Research for the Environment

Christian Schurig

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department for Environmental Biotechnology
Permoserstrasse 15
D-04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: +49 341 235 1757
Fax +49 341 235 1471

Research Interests

I am interested in trace species and their emission and fate in the environment as well as feedback mechanisms to ecosystems. My current research focusses on:

  • development of biosensors for assesing contaminant degradation on polluted sites in-situ
  • application of stable isotope tracer as well as stable isotope fractionation techniques for quantifiying in-situ contaminant turnover
  • development of methods for identifying hot spots of pollutant degradation by means of scanning electron microscopy coupled to energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX)
  • measurement of methane emissions on a boreal fen by means of eddy covariance technique

Curriculum vitae


Scientist in Water4Crops project: Further development of slow sandfiltration technologies for cost-effective wastewater purification


PhD student at the UFZ, Department for Environmental Biotechnolgy, in EU project ModelProbe. Topic of the thesis: Assessment of soil microbial activity by non- or low invasive methods

2007 - 2009

Master of Science in Meteorology at University of Helsinki (Finland) in the framework of international study program 'Atmosphere-Biosphere-Studies'. Thesis: Methane dynamics at a boreal fen measured by eddy covariance technique.

Research Assistant at University of Helsinki, Division of Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysics


Study exchange to University of Lund (Sweden)

2007 - 2008

Study exchange to University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

2003 - 2007

Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Dresden University of Technology (Germany) including internships at WWF-Caucasus and Georgian Agricultural University Tbilisi (Georgia). Thesis: Uranfestlegung an Cladophora spec. unterschiedlicher Vitalität unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Sulfat.


UFZ research themes

Contaminated Groundwater
Sub project: Characterization of intrinsic biodegradation potentials

Microbial Diversity

Sub project: Microbial activity in contaminated groundwater and soil

Graduate School HIGRADE

The new "Helmholtz Interdisciplinary GRADuate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE)" is fostered by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund and will start in October 2007.

Project handbook published

"Model-driven soil probing, site assessment and evaluation - Guidance on Technologies"

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