Dr. Benjamin Daniels

Team leader and project manager (FLIP)

Room: 42C 230
Phone: +49 (0) 241 / 80-26669
Institute for Environmental Research, RWTH Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Deutschland

Curriculum vitae

Since 2020 Team leader and project manager at the Institute for Environmental Research at RWTH Aachen University, team ‘Quantitative Ecosystem Analysis and Ecological Action Research’

2013-2019 Scientific assistant and PhD research fellow: ‘Ecological Functions and Services in the Context of a Multidimensional Assessment for Urban Green Spaces’

2012-2013 Research fellow at the Institute for Environmental Research, RWTH Aachen University, working group ‘Mechanistic Stress Ecology’, supervisor: Dr. Thomas Preuss

2011-2012 Master thesis: ‘Comparison of Mechanistic Models and Standardized Regression Analyses to Describe Toxic Effects in Ecotoxicology’

2009-2012 Studies of Biology (M.Sc.) with specialisation in Environmental Sciences at RWTH Aachen University

2009 Bachelor thesis:  ‘Bioconcentration, Biomagnification and Elimination of 17α-Ethinylestradiol; a Study with the Test Organisms Zebrafish (Danio rerio) and Blackworm (Lumbriculus variegatus’

2006-2009 Studies of Biology (B.Sc.) at RWTH Aachen University

Memberships

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
  • Society of Urban Ecologists (SURE)

Recognition

  • Borchers-Plakette of RWTH Aachen University 2020 for completing the doctorate with highest distinction
  • Springorum-medal of RWTH Aachen University 2012 for completing the M.Sc. degree with highest distinction
  • Scholarship of the Rheinisches FührungsColleg e.V., scholarship program "Personality and Leadership" 2018

Scientific contributions

Theses

  • Dissertation: Daniels, B (2020) Ecological Functions and Services in the Context of a Multidimensional Assessment for Urban Green Spaces
  • Master thesis: Daniels, B (2012) Comparison of Mechanistic Models and Standardized Regression Analyses to Describe Toxic Effects in Ecotoxicology
  • Bachelor thesis: Daniels, B (2009) Biokonzentration, Biomagnifikation und Elimination von 17α-Ethinylestradiol; eine Studie mit dem Zebrabärbling (Danio rerio) und dem Glanzwurm (Lumbriculus variegatus)

