Katrin Premke

+49 (0)30 64181 940
+49 (0)30 64181 682

Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin


Aquatic terrestrial coupling, carbon and energy flow in aquatic systems and on landscape level, greenhouse gas emission from aquatic systems and carbon sequestration in sediments, microbial carbon cycling, environmental drivers for microbial C turn over, stable isotope approaches, antibiotics in aquatic systems

- PDF of all publications (2000 - now) please see below -

Project movies:

Tatort Gewässer: http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/nordmagazin/Tatort-Gewaesser-Hobby-Forscher-im-Einsatz,nordmagazin38614.html

Indian projects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7wC-2lOKnw



Since 2016

Scientist at the IGB and Head of the working group 'Carbon dynamics in aquatic systems'

2010 – 2016

 Scientist at the IGB and ZALF (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg) and Head of the working group 'Carbon dynamics in aquatic systems' (IGB) and Head of the working group ‘Biogeochemistry’ (ZALF)


Post-doctoral researcher at the Limnological Institute, University of Konstanz, Germany. Host: Prof. Dr. Matthias Wantzen.

2006 – 2008

Post-doctoral researcher in the project ‘Lake Ecosystem Response to Environmental Change’ at the Limnological Institute, Uppsala University, Sweden. Host: Prof. Lars Tranvik.

2005 – 2006

Post-doctoral researcher at the Limnological Institute, University of Konstanz, Germany. Host: Prof. Karl-Otto Rothhaupt.

2000 - 2003

PhD student at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) Bremerhaven, Germany. Title: Aggregation of Arctic deep-sea scavenging amphipods at large food falls. Advisors: Dr. Michael Klages, Prof. Wolf E. Arntz.


MSc thesis (Diploma) at the University of Cologne and University of Greifswald, Germany. Title: Predation on heterotrophic flagellates by protists: Food selectivity determined using a live-staining technique. Advisor: Prof. Hartmut Arndt.


Studies in Biology (Aquatic Ecology, Marine Geology and Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation) at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany.


Impact of antibiotics on aquatic microbial community and related ecosystem function such as carbon turn-over.
Katrin Premke
Franziska Stressmann
(Abt. 6) Chemische Analytik und Biogeochemie


Understanding the responses of carbon quality and quantity on carbon turn-over and  C assimilation in the microbial food web.
Katrin Premke
(Abt. 6) Chemische Analytik und Biogeochemie


LandScales (Connecting processes and structures driving the landscape carbon dynamics over scales) integrated the aquatic and terrestrial perspectives of landscape carbon dynamics within a multidisciplinary collaborative research environment, by characterising structures, processes, and fluxes across scales.
Katrin Premke
(Abt. 2) Ökosystemforschung
(Abt. 3) Experimentelle Limnologie
(Abt. 6) Chemische Analytik und Biogeochemie

Tatort Gewässer – dem CO2 auf der Spur

Large-scale citizen science study on green-house gas concentration and microbial diversity in German inland waters
Katrin Premke
(Abt. 1) Ökohydrologie
(Abt. 2) Ökosystemforschung
(Abt. 6) Chemische Analytik und Biogeochemie

Franziska Stressmann (PostDoc)

Jenny Fabian (PhD)

Robert Taube (PhD)

Jayakumar Renganathan (PostDoc, guest scientist from IIT Madras, Chennai, India)

Constancia Levertz (Technical Assistant)

Arbeitsgruppen webseite

Former Members

PostDocs: Katrin Attermeyer (now Uppsala University), Sabine Flury (now University of Lausanne), Katja Felsmann (now parental leave)

PhDs: Pascal Bodmer (now University Koblenz-Landau)

Masters: Eric Hübner, Jan Oestmann, Jael Brüning, Matilde Moreano, Lukas Weise

Interns: Eric Nomura De Nardi, Lazlo Baranaya, Isaac Kibet, Sanja Zlatanovic, Marjolyne Morales, Amanda Cheang, Spela Kosir, Janneke Hippen, Markus Lammel, Martin Gelinas

Guest Scientist: Daniel Mc Ginnis (now University de Geneve, Switzerland)



List of publications (ISI Web)


  • Fabian J., Zlatanovic S, Mutz M., Grossart H.P., Van Geldern R., Ulrich A., Gleixner G., Premke K. (accepted) Environmental Control on Microbial Turnover of Leaf Carbon in Streams – Ecological Function of Phototrophic-Heterotrophic Interactions. Frontiers in Microbiology-Aquatic Microbiology

  • Onandia G, Lischeid G, Kalettka T., Kleeberg A., Omari M., Premke K., Arhonditsis GB (2018) Biogeochemistry of natural ponds in agricultural landscape: Lessons learned from modeling a kettle hole in Northeast Germany. Science of the Total Environment, 634: 1615–1630  
  • Reverey F., Ganzert L., Lischeid G., Ulrich A., Premke K., Grossart H.P. (2018) Dry-wet cycles of kettle hole sediments leave a microbial and biogeochemical legacy. Science of the Total Environment,627: 985-996
  • Zlatanovic S., Fabian J., Premke K., Mutz M. (2018) Shading and sediment structure effects on stream metabolism resistance and resilience to infrequent drougth. Science of the Total Environment, 621: 1233-1242


