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Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch

Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Animal Ecology I

Head of Department of Animal Ecology I

Research interests:

  • Multiple stressor ecology
  • Microplastics in the environment
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Molecular ecology

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Animal Ecology I

Selected publications


Julian Brehm, Magdalena V. Wilde, Lukas Reiche, Lisa-Cathrin Leitner, Benedict Petran, Marcel Meinhart, Simon Wieland, Sven Ritschar, Matthias Schott, Jan-Pascal Boos, Sven Frei, Holger Kress, Jürgen Senker, Andreas Greiner, Thomas Fröhlich, Christian Laforsch: In-depth characterization revealed polymer type and chemical content specific effects of microplastic on Dreissena bugensis. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 437 (2022). - .

Markus Rolf, Hannes Laermanns, Lukas Kienzler, Christian Pohl, Julia N. Möller, Christian Laforsch, Martin G. J. Löder, Christina Bogner: Flooding frequency and floodplain topography determine abundance of microplastics in an alluvial Rhine soil. In: Science of the Total Environment, 836 (2022). - .

Sebastian Steibl, Gerhard Gebauer, Christian Laforsch: Impacts on food web properties of island invertebrate communities vary between different human land uses. In: Science of the Total Environment, 831 (2022). - .

Thomas Witzmann, Anja Ramsperger, Simon Wieland, Christian Laforsch, Holger Kress, Andreas Fery, Günter K. Auernhammer: Repulsive Interactions of Eco-corona-Covered Microplastic Particles Quantitatively Follow Modeling of Polymer Brushes. In: Langmuir, (2022). - .

Elisabeth Schirmer, Sven Ritschar, Matthias Ochs, Christian Laforsch, Stefan Schuster, Andreas Römpp: MALDI mass spectrometry imaging workflow for the aquatic model organisms Danio rerio and Daphnia magna. In: Scientific Reports, 12 (2022). - .

Simon Wieland, Aylin Balmes, Julian Bender, Jonas Kitzinger, Felix Meyer, Anja Ramsperger, Franz Roeder, Caroline Tengelmann, Benedik H. Wimmer, Christian Laforsch, Holger Kress: From properties to toxicity : comparing microplastics to other airborne microparticles. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 428 (2022). - .

Sven Ritschar, Frederic Hüftlein, Lisa-Marie Schell, Julian Brehm, Christian Laforsch: Taking advantage of transparency : A proof-of-principle for the analysis of the uptake of labeled microplastic particles by organisms of different functional feeding guilds using an adapted CUBIC protocol. In: Science of the Total Environment, 832 (2022). - S. No. 154922.

Anja Ramsperger, Julia Jasinski, Matthias Völkl, T. Witzmann, Marcel Meinhart, Valérie Jérôme, Winfried Kretschmer, Ruth Freitag, Jürgen Senker, Andreas Fery, Holger Kress, Thomas Scheibel, Christian Laforsch: Supposedly identical microplastic particles substantially differ in their material properties influencing particle-cell interactions and cellular responses. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 425 (2022). - .

Michael Schwarzer, Julian Brehm, Martina Vollmer, Julia Jasinski, Chengzhang Xu, Shakir Zainuddin, Thomas Fröhlich, Matthias Schott, Andreas Greiner, Thomas Scheibel, Christian Laforsch: Shape, size, and polymer dependent effects of microplastics on Daphnia magna. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 426 (2022). - .

Magdalena V. Wilde, Julian Brehm, Michael Schwarzer, Jan B. Stöckl, Christian Laforsch, Thomas Fröhlich: Improving the proteome coverage of Daphnia magna : implications for future ecotoxicoproteomics studies. In: Proteomics, (2022). - .

Isabella Schrank, Julia N. Möller, Hannes Imhof, Oliver Hauenstein, Franziska Zielke, Seema Agarwal, Martin G. J. Löder, Andreas Greiner, Christian Laforsch: Microplastic sample purification methods : Assessing detrimental effects of purification procedures on specific plastic types. In: Science of the Total Environment, 833 (2022). - S. No. 154824.

