Dr. Mira Kattwinkel

Group Member (Quantitative Landscape Ecology)

Research Interests

I am interested in assessing anthropogenic stressors, in particular toxicants like pesticides, in streams, and in understanding and predicting their ecological effects on populations and communities.

  • Geostatistical tools to investigate water quality measurements (R package openSTARS)
  • Dynamic, equation based and individual-based models of aquatic benthos communities to investigate the ecological effects of pesticides
  • Bayesian inference for parameter estimation and uncertainty assessment
  • Trait based biological indicators to assess potential environmental stressors in streams
  • GIS-based models for exposure and effect estimation on large spatial scales



  • Modelling Human-Environment Interactions (M.Sc.)
  • Modellierung in den Umweltwissenschaften (B.Sc.)
  • Environmental Modelling II (M.Sc.)
  • Introduction to R


    Academic History



    Schäfer R.B, Kühn B., Hauer L., Kattwinkel M., 2017: Assessing recovery of stream insects ¨
    from pesticides using a two-patch metapopulation model. Science of The Total Environment,
    609: 788-798. link

    Šukys J., Kattwinkel M., 2017: SPUX: Scalable Particle Markov Chain Monte Carlo for
    Uncertainty Quantification in Stochastic Ecological Models. Advances in Parallel Computing,
    32. link

    Le H., Scharmüller A., Kattwinkel M., Kühne R., Schüürmann G., Schäfer R.B. 2017: Contribution of waste water treatment plants to pesticide toxicity in agriculture catchments. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Volume 145, Pages 135-141, link

    Kattwinkel, M., Reichert P. 2017 Bayesian parameter inference for individual-based models using a Particle Markov Chain Monte Carlo method. Environmental Modelling & Software, 87: 110-119. link

    Kattwinkel, M., Reichert, P., Rüegg, J., Liess, M., Schuwirth, N. 2016 Modeling Macroinvertebrate Community Dynamics in Stream Mesocosms Contaminated with a Pesticide. Environmental Science and Technololgy, 50: 3165–3173. link

    Kattwinkel, M., Liess, M., Arena, M., Bopp, S., Streissl, F., Römbke, J. 2015 Recovery of aquatic and terrestrial populations in the context of European pesticide risk assessment. Environmental Reviews, 23(4): 382-394. link

    Bunzel, K., Schäfer, R.B., Thrän, D., Kattwinkel, M. 2015 Pesticide runoff from energy crops: a threat to aquatic invertebrates? Science of the Total Environment, 537:187-196. link

    Ippolito, A., Kattwinkel, M., Rasmussen, J.J., Schäfer, R.B., Fornalori, R., Liess, M. 2015 Modeling global distribution of agricultural insecticides in surface waters. Environmental Pollution, 198: 54-60. link

    Schuwirth, N., Kattwinkel, M., Stamm, C. 2015. How stressor specific are trait-based ecological indicators for ecosystem management? Science of the Total Environment 505:565-571. link

    Bunzel, K., Kattwinkel, M., Schauf, M., Thrän, D., 2014. Energy crops and pesticide contamination: Lessons learned from the development of energy crop cultivation in Germany. Biomass and Bioenergy, 70: 416-428. link

    Kattwinkel, M., Liess, M. 2014. Competition matters: Species interactions prolong the long-term effects of pulsed toxicant stress on populations. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 33: 1458-1465. link

    Bunzel, K., Liess, M., Kattwinkel, M., 2014. Landscape parameters driving aquatic pesticide exposure and effects. Environmental Pollution 186: 90-97. link

    Beketov, M.A., Kattwinkel, M., Liess, M., 2013. Statistics matter: data aggregation improves identification of community-level effects compared to a commonly used multivariate method. Ecotoxicology 22: 1516–1525. link

    Liess, M., Foit, K., Becker, A., Hassold, E., Dolciotti, I., Kattwinke, M., Duquesne, S., 2013. Culmination of Low-Dose Pesticide Effects. Environmental Science and Technology 47: 8862-8868. link

    Bunzel, K., Kattwinkel, M., Liess, M., 2013. Effects of organic pollutants from wastewater treatment plants on aquatic invertebrate communities. Water Research 47: 597-606. link

    Beketov, M.A., Cedergreen, N., Wick, L.Y., Kattwinkel, M., Duquesne, S., Liess, M., 2013. Sediment toxicity testing for prospective risk assessment – A new framework and how to establish it. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. link

    Lautenbach, S., Maes, J., Kattwinkel, M., Seppelt, R., Strauch, M., Scholz, M., Schulz-Zunkel, C., Volk, M., Weinert, J., Dormann, C.F., 2012. Mapping water quality-related ecosystem services: concepts and applications for nitrogen and pesticides. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystems Services and Management 8 (1): 35-49. link

    Kattwinkel, M., Kühne, J.-V., Foit, K. & Liess, M., 2011. Climate change, agricultural insecticide exposure, and risk for freshwater communities. Ecological Applications 21: 2068–2081. link

    Kattwinkel, M., Biedermann, R., Kleyer, M.; 2011. Temporary conservation for urban biodiversity. Biological Conservation 144 (9): 2335-2343. link

    Burgert, S., Schäfer, R., Foit, K., Kattwinkel, M., Metzeling, M., MacEwand, R., Kefford, B.J., Liess, M., 2011. Modelling aquatic exposure and effects of insecticides - application to South-Eastern Australia. Science of the Total Environment 409 (14): 2807-2814. link

    Kattwinkel, M., Strauss, B., Biedermann, R. & Kleyer, M., 2009. Modelling multi-species response to landscape dynamics: Mosaic cycles support urban biodiversity. Landscape Ecology 24: 929-941. link

    Kattwinkel, M., Draeger, S., Schadek, U., Strauss, B., Biedermann, R. & Kleyer, M., 2008. Management und Modellierung der Biodiversität urbaner Brachen. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 60: 55-60. link

    Kattwinkel, M., 2009. Biodiversity of urban brownfields: Modelling species occurrence and persistence in dynamic habitats. PhD thesis. University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg.

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