Science & Society

Museums, public relations, citizen engagement, scientific counselling, and knowledge & technology transfer

Senckenberg was founded in 1817 by dedicated citizens of Frankfurt. These roots can still be found in the association’s structure today: Currently, almost 7,000 members consider themselves part of Senckenberg. The deep roots in civil society are also expressed by the fact that the communication of the research results has been at the center of Senckenberg’s activities from the beginning.

The Anthropocene environmental challenges, in particular biodiversity loss, climate change, exploitation of natural resources, pollution and the spread of exotic species are threatening nature and human well-being. For the protection and sustainable use of nature, we need sound scientific knowledge, acknowledging a systemic understanding of nature, for societal and political decision-making. At the same time, we need to bridge science and society. Senckenberg’s Science & Society Program is this link between research and the interests and knowledge needs of different societal actors. We strive for dialogue and bi-directional interaction between science and society. We make our research tangible and comprehensible to non-experts, and we identify societal knowledge demands, integrating them, if possible, in our geobiodiversity framework. Our mission is inspired by the principles and methodology of transdisciplinary research; i.e. it is problem-oriented, integrative and participatory. In exchange with society, we act as “honest brokers”, providing evidence-based options for action and, in cases where scientific evidence makes this possible and necessary, recommendations. The Senckenberg Science & Society Program builds on our geobiodiversity framework and fulfils the agenda of the Leibniz Research Museums to become powerful agents of societal transformations and the development of a democratic knowledge society.

Since 2017, Senckenberg has fundamentally restructured, developed and expanded its Science & Society Program and increased external funding and donations to more than 1.5 M /year. While the mission, principles and approach of the Science & Society Program are shared across Senckenberg, the specific instruments and activities are classified into five units according to formats and societal actors, i.e. museums, citizen engagement, public relations, scientific counselling and knowledge and technology transfer.


With our exhibitions, we address both experts and the civic society, offering platforms of wonder, learning and dispute. The three Senckenberg museums in Frankfurt, Dresden and Görlitz have a total permanent exhibition space of approx. 6,800 m² and welcome around 450,000 visitors per year. We present our research results within our geobiodiversity framework in a tangible and comprehensive way, addressing all educational levels and age groups, promoting knowledge transfer and public understanding of science and research. Our museums are regionally, nationally, and internationally renowned places of science communication, education and lifelong learning, including cross-generational knowledge exchange. We offer guided educational programs for a broad range of visitors, reaching up to 75,000 persons/year. In addition, our museums are platforms for dialogue and interaction with society, with the aim to support societal and political transformations for the benefit of nature and people.

In Frankfurt, we currently strive for a substantial renovation, modernization and expansion of the permanent exhibitions, the “New Natural History Museum Frankfurt Project”. In the new exhibits on “Deep Sea, Marine Research and Coral Reefs” we take the first steps towards implementing this “New Natural History Museum“. These new exhibits present Senckenberg’s marine biodiversity research and that of our national and international partners, providing insight into Senckenberg’s systemic approach to nature, covering the biosciences, geosciences and social-ecological research. An ensemble of three new show rooms offers an innovative scenography, allowing for an immersive, emotional experience, addressing our visitors with multiple senses. The exhibition will act as a hub for scientific interactions with society and spark discussion and sensibility for the role of the oceans in the Earth system and for the benefit of people.

On September 3rd two new rooms were opened in the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt: Deep Sea and Marine Research. The opening took place via livestream and can be watched here.

Citizen Engagement

We strongly support civic engagement and citizen science, promoting collaboration between scientists and interested citizens spanning research, collections and knowledge transfer. Senckenberg was founded in 1817 as a civic society. This firm foundation of Senckenberg in society is still represented in our governance structure where the Senckenberg members play an important role. Senckenberg has nearly 7,000 civic members, among them 330 schools and almost 250 daycare centers. Senckenberg members support Senckenberg both financially as well as through their involvement and their networks. We host more than 20 citizen science projects and collaborate with 1,750 registered citizen scientists and 170 volunteers. For many taxonomic projects and collections, expert citizen scientists and volunteers are indispensable; vice versa many of our researchers are very actively engaged in civic societies.

Public Relations

In our public relations work, we address the general public; we aim at telling compelling stories and engage in dialogue, stimulating interest in and understanding of nature. We share knowledge on nature and our scientific research with society, including methods and uncertainties. We engage in dialogue between scientists and citizens, utilizing a large variety of targeted communication instruments, ranging from social media, pro-active press work and short movies to publishing popular science books and about a hundred popular science articles per year, a popular science magazine “Natur-Forschung-Museum” (“Nature-Research-Museum”), running popular science lecture series and initiating public debates. The success of our public relation strategy is reflected in almost 29,000 citations per year in the media and more than 30,000 followers in various social media formats.

Scientific Counselling

We actively engage in scientific counselling, promoting systemic solutions on the protection and sustainable use of nature, addressing politics, administration, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and civic society at the international and national level. Senckenberg is actively involved in offering policy advice at the international and national level. At the international level, building on our research on species and ecosystems, we contribute to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); we also host the IPBES Technical Support Unit on Data. Our researchers are active in a broad range of specialist groups from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN . Senckenberg coordinates the “Forschungsinitiative zum Erhalt der Artenvielfalt” of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and leads a Statement of the National Academies on “Declines of species diversity in agricultural landscapes, what do we know and what can we do?”. In general, our scientists are active members in academies and relevant strategic, advisory committees, e.g. the Leopoldina, German National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)Senatskommission für Grundsatzfragen der Biologischen Vielfalt, or the DFG Senatskommission für Erdsystemforschung. We are pro-actively engaged as advisers of the Bundestag and several Landtag commissions and contribute to public debates, round tables and parliamentary events. Senckenberg also offers the “Fridays for Future” movement a platform for exchange and outreach.

Knowledge and Technology Transfer

The Science & Society Program uses various instruments to encourage and support the development of application-oriented research and applications. Senckenberg has established an externally funded “Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office” (Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office, KTTO) that offers market analysis, supports inventions and patenting, and guides start-ups and R&D cooperation with companies. One promising outcome of these activities is the spin-off “Phytoprove” that will allow to quantify plant deficits on nutrients and water and aims for targeted fertilization measures. Phytoprove not only won the Leibniz Start-up Award 2020 honoring start-ups that demonstrate outstanding achievements in developing innovative, viable business ideas, it also became runner-up in the German Science4Life Venture Cup business plan competition for life sciences in 2019.

We have also submitted a patent on a new mushroom-derived agent as a promising novel biopesticide and immunotoxin (in cooperation with Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich). Very successful are also our activities transferring mechanical principles of organisms into applications (bionics). Supported by external funding (BMBF), we are currently expanding and professionalizing the structures and support of scientists in KTT.


Tockner Jun 2021
Prof. Dr. Klement Tockner
General Director of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

Klement Tockner Publications


Summary Information (Status: March 2021)

Total: ~ 250, hereof 180 ISI-publications (1997-2020: in average >10 publications per year; >7 ISI publications per year)

h-Index (Google Scholar): 81; Total # of citations: 27,687 (maximum 1,869 citations per publication); highly cited papers with more than 200 citations each: 36


Drenckhahn, D., Arneth, A., Filser, J., Haberl, H., Hansjürgens, B., Herrmann, B., … Tockner, K. (2020). Globale Biodiversität in der Krise: Was können Deutschland und die EU dagegen tun? Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina eVNationale Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Mehner, T., Likens, G. E., & Tockner, K. (Eds.). (2009). Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. Academic Press.

Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., Robsinson, C. T. (Eds.). (2009). Rivers of Europe. Academic Press. (2nd Edition: 2021).

Woolsey, S., Weber, C., Gonser, T., Hoehn, E., Hostmann, M., Junker, B., Roulier, C., Schweizer, S., Tiegs, S., Tockner, K., Peter, A. (2005). Handbook for evaluating rehabilitation projects in rivers and streams: A publication by the Rhone-Thur project. Eawag, WSL, LCH-EPFL, VAW-ETHZ.

Special issues

Lewandowski, J., Nützmann, G., & Tockner, K. (Eds.). (2014). Frontiers in real-time ecohydrology. Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 184, 3.

Milner, A. M., & Tockner, K. (Eds.). (2010). Freshwater Benthic Science – what has it contributed to ecological theory? River Research and Applications, 26.

Gurnell, A., Tubino, M., & Tockner, K. (Eds.). (2009). Linkages and feedbacks in highly dynamic alpine fluvial systems. Aquatic Sciences, 71.

Tockner, K., Kollmann, J., Edwards, P. E., & Ward, J. V. (Eds.). (2002). Riverine Landscapes. Freshwater Biology, 47.


Peer-reviewed journal articles (ISI listed)



Cantonati, M., Fensham, R. J., Stevens, L. E., Gerecke, R., Glazier, D. S., Goldscheider, N., … Tockner, K. (2021). Urgent plea for global protection of springs. Conservation Biology, 35(1), 378-382.

