Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel

kirsten-kuesel

Phone: +49 (0)3641 (9)49461

Email:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microorganisms control most of the global biogeochemical cycles necessary to sustain life. Iron minerals especially dominate the solid phase of porous media and their redox cycling supports key biogeochemical processes which influence the fate of organic matter or contaminant elements. Based on my interdisciplinary background, my research group is focused on the microbial processes and biogeochemistry of a variety of ecosystems from freshwater lakes and sediments, peatlands, and both pristine and heavy metal contaminated streams and aquifers. We use both molecular and cultivation-based techniques to unravel the structure/function relationships of the inherent microbial communities.

University training and degree

1986–1992 Diploma studies in Geoecology (with highest honors, major subject Hydrology), University of Bayreuth; thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reimer Herrmann

 

Advanced academic qualifications

2003 Habilitation and venia legendi for Microbiology, University of Bayreuth; mentor: Prof. Dr. Harold Drake

1995 Dissertation in Ecological Microbiology (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude), Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research, University of Bayreuth; supervisor: Prof. Dr. Harold Drake

 

Postgraduate professional career

Since 2014 Full Professor W3, Aquatic Geomicrobiology, FSU

Since 2012 Co-Director of iDiv

Summer 2014 Sabbatical at Montana State University, Centre for Biofilm Engineering Bozeman, USA

20092014 Apl. Professor of Limnology, FSU

20042009 Associate Professor of Limnology,FSU

20032004 Scientific Assistant (C2), Ecological Microbiology, University of Bayreuth

19972003Scientific Assistant (C1), Ecological Microbiology, University of Bayreuth

19971998 Postdoctoral fellow, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida, USA

19951996 Postdoctoral research associate, Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research (BITÖK)

 

Other

Since 2014 Member of the Directorate of the Graduate Academy of the FSU (JGA)

Since 2013 Member of the Directorate of the Water Science Alliance

Since 2008 Member of DFG Senate Commission on Water Research (KoWa)

2016 Elected councilor of the European Association of Geochemistry

2008–2016 Associate Editor of Biogeosciences

2015 International board member of the International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME)

2015 Elected as Chair (2019) for the Gordon Research Conference Applied and Environmental Microbiology

20112013 Member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers of Terrestrial Microbiology

2005–2013 Member of the Editorial Board of Applied and Environmental Microbiology

2008–2010 Mentor at “Plan M Mentoring at MARUM / GLOMAR”

2005 Award for application of third-party funds for young scientists, FSU

 

 

Google scholar

2017

Herrmann M., Opitz S., Harzer R., Totsche K. U., Küsel K. (accepted) Attached and suspended denitrifier communities in pristine limestone aquifers harbor high fractions of potential authotrophs oxidizing resduced iron and sulfur compounds. Microb Ecol.

-Link to abstract

Mori J.F., Ueberschaar N., Lu S., Cooper R.E., Pohnert G., Küsel K. (2017) Sticking together: Inter-species aggregation of bacteria isolated from iron snow is controlled by chemical signaling. The ISME Journal. 10:1696-1705

-Link to abstract

Starke R., Müller M., Gaspar M., Marz M., Küsel K., Totsche K.U., von Bergen M., Jehmlich N. (2017) Candidate Brocadiales dominates C, N and S cycling in anoxic groundwater of a pristine limestone-fracture aquifer. Journal of Proteomics. 152:153-160

-Link to abstract

Jameson E., Taubert M., Coyotzi S., Chen Y., Eyice Ö., Schäfer H., Murrell J.C., Neufeld J.D., Dumont M.G. (2017) DNA-, RNA-, and Protein-Based Stable-Isotope Probing for High-Throughput Biomarker Analysis of Active Microorganisms. Methods in Molecular Biology 1539. Metagenomics: Methods and Protocols:57-74

-Link to abstract

2016

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (2016) Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas - Earth Sciences Research - EU Bookshop. http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/global-soil-biodiversity-atlas-pbLBNA27236/. Contributors: Küsel K., Totsche K.U., Trumbore S.E., Buscot F.; Chapter III - Geographical and temporal distribution, p. 73.

Jousset A., Bienhold C., Chatzinotas A., Gallien L., Gobet A., Kurm V., Küsel K., Rillig M.C., Rivett D.W., Salles J.F., van der Heijden M.G.A., Youssef N.H., Zhang X.W., Wei Z., Hol W.H.G. (2016) Where less may be more: how the rare biosphere pulls ecosystems strings. The ISME Journal. 10.1038/ismej.2016.174

-Link to abstract

Nowak M.E., Schwab V.F., Lazar C.S., Behrendt T., Kohlhepp B., Totsche K.U., Küsel K., Trumbore S.E. (2016) Carbon isotopes of dissolved inorganic carbon reflect utilization of different carbon sources by microbial communities in two limestone aquifer assemblages. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. doi:10.5194/hess-2016-534