  • Taube R., Ganzert L., Grossart H-P., Gleixner G., Premke K. (2017) Organic matter quality structures benthic fatty acid patterns and the abundance of fungi and bacteria in temperate lakes. Science of The Total Environment, Vol 610–611:469-481.
  • Fabian J., Zlatanovic S, Mutz M., Premke K. (2017) Fungal-bacterial dynamics and their contribution to terrigenous carbon turnover in relation to organic matter quality. ISME J doi: 10.1038/ismej.2016.131.
  • Kazanjian G., Flury S., Attermeyer K., Kalettka T., Kleeberg A., Premke K., Köhler J., Hilt S. (2017) Primary production in nutrient-rich kettle holes and consequences for nutrient and carbon cycling. Hydrobiologia. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-017-3337-6
  • Nitzsche K.N., Kaiser M., Premke K., Gessler A., Ellerbrock R., Hoffmann C., Kleeberg A., Kayler Z.E. (accepted) Organic matter distribution and retention along transects from hilltop to kettle hole within an agricultural landscape. Biogeochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10533-017-0380-3.
  • Zlatanovic S., Fabian J., Mendoza-Lera C., Woodward K.B., Premke K., Mutz M. (2017) Periodic sediment shift in migrating ripples influences benthic microbial activity. AGU Water Resources Research.
  • Attermeyer K., Grossart H.-P., Flury S., Premke K. (2017) Bacterial processes and biogeochemical changes in the water body of kettle holes - mainly driven by autochthonous organic matter? Aquatic Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s00027-017-0528-1.
  • Nitzsche K., Kalettka T, Premke K., Lischeid G., Gessler A., Kayler Z.E. (2017) Hydroperiod and land-use impacts on kettle hole sediment biogeochemistry. Science of the Total Environment. 574:46-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.003


  • McGinnis D.F., Bilsley N., Schmidt M., Fitzek P., Bodmer P., Premke K., Lorke A., Flury S. (2016) Methane from a small Northern-European river: the role of bubbles and adjacent wetlands. Environmental Science & Technology
  • von Rein, Kayler Z., Premke K., Gessler A. (2016) Emergent aquatic macrophytes and global change – Desiccation of sediments affects assimilate transport within plants and carbon transfer to microorganisms. Plant Biology.
  • Nitzsche K., Verch V., Premke K., Gessler A., and Kayler K. (2016) Visualizing land-use and management complexity within biogeochemical cycles of an agricultural landscape. Ecosphere. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1282
  • Premke K., Attermeyer K., Augustin J., Cabeszas A., Casper P., Deumlich, D., Gelbrecht J., Gerke H.H., Gessler A., Grossart H.P., Hilt S., Hupfer, M., Kalettka T., Kayler Z., Lischeid G., Sommer M., Zak D. (2016) The importance of landscape diversity for carbon fluxes on the landscape level: Small-scale heterogeneity matters. WIRES-water. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1147
  • Bodmer P., Heinz M., Pusch M., Premke K. (2016) Carbon dynamics and their link to DOM quality across contrasting stream ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment. 553. 574–586.
  • Weise L., Ulrich A., Moreano M., Gessler A., Kayler Z., Steger K., Zeller B., Rudolph K., Knezevic-Jaric J., Premke K. (2016) Water level changes affect carbon turnover and microbial community composition in lake sediments. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 2016 92 (5): DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiw035
  • von Rein I., Gessler A., Premke K., Keitel C., Ulrich A., Kayler Z. (2016)  Forest understory plant and soil microbial response to an experimentally induced drought and heat-pulse event: the importance of maintaining the continuum. Global Change Biology. DOI:10.1111/gcb.13270
  • Reverey F., Grossart, H.P., Premke, K., Lischeid G. (2016) Carbon and Nutrient Cycling in Kettle Hole Sediments Depending on Hydrological Dynamics: A Review. Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-2715-9
  • Attermeyer A., Flury S., Jayakumar R., Fiener P., Steger K., Arya V., Wilken F., van Geldern  R. and Premke K. (2016), Invasive floating macrophytes reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a small tropical lake. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/srep20424


  • Lorke A., Bodmer P., Noss C., Alshboul Z., Koschorreck M., Somlao C., Bastviken D., Flury S., McGinnis D.F., Maeck A., Müller D., Premke K. (2015) Drifting versus anchored flux chambers for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from running waters. Biogeosciences 12:7013-7024.
  • Flury S., Glud R.N., Premke K., McGinnis D.F. (2015) The effect of gas presence in and ebullition from sediment on pore water solute fluxes. Environmental Science & Technology 07: 49(17).
  • K. Steger, Premke K., Gudasz C, Boschker HTS, Tranvik LJ (2015) A cross-system study on bacterial carbon sources in lake sediments: the role of methanotrophy. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 76:39 -47.
  • Hölker F., Wurzbacher C., Weißenborn C., Monaghan MT, Holzhauer, IJS, Premke K. (2015) Microbial diversity and community respiration in freshwater sediments influenced by artificial light at night. Philosophical Transactions the Royal Society B. 370: 20140130


