Dr. Ute Risse-Buhl



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since 2022Principal Investigator, University of Kaiserslautern & University of Koblenz-Landau (Campus Landau)
2021Habilitation (Ecology & Limnology), Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
2018-2021Principial Investigator, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ Magdeburg
2017-2018Lecturer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ Magdeburg
2014-2017Research Associate, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ Magdeburg
2010-2013Principial Investigator, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
2010Postdoc, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Graduate Assistant, University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde

Postdoc, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus

2008Dr. rer. nat. (Ph. D.), Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2006Guest researcher, University of Cologne
2003Diploma, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
1998-1999Erasmus student, University of Birmingham, Great Britain



Anlanger, C., Risse-Buhl, U., von Schiller, D., Noss, C., Weitere, M. & Lorke, A.

Hydraulic and biological control of biofilm nitrogen uptake in gravel bed streams.

Limnology & Oceanography 66(11): 3887-3900. DOI: 10.1002/lno.11927


Gómez-Gener, L., Siebers, A.R., Arce, M.I., Bernal, S., Bolpagni, R., Datry, T., Gionchetta, G., Grossart, H.-P., Mendoza-Lera, C., Pohl, V., Risse-Buhl, U., Shumilova, O., Tzoraki, R., von Schiller, D., Weigand, A., Zak, D., Zoppini, A. & Arnon, S.

Stream-groundwater interactions and biogeochemical processes in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams.

Earth Science Reviews 220: 103724. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2021.103724


Scheidweiler, D.*, Mendoza-Lera, C.*, Mutz, M. & Risse-Buhl, U.

Overlooked implication of sediment transport at low flow: Migrating ripples modulate microbial community composition and function.

Water Resources Research 57(3): e2020WR027988. DOI: 10.1029/2020WR027988. *Equal contributions.


Weitere, M. et al.

Disentangling multiple chemical and non-chemical stressors in a lotic ecosystem using a longitudinal approach.

Science of the Total Environment 769: 144324. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144324.



Risse-Buhl, U., Anlanger, C., Noss, C., Lorke, A., von Schiller, D. & Weitere, M.

Hydromorphologic sorting of in-stream nitrogen uptake across spatial scales.

Ecosystems 24(5): 1184-1202. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-020-00576-7.


Gerbersdorf, S.U., Koca, K., deBeer, D., Chennu, A., Noss, C., Risse-Buhl, U., Weitere, M., Eiff, O., Wagner, M., Aberle, J., Schweikert, M., Terheiden, K.

Exploring flow-biofilm-sediment interactions: Assessment of current status and future challenges.

Water Research 185: 116182. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2020.116182.


Risse-Buhl, U., Anlanger, C., Chatzinotas, A., Noss, C., Lorke, A., Weitere, M.

Near streambed flow shapes microbial guilds within and across trophic levels in fluvial biofilms.

Limnology & Oceanography 65(10): 2261-2277. DOI 10.1002/lno.11451.


Fink, P., Norf, H., Anlanger, C., Brauns, M., Kamjunke, N., Risse-Buhl, U., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Weitere, M. & Borchardt, D.

Streamside mobile mesocosms (MOBICOS): A new modular research infrastructure for hydro-ecological process studies across catchment-scale gradients.

International Review of Hydrobiology 105(3-4): 63-73. DOI 10.1002/iroh.201902009.



Polst, B.H., Anlanger, C., Risse-Buhl, U., Larras, F., Hein, T., Weitere, M. & Schmitt-Jansen, M.

Hydrodynamics alter the tolerance of autotrophic biofilm communities towards herbicides.

Frontiers in Microbiology 9: 2884. DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02884.



Risse-Buhl, U., Anlanger, C., Kalla, K., Neu, T.R., Noss, C., Lorke, A. & Weitere, M. 

The role of hydrodynamics in shaping the composition and architecture of epilithic biofilms in fluvial ecosystems.

Water Research 127: 211-222. DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2017.09.054.


Risse-Buhl, U.*, Mendoza-Lera, C.*, Norf, H., Perez, J., Pozo, J. & Schlief, J.

Contrasting habitats but comparable microbial carbon decomposition in the benthic and hyporheic zone.

Science of the Total Environment 605-605: 683-691. DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.203. *Equal contributions.


