Research Fellow


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Geosciences, Geography & Environment, University of Aberdeen
St Mary's, Room 123
Elphinstone Road
AB24 3UF


Since September 2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen

2012 – 2015: PhD in Hydrology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Graduate School "Environment, Society and Global Change”. Thesis title: “Spatio-temporal effects on vadose zone water transit times”

2009 – 2011: Master of Science in BioGeosciences at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz. Thesis title: “Modelling the water balance of a tropical plantation considering biodiversity effects“

2008 – 2009: Exchange studies in Environmental and Resource Management at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik

2005 – 2008: Bachelor of Science in Geoecology at the University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth.


Research Interests

My research interest is on hydrological interactions taking place within the critical zone, to better understand what happens with the water in the soil. To track the fate of the water I use water stable isotopes and hydrometric data. The current focus is on:

  • How variable is the pore water stable isotopic composition in the top soil?
  • Which roles does the vegetation play for the variability of the soil water isotopic signal over space and time?
  • How do these processes differ among northern environments?

See the VeWa homepage for more information on the project.

Further Info


Oral presentations

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

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.

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.

Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Crey J, Laudon H., McDonnell J, McNamara J, 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.

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

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.

Sprenger M, Gralher B, Weiler M (2013): Identifying flow processes in catchments with porewater isotope profiles. EGU General Assembly 2013, Vienna.


Poster presentations

Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Soulsby C (2017): Tracing dynamics of soil – vegetation interactions in northern environments with stable isotopes, EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna

Sprenger M, Tetzlaff D, Buttle J, Carey S, 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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Travel grants

EGU Early Career Scientist's Travel Support (2017)

Travel fund SAGES (2016)

Travel fund Förderverein Hydrologie an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (2015)

Travel fund Graduate School “Environment, Society and Global Change” (2015)

DAAD-RISE scholarship (to host an undergraduate for an internship) (2014)

Travel fund Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg im Breisgau (2014)

Fahnenberg-Scholarship of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources (2014)

EGU Early Career Scientist's Travel Support (2014)

EGU Early Career Scientist's Travel Support (2013)

PROMOS-Grant of DAAD (2011)

ERASMUS-Grant of DAAD (2008 – 2009)



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