  • Attermeyer K., Hornick T, Kayler ZE, Bahr A., Zwirnmann E, Grossart HP, Premke K. (2014) Increasing addition of autochthonous to allochthonous carbon in nutrient-rich aquatic systems stimulates carbon consumption but does not alter bacterial community composition. Biogeosciences, 11, 6: 1479-1489


  • Attermeyer K., Premke K., Hornick T., Hilt S., Grossart H.-P. (2013) Ecosystem-level studies of terrestrial carbon reveal contrasting bacterial metabolism in different aquatic habitats. Ecology, 94, 12: 2754-2766


  • Gudasz C., Bastviken D., Premke K., Steger K., Tranvik L.J. (2012) Constrained microbial processing of allochthonous organic carbon in boreal lake sediments. Limnology and Oceanography  57: 163–175
  • Bartels P., Cucherousset J., Gudasz C., Jansson M., Karlsson J., Persson L., Premke K., Steger K., Tranvik L.J. and Eklöv P. (2012) Allochthonous organic carbon in sediments: A subsidy to the benthic food web. Oecologica, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-011-2141-7


  • Steger K., Premke K., Gudasz C., Sundh I., Tranvik L.J. (2011) Microbial biomass and community composition in boreal lake sediments. Limnology and Oceanography, 56: 725-733.


  • Gudasz C., Bastviken D., Steger K., Premke K., Sobek S., Tranvik L.J. (2010) Temperature control of the organic carbon sink in lake sediments. Nature, 466: 478-481.
  • Premke K., Karlsson J., Steger K., Gudasz C., von Wachenfeldt E., Tranvik L.J. (2010) Stable isotope analysis of benthic fauna and their food sources in boreal lakes. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 29/4: 1339-1348.
  • Premke K., Fischer P., Hempel M., Rothhaupt K.-O. (2010) Ecological studies on the decomposition rate of fish carcasses by benthic organism: nutrient cycling in the littoral zone of Lake Konstanz, Germany. Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology, 46: 1-12.


  • Premke K., Graeve M. (2009). Metabolism and physiological traits of the deep sea amphipod Eurythenes gryllus. Vie et Milieu - Life & Environment, 59: 251-260.


  • Premke K., Klages M., Arntz W.E. (2006). Aggregations of Arctic deep-sea scavengers at large food falls: temporal distribution, consumption rates and population structure. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 325:121-135.


  • Premke K., Muyakshin S., Klages M., Wegner J. (2003). Evidence for long range chemoreceptive tracking of food odour in deep sea scavengers by scanning sonar data, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 285-286, 283-294.
  • Soltwedel T., Juterzenka K. v., Premke K., Klages M. (2003). What a lucky shot! Photographic evidence for a medium-sized natural food-fall at the deep seafloor, Oceanologica acta, 26 (5/6): 623-628.


  • Premke K., Arndt H. (2000). Predation on heterotrophic flagellates by protists: Food selectivity determined using a live-staining technique, Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 150, 17-28.

Book chapter

Premke, K. & Muyakshin, S. (2005). Finding food in the deep sea. In Wille P.C. (ed.) Sound images of the Ocean in research and monitoring. Springer Verlag, Chapter 6.3.2, 314-316.


Non-peer reviewed articles

Anger S, Arndt M, Braun B, Cullmann A, Hagemann U, Kraatz S, Mogilatenko A, Premke K., Schwarzkopf J, Teney C, Thomas M, Wolf S. (2012) Verfügbare Potentiale in der Wissenschaft erkennen und Kompetenzen stärken! (2012) (http://www.wissenschaftsmanagement-online.de/converis/artikel/1844)

Premke K. (2003) Aggregation of Arctic deep-sea scavenging amphipods at large food falls. Reports on Polar and Marine Research, 531, 140 pp.

Brückner S., Hasemann C., Juterzenka K. v., Premke K., Quéric N., Schewe I., Wegner J. (2002). Deep-sea Biology I. Causes and effects of physical, chemical and biological gradients in the deep sea. II. Investigations on the dynamics of benthic bacterial communities and their impact on small-scale heterogeneity patterns of Arctic deep-sea sediments. III. "Food-falls" - natural disturbances at the seafloor of the deep sea, Reports on Polar and Marine Research, 233, 36-40.

Hasemann C., Premke K. (2002). Einblicke in die Tiefsee, 20 Jahre Forschungsschiff "Polarstern", AWI Sonderdruck, 16-17.

Klages M., Arndt C., Muyakshin S., Premke K., Robert F., Wegner J. (2001). Organic carbon flux to the deep sea - the relevance of large food falls, Reports on Polar and Marine Research. 389, 67-69.

Garstecki T., Güber A., Premke K. ,Verhoeven R., Arndt H., Wickham S.A. (1999). Trophische Beziehungen innerhalb benthischer mikrobieller Nahrungsgewebe, Bodden, 8, 29-38.





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