Dr. Sara König

Contact

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig
Germany

Department of Ecological Modelling
Building 1.0, Room 224
Tel.: +49 341 235-482347

Department of Environmental Microbiology

sara.koenig@ufz.de    

Sara König

Research interests

My research focuses on questions regarding the topic of microbial ecology. I am especially interested in

  • functional stability of microbial ecosystems under environmental disturbances
  • relevance of spatiotemporal distribution of microorganisms for the stability of ecosystem services
  • gaining a mechanistic understanding of the dynamic response to disturbances
  • combining ecological theory, simulation models and microcosm experiments

I develop and apply spatiotemporally explicit simulation models for investigating functional dynamics, resilience and resistance, and underlying mechanisms in various scenarios.

In a continuous exchange with colleagues of the Departments Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology, we include experimental derived data as well as concepts to our work.

Project group Microbial Ecosystem Analysis

uncovering stability Foto: Gunnar Dreßler


2016- PostDoc Position at the Department of Ecological Modelling
(in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Microbiology)
2012-2016 PhD Student at UFZ within the Twin Project, topic:
"Modelling spatiotemporal dynamics of biodegradation under disturbances"
2011-2012 Master of Science Environmental Systems and Resources Management,
University of Osnabrück
2007-2011 Bachelor of Science Applied System Science,
University of Osnabrück

2017 (1)

  • König, S., Worrich, A., Centler, F., Wick, L.Y., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., Thullner, M., Frank, K., Banitz, T., (2017):
    Modelling functional resilience of microbial ecosystems: Analysis of governing processes
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 89 , 31 - 39
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2016 (3)

  • König, S., (2016):
    Modelling spatiotemporal dynamics of biodegradation under disturbances : insights into functional stability of microbial ecosystems
    Dissertation, Universität Osnabrück
    PhD Dissertation 4/2016
    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 108 pp.
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  • Worrich, A., König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Miltner, A., Wick, L.Y., Kaestner, M., (2016):
    Bacterial dispersal promotes biodegradation in heterogeneous systems exposed to osmotic stress
    Frontiers in Microbiology 7 , art. 1214
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  • Worrich, A., König, S., Miltner, A., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Wick, L.Y., (2016):
    Mycelium-like networks increase bacterial dispersal, growth, and biodegradation in a model ecosystem at various water potentials
    Appl. Environ. Microb. 82 (10), 2902 - 2908
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Talks

König, S., Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L., Thullner, M., Frank, K. (2016): Where is the edge of collapse? Insights from modelling microbial ecosystem functions under recurrent disturbances. Annual Meeting of the British Ecological Society (BES), Liverpool, UK

König, S., Worrich, A., Wick, L., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., Thullner, M., Centler, F., Banitz, T., Frank, K. (2016): Can you escape the beat? Modelling spatiotemporal biodegradation dynamics during periodic disturbances. European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), Vienna, Austria

König, S., Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L., Thullner, M. (2015): Modelling bacterial degradation after disturbances. 15th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE), Leipzig, Germany

König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M. (2015): Functional resilience of microbial ecosystems in soil: How important is a spatial analysis? European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), Vienna, Austria

Poster pitches

König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M. (2015): Functional resilience of microbial ecosystems in soil: How important is a spatial analysis? 6th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS), Maastricht, Netherlands

Posters

König, S., Worrich, A., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L. Y., Thullner, M., Banitz, T., Frank, K., Centler, M. (2015): Hot spots and cold spots: Modelling biodegradation dynamics in response to disturbance regimes. Ecology of soil microorganisms (ESM), Prague, Czech Republic

König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M. (2015): Functional resilience of microbial ecosystems in soil: How important is a spatial analysis? 6th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS), Maastricht, Netherlands

König, S. & Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Thullner, M., Wick, L. (2015): Uncovering stability mechanisms in microbial ecosystems. 6th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS), Maastricht, Netherlands

Worrich, A. & König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Thullner, M., Wick, L. (2015): Uncovering stability mechanisms in microbial ecosystems: combining microcosm experiments, computational modelling and ecological theory in a multidisciplinary approach. European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), Vienna, Austria

König, S., Frank, K., Thullner, M. (2015): Recovering ecosystem functioning: The meaning of space for microbes. Higrade Conference, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany