Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften
Working Group of AGW and IfGG -ENMINSA


Environmental Mineralogy and Environmental System Analysis

Offered Bachelor-, Master and State Examination Theses

Theses are offered in the fields of:

  • Urban Ecology, Urban Climate and Air Quality
  • Substance Flux Analyses and Ecosystem Services
  • Soil Mineralogy, Soil - Water - Plant Interactions, Soil - Groundwater Interactions
  • Water Quality Dynamics of Lakes and Streams
  • Habitat Ecology and Microclimatology
  • Global Change
  • Environmental Health

Some current topics can be found in more detail here

Theses can be written in German or English.
For further information please contact Stefan Norra (stefan.norra∂ or any member of the Working Group.


PhD Theses

since 2016:     Molecular level analysis of atmospheric organic compounds using chemical ionization mass spectrometry:
                           The role of atmospheric aging processes for urban aerosol particles’ ice nucleation abilities, Wei Huang

since 2016:     Phase state, morphology and aging of mixtures of secondary organic and inorganic aerosol particles:
                          Temperature dependent simulation chamber study and field measurements related to air quality and
                           climate change using high resolution time of flight mass spectrometry and FTIR spectroscopy, Xialo Shen

since 2014:     Modelling of Heterogeneous Dynamic Chemical Processes in Groundwaterbodies in Spatial Context, Yefim Shtirkin

since 2012:     Der Einfluss der Bestandsklimatologie auf die Verbreitung der Holzbock-Zecke Ixodes ricinus
                      in Baden-Württemberg, Denise Böhnke

since 2011:     Biogeochemical dynamics of aerosols in urban systems under varying climatic and
                      meteorological conditions, Chen Yuan

2015:              Actor-network services in the Arctic – Development of a theoretical and methodological concept to assess
                            interdependencies between nature and society. Fabienne Kürner

2015:              Water quality characteristics and pollutant dynamics in the Three Gorges Reservoir on the Yangtze River, China.
                            Andreas Holbach


2014:              Real Time Detection of Primary Biological Aerosol Particles (PBAP) and investigation of interactions between
                      biological aerosols with non-biological aerosol and cloud particles,  Emre Toprac

2014:              Assessment of the impact of mineral dust on air quality in Northern China by using the COSMO‐ART model in
                      conjunction with satellite and ground‐based data, Stefanie Schrader

2013:              Separating Arsenic Oxyanions from Natural Waters for Oxygen Isotope Analysis, Xiaohui Tang

2013:              Towards a sustainable Urban Metabolism: Algae-to-Energy Systems as Clean Cycles in the Urban Water Chain,  Eve Menger-Krug

2012:              Impact of groundwater abstraction and of the availability of organic matter on the release and distribution of
  arsenic in groundwater of the Bengal Delta Plain, India, Harald Neidhardt

2011:             Chemical, physical and mineralogical properties of atmospheric particulate matter in the megacity Beijing, Nina Schleicher


Master, Diploma and State Examination Theses

since 2016:    Dissolved and suspended particulate pollutants in the water column of Lake Taihu, China - a case study (Master thesis)

2015:            Biogeochemical characterization of urban aerosols in the city of Karlsruhe (Master thesis)

2015:            Geochemical Characterization of Aerosols from Varanasi, India (Bachelor Thesis)

2015:            Mobilisierbarkeit von Schwermetallen und Metalloiden aus Flotationsrückständen und ihr Umweltgefährdungspotential am Beispiel der Rückstände einer ehemaligen Flussspataufbereitungsanlage im Karlsruher Rheinhafen (Environmental risk and mobility potential of heavy metals and metalloides from flotation residues using the example of residues of a former fluorspar processing plant at the Karlsruhe River Port) (Master Thesis)

2015:            Umweltgeochemie und –mineralogie der Bergbaufolgen am Standort der ehemaligen Grube Schauinsland, Südschwarzwald (Environmental geochemistry and mineralogy of environmental impacts of mining activities at the Schauinsland, Southern Black Forest) (Master Thesis)

2015:            Bewertung der Umweltbelastung durch Flotationsrückstände am Beispiel der Rückstände einer Flussspataufbereitungsanlage im Karlsruher Rheinhafen (Environmental assessment of flotation residues for the example of waste produced by fluorspar processing plant at the river port of Karlsruhe) (Master Thesis)

2015:            Umweltauswirkungen von Weichgelsohlen auf Silikat-Aluminat-Basis in Karlsruhe (Environmental impacts of soft gel base out of silicate-aluminate in Karlsruhe) (Master Thesis)

