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Prof. Dr. Susanne Liebner

Group Leader
Prof. Dr. Susanne Liebner
Building A 71, Room 351 (Büro - Wissenschaftler/in)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Leader of the Research Group "Microbial carbon dynamics in the climate system"

Research Interests:

Processes of the microbial carbon cycle in permafrost

Microbial diversity and biogeography

Microbial communities and microbiomes in pristine and rewetted fens

Microbial production and oxidation of methane


refer to "Werdegang/Ausbildung"


2003 diploma in Environmental Sciences at the University of Potsdam, Germany. 2005 Master of Science in Marine Microbiology as member of the International Max Planck Research School "MarMic". 2008 doctoral degree at the University of Bremen, Germany, with a PhD conducted at the Alfred Wegener Insititute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam ,Germany. 2008-2012 PostDoc at the ETH Zurich in the Group of Environmental Microbiology and at the University of Tromsø in the Molecular Environment Group. Since 2013 leader of a Helmholtz Young Investigators Research Group ( MicroCene) at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Centre for Geosciences GFZ . 2014-2020 Assistant Professor at the University of Potsdam together with the GFZ Potsdam. Since 2020 Professor for Molecular environmental microbiology University of Potsdam and GFZ.


DFG Graduate School on Terrestrial-Marine Interface of Water and Matter Fluxes (Co-PI) BalticTranscoast

BMBF project about carbon in permafrost (Russian-German Cooperation) KoPf

Terrestrial Environmental Observatories TERENO

BMBF project about plastic in the environment ENSURE


2017 GFZ award for best young researchers group

2013 Helmholtz Young Investigators Research Group

2008 PostDoc Scholarship DAAD

2009 Winner of the PhD award of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)

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