Jähnig, S. C., Baranov, V., Altermatt, F., Cranston, P., Friedrichs‐Manthey, M., … Tockner, K., … Domisch, S. (2021). Revisiting global trends in freshwater insect biodiversity. WIREs Water, 8(2), e1506.

Peters, R., Berlekamp, J., Lucía, A., Stefani, V., Tockner, K., & Zarfl, C. (2021). Integrated Impact Assessment for Sustainable Hydropower Planning in the Vjosa Catchment (Greece, Albania). Sustainability, 13(3), 1514.


He, F., Langhans, S. D., Zarfl, C., Wanke, R., Tockner, K., & Jähnig, S. C. (2020). Combined effects of life‐history traits and human impact on extinction risk of freshwater megafauna. Conservation Biology, 35(2), 643-653.

Heger, T., Bernard-Verdier, M., Gessler, A., Greenwood, A. D., Grossart, H.-P., … Tockner, K., … Jeschke, J. M. (2020). Clear Language for Ecosystem Management in the Anthropocene: A Reply to Bridgewater and Hemming. BioScience, 70(5), 374-376.

Moleón, M., Sánchez-Zapata, J. A., Donázar, J. A., Revilla, E., Martín-López, B., Gutiérrez-Cánovas, C., … Tockner, K. (2020). Rethinking megafauna. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1922), 20192643.

Sánchez-Montoya, M. M., Tockner, K., von Schiller, D., Miñano, J., Catarineu, C., Lencina, J. L., … Ruhi, A. (2020). Dynamics of ground-dwelling arthropod metacommunities in intermittent streams: The key role of dry riverbeds. Biological Conservation, 241, 108328.

Serlet, A. J., López Moreira M, G. A., Zolezzi, G., Wharton, G., Hölker, F., … Tockner, K., … Zarfl, C. (2020). SMART Research: Toward Interdisciplinary River Science in Europe. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8, 63.  

Thieme, M. L., Khrystenko, D., Qin, S., Golden Kroner, R. E., Lehner, B., … Tockner, K., … Mascia, M. B. (2020). Dams and protected areas: Quantifying the spatial and temporal extent of global dam construction within protected areas. Conservation Letters, 13(4), e12719.

Tickner, D., Opperman, J. J., Abell, R., Acreman, M., Arthington, A. H., … Tockner, K., … Young, L. (2020). Bending the Curve of Global Freshwater Biodiversity Loss: An Emergency Recovery Plan. BioScience, 70(4), 330-342.  


Grill, G., Lehner, B., Thieme, M., Geenen, B., Tickner, D., … Tockner, K., … Zarfl, C. (2019). Mapping the world’s free flowing rivers. Nature, 569(7755), 215-221.

He, F., Zarfl, C., Bremerich, V., David, J. N. W., Hogan, Z., … Tockner, K., Jähnig, S. C. (2019). The global decline of freshwater megafauna. Global Change Biology, 25(11), 3883-3892.

Heger, T., Bernard-Verdier, M., Gessler, A., Greenwood, A. D., Grossart, H.-P., … Tockner, K., … Jeschke, J. M. (2019). Towards an Integrative, Eco-Evolutionary Understanding of Ecological Novelty: Studying and Communicating Interlinked Effects of Global Change. BioScience, 69(11), 888-899.

Hickisch, R., Hodgetts, T., Johnson, P. J., Sillero‐Zubiri, C., Tockner, K., & Macdonald, D. (2019). Effects of publication bias on conservation planning. Conservation Biology, 33(5), 1151-1163.

Jeschke, J. M., Börner, K., Stodden, V., & Tockner, K. (2019). Open Access journals need to become first choice, in invasion ecology and beyond. NeoBiota, 52, 1-8.

Jeschke, J. M., Lokatis, S., Bartram, I. & Tockner, K. (2019). Knowledge in the dark: scientific challenges and ways forward. FACETS, 4(1), 423-441.

Kyba, C. M. C., Giuliani, G., Franziskakis, F., Tockner, K., & Lacroix, P. (2019). Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Are Not Associated with Nighttime Light Emissions. J Multidisciplinary Science Journal, 2(2), 152-161.

Larsen, S., Karaus, U., Claret, C., Sporka, F., Hamerlík, L., & Tockner, K. (2019). Flooding and hydrologic connectivity modulate community assembly in a dynamic riverfloodplain ecosystem. PLoS ONE, 14(4), e0213227.

Pinter, N., Brasington, J., Gurnell, A., Kondolf, G. M., Tockner, K., Wharton, G., & Yarnell, S. M. (2019). River research and applications across borders. River  Research and Applications, 35(6), 768-775.

Reid, A. J., Carlson, A. K., Creed, I. F., Eliason, E. J., Gell, P. A., … Tockner, K., … Cooke, S. J. (2019). Emerging threats and persistent conservation challenges for freshwater biodiversity. Biological Reviews, 94(3), 849-873.

Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Bremerich, V., De Wever, A., Jähnig, S. C., Martens, K., … Tockner, K., Hering, D. (2019). The Freshwater Information Platform: a global online network providing data, tools and resources for science and policy support. Hydrobiologia, 838(1), 1-11.

Schmidt-Kloiber, A., De Wever, A., Bremerich, V., Strackbein, J., Hering, D., Jähnig, S., … Tockner, K. (2019). The Freshwater Information Platform: An online network supporting freshwater biodiversity research and data publishing. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards, 3, e37378.

Shumilova, O., Tockner, K., Gurnell, A. M., Langhans, S. D., Righetti, M., Lucía, A., & Zarfl, C. (2019). Floating matter: a neglected component of the ecological integrity of rivers. Aquatic Sciences, 81(2), 25.

Shumilova, O., Zak, D., Datry, T., von Schiller, D., Corti, R., … Tockner, K., … Zarfl, C. (2019). Simulating rewetting events in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: A global analysis of leached nutrients and organic matter. Global  Change Biology, 25(5), 1591-1611.

Tydecks, L., Ibelings, B. W., & Tockner, K. (2019). A global survey of freshwater biological field stations. River Research and Applications, 35(8), 1314-1324.

von Schiller, D., Datry, T., Corti, R., Foulquier, A., Tockner, K., Marcé, R., … Zoppini, A. (2019). Sediment Respiration Pulses in Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 33(10), 1251-1263.

Zarfl, C., Berlekamp, J., He, F., Jähnig, S. C., Darwall, W., & Tockner, K. (2019). Future large hydropower dams impact global freshwater megafauna. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 18531.


Darwall, W., Bremerich, V., De Wever, A., Dell, A. I., Freyhof, J., … Tockner, K., … Weyl, O. (2018). The Alliance for Freshwater Life: A global call to unite efforts for freshwater biodiversity science and conservation. Aquatic Conservation, 28(4), 1015-1022.

Datry, T., Boulton, A. J., Bonada, N., Fritz, K., Leigh, C., … Tockner, K., … Dahm, C. N. (2018). Flow intermittence and ecosystem services in rivers of the Anthropocene. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(1), 353-364.

Datry, T., Foulquier, A., Corti, R., von Schiller, D., Tockner, K., Mendoza-Lera, C., … Zoppini, A. (2018). A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways. Nature Geoscience, 11(7), 497-503.

de la Fuente, M., Bonada, N., Bêche, L., Dahm, C. N., Mendez, P. K., Tockner, K., … Acuña, V. (2018). Evolutionary responses of aquatic macroinvertebrates to two contrasting flow regimes. Hydrobiologia, 808(1), 353-370.

He, F., Bremerich, V., Zarfl, C., Geldmann, J., Langhans, S. D., … Tockner, K., Jähnig, S. C. (2018). Freshwater megafauna diversity: Patterns, status and threats. Diversity and Distributions, 24(10), 1395-1404.

Lumsdon, A. E., Artamonov, I., Bruno, M. C., Righetti, M., Tockner, K., Tonolla, D., & Zarfl, C. (2018). Soundpeaking – Hydropeaking induced changes in river soundscapes. River Research and Applications, 34(1), 3-12.

Marshall, J. C., Acuña, V., Allen, D. C., Bonada, N., Boulton, A. J., … Tockner, K., Vander Vorste, R. (2018). Protecting U.S. temporary waterways. Science, 361(6405), 856-857.

Sánchez-Montoya, M. M., von Schiller, D., Barberá, G. G., Díaz, A. M., Arce, M. I., del Campo, R., & Tockner, K. (2018). Understanding the effects of predictability, duration, and spatial pattern of drying on benthic invertebrate assemblages in two contrasting intermittent streams. PLoS ONE, 13(3), e0193933.

Shumilova, O., Tockner, K., Thieme, M., Koska, A., & Zarfl, C. (2018). Global Water Transfer Megaprojects: A Potential Solution for the Water-Food-Energy Nexus? Frontiers in Environmental Science, 6, 150.