Julian Brehm, Magdalena V. Wilde, Lukas Reiche, Lisa-Cathrin Leitner, Benedict Petran, Marcel Meinhart, Simon Wieland, Sven Ritschar, Matthias Schott, Jan-Pascal Boos, Sven Frei, Holger Kress, Jürgen Senker, Andreas Greiner, Thomas Fröhlich, Christian Laforsch: In-depth Characterization Revealed Polymer Type and Chemical Content Specific Effects of Microplastic on Dreissena Bugensis. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, (2022). - .

Benedikt Hufnagl, Michael Stibi, Heghnar Martirosyan, Ursula Wilczek, Julia N. Möller, Martin G. J. Löder, Christian Laforsch, Hans Lohninger: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Microplastics in Environmental Samples Based on μFTIR Imaging in Combination with Machine Learning. In: Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 9 (2022). - S. 90-95.

Sven Ritschar, Elisabeth Schirmer, Benedikt Hufnagl, Martin G. J. Löder, Andreas Römpp, Christian Laforsch: Classification of target tissues of Eisenia fetida using sequential multimodal chemical analysis and machine learning. In: Histochemistry and Cell Biology, 157 (2022). - S. 127-137.

Jens G. P. Diller, Sophia Drescher, Mario Hofmann, Max Rabus, Heike Feldhaar, Christian Laforsch: The Beauty is a beast: Does leachate from the invasive terrestrial plant Impatiens glandulifera affect aquatic food webs?. In: Ecology and Evolution, 12 (2022). - .


Sebastian Steibl, Christian Laforsch: The importance of the Maldives as a wintering ground for migratory birds of the Central Asian flyway. In: Journal of Asian Ornithology, 37 (2021). - S. 80-87.

Sarmite Kernchen, Martin G. J. Löder, Franziska Fischer, Dieter Fischer, Sonya R. Moses, Christoph Georgi, Anke Nölscher, Andreas Held, Christian Laforsch: Airborne microplastic concentrations and deposition across the Weser River catchment. In: Science of the Total Environment, (2021). - .

Julia N. Möller, Ingrid Heisel, Anna Satzger, Eva Cseperke Vizsolyi, Simon David Jakob Oster, Seema Agarwal, Christian Laforsch, Martin G. J. Löder: Tackling the Challenge of Extracting Microplastics from Soils : A Protocol to Purify Soil Samples for Spectroscopic Analysis. In: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, (2021). - .

Sebastian Steibl, Jonas Franke, Christian Laforsch: Tourism and urban development as drivers for invertebrate diversity loss on tropical islands. In: Royal Society Open Science, 8 (2021). - .

Patricia Diel, Max Rabus, Christian Laforsch: Pricklier with the proper predator? Predator‐induced small‐scale changes of spinescence in Daphnia. In: Ecology and Evolution, 11 (2021). - S. 17080-17090.

Sebastian Teichert, Martin G. J. Löder, Ines Pyko, Marlene Mordek, Christian Schulbert, Max Wisshak, Christian Laforsch: Microplastic contamination of the drilling bivalve Hiatella arctica in Arctic rhodolith beds. In: Scientific Reports, 11 (2021). - .

Benjamin Trotter, Magdalena V. Wilde, Julian Brehm, Evdokia Dafni, Arlinda Aliu, Georg J. Arnold, Thomas Fröhlich, Christian Laforsch: Long-term exposure of Daphnia magna to polystyrene microplastic (PS-MP) leads to alterations of the proteome, morphology and life-history. In: Science of the Total Environment, 795 (2021). - .

Alfons Weig, Martin G. J. Löder, Anja Ramsperger, Christian Laforsch: In situ Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Communities on Microplastic Particles in a Small Headwater Stream in Germany. In: Frontiers in Microbiology, 12 (2021). - .

Sebastian Steibl, Robert Sigl, Paul E. Bräumer, Victoria Clauß, Simon Goddemeier, Stephan Hamisch, Darleen Lücker, Lisa Reiprich, Lucas Stegmann, Nora Voigt, Christian Laforsch: Diversity patterns and community structure of the ground-associated macrofauna along the beach-inland transition zone of small tropical islands. In: Diversity, 13 (2021). - .