Articles

  • Knillmann S., Liess M., Scholz-Starke B., Daniels B., Ottermanns R., Schäffer A., Sybertz A., Roß-Nickoll M. (2021): Environmental risks of pesticides between forecast and reality: How reliable are results of the environmental risk assessment for individual products in the light of agricultural practice (tank mixtures, spray series)? UBA Text Berlin, 82/2021: ISSN: 1862-4804, pp 196.
  • Daniels B, Roß‐Nickoll M, Jänsch S, Pieper S, Römbke J, Scholz‐Starke B and Ottermanns R (2021) Application of the CPCAT to Assess Ecotoxicological Field Studies: Comparative Analysis Using Earthworm Field Test Abundance Data. Environ Toxicol Chem. doi: 10.1002/etc.5015
  • Römbke J., Förster B., Jänsch S., Kaiser F., Scheffczyk A., Roß-Nickoll M., Daniels B., Ottermanns R., Scholz-Starke B. (2020): Necessary adaptations for a harmonized field-testing procedure and risk assessment of earthworms (terrestrial). UBA Text Berlin, 193/2020: ISSN: 1862-4804, pp 117
  • Daniels B, Jedamski J, Ottermanns R, Roß-Nickoll M (2020) A “Plan Bee” for Cities: Pollinator Diversity and Plant-Pollinator Interactions in Urban Green Spaces. PLOS ONE 15(7). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0235492
  • Sybertz A, Ottermanns R, Schäffer A, Scholz-Starke B, Daniels B, Frische T, Bär S, Ullrich C, Roß-Nickoll M (2020) Simulating spray series of pesticides in agricultural practice reveals evidence for accumulation of environmental risk in soil. Science of the Total Environment, 710: 135004.
  • Sybertz A, Roß-Nickoll M, Schäffer A, Scholz-Starke B, Daniels B, Ottermanns R (2020) MITAS: A model for assessing the time-dependent risk of sequential applications of pesticides for soil organisms by consideration of exposure, degradation and mixture toxicity. MethodsX, 7: 100763.
  • Daniels B, Zaunbrecher BS, Paas B, Ottermanns R, Ziefle M, Roß-Nickoll M (2018) Assessment of urban green space structures and their quality from a multidimensional perspective. Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 615, pp:1364-1378. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.167
  • Zaunbrecher BS, Daniels B, Roß-Nickoll M, Ziefle M (2018) The social and ecological footprint of renewable power generation plants. Balancing social requirements and ecological impacts in an integrated approach. Energy Research and Social Science. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.07.015
  • Ottermanns R, Cramer E, Daniels B, Lehmann R, Roß-Nickoll M (2018) Uncertainty in site classification and its sensitivity to sample size and indicator quality - Bayesian misclassification rate in ecological risk assessment. Ecological Indicators 94: 348-356. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.06.02
  • Daniels B, Ottermanns R, Roß-Nickoll M (2017) Towards a multidisciplinary evaluation of ecosystem services for urban greens and their structural elements. Proceedings of the BfN/ENCA European Conference on "Nature-based solutions to climate change in urban areas and their rural surroundings". BfN-Skripte 456, S.129f
  • Jedamski J, Daniels B, Roß-Nickoll M (2017) Bestäuber in der Stadt – Parks und Friedhöfe als grüne Inseln. In: Der Aachener Ostfriedhof- Wissenswertes aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Förderkreis Ostfriedhof e.V., Aachen, Germany
  • Maes H, Stibany F, Giefers S, Daniels B, Deutschmann B, Baumgartner W, Schäffer A (2014) Accumulation and distribution of multiwalled carbon nanotubes in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environ. Sci. Technol, Vol. 48(20), pp:12256–12264. DOI: 10.1021/es503006v
  • Kulkarni D, Daniels B, Preuss TG (2013) Life-stage-dependent sensitivity of the cyclopoid copepod Mesocyclops leuckarti to Triphenyltin. Chemosphere 92:1145-1153. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.01.076
  • Schäffer A, von Lochow HEC, Baumgartner W, Daniels B, Deutschmann B, Rhiem S, Simon A, Stibany F., Maes H.M. (2011) Umweltverhalten und -effekte von kohlenstoff-basierten Nanopartikeln. Skript zur Präsentation auf der Tagung Nanotechnologie und Wasserwirtschaft, Düsseldorf

