Dr. Sara König

Contact

Department of Soil System Science

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4
06120 Halle (Saale)
Germany

Tel.: +49 341 235-482347

sara.koenig@ufz.de

Department of Ecological Modelling

Department of Environmental Microbiology

Sara König

Research interests

My research interests focus on spatiotemporal dynamics of soil ecosystems and the resilience behaviour of their functions under environmental fluctuations. I develop and apply mechanistic simulation models for investigating related research questions in various scenarios. I am especially interested in

  • finding trade-offs between describing complex systems adequately, while keeping enough simplicity for understanding the model dynamics
  • applying a systemic approach involving knowledge of various disciplines
  • combining theory, simulation models and empirical work
  • gaining a mechanistic understanding of the dynamic response to fluctuating conditions or management strategies

In my current position in the BonRes project, I am working on a systemic process model for understanding and predicting the influence of soil management on soil functions under different conditions.

uncovering stability Foto: Gunnar Dreßler, UFZ

2018- PostDoc at the Department of Soil System Science
BonaRes project
2017- Sponsorship Coordinator for ISME17
2016-2018 PostDoc 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

2018 (2)

  • König, S., Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L.Y., Thullner, M., Frank, K., (2018):
    Spatiotemporal disturbance characteristics determine functional stability and collapse risk of simulated microbial ecosystems
    Sci. Rep. 8 , art. 9488
    full text (url)
  • König, S., Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L.Y., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Centler, F., (2018):
    Functional resistance to recurrent spatially heterogeneous disturbances is facilitated by increased activity of surviving bacteria in a virtual ecosystem
    Front. Microbiol. 9 , art. 734
    full text (url)

2017 (2)

  • 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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  • Worrich, A., Stryhanyuk, H., Musat, N., König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Richnow, H.-H., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., Wick, L.Y., (2017):
    Mycelium-mediated transfer of water and nutrients stimulates bacterial activity in dry and oligotrophic environments
    Nat. Commun. 8 , art. 15472
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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.
    full text (pdf)
  • 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
    Front. Microbiol. 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
    full text (url)


Talks

König, S., Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Centler, F. (2018): Increased activity of surviving bacteria facilitate functional resistance to recurrent disturbances: a modelling study. Ecology of Soil Microorganisms (ESM), Helsinki, Finland

König, S., Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Centler, F. (2017): Stable biomass versus stable function - opposite effects of spatial fragmentation on the resistance of virtual microbial ecosystems. Joint Meeting of the British Ecological Society (BES) and the Ecological Society of Germany (GfÖ): Ecology Across Borders (EAB), Ghent, Belgium

König, S., Firle, A.-L., Koehnke, M. Banitz. T., Frank, K. (2017): Too big or too narrow? Disturbance characteristics determine the functional resilience in virtual microbial ecosystems. Conference on Functional ecology and environment (FEE), Ecolab, Toulouse, France

König, S., Firle, A.-L., Koehnke, M., Banitz, T., Frank, K. (2017): Too big or too narrow? Disturbance characteristics determine the functional resilience in virtual microbial ecosystems. European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), Vienna, Austria

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