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Department for Environmental Microbiology
WG Microbial Systems Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research- UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig

phone: +49 341 235-1376



I am an ecologist seeking to understand how communities are shaped under environmental change through species interactions and evolutionary dynamics. My work is focused primarily on predator – prey/ host – pathogen interactions and co-evolution across spatial and temporal scales. I have been addressing questions on how interactions and adaptation affect coexistence mechanisms, diversity and stability of communities under various temperature, nutrient availability and disturbance regimes.
I use assembled microcosms (consisting of bacteria, protozoa and phages), semi-natural freshwater and soil microbes (also fungi and plants) to address my questions and combine my experiments with modelling and advanced statistical approaches.

April 2018 - Researcher; Department Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany
2013 - 2018 PhD student; Department Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig; University of Leipzig, Germany

Thesis title: “Context dependency of community dynamics: Predator-prey interactions under ecological disturbances” (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Hauke Harms, Dr. Antonis Chatzinotas; within the UFZ Integrated Project “Emerging Ecosystems”)
November 2014 und Februar 2016 Guest Researcher; University of Thessaly, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Plant & Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory, Larissa, Greece
2009 - 2012 M.Sc; Global Change Ecology (im Elitenetzwerk Bayern), Universität Bayreuth, Germany    

Thesis: "Population response to fluctuating temperature regimes- an analysis with a model microorganism" at MPI for Developmental Biology, Tübingen; Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research, Bayreuth (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Björn Reineking, Dr. Steffen Kolb)
September -
Oktober 2011
Guest Researcher; Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Department for Molecular Biology, Tübingen, Germany (Weigel's Lab)
September -
Oktober 2010
Guest Researcher; Technical University Munich, Department of Soil Ecology, Munich, Germany (Helmholtz Zentrum München)
2005 - 2008 M.Sc; Molecular Biology, University of Cumhuriyet, Turkey
2000 - 2004 B.Sc; Biology, Minor: Molecular Biology, University of Akdeniz, Turkey

2019 (1)

  • Sendek, A., Karakoç, C., Wagg, C., Domínguez-Begines, J., Martucci do Couto, G., van der Heijden, M.G.A., Naz, A.A., Lochner, A., Chatzinotas, A., Klotz, S., Gómez-Aparicio, L., Eisenhauer, N., (2019):
    Drought modulates interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity and barley genotype diversity
    Sci. Rep. 9 , art. 9650
    full text (url)

2018 (2)

  • Karakoç, C., Radchuk, V., Harms, H., Chatzinotas, A., (2018):
    Interactions between predation and disturbances shape prey communities
    Sci. Rep. 8 , art. 2968
    full text (url)
  • Ozbayram, E.G., Akyol, C., Ince, B., Karakoç, C., Ince, O., (2018):
    Rumen bacteria at work: bioaugmentation strategies to enhance biogas production from cow manure
    J. Appl. Microbiol. 124 (2), 491 - 502
    final draft (pdf)

2017 (1)

  • Karakoç, C., Singer, A., Johst, K., Harms, H., Chatzinotas, A., (2017):
    Transient recovery dynamics of a predator–prey system under press and pulse disturbances
    BMC Ecology 17 , art. 13
    full text (url)