Platform presentations

  • Toschki A, Daniels B, Frische T, Oellers J, Rumohr Q, Schäffer A, Sybertz A, Wengerodt C, Roß-Nickoll M (2020) Developing a monitoring-concept to assess the ecological impact of pesticide use in German agriculture. 30th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, SETAC Europe SCICON, May 05
  • Daniels B, Roß-Nickoll M (2019) Ecological functions and services of urban greens: quantitative methods within a multidisciplinary assessment. Collaborative Sino-German Scientific Workshop (DFG), September 20, Chongqing, China
  • Sybertz A, Ottermanns R, Daniels B, Frische T, Schäffer A, Scholz-Starke B, Roß-Nickoll M (2019) Simulation of time-dependent mixture exposure to pesticides in agricultural landscapes and estimation of effects on terrestrial organisms. 17th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, June 16-20, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Scholz-Starke B, Bär S, Daniels B, Frische T, Liess M, Ottermanns R, Roß-Nickoll M., Schäffer A, Sybertz A, Ullrich C, Knillmann S (2018) Pesticides do rarely come alone, except in risk assessment – Risk indices of ranked spray series of the project COMBITOX. 28th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, May 14-17, Rome, Italy
  • Sybertz A, Ottermanns R, Daniels B, Frische T, Schäffer A., Scholz-Starke B, Roß-Nickoll M (2017) Zeitabhängige Modellierung der Toxizität von Pflanzenschutzmittel-spritzserien in der Agrarlandschaft - unter Berücksichtigung von Exposition, Abbau und Mischungstoxizität. 22th SETAC German Language Branch Annual Meeting, November 12-14, Neustadt a.d. Weinstraße, Germany
  • Daniels B., Paas B., Vorländer M. (2014) Environmental issues: ecoystem integrity, urban climate and air pollution, noise. In: Urban Future Outline: designing solutions for sustainability and resilience of tomorrow’s cities. Collaborative Workshop with UFRJ, May 05, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Daniels B., Preuss T.G. (2014) Which exposure profile counts? Estimating worst case scenarios based on ecotoxicological relevance.  SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting, May 11-15, Basel, Suisse
  • Daniels B., Kulkarni D., Preuss T.G. (2013) Comparison of Mechanistic Models and Standardized Regression Analyses to Describe Toxic Effects in Ecotoxicology. 3rd Young Environmental Scientists (YES) Meeting, February 11-13, Krakow, Poland
  • Paas B., Bremen L., Daniels B., Maras I., Markova S., Schmidt T., Stienen J., Schneider C. (2014) Exposition to combined stress in public urban spaces – An approach to modeling, analyzing and visualizing of combined exposition to stress resulting from noise, heat and particulate matter. Urban Modelling Conference, October 15-17, Lyon, France
  • Stienen, J., Paas B., Bremen L., Daniels B., Maras I., Markova S., Schmidt T., Fels J. (2014) Evaluation of combined stress factors on humans in urban areas. TECNIACÚSTICA. October 29-31, Murcia, Spain
  • Reichenberger S., Bach M., Daniels B, Großmann D., Guerniche D., Hommen U., Kaiser M., Klein M., Kubiak R., Müller A., Pires J., Preuss T.G., Thomas K., Trapp M. (2014)  GERDA – A new software tool for pesticide exposure assessment for surface waters in Germany.  SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting, May 11-15, Basel, Suisse
  • Reichenberger S., Bach M.,  Daniels B., Guerniche D., Hommen U., Klein M., Kubiak R., Pires J., Preuss T.G., Thomas K., Trapp M. (2014) Impact of step 4 scenario assumptions and VFSMOD parameterisation on the effectiveness of vegetative filter strips in reducing PEC in surface water. 7th European Modelling Workshop, October 21-23, Vienna, Austria
  • Rhiem S., Maes H.M., von Lochow H.E.C., Stibany F., Deutschmann B., Daniels B., Weth A., Baumgartner W., Schmidt B., Ratte H.T. & Schäffer A. (2010). Bioverfügbarkeit von Kohlenstoffnanoröhren für Organismen an der Basis der aquatischen Nahrungskette. 15th SETAC German Language Branch Annual Meeting, September 6-9, Dessau, Germany
  • Maes H.M., Schuster H.S., Maletz S.X., Breuer M.A., Schäfers C., Hollender J., Daniels B., Deutschmann B. & Ratte H.T. (2009). Accumulation, distribution, metabolism and elimination of 17a-ethinylestradiol in organisms of different trophic levels. 19th Annual Meeting SETAC Europe, 31st May – 4th June, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Stibany F., Maes H.M., Deutschmann B., Daniels B., Rhiem S., von Lochow H.E.C., Baumgartner W., Schmidt B., Ratte H.T., Schäffer A. (2009). Verteilung von Multiwalled Carbon nanotubes in aquatischen Systemen und Akkumulation in Organismen. 14th SETAC German Language Branch Annual Meeting, October 5-7, Weihenstephan, Germany
  • Schäffer A., von Lochow H.E.C., Baumgartner W., Daniels B., Deutschmann B., Rhiem S., Simon A., Stibany F., Maes H.M. (2011). Aufnahme und Elimination von CNT in aquatischen Organismen. Vortrag; 3. Inno.CNT-Jahreskongress, Ettlingen, Germany
  • Schäffer A., von Lochow H.E.C., Baumgartner W., Daniels B., Deutschmann B., Rhiem S., Simon A., Stibany F., Maes H.M. (2011). Umweltverhalten und –effekte kohlenstoffbasierter Nanopartikel. Nanotechnologie und Wasserwirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Schäffer A., Stibany F., Rhiem S., Simon A., Daniels B., Deutschmann B., von Lochow H.E.C., Baumgartner W., Maes H.M. (2012). Bioavailability of carbon nanotubes (CNT) for aquatic organisms and interactions with organic pollutants. Keynote speech, 4th NanoImpactNet Integrating Conference / 1st QNano Integrating Conference, Dublin, Ireland
  • Maes H.M., Rhiem S., Stibany F., Daniels B., Deutschmann B., Simon A., Giefers S., Riding M., Semple K.T., Jones K.C., Martin F.L., Baumgartner W., Hollert H., Schäffer A. (2011). Bioavailability of CNT for organisms of different trophic levels! Consequences of CNT – cell interactions to vital functions? Platform presentation, 13th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE), Zürich, Switzerland
  • Maes H.M., Rhiem S., Stibany F., Daniels B., Deutschmann B., Simon A., Giefers S., Riding M., Semple K.T., Jones K.C., Martin F.L., Baumgartner W., Hollert H., Schäffer A. (2012). Bioavailability of carbon nanotubes to aquatic organisms of different trophic levels and the consequences of CNT-cell interactions to vital functions. 6th SETAC World Congress / 22nd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany

Poster spotlight presentations

  • Daniels B, Ottermanns R, Roß-Nickoll M (2015) Ein integrativer Bewertungsansatz für Ökosystemleistungen urbaner Grünflächen unter Berücksichtigung ökologischer, klimatologischer und akzeptanzrelevanter Indikatoren.
    IALE-D Annual Conference, October 20-23, Bonn, Deutschland
  • Daniels B, Kulkarni D, Ratte HT, Preuss TG (2012) Applying the General Unified Threshold Model of Survival (GUTS) to describe toxic effects of Triphenyltin Hydroxide on the cyclopoid copepod Mesocyclops leuckarti. 6th SETAC World Congress / 22nd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany

Poster presentations

  • Daniels B, Jänsch S, Kotschik P, Ottermanns R, Pieper S, Roß-Nickoll M, Scholz-Starke B (2018) The application of the CPCAT approach reduces shortcomings of effect detection for earthworm field studies. 28th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, May 14-17, Rome, Italy
  • Daniels B, Ottermanns R, Schäffer A, Roß-Nickoll M (2016) A multidisciplinary instrument to assess and compare ecosystem services of urban greens in eco-cities. 2nd Society of Urban Ecology (SURE) Congress, July 7-10, Shanghai, China
  • Daniels B, Ottermanns R, Roß-Nickoll M (2015) Towards a multidisciplinary evaluation of ecosystem services for urban greens and their structural elements. 3rd European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change (ECBCC), November 17-19, Bonn, Deuschland
  • Daniels B, Kulkarni D, Ratte HT, Preuss TG (2013) Applying mechanistic TKTD models to evaluate acute-toxicity tests: An approach to phase out the NOECs and regression-based LCx. 23rd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, May 12-16, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Daniels B, Maes HM, Deutschmann B, Stibany F, Rhiem S, Baumgartner W, Schlüter OFK, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2010) Uptake of radiolabelled carbon nanotubes by the blackworm (Lumbriculus variegatus). 20th Annual Meeting SETAC Europe, May 23-27, Seville, Spain
  • Daniels B, Maes HM, Deutschmann B, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2009) Biokonzentration, Biomagnifikation und Elimination von 17α-Ethinylestradiol; eine Studie mit dem Zebrabärbling (Danio rerio) und dem Glanzwurm (Lumbriculus variegatus). 14th SETAC German Language Branch Annual Meeting, October 5-7, Weihenstephan, Germany
  • Sybertz A., Ottermanns R., Schäffer A., Daniels B., Roß-Nickoll M. (2020) Pesticide mixtures in soil: Simulation of time-dependent effects on soil organisms. 30th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, SETAC Europe SCICON, May 05
  • Roembke J, Daniels B, Foerster B, Jaensch S, Kotschik P, Ottermanns R, Pieper S, Roß-Nickoll M, Scheffczyk A, Scholz-Starke B (2018) Adaptation of the earthworm field test method: conceptual overview and first results. 28th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, May 14-17, Rome, Italy
  • Knillmann S, Scholz-Starke B, Baer S, Daniels B, Frische T, Ottermanns R, Schaeffer A, Sybertz A, Roß-Nickoll M, Liess M (2017) Pesticides do rarely come alone, except in risk assessment – Outline and first results of the project COMBITOX. 27th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, May 7-11, Brussels
  • Scholz-Starke B, Knillmann S, Bär S, Daniels B, Frische T, Ottermanns R, Schaeffer A, Sybertz A, Liess M, Roß-Nickoll M (2017) Pesticides do rarely come alone, except in risk assessment – Typical treatment regimes. 27th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, May 7-11, Brussels