Turnbull, L., Hütt M.-C., Ioannides, A. A., Kininmonth, S., Poeppl, R., Tockner, K., … Parsons, A. J. (2018). Connectivity and complex systems: learning from a multidisciplinary perspective. Applied Network Science, 3(1), 11.

Tydecks, L., Jeschke, J. M., Wolf, M., Singer, G., & Tockner, K. (2018). Spatial and topical imbalances in biodiversity research. PLoS ONE, 13(7), e0199327.


Carrizo, S. F., Jähnig, S. C., Bremerich, V., Freyhof, J., Harrison, I., … Tockner, K., … Darwall, W. (2017). Freshwater Megafauna: Flagships for Freshwater Biodiversity under Threat. BioScience, 67(10), 919-927.

He, F., Zarfl, C., Bremerich, V., Henshaw, A., Darwall, W., Tockner, K., & Jähnig, S.C. (2017). Disappearing giants: a review of threats to freshwater megafauna. WIREs Water, 4(3), e1208.

Leigh, C., Laporte, B., Bonada, N., Fritz, K., Pella, H., … Tockner, K., Datry, T. (2017). IRBAS: An online database to collate, analyze, and synthesize data on the biodiversity and ecology of intermittent rivers worldwide. Ecology and Evolution, 7(3), 815-823.

Skoulikidis, N. T., Sabater, S., Datry, T., Morais, M. M., Buffagni, A., Dörflinger, G., … Tockner, K. (2017). Non-perennial Mediterranean rivers in Europe: Status, pressures, and challenges for research and management. Science of the Total  Environment, 577, 1-18.

Sommerwerk, N., Wolter, C., Freyhof, J., & Tockner, K. (2017). Components and drivers of change in European freshwater fish faunas. Journal of Biogeography, 44(8), 1781-1790.

Tockner, K., & Jeschke, J. M. (2017). Wissenschaft in Umbruchzeiten. Laborjournal, 78, 16-17. 

Tockner, K., & Jeschke, J. M. (2017). Freie und unabhängige Wissenschaft: Fundament aufgeklärter Gesellschaften. In H. Hösele & L. Wieser (Eds.), Europa. USA. 3.0: Werte, Interessen, Perspektiven (pp. 199-213).Wieser.


Arora, R., Tockner, K., & Venohr, M. (2016). Changing river temperatures in northern Germany: trends and drivers of change. Hydrological Processes, 30(17), 3084-3096

Bismuth, C., Hansjürgens, B., Moss, T., Hoechstetter, S., Tockner, K., Yorke, V., … Yaramanci, U. (2016). Lessons Learnt, Open Research Questions and Recommendations. In R. F. Hüttl, O. Bens, C. Bismuth, & S. Hoechstetter (Eds.), Society – Water – Technology: Water Resources Development and Management (pp. 279-292). Springer.

Gurnell, A. M., Bertoldi, W., Tockner, K., Wharton, G., & Zolezzi, G. (2016). How large is a river? Conceptualizing river landscape signatures and envelopes in four dimensions. WIREs Water, 3(3), 313-325.

Hansjürgens, B., Droste, N., & Tockner, K. (2016). Neglected Values of Major Water Engineering Projects: Ecosystem Services, Social Impacts, and Economic Valuation. In R. F. Hüttl, O. Bens, C. Bismuth, & S. Hoechstetter (Eds.), Society – Water – Technology: Water Resources Development and Management (pp. 65-78). Springer.

Jackson, M. C., Weyl, O. L. F., Altermatt, F., Durance, I., Friberg, N, … Tockner, K., … Woodward, G. (2016). Chapter Twelve – Recommendations for the Next Generation of Global Freshwater Biological Monitoring Tools. Advances in  Ecological Research, 55, 615-636.

Jeschke, J. M., Kaushal, S. S., & Tockner, K. (2016, April 8). Diversifying Skills and Promoting Teamwork in Science. Eos.

Le, Q. N., Fujii, M., Yoshimura, C., & Tockner, K. (2016). Dissolved nitrogen release from coarse and amphipod-produced fine particulate organic matter in freshwater column. Limnology, 17(1), 33-46.

Sánchez‐Montoya, M. M., Moleón, M., Sánchez‐Zapata, J. A., & Tockner, K. (2016). Dry riverbeds: corridors for terrestrial vertebrates. Ecosphere, 7(10), e01508.

Sánchez‐Montoya, M. M., von Schiller, D., Ruhí, A., Pechar, G. S., Proia, L., Miñano, J., … Tockner, K. (2016). Responses of ground-dwelling arthropods to surface flow drying in channels and adjacent habitats along Mediterranean streams. Ecohydrology, 9(7), 1376-1387.

Tockner, K., Bernhardt, E. S., Koska, A., & Zarfl, C. (2016). A Global View on Future Major Water Engineering Projects. In R. F. Hüttl, O. Bens, C. Bismuth, & S. Hoechstetter (Eds.), Society – Water – Technology: Water Resources Development and Management (pp. 47-64). Springer.

Tydecks, L., Bremerich, V., Jentschke, I., Likens, G. E., & Tockner, K. (2016). Biological Field Stations: A Global Infrastructure for Research, Education, and Public Engagement. BioScience, 66(2), 164-171.

Tydecks, L., Bremerich, V., Jentschke, I., Likens, G.E., & Tockner, K. (2016). Global Database on Biological Field Stations a pivotal infrastructure for environmental research, education and public information. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, 25(3), 88-88.



Diener, S., Zurbrügg, C., & Tockner, K. (2015). Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens and effects on its life cycle. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed, 1(4), 261-270.

Krause, S., Lewandowski, J., Dahm, C. N., & Tockner, K. (2015). Frontiers in real-time ecohydrology – a paradigm shift in understanding complex environmental systems. Ecohydrology, 8(4), 529-537.

Rillig, M. C., Kiessling, W., Borsch, T., Gessler, A., Greenwood, A. D., … Tockner, K., … Jeltsch, F. (2015). Biodiversity research: data without theory – theory without data. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3, 20.

Rosado, J., Morais, M., & Tockner, K. (2015). Mass Dispersal of Terrestrial Organisms During First Flush Events in a Temporary Stream. River Research and  Applications, 31(7), 912-917.

von Schiller, D., Graeber, D., Ribot, M., Timoner, X., Acuña, V., Martí, E., … Tockner, K. (2015). Hydrological transitions drive dissolved organic matter quantity and composition in a temporary Mediterranean stream. Biogeochemistry, 123(3), 429-446.

Zarfl, C., Lumsdon, A. E., Berlekamp, J., Tydecks, L., & Tockner, K. (2015). A global boom in hydropower dam construction. Aquatic Sciences, 77(1), 161-170.


Acuña, V., Datry, T., Marshall, J., Barceló, D., Dahm, C. N., … Tockner, K., Palmer, M. A. (2014). Why Should We Care About Temporary Waterways? Science, 343(6175), 1080-1081.  

Datry, T., Larned, S. T., & Tockner, K. (2014). Intermittent Rivers: A Challenge for Freshwater Ecology. BioScience, 64(3), 229-235.

Langhans, S. D., & Tockner, K. (2014). Is the unsaturated sediment a neglected habitat for riparian arthropods? Evidence from a large gravel-bed river. Global Ecology and Conservation, 2, 129-137.

Langhans, S. D., & Tockner, K. (2014). Edge Effects Are Important in Supporting Beetle Biodiversity in a Gravel-Bed River Floodplain. PLOS ONE, 9(12), e114415.

Muehlbauer, J. D., Collins, S. F., Doyle, M. W., & Tockner, K. (2014). How wide is a stream? Spatial extent of the potential “stream signature” in terrestrial food webs using meta‐analysis. Ecology, 95(1), 44-55.

Perkin, E. K., Hölker, F., & Tockner, K. (2014). The effects of artificial lighting on adult aquatic and terrestrial insects. Freshwater Biology, 59(2), 368-377.

Perkin, E. K., Hölker, F., Tockner, K., & Richardson, J. S. (2014). Artificial light as a disturbance to light-naïve streams. Freshwater Biology, 59(11), 2235-2244.

Prat, N., Gallart, F., Von Schiller, D., Polesello, S., García-Roger, E. M., … Tockner, K., Froebrich, J. (2014). The Mirage Toolbox: An integrated assessment tool for temporary streams. River Research and Applications, 30(10), 1318-1334.

Settele, J., Scholes, R., Betts, R. A., Bunn, S., Leadley, P., … Tockner, K., … Winter, M. (2014). Terrestrial and Inland Water Systems. In C. B. Field, V. R. Barros, D. J. Dokken, K. J. Mach, M. D. Mastrandrea, T. E. Bilir, … L. L. White (Eds.), Climate  Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and  Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment  Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (pp. 271-359). Cambridge University Press.

Shrestha, J., Niklaus, P. A., Pasquale, N., Huber, B., Barnard, R. L., …Tockner, K., Luster, J. (2014). Flood pulses control soil nitrogen cycling in a dynamic river floodplain. Geoderma, 228-229, 14-24.

