Robert Simon Schulz

Former Member
Diploma student


I have been studying environmental sciences since 2007 at the University of Koblenz-Landau, focusing on ecotoxicology, applied ecology and biodiversity. Thereby, I gained experience in ecotoxicological implications of engineered nanoparticles and heavy metals in the aquatic environment. As part of an internship at a contract laboratory, I monitored potential risks of neonicotinoid insecticides on Apis mellifera. This led to my current work with the exposure and impact of insecticides on wild bee species. Beside that, I contribute my experience as a laboratory and water purification expert in the governmental German Federal Agency for Technical Relief.

Research Interests

  • Ecotoxicological implications of pesticides on honey bees, wild bees, and other non-target organisms
  • The importance of environmental parameters during ecotoxicological investigation with engineered nanoparticles
  • Effects of heavy metal-polluted sediments on fundamental ecosystem services
  • Cross-ecosystem trophic effects
  • Ecology of invasive species

Current Research Project

Potential exposure and acute effects of frequently used agricultural insecticides on the wild bee species Osmia bicornis.


Peer-reviewed articles

Gergs, R., Koester, M., Schulz, R. S. & Schulz, R. (2014). Potential alteration of cross-ecosystem resource subsidies by an invasive aquatic macroinvertebrate: implications for the terrestrial food web. Freshwater Biology 59: 2645-2655. file access

Oral presentations

Gergs, R., Koester, M., Schulz, R. S. & Schulz, R. (2012): System-übergreifende trophische Effekte – Was haben invasive Amphipoden mit terrestrischen Spinnen zu tun? DGL-Tagung 2012 (Koblenz, Germany)

Gergs, R., Schulz, R. S. & Schulz, R. (2012): Cross-system trophic effects: Does the invasive aquatic Dikerogammarus villosus affect terrestrial food webs? 8th ISOECOL (Brest, France).

Poster presentations

Schulz, R. S., Bundschuh, M., Dabrunz, A. & Schulz, R. (2011): Effects of cadmium-spiked sediments on the feeding rate of leaf-shredding organism Asellus aquaticus. Second young environmental scientists meeting (Aachen, Germany).