Verena Gerstle

Community Ecology & Ecotoxicology
PhD student

Academic background

Since 2019: PhD student– University of Koblenz-Landau

2016 – 2019: M.Sc. Ecotoxicology – University of Koblenz-Landau

Thesis: “Lethal and sublethal effects of folpet and glyphosate formulations on juvenile European common frogs (Rana temporaria) at field relevant exposure levels”

2012 – 2016: B.Sc. Environmental Sciences – University of Koblenz-Landau

Thesis: “Effects of TiO2 nanoparticles, UV light and natural organic matter on the acute toxicity of two different pesticides – A study with the test organism Daphnia magna.

Research Interests

  • Amphibian ecotoxicology and ecology
  • Food web ecology and trophic interactions
  • Aquatic ecotoxicology
  • Mosquito control agent Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis
  • Non-target organisms

Current research Project

DFG-Graduiertenkolleg“SystemLink”: Amphibian Ecology – The mosquito control biocide Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) directly and indirectly affects amphibians and their role in terrestrial ecosystems.

For more information on the project click here.


Lüderwald S, Meyer F, Gerstle V, Friedrichs L, Rolfing K, Bakanov N, Schulz R, Bundschuh M (2019): Reduction of pesticide toxicity under field relevant conditions? The interaction of titanium dioxide nanoparticles, UV, and NOM. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.


Gerstle V, Adams E, &Brühl CA (2019): Lethal and sublethal effects of viticultural pesticides (folpet and glyphosate) on juvenile Rana temporaria. 8thYoung Environmental Scientists Meeting, Ghent, Belgium (Poster presentation).