Kirsten Küsel, EAG Councillor

Kirsten Küsel is Professor for Aquatic Geomicrobiology at the Institute of Ecology of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. She studied Geoecology at the University of Bayreuth, obtained her PhD in 1995 in Microbiology at the Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystem Science, and was appointed as Associate Professor for Limnology in 2004. Since 2011 she has also been co-director of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. Due to her interdisciplinary background, the research of her group encompasses studies of microbe-mineral interactions, subsurface microbiology and element cycling in aquatic environments. She has always been interested in the elucidation of physical or chemical properties which dictate or at least affect the life of microbes to shed light on geochemical changes mediated by microbial activities.

More information about Kirsten and her group can be found at www.geomicrobiology.de.

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