2015:            Validierung einer Durchflussanlage zur kontinuierlichen Ozonung mit anschließender Langsamsandfiltration (Validation of a flow-through facility for continuous ozonisation and connected slow sand filtration) (Bachelor Thesis in cooperation with TZW Karlsruhe)

2015:            Geochemische Untersuchung verblockter Infiltrationsbrunnen mit Hinblick auf das System CO2 auf einem ehem. Gasproduktionsgelände in Mannheim (Geochemical investigations of clogged infiltration wells with regard to the CO2 system at a former gas work site in Mannheim) (Bachelor Thesis in cooperation with Arcadis Karlsruhe)

2015:            Quantification of ecosystem services of the River Rhine floodplains at Karlsruhe (Master Thesis)

2014:             Transport of chemical elements in suspended and dissolved phases for selected run-off regimes along the Yangtze river (Master Thesis)

2014:             Natural Attenuation am Standort Stürmlinger Sandgrube: Abbau teerölbürtiger Schadstoffe unter verschiedenen Redoxbedingungen (Natural attenuation at the site Stürmlinger Sandgrube: decomposition of tar oil born pollutants under various redox conditions) ( (Master Thesis in cooperation with TZW Karlsruhe)

2014:            Vegetationsstrukturen und Bodenklima verschiedener Zeckenhabitate in der Region Oberrheingraben (Bachelor Thesis)

2014:             Arsenic release of a natural sediment by effect of pH and redox potential (Bachelor Thesis)

2014:             Entwicklungspotential des Tourismus in der Arktis unter dem Aspekt des Klimawandels (State
Examination Thesis)

2014:            Entwicklung einer Methodik zur Identifizierung von Verblockungsprozessen in Infiltrationsbrunnen
einer Altlastensanierung (Bachelor Thesis)

2014:             Hydro-geochemical response of base metal tailings to remediation with high-temperature pine biochar  (Master Thesis in cooperation with the Centre for Mined land Rehabilitation, The Universtiy of Queensland, Australia)

2014:             Effect of ethylene and nutrients on co-metabolical biodegradation of cDCE in groundwater (Bachelor Thesis in cooperation with TZW, Karlsruhe)

2014:             Agriculture Potential of Arctic Vegetation and possible Climate Change induced Shifts (State Examination Thesis)

2014:             Search and Rescue Infrastructure in the Arctic current Situation and Potential for future Improvement (State Examination Thesis)


2014:             Besiedlungsstrukturen in der Arktis - Identifizierung von historischen Schlüsselregionen anhand ausgewählter regionaler Beispiele  (State Examination Thesis)

2014:             Modelling of algae growth in the Three Gorges Reservoir, China (Master Thesis)

2014:             Air Quality and aerosol dynamics near to a subway construction site in Karlsruhe (Master Thesis)

2014:             Abschätzung des standortkundlichen Potentials von Böden zur Etablierung von Mageren Flachland-Mähwiesen in Karlsruhe (Bachelor Thesis)

2014:             Impact of meteorological parameters and mixing layer height on aerosol concentrations and radiative characteristics - the example of Karlsruhe (State Examination Thesis)

2014:             Ökosystemdienstleistungen urbaner Fließgewässer am Beispiel der Alb in Karlsruhe (Ecosystem services of streaming water biotopes in urban systems for the example of the Alb in Karlsruhe) (State Examination Thesis)

2013:             Urban pollution of Yangtze downstream of Three Gorges Reservoir dam at Yidu and Wuhan (Bachelorarbeit)

2013:             A 3D multi-species reactive transport model to estimate geochemical reactions in groundwater at a former gasworks site in Germany (Masterarbeit)

2013:             Bodentypen des Naturschutzgebietes Alter Flughafen, Kalrsruhe (Soil types of the nature protection area Old Airport, Karlsruhe) (Bachelor Thesis)

2013:             Bodenwasserhaushalt in verschiedenen Waldbiotopen Baden-Württembergs (Soil water budget in various forest habitats of Baden-Württemberg)(State Examination Thesis)

2013:             Variabilität von Bodenwasserhaushaltsparametern an ausgewählten Waldstandorten (Small scale variability of soil water budget properties at selected forest sites) (State Examination Thesis)

2013:             Erarbeitung eines Planungsleitfadens zur ökologischen Flächenbewirtschaftung eines bestehenden Industriestandorts am Beispiel des Lkw Werkes Daimler AG in Wörth (Elaboration of planning guidelines for ecological area management of an existing industry location for the example of the Mercedes site at Wörth) (Diploma Thesis)

