Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany

Tentative title: Microplastic effects on soil

Undergraduate studies: Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany) and University of Edinburgh (Scotland); 1989-1992. Funded by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Graduate Studies: Ph.D. (Ecology), 1993-1997, University of California Davis/ San Diego State University; advisor: Dr. Michael F. Allen (afterwards at UC Riverside; now retired)

Postdoc: Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Plant Biology, Stanford (California), 1998-1999; advisor: Dr. Christopher B. Field (now Director at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment)


  • 1999-2005: Assistant Professor, Microbial Ecology, University of Montana
  • 2005-2007: Associate Professor (with tenure), Microbial Ecology, University of Montana
  • 2007-2008: Professor (W2), Plant Ecology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • 2008- Professor (W3), Plant Ecology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • 2013- Director, Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB)

Editorial service

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment (2021-)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Pedobiologia (2004-2014)
  • Editor, Ecology, Ecological Monographs (2008-2021)
  • Editor, PLoS One (2011-2015)

Selected honors

  • 2021 Elected member, German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina
  • 2019 Elected fellow, Ecological Society of America
  • 2017- 2021 Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics)
  • 2015 ERC Advanced Grant Publications See publication list on this website ResearcherID Google scholar page ResearchGate ORCID

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