Company



The eco­log­ical insti­tute AquaEcology was founded in Sep­tem­ber 2002 as partner­ship organised under the Civil Code (BGB company) by Dr. Claus-Dieter Dür­selen (M.Sc./Ph.D. Biology) and Tho­mas Raa­be (M.Sc. Chemistry) in the city of Olden­burg in Lower Saxony. In 2009, the institute was converted into a limited partnership with a limited liability company as general partner (GmbH & Co. KG).

AquaEcology offers ana­lytical and sup­port­ive ser­vices all around the aquatic ecol­ogy. The work field comprises the pelagic and the benthic areas in marine and limnic systems. This includes rivers and lakes as well as estu­aries, coastal waters, and the open sea.

Besides uni­versi­ties and research insti­tutes work­ing in the aquat­ic ecol­ogy field, the German Fed­eral Environ­mental Minis­try, the Fed­eral Minis­try of Edu­cation and Science, the en­viron­mental minis­tries of the fed­eral states and the en­viron­mental depar­tments of the munici­pali­ties are cus­tomers. They con­duct in­ten­sive and often long-lasting moni­tor­ing programmes in the aquat­ic en­viron­ment and use the ana­lyti­cal and ad­vi­sory capac­ity as With regard to the assessment of ecosystem compartments according to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the company contributes to the conception and operationality of models and portals that can be used for the respective reporting on the national as well as on the EU level.

In the scientific field, the institute offers various software modules based on Internet portals that can directly be used from all over the world: For the counting of organisms, in particular for the monitoring of phytoplankton, zooplankton and macrozoobenthos distributions, there is a new, web-based soft­ware, the counting programme OrgaCount. This programme is avail­able either as server sup­ported net­work system or as stand-alone ver­sion on a mobile device. All applications derive from the basic software biodivDP, an information and database system for biological data that has a prominent example in the phytoplankton database Plankton*Net.

For ecological assessment procedures according to the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) as well as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), specific software modules have been developed within the mybiOSis environment. These modules allow detailed analysis of the scientific literature with regard to specific objectives as well as subsequent assessment of anthropogenic impacts on the marine ecosystem including also cumulative effects.

The database and software system of mybiOSis is developed and hosted by the non-governmental organisation myNature Association being located at Timisoara, Romania. The portal mybiosis.info is listed as a PESI (‘Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure’, http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/) focal point for Romania (http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/urls.php). AquaEcology has a close co-operation with the myNature Association based on long-term contracts.

The mybiOSis environment is part of the mybiosis.info database repository and a product of a more than 10 years development that started with a focus on inventory and monitoring of species in Romania. However, the taxonomic and geographic scope is global, meaning that the mybiOSis infrastructure serves information about species and habitats anywhere in the world. Furthermore, new applications with regard to biodiversity analysis and environmental assessment are developed within mybiOSis. User interfaces of the portals can be adjusted according to individual requirements and facilitate the emulation of different computer operating system desktop environments (Windows, Mac, Linux), which enhances the instant usability of the system.

The tender of AquaEcology also addresses pri­vate compa­nies and local commu­nities: Indus­trial enter­prises planning changes in their process waste­water dis­charges or other inter­ferences with the aquatic system need expert's reports to prove the en­viron­mental sus­tain­ability of the measures. Munici­pali­ties and opera­tors of natural swimming baths have to per­form com­prehen­sive checks on their bathing waters, and they are looking for restora­tion measures in or­der to regain a good eco­logi­cal sta­tus. AquaEcology offers dif­ferent con­cepts special­ly adapted to various aquat­ic sys­tems.

Based on the high quali­fica­tion and on the com­prehen­sive ex­pertise of the per­sonnel in the field of aquat­ic ecol­ogy, the insti­tute offers pro­fessional teachings in the form of lectures, work­shops and prac­tical courses for scien­tific insti­tutions and compa­nies, also in En­glish.





Team und Locations


Currently, AquaEcology has got 10 em­ployees. Part of this team are biolo­gists and chemists as well as a spe­cialist for bio­informatics and a geolo­gist.

The main office of the institute resides in Olden­burg (Lower Saxony). A further offices is located at Norder­stedt near Ham­burg. All offices are di­rectly con­nected to high-speed Inter­net nodes of the powerful German scientific network (DFN). Furthermore, the company is provided with modern laboratory facilities.



Main office Olden­burg (Nieder­sachsen):

  Managing director and head of office Dr. Claus-Dieter Dürselen, M.Sc./Ph.D. Biology



Office Norder­stedt (Ham­burg):

  Managing director and head of office Thomas Raabe, M.Sc. Chemistry







Job opportunity: New chances in a small team


We are looking for new team members for our depart­ment 'bio­log­ical anal­yses', also as part-time workers or as ma­ter­nity re­turners. You should bring along some ex­peri­ence in the de­ter­mina­tion and counting of bio­log­ical or­gan­isms, pref­era­bly in the field of marine phyto­plank­ton or zoo­plank­ton. We offer flexible work­ing times and the pos­si­bi­li­ty of advanced train­ings.

If you are in­ter­ested, please write us an e-mail or just call us in the office. We are looking forward to meet you.

Your AquaEcology team.