2013:             Urban Mining – das Rohstoffpotential städtischer Straßen am Beispiel von Karlsruhe (Urban Mining – raw material potential of urban roads for the example of Karlsruhe) (Diploma Thesis)

2013:             Bewertung der Ökosystemdienstleistungen von Streuobstwiesen an einem Beispiel in Bruchsal (Evaluation of ecosystem services of extensively managed fruit orchards for an Example in bruchsal) (Diploma Thesis)

2012:             Untersuchung der Landnutzung vor dem Hintergrund der Biodiversitätsbewertung (Investigation of land use with respect to biodiversity) (Diploma Thesis)

2012:             Analysis of particle pollution and meteorological conditions in Greater Beijing during the Olympic Summer Games 2008 (State Examination Thesis)

2012:             Monetäre Bewertung von Bäumen in urbanen Räumen (Monetary valuation of trees in urban trees) (Diploma Thesis)

2012:             Schwermetalle in Pollen und Blütenhonig (Heavy metals in pollen and honey) (Bachelor Thesis)

2012:             Einfluss der Parasitierung durch Opisthorchis viverrini auf die chemische Zusammensetzung des Gehäuses von Bithynia siamensis goniomphalos (Impact of the parasite Opisthorchis viverrini on the chemical composition of shells of Bythinia siamensis goniomphalos) (Bachelor Thesis)

2012:             Dendrochronologische Untersuchungen zur Wirkung von Grundwasserabsenkungen auf Alteichen (Quercus robur) im Wasserwerk Rheinwald der Stadtwerke Karlsruhe (Dendrochronological investigations of old oaks (Quercus robur) to evaluate the imapct of groundwater table deplition within the catchment of the Karlsruhe water works in the Rheinwald) (Diploma Thesis)

2012:             Impact of Urban Systems on the Water Quality of the Three Gorges Reservoir, China

2012:             Untersuchungen zu den Wässern und Schwebstoffen der Grundwassersanierungsanlage Mannheim-Luzenberg (Investigations of waters and particulate matter in the groundwater remediation plant Mannheim-Luzenberg) (Diploma Thesis)

2011:             Ökologische Bewertung der Herstellung und Bereitstellung von Wasserstoff sowie dessen Nutzung im Brennstoffzellen-Pkw im Vergleich mit zukünftigen Otto- und Diesel-Pkw (Ecological assessment of production and supply of hydrogen as well as ist use in automobile fuel cells in comparison to future Otto and Diesel automobiles (Diploma Thesis)

2011:             Die Heterogenität der Böden im Gebiet des Rheinhafens in Karlsruhe (Heterogeneity of soils in the district of the Karlsruhe River Port) (Bachelor Thesis)

2011:             Potentielle Schadstoffe in Böden und Pflanzen entlang eines Nord-Süd Transekts am Rheinhafen Karlsruhes (Potential harmful substances in soils and plants along a North-South Transect through the Karlsruhe River Port) (Bachelor Thesis)

2011:             Atmosphärische Partikelbelastung in der Karlsruher Innenstadt während der Bauarbeiten zur Karlsruher Kombilösung (Atmospheric particle pollution in the City of Karlsruhe during construction activities oft he new Metro) (Bachelor Thesis)

2011:             Neophyten im Karlsruher Stadtgebiet (Invasive species in Karlsruhe) (Bachelor Thesis)

2011:             Optimierung der Bestimmung von letalen und subletalen Effekten auf die frühe Entwicklungsphase von Danio rerio HAMILTON-BUCHANAN (Early-Life-Stage-Toxizität nach OECD 2010) unter semistatischen Bedingungen (Optimization oft he determiantion of lethal and sublethal effects on the ealry development phase of Danio rerio HAMILTON-BUCHANAN – Early-Life-Stage Toxicity after OECD 2010) (Bachelor Thesis)

2011:             Umweltbewertung der mikroverfahrenstechnischen Synthese von Fischer-Tropsch-Kraftstoffen aus Biogas (Environmental assessment of the synthesis of Fischer-Tropsch fuels from biogas), (Bachelor Thesis)

2011:             Historical development of inland ice margins in Greenland during a changing climate (Diploma Thesis)

2011:             Breeding success and predation of waders at the RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve in northwest England (Diploma Thesis)

2011:             Die Verteilung von Ixodes ricinus im Oberrheingraben bei Karlsruhe (The distribution of Ixodes ricinus in the Upper Rheine Graben near Karlsruhe) (Diploma Thesis)

