Paul Königer

Dr. Paul Königer

Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe
30655 Hannover

Working area(s)

  • Isotope hydrology
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Groundwater recharge and groundwater resources management

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0511 643 3072

Curriculum Vitae

1992-1997: Studies in Hydrology at Freiburg University (Freiburg, Breisgau), minor subjects: Chemistry, Physics

Diploma thesis in Hydrology at Freiburg University (Freiburg, Breisgau) on “Sorption behavior of new developed fluorescent dyes in field and laboratory experiments”

1998-2002: Dissertation in Hydrology at Freiburg University (Freiburg, Breisgau) on “Tracer hydrological estimations of groundwater recharge at under semiarid conditions”

1998–2005: Research scientist at Freiburg University, Institute for Hydrology (IHF)

2005-2007: Research scientist (Postdoc) at College of Natural Resources (CNR), Department of Forest Resources, University of Idaho, USA

2007-2011: Research scientist at Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG), section of Geochronology and Isotope Hydrology

since 2011: Research scientist at the B2.3 Laboratory for Hydrochemistry and Isotope Hydrology at BGR in Hannover, Germany


- Isotope hydrology and dating (MSc Trophee, TU Darmstadt), since 2008

- Applied hydrology (University of Namibia, Windhoek), in WS 2014

- Stable isotope ecology (University of Idaho, Moscow, USA), from 2005 to 2007

Selected Publications

Koeniger P., Beyer M., Gaj M., Himmelsbach T. (2016): Review on soil water isotope based groundwater recharge estimations. Hydrological Processes 30(16): 2817-2834. DOI:10.1002/hyp.10775.

Koeniger P., Toll M., Himmelsbach T. (2016): High resolution stable isotope series reveal snowmelt influence and time dynamics of the Figeh spring system in Damascus, Syria. Hydrological Processes 30(16): 2851-2860. DOI:10.1002/hyp.10822.

Kaseke K.F., Wang L., Wanke H., Turewicz V., Koeniger P. (2016): An analysis of stable water isotope distributions across Namibia: rainfall and groundwater isoscapes. PLoS ONE 11(5): DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0154598.

Beyer M., Gaj M., Koeniger P., Hamutoko J., Wanke H., Himmelsbach T. (2016): A Deuterium-based labeling technique for the investigation of rooting depths, water uptake dynamics and unsaturated zone water transport in semiarid environments. Journal of Hydrology 533: 627-643. DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.12.037.

Gaj M., Beyer M., Koeniger P., Wanke H., Hamutoko J., Himmelsbach, T.(2015): In-situ unsaturated zone stable water isotope (2H and 18O) measurements in semi-arid environments using tunable off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 715-731. DOI:10.5194/hess-20-1-2016.

Beyer M., Gaj M, Hamutoko J, Koeniger P., Wanke H, Himmelsbach T. (2015): Estimation of groundwater recharge via deuterium labeling in the semi-arid Cuvelai-Etosha Basin, Namibia. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 51 (4): 533-552. DOI:10.1080/10256016.2015.1076407.

Strauss H., Chmiel H., Christ A., Fugmann A., Hanselmann K., Kappler A., Koeniger P., Lutter A., Siedenberg K., Teichert B. (2015): Multiple sulphur and oxygen isotopes reveal microbial sulphur cycling in spring waters in the Lower Engadin, Switzerland. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 52 (1-2): 75-93. DOI:10.1080/10256016.2015.1032961.

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