Tockner, K. (2014). Novel freshwater ecosystems in a changing climate: a challenge for research and conservation. In H. Korn, J. Stadler, A. Bonn, K. Bockmühl, & N. Macgregor (Eds.), Proceedings of the European Conference “Climate Change and Nature Conservation in Europe – an ecological, policy and economic perspective” (BfN-Skripten 367, pp. 46-47). Bundesamt für Naturschutz. Tockner, K. (2014). Der Wert der Vielfalt. Leibniz-Journal, 3, 14-15.


Doering, M., Uehlinger, U., & Tockner, K. (2013). Vertical hydrological exchange, and ecosystem properties and processes at two spatial scales along a floodplain river (Tagliamento, Italy). Freshwater Science, 32(1), 12-25.

Hanafiah, M. M., Leuven, R. S. E. W., Sommerwerk, N., Tockner, K., & Huijbregts, M. A. J. (2013). Including the Introduction of Exotic Species in Life Cycle Impact Assessment: The Case of Inland Shipping. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(24), 13934-13940.

Karaus, U., Larsen, S., Guillong, H., & Tockner, K. (2013). The contribution of lateral aquatic habitats to insect diversity along river corridors in the Alps. Landscape Ecology, 28(9), 1755-1767.

Langhans, S. D., Richard, U., Rueegg, J., Uehlinger, U., Edwards, P., Doering, M., & Tockner, K. (2013). Environmental heterogeneity affects input, storage, and transformation of coarse particulate organic matter in a floodplain mosaic. Aquatic Sciences, 75(3), 335-348.

Ostojić, A., Rosado, J., Miliša, M., Morais, M., & Tockner, K. (2013). Release of nutrients and organic matter from river floodplain habitats: simulating seasonal inundation dynamics. Wetlands, 33(5), 847-859.

Pahl-Wostl, C., Arthington, A., Bogardi, J., Bunn, S. E., Hoff, H., … Tockner, K., Tsegai, D. (2013). Environmental flows and water governance: managing sustainable water uses. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5(3-4), 341-351.

Tockner, K. (2013). Managing river flood plains as ecosystems of global strategic importance. In European Environment Agency (Ed.), Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation (EEA Report No. 1, pp. 349-350). EEA.

Tockner, K., & Grossart, H.-P. (2013). Biodiversität der Binnengewässer. In E. Beck (Ed.), Die Vielfalt des Lebens: Wie hoch, wie komplex, warum? (pp. 121-128). Wiley-VCH.


Beniston, M., Stoffel, M., Harding, R., Kernan, M., Ludwig, R., Moors, E., … Tockner, K. (2012). Obstacles to data access for research related to climate and water: Implications for science and EU policy-making. Environmental Science & Policy, 17, 41-48.

De Wever, A., Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Gessner, M. O., & Tockner, K. (2012). Freshwater Journals Unite to Boost Primary Biodiversity Data Publication. BioScience, 62(6), 529-530.

Handcock, R. N., Torgersen, C. E., Cherkauer, K. A., Gillespie, A. R., Tockner, K., Faux, R. N., & Tan, J. (2012). Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing of Water Temperature in Riverine Landscapes. In P. E. Carbonneau & H. Piégay (Eds.), Fluvial Remote Sensing for Science and Management (pp. 85-113). Wiley-Blackwell. 

Peter, S., Rechsteiner, R., Lehmann, M. F., Brankatschk, R., Vogt, T., … Tockner, K., Durisch-Kaiser, E. (2012). Nitrate removal in a restored riparian groundwater system: functioning and importance of individual riparian zones. Biogeosciences, 9(11), 4295-4307.

Ricaurte, L. F., Boesch, S., Jokela, J., & Tockner, K. (2012). The distribution and environmental state of vegetated islands within human-impacted European rivers. Freshwater Biology, 57(12), 2539-2549.

Shrestha, J., Niklaus, P. A., Frossard, E., Samaritani, E., Huber, B., … Tockner, K., Luster, J. (2012). Soil Nitrogen Dynamics in a River Floodplain Mosaic. Journal of Environmental Quality, 41(6), 2033-2045.

Steward, A.L., von Schiller, D., Tockner, K., Marshall, J.C., & Bunn, S.E. (2012). When the river runs dry: human and ecological values of dry riverbeds. Frontiers in  Ecology and the Environment, 10(4), 202-209.

Tockner, K. (2012). Vom struktur- zum funktionsbasierten Gewässermanagement. Natur und Mensch, 54(2), 18-21.

Tockner, K., Gessner, J., Pusch, M., & Wolter, C. (2012). Domestizierte Ökosysteme und neuartige Lebensgemeinschaften: Herausforderungen für das Gewässermanagement. In U. Grünewald, O. Bens, H. Fischer, R.F. Hüttl, K. Kaiser, & A. Knierim (Eds.), Wasserbezogene Anpassungsmaßnahmen an den Landschafts- und Klimawandel (pp. 33-42). Schweizerbart.

Tonolla, D., Wolter, C., Ruhtz, T., & Tockner, K. (2012). Linking fish assemblages and spatiotemporal thermal heterogeneity in a river-floodplain landscape using high-resolution airborne thermal infrared remote sensing and in-situ measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, 125, 134-146.


Diener, S., Studt Solano, N. M., Roa Gutiérrez, F., Zurbrügg, C., & Tockner, K. (2011). Biological Treatment of Municipal Organic Waste using Black Soldier Fly Larvae. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 2(4), 357-363.

Diener, S., Zurbrügg, C., Gutiérrez, F. R., Nguyen, D. H., Morel, A., Koottatep, T., & Tockner, K. (2011). Black soldier fly larvae for organic waste treatment – prospects and constraints. In M. Alamgir, Q. H. Bari, I. M. Rafizul, S. M. T. Islam,

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Dieter, D., von Schiller, D., García-Roger, E. M., Sánchez-Montoya, M. M., Gómez, R., Mora-Gómez, J., … Tockner, K. (2011). Preconditioning effects of intermittent stream flow on leaf litter decomposition. Aquatic Sciences, 73(4), 599-609.

Doering, M., Uehlinger, U., Ackermann, T., Woodtli, M., & Tockner, K. (2011). Spatiotemporal heterogeneity of soil and sediment respiration in a riverfloodplain mosaic (Tagliamento, NE Italy). Freshwater Biology, 56(7), 1297-1311.

Harner, M. J., Opitz, N., Geluso, K., Tockner, K., & Rillig, M. C. (2011). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on developing islands within a dynamic river floodplain: an investigation across successional gradients and soil depth. Aquatic Sciences, 73(1), 35-42.

Pahl-Wostl, C., Nilsson, C., Gupta, J., & Tockner, K. (2011). Societal Learning Needed to Face the Water Challenge. AMBIO, 40(5), 549-553.

Perkin, E. K., Hölker, F., Richardson, J. S., Sadler, J. P., Wolter, C., & Tockner, K. (2011). The influence of artificial light on stream and riparian ecosystems: questions, challenges, and perspectives. Ecosphere, 2(11), 122.

Peter, S., Rechsteiner, R., Lehmann, M. F., Tockner, K., Vogt, T., Wehrli, B., & DurischKaiser, E. (2011). Denitrification hot spot and hot moments in a restored riparian system. In M. Schirmer, E. Hoehn, & T. Vogt (Eds.), GQ10: groundwater quality management in a rapidly changing world (pp. 433-436). International Association of Hydrological Sciences. 

Samaritani, E., Shrestha, J., Fournier, B., Frossard, E., Gillet, F., … Tockner, K., … Luster, J. (2011). Heterogeneity of soil carbon pools and fluxes in a channelized and a restored floodplain section (Thur River, Switzerland). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15(6), 1757-1769.

Steward, A. L., Marshall, J. C., Sheldon, F., Harch, B., Choy, S., Bunn, S. E., & Tockner, K. (2011). Terrestrial invertebrates of dry river beds are not simply subsets of riparian assemblages. Aquatic Sciences, 73(4), 551-566.

Tockner, K. (2011). Obituary: Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 5/2011. International Review of Hydrobiology, 96(5), 427-434.

Tonolla, D., Lorang, M. S., Heutschi, K., Gotschalk, C. C., & Tockner, K. (2011). Characterization of spatial heterogeneity in underwater soundscapes at the river segment scale. Limnology and Oceanography, 56(6), 2319-2333.

von Schiller, D., Acuña, V., Graeber, D., Martí, E., Ribot, M., Sabater, S., … Tockner, K. (2011). Contraction, fragmentation and expansion dynamics determine nutrient availability in a Mediterranean forest stream. Aquatic Sciences, 73(4), 485-497.


Acuña, V., & Tockner, K. (2010). The effects of alterations in temperature and flow regime on organic carbon dynamics in Mediterranean river networks. Global Change Biology, 16(9), 2638-2650.

