PD Dr. Christine Stumpp
Wissenschaftlerin/ Gruppenleiterin

Telefon: +49 89 3187-4165
Geb./Raum: 25/ 002


Head of the AG Hydrogeologie

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 05/2010: Head of the research group "Hydrogeology" at the Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • 11/2014: "Habilitation" and Venia Legendi ("Privatdozent"), Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany; Habilitation title: "Dynamics and heterogeneities of water fluxes and transport in the atmosphere-groundwater continuum: From tracer observations to ecosystem impact" 
  • 01/2012- 04/2012: Visiting fellow at the Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia
  • 05/2009-04/2010: Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • 11/2008-04/2009: Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside, USA (DAAD-research grant)
  • 10/2007-10/2008: Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • 07/2004-09/2007: PhD at the Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany; doctoral degree received from the University Freiburg im Breisgau. Thesis title: "Estimation and quantification of the heterogeneity in water transport through the unsaturated zone using environmental isotopes" 
  • 10/1998-10/2003: Studies in Geoecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany

Research Interests

  • Water flow and transport in soils, vadose zone and groundwater
  • Dynamic hydrological processes at interfaces
  • Mathematical modelling of transient water flow and transport
  • Environmental isotope and tracer hydrology
  • Feedback mechanisms of hydrological and biological processes
  • Transport and fate of organisms in the subsurface

Scientific Activities

  • Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal (since 2014)
  • Associate Editor, Hydrological Processes (since 2013)
  • Editor, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (since 2012)
  • President-Elect of the International Commission of Tracers of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) (since 2015)
  • Reviewer for Vadose Zone Journal, Ecohydrology, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Journal of Hydrology, Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, Soil & Tillage Research, Freshwater Science, Hydrological Processes, Water Resources Research, Grundwasser, FEMS Microbial Ecology, Journal of  Environmental Radioactivity, Hydrological Sciences Journal
  • Lecturer on "Tracer and Isotope Hydrology", Master Program Hydrology, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany (since 2011)
  • Member of
    • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
    • International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
    • International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
    • Fachsektion Hydrogeologie in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (e.V.) (FH-DGGV)
    • Deutsche Hydrologische Gesellschaft (DHG)

Publications - Peer-reviewed articles


  • Beuel, S., Gabiri, G., Stumpp, C., Chesnaux, R. and Reichert, B. Development of a hydrogeological conceptual wetland model in the data scarce region of the north-eastern Kilombero valley, Tanzania. Hydrogeology Journal (accepted)
  • Stumpp C. and Hose, G.C. (2017) Groundwater amphipods alter aquifer sediment structure, Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.11252
  • Mueller, S., Stumpp, C., Jessen, S., and Sorensen, J.H. (2017) Stable isotopic composition in Danish precipitation: effects of post-condensation isotopic fractionation. Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.11186
  • Hose, G. C., Fryirs, K., Bailey, J., Ashby, N., White, T., and Stumpp, C. (2017) Different depths, different fauna: habitat influences on the distribution of groundwater invertebrates. Hydrobiologia, 797, 145-157, doi: 10.1007/s10750-017-3166-7
  • Dieng, N.M., Orban, P., Otten, J., Stumpp, C., Faye, S., and Dassargues, A. (2017) Temporal changes in groundwater quality of the Saloum coastal aquifer. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 9, 163-182, doi: 10.1016/j.ejrh.2016.12.082
  • Knorr, B., Maloszewski, P., and Stumpp, C. (2017) Analytical transport modelling of metabolites formed in dual-porosity media. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24, 4447-4456, doi: 10.1007/s11356-016-8115-x


