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Deputy Speaker

Claudia Büchel. Photo: private

Deputy Speaker of the Phycology Section

Claudia Büchel holds a Chair at the Department of Biological Sciences at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. After studying Biology in Mainz, she completed her PhD on the photosynthetic apparatus of a xanthophyte alga. During her first PostDoc position in Szeged, Hungary, she used spectroscopic methods to further study the light harvesting in xanthophytes. This was followed by a period of four years at Imperial College in London, where she used electron microscopy to elucidate the structure of photosynthetic proteins. Having received a Heisenberg Fellowship from the DFG, she worked at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt from 2001 to 2004. Since then she is at the Goethe University Frankfurt, working on the light-harvesting systems and the regulation of photosynthesis in diatoms.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Claudia Büchel
Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Universität Frankfurt
Max-von-Laue-Straße 9
Biozentrum
60438 Frankfurt
Germany
Phone: +49 69 798 29602
E-mail: C.Buechel[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de
Web:

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag. Photo: private

Speaker of the Phycology Section

Maria Mittag is professor of General Botany and head of the Matthias Schleiden Institute for Genetics, Bioinformatics and Molecular Botany at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Her main focus is on the molecular mechanism of circadian clocks, light signaling and functional proteomics in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and recently in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. She also works on the interaction of green algae with other microbes. She received her PhD from University Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1991 for her work on the yeast fatty acid synthetase complex. From 1991-1994, she worked at Harvard University, Cambridge (USA) as postdoc and then research associate on the mechanism of circadian bioluminescence in a dinoflagellate alga. 1994-2001 she was at Ludwig Maximilians University München where she did her habilitation and started to work on circadian rhythms in Chlamydomonas. 2001 she moved to Jena.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag
Matthias Schleiden Institute
Allgemeine Botanik
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Am Planetarium 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Phone: ++49 (0)3641-949201
E-mail: M.Mittag[at]uni-jena.de

Assessor

Thomas Leya. Photo: Fraunhofer IZI-BB

Assessor of the Phycology Section

Thomas Leya manages the Extremophile Research group and is the curator of the Culture Collection of Cryophilic Algae (CCCryo) at the Fraunhofer IZI-BB in Potsdam. Main topics of his research are cold-adapted microalgae from polar and high alpine regions of our planet. He addresses taxonomic and phylogenetic questions as well as applied aspects based on the adaptation mechanisms of this extremophile algae group. He transfers the results from this applied field into industrial products such as active components in cosmetics, omega-3-fatty acids and pigments for the food sector. Genomics and transcriptomics complete his research topics on snow algae. After an education as an export trader, Leya studied biology in Hamburg and performed field studies on antifouling substances from marine red algae in Sydney (Australia). Since 1999 he works with snow algae and founded the algae collection CCCryo. In 2003, he did his doctorate on snow algae from Spitsbergen at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2004 Leya is group manager at the Fraunhofer Society. Since 2017 he is also active as an expert for algae identification at the DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.).

Research Focus

Identification, Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Adaptation Mechanisms, Genomics and Transkriptomics of Snow and Permafrost Algae https://www.izi-bb.fraunhofer.de/de/forschungsfelder/zellfreie-und-zellbasierte-bioproduktion/cccryo---mikroalgen-als-bioressource.html and http://cccryo.fraunhofer.de/

Contact

Dr. Thomas Leya
Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Branch Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses (IZI-BB)
Am Mühlenberg 13
D-14476 Potsdam-Golm
Email: thomas.leya[at]izi-bb.fraunhofer.de

Initiated and established

The Phycology Section was founded in Vienna on the suggestion of Professor Dr. Ludwig Kies, Professor Dr. Eberhard Schnepf, Professor Dr. W. Wiessner und Prof. Dr. J. Willenbrink on 1984. The idea was born during an earlier Botanikertagung of the mother Society DBG. Three month later Professor Kies organised a poll among interested people.

