Barbara Weisbrod

Barbara Weisbrod

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Main Focus

Dynamics of toxic cyanobacteria in artificial water reservoirs

Cyanobacteria are important primary producer in almost every aquatic ecosystem including artificial water reservoirs used for ecosystem services like self-purification, production of drinking water, recreational activities and energy supply. Cyanobacteria are also known to produce a variety of toxins. Certain environmental conditions and anthropogenic influence can lead to dense colonies within the water body - called harmful cyanobacterial blooms (HCB). HCBs are known for their harmful effect on the aquatic ecosystem like the loss of biodiversity and even frequently resulting in human and animal poisoning events.
Water reservoirs have a higher risk to experience HCBs due to their management strategies and increased nutrient input. The objective of my project is to explore the physicochemical and biological factors triggering bloom formation in a water reservoir used for hydropower to establish future monitoring and management strategies. Main focus is the toxin production of cyanobacteria, water level fluctuations, mixing events due to reservoir management and climatic influences.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 05/2016 PhD student, Human and Environmental Toxicology, University of Konstanz
  • 05/2014 – 04/2016 Research assistant, University of Freiburg, Institute of Silviculture
  • 02/2012 – 05/2014 Environmental scientist, ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH Flörsheim
  • 09/2006 - 05/2012 Diploma studies of Biology Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and Lund University, Sweden    
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