Dr. Marie Muehe
Department of Environmental Microbiology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Soils and sediments are increasingly burdened by contaminants and changes in climate. Both of these interlink as climatic conditions affect the availability of contaminants to biota in the environment. My research focuses on biogeochemical processes in the rhizospheres of crops and phytoremediating plants when stressed with metallic soil contaminants and a shifting climate. I investigate biogeochemical changes that occur at the micrometer scale in the rhizospere to explain macroscopic outcomes of plant productivity and product quality. My goal is to contribute to advancing sustainable agriculture, which is key to the global challenge of food security.
If you are interested in working in my team, don't hesitate to contact me. I am currently looking for a wet chemistry / analytics technician, a PhD student with expertise in (bio)geochemistry, and a PhD student with expertise in microbial ecology and molecular biology. If you would like to do a master/bachelor thesis or a lab internship, I have plenty of great ideas and am open to discussing yours.
Main Funding Record
- Helmholtz Young Investigator Grant (2020-2026): Project Title: RhizoThreats: Rhizospheres under Attack from Coupled Climate and Heavy Metal Threats. 1.8 million €.
- Baden-Württemberg Elite Programme for Postdocs (2019-2022): Project Title: GreenCad: Cadmium and Climate Impacts on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions. One PhD student financed with 114,000 €.
- Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Grant (2016-2020): Project Title: RACe: The Impact of Climate Change on the Uptake of Arsenic into Rice. 239,861 €.
- German Research Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship (2014-2015): The impact of Global Warming on the Accumulation of Arsenic in Rice Grains. 82,000 €.
- German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) PhD Fellowship (2009-2012): Impact of Mineral-Forming and Dissolving Bacteria on the Uptake and Accumulation of Cadmium in Arabidopsis halleri. 40,400 €.
15 peer-reviewed articles, 1 book chapter, several public outreach activities. Total number of citations: 565; H-index: 11 (May, 2020).
I immensely enjoy talking to school classes, clubs and societies about the work I do and how it links to their every day life. If you are interested in a general audience or popular science talk about my work, then do not hesitate to contact me.
Here are some examples of my public outreach endeavours:
- Public science article in Attempto!, the research magazine of the University of Tübingen
- General audience presentations to high schools, clubs and societies
- Press releases of my postdoc and PhD work
- Presentations to non-governmental organisations such as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- Interview in the German Southeast Radio (SWR) on Postdoc work
- TV documentary: "Arsenic - the creeping killer"
- Outreach to children: BUNDjugend report on phytoremediation
- Popular science publication in Biospektrum: "Biogenic Iron minerals control the environmental fate of toxic metals".