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Dr. Matthias Sprenger

Scientific employee / Postdoc

 

Chair of Hydrology
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Fahnenbergplatz
D-79098 Freiburg
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Scientific interests

  • Vadose zone hydrology
  • Ecohydrology
  • Stable isotope hydrology
  • Water age dynamics and travel times

 

Education

01/2012 – 11/2015 PhD in Hydrology
Topic: “Spatio-temporal effects on vadose zone water transit times” Graduate School "Environment, Society and Global Change”
Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
10/2009 – 11/2011 Master of Science in BioGeosciences
Topic: “Modelling the water balance of a tropical plantation considering biodiversity effects”
University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany
08/2008 – 06/2009 Environmental and Resource Management as ERASMUS exchange student
University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
10/2005 – 08/2008 Bachelor of Science in Geoecology
University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany

 

Work experience

04/2018 – 06/2018 Postdoc
Hydrology, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Project: Water ages in the hydrological cycle (funded by the Wassernetzwerk Baden-Württemberg)
I am responsible for bringing together ideas developed during a workshop.
04/2018 – present Honorary Research Fellow
Northern River Institute, School of Geoscience, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
09/2015 – 03/2018 Research Fellow
Northern River Institute, School of Geoscience, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
Project: Vegetation effects on water flow and mixing in high-latitude ecosystems
(VeWa, ERC-funded research group led by Prof. Doerthe Tetzlaff)
04/2015 – 08/2015 Parental leave
01/2012 – 03/2015 Scientific employee
Hydrology, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Project: Catchments as Organized Systems (CAOS, DFG funded research group, PIs of sub-project: Prof. Markus Weiler and Dr. Theresa Blume)

 

SCI Publications

14 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Carey SK, McNamara JP, Laudon H, Shatilla N, Soulsby C: Storage, mixing and fluxes of water in the critical zone across northern environments inferred by stable isotopes of soil water (Invited contribution to a Special Issue in Hydrological Processes on Water in the Critical Zone)
13 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Laudon H, Leistert H, Mitchell C, Snelgrove J, Weiler M, Soulsby C (2018): Measuring and modelling stable isotopes of mobile and bulk soil water, Vadose Zone Journal, doi: 10.2136/VZJ2017.08.0149. (Invited contribution to Special Issue “Stable Isotope Approaches in Vadose Zone Research”)
12 Soulsby C; Braun H, Sprenger M, Weiler M, Tetzlaff, D (2017): Influence of forest and shrub canopies on precipitation partitioning and isotopic signatures, Hydrological Processes, 31(24), 4282–4296, doi: 10.1002/hyp.11351.
11 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Soulsby C (2017): Soil water stable isotopes reveal evaporation dynamics at the soilplant-atmosphere interface of the critical zone, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(7), 3839–3858, doi: 10.5194/hess-21-3839-2017
10 Angermann L, Jackisch C, Allroggen N, Sprenger M, Zehe E, Tronicke J, Weiler M, Blume T (2017): Form and function in hillslope hydrology: characterization of subsurface flow based on response observations, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(7), 3727-3748, doi: 10.5194/hess-21-3727-2017
9 Jackisch C, Angermann L, Allroggen N, Sprenger M, Blume T, Tronicke J, Zehe E (2017): Form and function in hillslope hydrology: in situ imaging and characterization of flow-relevant structures, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(7), 3749-3775, doi: 10.5194/hess-2016-190
8 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Soulsby C (2017): No influence of CO2 on the stable isotope analyses of soil waters with a OA-ICOS, Rapid Communications of Mass Spectrometry, 31(5), 430–436, doi: 10.1002/rcm.7815.
7 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Tunaley C, Dick J, Soulsby C (2017): Evaporation fractionation in a peatland drainage network affects stream water isotope composition, Water Recourses Research, 53(1), 851–866, doi: 10.1002/2016WR019258.
6 Sprenger M, Leistert H, Gimbel K, Weiler M (2016): Illuminating hydrological processes in the vadose zone with pore water stable isotopes. Review of Geophysics, 54(3), 674–704, doi: 10.1002/2015RG000515. (AGU Journal Highlights)
5 Sprenger M, Blume T, Seeger S, Weiler M (2016): Travel times in the vadose zone: variability in space and time. Water Recourses Research, 52(8), 5727–5754, doi: 10.1002/2015WR018077
4 Sprenger M, Erhardt M, Riedel M, Weiler M (2016): Historical tracking of nitrate in contrasting vineyard using water isotopes and nitrate depth profiles. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 222, 185–192, doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2016.02.014
3 Sprenger M, Herbstritt B, Weiler M (2015): Established methods and new opportunities for pore water stable isotope analysis. Hydrological Processes, 29(25), 5174–5192, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10643. (Invited contribution to Special Issue on “Tracer advances in catchment hydrology”)
2 Sprenger M, Volkmann THM, Blume T, Weiler M (2015): Estimating flow and transport parameters in the unsaturated zone with pore water stable isotopes. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19(6), 2617–2635, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10643.
1 Sprenger M, Oelmann Y, Weihermüller L, Wolf S, Wilcke W, Potvin C (2013): Tree species and diversity effects on soil water seepage in tropical plantation. Forest Ecology and Management, 309(0): 76-86, doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.03.022. (Invited contribution to Special Issue on “Influence of tree species on forest soils: New evidence from field studies”)