Blettler, M., Sukhodolov, A., & Tockner, K. (2010). Hydraulic conditions over bed forms control the benthic fauna distribution in a lowland river (Spree River, Germany). In A. Dittrich, K. Koll, J. Aberle, & P. Geisenhainer (Eds.), Riverflow 2010 (Vol. 2, pp. 1463-1467). Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau.

Hölker, F., Moss, T., Griefahn, B., Kloas, W., Voigt, C. C., Henckel, D., … Tockner, K. (2010). The Dark Side of Light: A Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for Light Pollution. Ecology and Society, 15(4), 13.

Hölker, F., Perkin, E. K., Voigt, C. C., Monaghan, M. T., Wolter, C., & Tockner, K. (2010). Artificial light and the environment. In F. Hölker & K. Tockner (Eds.), Loss of the Night: Transdisciplinary Research on Light Pollution (pp. 14-15). Mediabogen. 

Hölker, F., & Tockner, K. (2010). Loss of the Night. In F. Hölker & K. Tockner (Eds.), Loss of the Night: Transdisciplinary Research on Light Pollution (pp. 4-5). Mediabogen.

Hölker, F., Wolter, C., Perkin, E. K., & Tockner, K. (2010). Light pollution as a biodiversity threat. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 25(12), 681-682.

Indermaur, L., Schaub, M., Jokela, J., Tockner, K., & Schmidt, B. R. (2010). Differential response to abiotic conditions and predation risk rather than competition avoidance determine breeding site selection by anurans. Ecography, 33(5), 887-

Indermaur, L., Schmidt, B. R., Tockner, K., & Schaub, M. (2010). Spatial variation in abiotic and biotic factors in a floodplain determine anuran body size and growth rate at metamorphosis. Oecologia, 163(3), 637-649.

Larned, S. T., Datry, T., Arscott, D. B., & Tockner, K. (2010). Emerging concepts in temporary-river ecology. Freshwater Biology, 55(4), 717-738.

Milner, A. M., & Tockner, K. (2010). River science – What has it contributed to general ecological theory? River Research and Applications, 26(1), 1-4.

Sabater, S., & Tockner, K. (2009). Effects of Hydrologic Alterations on the Ecological Quality of River Ecosystems. In S. Sabater & D. Barceló (Eds.), Water Scarcity in the Mediterranean: Perspectives Under Global Change (pp. 15-39). Springer

Sommerwerk, N., Bloesch, J., Paunović, M., Baumgartner, C., Venohr, M., SchneiderJacoby, M., … Tockner, K. (2010). Managing the world’s most international river: the Danube River Basin. Marine and Freshwater Research, 61(7), 736-748.

Thieme, M. L., Turak, E., McIntyre, P., Darwall, W., Tockner, K., Cordeiro, J.,& Butchart, S. H. M. (2010). Freshwater Ecosystems Under Threat: The Ultimate Hotspot. In A. Mittermeier, T. A. Farrell, I. J. Harrison, A. J. Upgren, & T. M. Brooks (Eds.),Fresh Water: The Essence of Life (pp. 118-151). Conservation International 

Tockner, K., Lorang, M. S., & Stanford, J. A. (2010). River flood plains are model ecosystems to test general hydrogeomorphic and ecological concepts. River Research and Applications, 26(1), 76-86.

Tockner, K., Pusch, M. T., Borchardt, D., & Lorang, M. S. (2010). Multiple stressors in coupled river-floodplain ecosystems. Freshwater Biology, 55(s1), 135-151.

Tonolla, D., Acuña, V., Lorang, M. S., Heutschi, K., & Tockner, K. (2010). A field-based investigation to examine underwater soundscapes of five common river habitats. Hydrological Processes, 24(22), 3146-3156.

Tonolla, D., Acuña, V., Uehlinger, U., Frank, T., & Tockner, K. (2010). Thermal Heterogeneity in River Floodplains. Ecosystems, 13(5), 727-740.

Yoshimura, C., Fujii, M., Omura, T., & Tockner, K. (2010). Instream release of dissolved organic matter from coarse and fine particulate organic matter of different origins. Biogeochemistry, 100(1), 151-165.


Acuña, V., & Tockner, K. (2009) .Surface-subsurface water exchange rates along alluvial river reaches control the thermal patterns in an Alpine river network. Freshwater Biology, 54(2), 306-320.

Bertoldi, W., Gurnell, A., Surian, N., Tockner, K., Zanoni, L., Ziliani, L., & Zolezzi, G. (2009). Understanding reference processes: linkages between river flows, sediment dynamics and vegetated landforms along the Tagliamento River, Italy. River Research and Applications, 25(5), 501-516.

Diener, S., Roa Gutiérrez, F., Zurbrügg, C., & Tockner, K. (2009). Are larvae of the black soldier fly – Hermetia illucens – a financianlly viable option for organic waste management in Costa Rica? In R. Cossu, L. F. Diaz, & R. Stegmann (Eds.), Proceedings Sardinia 2009, Twelfth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. CISA publisher.

Diener, S., Zurbrügg, C., & Tockner, K. (2009). Conversion of organic material by black soldier fly larvae: establishing optimal feeding rates. Waste Management & Research, 27(6), 603-610.

Gurnell, A., Tubino, M., & Tockner, K. (2009). Linkages and feedbacks in highly dynamic alpine fluvial systems. Aquatic Sciences, 71(3), 251-252.

Hölker, F., Voigt, C., Wolter, C., Perkin, E., & Tockner, K. (2009). Der Verlust der Nacht ist auch ein ökologisches Problem. Leibniz Gemeinschaft Zwischenruf, 2, 18-21.

Hölker, F., Wolter, C., Perkin, E., & Tockner, K. (2009). Der Verlust der Nacht. IGBJahresforschungsbericht 2008, 12-13.

Indermaur, L., Gehring, M., Wehrle, W., Tockner, K., & Naef-Daenzer, B. (2009).

Behavior‐Based Scale Definitions for Determining Individual Space Use: Requirements of Two Amphibians. The American Naturalist, 173(1), 60-71.

Indermaur, L., Winzeler, T., Schmidt, B. R., Tockner, K., & Schaub, M. (2009). Differential resource selection within shared habitat types across spatial scales in sympatric toads. Ecology, 90(12), 3430-3444.

Monaghan, M. T., & Tockner, K. (2009). BeGenDiv: Gemeinsam die Artenvielfalt entschlüsseln. IGB-Jahresforschungsbericht 2008, 8-9.

Sommerwerk, N., Baumgartner, C., Bloesch, J., Hein, T., Ostojić, A., Paunović M, … Tockner, K. (2009). The Danube River Basin. Rivers of Europe. In K. Tockner, U. Uehlinger, & C. T. Robinson (Eds.), Rivers of Europe (pp. 59-112). Academic Press. 

Tockner, K., Robinson, C. T., Uehlinger, U. (Eds.). (2009). Rivers of Europe (1st ed.). Academic Press.

Tockner, K., Tonolla, D., Junker, B., & Heutschi, K. (2009). Der Klang der Flüsse. Nationalpark, 143, 20-21.

Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., & Robinson, C. T. (2009). Preface and Acknowledgements. In K. Tockner, U. Uehlinger, & C. T. Robinson (Eds.), Rivers of Europe (1st ed., pp. xv-xv). Academic Press.

Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., Robinson, C. T., Siber, R., Tonolla, D., & Peter, F. D. (2009).

European Rivers. In G. E. Likens (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Inland Waters (Vol. 3, pp. 366-377). Academic Press.

Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., Robinson, C. T., Tonolla, D., Siber, R., & Peter, F. D. (2009). Introduction to European Rivers. In K. Tockner, U. Uehlinger, & C. T. Robinson (Eds.), Rivers of Europe (1st ed., pp. 1-21). Academic Press.

Tockner, K., Wüest, A., & Findlay, S. (2009). Aquatic Sciences celebrates its 20th anniversary. Aquatic Sciences, 71(1), 1-2.

Tonolla, D., Lorang, M. S., Heutschi, K., & Tockner, K. (2009). A flume experiment to examine underwater sound generation by flowing water. Aquatic Sciences, 71(4), 449-462.

Yarushina, M. I., Eremkina, T. V., & Tockner, K. (2009). Ural River Basin. In K. Tockner, U. Uehlinger, & C. T. Robinson (Eds.), Rivers of Europe (1st ed., pp. 673-684). Academic Press.


Acuña, V., Wolf, A., Uehlinger, U., & Tockner, K. (2008). Temperature dependence of stream benthic respiration in an Alpine river network under global warming. Freshwater Biology, 53(10), 2076-2088.

Arrigoni, A., Findlay, S., Fischer, D., & Tockner, K. (2008). Predicting carbon and nutrient transformations in tidal freshwater wetlands of the Hudson River. Ecosystems, 11(5), 790-802.

Döring, M., & Tockner, K. (2008). Morphology and dynamics of riparian zones. In D. Arizpe, A. Mendes, & J. E. Rabaça (Eds.), Sustainable Riparian Zones: A Management Guide (pp. 24-29). Generalitat Valenciana.

