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Microbial processes and diversity

Our planet is populated by an immense number of microorganisms. Their activities are essential for the global cycling of elements and the functioning and health of ecosystems and organisms – from plants to humans. In addition, we depend on the activities and products of microorganisms in a multitude of industrial processes including water treatment, energy production, food production and biotechnology.

At Department of Biology, we study the mechanistic details of microbial processes in natural and engineered environments and the biology of the microorganisms that drive them. Such knowledge is fundamental for understanding how element cycles respond to perturbation like climate change and how to manipulate engineered environments to control a given process like e.g. promoting nitrogen removal during wastewater treatment or limiting sulfide production in sewer and oil field systems.

Our research spans all biological levels from single organisms to communities and single ecosystems to global element cycles.


Contact a researcher in Microbial processes and diversity

Trine Bilde

Professor, Centre Director

Research areas

Behaviour and etology
Spiders
Evolution
Genetics
Population biology
Selection
Ecology
Zoology

Hans Brix

Head of Department, Professor

Research areas

Freshwater biology
Waterlogged soils
Wetlands
Wastewater purification
Constructed wetlands
Sludge Treatment Reed Beds
Willow systems
Ecophysiology of plants
Nutrient uptake
Effects of anoxia
Photosynthesis
Climatic changes
Methane emission
Carbon sequestration

I work with research in microbial ecology, i.e. the mutual interactions between microorganisms and their environment. I am part of Center for Electromicrobiology, where we investigate microorganisms that transport electrons and exchange them with their surroundings with a special focus on cable bacteria. I did my Ph. D. in the development of a methane microsensor and was the technical lead in the startup of the microsensor company Unisense A/S and thus have technical and commercial experience.

Research areas

Microbiology
Sensor technologies
Sensor systems and applications
Modeling and Simulation
Microbial ecology
Sensor development
Electro-microbiology
Numerical modelling

Research areas

Astrobiology
Mars
Microbial processes and substance cycles
Ice-nucleating proteins
Microbiology
Microorganisms
Aeromicrobiology
Astrobiology
Aeromicrobiology
Microbial Ecology

My research field is marine biogeochemistry with emphasis on microbiological and chemical processes in the seabed and their local and global importance. We use experiments with radioactive isotopes combined with chemical analyses to trace element transformations and determine their rate.  We also apply modeling tools and databases to understand  the regulation of element cycles in the seabed in relation to ecology and climate.

Research areas

Microbial ecology
Marine ecosystems
Microbial processes and substance cycles
Sulfur cycle
Methane cycle
Marine biogeochemistry
Nutrient turnover in seabed
Marine ecosystems
Microbial ecology
Marine biogeochemistry

Research areas

Biodiversity
Genetics and molecular evolution
Genome Analysis
Microbiology
Molecular microbiology

Research areas

Sensor technologies
Biomonitoring
Analytical chemistry
Oxygen
Environmental chemistry
Sensors
Environmental sciences
Analytical Chemistry
Microbiology

Research areas

microbial ecology
bioinformatics
microbial genomics
metagenomics
aquatic sediment microbiology

Research areas

Coastal waters
Sediment
Biogeochemistry
Nitrogen
Phosphorus
Freshwater
Biogeochemistry
Microbial ecology
Electrochemistry
Microbial electrochemical technologies
Sensor technologies
Microsensors
Biosensors
Biogeochemistry
Aquatic chemistry
Benthic nutrient cycling
Electromicrobiology
Sensors development and application
Ecology

Research areas

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
Microbiology
Bacterial adhesion
Environmental Microbiology
Bacteria
Biofilm
Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Food safety
Nanobiotechnology
Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

Research areas

Environmental microbiology
Microbial ecology
Imaging Mass spectrometry
Single cell imaging
Biogeochemistry

Lars Peter Nielsen

Professor, head of center

Research areas

Microbial processes and substance cycles
Cable bacteria
Electromicrobiology

Research areas

Biogeochemistry
Geomicrobiology
Microbiology
Microbial Ecology
Microbial Ecophysiology

Tina Santl-Temkiv

Associate Professor

Andreas Schramm

Professor, Vice Head of Center

Research areas

Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Molecular Microbial Ecology
Bacteria
Symbiosis
Biodiversity
Ecology
Evolution
Molecular microbiology

Research areas

Wetlands
Restoration
Greenhouse gases
Carbon
Arctic Ocean
Primary production
Sea ice
Light
Algae
Photosynthesis
Light
Ecophysiology of plants
Carbon assimilation
Gas exchange
Nutrients
Photosynthesis
Greenhouse gases
Sea ice
Wetlands
Carbon balance

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