2010:             Raum-zeitliche Entwicklung ausgesuchter Klimaparameter in städtischen Systemen in den vergangenen 5 Dekaden am Beispiel von Berlin (Spatio temporal development of specific climate parameters in urban systems during the last five decades for the example of Berlin) (State Examination Thesis)

2010:             Machbarkeitsanalyse zur Umsetzung von Renaturierungs- und Pflegemaßnahmen in Mooren im Raum Kißlegg (Feasibility study for the implementation of restauration and management measures in moors around Kißlegg) (Diploma Thesis)

2010:             Particle-Water interactions in the Garonne-Gironde river system at Bordeaux, France (Diploma Thesis)

2010:             Die magnetische Suszeptibilität von Stäuben Pekings (The magnetic susceptibility of dusts from Beijing) (Master Thesis)

2010:             Arsenic in the food chain in rural areas of the Red River Delta in Vietnam (Diploma Thesis)

2010:             Preliminary Studies on the Climate Dependent Dynamics of Aerosols in Kangerlussuaq(Diploma Thesis)

2010:             Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Estimating Urban Tree Volume and Carbon Content(Diploma Thesis)

2010:             Nährstoffbilanzierung für Mikroalgen-Nutzungskonzepte (Nutrients balance for using concepts of microalgae) (Diploma Thesis)

2010:             Stable isotopes in gas exchange of Norway spruce – oxygen isotope exchange between CO2 and leaf water (Diploma Thesis)

2009:             Arsenic contamination in rural areas of the Red River Delta in Vietnam (Diploma Thesis)

2009:             Exposition and contamination of European eel by Silver and Arsenic in the Gironde fluvial Estuary, France (Diploma Thesis)

2008:             Arsenic fluxes in agricultural systems using As contaminated ground water in Inner Mongolia, China (Diploma Thesis)

2008:             The economic value of water pollution of the Yangtze-Reservoir with examples from Wanzhou and Wushan(Diploma Thesis)

2007:             Arsenic contamination in groundwater, soil and uptake of arsenic by cultivated crops in Kaliachak I, Malda District, West Bengal (Master Thesis)

2007:             The influence of urban particles on the pollution of water bodies with respect to different salinities - a case study of Bordeaux and the Garonne-Gironde river system, France (Diploma Thesis)

2006:             Kohlenstoffisotopie von Straßenbäumen: Ein Indikator für die Verkehrsbelastung? (Carbon isotopes in street trees – an indicator for traffic pollution?) (Diploma Thesis)

2005:             A comparative hydro, pedo- and phyto-geochemical study on rice -fields irrigated with groundwater containing different concentrations of Arsenic (Murshidabad District, West Bengal) (Master Thesis)

2005:             Verteilung, Trägerphasen und Spezies von Arsen aus Bewässerungswasser in Reisböden und –pflanzen (Distribution of carrier phases and species of arsenic from irrigation water in rice soils and rice plants) (Diploma Thesis)

2005:             Ausprägung mineralogischer und geochemischer Muster urbaner Böden in Abhängigkeit von der Nutzungsstruktur in Qingdao/China (Mineralogical and geochemcial patterns of urban soils in dependency of land use in Qingdao/China) (Diploma Thesis)

2005:             Geochemische Untersuchungen von Stäuben aus Peking sowie Identifikation der Aerosolbelastungsquellen (Geochemcial investigations of dusts from Beijing and source apportionment) (Diploma Thesis)

2003:             Umweltinformationssystem Pforzheim mit Schwerpunkt Bodenbelastung (Environemntal Information System Pforzheim with a focus in soil pollution) (Diploma Thesis)

2003:             Arsenic contamination in groundwater, surface water, soils and uptake of arsenic by cultivated crops in Malda District, West Bengal, India (Master Thesis)

2001:             Regional Distribution of Stream Water Chemistry as a Function of Land Use and Geology in Baden-Württemberg (Licenciate Thesis)

1999:             Bilddatenunterstützte Interpretation urbaner Schadstoffbelastung (Image data supported interpretation of urban pollution) (Diploms Thesis)

1997:             Untersuchungen zur sequentiellen Schwermetallextraktion aus Stäuben (Sequential extraction of heavy metals from urban dust) (Diploma Theis)

1997:             Untersuchungen der Isotopenverhältnisse stabiler Isotope d13C und d34S in technischen Substraten des Straßenverkehrs und in straßennahen Böden (Ratios of stable isotopes d13C and d34S in technical substrates of traffic and soils adjacent to soils) (Diploma Thesis)