Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner


Soil Science

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

The manner and intensity of land utilization gives rise to significant anthropogenic effects on global climate and soil function. Prof. Kögel-Knabner studies the formation, composition and properties of the organic substances in soil and their central role in the global carbon cycle. This is done primarily through the use of spectroscopic methods, such as 13C-NMR spectroscopy and nano-SIMS.  

Prof. Kögel-Knabner studied geo-ecology at Bayreuth University, where she obtained her doctorate (1987) and completed her postdoctoral studies (1992). In 1991, she was appointed professor of soil science and ecology at Ruhr University Bochum and she has taught soil science at TUM since 1995. Prof. Kögel-Knabner is a member of the Leopoldina, Acatech and the Ecology Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. She heads the DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research and is a member of the Bioeconomy Council, an independent board that advises the German government.

Key Publications

Vogel C, Mueller CW, Höschen C, Buegger F, Heister K, Schulz S, Schloter M, Kögel-Knabner I: "Submicron structures provide preferential spots for carbon and nitrogen sequestration in soils". Nature Communications. 2014; 5: 2947.


Wiesmeier M, Spörlein P, Geuß U, Hangen E, Haug S, Reischl A, Schilling B, von Lützow M, Kögel-Knabner I: "Soil organic carbon stocks in southeast Germany (Bavaria) as affected by land use, soil type and sampling depth". Global Change Biology. 2012; 18: 2233-2245.

Kögel-Knabner I, Guggenberger G, Kleber M, Kandeler E, Kalbitz K, Scheu S, Eusterhues K, Leinweber P: „Organo-mineral associations in temperate soils: integrating biology, mineralogy and organic matter chemistry.“ Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 2008; 171: 61-82.


Eusterhues K, Rumpel C, Kögel-Knabner I: "Organo-mineral associations in sandy acid forest soils: importance of specific surface area, iron oxides and micropores". European Journal of Soil Science. 2005; 56: 753-763.

Kiem R, Kögel-Knabner I: “Contribution of lignin and polysaccharides to the refractory carbon pool as studied in C-depleted arable soils.” Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 2003; 35: 101-118.