Alumna (Postdoctoral Researcher, Graduate Program Board Member)

Theresa Frommen studied Geological Sciences with a focus on Hydrogeology at Freie Universität Berlin, RWTH Aachen University and University of Manchester. After her Masters, she was a research associate and doctoral student at the Hydrogeology Group, Institute of Geological Sciences, FU Berlin, doing research about participatory methods in hydrogeology with a focus on India. She lived and worked from September 2016 to January 2018 in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
From September 2019 to January 2022, Theresa was a Postdoc within the group of Prof. Dr. Tobias Krüger in the frame of the Geo.X Young Academy ‘Geo.Society’. Since February 2022, she is leading the BMBF funded science communication project “Geowissenschaftliche Landpartie (Geosciences go rural)”.

Research Interests

  • Understanding the connection between groundwater and society
  • Understanding why and where conflicts about groundwater arise
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation and approaches
  • Science communication


Friis, C., Hernández-Morcillo, M., Baumann, M., Coral, C., Frommen, T., Ghoddousi, A., Loibl, D. & Rufin, P. (2021) Bridging scales in interdisciplinary human-environment research: Challenges and solutions. Sustainability Sciences. (submitted)

Frommen, T. & Moss, T. (2021) Pasts and presents of urban socio-hydrogeology: groundwater levels in Berlin, 1870-2020. Water, 13, 2261.

Frommen, T., Groeschke, M., Noelscher, M. & Schneider, M. (2021) Anthropogenic and Geogenic Influences on Peri-Urban Aquifers in Semi-Arid Regions – Insights from a Case Study in Northeast Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Hydrogeology Journal,

Lebek, K. Frommen, T. & Krüger, T. (2020) How and why to walk the bridge between the social and the natural:Human-water perspectives from above and below the ground. In: Bronstert, A. et al. (eds) Hydrologie: Verbindung der Umweltsphären und –disziplinen, Tag der Hydrologie, Potsdam, Forum für Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung Heft 42.20.

Frommen, T. (2018) Wasserversorgung in Indien – Konflikt & Lösung aus hydrogeolo-gischer Sicht. perspektive mediation, 4-2018.

Groeschke, M., Frommen, T., Winkler, A., & Schneider, M. (2017) Sewage-Borne Ammonium at a River Bank Filtration Site in Central Delhi, India: Simplified Flow and Reactive Transport Modeling to Support Decision- Making about Water Management Strategies. Geosciences, 7(3), 48.

Groeschke, M., Frommen, T., Taute, T., & Schneider, M. (2017) The impact of sewage-contaminated river water on groundwater ammonium and arsenic concentrations at a riverbank filtration site in central Delhi, India. Hydrogeology Journal,

Groeschke, M., Frommen, T., Grützmacher, G., Schneider, M. & Sehgal, D. (2015) Applica-tion of Bank Filtration in Aquifers Affected by Ammonium – The Delhi Example. In: Wintgens et al. (eds.) Natural Water Treatment Systems for Safe and Sustainable Water Sup-ply in the Indian Context: Saph Pani. IWA Publishing, London.

Kretzschmar, T.G. & Frommen, T. (2013) Stable isotope composition of surface and groundwater in Baja California. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7: 451-454.