-Link to abstract

Schwab V.F., Herrmann M., Roth V.N., Gleixner G., Lehmann R., Pohnert G., Trumbore S., Küsel K., Totsche K.U. (2016) Functional diversity of microbial communities in pristine aquifers inferred by PLFA- and sequencing -based approaches. Biogeosciences Discussions. doi:10.5194/bg-2016-442

-Link to abstract

Kwon M.J., Beulig F., Ilie I., Wildner M., Küsel K., Merbold L., Mahecha M.D., Zimov N., Zimov S.A., Heimann M., Schuur E.A.G., Kostka J.E., Kolle O., Hilke I., Göckede M. (2016) Plants, microorganisms, and soil temperatures contribute to a decrease in methane fluxes on a drained Arctic floodplain. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13558

-Link to abstract

Miot J., Lu S., Morin G., Adra A., Benzerara K., Küsel K. (2016) Iron mineralogy across the oxycline of a lignite mine lake. Chemical Geology. 434:28-42

-Link to abstract

Kohlhepp B., Lehmann R., Seeber P., Küsel K., Trumbore S.E., Totsche K.U. (2016) Pedological and hydrogeological setting and subsurface flow structure of the carbonate-rock CZE Hainich in western Thuringia, Germany. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 1-32

-Link to abstract

Rughöft S., Herrmann M., Lazar C.S., Cesarz S., Levick S., Trumbore S., Küsel K. (2016) Community composition and abundance of nitrifiers and total bacterial and archaeal populations in savanna soils on contrasting bedrock material in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Frontiers in Microbiology. 7:1638

-Link to abstract

Nawaz A, Purahong W, Lehmann R, Herrmann M, Küsel K, Totsche KU, Buscot F, Wubet T. (2016). Superimposed pristine limestone aquifers with marked hydrochemical differences exhibit distinct fungal communities. Front. Microbiol. accepted

-Link to abstract

Küsel K, Totsche KU, Trumbore SE, Lehmann R, Steinhäuser C and Herrmann M (2016). How deep can surface signals be traced in the critical zone? Merging biodiversity with biogeochemistry research in a central German Muschelkalk landscape. Front. Earth Sci. 4:32. doi: 10.3389/feart.2016.00032

-Link to abstract

Tsing Bohu, Denise M. Akob, Michael Abratis, Cassandre S. Lazar, and Kirsten Küsel. (2016). Biological low pH Mn(II) oxidation in a manganese deposit influenced by metal-rich groundwater. (2016). Applied and Environmental Microbiology doi: 10.1128/AEM.03844-15.

-Link to abstract

Mori J. F., Lu S., Händel, M.,  Totsche K.U., Neu T.R., Vlad Iancu V., Tarcea N., Popp J., Küsel K. 2016. Schwertmannite formation at cell junctions by a new filament-forming Fe(II)-oxidizing isolate affiliated with the novel genus Acidithrix, Microbiology. 162: 62-71, doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000205

-Link to abstract

Beulig F., Urich T., Nowak M., Trumbore S.E., Gleixner G., Gilfillan G.D., Fjelland K.E., Küsel K. 2016. Altered carbon turnover processes and microbiomes in soils under long-term extremely high CO2 exposure. Nature Microbiology. 1, 15025. doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2015.25

-Link to abstract

Fabisch, M., Freyer, G., Johnson, C. A., Büchel, G., Akob, D. M., Neu, T. R. and Küsel, K. (2016), Dominance of ‘Gallionella capsiferriformans’ and heavy metal association with Gallionella-like stalks in metal-rich pH 6 mine water discharge. Geobiology, 14: 68–90. doi:10.1111/gbi.12162

-Link to abstract

2015

Sitte J., Löffler S., Burkhardt E.-M., Goldfarb K.C., Büchel G., Hazen T.C., Küsel K. 2015. Metals other than uranium affected microbial community composition in a historical uranium-mining site. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 22, 24, 19326-19341. doi 10.1007/s11356-015-4791-1

Lu S., Peiffer S., Lazar C.S., Oldham C., Neu T.R., Ciobotă V., Näb O., Lillicrap A., Rösch P., Popp J., Küsel K. 2015 . Extremophile microbiomes in acidic and hypersaline river sediments of Western Australia. Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports  

Mori J. F., Neu, T. R., Lu, S., Händel, M., Totsche, K. U., and Küsel, K. 2015: Iron encrustations on filamentous algae colonized by Gallionella-related bacteria in a metal-polluted freshwater stream, Biogeosciences, 12. doi:10.5194/bg-12-5277-2015.

