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First name:Jessika
Last name:Fuessel
Thesis Subject:
Nitrite oxidation in Oxygen Minimum Zones
Since May 2010
PhD student
Department of Biogeochemistry,
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
March 2010
M.Sc. in Marine Microbiology
University of Bremen, Germany
Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology

Thesis: Nitrite oxidation in the Benguela upwelling system
Juli 2007
B.Sc. in Biology
University of Cologne, Germany

Thesis: Populationsgenetische Untersuchungen des Brillensalamanders
(Salamandrina perspicillata und Salamandrina terdigitata)
Scientific Interests and Goals:
My PhD project aims to determine rates of various nitrite consuming and producing processes in oxygen minimum zones (OMZ) focusing on nitrite oxidation. Nitrite oxidation in OMZs has rarely been investigated to date and its interaction with anammox, DNRA, ammonia oxidation, denitrification and nitrate reduction still remains to be resolved. Furthermore I am investigating the molecular ecology of marine nitrite oxidizers in oxygen minimum zones, including their abundance as well as their diversity.
Selected Publications:
Fuessel, J., Lam, P., Lavik, G., Jensen, M.M., Holtappels, M., Guenter, M., and Kuypers, M.M.M. Nitrite oxidation in the Namibian oxygen minimum zone. Isme Journal 6: 1200-1209.