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First name:Susanne
Last name:Liebner
Thesis Subject:
Dynamic, Adaptation and Phylogenetic Characterisation of Methanotrophic Communities in Siberian Permafrost Soils
“Immanuel-Kant-Gymnasium”, Berlin, Germany
Stay abroad at the University of Plymouth, Great Britain
Diploma in Geoecology
University of Potsdam, Germany
since 2003
Candidate of the International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (MarMic), Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
since 2004
PhD candidate at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Research Department Potsdam, working group “Geomicrobiology and Carbon Dynamics in Periglacial Regions”
MSc (Marine Microbiology)
University of Bremen, Germany
Scientific Interests and Goals:
I want to understand if and how ecology and diversity of microorganisms in the extreme environments of arctic Permafrost regions determine carbon dynamics in these regions? For me, this is correlated with the question of microbial stability: How can the stability of microbial communities be determined and how is it affected by Global Change?

My scientific goal is to contribute to a combination of different scales of trace gas fluxes in climatic sensitive regions (e.g. integration of microbial 'microscale' into models of trace gas fluxes). This knowledge is a key to understand how changing environmental conditions shape the functions of different landscape structures.
Selected Publications:
Liebner and Wagner (2007) Abundance, distribution and potential activity of methane oxidizing bacteria in permafrost soils from the Lena Delta, Siberia, Environmental Microbiology, 9 (1), 107-117