Thakur M.P., Herrmann M., Steinauer K., Rennoch S., Cesarz S., Eisenhauer N. 2015. Cascading effects of belowground predators on plant communities are density-dependent. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1597

Johnson, C., Murayama, M., Küsel, K., & Hochella Jr., M., F. 2015. Polycrystallinity of green rust minerals and their synthetic analogs: Implications for particle formation and reactivity in complex systems. American Mineralogist. DOI: 10.2138/am-2015-5287

Sitte J, Löffler S, Burkhardt E-M, Goldfar KC, Büchel G, Hazen TC, Küsel K. Metals other than uranium affected microbial community composition in a historical uranium-mining site. (2015) Environ Sci Pollut Res. doi: 10.1007/s11356-015-4791-1

Bohu T, Santelli CM, Akob DM, Neu TR, Ciobota V, Rösch P, Popp J, Nietzsche S and Küsel K. 2015. Characterization of pH dependent Mn(II) oxidation strategies and formation of a bixbyite-like phase by Mesorhizobium australicum T-G1. Front Microbiol, 6, 743

Keiner R., Herrmann M., Küsel K., Popp J., Frosch T. 2015. Rapid monitoring of intermediate states and mass balance of nitrogen during denitrification by means of cavity enhanced Raman multi-gas sensing. Analytica Chimica Acta, 864, 39-47. doi:10.1016/j.aca.2015.02.007

Herrmann, M., Rusznyák, A., Akob, D. M., Schulze, I., Opitz, S., Totsche, K. U., & Küsel, K. 2015. Large fractions of CO2-fixing microorganisms in pristine limestone aquifers appear to be involved in the oxidation of reduced sulfur and nitrogen compounds. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81(7), 2384-2394.

Mehlhorn J., Beulig F., Küsel K. and Planer-Friedrich B. 2014. Carbon dioxide triggered metal(loid) mobilisation in a mofette. Chem. Geol. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.05.027

2014

Majzlan J., Plášil J., Škoda R., Gescher∥ J., Kögler F., Rusznyak A., Küsel K., Neu T.R., Mangold S, Rothe J. 2014. Arsenic-Rich Acid Mine Water with Extreme Arsenic Concentration: Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Microbiology, and Environmental Implications. Environ. Sci. Technol., 48 (23), DOI: 10.1021/es5024916

-Link to abstract

Eusterhues, K., Hädrich, A., Neidhardt, J., Küsel, K., Keller, T. F., Jandt, K. D. and Totsche, K. U. 2014.Reduction of ferrihydrite with adsorbed and coprecipitated organic matter: microbial reduction by Geobacter bremensis vs. abiotic reduction by Na-dithionite. Biogeosciences (11): 4953-4966.
-Link to abstract
 

Beulig F., Heuer V. B., Akob D. M., Viehweger B., Elvert M., Herrmann M., Hinrichs K.U. and Küsel K. 2014. Carbon flow from volcanic CO2 into soil microbial communities of a wetland mofette. ISME J. (2014), 1-14. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.148
-Link to abstract
 

Eusterhues, K., Neidhardt, J., Hädrich, A., Küsel, K. and Totsche, K. U. 2014.Biodegradation of ferrihydrite-associated organic matter. Biogeochemistry (119): 45-50.
-Link to abstract
 

Akob D. M., Bohu T., Beyer A., Schäffner F., Händel M., Johnson C. A., Merten D., Büchel G., Totsche K. U. and Küsel K. 2014. Identification of Mn(II)-oxidizing bacteria from a low pH contaminated former uranium mine. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (Accepted). doi:10.1128/AEM.01296-14
-Link to abstract

Wang J., Sickinger M., Ciobotă V., Herrmann M., Rasch H., Rösch P., Popp J. and Küsel K. 2014. Revealing the microbial community structure of clogging materials in dewatering wells differing in physico-chemical parameters in an open-cast mining area. Water Res. 63:222-223.
-Link to abstract

Opitz S., Küsel K., Spott O., Totsche K. U. and Herrmann M. 2014. Oxygen availability and distance to surface environments determine community composition and abundance of ammonia-oxidizing prokaroytes in two superimposed pristine limestone aquifers in the Hainich region, Germany. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 90: 39-53.
-Link to abstract

 

2013

Fabisch M., Beulig F., Akob D. M. and Küsel K. 2013. Surprising abundance of Gallionella-related iron oxidizers in creek sediments at pH 4.4 or at high heavy metal concentrations. Front. Microbiol. 4: 390. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2013.00390
-Link to abstract

Keiner R., Frosch T., Hanf S., Rusznyak A., Akob D., Küsel K. and Popp J. 2013. Raman spectroscopy, an innovative and versatile tool to follow the respirational activity and carbonate biomineralization of important cave bacteria. Anal. Chem. 85(18):8708–8714.
-Link to abstract

Ciobotă V., Lu S., Tarcea N., Rösch P., Küsel K. and Popp J. 2013. Quantification of the inorganic phase of the pelagic aggregates from an iron contaminated lake by means of Raman spectroscopy​. Vib. Spectrosc. 68:212–219. 
-Link to abstract

