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Prof. Dr. Michael Döring

Prof. Dr. Michael Döring

Prof. Dr. Michael Döring

ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Institute of Natural Resource Sciences
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 53 09

Work at ZHAW


Education and Continuing education

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


  • Board member
    Swiss Society for Hydrology and Limnology - SSHL
    01 / 2011 - today
  • Guest scientist
    Eawag, Switzerland
    07 / 2014 - today
  • Senior lecturer and group leader Ecohydrology
    ZHAW, Switzerland
    07 / 2014 - today
  • Lecturer
    Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana, USA
    07 / 2017 - today
  • Research scientist
    Department of Aquatic Ecology ECO, EAWAG, Switzerland
    04 / 2009 - 06 / 2014
  • Coordinator
    Work package “Optimal ecological discharge” integrated in the EU InterReg project “AlpWaterScarce”
    04 / 2009 - 10 / 2011
  • Risk Analyst
    Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, SwissRe, Switzerland
    07 / 2007 - 03 / 2009
  • Postdoc
    Department of Aquatic Ecology ECO, EAWAG, Switzerland
    02 / 2007 - 06 / 2007
  • GIS specialist
    Concepta LLC, Germany
    08 / 2002 - 12 / 2002

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

08/2016-10/2017 CAS University didactics, Zurich University of Teacher Education PHZH

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
  • Ehrbar, D.; Schmocker, L.; Vetsch, D.F.; Boes, R.M.; Döring, Michael,


    Measuring sediment fluxes in periglacial reservoirs using water samples, LISST and ADCP [paper].


    Wieprecht, Silke; Haun, Stefan; Weber, Karolin; Noack, Markus; Terheiden, Kristina, eds.,

    Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation, ISRS 2016, Stuttgart, Germany, 19-22 September 2016.

    13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation, Stuttgart, Germany, 19-22 September 2016.

    CRC Press.

    pp. 1118-1125.

Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

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.