  • Jedamski J, Daniels B, Roß-Nickoll M (2017) Ökologische Untersuchung der Blütenbesucherzönose und ihrer Rolle als Bestäuber auf Zierbeeten in Grünflächen der Stadt Aachen. Conference „Urbane Biodiversität“ („urban biodiversity“), March 23-24, Essen, Germany
  • Kulkarni D, Daniels B, Preuss TG (2013) The influence of food dependent eco-physiological processes on the response of Mesocyclops leuckarti to triphenyltin exposure. 23rd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, May 12-16, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Kulkarni D, Daniels B, Strauss T, Preuss TG (2013) Comparing individual and population level sensitivities to triphenyltin – a tale of three models. 3rd Young Environmental Scientists (YES) Meeting, February 11-13, Krakow, Poland
  • Stibany F, Maes HM, Giefers S, Daniels B, Deutschmann B, Hischen F, Baumgartner W, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2012) Uptake and distribution of multiwalled carbon nanotubes in zebrafish Danio rerio. 6th SETAC World Congress / 22nd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany
  • Deutschmann B, Maes HM, Daniels B, Stibany F, Rhiem S, Baumgartner W, Schlüter OFK, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2010) Uptake of radiolabelled carbon nanotubes by daphnia magna. 20th Annual Meeting SETAC Europe, May 23-27, Seville, Spain
  • Stibany F, Maes HM, Rhiem S, Daniels B, Deutschmann B, Schmidt B, von Lochow HEC, Baumgartner W, Schlüter OFK, Schmidt B, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2010) Distribution of multiwalled 14C-carbon nanotubes to the zebrafish Danio rerio and visualisation of non-labelled nanotubes in different organs and tissues. Platform presentation 20th SETAC Europe, Sevilla, Spain
  • Rhiem S, Maes HM, von Lochow HEC, Stibany F, Deutschmann B, Daniels B, Baumgartner W, Schlüter OFK, Schmidt B, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2010) Uptake of carbon nanotubes by the green algae Desmodesmus subspicatus. Platform presentation 20th SETAC Europe, Sevilla, Spain
  • Von Lochow HEC., Maes HM, Stibany F Rhiem S, Daniels B, Deutschmann B, Schmidt B, Baumgartner W, Schlüter OFK, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2010) Verteilung von 14C-CNT im aquatischen System und Akkumulation in Organismen. 2. Inno.CNT-Jahreskongress, Marl, German
  • Von Lochow HEC, Maes HM, Daniels B, Deutschmann B, Baumgartner W, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2010) Effects of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on the toxicity of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on Daphnia magna after short-term and long-term exposure. 20th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, Seville, Spain
  • Deutschmann B, Maes HM, Daniels B, Schäffer A, Ratte HT (2009) Vergleich von Verteilung und Metabolismus von 17-Ethinylestradiol in Danio rerio nach Exposition über zwei unterschiedliche Aufnahmepfade. 14th SETAC German Language Branch Annual Meeting, October 5-7, Weihenstephan, Germany
  • Maes HM, Stibany F, Rhiem S, Daniels B, Deutschmann B, Schmidt B, von Lochow HEC, Baumgartner W, Schlüter OFK, Ratte H T, Schäffer A (2009) Distribution of multiwalled 14C-Carbon nanotubes in aquatic systems and accumulation in organisms. 4th International Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials, Wien.
  • Rhiem S, Maes HM, von Lochow HEC, Stibany F, Deutschmann B, Daniels B, Baumgartner W, Schlüter OFK, Schmidt B, Ratte HT, Schäffer A (2009) Kohlenstoffnanoröhren und die Grünalge Desmodesmus subspicatus - Effekte und Aufnahme. 14th SETAC German Language Branch Annual Meeting, October 5-7, Weihenstephan, Germany