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Head of the group
M. Zech
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wilcke

Professor of Geomorphology and Soil Science
Building 10.50, Room 703.1/1
Phone +49 721 608-41621
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Secretary: Rita Seith
Tel. +49 721 608-44367
Fax +49 721 608-43738
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International Decade of Soils 2015-2024

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) proclaims the International Decade of Soils 2015-2024. More information can be found here.

Geomorphology and Soil Science

Our research focuses on processes in soils and terrestrial ecosystems and their interactions with climate, water, and vegetation.
Study site in the tropical mountain rain forest in Ecuador. Picture: S. Leimer

Research and teaching in the soil science group at the KIT covers a broad range of biogeochemical processes in temperate and tropical ecosystems. Our research focuses on processes in soils and terrestrial ecosystems and their responses to changing environmental conditions. Particularly, we investigate the influence of biodiversity, climate, and atmospheric deposition (natural or anthropogenic) on nutrient cycling (e.g. C, N, Ca, K, Mg) and pollutants in soils and ecosystems. To realize our goals, we combine element flux measurements with stable isotope ratio analyses (e.g. δ18O, δ13C, δ15N, δ44Ca, δ26Mg, δ66Zn) and various methods of data analysis (e.g. statistical or process-oriented modeling).



Staff | Research | Publications | Laboratory


  • The program of the Soil Science colloquium for the Winter term 2019/20 (Tuesdays, 15:45-17:15, Room 703.1/1, Building 10.50) can be found here .

  • Interesting topics currently available for B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses can be found on this page.