•  Linking soil structure and soil processes (e.g. soil organic matter stabilization)
 •  Soil organic matter dynamics in permafrost affected soils
     of the Northern Hemisphere
 •  Plant-microbe-soil interactions with a special emphasize on rhizo-
     and detritus sphere
 •  In-situ (Spectro-) microscopic analyses of intact soil structures
     (e.g. using SEM, NanoSIMS)
 •  Organic soil amendments to improve soil water holding capacity

 •  DFG-proposal (MU 3021/9-1),
     "The role of clay minerals and metal oxides for organic matter stabilization
     in highly weathered tropical soils"

 •  DFG-consecutive project (MU 3021/4-2),
     "Rhizosphere as driver of subsoil organic matter distribution and composition"
     in the frame of the DFG research unit
     FOR1806 (SUBSOM "The forgotten part of carbon cycling:
     Soil organic matter storage and turnover in subsoils")

 •  DFG-project (MU 3021/8-1),
     "Microbial-mediated soil formation under simulated environmental conditions
     in maritime Antarctica" in the frame of the
     DFG priority program SPP1158
     ("Antarctic Research with Comparable Investigations in Arctic Sea Ice Areas")

 •  DFG-project (MU 3021/7-1),
     "Soil incubations for model validation data sets and experiments to quantify
     the anaerobic soil volume fraction" in the frame of the
     DFG research unit FOR2337
     (DASIM, Denitrification in Agricultural Soils: Integrated control and Modelling at various scales)

 •  DFG-project (MU 3021/6-1),
     "Microbiological stabilization of the Earth‘s surface across a climate gradient"
     in the frame of the DFG priority program SPP1803
     ("EarthShape: Earth Surface Shaping by Biota").

 •  NanoSIMS - secondary ion mass spectrometry, in combination
    with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and light microscopy
 •  NMR spectroscopy
 •  physical soil fractionation, both via density and particle size
 •  incubation experiments using infrared gas analyser (IRGA)
 •  molecular biomarker analyses with GC-MS

Summer term
 •  Applied Physics – Soil physics and hydrology (lecture and tutorial)
 •  Field methods to assess soil properties: Field Assessment (tutorial)
 •  Fundamentals in field soil science (excursions)
 •  Recultivation Ecology II for Landscape Architects (excursions)

Winter term
 •  Agrarian soil protection – Humus budget and stability (lecture and tutorial)
 •  Soil protection – Function of soils under different management (lecture)
 •  Pedological laboratory tutorial
 •  Climate change and agriculture – Carbon sequestration in soils (lecture)


current position

since 2010 Research scientist (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit)
Lehrstuhl Bodenkunde, TU-München, Germany


since 2011 Habilitation process for Soil science, TU-München
(thesis submitted 12th of August 2015)
Organic matter sequestration and turnover as determined
by its incorporation in the soil structure

mentors of the habilitation process:
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner
Lehrstuhl Bodenkunde - TU-München
Prof. Dr. Georg Guggenberger
Institut für Bodenkunde - Leibniz Universität Hannover
Dr. Markus Kleber, Associate Professor
Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University


2005-2009 PhD degree
Lehrstuhl Bodenkunde, TU-München
Carbon sequestration and soil organic matter composition affected
by altered soil aggregate dynamics due to land-use changes

2003-2004 Diploma degree
Professur für Standortslehre und Pflanzenernährung, TU-Dresden
Analytical peat and needle (Picea abies [L.] Karst.) assessment of
organic wet soils’ nutrition status as a basis for site classification
on forested bog-sites in the Saxon Ore-Mountains

1998-2004 Student of forest sciences at the TU Dresden, Germany

professional experience

2005-2009 Member of research staff with teaching activity
Lehrstuhl Bodenkunde, TU-München

experience abroad

04.2010 Alaska, USA
Soil sampling in collaboration with Prof. James Bockheim
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) and
Prof. Jenny Kao-Kniffin (Cornell University)

05.2009-10.2009 Guest researcher at the Pennsylvania State University
working with Prof. Kate Freeman
(Geoscience Department, Biogeochemistry)
and Prof. Dave Eissenstat
(Horticulture Department, Root physiology)

10.2002-01.2003 Practical training at University College Dublin, Ireland
working in the Forest Ecosystem Research Group
(FERG, Prof. Ted Farrell)

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