Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz

Former member Fish and Freshwater Ecology

Research Interests

  • Limnoecology

  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

  • Ecological Sanitation (ecosan) and Natural Wastewater Treatment Systems (Constructed Wetlands)

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Developing Countries

Academic and Professional History

Since May 2011 Research Assistent at the Institute of Environmental Science, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.

2007 - 2011 Scientific consultant to the Department of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and their respective water analyses laboratories in the Salvadoran NGO “Asociación Salvadoreña de Ayuda Humanitaria PRO-VIDA”, sent by the Swiss organization for exchange of personnel in development cooperation INTERTEAM, Lucerne, Switzerland.

2003 - 2007 Assistant lecturer and head of the natural sciences section at the vocational prep school (Berufsmaturitätsschule) AKAD Profession, Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland.

2002 - 2007 Project leader in the areas of water, wastewater, nature protection and environmental education, ecovia (formerly Zentrum für angewandte Ökologie Schattweid), Wolhusen, Switzerland.

1998 - 2002 Dissertation “Alpine Streams: Aspects of Biocomplexity“ in Environmental Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), and Department for Limnology, eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland.

1996 - 1997 Diploma thesis “Abbau und Besiedlung von Fallaub in einem Mittelgebirgsbach“, at the Research Laboratory for Limnology, eawag, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland.

1990 - 1998 Studies of Biology at the Saarland University, Germany

Current Research Projects

  • Evaluation and development of “Aktion Blau”, a state programme for the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive and the Agenda 21 Process

Recent Publications

(reprints at request)

Peer reviewed

  • Uehlinger, U., Robinson C.T., Hieber M. and Zah R. (2010). The physico-chemical habitat template for periphyton in alpine glacial streams under a changing climate. Hydrobiologia 657 (1): 107-121.  Link
  • Zbinden, M., Hieber M., Robinson C.T. and Uehlinger U. (2008). Short-term colonization patterns of macroinvertebates in Alpine streams. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 171: 75-86.
  • Robinson, C.T., Hieber M., Wenzelides V. and Lods-Crozet B. (2007). Macroinvertebrate assemblages of a high elevation stream/lake network with an emphasis on the Chironomidae. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 169: 25-36.
  • Hieber, M., Robinson C.T., Uehlinger U., and Ward J.V. (2005). A comparison of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages among different types of alpine streams. Freshwater Biology 50: 2087-2100
  • Hieber, M., Robinson C.T., and Uehlinger U. (2003) . Seasonal and diel patterns of invertebrate drift in different alpine stream types. Freshwater Biology 48: 1078-1092.
  • Hieber, M., Robinson C.T., Uehlinger U., and Ward J.V. (2002). Are alpine lake outlets less harsh than other alpine streams? Archiv für Hydrobiologie 154 (2): 199-223.
  • Monaghan M.T., Hieber, M., Robinson, C.T., Spaak, P., and Ward, J.V. (2002). Spatial patterns of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Tricoptera diversity in fragmented alpine streams. Verhandlungen der Internationalen Vereinigung der Limnologie 28: 1429-1435.
  • Hieber, M. and Gessner, M. (2002). Contribution of stream detrivores, fungi, and bacteria to leaf breakdown based on biomass estimates. Ecology 83 (4): 1026-1038.
  • Hieber, M., Robinson C.T., Rushforth S.R., and U. Uehlinger. (2001). Algal communities associated with different alpine stream types. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 33 (4): 447-456.
  • Robinson C.T., Uehlinger U., and Hieber, M. (2001). Spatio-temporal variation in macroinvertebrate assemblages of glacial streams in the Swiss Alps. Freshwater Biology 46: 1663-1672.

Further publications

  • Hieber, M. (2010). Cérron Grande – El Salvador’s Reservoir of Questionable Fame. International Ecological Engineering Society. Link
  • Hieber, M. (2009). El Salvador – Between a growing economy and an alarming water situation. International Ecological Engineering Society. Link
  • Compendio-Autorenteam unter Mitarbeit von Mäggi Hieber. (2007). Naturwissenschaften - die Strukturen des Lebendigen: vom Atom zum Organismus. Compendio Bildungsmedien AG.
  • Hieber, M. (2006). VSA-Erhebung Kleinkläranlagen. Verband Schweizer Abwasser- und Gewässerschutzfachleute (VSA). Link
  • Kommission Abwasserentsorgung im ländlichen Raum KALR. (2005). Leitfaden „Abwasser im ländlichen Raum“. Verband Schweizer Abwasser- und Gewässerschutzfachleute (VSA).
  • Hieber, M. und Wyss, P. (2005). Abwasser im ländlichen Raum - vermeiden, sammeln, reinigen, beseitigen. Verband Schweizer Abwasser- und Gewässerschutzfachleute (VSA). Link
  • Hieber, M. (2005). Massnahmen an der Quelle – Trennung der Abwasserströme. 564. Verbandsbericht des Verbands Schweizer Abwasser- und Gewässerschutzfachleute (VSA). 65 - 71.
  • Deplazes, G. und Hieber, M. (2005). Handlungsbedarf beim Abwasser im ländlichen Raum. Schweizer Gemeinde 10: 23-25.
  • Hieber, M. (2003). Rohrkolbenanlagen – Neue Erwerbesmöglichkeiten? UFA-Revue 4:47 – 49.
  • Hieber, M., Burgherr, P., Uehlinger, U. und Tockner, K. (2002). Alpine Fliessgewässer: vielfältige und empfindliche Ökosysteme. EAWAG news 55: 9 – 11. Link
  • Hieber, M., Robinson C.T. und Uehlinger U. (2002). Alpine Lake Outlets: Distinctive Alpine Stream Types? EAWAG news 54: 10 – 12. Link
  • Hieber, M. (2000). Revitalisieren von Fliessgewässern: mehr Raum für Flüsse dient Mensch, Tier und Pflanzen. Die Schweizer Gemeinde 2: 13-15.