Sebastian Steibl, Christian Laforsch: Compartmentalized organization of ecological niche occupation in insular invertebrate communities. In: Ecology and Evolution, 11 (2021). - S. 471-480.

Vinay B. N. Kumar, Lena A. Löschel, Hannes Imhof, Martin G. J. Löder, Christian Laforsch: Analysis of microplastics of a broad size range in commercially important mussels by combining FTIR and Raman spectroscopy approaches. In: Environmental Pollution, 269 (2021). - S. No. 116147.

Sebastian Steibl, Robert Sigl, Sanja Blaha, Sophia Drescher, Gerhard Gebauer, Elif Gürkal, Frederic Hüftlein, Anna Satzger, Michael Schwarzer, Dimitri Seidenath, Jana Welfenbach, Raphael S. Zinser, Christian Laforsch: Allochthonous resources are less important for faunal communities on highly productive, small tropical islands. In: Ecology and Evolution, 11 (2021). - S. 13128-13138.


Sven Ritschar, Vinay Kumar Bangalore Narayana, Max Rabus, Christian Laforsch: Uncovering the chemistry behind inducible morphological defences in the crustacean Daphnia magna via micro-Raman spectroscopy. In: Scientific Reports, 10 (2020). - S. No. 22408.

Anja Ramsperger, Anja C. Stellwag, Anja Caspari, Andreas Fery, Tillmann Lüders, Holger Kress, Martin G. J. Löder, Christian Laforsch: Structural Diversity in Early-Stage Biofilm Formation on Microplastics Depends on Environmental Medium and Polymer Properties. In: Water, 12 (2020). - .

Sebastian Steibl, Christian Laforsch: Shell resource partitioning as a mechanism of coexistence in two co-occurring terrestrial hermit crab species. In: BMC Ecology, 20 (2020). - .

Sven Ritschar, Max Rabus, Christian Laforsch: Predator-specific inducible morphological defenses of a water flea against two freshwater predators. In: Journal of Morphology, 281 (2020). - S. 653-661.

Rachid Dris, Seema Agarwal, Christian Laforsch: Plastics : From a Success Story to an Environmental Problem and a Global Challenge. In: Global Challenges, 4 (2020). - .

Barbara Pietrzak, Max Rabus, Maciej Religa, Christian Laforsch, Maciej J. Dańko: Phenotypic plasticity of senescence in Daphnia under predation impact : no ageing acceleration when the perceived risk decreases with age. In: Royal Society Open Science, 7 (2020). - .

Patricia Diel, Marvin Kiene, Dominik Martin-Creuzburg, Christian Laforsch: Knowing the Enemy : Inducible Defences in Freshwater Zooplankton. In: Diversity, 12 (2020). - .

Sebastian Steibl, Jörg Spelda, Christian Laforsch: First record of the spirobolid Eucarlia hoffmani Golovatch & Korsós, 1992 (Diplopoda: Spirobolida: Pachybolidae) from the Maldives, Indian Ocean. In: Schubartiana, 9 (2020). - S. 7-11.

Sebastian Steibl, Francesco Ballarin, Anton A. Nadolny, Christian Laforsch: First record of a wolf spider, Draposa lyrivulva (Bösenberg & Strand 1906) (Araneae: Lycosidae), from the Maldivian Islands, Indian Ocean. In: Acta Arachnologica, 69 (2020). - S. 115-119.

Julia N. Möller, Martin G. J. Löder, Christian Laforsch: Finding Microplastics in Soils : A Review of Analytical Methods. In: Environmental Science & Technology, 54 (2020). - S. 2078-2090.

Anja Ramsperger, Vinay Kumar Bangalore Narayana, Wolfgang Gross, John Mohanraj, Mukundan Thelakkat, Andreas Greiner, Holger Schmalz, Holger Kress, Christian Laforsch: Environmental exposure enhances the internalization of microplastic particles into cells. In: Science Advances, 6 (2020). - .

