Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986 – 1992
    Studies of Geoecology, Diploma in Hydrology, University of Bayreuth, Prof. Reimer Herrmann

  • 1992 – 1995
    Ph.D in Environmental Microbiology (summa cum laude), Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystem Science, Bayreuth, Prof. Harold Drake

  • 1995 – 2004
    Scientific Assistant, University of Bayreuth

  • 1997
    Postdoctoral fellow, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida, USA

  • 2004 – 2014
    Professor for Limnology, FSU Jena

  • Since 2011
    Co-Director of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

  • Since 2013
    Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre AquaDiva: Understanding the links between the Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere

  • 2014
    Full Professor, Chair of Aquatic Geomicrobiology, FSU Jena

  • 2014
    Sabbatical at Montana State University, Centre for Biofilm Engineering Bozeman, Montana, USA

Selected publications

  • Beulig, F., Heuer, V. B., Akob, D. M., Viehweger, B., Elvert, M., Herrmann, M., Hinrichs, K-U and Küsel, K. (2014). Carbon flow from volcanic CO2 into soil microbial communities of a wetland mofette. The ISME Journal (12 September 2014) | doi:10.1038/ismej.2014.148

  • Keiner R., Frosch T., Hanf S., Rusznyak A., Akob D. M., Küsel K. and Popp J. (2013): Raman spectroscopy – an innovative and versatile tool to follow the respirational activity and carbonate biomineralization of important cave bacteria. Analytical Chemistry 85, 8708-8714.

  • Lu S., Chourey K., Reiche M., Nietzsche S., Shah M., Hettich R. and Küsel K. (2013): Insights into the structure and metabolic function of microbes that shape pelagic iron-rich aggregates ("Iron Snow"). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 14: 4272-4281.

  • Burkhardt E. M., Akob D. M., Bischoff S., Sitte J., Kostka J. E., Banerjee D., Scheinost A. C. and Küsel K. (2010): Impact of biostimulated redox processes on metal dynamics in an iron-rich creek soil of a former uranium mining area. Environmental Science & Technology, 44: 177-183.

  • Augspurger C., Gleixner G., Kramer C. and Küsel K. (2008): Tracking the carbon flow in a two and six week old stream biofilm food web. Limnol. Ocean. 53: 642-650.

  • Küsel K., Blöthe M., Schulz D., Reiche M. and Drake H. L. (2008): Microbial reduction of Fe(III) and porewater biogeochemistry in acidic peatlands. Biogeosciences 5: 1537-1549.

  • Loy A., Küsel K., Lehner A., Klein M., Drake H. L. and Wagner M. (2004): Microarray and functional gene analyses of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes in low sulfate, acidic fens reveal co-occurrence of recognized genera and novel lineages. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70: 6998-7009.

  • Küsel K., Dorsch T., Acker G. and Stackebrandt E. (1999): Microbial reduction of Fe(III) in acidic sediments: Isolation of Acidiphilium cryptum JF-5 capable of coupling the oxidation of glucose to the reduction of Fe(III). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65: 3633-3640.

  • Küsel K., Pinkart H. C., Drake H. L. and Devereux R. (1999): Acetogenic and sulfate-reducing bacteria inhabiting the rhizoplane and deeper cortex cells of the sea grass Halodule wrightii. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65: 5117-5123.

  • Küsel K. and Drake H. L. (1995): Effects of environmental parameters on the formation and turnover of acetate by forest soils. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 61: 3667-3675.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • International board member of the International Society of Microbial Ecology, since 2015

  • Member of the directorate of the Water Science Alliance, since 2013

  • Biogeosciences (Associate Editor), since 2008

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Senate Commission on Water Research, since 2008

  • Editorial Board of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2005 – 2013


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