Research projects and funding

Research projects

05/2016 – 04/2018

Project CH4ScarabDetect – “Detecting and quantifying CH4 emissions from scarab larvae using stable carbon isotopes”. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 703107.

11/2015 – 04/2016

Reintegration grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Project title: “Die Bedeutung von Engerlingen für das Verständnis von Methanflüssen zwischen Boden und Atmosphäre (The importance of Scarab larvae for understanding CH4 flux dynamics between soils and the atmosphere)“. Laboratory-based soil incubation experiments were carried out to a) test the ability of state-of-the-art stable carbon isotope measurement instruments to detect CH4 emissions from Scarab larvae, and b) to get a first quantitative estimate of CH4 emissions from Scarab larvae and their importance for the net CH4 flux of soils from different agricultural management types. The project was hosted by Professor Claudia Kammann, Hochschule Geisenheim University (Germany) in cooperation with Professor Christoph Müller, Giessen University (Germany).

06/2014 – 07/2014

Integrated non-CO2 Greenhouse gas Observing System (InGOS) TNA 1–2 project “Intercomparison of N2O chambers using laser absorption spectrometry: Quantification of systematic errors”. The main objectives of the inter-comparison campaign were to gain more knowledge on the errors related to N2O chambers, and to provide methods to control them. Participants from different universities brought their own chambers for sensitivity tests of systematic errors related to chamber leaking, and pressure changes caused by gas storage in the soil underneath the chamber. Measurements were performed under controlled laboratory conditions at the Hyytiälä SMEAR II station (Finland). Project coordinators: Dr. Mari Pihlatie and Janne Korhonen, University of Helsinki (Finland).

10/2012 – 10/2014

Project POPFULL – “Full greenhouse gas balance and energy accounting of a poplar bioenergy plantation”. Participant: Centre of Excellence PLECO (Plant and Vegetation Ecology), University of Antwerp (Belgium). Funding: ERC grant agreement (nr. 233366) POPFULL; Marie Curie International Re-integration Grant (agreement nr. 268257) under the EC 7th Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013); Hercules Foundation and Methusalem Program, both from the Flemish Government. Project coordinator: Professor Reinhart Ceulemans.

01/2008 – 08/2011

Project SINKS 7 – “Establishment of emission factors for Danish organic soils”. Participants: Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and the National Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus University (Denmark). Funding: Danish Ministry of the Environment. Project coordinators: Dr. Carl Christian Hoffmann, Dr. Lars Elsgaard and Dr. Søren O. Petersen.

01/2007 – 12/2007

Junior research group project EURAPECC – “Eurasian Peatlands in a Changing Climate – the methane component”. Participant: Research Group Ecosystem Dynamics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, University of Greifswald (Germany). Funding: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Sofja-Kovalevskaya Research Award, Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation. Project coordinator: PhD Martin Wilmking.

Personal funding

05/2016 – 04/2018

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. Project title: CH4ScarabDetect – “Detecting and quantifying CH4 emissions from scarab larvae using stable carbon isotopes” This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 703107. Funding amount: 171,460.80 Euro.

11/2015 – 04/2016

Reintegration grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Project title: “Die Bedeutung von Engerlingen für das Verständnis von Methanflüssen zwischen Boden und Atmosphäre (The importance of Scarab larvae for understanding CH4 flux dynamics between soils and the atmosphere)“. The project was hosted by Professor Claudia Kammann, Hochschule Geisenheim University (Germany) in cooperation with Professor Christoph Müller, Giessen University (Germany). Funding amount: 8496 Euro.

03/2015

Integrated non-CO2 Greenhouse gas Observing System (InGOS) Transnational (TNA) 1 travel grant (Nr. 1099). Travel grant for the participation in a workshop at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Aim of the workshop: Preparation of manuscript drafts based on the results of the measurement campaign at Hyytiälä SMEAR II station (Finland). Funding amount: 415 Euro.

07/2014

InGOS TNA 1 travel grant (Nr. 796). Travel grant and permission to access the Hyytiälä SMEAR II station (Finland) for the measurement campaign „Inter-comparison of N2O chambers using laser absorption spectrometry: Quantification of systematic errors”. Funding amount: 500 Euro.

07/2014

Travel grant of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) (Nr. K1A0314N) for the participation in the conference „International Poplar Symposium VI“ in Vancouver, Canada. Funding amount: 1460 Euro.

07/2006 – 10/2006

Travel grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a research stay at the Mekrijärvi Research Station (Finland) (“Kurzfristige Studienaufenthalte für Abschlussarbeiten“, Nr. D/06/43462). Aim of the research stay: Field data collection for the diploma thesis. Funding amount: 964 Euro.