Dr. Matthias Winkel

Matthias Winkel
Dr. Matthias Winkel
Building C, Room 227
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-27505

Function and Responsibilities:

PostDoc in the Interface Geochemistry Prof. Dr. Liane G. Benning

Research Interests:

Mikrobial degradation of organic material in permafrost deposits.
Methane production and methane consumption in arctic environments as carbon-climate feedbacks.
Microbial nitrogen cycle in permafrost areas.
Deep biosphere.


  • since June 2018 Post Doctoral Research Assistant in the Interface Geochemistry group at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
  • 2017-2018 PostDoc/Affiliated Professor as cooperation between German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) - Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam and the Insitute of Northern Engineering (INE)/ Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC), University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2013-2017 PostDoc in the department 5 Geoarchieves, section 5.3 Geomicrobiology at the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) - Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam
  • 2010-2013 Ph. D. student, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, University of Bremen


  • 2010-2013 conferral of a doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in the department Microbial Ecology (MolEcol)                                                                               Topic: "Chemlithotrophic und chemoheterotrophic microorganisms in sediment- and rock-hosted hydrothermal systems"
  • 2003-2009 Diploma in biology (Main subject: Marine biology, minor subjects: Mircobiology and biochemistry)


Microbial communities of terrestrial Pleistocene and Holocene deposits ( MicroCene)
Microbial symbionts of arctic mosses ( ArcBiont)
Anaerobic oxidation of  methane (AOM) in subaquatic permafrost of thermokarst lakes ( Goldstream)


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