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First name:Julia
Last name:Arnds
Thesis Subject:
Diploma thesis: Molecular identification of potential sulfur-oxidizing bacteria in surface sediments of the German Wadden Sea ("Biogeochemistry of Intertidal flats" research group funded by the DFG)
Ph.D. thesis: Molecular characterization of microbial populations in methane-rich marine habitats ("MUMM II" project funded by the DFG and BMBF)
since march 2006
Ph.D. student at the International Max Planck Research School for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
in 2005
Diploma student at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
University of Mainz, Germany
Scientific Interests and Goals:
Although coastal sediments seep large amounts of methane, the ocean adds a minor amount to the atmosphere. Most of the methane is microbially oxidized prior to emission via the anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM). However, little is known about the key microbial players mediating AOM.
My task is to characterize marine methanotrophic communities by using and improving upon molecular tools (comparative 16S rRNA gene and genomic analysis, CARD-FISH, qPCR, and FACS). Study sites include coastal areas offshore Romania and New Zealand.