Dr. Dirk Sachse
Function and Responsibilities:Senior Scientist
My research is aimed at understanding the variability of biogeochemical cycles over different timescales (101 to 106 years), as the basis of life, human societies and ecosystems.
In particluar I am interested in the mechansims and consequences of short-term changes to the hydrological cycle, and the influence of surface processes (erosion, riverine transport, mass wasting) and tectonics (mountain range uplfit, earthquakes) on the short-term and long-term development of the carbon cycle.I apply and develop organic geochemical methods and use molecular and isotopic information to detect changes in these cycles and quantify fluxes.
Career:2021 - today: Director Topic 5, Future Landscapes at GFZ
2014 - today: Senior Scientist at GFZ Section 4.6 Geomorphology [tenured], Head of Organic Surface Geochemistry Lab
2009 - 2014: Emmy-Noether Research Group Leader at University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, Institute for Earth Sciences and Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies
2007 - 2009: Postdoc, Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies at University of Potsdam, Germany
2006 - 2007: Postdoc, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
2005: Postdoc Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
2005 Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation to work with: Prof. Julian P. Sachs (MIT/ University of Washington) and Prof. Stjepko Golubic (Boston University)
Education:2005 PhD in Biogeochemistry, University of Jena
2002 - 2005 PhD student, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
2002 Diploma in Geology, University of Jena, Germany
1997 - 1998 Studies in Geology and spanish language, Universidad de Granada, Spain
1995 - 2002 Studies in Geology, University of Jena, Germany
SECCO Chile - The coupled vegetation, weathering, erosion, and sediment-export response to climate change unravelled from novel proxies in Chilean marine sediment (funding through a DFG grant within the EarthShape SPP) - collaboration with H. Wittmann (GFZ) and A. Bernhardt (FU Berlin). I am responsible for reconstructing vegetation and hydrology from marine and on-shore sediments using lipid biomarker C and H isotope ratios. With jointly supervised PhD student Néstor Eduardo Gaviria Lugo at GFZ.
STEEPclim - Spatiotemporal evolution of the hydrological cycle throughout the European continent during past abrupt climate changes (funding through ERC consolidator grant STEEPclim)
ROCcyle - The role of organic carbon in the global carbon cycle (funding includes Helmholtz association funding and through 2 PhD projects from the DFG-funded STRATEGY International Research Training Group)