 
Other publications

  Sprenger M, Weiler M (2017): Tracing Water Through the Critical Zone, EOS Editor’s Vox

 
Articles in public peer-review

  Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Laudon H, Soulsby C: Water ages in the critical zone of long-term experimental sites in northern latitudes, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussion, doi: 10.5194/hess-2018-144

 

Presentations

Invited presentations

5 Sprenger M (2017): Potential of stable water isotopes to understand effects of land use and climate change on soil functions, Symposium on Soil Resources, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
4 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Ala-Aho P, Buttle J, Laudon H, Mitchell C, Snelgrove J, Weiler M, Soulsby C (2017): Mobile and tightly bound soil water fluxes in northern environments, EGU Leonardo Conference 2017 Water stable isotopes in the hydrological cycle, Black Forest, Germany.
3 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Weiler M, Soulsby C. (2017): Understanding water storage, mixing and travel times in soils using water stable isotopes, EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria.
2 Blume T, Weiler M, Angermann L, Beiter D, Hassler S, Kaplan N, Lieder E, Sprenger M (2017): From one plot to many and from hillslopes to streams: Improving our understanding of catchment hydrology with a multi-scale experimental approach, EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria.
1 Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Crey J, Laudon H., McDonnell J, McNamara JP, Spence C, Sprenger M, van Huijgevoort M, Soulsby C (2016): Using stable isotopes and integrated flow-tracer modeling to conceptualise vegetation influences on water partitioning, storage and runoff generation in high-latitude environments. EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria.


Research seminars

2 Sprenger M (2017): Understanding water storage, mixing and travel times in soils using water stable isotopes, CREAF Barcelona, March 2017, Barcelona, Spain.
1 Sprenger M (2017): Understanding water storage, mixing and travel times in soils using water stable isotopes, Geosciences Seminar Series, University of Aberdeen, February 2017 Aberdeen, UK.


Other conference talks

6 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Soulsby C (2018): Water ages in the critical zone of northern environments: Relation between storage and travel times of transpiration and recharge fluxes, EGU General Assembly 2018, Vienna
5 Tetzlaff D, Ala-Aho P, Buttle J, Carey C, Kohn M, Kuppel S, Laudon H, McDonnell J, McNamara J, Spence C, Sprenger M, Smith A, Soulsby C (2017): Using stable isotopes to understand Vegetation-Water linkages across northern landscapes, EGU Leonardo Conference 2017 Water stable isotopes in the hydrological cycle, Black Forest, Germany
4 Weiler M, Sprenger M, Volkmann T, Seeger S, Leistert H (2017): Coupled field sampling and modelling of soil and plant water stable isotopes to quantify site specific hydrological fluxes, CGU/CSAFM 2017, Vancouver
3 Sprenger M, Weiler M, Blume T (2014): Water transit times in the unsaturated zone: Spatio-temporal variation and its application for the characterization of functional units. AGU Chapman Conference, Luxembourg
2 Sprenger M, Weiler M (2013): Potential of pore water stable isotope for optimization of soil physical parameters and predicting flow and transport in the unsaturated zone. AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco.
1 Sprenger M, Gralher B, Weiler M (2013): Identifying flow processes in catchments with porewater isotope profiles. EGU General Assembly 2013, Vienna.


