Ben GilfedderDr.

Ben Gilfedder


Phone: +49-(0)921-55-2223
Room: Limnologische Station
e-Mail: benjamin-silas.gilfedder(at)

Limnological Research Station, University of Bayreuth
Universitaetsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth

I am interested in the connection between groundwater and surface water in rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. This involves understanding water and biogeochemical fluxes between these compartments and also cycling within each compartment (e.g. hyporheic exchange/parafluvial flow). I am particularly interested in studying the dynamic nature of water and chemical exchange in response to environmental factors such as storms and high flow events using new high resolution techniques (e.g. 222Rn). This includes topics such as bank storage, hyporheic and parafluvial flow, biogeochemical processes, and transient groundwater discharge to surface water. My work attempts to couple the effects of water and chemical fluxes with ecological processes in surface water systems.


Gilfedder, B; Cartwright, I; Hofmann, H; Frei, S: Explicit modelling of radon - 222 in HydroGeoSphere during steady state and dynamic transient storage, Groundwater (2018), doi:10.1111/gwat.12847

Pittroff, M; Frei, S; Gilfedder, B: Quantifying nitrate and oxygen reduction rates in the hyporheic zone using 222Rn to upscale biogeochemical turnover in rivers, Water Resources Research (2016)

Pérez-Rodríguez, Marta; Gilfedder, B; Hermanns, Y-M; Biester, H: Solar Output Controls Periodicity in Lake Productivity and Wetness at Southernmost South America, , Scientific Reports(6:37521), DOI: 10.1038/srep37521 (2016), doi:10.1038/srep37521 -- Details

Atkinson, AP; Cartwright, I; Gilfedder, B; Hofmann, H; Unland, N; Cendon, DI; Chisari, R: A multi-tracer approach to quantifying groundwater inflows to an upland river, Hydrological Processes, 29, 1-12 (2015)

Cartwright, I; Gilfedder, B: Mapping and quantifying groundwater inflows to Deep Creek (Maribyrnong catchment, SE Australia) using 222Rn, implications for protecting groundwater-dependant ecosystems, Applied Geochemistry, 52, 118-129 (2015), doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.11.020 -- Details

Frei, S; Gilfedder, B: Technical Note: FINIFLUX an implicit Finite Element model for quantification of groundwater fluxes and hyporheic exchange in streams and rivers using Radon, , Water Resources Research, 6776–6786 (2015), doi:10.1002/2015WR017212 -- Details

Frei, S; Gilfedder, B: Technical Note: FINIFLUX an implicit Finite Element model for quantification of groundwater fluxes and hyporheic exchange in streams and rivers using Radon., Water Resources Research (2015), doi:10.1002/2015WR017212 [Link] -- Details

Gilfedder, B; Frei, S; Hofmann, H; Cartwright, I: Groundwater discharge to wetlands driven by storm and flood events: quantification using continuous Radon-222 and electrical conductivity measurements and dynamic mass-balance modelling, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2015), doi:doi:10.1016/j.gca.2015.05.037 [Link] -- Details

Unland, N; Cartwright, I; Daly, E; Gilfedder, B; Atkinson, AP: Dynamic river - groundwater exchange in the presence of a saline, semi - confined aquifer, Hydrological Processes, 0.1002/ hyp.10525 (2015) -- Details

Cartwright, I; Gilfedder, B; Hofmann, H: Contrasts between chemical and physical estimates of baseflow help discern multiple sources of water contributing to rivers, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18, 15-30 (2014), doi:doi:10.5194/hess-18-15-2014

Cartwright, I; Hofmann, H; Gilfedder, B; Smyth, B: Understanding parafluvial exchange and degassing to better quantify groundwater inflows using Rn-222: The King River, southeast Australia, Chemical Geology, 380, 48-60 (2014), doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.04.009

Cartwright, I; Gilfedder, B; Hofmann, H: Chloride imbalance in a catchment undergoing hydrological change: Upper Barwon River, southeast Australia, , Applied Geochemistry(31), 189-198 (2013),

Unland, N; Cartwright, I; Andersen, MS; Rau, GC; Reed, J; Gilfedder, B; Atkinson, AP; Hofmann, H: Investigating the spatio-temporal variability in groundwater and surface water interactions: a multi-technique approach, , HESS(17), 3437–3453 (2013), doi:10.5194/hess-17-3437-2013

Gilfedder, B; Hofmann, H; Cartwright, I: Novel instruments for in-situ continuous Rn-222 measurement in groundwater and the application to river bank infiltration, , Environmental Science and Technology (2012), doi:doi 10.1021/es3034928

Hofmann, H; Gilfedder, B; Cartwright, I: A Novel Method Using a Silicone Diffusion Membrane for Continuous222Rn Measurements for the Quantification of Groundwater Discharge to Streams and Rivers, , Environmental Science and Technology(45), 8915–8921 (2012), doi:doi: 10.1021/es202683z

Gilfedder, B; Petri, M; Wessels, M; Biester, H: Bromine species fluxes from Lake Constance’s catchment, and a preliminary lake mass balance, , Geochimica et Cosmochimica Act(75), 3385-3401 (2011), doi:doi:10.1016/j.gca.2011.03.021

Frieß, U; Deutschmann, T; Gilfedder, B; Weller, R; Platt, U: Iodine monoxide in the Antarctic snowpack, , Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics(10), 2439-2456 (2010)

Gilfedder, B; Chance, R; Dettmann, U; Lai, SC; Baker, AR; Biester, H: Determination of total and non-water soluble iodine in atmospheric aerosols by thermal extraction and spectrometric detection (TESI), , Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry(398), 519-526 (2010), doi:10.1007/s00216-010-3923-1

Gilfedder, B; Petri, M; Wessels, M; Biester, H: An iodine mass-balance for Lake Constance, Germany: insights into iodine speciation changes and fluxes, , Geochimica et Cosmochimica Act(74), 3090-3111 (2010), doi:doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2010.03.008

Gilfedder, B; Petri, M; Biester, H: Iodine speciation and cycling in fresh waters: a case study from a humic rich headwater lake (Mummelsee), , Journal of Limnology(68), 396-408 (2009), doi:10.3274/JL09-68-2-22.

Gilfedder, B; Lai, SC; Petri, M; Biester, H; Hoffmann, T: Iodine speciation in rain, snow and aerosols, , Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics(8), 6069-6084 (2008)

Gilfedder, B; Althoff, F; Petri, M; Biester, H: A thermo extraction–UV/Vis spectrophotometric method for total iodine quantification in soils and sediments, , Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry(389), 2323-2329 (2007), doi:10.1007/s00216-007-1621-4

Gilfedder, B; Petri, M; Biester, H: Iodine and bromine speciation in snow and the effect of orographically induced precipitation, , Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics(7), 2661-2669 (2007)

Gilfedder, B; Petri, M; Biester, H: Iodine speciation in rain and snow: Implications for the atmospheric iodine sink, , Journal of Geophysical Research(112) (2007), doi:doi:10.1029/2006JD007356


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