  • Knorr, B., Xie, Y., Stumpp, C., Maloszewski, P., and Simmons, C. (2016) Representativeness of 2D models to simulate 3D unstable variable density flow in porous media.Journal of Hydrology, 542, 541-551, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.09.026 
  • Griebler, C., Brielmann, H., Haberer, C. M., Kaschuba, S., Kellermann, C., Stumpp, C., Hegler, F., Kuntz, D., Walker-Hertkorn, S., and Lüders, T. (2016) Potential impacts of geothermal energy use and storage on groundwater quality, biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75, 1391, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-016-6207-z
  • Lundberg, A., Gustafsson, D., Stumpp, C., Klove, B., and Feiccabrino, J. (2016) Spatiotemporal variations in snow and soil frost- a review of measurement techniques. Hydrology, 3, 28, DOI: 10.3390/hydrology3030028 
  • Gralher, B., Herbstritt, B., Weiler, M., Wassenaar, L., and Stumpp, C. (2016) Correcting laser-based water stable isotope readings biased by carrier gas changes. Environmental Science and Technology, 50, 7074-7081, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01124 
  • Stumpp, C., Zurek, A., Wachniew, P., Gargini, A., Gemitzi, A., Filippini, M., and Witczak, S. (2016) A decision tree tool supporting the assessment of groundwater vulnerability. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75,1-7, doi: 10.1007/s12665-016-5859-z
  • Schürner, H.K.V., Maier, M.P., Eckert, D., Brejcha, R., Neumann, C.C., Stumpp, C., Cirpka, O.A., and Elsner, M. (2016) Compound-Specific Stable Isotope Fractionation of Pesticides and Pharmaceuticals in a Mesoscale Aquifer Model. Environmental Science & Technology, 50, 5729-5739, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03828
  • Wachniew, P., Zurek, A., Stumpp, C., Gemitzi, A., Gargini, A., Filippini, M., Rozanski, K., Meeks, J., Kvaener, J., and Witczak, S. (2016) Towards operational methods for the assessment of intrinsic groundwater vulnerability: a review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 827-884, doi:10.1080/10643389.2016.1160816
  • Knorr, B., Maloszewski, P., and Stumpp, C. (2016) Quantifying the impact of immobile water regions on the fate of nitro aromatic compounds in dual-porosity media. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 191, 44-53, doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.05.002
  • Kaba, M., Mesnage, V., Laignel, B., Mall, I., Stumpp, C., Maloszewski, P. and Faye, S. (2016) Spatial and Seasonal Variability of groundwater hydrochemistry in the Senegal North Littoral aquifer by using multivariate approach. Environmental Earth Sciences 75, 724, doi: 10.1007/s12665-016-5520-x
  • Lundberg, A., Ala-aho, P., Eklo, O. M., Kvaener, J., Klove, B., and Stumpp, C. (2016) Snow and frost: implications for spatiotemporal infiltration patterns- a review. Hydrological Processes, 30, 1230-1250, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10703
  • Knorr, B., Maloszewski, P., Krämer, F., and Stumpp, C. (2016) Diffusive mass exchange of non-reactive substances in dual-porosity porous systems -column experiments under saturated conditions. Hydrological Processes, 30, 914-926, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10620
  • Osemwegie, I., N'da Hyppolite, D., Stumpp, C., Reichert, B., and Biemi, J. (2016) Mangrove Forest Characterization in Southeast Côte d'Ivoire. Open Journal of Ecology, 6, 138-150. 


  • Filippini, M., Stumpp, C., Niejenhuis, I., Richnow, H.H., and Gargini, A. (2015) Evaluation of aquifer recharge and vulnerability in an alluvial lowland using environmental tracers. Journal of Hydrology, 529, 1657-1668.
  • Meckenstock, R.U., Elsner, M., Griebler, C., Lueders, T., Stumpp, C., Dejonghe, W., Springael, D., Smolders, E., Boon, N., Agathos, S., Sorensen, S.R., Aamand, J., Albrechtsen, H.-J., Bjerg, P.L., Schmidt, S.I., Huang, W., and van Breukelen, B.M. (2015) Biodegration: Updating the concepts of control for microbial clean-up in contaminated aquifers. Environmental Science & Technology, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b00715, 7073-7081
  • Klaus, J., Chun, K. P., and Stumpp, C. (2015) Temporal trends in δ18O composition of precipitation in Germany: insights from time series modeling and trend analysis. Hydrological Processes, 29,2668-2680, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10395
  • Rühle, F., von Netzer, F., Lueders, T., and Stumpp, C. (2015) Response of transport parameters and sediment microbiota to water table fluctuations in laboratory columns. Vadose Zone Journal, 14, doi:10.2136/v14.09.0116
  • Stoewer, M., Knoeller, K. and Stumpp, C. (2015) Tracing freshwater nitrate sources in a pre-alpine drinking water catchment: a multi-tracer approach. Journal of Hydrology, 524, 753-767, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.03.022
  • Rühle, F., Zentner, N., and Stumpp, C. (2015) Changes in water table level influence solute transport in uniform porous media. Hydrological Processes, 29, 875-888, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10200


