Working Group Microbial Data Science
Department of Environmental Microbiology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Phone +49 1524456283
CV / Scientific Career
Ph. D. Student - In the group of Microbial Systems Bioinformatics, Department of Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ, Leipzig, Germany)
Research Assistant - In the Department of Environment and Ecology, Xiamen University (Fujian Province, China)
Exchange Student - In the Center of Excellence in Fungal Research, Mae Fah Luang University (Chiang Rai Province, Thailand)
M.S. - In the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology (Yunnan Province, China)
B.S. - In the Department of Resources and Environment, Yunnan Agricultural University (Yunnan Province, China)
Current Research Interests
Soil microorganisms are increasingly recognized for their role in the cycling of C and nutrients. Forest harvesting is a dramatic event in ecosystem development that may temporarily turn forest soil from C sink to C source. Tree harvesting – clear-cutting or selective cutting – also affects root-symbiotic fungi of trees that either form ectomycorrhizal association (ECM) fungi (e.g. with Fagus, Picea, Pinus), or arbuscular mycorrhizal association (AM) (e.g. with Acer, Fraxinus). Due to various levels of dependence on trees, fungi forming ECM, AM, and ERM associations are expected to differ in their response to harvesting. However, micro-Eukaryotes genetic potential is overlooked in microbial ecology studies.
My PhD project will tackle the study of the genetic potential of micro-Eukaryotes in natural ecosystems with a focus on functional diversity fluctuations caused by climate change and response to harvesting.