Allgemeine und Theoretische Ökologie

Universität Bremen, UFT Zentrum für Umweltforschung und -Technologie, Abt. 10 - Allgemeine und Theoretische Ökologie, Leobener Str., 28359 Bremen, Germany



Prof. Dr. Juliane Filser


TELEFON: ++49 0421 218 63470 FAX: ++49 0421 218 7654 E-MAIL: filser(at)uni-bremen.de


Curriculum Vitae

Juliane Filser obtained both her diploma and doctoral degree in zoology / ecology at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU). Between 1988 and 2000 she was employed at the Institute of Soil Ecology at the GSF Research Centre for Environment and Health where she built up and directed the zoological research group. During this time she also taught invertebrate zoology and soil ecology at the university of Munich. Between 1995 and 1997 Juliane Filser was managing director of the interdisciplinary FAM Research Network on Agroecosystems, then consisting of 43 single projects. After several research stays at the DMU National Environmental Research Institute in Silkeborg, DK (1997-1999), she finished her habilitation in January 2000 at the LMU and took over the chair of General and and Theoretical Ecology at the University of Bremen, Germany in October of the same year. In 2005 she spent a sabbatical with the Ecosystem/Ecotoxicology group at Alterra Green World Research in Wageningen, NL. Since 2008 she is vice director of the UFT Centre for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology.


Academic career :

1987 Diploma (1st university degree)

1992 Dr. rer. nat. (PhD)

2000 Dr. rer. nat. habil. (lecturer)

since 2000 Full professor of Ecology


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Research interest

General ecology and prospective environmental risk assessment, with special respect to decomposer food webs in soils, the role of soil fauna in ecosystem processes and extreme environments. Basic research includes

  • behaviour and toxic action of new potentially hazardous substances (Ionic Liquids, nanoparticles) in soils
  • collembola biodiversity (including DNA-taxonomy), in-situ behaviour and their interactions with other biota
  • theoretical concepts addressing functional biodiversity and risk assessment in soils



Selected ongoing funded projects and cooperations

  • Analytics und risk assessment of antimicrobial nanotechnological products (BIG)
  • Graduate school "Mixture toxicity" (Hans-Böckler-Stiftung )
  • Functional biodiversity in soils (cooperation with J.H. Faber, Alterra Green Word Research)
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Past Projects

  • Establishment of the infrastructure unit "Test battery toxicology / ecotoxicology"
  • AUTOGEN - automatisierte Genotypisierung mit hohem Durchsatz (gemeinsam mit der AG Hildebrandt und AG Frentzel-Beyme; Vergabeausschuss für angewandte Umweltforschung des Umweltsenators, Bremen)
  • Analyse der Kriterien für das zu tolerierende Risiko zum Schutzgut "Biodiversität" in den verschiedenen Umweltbereichen und Ableitung von Handlungsempfehlungen für die gesellschaftliche Risikodiskussion zu Biodiversität (UBA)
  • DODISYSCO: Dokumentation, Digitalisierung und Systematisierung von Sammlungsmaterial der Collembolen (Arthropoda, Hexapoda) (BMBF)
  • MOLART - Erkennung und Dokumentation molekularer Arten (BMBF, 2001-2003) Part of the EDIS (Entomological Data Information System) Network
  • Fauna Europaea
  • Assessing the effects of pesticides on non-target soil organisms involved in the degradation of organic matter (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK, 2001) in cooperation with University of Southhampton and ECT Ecotoxicology, Flörsheim, DE
  • Soil ecology in a desert ecosystem (MINERVA School, MINERVA foundation, 2001) in cooperation with University of Gießen, DE, and the AERC Arid Ecosystem Research Centre, Israel Full list of projects
  • Bioavailibility
  • The influence of trophic groups of soil mesofauna on plant available nitrogen with special respect to Collembola leagues (COLLEAGUES, in collaboration with Paul Henning Krogh, DMU, Silkeborg, DK. 1997-1999)
  • FAM Research Network on Agroecosystems (Several projects dealing with soil fauna, soil microflora, fauna models, project coordination. BMBF 0339370, 1990-1998)



Selected references

•  Schaeffer, A. Hollert, H., Ratte H.T., Roß-Nickoll, M., Filser, J., Matthies, M., Oehlmann, J., Scheringer, M., Schulz, R., Seitz, A., 2009: An indispensable asset at risk: merits and needs of chemical-related environmental sciences. Env Science and Pollution Research 16: 410-413 (DOI 10.1007/s11356-009-0157-x)

•  Matzke, M., Arning, J., Stolte, S., Uebers, U., Filser, J., 2009: Ionic liquids in soils: Effects of different anion species of imidazolium based ionic liquids on wheat (Triticum aestivum) as affected by different clay minerals and clay concentrations). Ecotoxicology 18: 197-203 (DOI 10.1007/s10646-008-0272-3)

•  E. Navarro, A. Baun, R. Behra, N. B. Hartmann, J. Filser, A.-I. Miao, A. Quigg, P. H. Santschi, and R. Sigg, 2008. Environmental behaviour and ecotoxicity of engineered nanoparticles to algae, plants and fungi. Ecotoxicology 17: 372-386, DOI 10.1007/s10646-008-0214-0

•  Filser, J., Koehler, H., Ruf, A., Römbke, J., Prinzing, A., and M. Schaefer, 2008. Ecological theory meets soil ecotoxicology: challenge and chance. Basic Appl. Ecol. 9: 346-355, doi:10.1016/j.baae.2007.08.010.

•  Mitschunas, N., Wagner, M., Filser, J., 2006: Evidence for a positive influence of fungivorous soil invertebrates on the seed bank persistence of grassland species. Journal of Ecology 94: 791-800

•  Ke, X., Winter, K., Filser, J., 2005: Effects of soil mesofauna and farming management on decomposition of clover litter: a microcosm experiment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 37: 731-738 (9)

•  Jastorff, B., Mölter, K., Behrend, P., Bottin-Weber, U., Filser, J., Heimers, A., Ondruschka, B., Ranke, J., Schaefer, M., Schröder, H., Stark, A., Stepnowski, P., Stock, F., Störmann, R., Stolte, S., Welz-Biermann, U., Thöming, J., Ziegert, S., 2005: Progress in evaluation of risk potential of ionic liquids - basis for an eco-design of sustainable products. Green Chemistry 7: 362-372

•  Hoffmeister, T.S, Vet, L.E.M., Biere, A., Holsinger, K. Filser, J., 2005: Ecological and evolutionary consequences of biological invasion and habitat fragmentation. Ecosystems 8: 657-667


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Teaching (selection)


  • Introduction to general ecology
  • Introduction to soil ecology
  • Animal diversity and identification
  • Planning and design of ecological studies


  • Soil ecology
  • General ecology
  • Invertebrate ecology
  • Biodiversity

Practical courses

  • Invertebrate diversity
  • Ecological courses (basic and advanced)
  • Basics of soil ecology
  • Field ecology
  • Desert soil invertebrates (Negev)

Student projects

  • Conservation needs knowledge: a chance for a biosphere reserve
  • Environment and the public
  • Biodiversity
  • New risks for the environment

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Other activities


  • Editorial Board of "Basic and Applied Ecology" and "Environmental Pollution"
  • Referee for numerous scientific journals, including Applied Soil Ecology, Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Forest Ecology and Management, Oecologia, Oikos, Pedobiologia, Science of the Total Environment, Soil Biology and Biochemistry
  • Evaluator for numerous national and international funding organisations, research institutions and universities, including DAAD, DBU, UBA, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, WGL - Leibniz Gemeinschaft, EU, Israel Science Foundation, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds, BMWBK (Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur), Austria
  • Initiator and Speaker of the Working Group "Ecosystem Research" within the GFÖ (Gesellschaft für Ökologie - Ecological Society of German Speaking Countries)


  • British Ecological Society (BES)
  • Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GFÖ)
  • Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft (DBG)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Engewandte Entomologie (DGaaE)
  • Soil Ecological Society of America (SES)
  • International Soil Science Society (ISSS)

Last update: 02.09.2008


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