Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of Biology
Freshwater and Stress Ecology
Arboretum, Späthstraße 80/81
12437 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 6322 4715 (CS)
Tel.: +49 (0)30 6322 4241 (RM)
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Theoretical Biophysics

Theoretical Biophysics

Prof. em. Christian E. W. Steinberg

  +49 (0)30 6322 4715

1987 Habilitation for Limnology at the Free University Berlin
1975 Dr. rer. nat., Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel. Dissertation: Recalcitrant nitrogen-containing dissolved organic substances in Lake Schoehsee and in cultures of algae (Max-Planck-Institute of Limnology, Ploen)

Employment Record
  • from July 95 till March 2014: Chairholder of Freshwater Ecology at the Humboldt University, Berlin
  • from Jan. 1995 till Jun. 2005 Director of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater and Inland Fisheries, Berlin
  • 1990 till 1994 GSF (National Laboratory of Environment and Health, Munich) - Institute of Ecological Chemistry, Vice Director and Head of the Department of "Biotic Remediation" and "Aquatic Ecotoxicology"
  • 11/89 till 7/90 Fraunhofer Institute of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology (Schmallenberg), Head of the Department of Applied Ecology
  • 9/75 till 10/89 Bavarian Water Board Munich, Head of the Limnological Department.

  • Visiting professorships in Salzburg (4x), Wuhan (China) 2005-2009, Rio de Janeiro 2006, 2008, Kunming (China) 2009, 2016, Luang Prabang (Laos)

  • h Index: 60 in Google Scholar and 49 in SCOPUS
    Fields of scientific interest in general: freshwater ecosystems under different degrees of chemical stress (stress ecology). Pollution, acidification (acid rain, open cast mining), eutrophication of lakes and rivers, in-lake measures of rehabilita-tion, paleolimnology.
    Aquatic stress ecology: physiological and molecular-biological biomarkers and responses to natural and man-made chemical stress, bioaccumulation of organic chemicals, effect evaluation of multiple exposure, alteration of adverse effects by aquatic humic substances, development of stress defense mechanisms, hormesis effects, and longevity, multiple stress resistance, transgenerational stress resistance
    Ecosystem health and integrity: Assessment (of adverse effects) on various levels of aggregation (for instance: energy flow systematics), and ecosystem stability. Development of ecological aims in freshwater restoration ecology and application of ecological restoration measures.
    Ecological role of humic substances: geochemical status of whole lakes, biochemical interactions on organism and sub-organism level, mild chemical stress by humic substances (including its beneficial effects), humic substances as trigger of stress defense (longevity and evolution?), direct and indirect determinant of ecological niches
    Furthermore, paleolimnology (reconstruction of acidification, or eutrophication histories; climate impact of eutrophication) and restoration ecology of lakes (intermittent destratification etc) have been also fields of scientific interests, but have been terminated in the meantime.

  • Associate Editor: Experts Opinion on Environmental Biology
  • Editor: International Review of Hydrobiology (until 02-12)

  • Associate Editor: The Science of the Total Environment

  • Member of the Editorial or Advisory Boards: Ecological Indicators (until 12-11), Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, Acta hydrochimica et hydrobiologica (until 12-06)

  • Major editor of Handbuch Angewandte Limnologie (Handbook of Applied Limnology, in German, until 04-07)