Indermaur, L., Schmidt, B. R., & Tockner, K. (2008). Effect of transmitter mass and tracking duration on body mass change of two anuran species. AmphibiaReptilia, 29(2), 263-269.

Langhans, S. D., Tiegs, S. D., Gessner, M. O., & Tockner, K. (2008). Leaf-decomposition heterogeneity across a riverine floodplain mosaic. Aquatic Sciences, 70(3), 337-346.

Paetzold, A., Yoshimura, C., & Tockner, K. (2008). Riparian arthropod responses to flow regulation and river channelization. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45(3), 894-903.

Tockner, K. (2008). Wenn die Nacht zum Tage wird: Lichtverschmutzung – ein stark unterschätztes Problem für Mensch und Natur. Grünblick, 77, 4-5.

Tockner, K., Bunn, S. E., Gordon, C., Naiman, R. J., Quinn, G. P., & Stanford, J. A. (2008). Flood plains: critically threatened ecosystems. In N. V. C. Polunin (Ed.), Aquatic Ecosystems: Trends and Global Prospects (pp. 45-61). Cambridge University Press.

Wantzen, K. M., Yule, C. M., Tockner, K., & Junk, W. J. (2008). Riparian Wetlands of Tropical Streams. In D. Dudgeon (Ed.), Tropical Stream Ecology (pp. 199-217). Academic Press.

Yoshimura, C., Gessner, M. O., Tockner, K., & Furumai, H. (2008). Chemical properties, microbial respiration, and decomposition of coarse and fine particulate organic matter. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 27(3), 664-673.


Doering, M., Uehlinger, U., Rotach, A., Schlaepfer, D. R., & Tockner, K. (2007). Ecosystem expansion and contraction dynamics along a large Alpine alluvial corridor (Tagliamento River, Northeast Italy). Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32(11), 1693-1704.

Paetzold, A., Sabo, J. L., Sadler, J. P., Findlay, S. E., & Tockner, K. (2007). AquaticTerrestrial Subsidies along River Corridors. In P. J. Wood, D. M. Hannah, & J. P.

Sadler (Eds.), Hydroecology and Ecohydrology: Past, Present and Future (pp. 57-73). John Wiley & Sons.

Reichert, P., Borsuk, M., Hostmann, M., Schweizer, S., Spörri, C., Tockner, K., & Truffer, B. (2007). Concepts of decision support for river rehabilitation. Environmental Modelling & Software, 22(2), 188-201.

Tiegs, S. D., Langhans, S. D., Tockner, K., & Gessner, M. O. (2007). Cotton strips as a leaf surrogate to measure decomposition in river floodplain habitats. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 26(1), 70-77.[70:CSAALS]2.0.CO;2

Tockner, K. (2007). River restoration: linking science with application. Ecology and Civil Engineering, 10(1), 15-25.

Woolsey, S., Capelli, F., Gonser, T., Hoehn, E., Hostmann, M., … Tockner, K., … Peter, (2007). A strategy to assess river restoration success. Freshwater Biology, 52(4), 752-769.


Coops, H., Tockner, K., Amoros, C., Hein, T., & Quinn, G. (2006). Restoring Lateral Connections Between Rivers and Floodplains: Lessons from Rehabilitation Projects. In J. T. A. Verhoeven, B. Beltman, R. Bobbink, & D. F. Whigham (Eds.), Wetlands and Natural Resource Management (pp. 15-32). Springer.

Langhans, S. D., Tiegs, S. D., Uehlinger, U., & Tockner, K. (2006). Environmental heterogeneity controls organic-matter dynamics in river-floodplain ecosystems. Polish Journal of Ecology, 54(4), 675-680.

Langhans, S. D., & Tockner, K. (2006). The role of timing, duration, and frequency of inundation in controlling leaf litter decomposition in a river-floodplain ecosystem (Tagliamento, northeastern Italy). Oecologia, 147(3), 501-509.

Malard, F., Uehlinger, U., Zah, R. and Tockner, K. (2006). Flood-pulse and riverscape dynamics in a braided glacial river. Ecology, 87(3), 704-716.  

Nakamura, K., Amano, K., & Tockner, K. (2006). River restoration: European perspectives and lessons for Japan. Ecology and Civil Engineering, 8(2), 201-214.

Nakamura, K., Tockner, K., & Amano, K. (2006). River and Wetland Restoration: Lessons from Japan. Bioscience, 56(5), 419-429;2

Paetzold, A., Bernet, J. F., & Tockner, K. (2006). Consumer-specific responses to riverine subsidy pulses in a riparian arthropod assemblage. Freshwater Biology, 51(6), 1103-1115.

Tockner, K., Klaus, I., Baumgartner, C., & Ward, J. V. (2006). Amphibian diversity and nestedness in a dynamic floodplain river (Tagliamento, NE-Italy). Hydrobiologia, 565(1), 121-133.

Tockner, K., Paetzold, A., Karaus, U., Claret, C., & Zettel, J. (2006). Ecology of Braided Rivers. In G. H. Sambrook Smith, J. L. Best, C. S. Bristow, & G. E. Petts (Eds.), Braided Rivers: Process, Deposits, Ecology and Management (pp. 339-359). Blackwell.

Trottmann, N., Langhans, S. D., & Tockner, K. (2006). Schwemmgut als Ausbreitungsmedium. Das Innenleben eines unterschätzten Naturstoffs. Wasser, Energie, Luft, 98(2), 153-159.

Yoshimura, C., Tockner, K., Omura, T., & Moog, O. (2006). Species diversity and functional assessment of macroinvertebrate communities in Austrian rivers. Limnology, 7(2), 63-74.


Arscott, D. B., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (2005). Later organization of aquatic invertebrates along the corridor of a braided floodplain river. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 24(4), 934-954.

Gurnell, A., Tockner, K., Edwards, P. & Petts, G. (2005). Effects of deposited wood on biocomplexity of river corridors. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 3(7), 377-382.;2

Jansson, R., Backx, H., Boulton, A. J., Dixon, M., Dudgeon, D., Hughes, F. M. R., …

Tockner, K. (2005). Stating mechanisms and refining criteria for ecologically successful river restoration: a comment on Palmer et al. (2005). Journal of  Applied Ecology, 42(2), 218-222.

Karaus, U., Alder, L. & Tockner, K. (2005). “Concave islands”: Habitat heterogeneity of parafluvial ponds in a gravel-bed river. Wetlands, 25(1), 26-37.[0026:CIHHOP]2.0.CO;2

Paetzold, A., Schubert, C. J., & Tockner, K. (2005). Aquatic Terrestrial Linkages Along a Braided-River: Riparian Arthropods Feeding on Aquatic Insects. Ecosystems, 8(7), 748-759.

Paetzold, A., & Tockner, K. (2005). Effects of riparian arthropod predation on the biomass and abundance of aquatic insect emergence. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 24(2), 395-402.

Tockner, K. (2005). Linking Pattern and Process Along River Corridors. In G. E. Petts & B. Kennedy (Eds.), Emerging Concepts for Integrating Human and Environmental Water Needs in River Basin Management (ERDC/EL TR-05-13, pp. 11-17). Environmental Laboratory.

Tockner, K., Surian, N., & Toniutti, N. (2005). Geomorphologie, Ökologie und nachaltiges Management einer Wildflusslandschaft am Beispiel des Fiume Tagliamento (Friaul, Italien) – ein Modellökosystem für den Alpenraum und ein Testfall für die EU-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie. Jahrbuch des Vereins zum Schutz der Bergwelt, 70, 3-17.

Trottmann, N., Langhans, S. D., & Tockner, K. (2005). Schwemmgut, ein wichtiger Weg der Ausbreitung. Natur und Mensch, 47(5), 8-11.

Woolsey, S., Weber, C., Gonser, T., Hoehn, E., Hostmann, M., … Tockner, K., Peter, A. (2005). Handbuch für die Erfolgskontrolle bei Fliessgewässerrevitalisierungen. Eine Publikation des Rhone-Thur Projektes. Eawag, WSL, LCH-EPFL, VAW-ETHZ.

Yoshimura, C., Omura, T., Furumai, H., & Tockner, K. (2005). Present state of rivers and streams in Japan. River Research and Applications, 21(2-3), 93-112.


Kaiser, E., Arscott, D. B., Tockner, K., & Sulzberger, B. (2004). Sources and distribution of organic carbon and nitrogen in the Tagliamento River, Italy. Aquatic Sciences, 66(1), 103-116.

Reichert, P., Borsuk, M., Hostmann, M., Schweizer, S., Spörri, C., Tockner, K., & Truffer, B. (2004). Concepts of Decision Support for River Rehabilitation. In C. Pahl-Wostl, S. Schmidt, A. E. Rizzoli, & A. J. Jakeman (Eds.), Complexity and Integrated Resources Management. Transactions of the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. (Vol. 2, pp. 550-555). International Environmental Modelling and Software Societey.

