FB 6 Mathematik/Informatik/Physik

Institut für Mathematik

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Research group Systems Science

The research group works on the analysis, modeling, and simulation of dynamical systems. Our focus is on environmental and ecological systems, and we take an interdisciplinary approach, using formal methods rooted in systems science.

Current research areas include:

  • Mathematical population dynamics, ecology, and epidemiology
  • Models of coupled social-ecological and ecological-economic systems
  • Critical transitions (tipping points) in complex systems and early-warning indicators
  • Modeling the fate and effects of pollutants in environmental systems
  • Environmental risk assessment of chemicals incl. effects on individuals, populations, and ecosystems
  • Contamination of the aquatic environment by pharmaceuticals
  • Modeling the fate and behavior of chemical substances in surface waters
  • Microplastics in the environment
  • Global mapping of current hydropower development 



Prof. Dr. Karin Frank
Prof. Dr. Frank Hilker
Prof. Dr. Andreas Huth
Prof. Dr. Andreas Focks

Research Assistants

Dr. Jürgen Berlekamp (assoziiert)
Leonhard Bürger 
Sarah Falk
Janna Carolin Grumbach 
Dr. Jörg Klasmeier
Friedemann Liebaug
Franziska Ossenbrink
Femke Reurik

Adjunct Lecturers

PD Dr. Marcus Schulz
PD Dr. Peter Viebahn 


Nina Nowak