Academic degrees and positions
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, The University of Sheffield (UK), 2013-2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the University of Kansas (Lawrence, USA), 2011-2013
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Sciences, Technische Universität München (Freising, Germany), 2008-2011
Dr. agr., Technische Universität München, Weihenstephan,Germany, 2008
Diplom-Agraringenieur (Univ.), Technische Universität München, Weihenstephan,Germany, 2003
Billings Research Laboratory
With an academic education in agricultural science and scientific experience in plant and microbial physiology, Christoph's main research area so far is best characterized as “(agro-)ecosystem physiology.” His work contributes to the understanding of resource fluxes in the plant-soil-atmosphere continuum and how these fluxes are influenced by environmental conditions. Of particular interest is (1) the efficiency with which plants use resources like carbon, nitrogen, water and light to build up photosynthate, the fuel of all life on Earth, and (2) the return of organic carbon back to the atmosphere as CO2 by respiration of plants and of soil microorganisms which feed on plant products. Both areas are of fundamental relevance for global food security and global climate change research, and for the understanding of ecosystem functioning. Christoph's professional aim is to continue and establish his line of research, including experimentation and publication of quality results, and to share his scientific experience with colleagues, students and the next generation of scientists.
Please refer to Christoph's CV (PDF above) for a list of his publications.