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Dr. Kristin Steger



wiss. Mitarbeiter


Tel: +49-(0)761-203-3622

Bertoldstr. 17
79085 Freiburg i.Br.



  • microbial communities in soils and other environments
  • carbon fluxes and the interlinkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • “fingerprinting” methods, like PLFA (phospholipid fatty acid analysis) to determine microbial community structure

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • Steger K., Kim A., Ganzert L., Grossart H-P. and D.R. Smart (2019).
    Floodplain soil and its bacterial composition are strongly affected by
    depth. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 95, doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiz014
  • Steger K., Fiener P., Marvin-DiPasquale M., Viers J.H. and D.R. Smart
    (2019). Human-induced and natural carbon storage in floodplains of the
    Central Valley of California. Science of the Total Environment, 651:
  • Dybala K.E., Steger K., Walsh R.G., Smart D.R., Gardali T. and N.E.
    Seavy (2018). Optimizing carbon storage and biodiversity co-benefits in
    reforested riparian zones. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56: 343-353,
    DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13272
  • Steger K., Premke K., Gudasz C., Boschker H.T.S. and L.J. Tranvik
    (2015). Comparative study on bacterial carbon sources in lake
    sediments: the role of methanotrophy. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 76
    (1): 39-47.
  • Fiener P., Gottfried T., Sommer M. and K. Steger (2014). Soil organic
    carbon patterns under different land uses in South India. Geoderma
    Regional (2-3): 91-101.
  • Koehler B, Corre M.D., Steger K., Well R., Zehe E., Sueta J.P. and E.
    Veldkamp (2012). An in-depth look into a tropical lowland forest soil:
    Nitrogen-addition effects on N2O, CO2 and CH4 isotopic signatures down
    to 2-m depth. Biogeochemistry, 111 (1-3): 695-713.
  • Steger K., Premke K., Gudasz C., Sundh I. and L.J. Tranvik (2011).
    Microbial biomass and community composition in boreal lake sediments.
    Limnology and Oceanography, 56 (2): 725-733.
  • Gudasz C., Bastviken D., Steger K., Premke K., Sobek, S. and L.J.
    Tranvik (2010). Temperature-controlled organic carbon mineralization in
    lake sediments. Nature 466: 478-482.


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  • Doctoral studies at the Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala
  • Studies in Biotechnology, Technical University Berlin