Dr. Jana Friedrich

Jana Friedrich

Aquatic Nutrient Cycles
Head of Department
Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1891
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-2332
E-mail contact

Aquatic ecosystems under anthropogenic and climatic pressures (North Sea, Black Sea, Danube Delta, Aral Sea, Southern Polar Ocean)

  • Biogeochemical processes at the sediment-water interface
  • Pelagic-benthic coupling
  • Sediments as environmental archives
  • Natural radionuclides as tracers for particle dynamics


since 05/2016 Head of Department "Aquatic Nutrient Cycles" Institute for Coastal Research (Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

2011 - 2016 Senior scientist, Institute for Coastal Research (Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

2003 - 2011 Group leader “Radiochemistry” and deputy head of Department of Marine Geochemistry, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

2000 - 2003 Project coordinator of “German Research Network Natural Disasters”, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany

1997 - 2000 Postdoc, Department of Surface Waters at Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Kastanienbaum, Switzerland


Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in Radiochemistry , University of Bremen / Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany

Diploma in Mineralogy and Geochemistry,Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

List of contribution to current and past research projects

2016 - 2019 H2020-CSA: DANUBIUS-PP - Preparatory phase for the PAN-EUROPEAN research infrastructure DANUBIUS-RI "The international centre for advanced studies on river-sea systems", (GA No. 739562)

since 2016 Elbe River - Supersite as part of ESFRI research infrastructure "DANUBIUS-RI - The international centre for advanced studies on river-sea systems"

2016 H2020 EUROFLEETS 2 - Reconstrucing the Changing Impact of the Danube on the Black Sea and Coastal Region (ReCoReD)

2014 - 2018 POF 3 - PACES II, TOPIC 2 "Fragile Coasts and Shelf Seas“, WP 4: Biogeochemical provinces of sea floors in the German North Sea sector

2013 - 2015 NOAH - North Sea Observation and Assessment of Habitats

2010 - 2015 COSYNA - Coastal Observation System for Northern and Arctic Seas

2009 - 2013 POF 2- PACES, WP3: Coastal systems under global and regional pressures

2009 - 2013 EC-FP7 KnowSeas: “Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe’s Seas.” Grant no. 226675

2009 - 2012 HYPOX: “In situ monitoring of oxygen depletion in hypoxic ecosystems of coastal and open seas, and land-locked water bodies” EC-FP7 Grant no. 226213

2003 - 2011 GEOTRACES – An international study of marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes

2007 - 2009 Royal Society International Joint Project “Sediments as internal nutrient source for eutrophication of the Black Sea shelf”

2004 - 2008 POF 1- MARCOPOLI, Topic Coast 4 “Observations and information for coastal management”, Topic Polar 2 “Southern Ocean climate and ecosystems”

2004 - 2007 EU-FP6 ELME “European Lifestyles and Marine Ecosystems”

2004 - 2006 RER/01/G33/A/1G/31: Control of eutrophication, hazardous substances and related measures for rehabilitating the Black Sea ecosystem, Black Sea Ecosystem Recovery Project (UNDP/GEF)

2004 - 2005 NATO Cooperative Linkage Grant EST.CLG 980445 ‘Physical and chemical fluxes in the dying Aral Sea’

2002 - 2004 INTAS 00-1030 CLIMAN “Holocene climatic variability in the Aral Sea Basin”

2000 - 2003 German Research Network Natural Disasters - DFNK (BMBF 01SFR9969/5)

2000 - 2002 EU-INTAS 99-1710 project “Nitrogen Cycling in the Oxic/Anoxic Environment of the Black Sea”

1998 - 2000 Swiss National Science Foundation project (SNF no 31-54043.98) “Danube Delta lakes as nutrient sinks”

1998 EU-INTAS-RFBR 95-1067 project “Microbial and biogeochemical processes at the aerobic-anaerobic interface of the Black Sea”

1997 - 1998 EU project (EV5V-CT94-0501) “European River-Ocean Systems 21- Interactions between the Danube, Dniester and Dnipro rivers and the north-western Black Sea”

1992 - 1996 PhD project “Polonium and Lead in the Southern Polar Ocean - Natural tracers for biological and hydrographical processes in the surface water of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the Weddell Sea”

1991 - 1992 Postgraduate research project “Environmental monitoring of a river system contaminated by mining and metallurgical industries"