Main Focus

  • Key processes in global biogeochemical cycles at the molecular level
  • Origin, turnover and stability of organic matter in soils
  • Transport of carbon in plant metabolism
  • Importance of biodiversity in biogeochemical cycles
  • Reconstruction of climate and vegetation history

Curriculum Vitae

Degree programme

1984 – 1996 Agricultural Science, Biotechnology and partly Environmental Science, Technical University Munich, Germany


1994 Isotope effects on enzyme catalysed reactions, Advisor: Prof. H.-L. Schmidt, Technical University Munich, Germany

Academic/professional Career

1994 – 1998 Postdoc at Technical University Munich, Advisor Prof. H.-L. Schmidt, Germany and Scottish Crop Research Institute, GB, Advisor: Dr. R. Viola
1998 – 2005 Assistant Professor, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Advisor: Prof. Dr. E.D. Schulze
2002 Venia Legendi, Organic Geochemistry, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany 
2002 Habilitation, Organic Geochemistry, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, Advisor: Prof. Dr. R. Gaupp
since 2006 Research Group Leader (W2), Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
2010 apl. Professor, Organic Geochemistry, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

Engagement in the Research System

2018- 2023 Speaker of the Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky medal committee, EGU
Since 2017 Speaker of the International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles
2016 - 2023 Member of the Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky medal committee, EGU
Since 2010 Member of the steering committee of the International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles
2008 - 2015 Member of the Steering Committee on Tibetan Plateau Research
2004 - 2010 Member of the “Wissenschaftlicher Rat” and of the “Chemical-Physical-Technical Section” of the Max Planck Society

Academic Distinctions

2022 Top scientist (discipline: Environmental Sciences; #527 world, #36 national)
2016 Thuringian Research Prize for Basic Research


Selected Publications

Lange, M.; Eisenhauer, N.; Chen, H.; Gleixner, G.: Increased soil carbon storage through plant diversity strengthens with time and extends into the subsoil. Global Change Biology 29 (9), pp. 2627 - 2639 (2023)
Simon, C.; Dührkop, K.; Petras, D.; Roth, V.-N.; Böcker, S.; Dorrestein, P. C.; Gleixner, G.: Mass difference matching unfolds hidden molecular structures of dissolved organic matter. Environmental Science & Technology 56 (15), pp. 11027 - 11040 (2022)
Schroeter, S. A.; Eveillard, D.; Chaffron, S.; Zoppi, J.; Kampe, B.; Lohmann, P.; Jehmlich, N.; von Bergen, M.; Sanchez-Arcos, C.; Pohnert, G. et al.; Taubert, M.; Küsel, K.; Gleixner, G.: Microbial community functioning during plant litter decomposition. Scientific Reports 12, 7451 (2022)
Chowdhury, S.; Lange, M.; Malik, A. A.; Goodall, T.; Huang, J.; Griffiths, R. I.; Gleixner, G.: Plants with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi efficiently acquire Nitrogen from substrate additions by shaping the decomposer community composition and their net plant carbon demand. Plant and Soil 475, pp. 473 - 490 (2022)
Neugebauer, I.; Dinies, M.; Plessen, B.; Dräger, N.; Brauer, A.; Brückner, H.; Frenzel, P.; Gleixner, G.; Hoelzmann, P.; Krahn, K. J. et al.; Pint, A.; Schwab, V. F.; Schwarz, A.; Tjallingii, R.; Engel, M.: The unexpectedly short Holocene Humid Period in Northern Arabia. Communications Earth & Environment 3, 47 (2022)
Gleixner, G.: Insights into the known 13C depletion of methane—contribution of the kinetic isotope effects on the serine hydroxymethyltransferase reaction. Frontiers in Chemistry 9, 698067 (2022)
Gayantha, K.; Roberts, P.; Routh, J.; Wedage, O.; Ott, F.; Frenzel, P.; Chandrajith, R.; Gleixner, G.: Mid-late Holocene sub-millennial scale inverse trends of South Asian summer and winter monsoons in Sri Lanka. Frontiers in Earth Science 9, 789291 (2021)
Zhang, X.; Xu, B.; Günther, F.; Gleixner, G.: Seasonal variation of leaf wax n-alkane delta2H values: Differences between Quercus aquifolioides (an evergreen tree) and Stipa bungeana (a perennial grass) from the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Global and Planetary Change 207, 103674 (2021)
Schroeter, N.; Mingram, J.; Kalanke, J.; Lauterbach, S.; Tjallingii, R.; Schwab, V. F.; Gleixner, G.: The reservoir age effect varies with the mobilization of pre-aged organic carbon in a high-altitude Central Asian catchment. Frontiers in Earth Science 9, 681931 (2021)
Zhang, X.; Xu, B.; Li, J.; Xie, Y.; Gleixner, G.: Late-Holocene fluctuations of monsoonal Qiangyong Glacier, southern Tibetan Plateau. The Holocene 31 (7), pp. 1138 - 1147 (2021)

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