Doerthe Tetzlaff is Professor in Ecohydrology at the Department of Geography at the HU and Head of the Department 1 Ecohydrology at the IGB Leibniz Institute. Over the past 15 years, she has pursued a research vision in ecohydrology which integrates insights from both field and modelling approaches; particularly in northern regions.
Research has been undertaken with the basic aim of understanding the spatial and temporal variability of how catchments function hydrologically at different scales; understanding the physical processes that generate stream flow, and the way these processes influence the hydrochemistry and hydroecology of streams. This has explored an interdisciplinary interface that seeks to understand the interaction between physical and biological processes in catchments and river systems to aid understanding of the sensitivity and ability of catchments to mediate implications of climate change.
Doerthe possesses modelling experience which spans a spectrum from the application of simple conceptual models to more complex semi-distributed ones. Novel to her research is the incorporation of tracer data into hydrological models in order to assess appropriate model complexity and structures. She was awarded a prestigious ERC grant in 2013. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Hydrological Processes, (one of the top ranking journals in the ISI Water Resources subject area). Doerthe is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Young Academy. In 2017, she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK. She has served as an invited Chair and member on several committees of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and European Geosciences Union (EGU).
Doerthe became a member of IRI THESys in 2018.
- Spatial and temporal variability of how catchments function eco-hydrologically at different scales
- Use of tracers to understand sources, pathways and age of water, nutrients and particles
- Sensitivity and ability of catchments to mediate implications of climate change