Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Institute of Biology - Plant Ecology
TessaC [at] zedat.fu-berlin.de

Who I am

Currently I am working as a postdoc in the Plant Ecology group at Freie Universität Berlin. My work as a soil ecologist focuses on the role of fungi and microbes in soil nutrient cycling and carbon dynamics, with a strong emphasis on fungal nutrient use efficiency and carbon demands. 
Already my PhD thesis “Responses of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to nutrient additions in a tropical montane forest” not only got me hooked on working in diverse tropical forests, expanding my knowledge to different ecosystems, but also on thinking more deeply about the interplay of microbes with elements in soil. For years I studied the fascinating symbiosis of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities with plants in respect to soil nutrient status in pristine tropical forests, Dark Earth soils in tropical Africa, as well as tropical but also temperate pasture and grassland systems. Based on the gained knowledge my research interests broadened towards nutrient limitations of other microbial groups in soil, especially saprobic fungi, and consequent implications for ecosystem processes. 
My current project focuses on nutrient demands and stoichiometric patterns in saprobic fungi, aiming to investigate stoichiometry as an ecological trait for soil fungi.