Dr Katharina Tondera

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Dr Katharina Tondera


Teaching areas

  • Urban drainage design
  • Stormwater quality measures
  • Environmental policies

Research areas

  • Stormwater management
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
  • Stormwater treatment systems
  • Floating treatment wetlands
  • Improving stormwater runoff quality
  • Public health and stormwater discharge
  • Pathway modelling


Dr Katharina Tondera is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Stormwater Research Group (SWRG). She is currently undertaking research investigating the use of Floating Wetland Treatments Systems to treat stormwater runoff in saline environments at USC. Part of her research will involve monitoring and evaluating the performance of a new floating wetland treatment system located in a saltwater canal at Pelican Waters.

From 2011 to early 2017, Katharina worked at the Institute of Environmental Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University with her most recent role being Workgroup Leader of Urban Drainage. Due to a very active participation at international conferences, she is highly connected with researchers and industry members worldwide and active in the IWA groups on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control and on Urban Drainage (joint IWA/IAHR).

Katharina is passionate about the current transformation ongoing in the urban drainage community towards a water sensitive urban design and is looking forward to investigating bridging technologies in a multi-disciplinary environment at USC.

Professional memberships

Member of the International Working Group on Data and Models, a specialist group of the IWA/IAHR joint committee on urban drainage

Member of DWA (German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste) specialist group ES 3.5 “Retentionsbodenfilter“


Katharina was awarded Best Young Water Professional at the IWA Specialist Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control.


1. Tondera K., Klaer K., Roder S., Brueckner I., Pinnekamp J. (2017):”Improving the microbiological quality of the Ruhr River near Essen: comparing costs and effects for the removal of Escherichia coli and intestinal enterococci”. Water Science & Technology, doi:10.2166/wst.2017.141, accepted for publication.

2. Tondera K., Klaer K., Koch C., Hamza I.A., Pinnekamp J. (2016): “Reducing Pathogens in Combined Sewer Overflows Using Performic Acid”. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 219, 700-708, doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2016.04.009.

3. Tondera K., Klaer K., Roder S., Brueckner I., Strathmann M., Kistemann T., Schreiber C., Pinnekamp J. (2016): “Developing an Easy-to-Apply Model for Identifying Relevant Pathogen Pathways into Surface Waters Used for Recreational Purposes”. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 219, 662-670, doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2015.11.005.

4. Tondera K., Klaer K., Gebhardt J., Wingender J., Koch C., Horstkott M., Strathmann M., Jurzik L., Hamza I.A., Pinnekamp J. (2015): “Reducing Pathogens in Combined Sewer Overflows Using Ozonation or UV Irradiation”. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 218(8), 731-741, doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2015.09.002.

5. Meyer D., Molle P., Esser D., Troesch S., Masi F., Tondera K., Pinnekamp J., Dittmer U. (2014): “Constructed Wetlands for Combined Sewer Overflow Treatment”. Sustainable Sanitation Practice 01/2014; 01/2014(18): 21-24.

6. Tondera K., Koenen S., Pinnekamp J. (2013): “Survey monitoring results on the reduction of micropollutants, bacteria, bacteriophages and TSS in retention soil filters”. Water Science & Technology, Vol. 68 (5), 1004-1012.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honour students

  • Floating treatment wetlands in saline environments
  • Detection and analyses of fine particles in stormwater
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