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Biologist from Freie Universität Appointed Member of Prestigious Academy of Sciences

Klement Tockner Elected to the Austrian Academy of Sciences

№ 325/2012 from Oct 30, 2012

Klement Tockner, a biology professor at Freie Universität Berlin, was elected to the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Tockner, who is also the director of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), was named a corresponding member of the prestigious institution. Tockner’s main fields of research include biodiversity, wetland ecology, and sustainable water management.

Klement Tockner is one of the world's leading aquatic ecologists. His research focuses on the interactions between hydrological, geomorphological, and ecological processes and the development of indicators for the assessment of aquatic ecosystems. His book Rivers of Europe (Elsevier, 2009) provided for the first time a complete European overview of the current state of Europe's rivers. With projects such as "Sound of Rivers," "Loss of the Night," "From Waste to Value," and "BioFresh: Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems," Tockner set innovative standards in environmental research. He is a professor of aquatic ecology at Freie Universität and a titular professor at ETH Zurich. In addition to his main places of work in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, Tockner has conducted research in Rwanda, Uganda, Japan, Italy, and the United States. He is currently the director of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany's largest research institute devoted to freshwater ecology. In addition to his scientific studies, Tockner is active in scientific management. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Leibniz Association, chair of the Berlin Research Association, a permanent guest of the DFG Commission for Water Research, and the editor of the internationally acclaimed journal Aquatic Sciences, to name just a few.

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Klement Tockner, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, and Director, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 641 81 601, Email: