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Research Station Grietherbusch

Research Station
Floodplain at the Lower River Rheine


The Research Station is situated in the floodplain area of the Lower River Rhine, near the border to the Netherlands. It offers optimal conditions for excursions e.g. to the flood plains and gravel pit lakes in the surroundings. Moreover, it is situated within an international protected area (Ramsar Convention) as the area offers broad opportunities for migrating birds (e.g. goose) to rest during the autumn/winter season.

Research topics

At the Ecological Research Station of the Institute for Zoology, ecological studies mainly on fish are conducted, focussing on model organism like perch and invasive gobies, migratory fish species like North Sea houting and eel, and fish communities in the Rhine and adjacent waters like oxbows and gravel pit lakes.

For questions or suggestions please contact: Prof.  Dr. Jost Borcherding


Short Informations

In brief (in German)

  • Responsible body: University of Cologne, Zoological Institute, General Ecology

  • Present research: limnology of floodplains, fish-ecology in floodplains and gravel pit lakes, neozoans

  • Rooms: seminar rooms, laboratory

  • Equipment: tools for simple limnological outdoor analyses, drying oven, muffle furnace, 15 microscopes, 15 binocular loupes, reference library with comprehensive literature for determination

  • Accomodation: 2 shared rooms for up to 20 people, 1 double room, linen provided

  • Action period: all year round

  • Rates: -

  • Catering: self-catering, kitchen provided, 6 km to next shopping facilities

  • Activities outside of the subject area possible