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Dr. Ina Säumel


E-mail: ina.saeumel[at]tu-berlin.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 314 71373
Fax: +49 (0)30 314 71355

Institute of Ecology

Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1, BH-N Building, Room 810
Office hours: by agreement

Curriculum vitae

  • since 09/2014 Head of the Junior Research Group RuralFutures-Strategies towards multifunctional, biodiverse and sustainble productive landscapes in agricultural and silvicultural modified grasslands in Uruguay.
  • since 2012 Research Associate at the TU department of Ecological Impact Research and Ecotoxicology

    2007 Dissertation:"Temperature effects on invasive tree species: Architecture, biomass allocation, plasticity and distribution patterns" zur Erlangung des Dr. rer. nat. Gesamturteil: summa cum laude

    2002-2006 Ph.D. student at the Technical University of Berlin, Faculty of Architecture and Environment, Institute of Ecology, Department of Ecosystems and Plant Ecology, DFG-fellowship, participant of the DFG-graduate school "Perspectives on Urban Ecology- the Example of the European Metropolis of Berlin", working title: "Establishment and growth of Ailanthus altissima, Acer negundo and Acer platanoides on an urban-rural gradient in Berlin", Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ingo Kowarik

  • 2001 Masters degree in Biology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science II, Institute of Plant Physiology (Master thesis: "Research on photoinhibition in Ananas comosus, Agave americana, Agave salmiana, Yucca gloriosa, Saccharum officinarum, Zea mays, Cenchrus echinatus, Oryza sativa and Triticum aestivum like representative exponents of CAM-, C4- respectively C3-plants", Advisor: Prof. Dr. Barbara Rank
  • 1999 Masters degree in Geography at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science I, Geographical Institute (Master thesis: "Impacts of the reincreasing groundwater levels after stopping the opencast-mining on agricultural areas in the region of Hoyerswerda"), Advisors: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nitz, Prof. Dr. Bodo Freund
  • Studies in Geography, Biology, Meteorology, Chemistry, Physics at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Havana

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Research Fields

  • Urban ecology
  • Ecology of biological invasions
  • Plant Ecophysiology (stress response, adaptation, plasticity)

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Courses and Lectures

  • Bachelor-Projekt “Nature comes… back – Disused railway areas in the inner-city: the example of the Biesenhorster Sand” WS 2006/07
  • Urban Ecology
  • Hauptstudiumsprojekt “Summer in the City- Global Change as a challenge for Planning“ SS 2006
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Grundstudiumsprojekt „Shrinking cities: Concepts for urban regeneration in Berlin Hellersdorf“ (WS 2004/05, SS 2005)

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Vorlesungen bei folgenden Lehrveranstaltungen:

  • Landschaftsfunktionen SS 2008, SS2009 (BA)
  • Vegetation Mitteleuropas SS 2006 (Diplom)
  • Einführung in die Stadtökologie WS 2004 (Diplom)
  • Auswertung ökologischer Karten WS 2008/09 (Diplom)
  • Landschaftsökosysteme SS2009 (BA)


  • Übungen zur Stadtökologie SS 2006, SS 2007, SS 2008 (Diplom)
  • Übungen zur Stadtökologie SS 2008, SS 2009 (BA)
  • Übungen zur Landschaftsökologie SS 2005, SS 2007 (Diplom)
  • Pflanzenökologisches Praktikum zum Modul Landschaftsökosysteme SS2009 (BA)
von Hoffen, L.P. & Säumel, I. (2014): Orchards for edible cities:Cadmium and lead content in nuts, berries, pome and stone fruits harvested within the inner city neighbourhoods in Berlin, Germany. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 101: 233-239.
Weber, F., Kowarik, I., Säumel, I. (2014): Herbaceous plants as filters: Immobilization of particulates along urban street corridors. Environmental Pollution 186: 234–240.
Säumel, I., Kowarik, I., (2013): Propagule morphology and river characteristics shape secondary water dispersal in tree species. - Plant Ecology 214: 1257-1272.
Säumel, I., Ziche, D., Yu, R., Kowarik, I., Overdieck, D. (2011) Grazing as driver for Populus euphratica woodland degradation in the semi-arid Aibi Hu Region, northwestern China. Journal of Arid Environments 75: 265-269.
Butenschön, S.; Säumel, I. (2011): Between cultural and ecological processes: historical plant use in communal parks in Berlin, Germany. Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA), Spring pp. 54-67.
Kowarik, I., Fischer, L.K., Säumel, I., von der Lippe, M., Weber, F., Westermann, J.R. (2011) Plants in urban settings: from patterns to mechanisms and ecosystem services. In: Endlicher, W. et al. (Eds.): Perspectives of Urban Ecology. Ecosystems and Interactions between Humans and Nature in the Metropolis of Berlin. Springer, pp. 135-166.
Säumel, I. & Kowarik, I. (2010) Urban rivers as dispersal corridors for primarily wind-dispersed invasive tree species. Landscape and Urban Planning 94: 244-249.
Säumel, I., Kowarik, I. & Butenschön, S. (2010): Green traces from past to future: the interplay of culture and ecological processes in European historical parks. Acta Horticulturae 881: 933-938.
Kowarik, I. & Säumel, I. (2008): Water dispersal as an additional pathway to invasions by the primarily wind-dispersed tree Ailanthus altissima. Plant Ecology 198: 241-252.

Kowarik, I. & Säumel, I. (2007): Biological Flora of Central Europe: Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 8(4): 207-237.

Säumel, I. & Kowarik, I. (2007): Closing the gap! How local actors respond to climate change processes in urban landscapes. L+U S20: 533-536.

von der Lippe, M., Säumel, I. & Kowarik, I. (2005): Cities as drivers of biological invasions. The role of climate changes and traffic. Die Erde 136 (2): 123-143.
Kowarik, I. & Säumel, I. (accepted): Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle In Enzyklopädie der Holzgewächse Handbuch und Atlas der Dendrologie. Roloff, Andreas etal. (eds.), Wiley-VCH Weinheim.
Säumel, I. & Kowarik, I. (in review): Morphological plasticity in leaf traits of invasive tree species as a response to temperature.
Kotsyuk, I. Hölscher M., Lenkereit C., Weber, F., Kowarik I., Säumel, I. (in review) How healthy is urban horticulture in high traffic areas? Heavy metal concentration in vegetable crops from plantings within Inner city neighbourhoods in Berlin, Germany.
Säumel, I. & Kowarik, I. (in review): Temperature induced plasticity in biomass allocation and growth of invasive tree species.
Säumel, I. & Kowarik, I. (in review): Divergent temperature effects on architecture and stem growth of invasive tree species.

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  • 2008 Ausgewählte Teilnehmerin am hochschulübergreifenden ProFiL-Programm zur Führungskräfteentwicklung in der Wissenschaft der Technischen Universität Berlin, der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und der Freien Universität Berlin (ProFiL - Professionalisierung für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre)
  • 2007 Tiburtius- Anerkennungspreis für Dissertation der Berliner Hochschulen
  • 2000 Stipendium für Forschungsaufenthalt auf Kuba des Amts für Internationale Angelegenheiten der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin und der Universität Havanna

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