Risse-Buhl, U., Schlief, J. & Mutz, M.

Phagotrophic protists are a key component of microbial communities processing leaf litter under contrasting oxygen conditions.

Freshwater Biology 60: 2310–2322. DOI 10.1111/fwb.12657.


Lazzaro, A., Risse-Buhl, U. & Brankatschk, R.

Molecular and morphological characterisation of microeukaryotic communities in alpine glacier forefields.

Acta Protozoologica 54: 143-156. DOI 10.4467/16890027AP.15.012.2737.


Risse-Buhl, U., Felsmann, K. & Mutz, M.

Colonization dynamics of ciliate morphotypes modified by shifting sandy sediments.

European Journal of Protistology 50: 345-355. DOI 10.1016/j.ejop.2014.03.006.



Risse-Buhl, U., Herrmann, M., Lange, P., Akob, D.M., Pizani, N., Schönborn, W., Totsche, K.U. & Küsel, K.

Phagotrophic protist diversity in the groundwater of a karstified aquifer - morphological and molecular analysis.

Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 60: 467–479. DOI 10.1111/jeu.12054.


Risse-Buhl, U., Hagedorn, F., Dümig, A., Gessner, M.O., Schaaf, W., Nii-Annang, S., Gerull, L. & Mutz, M.

Dynamics, chemical properties and bioavailability of DOC in an early successional catchment.

Biogeosciences 10: 4751-4765. DOI 10.5194/bg-10-4751-2013.



Risse-Buhl, U., Karsubke, M., Schlief, J., Baschien, C., Weitere, M. & Mutz, M.

Aquatic protists modulate the microbial activity associated with mineral surfaces and leaf litter.

Aquatic Microbial Ecology 66: 133-147. DOI 10.3354/ame01564.


Risse-Buhl, U.*, Trefzger, N.*, Seifert, A.-G., Schönborn, W., Gleixner, G. & Küsel, K.

Tracking the autochthonous carbon transfer in stream biofilm food webs.

FEMS Microbiology Ecology 79: 118-131. DOI 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2011.01202.x. *Equal contribution.



Böhme, A., Risse-Buhl, U. & Küsel, K.

Protists with different feeding modes change biofilm morphology.

FEMS Microbiology Ecology 69: 158-169. DOI 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00710.x.


Risse-Buhl, U., Scherwass, A., Arndt, H., Kröwer, S. & Küsel, K. 2009

Detachment and motility of biofilm associated ciliates at increased flow velocities.

Aquatic Microbial Ecology 55: 209-218. DOI 10.3354/ame01302.


Risse-Buhl, U. & Küsel, K.

Colonization dynamics of biofilm associated ciliate morphotypes at different flow velocities.

European Journal of Protistology 45(1): 64-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejop.2008.08.001.



Pohlon, E., Augspurger, C., Risse-Buhl, U., Arle, J, Willkomm, M., Halle, S. & Küsel, K.

Querying the obvious: Lessons from a degraded stream.

Restoration Ecology 15: 312-316. DOI 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2007.00215.x.



Textbooks & Book Chapters


Anlanger, C., Risse-Buhl, U., Koca, K., Noss, C., Lorke, A., Weitere, M. & Gutbrod, M.S.

High resolution O2 microprofiling of a freshwater stream biofilm.

Application Note PreSense Precision Sensing.



Romaní, A.M., Chauvet, E., Febria, C., Mora-Gómez, J., Risse-Buhl, U., Timoner, X., Weitere, M. & Zeglin, L.

The biota of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: prokaryotes, fungi and protozoans.

In: Intermittent Rivers: Ecology and Management, Editors: T. Datry, N. Bonada and A. Boulton, Elsevier, pp. 161-188.



Zimmermann-Timm, H., Köhler, G., Schönborn, W., Risse-Buhl, U., Meidl, E.-B.

Aquatische Ökologie.

In: 50 Jahre Ökologie (1965-2015) an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. Eine wissenschaftliche Historiographie. Editor: Günter Köhler, Acta Academiae Scientiarum.



Schönborn, W. & Risse-Buhl, U.

Lehrbuch der Limnologie,

2nd Edition. E. Schweitzerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung. pp. 1-639.