Dr. Martin Thullner


Dr. Martin Thullner
Senior Scientist, Head of Geomicrobial Reactive Transport Systems Group

Department of Environmental Microbiology
Working Group Geomicrobial Reactive Transport Systems
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, D-04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235-1338
Fax +49 341 235-451338

Martin Thullner

Research Interests

My research activities focus on reactive transport modeling of subsurface environments. Of particular interest are biogeochemical/geomicrobial processes involved in the microbial degradation of organic carbon species (contaminants or natural organic matter) in aquifers, soils or aquatic sediments. Research topics include

  • microbial community dynamics and their implication on biogeochemical reactions
  • limitation of microbial activity due to mass transfer processes (bioavailability)
  • upscaling of pore scale processes to the macro scale
  • microbially induced isotope fractionation
  • competition between organic carbon degradation pathways in redox stratified systems
  • influence of microbial growth on hydraulic properties of porous media (bioclogging)

Current Research Activity

see group page

Geomicrobial Reactive Transport Systems

Model Development and Environmental Applications
(GReaT MoDE)



Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Department of Environmental Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


M.Sc. in Physics, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany

CV / Scientific Career

since 2013

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada

since 2005

Senior Research Associate, Department of Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany


Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences - Geochemistry, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands


Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Earth Sciences - Geochemistry, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands


Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Recent Publications