Lu,S., Chourey, K., Reiche, M., Nietzsche, S., Shah, M.B., Neu, T.R., Hettich, R.L. and Küsel, K. 2013. Insights into the structure and metabolic function of microbes that shape pelagic iron-rich aggregates ("iron snow"). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79(14): 4272-4281.
-Link to abstract

Risse-Buhl, U.,  Herrmann, M., Lange, P., Akob, D. M.,  Pizani, N., Schönborn, W., Totsche, K.-U. and Küsel, K. 2013. Phagotrophic protist diversity in the groundwater of a karstic aquifer - morphological and molecular analysis. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 60(5): 467-479.
-Link to abstract

Sitte, J., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F. and Küsel, K. 2013. Nanocrystalline nickel and cobalt sulfides formed by a heavy metal-tolerant, sulfate-reducing enrichment culture. Geomicrobiology J. 30(1):36-47
-Link to abstract

Liu, X, Eusterhues, K, Thieme, J, Ciobota, V, Höschen, C, Mueller, C. W, Küsel, K, Kogel-Knabner, I, Roesch, P, Popp, J. and Totsche, K. U. 2013. STXM and NanoSIMS investigations on EPS fractions before and after adsorption to goethite. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47(7):3158–3166.
-Link to abstract

 

2012

Herrmann, M., Hädrich, A. & Küsel, K. 2012. Predominance of thaumarchaeal ammonia oxidizer abundance and transcriptional activity in an acidic fen. Environ. Microbiol.14(11):3013–3025
-Link to abstract


Akob, D. M.*, S. H. Lee*, M. Sheth, K. Küsel, D. B. Watson, A.V. Palumbo, J.E. Kostka, and K.-J. Chin. 2012. Gene expression correlates with process rates quantified for sulfate- and Fe(III)-reducing bacteria in U(VI)-contaminated sediments. Frontiers. Microbiol. 3:280. *Equal contribution.
-Link to abstract

Hädrich, A., Heuer, V.B., Herrmann, M., Hinrichs, K.-U. und K. Küsel. 2012. Origin and fate of acetate in an acidic fen. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 81(2): 339–354.
-Link to abstract

Rusznyák, A., Akob, D. M., Nietzsche, S., Eusterhues, K., Totsche, K. U., Neu, T. R., Frosch, T., Popp, J., Keiner, R., Geletneky, J., Katzschmann, L., Schulze, E.-D. and Küsel, K. 2012. Calcite biomineralization by bacterial isolates from the recently discovered pristine karstic Herrenberg cave. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78(4): 1157–1167.
-Link to abstract

Risse-Buhl, U., Trefzger, N., Gleixner, G., Schönborn, W., and Küsel, K. 2012. Tracking the autochthonous carbon transfer in stream biofilm food webs. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 79(1): 118–131.
-Link to abstract

 

2011

Akob, D. M. and Küsel, K. 2011. Where microorganisms meet rocks in the Earth's Critical Zone, Biogeosciences 8, 3531-3543.
-Link to abstract

Akob, D. M., L. Kerkhof, K. Küsel, D. B. Watson, A. V. Palumbo, and J. E. Kostka. 2011. Linking specific heterotrophic bacterial populations to bioreduction of uranium and nitrate using stable isotope probing in contaminated subsurface sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77(22):8197-8200.
-Link to abstract

Avrahami, S., Z. Jia, J. D. Neufeld, J. C. Murrell, R. Conrad, and K. Küsel. 2011. Active autotrophic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria in biofilm enrichments from simulated creek ecosystems at two ammonium concentrations respond to temperature manipulation. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77(20): 7329-7338.
-Link to abstract

Chakraborty, R., Hazen, T.C., Joyner, D.C., Küsel, K., Singer, M.E., Sitte, J., and Torok, T. 2011. Use of immunomagnetic separation for the detection of Desulfovibrio vulgaris from environmental samples. J. Microbiol. Methods. 86(2): 204-209
- Link to abstract

Reiche, M., S. Lu, V. Ciobotă, T. R. Neu, S. Nietzsche, P. Rösch, J. Popp, and K. Küsel. 2011. Pelagic boundary conditions affect the biological formation of iron-rich particles (Iron Snow) and their microbial communities. Limnol. Oceanogr. 56(4): 1386-1398
- Link to abstract

Burkhardt, E. M., S. Bischoff, D. M. Akob, G. Büchel, and K. Küsel. 2011. Heavy metal tolerance of Fe(III)-reducing microbial communities in a contaminated creek bank soil. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77(9): 3132-3136.
- Link to abstract

Herrmann, M., Scheibe, A., Avrahami, S., and Küsel, K. 2011. Ammonium availability affects the ratio of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria to ammonia-oxidizing archaea in simulated creek ecosystems. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77(5): 1896-1899.
- Link to abstract

