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Dr. Suzanne Jacobs


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Academic Career

Since 2017 Research Associate at the Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany
2014 - 2018 PhD candidate at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (KIT/IMK-IFU), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in cooperation with Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Nairobi, Kenya and the Institute for Landscape Ecology and Resources Management, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. Topic: Impact of land use on water and nutrient fluxes in the South-West Mau, Kenya.
2011 - 2013 MSc Sustainable Forest and Nature Management/MSc Conservation and Land Management at the Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany and Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK. Dissertation topic: Influences of remediation techniques on mine tailings geochemistry.
2008 - 2011                  BSc Environmental Sciences at Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Dissertation topic: Comparative study on the success of nature development in river floodplains, dunes and reed marshes.


Further Information

Affiliation Member of ZEU | Post Doc
Focus Area Climate & Environmental Change
References Research Gate
Project Involvement

Representative of the Young Researchers in the SDGnexus Network

PI in work package 2 "Nitrogen lateral and deposition fluxes" in the H2020 MSCA-RISE INSA project

Co-PI in subproject 1 "Biodiversity and supply of regulating Nature’s Contributions to People" in DFG FOR 5064: The role of nature for human well-being in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System (Kili-SES)

Completed projects:

DFG: Land use impact on hydro-biogeochemical fluxes and processes in tropical catchments of Kenya

BMZ: The Water Towers of East Africa: policies and practices for enhancing co-benefits from joint forest and water conservation

Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Golicz, K., Ghazaryan, G., Niether, W., Wartenberg, A.C., Breuer, L., Gattinger, A., Jacobs, S.R., Kleinebecker, T., Weckenbrock, P., Große-Stoltenberg, A., 2021. The role of small woody landscape features and agroforestry systems for national carbon budgeting in Germany. Land 10, 1028.
  • Hahn, M., Jacobs, S.R., Breuer, L., Rufino, M.C., Windhorst, D., 2021. Variability in tree water uptake determined with stable water isotopes in an African tropical montane forest. Ecohydrology 14, e2278.
  • Jacobs, S.R., Weeser, B., Rufino, M.C., Breuer, L., 2021. Hydrologische Prozesse in ostafrikanischen tropischen Einzugsgebieten unter dem Einfluss der Landnutzung. Hydrol. Wasserbewirtsch. 65, 272–283.
  • Njue, N., Gräf, J., Weeser, B., Rufino, M.C., Breuer, L., Jacobs, S.R., 2021. Monitoring of suspended sediments in a tropical forested landscape with citizen science. Front. Water 3.
  • Stenfert Kroese, J., Quinton, J.N., Jacobs, S.R., Breuer, L., Rufino, M.C., 2021. Particulate macronutrient exports from tropical African montane catchments point to the impoverishment of agricultural soils. SOIL 7, 53–70.
  • Weeser, B., Gräf, J., Njue, N.K., Cerutti, P., Rufino, M.C., Breuer, L., Jacobs, S.R., 2021. Crowdsourced Water Level Monitoring in Kenya's Sondu-Miriu Basin—Who Is "The Crowd"? Front. Earth Sci. 8.
  • Jacobs, S.R., Weeser, B., Rufino, M.C., Breuer, L., 2020. Diurnal patterns in solute concentrations measured with in situ UV-Vis sensors: Natural fluctuations or artefacts? Sensors 20, 859.
  • Stenfert Kroese, J., Batista, P.V.G., Jacobs, S.R., Breuer, L., Quinton, J.N., Rufino, M.C., 2020a. Agricultural land is the main source of stream sediments after conversion of an African montane forest. Sci. Rep. 10, 14827.
  • Stenfert Kroese, J., Jacobs, S.R., Tych, W., Breuer, L., Quinton, J.N., Rufino, M.C., 2020b. Tropical montane forest conversion is a critical driver for sediment supply in East African catchments. Water Resour. Res. 56, e2020WR027495.
  • Njue, N., Stenfert Kroese, J., Gräf, J., Jacobs, S.R., Weeser, B., Breuer, L., Rufino, M.C., 2019. Citizen science in hydrological monitoring and ecosystem services management: State of the art and future prospects. Sci. Total Environ. 693, 133531.
  • Weeser, B., Jacobs, S., Kraft, P., Rufino, M.C., Breuer, L., 2019. Rainfall-runoff modeling using crowdsourced water level data. Water Resour. Res. 55, 10856–10871.
  • Guzha, A.C., Rufino, M.C., Okoth, S., Jacobs, S., Nóbrega, R.L.B., 2018. Impacts of land use and land cover change on surface runoff, discharge and low flows: Evidence from East Africa. J. Hydrol. Reg. Stud. 15, 49–67.
  • Hamel, P., Riveros-Iregui, D., Ballari, D., Browning, T., Célleri, R., Chandler, D., Chun, K.S., Destouni, G., Jacobs, S., Jasechko, S., Johnson, M., Krishnaswamy, J., Poca, M., Pompeu, P., Rocha, H., 2018. Watershed services in the humid tropics: Opportunities from recent advances in ecohydrology. Ecohydrology 11, e1921.
  • Jacobs, S.R., Timbe, E., Weeser, B., Rufino, M.C., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Breuer, L., 2018a. Assessment of hydrological pathways in East African montane catchments under different land use. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 22, 4981–5000.
  • Jacobs, S.R., Weeser, B., Guzha, A.C., Rufino, M.C., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Windhorst, D., Breuer, L., 2018b. Using high-resolution data to assess land use impact on nitrate dynamics in East African tropical montane catchments. Water Resour. Res. 54, 1812–1830.
  • Owuor, S.O., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Guzha, A.C., Jacobs, S., Merbold, L., Rufino, M.C., Pelster, D., Díaz-Pinés, E., Breuer, L., 2018. Conversion of natural forest results in a significant degradation of soil hydraulic properties in the highlands of Kenya. Soil Tillage Res. 176, 36–44.
  • Weeser, B., Stenfert Kroese, J., Jacobs, S.R., Njue, N., Kemboi, Z., Ran, A., Rufino, M.C., Breuer, L., 2018. Citizen science pioneers in Kenya – A crowdsourced approach for hydrological monitoring. Sci. Total Environ. 631–632, 1590–1599.
  • Jacobs, S.R., Breuer, L., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Pelster, D.E., Rufino, M.C., 2017. Land use affects total dissolved nitrogen and nitrate concentrations in tropical montane streams in Kenya. Sci. Total Environ. 603–604, 519–532.
  • Perkins, W.T., Bird, G., Jacobs, S.R., Devoy, C., 2016. Field-scale study of the influence of differing remediation strategies on trace metal geochemistry in metal mine tailings from the Irish Midlands. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 23, 5592–5608.
Other Publications
  • Jacobs, S., 2021. Wenn die Landwirtschaft den Wald verdrängt - Folgen für die Wasserqualität und den Abfluss in einem tropischen Bergwald in Kenia. KW Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft 6.
  • Rufino, M., Weeser, B., Stenfert Kroese, J., Njue, N., Gräf, J., Jacobs, S., Kemboi, Z., Ran, A., Cerutti, P., Martius, C., Breuer, L., 2018. Citizen scientists monitor water quantity and quality in Kenya. Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia.
  • Jacobs, S. 2012. Succes en limiterende factoren van natuurontwikkeling in Meijendel en Berkheide (Success and limiting factors of nature development in Meijendel and Berkheide). Holland’s Duinen 59:40–48