Research focus

  • Ecophysiology of soil microorganisms: microbial metabolism as a driver for biogeochemical cycles in soil
  • Microbial turnover of intact metabolites: Quantifying C recycling and effects on soil C cycles
  • Multidirectional nutrient and carbon dynamics: From plant-soil-microorganism interfaces to ecosystem functions
  • Pedosphere interactions with bio-, hydro- and atmosphere by combining biomarker and isotopic tracer aproaches

Running projects

Erasmus+ IMSOGLO: International Master of Soil Science and Global Change

DFGFIRE: Fire-induced redistribution and losses of elements in the weathering zone (DI 2136/11)

Erasmus+ TAURUS: Training Capacities in Agricultural and Urban-Rural Interactions for Sustainable Development of Megacities

Villum-Fdn.Deep Frontier: Challenging one last Frontier: Understanding and Improving Deep Rooting

Norddt.-Wiss.-ministeriumMulti-Meta-Omik: Neue Methoden für neue Herausforderungen der Norddeutschen Landwirtschaft im Klimawandel (as joint research consortia with University Kiel)

Robert-Bosch-FoundationMore crop per drop for sub-Saharan Africa: Key rhizo-sphere traits to overcome multiple resource limitation

DFGSoil microbial necromass as an essential phosphorus reservoir in forest nutrition (DI 2136-6)

DFGDisentangling de-novo synthesis, recycling and transformation of nalkyl lipids in soils by combination of position-specific 13C labeling with fragment-specific 13C analysis (DI 2136-1, DI 2136-4*)

BfGBioMarker II: Rekonstruktion historischer Auen- und Flussstrukturen an der Mittelelbe durch altersdatierte Analyse von Biomarkern (Phase 1)

DFGMicrobial storage compounds: A neglected dimension of soil C cycling


Finished projects

DAADCombining Growth rates of individual microbial groups with metabolic flux modelling

DAADEffect of unfavorable growth conditions on the microbial metabolic C fluxes

DBUSpeicherung von Kohlenstoff aus Glukose und ihren Metaboliten in Bodenfraktionen in Abhängigkeit von klimasensitiven Umwelt- und Bodenbedingungen sowie Bodenbearbeitungsmaßnahmen