We study microbial ecology in a wide range of environments: seep systems in the deep-sea, coastal sediments, coral reefs, anoxic lakes, microbial mats, animal associated microbes and more. The research is highly diverse, including photosynthesis, nitrogen and sulfur cycling, calcification, habitat mapping, ecosystem productivity and cell physiology. Most themes involve the study of the functioning of intact microbial communities with non-invasive methods that allow as direct an observation as possible. Together with the MPI workshops, we continuously strive to develop novel methods, and apply them in our research. We collaborate widely with other institutes and with groups within the institute to share knowledge and ideas.
· Microbial mats
· Deep-sea sediments
· Porous sandy intertidal plates
· Corals and foraminifera
· Fresh- and seawater biofilms
· Sulfate reduction
· Sulfide oxidation
The research is partially technology driven, and new sensors and sensing techniques are actively developed.