M. Sc. Robin Wojcik

Robin Wojcik
M. Sc. Robin Wojcik
PhD Student
Building C, Room 223
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-27533

Function and Responsibilities:

Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellow
ORCID / ResearchGate / Google Scholar

Research Interests:

My primary research interest is the initial development of soil ecosystem in recently deglaciated ecosystems of Polar and Alpine regions. Using a chronosequence approach, I investigate the concurrent changes in microbial community development, nutrient build-up as well as weathering-induced changes in geochemistry and mineralogy that lead to soil formation. Complementarily, I examine the pedological variability that arises from geomorphological heterogeneities in glacier forefields. I also investigate the role of aeolian pathways in supplying nutrients stocks and potential microbial colonizers in these terrains and monitor its seasonal biogeochemical variability.

Besides, I study the positive feedback effect of Arctic permafrost thaw on global warming via the remobilization of previously frozen organic matter. Specifically, I have experience in assessing upscaling tools to evaluate the total storage, landscape distribution and vertical partitioning of soil organic carbon (SOC) in High-Arctic regions.


Oct 2016 – present:  PhD student, Section 4.4 Interface Geochemistry, GFZ German Reseach Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany

Oct 2015 – May 2016:  Research Assistant – department of Physical Geography of Stockholm University (Sweden)

Jun 2015 – Jul 2015:  Field Work Assistant – department of Physical Geography of Stockholm University (Sweden)


2016 – 2015:  PhD student at the German Research Centre for Geosciences - group Interface Geochemistry Physical Geography of Stockholm University (Potsdam, Germany)
2013 – 2015:  Master’s degree in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology – department of Physical Geography of Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden)
2010 - 2013:  Bachelor´s degree in Physical Geography and Landscape Planning – Institute of Alpine Geography of Grenoble (IGA), University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France)


My PhD project is supported by the EU-funded MicroArctic.


Geo.X Conference Travel Grant for Early Career Scientists to attend the Goldschmidt 2017 conference.