Isanta-Navarro, J., Hairston, N. G. Jr., Beninde, J., Meyer, A., Straile, D., Möst, M., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2021). Reversed evolution of grazer resistance to cyanobacteria. Nature Communications, 12:1945 (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22226-9769: 144657).

Behind the paper:


Press release of the University of Konstanz (in German only):


Isanta-Navarro, J., Arnott, S. E., Klauschies, T., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2021). Dietary lipid quality mediates salt tolerance of a freshwater keystone herbivore. Science of The Total Environment, 769: 144657 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144657).


Weisbrod, B., Riehle, E., Helmer, M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Dietrich, D. R. (2020). Can toxin warfare against fungal parasitism influence Dolichospermum bloom dynamics? - A field observation. Harmful Algae, 99: 101915 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2020.101915).

Schwarzenberger, A., Kurmayer, R., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2020). Toward disentangling the multiple nutritional constraints imposed by Planktothrix: the significance of harmful secondary metabolites and sterol limitation. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11: 586120 (doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.586120).

Diel, P., Kiene, M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Laforsch, C. (2020). Knowing the enemy: Inducible defences in freshwater zooplankton. Diversity, 12: 147 (doi: 10.3390/d12040147).

Twining, C. W., Taipale, S. J., Ruess, L., Bec, A., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Kainz, M. J. (2020). Stable isotopes of fatty acids – current and future perspectives for advancing trophic ecology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375: 20190641 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0641).

Schälicke, S., Heim, S., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Wacker, A. (2020). Inter- and intraspecific differences in rotifer fatty acid composition during acclimation to low quality food. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375: 20190644 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0644).


Schälicke, S., Teubner, J., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Wacker, A. (2019). Fitness response variation within and among consumer species can be co-mediated by food quantity and biochemical quality. Scientific Reports 9:16126 (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52538-2).

Isanta Navarro, J., Kowarik, C., Wessels, M., Straile, D., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2019). Resilience to changes in lake trophic state: Nutrient allocation into Daphnia resting eggs. Ecology and Evolution 9:12813–12825 (doi: 10.1002/ece3.5759).

Isanta Navarro, J., Fromherz, M., Dietz, M., Zeis, B., Schwarzenberger, A., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2019). Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid supply improves Daphnia performance at fluctuating temperatures simulating diel vertical migration. Freshwater Biology 64: 1859–1866 (doi: 10.1111/fwb.13377).

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Coggins, B. L., Ebert, D., and Yampolsky, L. Y. (2019). Rearing temperature and fatty acid supplementation jointly affect lipid fluorescence polarization and heat tolerance in Daphnia. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 92: 408–418 (doi: 10.1086/704365).

Zeis, B., Buchen, I., Wacker, A., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2019). Temperature-induced changes in body lipid composition affect vulnerability to oxidative stress in Daphnia magna. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B 232: 101–107 (doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpb.2019.03.008).

Schälicke, S., Sobisch, L.-Y., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Wacker, A. (2019). Food quantity-quality co-limitation: Interactive effects of dietary carbon and essential lipid supply on population growth of a freshwater rotifer. Freshwater Biology 64: 903–912 (doi: 10.1111/fwb.13272).

Gerphagnon, M., Agha, R., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Bec, A., Perriere, F., Rad-Menéndez, C., Gachon, C. M. M., and Wolinska, J. (2019). Comparison of sterol and fatty acid profiles of chytrids and their hosts reveals trophic upgrading of nutritionally inadequate phytoplankton by fungal parasites. Environmental Microbiology 21: 949–958 (doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14489).


Beckers, F., Haun, S., Gerbersdorf, S. U., Noack, M., Dietrich, D. R., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Peeters, F., Hofmann, H., Glaser, R., and Wieprecht, S. (2018). CHARM – Challenges of reservoir management – meeting environmental and social requirements. Hydrolink 3:  80–82.

