Dr. Michael Döring

Dr. Michael Döring

Dr. Michael Döring
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 53 09

Personal profile

Management role

  • Head, Research Group for Ecohydrology

Position at the ZHAW

Senior researcher and lecturer


Expertise and research interests

- Ecology of floodplains and streams
- Structural and functional dynamics of floodplains
- Ecological consequences of hydropower production and flood protection in floodplains
- Remote sensing and spatial analyses (GIS) of ecosystems
- Restoration and conservation of streams
- Organic matter processing
- Indicator development

Educational background

02/2007 Dr. sc. ETH Zürich
01/2003-01/2007 PhD student in environmental sciences, Department of Aquatic Ecology ECO, EAWAG and ETHZ, Switzerland
08/2002 Diplom Geograph, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany
04/2001-04/2002 Diploma thesis, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany and EAWAG Switzerland
10/1995-07/2002 Studies of Geography, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany
Major: Geoecology, Spatial information analysis (GIS)
Minor: Zoology, Botany, Geobotany, Geology

Professional milestones

07/2014-present Senior lecturer and group leader Ecohydrology
07/2014-present Guest scientist Eawag
04/2013-present Founder and CEO eQcharta Ltd
01/2011-present Board member Swiss Society for Hydrology and Limnology
04/2009-06/2014 Research scientist, Department of Aquatic Ecology ECO, EAWAG, Switzerland
04/2009-10/2011 Coordinator, Work package “Optimal ecological discharge” integrated in the EU InterReg project “AlpWaterScarce”
07/2007-03/2009 Risk Analyst, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, SwissRe, Switzerland
02/2007-06/2007 Postdoc, Department of Aquatic Ecology ECO, EAWAG, Switzerland
08/2002-12/2002 GIS specialist, Concepta GmbH, Germany

Membership of networks


Project team leader

Project team member


Peer-reviewed articles/chapters

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Ecological assessment of a sediment by-pass tunnel on a receiving stream in Switzerland


River Research and Applications, published online, DOI: 10.1002/rra.3145. Peer reviewed.

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Measuring suspended sediments in periglacial reservoirs using water samples, LISST and ADCP


International Journal of River Basin Management (TRBM), published online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2017.1327866. Peer reviewed.

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Spatio-temporal heterogeneity of actual and potential respiration in two contrasting floodplains


Hydrological Processes, published online, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11211. Peer reviewed.

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Spatio-temporal relationships between habitat types and microbial function of an upland floodplain


Aquatic Sciences, 78(2) 241-254. Peer reviewed.

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The response in floodplain respiration of an Alpine river to experimental inundation under different temperature regimes


Hydrological Processes, 29, 26. 5438–5450. Peer reviewed.

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Thermal dynamics of a proglacial river using time-lapse thermal imaging and energy balance modeling


Journal of Hydrology, 519. 1963-1973. Peer reviewed.

Non-peer-reviewed articles/chapters

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Instream Measures in einer alpinen Schwallstrecke – eine erste Bilanz von der Hasliaare


Ingenieurbiologie, 1 89-93.

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Measuring sediment fluxes in periglacial reservoirs using water samples, LISST and ADCP


International Symposium on River Sedimentation

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Ecological effects of Sediment Bypass Tunnels

: Technical Paper.

International Workshop on Sediment Bypass Tunnels

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Effective floodplain monitoring using close-range UAV photogrammetry and remote sensing


In: Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences. Geneva: University of Geneva.

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Hydroökologie und nachhaltiges Auenmanagement - 2D Modellierung und räumliche Multikriterienanalyse zur Entscheidungshilfe bei Revitalisierungen


Wasser, Energie, Luft, Heft 1/2015

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Innovative Fernerkundungslösungen im Umweltmonitoring


Transfer, 1.

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Publications (peer reviewed)

Doering, M., Uehlinger, U., Tockner, K. (2013): Vertical hydraulic exchange, hyporheic respiration and periphyton biomass in a large floodplain river (Tagliamento River, Italy). Freshwater Science. 32, 12-25.

Robinson, C. T.& Doering, M. (2013): Spatial patterns in macroinvertebrate assemblages in surface-flowing waters of a glacially-influenced floodplain. Aquatic Sciences. 75, 373–384.

Langhans, S.D., Richard, U., Rueegg, J., Uehlinger U., Doering, M., Edwards, P., Tockner, K. (2013): Environmental heterogeneity affects input, storage, and transformation of coarse particulate organic matter in a floodplain mosaic. Aquatic Sciences. 75, 335–348.