Robinson, C. T., Tockner, K., & Burgherr, P. (2004). Drift benthos relationships in the seasonal colonization dynamics of alpine streams. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 160(4), 447-470.

Tockner, K., Karaus, U., Paetzold, A., & Blaser, S. (2004). Ökologischer Zustand der Rhone: Benthische Evertebraten und Uferfauna. Wasser, Energie, Luft, 96(1112), 315-317. 


Arscott, D. B., Keller, B., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (2003). Habitat Structure and Trichoptera Diversity in Two Headwater Flood Plains, N.E. Italy. International Review of Hydrobiology, 88(3-4), 255-273.

Arscott, D. B., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (2003). Spatio-temporal patterns of benthic invertebrates along the continuum of a braided Alpine river. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 158(4), 431-460

Burgherr, P., Hieber, M., Klein, B., Monaghan, M. T., Robinson, C. T., & Tockner, K. (2003). Biodiversität der Wirbellosenfauna in Fliessgewässern des Val Roseg.

EAWAG news, 54d, 26-27. Burgherr, P., Hieber, M., Klein, B., Monaghan, M. T., Robinson, C. T., & Tockner, K. (2003). La biodiversité du zoobenthos des cours d’eau alpins: Le Val Roseg. EAWAG news, 54f, 26-27.

Burgherr, P., Klein, B., Robinson, C. T., & Tockner, K. (2003). Surface Zoobenthos. In J. V. Ward & U. Uehlinger (Eds.), Ecology of a Glacial Flood Plain (pp. 153-173). Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Fujii, M., Yoshimura, C., Tockner, K., & Omura, T. (2003). Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) Formation from Particulate Organic Matter (POM) in Upstreams. Environmental Engineering Research, 40, 139-149.

Robinson, C. T., Burgherr, P., Malard, F., Tockner, K., & Uehlinger, U. (2003). Synthesis and Perspectives. In J. V. Ward & U. Uehlinger (Eds.), Ecology of a Glacial Flood Plain (pp. 259-271). Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Tockner, K. (2003). The Tagliamento River: an ecosystem of European importance. FBA News, 22, 6.

Tockner, K. (2003). Der “König der Alpenflüsse” vor seinem Ende? Natur und Mensch, 45(4), 26-27.

Tockner, K. (2003). Totholz – entsorgungspflichtig oder wertvoll? Petri-Heil, 54(3), 43.

Tockner, K., Illi, R., Malard, F., & Uehlinger, U. (2003). Nutrient Dynamics. In J. V. Ward & U. Uehlinger (Eds.), Ecology of a Glacial Flood Plain (pp. 91-107). Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Tockner, K., & Langhans, S. D. (2003). Die ökologische Bedeutung des Schwemmgutes. Wasser, Energie, Luft, 95(11-12), 353-354.

Tockner, K., & Malard F (2003). Channel Typology. In J. V. Ward & U. Uehlinger (Eds.), Ecology of a Glacial Flood Plain (pp. 57-73). Kluwer Academic Publishers. 

Tockner, K., & Peter. A. (2003) Totholz und Schwemmgut – entsorgungspflichtig oder ökologisch wertvoll? Wasser, Energie, Luft, 95(11-12), 351-374.

Tockner, K., Robinson, C. T., & Burgherr, P. (2003). Drift and colonization dynamics. In J. V. Ward & U. Uehlinger (Eds.), Ecology of a Glacial Flood Plain (pp. 243-257). Kluwer Academic Publishers. 

Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., & Malard, F. (2003). Habitatdynamik in der Schwemmebene des Val Roseg. EAWAG news, 54d, 16-18.

Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., & Malard, F. (2003). La dynamique des habitats de la plaine alluviale du Val Roseg. EAWAG news, 54f, 16-18.

Tockner, K., Ward, J. V., Arscott, D. B., Edwards, P. J., Kollmann, J., Gurnell, A. M., … Maiolini, B. (2003). The Tagliamento River: A model ecosystem of European importance. Aquatic Sciences, 65(3), 239-253.

Uehlinger, U., Malard, F., & Tockner, K. (2003). Val Roseg: eine glaziale Schwemmebene in den Schweizer Alpen. EAWAG news, 54d, 13-15.

Uehlinger, U., Malard, F., & Tockner, K. (2003). La Val Roseg: Une plaine alluviale glaciaire des Alpes suisses. EAWAG news, 54f, 13-15.

Uehlinger, U., Tockner, K., & Malard, F. (2003). Ökologische Zeitfenster in glazialen Fliessgewässerökosystemen. EAWAG news, 54d, 22-23.

Uehlinger, U., Tockner, K., & Malard, F. (2003). Fenêtres écologiques dans les écosystèmes fluviaux glaciaires. EAWAG news, 54f, 22-23.

van der Nat, D., Tockner, K., Edwards, P. J., & Ward, J. V. (2003). Large wood dynamics of complex Alpine river floodplains. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 22(1), 35-50. van der Nat, D., Tockner, K., Edwards, P. J., Ward, J. V., & Gurnell, A. M. (2003).

Habitat change in braided flood plains (Tagliamento, NE-Italy). Freshwater Biology, 48(10), 1799-1812.


Arscott, D. B., Glatthaar, R., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (2002). Larval black fly (Diptera: Simuliidae) distribution and diversity along a floodplain river in the Alps (Tagliamento River, Italy). Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie: Verhandlungen, 28(2), 524-531.

Arscott, D., Tockner, K., van der Nat, D., & Ward, J. V. (2002). Aquatic Habitat Dynamics along a Braided Alpine River Ecosystem (Tagliamento River, Northeast Italy). Ecosystems, 5(8), 802-814.

Burgherr, P., Hieber, M., Klein, B., Monaghan, M. T., Robinson, C. T., & Tockner, K. (2002). Biodiversity of Zoobenthos in Alpine Steams: The Val Roseg. EAWAG news, 54e, 22-23.

Claret, C., Ward, J. V., & Tockner, K. (2002). Temperature heterogeneity of interstitial water in island-associated water bodies of a dynamic flood plain. Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie: Verhandlungen, 28(1), 345-351.

Malard, F., Hofmann, A., Tockner, K., & Uehlinger, U. (2002). Iron concentration in the water of glacial river system. Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie: Verhandlungen, 28(1), 134-139.

Malard, F., Tockner, K., Dole-Olivier, M., & Ward, J. V. (2002). A landscape perspective of surface-subsurface hydrological exchanges in river corridors. Freshwater Biology, 47(4), 621-640.

Robinson, C. T., Tockner, K., & Burgherr, P. (2002). Seasonal patterns in macroinvertebrate drift and seston transport in streams of an alpine glacial flood plain. Freshwater Biology, 47(5), 985-993.

Robinson, C. T., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (2002). The fauna of dynamic riverine landscapes. Freshwater Biology, 47(4), 661-677.

Tockner, K. (2002). Ausgedehnte Wildflusslandschaft durch Hochwasserschutz bedroht. Garten + Landschaft, 12, 42.

Tockner, K., Malard, F., Uehlinger, U., & Ward, J. V. (2002). Nutrients and organic matter in a glacial river-floodplain system (Val Roseg, Switzerland). Limnology and Oceanography, 47(1), 266-277. Tockner, K., Paetzold, A., & Karaus, U. (2002). Leben in der Flussdynamik zwischen Trockenfall und Hochwasser. In Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Ed.), Rundgespräche der Kommission für Ökologie (Vol. 24, pp. 37-46). Pfeil.

Tockner, K., & Peter, A. (2002). Totholz spielt im Ökosystem der Gewässer eine wichtige Rolle. Kommunalmagazin, 19(10), 31.

Tockner, K., & Stanford, J. A. (2002). Riverine flood plains: present state and future trends. Environmental Conservation, 29(3), 308-330.

Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., & Malard, F. (2002). Habitat Dynamics in the Val Roseg Flood Plain. EAWAG news, 54e, 14-15.

Tockner, K., Ward, J. V., Edwards, P. J., & Kollmann, J. (2002). Riverine landscapes: an introduction. Freshwater Biology, 47(4), 497-500.

Uehlinger, U., Malard, F., & Tockner, K. (2002). Val Roseg: A Glacial Flood Plain in the Swiss Alps. EAWAG news, 54e, 12-13.

Uehlinger, U., Tockner, K., & Burgherr, P. (2002). Vielfalt im Gebirgsbach. Resultate aus dem Val-Roseg-Projekt. Hotspot, 6, 9.

Uehlinger, U., Tockner, K., & Malard, F. (2002). Ecological Windows in Glacial Stream Ecosystems. EAWAG news, 54e, 20-21

van der Nat, D., Schmidt, A. P., Tockner, K., Edwards, P. J., & Ward, J. V. (2002).

Inundation Dynamics in Braided Floodplains: Tagliamento River, Northeast Italy. Ecosystems, 5(7), 636-647.

van der Nat, D., Tockner, K., Edwards, P. J., & Ward, J. V. (2002). Quantification of large woody debris in large floodplain rivers: an area-based approach using differential GPS and GIS. Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie: Verhandlungen, 28(1), 332-335.