 

2010

Pohlon, E., Marxsen, J., and Küsel, K. 2010. Pioneering bacterial and algal communities and potential extracellular enzyme activities of stream biofilms. FEMS Microbiol. Ecology, 71: 364-373.
- Link to abstract

Reiche, M., Gleixner, G., and Küsel, K. 2010. Effect of peat quality on microbial greenhouse gas formation in an acidic fen.  Biogeosciences, 7: 187-198.
- Link to abstract

Augspurger, C. and Küsel, K. 2010. Flow velocity and primary production influences carbon utilization in nascent epilithic stream biofilms. Aquatic Sciences, 72: 237-243.
- Link to abstract

Lu, S., S. Gischkat, M. Reiche, D. M. Akob, K. B. Hallberg, and K. Küsel. 2010. Ecophysiology of Fe-cycling Bacteria in Acidic Sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76 (24): 8174-8183.
- Link to abstract

Ciobota, V., Burkhardt, E-M., Schumacher, E., Rösch, P., Küsel, K., and Popp, J. 2010. The influence of intracellular storage material on bacterial identification by means of Raman spectroscopy. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 397(7): 2929-2937
- Link to abstract

Lüdecke, C., Reiche, M., Eusterhues, K., Nietzsche, S., Küsel, K. 2010. Acid-tolerant microaerophilic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria promote Fe(III)-accumulation in a fen. Environ. Microbiol. 12(10): 2814–2825.
- Link to abstract

Vishnivetskaya, T. A., Brandt, C. C., Madden, A. S., Drake, M. S., Kostka, J. E., Akob, D. M., Küsel, K., and Palumbo, A. V. 2010. Microbial community changes in response to ethanol or methanol amendments for U(VI) reduction. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76(17): 5728-5735.
- Link to abstract

Sitte, J., D. M. Akob, C. Kaufmann, K. Finster, D. Banerjee, E.-M. Burkhardt, J. E. Kostka, A. Scheinost, Georg Büchel and K. Küsel. 2010. Microbial Links between Sulfate Reduction and Metal Retention in Uranium- and Heavy Metal-Contaminated Soil. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76(10): 3143-3152.
- Link to abstract

Green, S. J., O. Prakash, T. M. Gihring, D. M. Akob, P. Jasrotia, P. M. Jardine, D. B. Watson, S. D. Brown, A. V. Palumbo and J. E. Kostka. 2010. Denitrifying bacteria from the terrestrial subsurface exposed to mixed waste contamination. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76(10): 3244–3254.
- Link to abstract

Burkhardt, E.-M., D. M. Akob, S. Bischoff, J. Sitte, J. E. Kostka, D. Banerjee, A. C. Scheinost, K. Küsel. 2010. Impact of Biostimulated Redox Processes on Metal Dynamics in an Iron-rich Creek Soil of a former Uranium Mining Area. Environ. Sci.Technol. 44: 177-183.
- Link to abstract

 

2009

 Burkhardt, E.-M., Meißner, S., Merten, D., Büchel, G., and Küsel, K. 2009. Heavy metal retention and microbial activities in geochemical barriers formed in glacial sediments subjacent to a former uranium mining leaching heap, Chemie der Erde, Geochemistry, 69, S2: 21-34.
- Link to abstract

Böhme, A., Risse-Buhl, U., and Küsel, K. 2009. Protists with different feeding modes change morphological biofilm characteristics. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 69: 158-169.
- Link to abstract

Peiffer, S., Oldham, C., Salmon, U., Lillicrap, A., and Küsel, K. 2009. Does iron cycling trigger generation of acidity in groundwaters of western Australia? Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 6548–6552. 
- Link to abstract

Reiche, M., Hädrich, A., Lischeid, G., and Küsel, K. 2009. Impact of manipulated drought and heavy rainfall events on peat mineralization processes and source-sink functions of an acidic fen. J. Geophys. Res., 114, G02021. 13 PP.
- Link to abstract

Risse-Buhl, U., and Küsel, K. 2009. Colonization dynamics of biofilm associated ciliate morphotypes at different flow velocities. Eur. J. Protistol. 45: 64–76.
- Link to abstract

Risse-Buhl, U., Scherwass, A., Arndt, H., Kröwer, S., and Küsel, K. 2009. Detachment and motility of biofilm associated ciliates at increased flow velocities. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 55: 209-218.
- Link to abstract

 

2008

Akob, D. A., Mills, H. J., Gihring, T. M., Kerkhof, L., Stucki, J. W., Anastacío, A. S., Chin, K.-J., Küsel, K., Palumbo, A. V., Watson, D. B., and Kostka , J. E. 2008.  Functional diversity and electron donor dependence of microbial populations capable of U(VI) reduction in radionuclide-contaminated subsurface sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74(10): 3159-3170.
- Link to abstract

Augspurger, C., Gleixner, G., Kramer, C., and Küsel, K. 2008. Tracking the carbon flow in a two and six week old stream biofilm food web. Limnol. Ocean. 53: 642-650.