  • Stumpp, C., Ekdal, A., Gönenc, I. E., and Maloszewski, P. (2014) Hydrological dynamics of water origin in a Mediterranean lagoon. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences,18, 4825-4837
  • Hose, G. C., Bailey, J., Stumpp, C., and Fryirs, K. (2014) Groundwater depth and topography correlate with vegetation structure of an upland peat swamp, Budderoo Plateau, NSW, Australia. Ecohydrology, 7, 1392-1402, doi: 10.1002/eco.1465
  • Meckenstock, R. U., von Netzer, F., Stumpp, C., Lueders, T., Himmelberg, A., Hertkorn, N., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Harir, M., Hossein, R., Haque, S., and Schulze-Makuch, D. (2014) Water droplets in oil are microhabitats for microbial life. Science, 345, 673-676
  • Mueller, M. H., Alaoui, A., Külls, C., Leistert, H., Meusburger, K., Stumpp, C., Weiler, M., Alewell, C. (2014) Tracking water pathways in steep hillslopes by δ18O soil depth profiles of soil water. Journal of Hydrology, 519, 340-352.
  • Stumpp, C., Klaus, J., and Stichler, W. (2014) Analysis of long-term stable isotopic composition in German precipitation. Journal of Hydrology, 517, 351-361, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.05.034.
  • Madioune, D. H, Faye, S., Orban, P., Brouyère, S., Dassargues, A.,   Mudry, J., Stumpp, C., and Maloszewski, P. (2014) Application of isotopic tracers as a tool for understanding hydrodynamic behavior of the highly exploited Diass aquifer system (Senegal). Journal of Hydrology, 511, 443-459.


  • Stumpp, C., and Hose, G. C. (2013) The impact of water table drawdown and drying on subterranean aquatic fauna in in-vitro experiments. PLOS ONE, 8, e78502, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078502
  • Rühle, F., Klier, C., and Stumpp, C. (2013) Changes in water flow and solute transport pathways during long-term column experiments. Vadose Zone J., 12, doi: 10.2136/vzj2013.01.0032
  • Stumpp C. and Hendry, M. J. (2012) An investigation of heterogeneous water flow and solute transport processes in an oxidized glacial till using environmental isotope (δ18O, δ2H) profiles. J. Hydrol., 438-439, 203-214.
  • Stumpp C., Stichler, W., Kandolf, M., and Simunek, J. (2012) Effects of land cover and fertilization method on water flow and solute transport in five lysimeters: A long-term study using stable water isotopes. Vadose Zone J., doi:10.2136/vzj2011.0075.
  • Stumpp C., Lawrence, J. R., Hendry, M. J., and Maloszewski, P. (2011) Transport and bacterial interactions in saturated porous media. Environ. Sci. Technol., 45, 2116-2123. 
  • Stumpp, C. and Maloszewski, P. (2010) Quantification of preferential flow and flow heterogeneities in an unsaturated soil planted with different crops using the environmental isotope δ18O. J. Hydrol., 394, 407-415.
  • Adomako, D., Maloszewski, P., Stumpp, C., Osae, S., and Akiti, T. T. (2010) Groundwater recharge estimation in the Densu River Basin Ghana, using environmental isotope data (δ2H, δ18O). Hydrolog. Sci. J., 55, 1-12.
  • Stumpp, C., Engelhardt, S. Hofmann, M., and Huwe, B. (2009) Evaluation of pedotransfer functions for estimating soil hydraulic properties of prevalent soils in a catchment of the Bavarian Alps. Eur. J. Forest Res., 128, 609-620.
  • Hofmann, M., Huwe, B., Engelhardt, S., and Stumpp, C. (2009) Regionalizing soil properties in a catchment of the Bavarain Alps. Eur. J. Forest Res., 128, 597-608.
  • Stumpp, C., Nützmann, G., Maciejewski, S., and Maloszewski, P. (2009) A comparative modelling study of a dual tracer experiment in a large lysimeter under natural boundary conditions. J. Hydrol., 375, 566-577.
  • Stumpp, C., Maloszewski, P., Stichler, W., and Fank, J. (2009) Environmental isotope (δ18O) and hydrological data to assess water flow in unsaturated soils planted with different crops: case study lysimeter station "Wagna" (Austria). J. Hydrol., 369, 198-208.
  • Stumpp, C., Stichler, W., and Maloszewski, P. (2009) Application of the environmenttal isotope δ18O to study water flow in unsaturated soils planted with different crops: case study of a weighable lysimeter from the research field in Neuherberg, Germany. J. Hydrol., 368, 68-78.
  • Stumpp, C., Maloszewski, P., Stichler, W., and Maciejewski, S. (2007) Quantification of heterogeneity of the unsaturated zone based on environmental deuterium observed in lysimeter experiments. Hydrol. Sci. J., 52, 748-762.
  • Maloszewski, P., Maciejewski, S., Stumpp, C., Stichler, W., and Trimborn, P. (2006) Modelling of water flow through typical Bavarian soils based on lysimeter experiments: 2. Environmental deuterium transport. Hydrol. Sci. J., 51, 298-313.
  • Maciejewski, S., Maloszewski, P., Stumpp, C., and Klotz, D. (2006) Modelling of water flow through typical Bavarian soils (Germany) based on lysimeter experiments: 1. Estimation of hydraulic characteristics of the unsaturated zone. Hydrol. Sci. J., 51, 285-297.