Section 3.5: Interface Geochemistry

In the News

"A new study led by James Bradley of the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ and Queen Mary University of London provides a surprising answer: Microbes in the seabed survive on far less energy than has been shown ever before. The international team is publishing its results in the journal Science Advances."

More details can be found here.

Congratulations are in order!

Jeffrey Paulo H. Perez successfully defended his PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin last 17th of January 2020. Great PhD defense with a grade of summa cum laude. Congratulations, Dr. Perez!

"Liane G. Benning has won the grant with the project "DEEP PURPLE". Together with colleagues, she is investigating the relationship between geology, geochemistry, biology and climate on the basis of the increasing algal bloom on Arctic snow and ice surfaces. On Greenland, the teams from Aarhus, Bristol and Potsdam are investigating how glacial algae grow and interact with their icy habitat. The pink to purple microorganisms darken the surface of the ice sheets and thus accelerate the melting of the glaciers." 

More details can be found here.


This is increasingly a problem in the Arctic, Alpine and Himalayan glaciers. Blooms of red snow and brown ice are turning up in Antarctica also." - The British newspaper @guardian featuring the @GFZ team including @LianeGBenning in an interesting piece on how algae increase the darkening and melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet


Liane G. Benning
Section Head
Prof. Liane G. Benning
Interface Geochemistry
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