Blöthe, M., Akob, D. M., Kostka, J. E., Göschel, K., Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2008. pH gradient-induced heterogeneity of Fe(III)-reducing microorganisms in coal mining-associated lake sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74: 1019-1029.
- Link to abstract

Küsel, K., Blöthe, M., Schulz. D., Reiche, M., and Drake, H. L. 2008. Microbial reduction of Fe(III) and porewater biogeochemistry in acidic peatlands. Biogeosciences 5: 1537-1549.
- Link to abstract

Küsel, K., Burkhardt, E.-M., and Sitte, J. 2008. Effect of metal-reducing microorganisms on element fluxes in a former uranium-mining district. In: Liu, S.-J., Drake, H. L. (eds.), Microbes in the Environment: Perspectives and Challenges, pp. 128-137. Science Press, Beijing.

Reiche, M., Torburg, G., and Küsel, K. 2008. Competition of Fe(III)-reduction and methanogenesis in a slightly acidic fen. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 65: 88-101.
- Link to abstract

Schmalenberger, A., Tebbe, C. C., Kertesz, M., Drake, H. L. and Küsel, K. 2008. Two-dimensional single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) of 16S rRNA gene fragments reveals highly dissimilar bacterial communities in an acidic fen. Eur. J. Soil Biol. 44: 495-500.
- Link to abstract

 

2007

Edwards, L., Küsel, K., Drake, H. L., and Kostka, J. E. 2007. Electron flow in acidic subsurface sediments cocontaminated with nitrate and uranium. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 71: 643-654.
- Link to abstract

Pohlon, E., C. Augspurger, U. Risse-Buhl, J. Arle, M. Willkomm, Halle, S., and Küsel, K. 2007. Querying the obvious: lessons from a degraded stream. Restoration Ecology 15: 312-316.
- Link to abstract

Schmalenberger, A., Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2007. High unique diversity of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes in a depth gradient in an acidic fen. Environ. Microbiol. 9: 1317-1328.
- Link to abstract

Spänhoff, B., Augspurger, C., and Küsel, K. 2007. Comparing field and laboratory breakdown rates of coarse particulate organic matter: Effects of sediment dynamics can superimpose the impact of dissolved nutrients on mass loss of CPOM in streams. Aquat. Sci. 69: 495-502.

Spänhoff, B., Bischof, R., Böhme, A., Lorenz, S., Neumeister, K., Nöthlich, A., and Küsel, K. 2007. Assessing the impact of effluents from a modern wastewater treatment plant on breakdown rates of coarse particulate organic matter and benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in a lowland river. Water, Air & Soil Pollution 180: 119-129.

 

2006

Alewell, C., Paul, S., Lischeid, G., Küsel, K., and Gehre, M. 2006. Characterizing the redox status in three different forested wetlands with biogeochemical data. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40: 7609-7615.
- Link to abstract

Bodelier, P. L. E., Sorrell, B., Drake, H. L., Küsel, K., Hurek, T., Reinhold-Hurek, B., Lovell, C., Megonigal, P., Frenzel, P. 2006. Ecological aspects of microbes and microbial communities inhabiting the rhizosphere of wetland plants. In: Bobbink, R., Beltman, B., Verhoeven, J. T. A., Whigham, D. F. (eds.), Wetlands as a Natural Resource, Vol. 2, Ecological Studies, Vol. 190, pp. 205-238. Springer-Verlag, New York, New York.

Drake, H. L., Küsel, K., and Matthies, C. 2006. Acetogenic Prokaryotes. In: Dworkin, M., Falkow, S., Rosenberg, E., Schleifer, K.-H., and Stackebrandt, E. (eds.), The Prokaryotes, Vol. 2, pp. 354-420. New York, Springer-Verlag.

Gebühr, C., Pohlon, E., Schmidt, A., and Küsel, K. 2006. Development of the microalgae communities in the phytotelmata of allochthonous populations of Sarracenia purpurea (Sarraceniaceae). Plant Biology, 8: 849-860.

Gößner, A., Küsel, K., Schulz, D., Trenz, S., Acker, G., Lovell, C. R., and Drake, H. L. 2006. Trophic interaction of the aerotolerant anaerobe Clostridium intestinale and the acetogen Sporomusa rhizae sp. nov. isolated from the roots of the black needlerush Juncus roemerianus. Microbiology,152: 1209-1219.

Küsel, K., Trinkwalter, T., Drake, H. L., and Devereux, R. 2006. Comparative evaluation of anaerobic bacterial communities associated with roots of submerged macrophytes growing in marine or brackish water sediments, J. Exp. Marine Biol. Ecol. 337: 49-58.

