Microbial Ecology

Microorganisms are the most abundant organisms on Earth and they are key players in carbon and nutrient cycling. We know, however, very little about which microorganisms occur in aquatic environments, their spatial and temporal distribution patterns and their functional capabilities and overall importance for the maintenance of ecosystem functioning. We address these shortcomings by research along two major lines of research:

(1) Microbial diversity and role in ecosystem function and stability

(2) Microbial biogeography, speciation and adaptation