The aim of the Section - to promote Phycology in teaching and research was already documented in its first bylaws. Professor Kies was awarded with the first Hans Adolf von-Stosch Medal for his leading engagement in the founding of the Phycology Section.

Members are able to read the whole German story "gezeugt in Freiburg, geboren in Wien und konfirmiert in Bad Herrenalb" in the Intranet.

FEPS Delegate

Peter Kroth. Photo. private

Delegate of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS)

Peter Kroth is Professor for plant Ecophysiology at the University of Konstanz since 2001. His main interests are the physiology, metabolism, and molecular biology of algae, especially diatoms.  Peter received his PhD 1993 from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany, on his work on the distribution of ATPase genes in diatoms. From 1995-96, he spent his Post-Doc at the Carnegie Institution of Plant Biology at Stanford, USA, in the lab of Arthur Grossman. Back in Germany, he received his Habilitation in Plant Biology in 2000. Shortly after, he became Full Professor at the University of Konstanz. Peter has been the Speaker of the Phycology Section from 2007-2012, serves as Associate Editor of several phycological journals, and is member of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS). 

Contact

Prof. Dr. Peter G. Kroth
Plant Ecophysiology
Fachbereich Biologie
Universitaet Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
Germany
Phone: ++49 (0)7531-88-4816
Phone (Sekretariat): ++49 (0)7531-88-4027
Fax: ++49 (0)7531-88-4047
E-mail: Peter.Kroth[at]uni-konstanz.de
Web: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/algae

Assessor

Claudia Büchel. Photo: private

Assessor of the Phycology Section

Claudia Büchel holds a Chair at the Department of Biological Sciences at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. After studying Biology in Mainz, she completed her PhD on the photosynthetic apparatus of a xanthophyte alga. During her first PostDoc position in Szeged, Hungary, she used spectroscopic methods to further study the light harvesting in xanthophytes. This was followed by a period of four years at Imperial College in London, where she used electron microscopy to elucidate the structure of photosynthetic proteins. Having received a Heisenberg Fellowship from the DFG, she worked at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt from 2001 to 2004. Since then she is at the Goethe University Frankfurt, working on the light-harvesting systems and the regulation of photosynthesis in diatoms.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Claudia Büchel
Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Universität Frankfurt
Max-von-Laue-Straße 9
Biozentrum
60438 Frankfurt
Germany
Phone: +49 69 798 29602
E-mail: C.Buechel[at]bio.uni-frankfurt.de
Web: http://www.bio.uni-frankfurt.de/43967641

Graduate Assessor

Graduate Assessor of the Phycology Section

Karin Glaser's main research focusses on terrestrial microorganisms, their ecology and functional role in the ecosystems. She analyses biodiversity with a set of molecular methods. At the moment, she is working on microorganism associations in soil crusts, which are composed of algae, cyanobacteria, fungi, protists and heterotrophic bacteria. How the ecological functions of biological soil crusts are related to biodiversity is her current research question. She studied Biology in Leipzig and did her PhD at the Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ). Since 2014 she is working in Rostock.

Contact

Dr. Karin Glaser
Lehrstuhl Angewandte Ökologie & Phykologie
Albert-Einstein-Str. 3
18059 Rostock
Germany
Tel: ++49 (0)381-498 6093
E-Mail: karin.glaser[at]uni-rostock.de

Web:

Treasurer

Maike Lorenz. Photo: Sascha Bubner

Treasurer of the Phycology Section

Maike Lorenz's main research interests are closely connected to her position as a curator of Culture Collection of Algae at Göttingen University (SAG). This includes: isolation, identification, cultivation and cryopreservation of micro- and macroalgae, practices and networking of Biological Resource Centres (BRC), search for algae as test and model organisms and research in algal biotechnology. Maike Lorenz received her PhD in Marine Botany from the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 1999 for her work on endogenous rhythms in marine macroalgae. She worked at Biologische Anstalt Helgoland and at Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (AWI), Germany. Since 1999 she is a senior research scientist and senior lecturer in the Dept. of Experimental Phycology and SAG at Georg-August University Göttingen.

