Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992 – 1996
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Conrad Felixmüller Gymnasium (grammar school) in Geithain, Germany

  • 1996 – 2001
    Studied environmental engineering at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences

  • 1998 – 1999
    Internship at DaimlerChrysler AG (Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management), Stuttgart, Germany: planned and conducted experiments to optimise alluvial filtration systems / recycling of cooling lubricants

  • 2000
    Visiting researcher at the University of Paisley (Department of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering), Scotland, UK: investigating the behaviour of noxious substances in filter residues of blast furnaces

  • 2001
    Employed as an engineer at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Department of Biogeochemistry), Mainz, Germany

  • 2002 – 2005
    External student of the University of Wageningen (Netherlands)

  • 2002 – 2004
    Doctorate in the field of environmental science, research conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz

  • 2003 – 2005
    International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics

  • 2005 – 2009
    Research associate (postdoc), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Department of Biogeochemistry), Mainz: investigating the exchange of reactive nitrogen containing gas and aerosol components between ecosystems and the atmosphere

  • 2009 – 2013
    W2 Minerva position (head of a junior research group), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Biogeochemistry Department), Mainz

  • Since 2013
    Head of Observatory for Climate and Environment, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) , Belvaux, Luxembourg

Selected publications

  • Moravek, A.; Trebs, I.; Foken, T.: Effect of imprecise lag time and high frequency attenuation on surface-atmosphere exchange fluxes determined with the relaxed eddy accumulation method, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 118, 1-15, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50763, 2013.

  • Oswald, R.; Behrendt, T.; Ermel, M.; Wu, D.; Su, H.; Cheng, Y.; Breuninger, C.; Moravek, A.; Mougin, E.; Delon, C.; Loubet, B.; Pommerening-Röser, A.; Sörgel, M.; Pöschl, U.; Hoffmann, T.; Andreae, M.O.; Meixner, F.X.; Trebs, I.: HONO emissions from soil bacteria as a major source of atmospheric reactive nitrogen, Science, 341, 1233-1235, doi: 10.1126/science.1242266, 2013.

  • Stella, P.; Kortner, M.; Ammann, C.; Foken, T.; Meixner, F. X.; Trebs, I.: Measurements of nitrogen oxides and ozone fluxes by eddy covariance at a meadow: evidence for an internal leaf resistance to NO2, Biogeosciences, 10, 5997-6017, doi:10.5194/bg-10-5997-2013, 2013.

  • Plake, D. and Trebs, I.: An automated system for selective and continuous measurements of vertical Thoron profiles for the determination of transport times near the ground, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 6, 1017-1030, 2013.

  • Ermel, M.; Oswald, R.; Mayer, J.-C.; Moravek, A.; Song., G.; Beck, M.; Meixner, F.X.; Trebs, I.: Preparation methods to optimize the performance of sensor discs for fast chemiluminescence ozone analyzers, Environmental Science & Technology, 47, 1930-1936,, 2013.

  • Trebs, I.; Mayol-Bracero, O.L.; Pauliquevis, T.; Kuhn, U.; Sander, R.; Ganzeveld, L.; Meixner, F.X.; Kesselmeier, J.; Artaxo, P.; Andreae, M.O.: Impact of the Manaus urban plume on trace gas mixing ratios near the surface in the Amazon Basin: Implications for the NO-NO2-O3 photo-stationary state and peroxy radical levels, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 117, D05307, doi:10.1029/2011JD016386, 2012.

  • Foken, T.; Meixner, F.X.; Falge, E.; Zetzsch, C.; Serafimovich, A.; Bargsten, A.; Behrendt, T.; Biermann, T.; Breuninger, C.; Dix, S.; Gerken, T.; Hunner, M.; Lehmann-Pape, L.; Hens, K.; Jocher, G.; Kesselmeier.; J.; Lüers, J.; Mayer, J.-C.; Moravek, A.; Plake, D.; Riederer, M.; Rütz, F.; Scheibe, M.; Schier, S.; Siebicke, L.; Sörgel, M.; Staudt, K.; Trebs, I.; Tsokankunku, A.; Welling, M.; Wolff, V.; Zhu, Z.: ExchanGE processes in mountainous Regions (EGER) – Overview of design, methods, and first results, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12, pp. 1923?1950, 2012.

  • Su, H.; Cheng, Y.; Oswald, R.; Behrendt, T.; Trebs, I.; Meixner, F.X.; Andreae, M.O.; Cheng, P.; Zhang Y.; Pöschl, U.: Soil nitrite as a source of atmospheric HONO and OH radicals, Science, 333, 1616-1618, 2011.

  • Sörgel, M. et al.: Simultaneous HONO measurements in and above a forest canopy: influence of turbulent exchange on mixing ratio differences. In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11, 2011. pp. 841-855.

  • Wolff, V. et al.: Exchange of reactive nitrogen compounds: concentrations and fluxes of total ammonium and total nitrate above a spruce forest canopy. In: Biogeosciences 7, 2010. pp. 1729-1744.

Selected projects

  • Scientific coordinator of the LBA-CLAIRE project: a joint project involving a number of other international research institutes, with the goal to investigate the chain of atmospheric processes from the emission of biogenic trace gases, through the atmospheric oxidation mechanisms, to the production of biogenic primary and secondary aerosols.

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  1. Soil Bacteria Help Atmospheric Self-Cleansing

    Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz (MPIC) found that bacteria in the upper soil layer release hydrogen nitrite, better known as nitrous acid or HONO. Under sunlight, the gas disintegrates into nitrogen monoxide and hydroxyl radicals.