Sophie von Fromm

Doctoral Researcher
Department of Biogeochemical Processes (BGP)
Intern. Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC)
+49 3641 57-6184

Main Focus

My PhD project focuses on understanding large-scale controls (e.g. climate and soil mineralogy) on soil organic carbon content and age across sub-Saharan Africa. I use a wide range of methods, including field measurements, statistical tools and lab techniques. In addition, I am involved in the development and maintenance of the International Soil Radiocarbon Database (ISRaD).

Curriculum Vitae


Research stay at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya.


Research stay with the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle group of Alison Hoyt, Stanford University, USA.

2019 -

PhD student at MPI-BGC and external PhD student at ETH Zurich

M.Sc. Geoecology at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Thesis: "Sequential chemical extraction and radiocarbon analysis of soils in Central Germany" at MPI-BGC, Germany
Research stay at Embrapa Amazônia Ocidential, Manaus, Brazil
B.Sc. Geoecology at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Thesis: "Soil respiration and soil chemistry in the Amazon Basin, Brazil"
EcoRespira Project website
weltwärts - volunteer at Namib Research Institute Gobabeb, Namibia
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