PhD projects

On-going projects

Combustion leaves its signature in aquatic sediments: unraveling origin and fate of pyrogenic carbon using molecular 14C records

PhD candidate: Ulrich Hanke (e-mail)

Supervisor: Michael W.I. Schmidt

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Effect of severe drought on CO2 uptake by plants, carbon translocation, assimilation and its turnover in the plant-soil system

PhD candidate: Kavita Srivastava (e-mail)

Supervisor: Guido Wiesenberg

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Pyrogenic organic matter in soils: inventory, stabilisation and decomposition

PhD candidate: Moritz Reisser (e-mail)

Supervisor: Samuel Abiven

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How vulnerable is Swiss soil organic matter to climate and land use changes?

PhD candidate: Beatriz Gonzalez Dominguez (e-mail)

Supervisor: Samuel Abiven

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Affiliated PhD projects

Agricultural management and below ground carbon inputs

PhD candidate: Juliane Hirte (e-mail)

UZH supervisor: Samuel Abiven

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Breeding and drought influence root biomass and rooting depth

PhD candidate: Cordula Friedli (e-mail)

UZH supervisor: Samuel Abiven

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Phosphorus availability and its interaction with plant belowground carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus input to soil

PhD candidate: Pierre Stevenel (e-mail)

UZH supervisor: Samuel Abiven

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Completed PhD projects

All PhD theses are available online via the Hochschulschriftenkatalog of the Zentralbibliothek Zurich.

 

Title

  Name

Date

  Supervisors

A Holistic Approach to Study Carbon Cycling
in the Plant-Soil System Based on Stable Isotope Labelling

Mirjam S. Studer

2015

Dr. Samuel Abiven

New Insights into Pyrogenic Carbon by an Improved Benzene Polycarboxylic Acid Molecular Marker Method

Daniel Wiedemeier

2014

Prof. Dr. M. W. I. Schmidt

Nitrogen deposition and elevated CO₂ effects on geochemical biomarkers in soil fractions

Marco Griepentrog

2014

Prof. Dr. M. W. I. Schmidt

The fate of pyrogenic organic matter in soil and its interaction with native soil organic matter and increased N inputs

Bernardo Maestrini

2014

Dr. Samuel Abiven

Dynamics of Pyrogenic Organic Matter: Physical, Chemical and Biological Transformation and Stabilization Processes in the Soil

Nimisha Nimisha

2013

Dr. S. Abiven

Turnover and stabilization of soil organic matter: effect of land-use change in alpine regions

David Hiltbrunner (WSL Birmensdorf)

2012

Dr. S. Zimmermann

Dr. F. Hagedorn

Turnover and stabilization of soil organic matter in Alpine grasslands

Stefanie Meyer (ART Reckenholz)

2012

Dr. J. Leifeld

Prof. Dr. J. Fuhrer

Does carbon distribution and turnover in (sub)alpine grassland soils indicate these areas may be potential carbon dioxide hotspots in the event of global warming?

Karen Budge (ART Reckenholz)

2011

Dr. J. Leifeld

Prof. Dr. J. Fuhrer

Carbon Fluxes from Decaying Beech Litter: Insights from a 13C-Tracer Experiment and a New Method to Analyse the Stable Isotopes in Soil CO2 Effluxes

Adrian Kammer (WSL Birmensdorf)

2011

Dr. F. Hagedorn

Prof. Dr. A. Knohl

Assessment of a Molecular Marker Method to Determine the Pyrogenic Carbon Component in Charcoals and Soils

Maximilian Schneider

2011

Prof. Dr. T. Dittmar

Dr. R.H. Smittenberg

Dr. S. Abiven

Lignin dynamics in arable soils as determined by 13C natural abundance

Anett Hofmann

2009

  Dr. A. Heim

  Dr. A. Miltner

Detecting prehistoric fire-based farming using biogeochemical markers

Eileen Eckmeier

2007

  Prof. Dr. R. Gerlach

  J. O. Skjemstad

Analysis and fate of combustion residues in soil

Karen Hammes

2007

  Dr. R. J. Smernik

  Prof. Dr. M. W. I. Schmidt

Effects of pedogenic processes and vegetation on soil organic matter, Fe, Al, Si and clay mineralogy in the Southern Alps

Remo Zanelli

2007

  PD Dr. M. Egli

  Prof. Dr. P. Fitze

Spectroscopic quantification of soil organic carbon fractions that can be related to model pools

Michael Zimmermann (ART Reckenholz)

2007

  Dr. J. Leifeld

  Prof. Dr. J. Fuhrer

  Dr. M. G. Johnson