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




    Selected Publications

    Schuwirth, N., Borgwardt, F., Domisch, S., Friedrichs, M., Kattwinkel, M., Kneis, D., Kuemmerlen, M., Langhans, S.D., Martínez-López, J., Vermeiren, P. 2019 How to make ecological models useful for environmental management. Ecological Modelling 411, 108784. 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

    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

    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

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