and manuals for assessment and restoration of rivers in Germany and Europe and coordinated several national and international projects, including the EU-funded projects WISER and MARS.
The Department of Aquatic Ecosystem Research focusses on DNA-based methods for freshwater ecosystem assessment and population genetics. It coordinates the EU-funded COST Action DNAqua-Net, which aims at developing standards for eDNAbased and metagenomics methods towards the assessment of aquatic ecosystems.