Dr. Inken-Marie Preuss (PostDoc until 04/2016)

Currently on parental leave

Research interest:

After my interdisciplinary studies in environmental sciences, I initially focused on research in different areas for several years (ecological food web of periwinkles, crabs and algae in rocky mudflats; methane processes in Arctic permafrost soils; the low thermal fluid circulation between seamounts and its impact on biogeochemical processes). In addition to assignments in the field, at sea and work in the laboratory, I gained experience in scientific coordination as a doctoral student and PostDoc and since May 2016, I have now been pursuing research coordination fully at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in the research area Marine Biogeochemistry. Tasks include, in particular, supporting the head of the DeepSea Monitoring working group in the research coordination of the numerous projects and representing him in his role as initiator and advisor before and during the application process, if required.

During my postdoctoral fellow time in Andrea Koschinsky’s working group, I have been teaching in the Integrated Environmental Studies (IES) program and assisted in its organization and program development. Further, I assisted in the acquisition of external funding. I participated in several research cruises for the group and carried out sample analyses in the geochemistry laboratory of Jacobs University and in the laboratory of the collaborating partners of Marine Geochemistry at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven as a visiting scientist.

Research cruises:

24/07/2015 – 28/08/2015   SO242-1, Peru Basin, Pacific Ocean, JPIOceans project on ecological responses to deep-sea mining

02/05/2015 – 17/06/2015   SO240,Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ); Pacific Ocean, FLUM Project on low-temperature fluxes at seamounts

06/03/2015 – 01/05/2015   SO239, Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ), Pacific Ocean, JPIOceans project on ecological responses to deep-sea mining

01/11/2013 – 30/11/2013    Florianopolis & ManausBrazil. River water sampling campaign

12/07/2010 – 09/09/2010   Samoylov Station, Lena River Delta, Siberia, Russia. Field studies for doctoral thesis
23/06/2009 – 29/07/2009   Samoylov Station, Lena River Delta, Siberia, Russia. Field studies for doctoral thesis

01/04/2008 – 31/10/2008   Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (Germany).Research stay for diploma thesis; Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research; Division Biosciences; Functional Biology


Schoening T., Durden J., Preuss I., Branzan Albu A., Purser A., De Smet B., Dominguez-Carrió C., Yesson C.,  de Jonge D., Lindsay D., Schulz J., Möller K., Beisiegel K., Kuhnz L., Hoeberechts M., Piechaud N., Sharuga S., Treibitz T. (2017).Report on the Marine Imaging Workshop 2017. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e13820: https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.3.e13820

Preuss, I., Knoblauch, C., Gebert, J., and Pfeiffer, E.-M. (2013): Improved quantification of microbial CH4 oxidation efficiency in arctic wetland soils using carbon isotope fractionation. Biogeosciences 10:2539-2552, doi:10.5194/bg-10-2539-2013. http://www.biogeosciences.net/10/2539/2013/bg-10-2539-2013.html

Molis, M., Preuss, I., Firmenich, A., and Ellrich, J. (2011): Predation risk indirectly enhances survival of seaweed recruits but not intraspecific competition in an intermediate herbivore species. Journal of Ecology 99:807-817.

Conferences and workshops:

Preuss, I. (2013). Methane processes in Permafrost Soils. Integrated Environmental Studies Seminar at Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen (Germany)

Preuss, I. (2012). Methane Cycles in Permafrost Soils. Umweltseminar, workshop about monitoring, modelling and simulation of microbial CH4 oxidation, Essen (Germany)

Preuss, I., Knoblauch, C., Gebert, J. and Pfeiffer, E.-M. (2012). Using carbon isotope fractionation for an improved quantification of CHoxidation efficiency in Arctic peatlands.  EGU 2012 General Assembly, Wien (Austria)

Preuss, I., Knoblauch, C., Gebert, J. and Pfeiffer, E.-M. (2010). In situ studies of methane turnover in northern wetland soils – application of isotopic measurements. Joint Russian-German Workshop,  St. Petersburg (Russia)