Our research focuses on processes in soils and terrestrial ecosystems and their interactions with climate, water, and vegetation.
Research and teaching in the soil science group at the KIT cover 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).