Ward, J. V., Malard, F., & Tockner, K. (2002). Landscape ecology: a framework for integrating pattern and process in river corridors. Landscape Ecology, 17(1), 35-45.

Ward, J. V., Robinson, C. T., & Tockner, K. (2002). Applicability of ecological theory to riverine ecosystems. Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie: Verhandlungen, 28(1), 443-450.

Ward, J. V., Tockner, K., Arscott, D. B., & Claret, C. (2002). Riverine landscape diversity. Freshwater Biology, 47(4), 517-539


Arscott, D. B., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (2001). Thermal heterogeneity along a braided floodplain river (Tagliamento River, northeastern Italy). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 58(12), 2359-2373.

Gurnell, A. M., Petts, G. E., Hannah, D. M., Smith, B. P. G., Edwards, P. J., Kollmann, J., … Tockner, K. (2001). Riparian vegetation and island formation along the gravel-bed Fiume Tagliamento, Italy. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 26(1), 31-62.;2Y

Klaus, I., Baumgartner, C., & Tockner, K. (2001). Die Wildflusslandschaft des Tagliamento (Italien, Friaul) als Lebensraum einer artenreichen Amphibiengesellschaft. Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie, 8, 21-29.

Tockner, K., Ward, J. V., Edwards, P. J., Kollmann, J., Gurnell, A. M., & Petts, G. E. (2001). Der Tagliamento (Norditalien): Eine Wildflussaue als Modellökosystem für den Alpenraum. Laufener Seminarbeiträge, 3, 25-34 

Ward, J. V., & Tockner, K. (2001). Biodiversity: towards a unifying theme for river ecology. Freshwater Biology, 46(6), 807-819.

Ward, J. V., Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., & Malard, F. (2001). Understanding natural patterns and processes in river corridors as the basis for effective river restoration. Regulated Rivers: Research & Management, 17(4-5), 311-323.


Arscott, D. B., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (2000). Aquatic habitat diversity along the corridor of an alpine floodplain river (Fiume Tagliamento, Italy). Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 149(4), 679-704.

Gurnell, A. M., Petts, G. E., Hannah, D. M., Smith, B. P. G., Edwards, P. J., Kollmann, J., … Tockner, K. (2000). Wood storage within the active zone of a large European gravel-bed river. Geomorphology, 34(1-2), 55-72.

Gurnell, A. M., Petts, G. E., Harris, N., Ward, J. V., Tockner, K., Edwards, P. J., & Kollmann, J. (2000). Large wood retention in river channels: the case of the Fiume Tagliamento, Italy. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 25(3), 255275.<255::AIDESP56>3.0.CO;2H

Klein, B., & Tockner, K. (2000). Biodiversity in springbrooks of a glacial flood plain (Val Roseg, Switzerland). Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie: Verhandlungen, 27(2), 704-710.

Malard, F., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (2000). Physico-chemical heterogeneity in a glacial riverscape. Landscape Ecology, 15(8), 679-695.

Petts, G. E., Gurnell, A. M., Gerrard, A. J., Hannah, D. M., Hansford, B., … Tockner, K., Smith, B. P. G. (2000). Longitudinal variations in exposed riverine sediments: a context for the ecology of the Fiume Tagliamento, Italy. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 10(4), 249-266.<249::AIDAQC410>3.0.CO;2R

Tockner, K. (2000). Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands of North America. Freshwater Biology, 45(1), 103-104.

Tockner, K. (2000). Schweizer Forschung in italienischer Wildflusslandschaft: Der Tagliamento als Modell für Flussrevitalisierungen. CH-Forschung, 7, 1-2.

Tockner, K., Baumgartner, C., Schiemer, F., & Ward, J. V. (2000) Biodiversity of a Danubian floodplain: structural, functional and compositional aspects. In B. Gopal, W. J. Junk, & J. A. Davis (Eds.), Biodiversity in Wetlands: Assessment, Function and Conservation (Vol. 1, pp. 141-159). Backhuys.

Tockner, K., Malard, F., & Ward, J. V. (2000). An extension of the flood pulse concept. Hydrological Processes, 14(16-17), 2861-2883.<2861::AIDHYP124>3.0.CO;2F

Ward, J. V., Tockner, K., Edwards, P., Kollmann, J., Gurnell, A., Petts, G., … Rossaro, B. (2000). Potential role of island dynamics in river ecosystems. Internationale  Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie: Verhandlungen, 27(5), 2582-2585.




Edwards, P. J., Kollmann, J., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (1999). The role of island dynamics in the maintenance of biodiversity in an Alpine river system. Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH, 65, 73-86 

Kollmann, J., Vieli, M., Edwards, P. J., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (1999). Interactions between vegetation development and island formation in the Alpine river Tagliamento. Applied Vegetation Science, 2(1), 25-36.

Malard, F., Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (1999). Shifting Dominance of Subcatchment Water Sources and Flow Paths in a Glacial Floodplain, Val Roseg, Switzerland. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 31(2), 135-150.

Schiemer, F., Baumgartner, C., & Tockner, K. (1999). Restoration of floodplain rivers: the ‘Danube restoration project’. Regulated Rivers: Research & Management, 15(1-3),  231-244.<231::AIDRRR548>3.0.CO;25

Tockner, K., Pennetzdorfer, D., Reiner, N., Schiemer, F., & Ward, J. V. (1999). Hydrological connectivity, and the exchange of organic matter and nutrients in a dynamic river-floodplain system (Danube, Austria). Freshwater Biology, 41(3), 521-535.

Tockner, K., Schiemer, F., Baumgartner, C., Kum, G., Weigand, E., Zweimüller, I., & Ward, J. V. (1999). The Danube restoration project: species diversity patterns across connectivity gradients in the floodplain system. Regulated Rivers: Research & Management, 15(1-3), 245-258.<245::AIDRRR540>3.0.CO;2G

Tockner, K., & Ward, J. V. (1999). Biodiversity along riparian corridors. Large Rivers, 11(3), 293-310.

Ward, J. V., Malard, F., & Tockner, K. (1999). Landscape ecology in integrates pattern and process in river corridors. In J. A. Wiens & M. R. Moss (Eds.), Issues in Landscape Ecology (pp. 97-102). International Association for Landscape Ecology.

Ward, J. V., Malard, F., Tockner, K., & Uehlinger, U. (1999). Influence of ground water on surface water conditions in a glacial flood plain of the Swiss Alps. Hydrological Processes, 13(3), 277-293.<277::AIDHYP738>3.0.CO;2N

Ward, J. V., Tockner, K., Edwards, P., Kollmann, J., Bretschko, G., Gurnell, A., … Rossaro, B. (1999). A reference river system for the Alps: the ‘Fiume Tagliamento’. Regulated Rivers: Research & Management, 15(1-3), 63-75.<63::AIDRRR538>3.0.CO;2F

Ward, J. V., Tockner, K., & Schiemer, F. (1999). Biodiversity of floodplain river ecosystems: ecotones and connectivity. Regulated Rivers: Research &  Management, 15(1-3), 125-139.<125::AIDRRR523>3.0.CO;2E


Tockner, K., Schiemer, F., & Ward, J. V. (1998). Conservation by restoration: the management concept for a river-floodplain system on the Danube River in Austria. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 8(1), 71-86.<71::AIDAQC265>3.0.CO;2D

Ward, J. V., Burgherr, P., Gessner, M. O. G., Malard, F., Robinson, C. T., Tockner, K., … Zah, R. (1998). The Val Roseg project: habitat heterogeneity and connectivity gradients in a glacial flood-plain system. In K. Kovar, U. Tappeiner, N. E. Peters, & R. G. Craig (Eds.), Hydrology, Water Resources and Ecology in Headwaters (pp. 425-432). International Association of Hydrological Sciences.


Tockner, K., Malard, F., Burgherr, P., Robinson, C. T., Uehlinger, U., Zah, R., & Ward, J. V. (1997). Physico-chemical characterization of channel types in a glacial floodplain ecosystem (Val Roseg, Switzerland). Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 140(4), 433-463.

Tockner, K., & Schiemer, F. (1997). Ecological aspects of the restoration strategy for a river-floodplain system on the Danube River in Austria. Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters, 6(3/4), 321-329.

Tockner, K., & Waringer, J. A. (1997). Measuring Drift during a Receding Flood: Results from an Austrian Mountain Brook (Ritrodat-Lunz). Internationale Revue der gesamten Hydrobiologie und Hydrographie, 82(1), 1-13.


Tockner, K. (1996). Colonization experiments for biomonitoring riparian communities of a large regulated river, the Danube (Austria). Large Rivers, 113(1-4), 433-442.

Tockner, K., & Bretschko, G. (1996). Spatial distribution of particulate organic matter (POM) and benthic invertebrates in a river-floodplain transect (Danube, Austria): importance of hydrological connectivity. Large Rivers, 11(1), 11-27.