Poster presentations

9 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Soulsby C. (2017): Tracing dynamics of soil – vegetation interactions in northern environments with stable isotopes, EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna.
8 Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Crey J, Shatilla NJ, Laudon H., McNamara JP, Soulsby C (2016): Ecohydrological partitioning of water at long-term experimental sites in Northern latitudes using stable isotopes. AGU Fall Meeting 2016, San Francisco.
7 Sprenger M, Erhardt M, Riedel M, Weiler M (2015): Historical tracking of nitrate in contrasting vineyard using water isotopes and nitrate depth profiles. AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco.
6 Angermann L, Jackisch C, Allroggen N, Sprenger M, Weiler M, Blume T (2014): Interflow in Periglacial Slope Deposits: Importance, Spatial Extent and Conceptual Representation, AGU Chapman Conference, Luxembourg.
5 Seeger S, Sprenger M, Weiler M (2014): How far do buckets get us? A flux tracking, topography driven conceptual lumped convolution model to rival the CAOS model, AGU Chapman Conference, Luxembourg.
4 Sprenger M, Weiler M (2014): Transit times of water particles in the vadose zone across catchment states and catchment functional units, EGU General Assembly 2014, Vienna.
3 Jackisch C, Sprenger M, Allroggen N, van Schaik L, Weiler M, Zehe E (2014): Insights and questions raised from a multi-tracer plot-scale sprinkler experiment with time-lapse 3D GPR in a structured forested soil, EGU General Assembly 2014, Vienna.
2 Sprenger M, Wolf S, Buchmann N, Eugster W, Weihermüller L, Wilcke W, Oelmann Y (2012): Tree species effects on seepage fluxes in soil in a tropical afforestation. 4th EUROSOIL Conference, Bari.
1 Sprenger M, Wolf S, Buchmann N, Eugster W, Weihermüller L, Wilcke W, Oelmann Y (2012): Der Effekt von Baumarten auf die Versickerungsraten auf einer tropischen Aufforstung. Tag der Hydrologie, Freiburg.

 

Grants and awards

Research Fellowship awarded by German Research Foundation (DFG) 2018
Research proposal awarded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence 2018
British Hydrological Society travel grant for attending EGU 2018 2018
SAGES Pools Engagement in European Research for presenting at the EGU Leonardo Conference 2017 on “Water stable isotopes in the hydrological cycle” 2018
EGU Early Career Scientist's Travel Support for attending EGU conference 2017 2017
Travel fund SAGES for attending AGU Fall Meeting 2016 2016
Travel fund „Förderverein Hydrologie“ at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg to attend AGU Fall Meeting 2015 2015
Travel fund Graduate School “Environment, Society and Global Change” to attend AGU Fall Meeting 2015 2015
DAAD-RISE scholarship to host an undergraduate for an internship (6 weeks) 2014
EGU Early Career Scientist's Travel Support for attending EGU conference 2014 2014
Travel fund Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg im Breisgau for presenting at AGU Fall Meeting 2013 2013
Fahnenberg-Scholarship of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources for a research visit at the McGuire lab at Virginia Tech 2013
EGU Early Career Scientist's Travel Support for attending EGU conference 2013 2013
PROMOS-Grant of DAAD for field work in Panama 2011
ERASMUS-Grant of DAAD for studying in Iceland 2008 – 2009

 

Academic service

Reviewer for Hydrological Processes (7), Rapid Communications of Mass Spectrometry (6), Ecohydrology (4), Catena (4), Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (3), Vadose Zone Journal (3), Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2), Water Resource Research (1), Biogeosciences (1), Hydrology Research (1), Science of the total environment (1), Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (1), Water (Switzerland) (1), Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica (Journal of Geographical Research, 1) 16 reviews in last 14 months (https://publons.com/author/1179341/matthias-sprenger#stats)
Reviewer of proposal for Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program 2017 by Wisconsin Water Resources Institute
 
Scientific Committee of the EGU Leonardo Conference 2017 on “Water stable isotopes in the hydrological cycle”, 16.-18.10.2017 in the Black Forest, Germany
Invited participant at Workshop on Water Ages in the Hydrological Cycle organized by the Water Network Baden-Württemberg, 18.10.-20.10.2017 in the Black Forest, Germany
Primary Convener of AGU 2016 session: “Methods and Process Interpretations in the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum” (with Levia D F, Volkmann T, Van Stan J T)
Primary Convener of EGU 2018 session: “Stable isotopes to study water dynamics in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum” (with Geris J, Llorens P, Hissler C, Orlowski N)
Outstanding Students Paper Award liaison, AGU 2016, EGU 2018
Outstanding Students Paper Award judge, AGU 2015, AGU 2016, EGU 2017, EGU 2018
Mentor at EGU 2018

 
Membership of scientific societes

American Geophysical Union (AGU), European Geoscience Union (EGU), British Hydrological Society (BHS), Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment & Society (SAGES), Verband für Geoökologie in Deutschland e.V. (VGöD), Förderverein Hydrologie Freiburg

 

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