Sarah Piehl, Elizabeth C. Atwood, Mathias Bochow, Hannes Imhof, Jonas Franke, Florian Siegert, Christian Laforsch: Can Water Constituents Be Used as Proxy to Map Microplastic Dispersal Within Transitional and Coastal Waters?. In: Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8 (2020). - S. No. 92.


Sebastian Steibl, Christian Laforsch: Daytime activity and habitat preferences of two sympatric hermit crab species (Decapoda: Anomura: Coenobita). In: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 231 (2019). - S. No. 106482.

Sven Frei, Sarah Piehl, Ben Gilfedder, Martin G. J. Löder, Jennifer Krutzke, Laura Wilhelm, Christian Laforsch: Occurence of microplastics in the hyporheic zone of rivers. In: Scientific Reports, 9 (2019). - .

Kathrin A. Otte, Christoph Effertz, Thomas Fröhlich, Georg J. Arnold, Christian Laforsch, Eric von Elert: Proteomic analysis in the model organism Daphnia has the potential to unravel molecular pathways involved in phenotypic changes in response to changing environmental conditions. In: Hydrobiologia, 846 (2019). - S. 27-38.

Benjamin Trotter, Anja Ramsperger, Patricia Raab, Julia Haberstroh, Christian Laforsch: Plastic waste interferes with chemical communication in aquatic ecosystems. In: Scientific Reports, 9 (2019). - .

Benedikt Hufnagl, Dieter Steiner, Elisabeth Renner, Martin G. J. Löder, Christian Laforsch, Hans Lohninger: A methodology for the fast identification and monitoring of microplastics in environmental samples using random decision forest classifiers. In: Analytical Methods, 11 (2019). - S. 2277-2285.

Isabella Schrank, Benjamin Trotter, Julia Dummert, Barbara Scholz-Böttcher, Martin G. J. Löder, Christian Laforsch: Effects of microplastic particles and leaching additive on the life history and morphology of Daphnia magna. In: Environmental Pollution, 255 (2019). - .

Sebastian Steibl, Christian Laforsch: Disentangling the environmental impact of different human disturbances : a case study on islands. In: Scientific Reports, 9 (2019). - S. No. 13712.

Elizabeth C. Atwood, Francesco M. Falcieri, Sarah Piehl, Mathias Bochow, Michael Matthies, Jonas Franke, Sandro Carniel, Mauro Sclavo, Christian Laforsch, Florian Siegert: Coastal accumulation of microplastic particles emitted from the Po River, Northern Italy : Comparing remote sensing and hydrodynamic modelling with in situ sample collections. In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 138 (2019). - S. 561-574.

Sarah Piehl, Veronika Mitterwallner, Elizabeth C. Atwood, Mathias Bochow, Christian Laforsch: Abundance and distribution of large microplastics (1–5 mm) within beach sediments at the Po River Delta, northeast Italy. In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 149 (2019). - .


Hannes Imhof, Alexandra C. Wiesheu, Reinhard Niessner, Natalia P. Ivleva, Christian Laforsch: Variation in plastic abundance at different lake beach zones - a case study. In: Science of the Total Environment, 613/614 (2018). - S. 530-537.

Jonathan B. Stocking, Christian Laforsch, Robert Sigl, Matthew A. Reidenbach: The role of turbulent hydrodynamics and surface morphology on heat and mass transfer in corals. In: Interface : Journal of the Royal Society, 15 (2018). - .

Nicolas Weithmann, Julia N. Möller, Martin G. J. Löder, Sarah Piehl, Christian Laforsch, Ruth Freitag: Organic fertilizer as a vehicle for the entry of microplastic into the environment. In: Science Advances, 4 (2018). - .

Sarah Piehl, Anna Leibner, Martin G. J. Löder, Rachid Dris, Christina Bogner, Christian Laforsch: Identification and quantification of macro- and microplastics on an agricultural farmland. In: Scientific Reports, 8 (2018). - .