Ogram, A., Bridgham, S., Corstanje, R., Drake, H., Küsel, K., Mills, A., Newman, S., Portier, K., Wetzel, R. 2006. Linkages between microbial community composition and biogeochemical processes across scales. In: Bobbink, R., Beltman, B., Verhoeven, J. T. A., Whigham, D. F. (eds.), Wetlands as a Natural Resource, Vol. 2, Ecological Studies, Vol. 190, pp. 239-268. Springer-Verlag, New York, New York.

Paul, S., Küsel, K., and Alewell, C. 2006. Reduction processes in forest wetlands: tracking down heterogeneity of source/sink functions with a combination of methods. Soil Biol. Biochem. 38: 1028-1039.

Schnurr-Pütz, S., Baath, E., Guggenberger, G., Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2006. Compaction of forest soil by logging machinery favours colonization by prokaryotes. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 58: 503-516.

 

2005

Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2005. Acetogenic clostridia. In: Dürre, P. (ed.), Handbook on Clostridia, pp. 719-746. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

 

2004

Drake, H. L., Küsel, K., and Matthies, C. 2004. Acetogenic Prokaryotes. In: Dworkin, M., Falkow, S., Rosenberg, E., Schleifer, K.-H., and Stackebrandt, E. (eds.), The Prokaryotes. 3rd edition: An Evolving Electronic Resource for the Microbiological Community, release 3.17, August 2004, Springer-Verlag, New York, http://springeronline.com.

Koschorreck, M., Wendt-Potthoff, K., Chabbi, A., and Küsel, K. 2004. Mikrobielle Prozesse im Uferbereich von sauren Bergbauseen. In: Nixdorf, B. and Deneke, R. (eds.), Grundlagen und Maßnahmen zur biogenen Alkalinisierung von sauren Tagebauseen. pp. 119-137, Weißensee Verlag, Berlin.

Küsel, K., and Alewell, C. 2004. Riparian zones in a forested catchment: hot spots for microbial reductive processes. In: Matzner, E. (ed.), Biogeochemistry of two German forested catchments in a changing environment, Ecol. Stud. 172: 377-395, Springer-Verlag.

Loy, A., Küsel, K., Lehner, A., Klein, M., Drake, H. L., and Wagner, M. 2004. Microarray and functional gene analyses of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes in low sulfate, acidic fens reveal co-occurrence of recognized genera and novel lineages. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70:6998-7009.

Müller, V., Inkamp, F., Rauwolf, A., Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 2004. Molecular and cellular biology of acetogenic bacteria. In: Nakano, M., Zuber, P. (eds), Strict and Facultative Anaerobes: Medical and Environmental Aspects. pp. 251-281, Horizon Scientific Press, United Kingdom.

 

2003

Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2003. How the diverse physiological potentials of acetogens determine their in situ realities. In: Ljungdahl L. G. et al., Biochemistry and Physiology of Anaerobic Bacteria. pp. 171-190. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Horn, M. A., Matthies, C., Küsel, K., Schramm, A., and Drake, H. L. 2003. Hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis by moderately acid-tolerant methanogens of a methane-emitting acidic peat. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69:74-83.

Küsel, K., Chabbi, A., and Trinkwalter, T. 2003. Microbial processes associated with roots of bulbous rush coated with iron plaques. Microbial Ecol. 46: 302-311.

Küsel, K. 2003. Microbial cycling of iron and sulfur in acidic coal mining lake sediments. Water Air Soil Poll.: Focus 3:67-90.

 

2002

Drake, H. L., Küsel, K., and Matthies, C. 2002. Ecological consequences of the phylogenetic and physiological diversities of acetogens. Ant. van Leeuwenhoek 81:203-213.

Karnholz, A., Küsel, K., Gößner, A., Schramm, A., and Drake, H. L. 2002. Tolerance and metabolic response of acetogenic bacteria toward oxygen. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 68:1005-1009.

Küsel, K., Roth, U., and Drake, H. L. 2002. Microbial reduction of Fe(III) in the presence of oxygen under low pH conditions. Environ. Microbiol. 4:414-421.

Küsel, K., Wagner, C., Trinkwalter, Gößner, A., and Drake, H. L. 2002. Microbial reduction of Fe(III) and turnover of acetate in Hawaiian soils. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 40:73-81.

Regenspurg, S., Gößner, A., Peiffer, S., and Küsel, K. 2002. Potential remobilization of toxic anions during the reduction of arsenated and chromated schwertmannite by the dissimilatory Fe(III)-reducing bacterium Acidiphilium cryptum JF-5. In: Schmidt, N., and Stottmeister, U. (eds.), Biotechnological Remediation of Water Pollution. Water Air Soil Poll. – Focus 2: 57-67.

Reith, F., Drake, H. L., and Küsel, K. 2002. Anaerobic activities of bacteria and fungi in moderately acidic conifer and deciduous leaf litter. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 41:27-35.

