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Melanie Kern

PhD student in the Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling Group
room: C2.020 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576273
email: mkern(at)

PhD Project

During my PhD I focus on plants' strategies to acquire nitrogen (N), especially under N limitation. Therefore I develop a new modeling framework that includes carbon costs for N acquisition by plants' root system and biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) as well as mycorrhizal fungi to support plants' N uptake by roots. The project is part of the QUINCY project, where we are investigating the effects of nutrient availability on vegetation and interactions between vegetation and soil.

Research Interests

  • Exchange and interactions between different spheres of the Earth system
  • Plants´ response to N/nutrient limitations, especially with respect to elevated CO2
  • C allocation and investment into N acqusition
  • BNF
  • mycorrhizal interactions with plants and soil


since 10/2016 PhD Student at the Technical University of Munich and member of the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
since 12/2015 member of the International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles
since 10/2015 PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena
10/2013 - 09/2015 M.Sc. in Physics of Earth and Atmosphere at University of Bonn
10/2010 - 09/2013 B.Sc. in Meteorology at University of Bonn

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