Hannes Imhof, Robert Sigl, Emilia Brauer, Sabine Feyl, Philipp Giesemann, Stefan Klink, Kathrin Leupolz, Martin G. J. Löder, Lena Löschel, Jan Missun, Sarah Muszynski, Anja Ramsperger, Isabella Schrank, Susan Speck, Sebastian Steibl, Benjamin Trotter, Isabel Winter, Christian Laforsch: Spatial and temporal variation of macro-, meso- and microplastic abundance on a remote coral island of the Maldives, Indian Ocean. In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 116 (2017). - S. 340-347.

Sebastian Primpke, Hannes Imhof, Sarah Piehl, Claudia Lorenz, Martin G. J. Löder, Christian Laforsch, Gunnar Gerdts: Mikroplastik in der Umwelt. In: Chemie in unserer Zeit, 51 (2017). - S. 402-412.

Jessica Fischer, Kathrin Schoppmann, Christian Laforsch: Life History Responses and Feeding Behavior of Microcrustacea in Altered Gravity : Applicability in Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS). In: Microgravity Science and Technology, 29 (2017). - S. 241-249.

Jessica Fischer, Christian Laforsch: The influence of gravity and light on locomotion and orientation of Heterocypris incongruens and Notodromas onacha (Crustacea, Ostracoda). In: npj Microgravity, (2017). - .

Amir Reza Bagheri, Christian Laforsch, Andreas Greiner, Shivani Agarwal: Fate of So-Called Biodegradable Polymers in Seawater and Freshwater. In: Global Challenges, 1 (2017). - S. No. 1700048.

Martin G. J. Löder, Hannes Imhof, Maike Ladehoff, Lena Löschel, Claudia Lorenz, Svenja Mintenig, Sarah Piehl, Sebastian Primpke, Isabella Schrank, Christian Laforsch, Gunnar Gerdts: Enzymatic purification of microplastics in environmental samples. In: Environmental Science & Technology, 51 (2017). - S. 14283-14292.

Hannes Imhof, Jakub Rusek, Michaela Thiel, Justyna Wolinska, Christian Laforsch: Do microplastic particles affect Daphnia magna at the morphological, life history and molecular level?. In: PLoS One, 12 (2017). - S. e0187590.


Hannes Imhof, Christian Laforsch: Hazardous or not - Are adult and juvenile individuals of Potamopyrgus antipodarum affected by non-buoyant microplastic particles?. In: Environmental Pollution, 218 (2016). - S. 383-391.

Robert Sigl, Sebastian Steibl, Christian Laforsch: The role of vision for navigation in the crown-of-thorns seastar, Acanthaster planci. In: Scientific Reports, 6 (2016). - S. No. 30834.

Johannes Hepp, Max Rabus, Tobias Anhäuser, Tobias Bromm, Christian Laforsch, Frank Sirocko, Bruno Glaser, Michael Zech: A sugar biomarker proxy for assessing terrestial versus aquatic sedimentary input. In: Organic Geochemistry, 98 (2016). - S. 98-104.

Quirin Herzog, Carmen Tittgen, Christian Laforsch: Predator-specific reversibility of morphological defenses in Daphnia barbata. In: Journal of Plankton Research, 38 (2016). - S. 771-780.

Hannes Imhof, Christian Laforsch, Alexandra C. Wiesheu, Johannes Schmid, Philipp M. Anger, Reinhard Niessner, Natalia P. Ivleva: Pigments and plastic in limnetic ecosystems : A qualitative and quantitative study on microparticles of different size classes. In: Water Research, 98 (2016). - S. 64-74.

Robert Sigl, Christian Laforsch: The Influence of Water Currents on Movement Patterns on Sand in the Crown-of-Thorns Seastar (Acanthaster cf. solaris). In: Diversity, 8 (2016). - S. No. 25.

Quirin Herzog, Max Rabus, Bernard Wolfschoon Ribeiro, Christian Laforsch: Inducible Defenses with a "Twist" : Daphnia barbata Abandons Bilateral Symmetry in Response to an Ancient Predator. In: PLoS One, 11 (2016). - .

Miriam Knie, Kathrin Schoppmann, Hendrik Eck, Bernard Wolfschoon Ribeiro, Christian Laforsch: The "Daphnia" Lynx Mark I suborbital flight experiment : Hardware qualification at the Drop Tower Bremen. In: Microgravity Science and Technology, 28 (2016). - S. 345-349.