Doering, M., Blaurock, M., Robinson, C. T. (2012): Landscape transformation of an Alpine floodplain influenced by humans: Historical analysis of aerial images. Hydrological Processes. 26, 3319-3326

Robinson, C. T., Doering, M., Seelen, L. (2011): Importance of protected areas for freshwater biomonitoring - Case studies in Switzerland. Eco.mont. 3, 13-23

Doering, M., Uehlinger, U., Ackermann, T., Woodtli, M., Tockner, K. (2011): Spatiotemporal heterogeneity of soil and sediment respiration in a river-floodplain mosaic (Tagliamento, NE Italy). Freshwater Biology. 56, 1297-1311

Doering, M., Schläpfer, D., Rotach, A., Uehlinger, U., Tockner, K. (2007): Ecosystem expansion and contraction dynamics along a large alpine alluvial corridor (Tagliamento River, Northeast Italy). Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 32, 1693-1704

Articles, reports, book chapters

Schleiss, A., Boes, R., Brodersen, J., Doering, M., Franca, M. J., Nadyeina, O., Pfister, M., Robinson,C., Scheidegger, C., Vetsch, D., Weitbrecht,V., Weber, C., Werth, S. (2014): Geschiebe- und Habitatsdynamik – Forschungsprogramm „Wasserbau und Ökologie“. Wasser Energie Luft. Heft 2/2014

Scheidegger, C., Weber, C., Schleiss, A., Vetsch, D., Boes, R., Brodersen, J., Doering, M., Franca, M. J., Nadyeina, O., Pfister, M., Robinson, C. T., Weitbrecht, V., Werth, S. (2014): Forschungsprogramm „Wasserbau und Ökologie“: Geschiebe- und Habitatsdynamik. Inside, 14, 20-24.

Doering, M., Schweizer, S., Blaurock, M., Oppliger, S., Fuchs, M., Robinson, C. T. (2013): Hydroökology und nachhaltiges Auenmanagement - Die Sandey Aue als Modellökosystem für eine Konzeptstudie. Wasser, Energie, Luft. 105. Jahrgang, Heft 1.

Robinson, C. T. & Doering, M.: Künstliche Hochwasser am Spöl - Ein Langzeitprojekt mit vielfältigem Nutzen. In: Atlas des Schweizerischen Nationalparks. In Haller, H. Eisennhut, R. & Haller, R. (Hrsg) (2013): Atlas des Schweizerischen Nationalparks – Die ersten 100 Jahre. Haupt Verlag, Bern, Schweiz.

Doering, M. & Robinson, C. T. (2012): Wassermanagement: Schutz und Nutzen verbinden. Eawag News. 72d, 18-21.

Robinson, C. T. & Doering, M. (2012): Integrating high flows into adaptive management of water resources. The Waterleader June/2012

Doering, M. (2012): Alp Water Scarce – Ein Interreg IVB Alpine Space Programme. ARE Newsletter 18/2012

Brenčič, M., Castaings, W.,…, Doering, M. et al. (2012): Work Package 6: Monitoring and Modelling. Final report for Alp Water Scarce

Doering, M., Robinson, C. T. et al. (2012): Work Package 7: Optimal ecological discharge. Final report for Alp Water Scarce

Zessar, H., Brancelj, A., …, Doering M. et al. (2012): Work Package 8: Early warning system. Final report for Alp Water Scarce

Suette, G., Harum, T.,…, Doering, M. et al. (2012): Work Package 5: Water system characterization. Final report for Alp Water Scarce

Saulnier, G. M., Hohenwallner, D.,..., Doering, M. et al. (2012): Water Resources, Management and Water Scarcity in the Alps: Recommendations for Water Resources Managers and Policy-makers

Doering, M., Rampazzo, R., Pergher, P. (2012): Water scarcity and hydro-power production. In: Saulnier, G.M., Hohenwallner, D. et al.: Water management in a changing environment: Strategies against water scarcity in the Alps: Project outcomes and recommendations

Saulnier, G. M., Hohenwallner, D.,..., Doering, M. et al. (2012): Monitoring and Modeling of Mountain Water Resources – A short guideline based on the results of Alp Water Scarce Report

Saulnier, G.M., Castaigns, W.,..., Doering, M. et al. (2012): Climatic scenarios guideline, Alp Water Scarce

Doering, M. & Robinson, C. T. (2010): Optimaler ökologischer Abfluss, strukturelle und funktionelle Auenaspekte. Interner Report Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU)

Doering, M. (2010): Landschaftsveränderungen einer Aue durch Wassernutzung. ARE Newsletter 11/2010

Doering, M. (2010): Optimaler ökologischer Abfluss im Rahmen des Projektes Alp Water Scarce. ARE Newsletter 8/2010

Doering, M. & Robinson C. T. (2009): Nahrungsnetze in Gewässern. Cratschla 2/2009

Doering M. & Tockner K. (2008): Morphology and dynamics of riparian zones. In: Mendes, A., Rabaça, J. and Arzipe, D.: Sustainable riparian zones: A management guide.

Doering, M. (2007): Environmental heterogeneity and respiration in a dynamic river corridor: Structural properties and functional performance. Dissertation ETHZ Nr. 17046.

Doering, M. & Uehlinger, U. (2005): Biofilme im Tagliamento. Eawag News. 60d, 11-13.

Doering, M. (2002): Ecological assessment of springs and spring brooks in the Swiss National Park: Combining fieldwork with geodesy (GPS/Tachymetry) and GIS. Diploma thesis Geography. Ruhr Universität Bochum.