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Sina Berger

Dr. Sina Berger

group: Regional Climate and Hydrology
room: 062
phone: +49 8821 183 169
fax: +49 8821 735 73
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Research Interests:

  • Nitrogen and carbon cycles

  • Biogeochemistry and hydrology of soils

  • Exchange of greenhouse gases at the soil/atmosphere–interface

  • Use of stable C, N and O isotopes as tools to studying ecology

  • Interactions between plants, soil and atmosphere


Scientific CV:

Since 08/2016

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – Campus Alpin, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU)

- Postdoctoral fellow in WASCAL (http://www.wascal.org) - Climate Observation Network

10/2013 – 09/2015

University of Muenster (Institute of Landscape Ecology, Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry group)

University of Guelph (School of Environmental Sciences, Guelph, Canada)

- Postdoctoral fellow in a GRF-funded project: “Impact of long term wetter conditions on CH4 and CO2 fluxes in a northern temperate bog (Ontario, Canada)

10/2012 – 08/2013

Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea (Seoul, South Korea)

- Manager of environmental projects in North Korea

08/2009 & 08/2010

Staff member of GLORIA (Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Ecosystems, Engadin, Switzerland)


University of Bayreuth, Germany

Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea

- PhD in Natural Sciences, Dr. rer. nat., as part of the international research training group “TERRECO” (Complex TERRain and ECOlogical Heterogeneity)

PhD thesis: “Comparisons of N2O and CH4 fluxes as affected by land use systems and climate in small catchments in Korea” (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gebauer)

- Fast Track Master of Science in Biodiversity and Ecology

Master´s thesis: “Following the footprints of N2O and CH4 between soil and atmosphere of an extensively managed meadow and a potato field in the Eger Basin, Fichtelgebirge, by stable isotope and concentration values along soil profiles together with gas flux measurements” (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gebauer)

- Staff member at the Laboratory of Isotope Biogeochemistry of BayCEER (Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research, Germany)


University of Bayreuth, Germany

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor´s thesis: “Erstellung eines Bestimmungsschlüssels für Deutschlands Doldengewächse” (Supervisor: Dr. Pedro Gerstberger)


Fun stuff:

This is a video made by my friends of Skylike. It shows our research activities in Ontario, Canada, where we measured greenhouse gas fluxes and analyzed peat quality and decomposability in a gorgeous peatland full of pitcher plants and cotton grass.


Publications in peer-reviewed journals:

• Berger S, Gebauer G, Blodau C, Knorr K-H. Peatlands in a eutrophic world – assessing the state of a poor fen-bog transition in southern Ontario, Canada, after long term nutrient input and altered hydrological conditions. (in review)

• Burger M, Berger S, Spangenberg I, Blodau C. Summer fluxes of methane and carbon dioxide from a pond and floating mat in a continental Canadian peatland. Biogeosciences 13 (2016) 3777-3791.

• Kim Y, Berger S, Kettering J, Tenhunen J, Haas E, Kiese R. Simulation of N2O emissions and nitrate leaching from plastic mulch radish cultivation with landscapeDNDC. Ecological Research 29 (2014) 441-454.

• Jung EY, Otieno D, Kwon H, Berger S, Hauer M, Tenhunen J. Influence of elevation on canopy transpiration of temperate deciduous forests in a complex mountainous terrain of South Korea. Plant and Soil 378 (2014) 153-172.

• Berger S, Jang I, Seo J, Kang H, Gebauer G. A record of N2O and CH4 emissions and underlying processes of Korean rice paddies as affected by different water management practices. Biogeochemistry 115 (2013) 317-332.

• Berger S, Kim Y, Kettering J, Gebauer G. Plastic mulching in agriculture - friend or foe of N2O emissions? Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 167 (2013) 43-51.

• Berger S, Jung EY, Köpp J, Kang H, Gebauer G. Monsoon rains, drought periods and soil texture as drivers of soil N2O fluxes - Soil drought turns East Asian temperate deciduous forest soils into temporary and unexpectedly persistent N2O sinks. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 57 (2013) 273-281.