 

2001

Küsel, K., Karnholz, A., Trinkwalter, T., Devereux, R., Acker, G., and Drake, H. L. 2001. Physiological ecology of Clostridium glycolicum RD-1, an aerotolerant acetogen isolated from sea grass roots. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 67:4734-4741.

Küsel, K., Roth, U., Trinkwalter, T., and Peiffer, S. 2001. Effect of pH on the anaerobic microbial cycling of sulfur in mining-impacted freshwater lake sediments. Environ. Experim. Botany 46:213-223.

 

2000

Peine, A., Tritschler, A., Küsel, K., and Peiffer, S. 2000. Electron flow in an iron-rich sediment - evidence for an acidity driven iron cycle. Limnol. Ocean. 45:1077-1087.

Küsel, K., and Dorsch, T. 2000. Effect of supplemental electron donors on the microbial reduction of Fe(III), sulfate, and CO2 in coal mining-impacted freshwater lake sediments. Microbiol. Ecol. 40:238-249.

Küsel, K., Dorsch, T., Acker, G., Stackebrandt, E., and Drake, H. L. 2000. Clostridium scatologenes strain SL1 isolated as an acetogenic bacterium from acidic sediments. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 50:537-546.

 

1999

Küsel, K., Dorsch, T., Acker, G., and Stackebrandt, E. 1999. Microbial reduction of Fe(III) in acidic sediments: Isolation of Acidiphilium cryptum JF-5 capable of coupling the oxidation of glucose to the reduction of Fe(III). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65:3633-3640.

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1999. Microbial turnover of low molecular weight organic acids during leaf litter decomposition. Soil Biol. Biochem. 31:107-118.

Küsel, K., Pinkart, H. C., Drake, H. L., and Devereux, R. 1999. Acetogenic and sulfate-reducing bacteria inhabiting the rhizoplane and deeper cortex cells of the sea grass Halodule wrightii. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65:5117-5123.

Küsel, K., Wagner, C., and Drake, H. L. 1999. Enumeration and metabolic product profiles of the anaerobic microflora in the mineral soil and litter of a beech forest. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 29:91-103.

 

1997

Drake, H. L., Daniel, S. L., Küsel, K., Matthies, C., Kuhner, C., and Braus-Stromeyer, S. 1997. Acetogenic bacteria: what are the in situ consequences of their diverse metabolic versatilities? BioFactors 6:13-24.

 

1996

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1996. Anaerobic capacities of leaf litter. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 62:4216-4219.

 

1995

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1995. Effects of environmental parameters on the formation and turnover of acetate by forest soils. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 61:3667-3675.

Pecher, K., Küsel, K., Fischer, U., and Herrmann, R. 1995. Reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated hydrocarbons during anaerobic stabilization of municipal wastes. Acta Hydrochim. Hydrobiol. 23: 271-279.

 

1994

Drake, H. L., Daniel, S. L., Matthies, C., and Küsel, K. 1994. Acetogenesis: reality in the laboratory, uncertainty elsewhere. In: Drake, H.L. (ed.), Acetogenesis. pp. 273-302. Chapman and Hall, Inc., New York.

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1994. Acetate synthesis in soil from a Bavarian beech forest. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 60:1370-1373.

 

1993

Pecher, K., Fischer, U., and Küsel, K. 1993. Reduktive Dehalogenierung von Chlorkohlenwasserstoffen während der Mülldiagenese. In: Thome-Kozmiensky, K. J. (ed.), Biogas: Anaerobentechnik in der Abfalltechnik. EF-Verlag für Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH, Berlin.

 

href="http://www.geomicrobiology.de/pubs/pubs.html">1996

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1996. Anaerobic capacities of leaf litter. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 62:4216-4219.

 

1995

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1995. Effects of environmental parameters on the formation and turnover of acetate by forest soils. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 61:3667-3675.

Pecher, K., Küsel, K., Fischer, U., and Herrmann, R. 1995. Reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated hydrocarbons during anaerobic stabilization of municipal wastes. Acta Hydrochim. Hydrobiol. 23: 271-279.

 

1994

Drake, H. L., Daniel, S. L., Matthies, C., and Küsel, K. 1994. Acetogenesis: reality in the laboratory, uncertainty elsewhere. In: Drake, H.L. (ed.), Acetogenesis. pp. 273-302. Chapman and Hall, Inc., New York.

Küsel, K., and Drake, H. L. 1994. Acetate synthesis in soil from a Bavarian beech forest. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 60:1370-1373.

 

1993

Pecher, K., Fischer, U., and Küsel, K. 1993. Reduktive Dehalogenierung von Chlorkohlenwasserstoffen während der Mülldiagenese. In: Thome-Kozmiensky, K. J. (ed.), Biogas: Anaerobentechnik in der Abfalltechnik. EF-Verlag für Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH, Berlin.