Contact

Dr. Maike Lorenz
Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Sammlung von Algenkulturen (SAG)
Nikolausberger Weg 18
37073 Göttingen
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)551 39-5740
E-mail: mlorenz[at]uni-goettingen.de
Web: https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/staff-students-and-alumni/45176.html

Secreatary

Andreas Holzinger. Photo: Klaus Herburger

Secreatary of the Phycology Section

Andreas Holzinger is associate Professor at the Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria. His research focus is on survival strategies of streptophyte green algae (Klebsormidium, Zygnema), leading to successful terrestrialization. This research involves studies of desiccation tolerance, light-and UV tolerance at a cell biological, physiological and molecular level. He received his PhD in 1995 form the University of Salzburg, Austria, for a work on microinjection in Micrasterias. During his postdoc years he had several scientific stays abroad e.g. University of Massachusetts, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada. In 2002 he moved to Innsbruck, Austria, where he received Habilitation in 2007 and started his own research group on ‘Plant Cell Biology’. 

Research Projects

Colonization of Land by Conjugating Green Algae: https://www.uibk.ac.at/botany/research/biodiversity/aeroterrestrial_algae/conjugating_green_algae.html.de

Desiccation Tolerance of Aeroterrestrial Green Algae: www.uibk.ac.at/botany/research/biodiversity/aeroterrestrial_algae/desiccation.html.de

Kontakt

Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Holzinger
Forschungsgruppe Zellbiologie der Pflanzen
Universität Innsbruck
Institut für Botanik
Forschungsgruppe Zellbiologie der Pflanzen
Sternwartestraße 15
6020 Innsbruck
Austria
Phone: +43 (512) 507-51028
Fax: +43 (512) 507-51099
E-mail: Andreas.Holzinger[at]uibk.ac.at
Web: https://www.uibk.ac.at/botany/units_research_groups/cell_biology.html.de

Deputy speaker

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag. Photo: private

Deputy speaker of the Phycology Section

Maria Mittag is professor and head of the Institute of General Botany and Plant Physiology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Her main focus is on the molecular mechanism of circadian clocks, light signaling and functional proteomics in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and recently in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. She received her PhD from University Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1991 for her work on the yeast fatty acid synthetase complex. From 1991-1994, she worked at Harvard University, Cambridge (USA) as postdoc and then research associate on the mechanism of circadian bioluminescence in a dinoflagellate alga. 1994-2001 she was at Ludwig Maximilians University München where she did her habilitation and started to work on circadian rhythms in Chlamydomonas. 2001 she moved to Jena.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag
Institut für Allgemeine Botanik, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena
Am Planetarium 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Phone: ++49 (0)3641-949201
E-mail: M.Mittag[at]uni-jena.de

Speaker

Chairwoman / Speaker of the Phycology Section

Dr. Regine Jahn is Head of the Diatom Research Group and Senior Curator for Algae at the Botanic Garden und Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM), Freie Universität Berlin. Her research is on freshwater diatom diversity, taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography. Establishing a diatom taxonomic reference library with micro-morphological and DNA-Barcoding data for environmental DNA-Baroding and bioindication as well as a global registration of new algae names are the current projects of her group. She studied Biology and English in Berlin and the USA, and received her ScD at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1991 she is working at the BGBM Berlin in different functions.

Research Focus

Identification, Taxanomy, Phylogeny and Biogeography of Diatoms
http://www.bgbm.org/en/diatoms-research-group  

Kontakt

Dr. Regine Jahn
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
D-14195 Berlin
Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30-838-50142
E-Mail: r.jahn[at]bgbm.org
Web: http://www.bgbm.org/en/staff/regine-jahn

The speaker of the Phycological Section is a member of the extended board of the DBG.