Luisa Orsini, Donald Gilbert, Ram Podicheti, Mieke Jansen, James B. Brown, Omid Shams Solari, Katina I. Spanier, John K. Colbourne, Douglas Rush, Ellen Decaestecker, Jana Asselmann, Karel A.C. de Schamphelaere, Dieter Ebert, Christoph R. Haag, Jouni Kvist, Christian Laforsch, Adam Petrusek, Andrew P. Beckermann, Tom J. Little, Anurag Chaturvedi, Michael E. Pfrender, Luc de Meester, Mikko J. Frilander: Daphnia magna transcriptome by RNA-Seq across 12 environmental stressors. In: Scientific Data, 3 (2016). - .


Jessica Fischer, Kathrin Schoppmann, Miriam Knie, Christian Laforsch: Responses of microcrustaceans to simulated microgravity (2D-clinorotation) : preliminary assessments for the development of Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS). In: Microgravity Science and Technology, 28 (2015). - S. 337-344.

Kathrin A. Otte, Isabella Schrank, Thomas Fröhlich, Georg J. Arnold, Christian Laforsch: Interclonal proteomic responses to predator exposure in Daphnia magna may depend on predator composition of habitats. In: Molecular Ecology, 24 (2015). - S. 3901-3917.

Benjamin Trotter, Kathrin A. Otte, Kathrin Schoppmann, Ruth Hemmersbach, Thomas Fröhlich, Georg J. Arnold, Christian Laforsch: The influence of simulated microgravity on the proteome of Daphnia magna. In: npj Microgravity, 1 (2015). - .

Linda C. Weiss, Florian Leese, Christian Laforsch, Ralph Tollrian: Dopamine is a key regulator in the signalling pathway underlying predator-induced defences in Daphnia. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282 (2015). - .

Ralph Tollrian, Sonja Duggen, Linda C. Weiss, Christian Laforsch, Michael Kopp: Density-dependent adjustment of inducible defenses. In: Scientific Reports, 5 (2015). - .

Andreas Eich, Tobias Mildenberger, Christian Laforsch, Miriam Weber: Biofilm and diatom succession on polyethylene (PE) and biodegradable plastic bags in two marine habitats : early signs of degradation in the pelagic and benthic zone?. In: PLoS One, 10 (2015). - .

Rachid Dris, Hannes Imhof, Wilfried Sanchez, Johnny Gasperi, François Galgani, Bruno Tassin, Christian Laforsch: Beyond the ocean : Contamination of freshwater ecosystems with (micro-) plastic particles. In: Environmental Chemistry, 12 (2015). - S. 32.


Mona Feiner, Christian Laforsch, Thomas Letzel, Jürgen Geist: Sublethal effects of the beta-blocker sotalol at environmentally relevant concentrations on the New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum. In: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 33 (2014). - S. 2510-2515.

Kathrin A. Otte, Thomas Fröhlich, Georg J. Arnold, Christian Laforsch: Proteomic analysis of Daphnia magna hints at molecular pathways involved in defensive plastic responses. In: BMC Genomics, 15 (2014). - .

Linda C. Weiss, Christian Laforsch, Ioanna Ioannidou, Zsofia Herbert, Ralph Tollrian: Daphnia longicephala neuropeptides : Morphological description of crustacean cardioactive peptide (CCAP) and periviscerokinins in the Ctenodaphnia central nervous system. In: Neuropeptides, 48 (2014). - S. 287-293.


Max Rabus, Thomas Söllradl, Hauke Clausen-Schaumann, Christian Laforsch: Uncovering Ultrastructural Defences in Daphnia magna : An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assess the Predator-Induced Fortification of the Carapace. In: PLoS One, 8 (2013). - S. e67856.

Wolfgang Engelbrecht, Olivia Hesse, Justyna Wolinska, Christian Laforsch: Two threats at once : encounters with predator cues alter host life-history and morphological responses to parasite spores. In: Hydrobiologia, 715 (2013). - S. 93-100.

