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Dr. Sarah Piehl

Sarah Piehl
Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research
Seestrasse 15
D-18119 Rostock
+49 381 5197 3473



Research interest

  • Development of environmental monitoring methods
  • Indicator development
  • Marine litter
  • Eutrophication


  • 09/2014-05/2020: PhD at University of Bayreuth, Department of Animal Ecology I
  • 09/2011-02/2014: Master of Marine Biology at the University of Rostock
  • 09/2008-09/2011: Bachelor of Biology at the Philips University of Marburg


  • 2022
    • Piehl, S., R. Friedland, B. Heyden, W. Leujak, T. Neumann and G. Schernewski (2022). Modeling of water quality indicators in the western Baltic Sea: Seasonal oxygen deficiency. Environ. Model. Assess.: online, doi: 10.1007/s10666-022-09866-x –open access–
    • Piehl, S., R. Friedland, B. Heyden, W. Leujak, T. Neumann and G. Schernewski (2022). Seasonal oxygen deficiency as an indicator for coastal water quality in the western Baltic Sea. In: 16th International Conference Littoral22 Book of Abstracts. Ed. by J. C. Ferreira, M. Ferreira, C. Jóia Santos and C. Macedo Duarte. Caparica,  Portugal: NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA: 302-304, 978-972- 99923-6-0
  • 2021
    • Friedland R, Piehl S, Schernewski G, Neumann T: Proposal of a methodology for setting new threshold values for Pomeranian Bay and Bornholm Basin HELCOM meeting document IN-EUTROPHICATION 21-2021 Code: 4-2 Category: DEC Agenda Item: 4– Splitting assessment units Submission date: 18.8.2021 Submitted by: Germany Reference: Friedland et al. (in prep.)
    • Piehl S, Friedland R, Neumann T, Schernewski G: Supporting the HELCOM shallow-water oxygen indicator with modelling products for the Western Baltic Sea HELCOM meeting document - IN-EUTROPHICATION 21-2021 Code: 2-1 Category: DEC Agenda Item: 2– Shallow water oxygen indicator Submission date: 16.8.2021 Submitted by: Germany
    • Piehl, S., R. Hauk, E. Robbe, B. Richter, F. Kachholz, J. Schilling, R. Lenz, D. Fischer, F. Fischer, M. Labrenz and G. Schernewski (2021). Combined approaches to predict microplastic emissions within an urbanized estuary (warnow, southwestern baltic sea). Front. Environ. Sci. 9: 616765, doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2021.616765 –open access–
    • Schernewski, G., H. Radtke, E. Robbe, M. Haseler, R. Hauk, L. Meyer, S. Piehl, J. Riedel and M. Labrenz (2021). Emission, transport, and deposition of visible plastics in an estuary and the Baltic Sea - a monitoring and modeling approach. Environ. Manage. 68: 860-881, doi: 10.1007/s00267-021-01534-2 –open access–
  • 2020
    • Brandes, E., S. Cieplik, P. H. Fiener, Martin, F. Herrmann, J. Klasmeier, P. Kreins, S. Piel, G. Shiravani, F. Wendland and A. Wurpts (2020). Modellbasierte Forschung zu Mikroplastik in der Umwelt - Synthesepapier. BMBF. 26 S. (Diskussionspapiere & Statuspapiere) –open access–
    • Piehl, S., E. C. Atwood, M. Bochow, H. K. Imhof, J. Franke, F. Siegert and C. Laforsch (2020). Can water constituents be used as proxy to map microplastic dispersal within transitional and coastal waters? Front. Environ. Sci. 8: 92, doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.00092 –open access–
  • 2019
    • Piehl, S., R. Hauk, E. Robbe, F. Klaeger, M. Haseler, M. Labrenz and G. Schernewski (2019). Mikroplastik in der Umwelt - Eintrag, Verbleib und Konsequenzen. In: Emissionsminderung von Punktquellen im ländlichen Raum : 12. Rostocker Abwassertagung am 10. September 2019 an der Universität Rostock : Tagungsband Rostock: Universität Rostock (Schriftenreihe Umweltingenieurwesen): 104-115, –open access–
    • Piehl, S., V. Mitterwallner, E. C. Atwood, M. Bochow and C. Laforsch (2019). Abundance and distribution of large microplastics (1-5 mm) within beach sediments at the Po River Delta, northeast Italy. Mar. Poll. Bull. 149: 110515, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110515