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Massier, T., and Wacker, A. (2018). Sex-specific differences in essential lipid requirements of Daphnia magna. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6: 89 (doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00089). pdf

Steinke, M., Hodapp, B., Subhan, R., Bell, T.G., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2018). Flux of the biogenic volatiles isoprene and dimethyl sulfide from an oligotrophic lake. Scientific Reports 8: 630 (doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18923-5). pdf


Marzetz, V., Koussoroplis, A.-M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Striebel, M., and Wacker, A. (2017). Linking primary producer diversity and food quality effects on herbivores: A biochemical perspective. Scientific Reports 7: 11035 (doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11183-3). pdf

Denoux, C., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Koussoroplis, A.-M., Perriere, F., Desvillettes, C., Bourdier, G., and Bec, A. (2017). Phospholipid-bound eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) supports higher fecundity than free EPA in Daphnia magna. Journal of Plankton Research 39: 843–848 (doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbx037).

Basen, T., Fleckenstein, K. M., Rinke, K., Rothhaupt, K.-O., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2017). Impact of temperature and nutrient dynamics on growth and survival of Corbicula fluminea: A field study in oligotrophic Lake Constance. International Review of Hydrobiology 577: 174-182 (doi: 10.1002/iroh.201601873).

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Kowarik, C., and Straile, D. (2017). Cross-ecosystem fluxes: Export of polyunsaturated fatty acids from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems via emerging insects. Science of the Total Environment

577: 174-182 (doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.156).


Schlotz, N., Roulin, A, Ebert, D., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2016). Combined effects of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids and parasite exposure on eicosanoid-related gene expression in an invertebrate model. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 201: 115-123 (doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2016.07.008).

Martin-Creuzburg, D. and Merkel, P. (2016). Sterols of freshwater microalgae: Potential implications for zooplankton nutrition. Journal of Plankton Research 38: 865-877 (doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbw034).


Gergs, R., Steinberger, N., Beck, B., Basen, T., Yohannes, E., Schulz, R. & Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2015). Compound-specific δ13C analyses reveal sterol metabolic constraints in an aquatic invertebrate. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 29: 1789–1794 (doi: 10.1002/rcm.7279) .

Möst, M., Oexle, S., Marková, S., Aidukaite, D., Baumgartner, L., Stich, H.-B., Wessels, M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Spaak, P. (2015). Population genetic dynamics of an invasion reconstructed from the sediment egg bank. Molecular Ecology 24: 4074–4093 (doi: 10.1111/mec.13298).

Putman, A., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Panis, B., and De Meester, L. (2015). A comparative analysis of the fatty acid composition of sexual and asexual eggs of Daphnia magna and its plasticity as a function of food quality. Journal of Plankton Research 37: 752–763 (doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbv043).

Hundt, M., Brüggemann, J., Grote, B., Bischoff, A. A., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Gergs, R., and Buck, B. H. (2015). Fatty acid composition of Turbatrix aceti and its use in feeding regimes of Coregonus maraena (Bloch, 1779): is it really a suitable alternative to Artemia nauplii? Journal of Applied Ichthyology 31: 343–348 (doi: 10.1111/jai.12668).


Schlotz, N., Pester, M., Freese, H. M., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2014). A dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid improves consumer performance during challenge with an opportunistic bacterial pathogen. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 90: 467–477 (doi: 10.1111/1574-6941.12407) .

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Oexle, S., and Wacker, A. (2014). Thresholds for sterol-limited growth of Daphnia magna: a comparative approach using 10 different sterols. Journal of Chemical Ecology 40: 1039–1050 (doi: 10.1007/s10886-014-0486-1) .

Gergs, R., Steinberger, N., Basen, T., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2014). Dietary supply with essential lipids affects growth and survival of the amphipod Gammarus roeselii. Limnologica - Ecology and Management of Inland Waters 46: 109–115 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.limno.2014.01.003).

