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Academic title:
Prof. Dr.
Name:
Andreas Kappler
Organizational units:
Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Center for Applied Geoscience
Department of Geoscience

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Our group focuses on the interactions of microorganisms and iron-minerals in modern and ancient environments. These interactions also largely determine the fate of harmful organic and inorganic pollutants. Microbial iron-oxidizing and -reducing communities play a key role in iron-mineral formation and transformations. Studying both biological molecular mechanisms and geochemical conditions are crucial to the understanding of these biogeochemical processes. Therefore, we combine microscopic, spectroscopic and molecular techniques with geochemical analysis in order to understand modern and ancient iron biogeochemistry and its environmental impact. In more detail, our projects comprise: 

Biogeochemistry and molecular ecology of microbial iron cycling  

Microbial magnetite formation – Magnetic susceptibility as indicator for hydrocarbon contamination in the environment and assessment of the reactivity of biogenic minerals for contaminant degradation   

Physiology, genetics, high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic analysis of microbial Fe(II) oxidation and iron biomineralization  

Humic substances as electron shuttles in microbial/chemical redox processes  

Mechanisms of deposition and diagenesis of iron minerals in Banded Iron Formations (BIFs)   

Consequences of microbial Fe(II) oxidation and Fe(III) reduction for the environmental behaviour of Cd and As in soil-plant-microbe systems and As drinking water filters    

Microbial formation and degradation of halogenated organic compounds        

Impact of biochar addition on soil microbial community composition, microbial N-cycling, and contaminant transformation

Projects

2019 - 2022
Eva Marie Mühe
Baden-Württemberg Stiftung gGmbH
2019 - 2021
Caroline Schmidt, Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2019 - 2022
Casey Bryce, James Byrne, Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2019 - 2022
Casey Bryce, James Byrne, Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2018 - 2021
Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2018 - 2022
Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2018 - 2021
James Byrne, Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2018 - 2021
Caroline Schmidt, Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2018 - 2021
Andreas Kappler, James Byrne
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2017 - 2019
Andreas Kappler
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg (MWK)
2017 - 2020
Peter Grathwohl, Hermann Rügner, Wolfgang Bott
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2017 - 2019
Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2016 - 2018
Ronald Schönberg, Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2016 - 2025
Monika Fleischer
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2016 - 2018
Andreas Kappler, Ronald Schönberg
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2015 - 2018
Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2014 - 2016
Andreas Kappler
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2014 - 2015
Andreas Kappler
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Cooperations

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America
Stanford University
Stanford, California, United States of America
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Pasadena, California, United States of America
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Peking, China

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