Robert Sigl, Hannes Imhof, Marcus Settles, Christian Laforsch: A novel, non-invasive and in vivo approach to determine morphometric data in starfish. In: Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 449 (2013). - S. 1-9.

Quirin Herzog, Christian Laforsch: Modality matters for the expression of inducible defenses : introducing a concept of predator modality. In: BMC Biology, 11 (2013). - .

Hannes Imhof, Natalia P. Ivleva, Johannes Schmid, Reinhard Niessner, Christian Laforsch: Contamination of beach sediments of a subalpine lake with microplastic particles. In: Current Biology, 23 (2013). - S. R867-R868.

Meike J. Wittmann, Wilfried Gabriel, Eva-Maria Harz, Christian Laforsch, Jonathan M. Jeschke: Can Daphnia lumholtzi invade European lakes?. In: NeoBiota, 16 (2013). - S. 39-57.


Hannes Imhof, Johannes Schmid, Natalia P. Ivleva, Christian Laforsch: A novel, highly efficient method for the quantification of plastic particles in sediments of aquatic environments. In: Limnology and Oceanography : Methods, (2012). - S. 524-537.

Linda C. Weiss, Ralph Tollrian, Zsofia Herbert, Christian Laforsch: Morphology of the Daphnia nervous system : a comparative study on Daphnia pulex, Daphnia lumholtzi, and Daphnia longicephala. In: Journal of Morphology, 273 (2012). - S. 1392-1405.

Max Rabus, Aline Waterkeyn, Nisse van Pottelbergh, Luc Brendonck, Christian Laforsch: Interclonal variation, effectiveness and long-term implications of Triops-induced morphological defences in Daphnia magna Strauss. In: Journal of Plankton Research, 34 (2012). - S. 152-160.

Olivia Hesse, Wolfgang Engelbrecht, Christian Laforsch, Justyna Wolinska: Fighting parasites and predators : How to deal with multiple threats?. In: BMC Ecology, 12 (2012). - .

Christian Wild, Christian Laforsch, Christoph Mayr, Roland Fuß, Wolfgang Niggl: Effect of water currents on organic matter release by two scleractinian corals. In: Aquatic Ecology, 46 (2012). - S. 335-341.

Linda C. Weiss, Sebastian Kruppert, Christian Laforsch, Ralph Tollrian: Chaoborus and Gasterosteus Anti-Predator Responses in Daphnia pulex Are Mediated by Independent Cholinergic and Gabaergic Neuronal Signals. In: PLoS One, 7 (2012). - S. e36879.

Howard P. Riessen, Robert Dallas Linley, Ianina Altshuler, Max Rabus, Thomas Söllradl, Hauke Clausen-Schaumann, Christian Laforsch, Norman D. Yan, P. R. Howard: Changes in water chemistry can disable plankton prey defenses. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (2012). - S. 15377-15382.


David Duneau, Pepijn Luijckx, Frida Ben-Ami, Christian Laforsch, Dieter Ebert: Resolving the infection process reveals striking differences in the contribution of environment, genetics and phylogeny to host-parasite interactions. In: BMC Biology, 9 (2011). - .

Mingbo Yin, Christian Laforsch, Jennifer N. Lohr, Justyna Wolinska: Predator-induced defence makes Daphnia more vulnerable to parasites. In: Evolution, 65 (2011). - S. 1482-1488.

Petr Jan Juracka, Christian Laforsch, Adam Petrusek: Neckteeth formation in two species of the Daphnia curvirostris complex (Crustacea: Cladocera). In: Journal of Limnology, 70 (2011). - S. 359-368.

Max Rabus, Christian Laforsch: Growing large and bulky in the presence of the enemy : Daphnia magna switches the mode of inducible defences. In: Functional Ecology, 25 (2011). - S. 1137-1143.

John K. Colbourne, Michael E. Pfrender, Donald Gilbert, Christian Laforsch: The ecoresponsive genome of Daphnia pulex. In: Science, 331 (2011). - S. 555-561.