Taipale, S. J., Brett, M. T., Hahn, M. W., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Yeung, S., Hiltunen, M., Strandberg, U., and Kankaala, P. (2014). Differing Daphnia magna assimilation efficiencies for terrestrial, bacterial and algal carbon and fatty acids. Ecology 95: 563–576 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-0650.1) .


Lam, M. M.-Y., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Rothhaupt, K.-O., Safi, K., Yohannes, E., and Salvarina, I. (2013). Tracking diet preferences of bats using stable isotope and fatty acid signatures of faeces. PLOS ONE 8(12): e83452 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083452). pdf

Schlotz, N., Ebert, D., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2013). Dietary supply with polyunsaturated fatty acids and resulting maternal effects influence host - parasite interactions. BMC Ecology 13: 41 (doi: 10.1186/1472-6785-13-41). pdf

Freese, H. M. and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2013). Food quality of mixed bacteria-algae diets for Daphnia magna. Hydrobiologia 715: 63–76 (doi: 10.1007/s10750-012-1375-7).

Basen, T., Gergs, R., Rothhaupt, K.-O., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2013). Phytoplankton food quality effects on gammarids: benthic-pelagic coupling mediated by an invasive freshwater clam. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70: 198–207 (doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2012-0188).

Hartwich, M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Wacker, A. (2013). Seasonal changes in the accumulation of polyunsaturated fatty acids in zooplankton. Journal of Plankton Research 35: 121–134 (doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbs078).


Koch, U., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Grossart, H.-P., and Straile, D. (2013). Differences in the amino acid content of four green algae and their impact on the reproductive mode of Daphnia pulex. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 181: 327–336 (doi: 10.1127/1863-9135/2012/0396) .

Wacker, A. and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2012). Biochemical nutrient requirements of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus: co-limitation by sterols and amino acids. Functional Ecology 26: 1135–1143 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.02047.x).

Schlotz,N., Sørensen, J. G., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2012). The potential of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids to modulate eicosanoid synthesis and reproduction in Daphnia: a gene expression approach. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 162: 449-454 (doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2012.05.004). pdf

Basen, T., Rothhaupt, K.-O., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2012). Absence of sterols constrains food quality of cyanobacteria for an invasive freshwater bivalve. Oecologia 170: 57–64 (doi: 10.1007/s00442-012-2294-z).

Piepho, M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Wacker, A. (2012). Phytoplankton sterol contents vary with temperature, phosphorus- and silicate supply: A study on three freshwater species. European Journal of Phycology 47: 138–145 (doi: 10.1080/09670262.2012.665484).

Sperfeld, E., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Wacker, A. (2012). Multiple resource limitation theory applied to herbivorous consumers: Liebig’s minimum rule vs. interactive co-limitation. Ecology Letters 15: 142–150 (doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01719.x). pdf

Hartwich, M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Rothhaupt, K.-O., and Wacker, A. (2012). Oligotrophication of a large, deep lake alters food quantity and quality constraints at the primary producer—consumer interface. Oikos 121: 1702–1712 (doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.20461.x).

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Wacker, A., Ziese, C., and Kainz, M. (2012). Dietary lipid quality affects temperature-mediated reaction norms of a freshwater key herbivore. Oecologia 168: 901–912 (doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2155-1).


Koch, U., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Grossart, H.-P., and Straile, D. (2011). Single dietary amino acids control resting egg production and affect population growth of a key freshwater herbivore. Oecologia 167: 981–989 (doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2047-4). pdf

Basen, T., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Rothhaupt, K.-O. (2011). Role of essential lipids in determining food quality for the invasive freshwater bivalve Corbicula fluminea. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30: 653–664 (doi: 10.1899/10-087.1).

Quillfeldt, P., Masello, J. F., Brickle, P., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2011). Fatty acid signatures of stomach contents reflect inter- and intra-annual changes in diet of a small pelagic seabird, the Thin-billed prion Pachyptila belcheri. Marine Biology 158: 1805–1813 (doi: 10.1007/s00227-011-1693-8). pdf

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Beck, B., and Freese, H. M. (2011). Food quality of heterotrophic bacteria for Daphnia magna: evidence for a limitation by sterols. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 76: 592–601 (doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2011.01076.x).


