Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel
Photo: Anne Günther/FSU
November 07, 2018, 6–7:30 p.m.
Lecture in English
The emerging field of geomicrobiology aims to provide further understanding of the boundaries between the geology and microbiology, thus it allows us to study the mysteries of the origin of life on Earth and other planets, as well as how microbes shape their environment today and cope with challenges of the Anthropocene.
Over the course of billions of years, microbes learned to eat and breathe rocks. Today, we use microbes to extract metals of economic interest from rocks and, conversely, to help clean up metal-contaminated sites. Microbes colonize nearly all surfaces, including our skin, but are also found deep down in the subsurface of continents and oceans.
In her lecture “Geomicrobiology: The art to shape the Earth” Kirsten Küsel, Professor for Aquatic Geomicrobiology at University of Jena, will talk about a new understanding of life on Earth from the fascinating perspective of tiny microbes.
The lecture takes place on the occassion of the exhibition “Contemporary Diagram – Berlin” by the Swedish artist Cecilia Jonsson, which will be presented at the Schering Stiftung from September 29 to November 26, 2018.
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Kirsten Küsel studied Geoecology with a focus on hydrology, geochemistry and soil. In 2004 she became Associate Professor for Limnology and later Full Professor for Aquatic Geomicrobiology at University of Jena. She is also a founding Director of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig, a research centre with approximately 300 employees and members with the mission to establish the scientific basis for the sustainable management of our planet´s biodiversity.Close
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