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Hans Brix

PhD, Head of Department

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data:

Born 11th of November 1955, Jerslev, Denmark; married, 4 kids, citizen of Denmark


Upper secondary education (High school), Hjørring Gymnasium, DK (1975); Cand.scient in biology (MSc), Aarhus University, DK (1981); Lic. scient in biology (PhD), Aarhus University, DK (1989)


Head of Department of Biosciences, Aarhus University (2013-); Full Professor, Plant Biology, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Aarhus University (2006-); Associate Professor, Plant Biology, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Aarhus University (1991-2006), Assistant Professor, Botanical Institute, Aarhus University (1987-1991), Research Fellow, Botanical Institute, Aarhus University (1984-1987), Project employee, Viborg County (work place Aarhus University) (1981-1984).

Honours and Awards:

Order of the Dannebrog as Knight by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (2017); Member of Honour Award, IAW Specialist Group on Wetlands Systems for Water Pollution Control (2012); Honorary Professor, Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, China (2011); The John P. Laborde Endowed Chair for Sea Grant Research and Technology Transfer (2009)


Dr. Hans Brix' primary research interests are in freshwater ecology, wetland ecology and management, and the implementation of wetland systems for water pollution control..  The research involves studies on ecosystem level, e.g. the emission of greenhouse gases from wetlands, as well as on the individual plant level, e.g. release of oxygen from plant roots. Current focus is on assessing ecophysiological characteristics of invasive species and invasive biology. Since the mid 1980s, Hans Brix has been a pioneer within research and development of constructed wetlands for water pollution control. Hans Brix cooperates with many Danish and international companies concerning the treatment of various types of wastewaters in constructed wetlands.


Teaching at all levels within plant ecophysiology, freshwater ecology and environmental sciences.  Responsible for several international PhD courses on the use of wetlands in water pollution control.

Administration and Management:

Great experience as Member of the Danish Natural Science Research Council (2003-2010) and the European Science Foundation, among others.

Curriculum Vitae