Sabine Dietrich, Florian Plößl, Franz Bracher, Christian Laforsch: Single and combined toxicity of pharmaceuticals at environmentally relevant concentrations in Daphnia magna : A multigenerational study. In: Chemosphere, 79 (2010). - S. 60-66.

Sabine Dietrich, Shana Dammel, Franz Bracher, Florian Plößl, Christian Laforsch: Effects of a pharmaceutical mixture at environmentally relevant concentrations on Gammarus fossarum. In: Marine & Freshwater Research, 61 (2010). - S. 196-203.

Jennifer N. Lohr, Christian Laforsch, Henrike Körner, Justyna Wolinska: A Daphnia parasite (Caullerya mesnili) constitutes a new member of the Ichthyosporea, a group of protists near the animal-fungi divergence. In: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 57 (2010). - S. 328-336.


Thomas Fröhlich, Georg J. Arnold, Rainer Fritsch, Tobias Mayr, Christian Laforsch: LC-MS/MS-based proteome profiling in Daphnia pulex and Daphnia longicephala : The Daphnia pulex genome database as a key for high throughput proteomics in Daphnia. In: BMC Genomics, 10 (2009). - .

Christian Laforsch, Ralph Tollrian, Klaus Schwenk, Andreas Haas, Adam Petrusek, Nina Jung: “Crown of thorns” of Daphnia : an exceptional inducible defence discovered by DNA barcoding. In: Communicative & Integrative Biology, 2 (2009). - S. 379-381.

Adam Petrusek, Ralph Tollrian, Klaus Schwenk, Andreas Haas, Christian Laforsch: A "crown of thorns" is an inducible defence that protects Daphnia against an ancient predator. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106 (2009). - S. 2248-2252.

Malik S. Naumann, Wolfgang Niggl, Christian Laforsch, Christian Glaser, Christian Wild: Coral surface area quantification : evaluation of established methods by comparison with computer tomography. In: Coral Reefs, 28 (2009). - S. 109-117.


Christian Laforsch, E. Christoph, C. Glaser, M. Naumann, Christian Wild, Wolfgang Niggl: A precise and non-destructive method to calculate the surface area in living scleractinian corals using X-ray computed tomography and 3D modeling. In: Coral Reefs, 27 (2008). - S. 811-820.


Ralph Tollrian, Christian Laforsch: Linking predator kairomones and turbulence : synergistic effects and ultimate reasons for phenotypic plasticity in Daphnia cucullata. In: Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 167 (2006). - S. 135-146.

Christian Laforsch, Laura Beccara, Ralph Tollrian: Inducible defenses : The relevance of chemical alarm cues in Daphnia. In: Limnology and Oceanography, 51 (2006). - S. 1466-1472.

Christian Wild, Christian Laforsch, Markus Huettel: Detection and enumeration of microbial cells within highly porous calcareous reef sands. In: Marine and Freshwater Research, 57 (2006). - S. 415-420.


Christian Laforsch, Ralph Tollrian: Inducible Defenses in Multipredator Environments : Cyclomorphosis in Daphnia cucullata. In: Ecology, 85 (2004). - S. 2302-2311.

Christian Laforsch, Ralph Tollrian: Extreme helmet formation in Daphnia cucullata induced by small-scale turbulence. In: Journal of Plankton Research, 26 (2004). - S. 81-87.

Christian Laforsch, Ralph Tollrian: Embryological aspects of inducible morphological defenses in Daphnia. In: Journal of Morphology, 262 (2004). - S. 701-707.

Christian Laforsch, Wilfred Ngwa, Wolfgang Grill, Ralph Tollrian: An acoustic microscopy technique reveals hidden morphological defenses in Daphnia. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 101 (2004). - S. 15911-15914.


Christian Laforsch, Ralph Tollrian: A new preparation technique of daphnids for Scanning Electron Microscopy using hexamethyldisilazane. In: Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 149 (2000). - S. 587-596.


Anurag A. Agrawal, Christian Laforsch, Ralph Tollrian: Transgenerational induction of defences in animals and plants. In: Nature, 401 (1999). - S. 60-63.

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