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Dr. Loes van Schaik


TU Berlin
FG Ecohydrology and Landscape Evaluation
Institute of Ecology
Building BH-N, Room 804
E-Mail: l.vanschaik@tu-berlin.de
Telefon: +49 (0)30 314-73528
Fax: +49 (0)30 314-23309









    • Ecohydrological processes
    • Measurement and modelling of preferential flow in unsaturated soils
    • Earthworm ecology
    • Soil physics
    • Feedbacks vegetation- soil hydrology


    • 2016-present Scientific assistant of the Reserach Group Ecohydrology and Landscape Evaluation, TU Berlin
    • 2014-2016 Scientific assistant of the Research Group of Environmental Systems Analysis at the TU Braunschweig
    • 2012-2016 Substitute leader of the Research Group Environmental Modelling at the University of Potsdam
    • 2011-2014 Postdoc in the CAOS Project, TU-Munich, and TU Braunschweig
    • 2009-2011 Postdoc in the Biopore Project at the Institute of Geoecology, Universität Potsdam
    • 2003-2010 PhD Student in the Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University, Nl
    • 1995-2002 MSc in Hydrologie, Wageningen University, Nl


      • Programm committee of Chapman conference on “Catchment Spatial Organisation and Complex Behaviour”, sept 2014
      • Publicawareness: Organisation of an information-stand on the Earthworm- Hydrology feedbacks for visitors of the „1000 Fragen eine Stadt“  happening of the University of Potsdam and school and kindergarten practical on earthworm significance for soil processes.
      • Organisation of the Biopore Workshop in 17th to 19th of Oktober 2011 in Gulpe, http://brandenburg.geoecology.uni-potsdam.de/users/schroeder/biopore/workshop.html


      For more information see the project list


      • Schneider, A.K, Anne Zangerlé, Arne Reck, Boris Schröder, Loes Van Schaik, Tobias L. Hohenbrink. 2018. Variability of earthworm-induced biopores and their hydrological effectiveness in space and time. Pedobiologia, 71:8-19.
      • Mwampamba, T.H., van Schaik, N.L., Castillo Hernandez, L.A. 2018. Incorporating Ecohydrological Processes Into an Analysis of Charcoal-Livestock Production Systems in the Tropics: An Alternative Interpretation of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Frontiers in Environmental Sciences, 6:99. 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00099
      • Reck, A., Jackisch, C., Hohenbrink, T. L., Schröder, B., Zangerlé, A., van Schaik, L. 2018. Impact of Temporal Macropore Dynamics on Infiltration: Field Experiments and Model Simulations. Vadose Zone Journal, 17:170147. doi: 10.2136/vzj2017.08.0147
      • Loritz, R., Hassler, S. K., Jackisch, C., Allroggen, N., van Schaik, L., Wienhöfer, J., Zehe, E. 2017. Picturing and modelling catchments by representative hillslopes. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21: 1225 - 1249. doi: 10.5194/hess-2016-307
      • Van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Palm, J., Klaus, J., Zehe, E., Schröder, B. 2016. Potential effects of tillage and field borders on within field spatial distribution patterns of earthworms. Agriculture, Ecosystems and environment, 228: 82 -90.
      • Schneider, A.-K., van Schaik, L., Zangerlé, A., Schröder, B. 2016. Which abiotic filters shape earthworm distribution patterns at catchment scale? European Journal of Soil Science, 67: 431-442.
      • Zangerlé, A., Hissler, C., van Schaik, L., McKey, D. 2016. Identification of earthworm burrow origins by near infrared spectroscopy: combining results from field sites and laboratory microcosms. Soil and Tillage Research, 155: 280-288. doi:10.1016/j.still.2015.08.017.
      • Lozano Parra, J., van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Schnabel, S., Gómez-Gutiérrez, Á. 2016. Soil hydrological variations at event rainfall scale in mediterranean scattered tree cover watershed. Hydrological Processes, 30 (8): 1155 1170
      • Allroggen, N., van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Tronicke, J. 2015. 4D ground-penetrating radar during a plot scale dye tracer experiment. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 118: 139–144. doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2015.04.016
      • Zehe, E., Ehret, U., Pfister, L., Blume, T., Schröder, B., Westhoff, M., Jackisch, C., Schymanski, S.J., Weiler, M., Schulz, K., van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Allroggen, N., Tronicke, J., Dietrich, P., Scherer, U., Eccard, J., Wulfmeyer, V., Kleidon, A. 2014. Functional units: a novel framework to explore the link between spatial organization and hydrological functioning of intermediate scale catchments. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss. 11 (3): 3249-3313. 10.5194/hessd-11-3249-2014.
      • Müller, E.N., van Schaik, L., Blume, T., Bronstert, A., Carus, J., Fleckenstein, J., Fohrer, N., Geißler, K., Gerke, H., Gräff, T., Hesse, C., Hildebrandt, A., Hölker, F., Hunke, P., Körner, K., Lewandowski, J., Lohmann, D., Meinikmann, K., Schibalski, A., Schmalz, B., Schröder, B., Tietjen, B. 2014. Skalen, Schwerpunkte, Rückkopplungen und Herausforderungen der ökohydrologischen Forschung in Deutschland, Hydrologie & Wasserbewirtschaftung, 58: 221–240.
      • Klaus, J., Zehe, E., Elsner, M., Palm, J., Schneider, D., Schröder, B., Steinbeiss, S., van Schaik, L., West, S. 2014. Controls of event-based pesticide leaching in natural soils: A systematic study based on replicated field scale irrigation experiments. Journal of Hydrology, 512: 528-539. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.03.020.
      • van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Palm, J., Klaus, J., Zehe, E., Schröder, B. 2014. Linking spatial earthworm distribution to macropores, Ecohydrology. 7: 401-408. doi: 10.1002/eco.1358
      • Allroggen, N., van Schaik, L., Tronicke, J. (2014) Time-lapse 3D GPR imaging of brilliant blue infiltration experiments. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, Brussels, Belgium, 643-647.
      • Palm, J., van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Schröder, B. (2013) Modelling the distribution patterns of anecic, epigeic and endogeic earthworms on a catchment-scale in agro-ecosystems, Pedobiologia, 56 (1): 23-31.
      • van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Bronstert, A., de Jong, S.M., Jetten, V.G., van Dam, J.C., Ritsema, C.J., Schnabel, S. (2013) Process-based modelling of a headwater catchment in semi-arid conditions: the influence of macropore flow. Hydrological Processes. , 28 (24): 5805-5816, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10086
      • Keesstra, S.D., Geissen, V., Mosse, K., Piiranen, S., Scudiero, E., Leistra, M.,  van Schaik, L. (2012) Soil as a filter. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4 (5): 507-516.
      • Van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Hendriks, R.F.A., and van Dam, J.C. (2010) Use of dye-tracer infiltration patterns for the macropore parameterization of a physically based model (SWAP). Vadose Zone Journal, 9 (1): 95-106.
      • Van Schaik, N.L.M.B. (2009) Spatial variability of infiltration patterns related to site characteristics in a semi-arid watershed. Catena, 78: 36-47.
      • Van Schaik, N.L.M.B., Schnabel, S. and V.G. Jetten (2008) The influence of preferential flow on hillslope hydrology in a semi-arid watershed (in the Spanish Dehesas). Hydrological Processes, 22: 3844-3855.

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