Short CV/Education and training

  • 1972 – 1982
    Studied biology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany; Diplom thesis was accepted as dissertation in the Department of Biology

  • 1979
    Referee for the State of Berlin in a study on the effect of highway construction on nearby bodies of water

  • 1981 – 1983
    Staff researcher in the Department of Biology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, in the Berlin research project "rehabilitating lakes"

  • 1981 – 1987
    Taught (laboratory courses and seminars) at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Department of Biology; Expert consultant in searching for the causes of a fish kill and comparing the sensitivity of various fish-testing methods

  • 1986
    Expert consultant for the Federal Environmental Agency, Berlin, Germany, comparing the sensitivity of various fish-testing methods

  • 1987 – 1991
    Staff researcher in the German Research Foundation (DFG) project on algogenic substances effecting the taste and smell of drinking water at the Institute for Water, Soil and Air Hygiene

  • 1992 – 2008
    Director of the area Water, Drinking Water, and Water Protection in the German Federal Environmental Agency

  • Since 2008
    Director of the Department of Water for Drinking and Swimming in the German Federal Environmental Agency

Selected publications

  • Chorus, I.: Cyanotoxins: Occurrence, Causes, Consequences. Springer Publishers Heidelberg, 357 pages, 2001.

  • Chorus, I., Bartram, J.: Toxic Cyanobacteria in Water: a Guide to Public Health Significance, Monitoring and Management. Published on behalf of WHO by E & FN Spon /Chapman & Hall, London, 416 pages, 1999.

  • Chorus, I. et al.: Retention and Degradation of the cyanobacterial Toxin Cylindrospermopsin in Sediments – The Role of Sediment preconditioning and DOM composition. In: Toxicon 55, 2010. pp. 999-1007.

  • Grützmacher, G. et al.: Microcystin Elimination during Sediment Contact. In: Environmental Science and Technology 44, 2009. pp. 657-662.

  • Schauser, I., Chorus, I: Water and phosphorus mass balance of Lake Tegel and Schlachtensee – a modelling approach. In: Water Research 43, 2009. pp. 1788-1800.

  • Preußel, K. et al.: Response of cylindrospermopsin production and release in Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (Cyanobacteria) to varying light and temperature conditions. In: Harmful Algae 8(5), 2009. pp. 645-650.

  • Chorus, I. et al.: The probability of occurrence of the dinoflagellates Gymnodinium uberrimum and Peridinium willeii in German reservoirs. In: Journal of Plankton Research; doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbm017, 2007.

  • Schauser, I., Heinzmann, B., Chorus, I.: Strategy and current status of combating eutrophication in lakes for safeguarding drinking water resources. In: Wat. Science Techn., 2007.


Selected projects

Director of joint projects:

  • PEPtides in CYanobacteria (PEPCY), EU project with 11 partners, 2002 – 2006

  • New Bioactive Substances in Cyanobacteria, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2000 – 2003

  • Strategies against algae and cyanobacteria metabolites in the untreated water that is part of the drinking water supply, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), 1998 – 2004

  • Toxic cyanobacteria in German bodies of water: distribution, control factors and ecological significance, BMBF, 1994 – 1997

Large third-party funded projects within the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA):

  • Pathogenic viruses in water: detection, transport and elimination, DFG, 2010 – 2013

  • Influence of biotic and abiotic environmental factors on the production, discharge, persistence and decomposition of the cyanobacterial toxin Cylindrospermopsin, DFG, 2008 – 2011

  • OLIGO – Threshold values for oligotrophication of Lake Tegel and Schlachtensee, Berlin: analysis of system components and causalities, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (KWB – Berlin Centre of Competence for Water), 2004 – 2007

  • Water Safety Plans, BMG, 2004 – 2006

  • NAtural Systems for Attenuation, Recharge and Infiltration (NASRI), KWB, 2002 – 2005

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) review board Water Research, since 2004; as spokesperson, since 2009

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Boating, hiking, bicycling, yoga


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Hiatus in the early 1980s for 2 children


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