Liu Liu

+49 (0)33082 69970

Alte Fischerhütte 2
OT Neuglobsow
16775 Stechlin


Since 01.2019        Postdoc at IGB Stechlin

03.2015 - 12.2018  PhD candidate, University of Koblenz-Landau

09.2009 - 07.2012  MSc, China Three Gorges University

09.2005 - 07.2009  BSc, China Three Gorges University



AquaMeth II

Project title: Revising the methane cylcing in lakes: sources and sinks in two German lakes with specific consideration of methane accumulation in oxic waters

Project description: Methane from freshwaters has been previously considered of sediment origin, i.e., through methanogenesis under anoxic environments. In stratified lakes, however, the epilimnion has been often found oversaturated with methane, which was termed "methane paradox". The mechanisms for this paradox are, to date, still unclear. Both lateral transport and in situ production have been found relevant. This project aims to make a complete methane budget for two contrasting lakes (meso oligotrophic Lake Stechlin and eutrophic Lake Willersinnweiher) to better understand the underlying processes responisble for this methane paradox. Another set of lakes (> 10) near Lake Stechlin will also be studied to generalize our findings in the two main studied lakes.


M Bizic-Ionescu, T Klintzch, D Ionescu, MY Hindiyeh, M Guenthel, AM Muro Pastor, F Keppler, HP Grossart (2018) Widespread formation of methane by Cyanobacteria in aquatic and terrestrial environments. doi:

M Bizic-Ionescu, D Ionescu, M Günthel KW Tang, HP Grossart (2018) Oxic Methane Cycling: New Evidence for Methane Formation in Oxic Lake WaterJanuary 2018 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53114-4_10-1 In book: Biogenesis of Hydrocarbons

Donis D, Flury S, Stöckli A, Spangenberg JE and others (2017) Full-scale evaluation of methane production under oxic conditions in a mesotrophic lake. Nat Commun 8: 1661

DelSontro T, del Giorgio PA, Prairie YT (2017) No longer a paradox: the interaction between physical transport and biological processes explains the spatial distribution of surface water methane within and across lakes. Ecosystems, doi: 10.1007/s10021-017-0205-1

KW Tang, DF McGinnis, D Ionescu, HP Grossart (2016) Methane production in oxic lake waters potentially increases aquatic methane flux to air. Environ Sci & Technol Lett 3 (6), 227-233

HP Grossart, K Frindte, C Dziallas, W Eckert, and KW Tang (2011) Microbial methane production in oxygenated water column of an oligotrophic lake. PNAS 108 (49) 19657-19661; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1110716108


Full publication list

Liu L., K. Sotiri, Y. Dück, S. Hilgert, I. Ostrovsky, E. Uzhansky, R. Katsman, B. Katsnelson, R. Bookman, J. Wilkinson and A. Lorke (2019). The control of sediment gas accumulation on spatial distribution of ebullition in Lake Kinneret. Geo-Mar. Lett.

Wu X. Q., C. Noss, L. Liu and A. Lorke (2019). Effects of small-scale turbulence at the air-water interface on microcystis surface scum formation. Water Res. 167(15),115091.

Yannick D., L. Liu, A. Lorke, I. Ostrovsky, R. Katsman and C. Jokiel (2019). A novel freeze corer for characterization of methane bubbles and assessment of coring disturbances. Limnol. Oceanogr.: Methods 17(5), 305-319.

Bravo, A. G., D. N. Kothawala, K. Attermeyer, et al. (2018). The interplay between total mercury,methylmercury and dissolved organic matter in fluvial systems: A latitudinal study acrossEurope. Water Res., 144, 172-182.

Liu L., T. De Kock, J. Wilkinson, V. Cnudde, S. B. Xiao, C. Buchmann, D. Uteau, S. Peth and A. Lorke (2018). Methane bubble growth and migration in aquatic sediments observed by X-rayμCT, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, 2007-2015.

Shi X., S. Zhao, C. Ding, W. Jiang, B. Kynard, L. Liu, S. Niu and D. Liu (2017). Comparison ofvertical and horizontal swimming behaviour of the weather loach Misgurnus anguillicaudatus. J. Fish Biol., 91: 368-374.

Liu L., J. Wilkinson, K. Koca, C. Buchmann, and A. Lorke (2016). The role of sediment structurein gas bubble storage and release, J. Geophys. Res.: Biogeosci., 121, 1992-2005.

Liu L., D. F. Liu, D. M. Johnson, Z. Q. Yi and Y. L. Huang. (2012). Effects of Vertical Mixing onAlgal Blooms in Tributary Bays of Three Gorges Reservoir: Implications for Management. Water Res., 46(7): 2121-2130.

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