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I am a microbial ecologist by training and still fascinated by the tremendous impact microorganisms have on Earth.
In my early scientific life (besides microscoping dead grasshoppers at the age of ten), I studied and cultivated novel, at that time poorly characterized, methane producing microorganisms (methanogens), the Methanomassiliicoccales. Ever since, I am interested in their role in the global carbon cycle and their importance as greenhouse gas producers. During my PhD (at the University of Vienna, Austria and the University of Greifswald, Germany) I started to use metatranscriptomics, metagenomics, and proteomics to analyze methanogens and methane producing microbial communities in ruminant animals and wetlands, two major sources of the potent greenhouse gas methane.
In early 2019, I moved into the Arctic and adapted my personal and my scientific work to colder temperatures. Within the project Cells in the Cold, led by Alexander T. Tveit, and the international ForHot project, I am currently mainly focusing on investigating functional changes in cold-adapted microbial communities in soils exposed to warming.
With my research, I hope to contribute to a better understanding of how microbial communities and ecosystems react to global warming and how this affects global biogeochemical cycles, such as the methane cycle.
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