Piepho, M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Wacker, A. (2010). Simultaneous effects of light intensity and phosphorus supply on the sterol content of phytoplankton. PLoS ONE 5(12): e15828 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015828). pdf

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Wacker, A., and Basen, T. (2010). Interactions between limiting  nutrients: Consequences for somatic and population growth of Daphnia magna. Limnology and Oceanography 55: 2597–2607 (doi: 10.4319/lo.2010.55.6.2597).

Bec, A., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Von Elert, E. (2010). Fatty acid composition of the heterotrophic nanoflagellate Paraphysomonas sp.: influence of diet and de novo biosynthesis. Aquatic Biology 9:107–112 (doi: 10.3354/ab00244). pdf


Martin-Creuzburg, D., Sperfeld, E., and Wacker, A. (2009). Colimitation of a freshwater herbivore by sterols and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276:1805–1814 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1540). pdf

Martin-Creuzburg, D. and Von Elert, E. (2009). Good food versus bad food: the role of sterols and polyunsaturated fatty acids in determining growth and reproduction of Daphnia magna. Aquatic Ecology 43:943–950 (doi: 10.1007/s10452-009-9239-6). pdf

Martin-Creuzburg, D. and Von Elert, E. (2009). Ecological significance of sterols in aquatic food webs. In: Lipids in Aquatic Ecosystems. Arts, M. T., Brett, M., and Kainz, M. (eds.). Springer, New York (pp. 43-64). pdf


Martin-Creuzburg, D., Von Elert, E., and Hoffmann, K. H. (2008). Nutritional constraints at the cyanobacteria—Daphnia magna interface: The role of sterols. Limnology and Oceanography 53:456–468.


Wacker, A. and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2007). Allocation of essential lipids in Daphnia magna during exposure to poor food quality. Functional Ecology 21:738–747 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2007.01274.x). pdf

Bauerfeind, S. S., Fischer, K., Hartstein, S., Janowitz, S., and Martin-Creuzburg, D. (2007). Effects of adult nutrition on female reproduction in a fruit-feeding butterfly: the role of fruit decay and dietary lipids. Journal of Insect Physiology 53:964–973 (doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2007.01.013). pdf

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Westerlund, S. A., and Hoffmann, K. H. (2007). Ecdysteroid levels in Daphnia magna during a molt cycle: Determination by radioimmunoassay (RIA) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). General and Comparative Endocrinology 151:66–71 (doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2006.11.015). pdf

2006 – 2003

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Bec, A., and Von Elert, E. (2006). Supplementation with sterols improves food quality of a ciliate for Daphnia magna. Protist 157:477–486 (doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2006.07.001). pdf

Bec, A., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Von Elert, E. (2006). Trophic upgrading of autotrophic picoplankton by the heterotrophic nanoflagellate Paraphysomonas sp. Limnology and Oceanography 51:1699–1707. pdf

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Bec, A., and Von Elert, E. (2005). Trophic upgrading of picocyanobacterial carbon by ciliates for nutrition of Daphnia magna. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 41:271–280 (doi: 10.3354/ame041271). pdf

Martin-Creuzburg, D., Wacker, A., and Von Elert, E. (2005). Life history consequences of sterol availability in the aquatic keystone species Daphnia. Oecologia 144:362–372 (doi: 10.1007/s00442-005-0090-8). pdf

Martin-Creuzburg, D. and Von Elert, E. (2004). Impact of 10 dietary sterols on growth and reproduction of Daphnia galeata. Journal of Chemical Ecology 30:483–500 (doi: 10.1023/B:JOEC.0000018624.94689.95). pdf

Von Elert, E., Martin-Creuzburg, D., and Le Coz, J. R. (2003). Absence of sterols constrains carbon transfer between cyanobacteria and a freshwater herbivore (Daphnia galeata). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 270:1209–1214 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2357). pdf