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Dr. Marco Lehmann



Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL D 35


Research Interests

As a biogeochemist I am interested in plant ecophysiology and hydrology, plant-atmosphere interactions, and isotope fractionation models. I like to combine experimental plant studies with research tools from various disciplines such as compound-specific carbon and oxygen isotope analyses (LC- & GC-IRMS, IRIS & CRDS), plant physiological measurements (gas-exchange & leaf traits), plant molecular biology (plant mutants), and biochemical approaches (enzyme activities, compound concentrations).

Recently, I mainly focus on stable oxygen isotopes in carbohydrates (e.g. sugars, starch, cellulose, levoglucosan). I developed a new method for oxygen isotope analyses of individual plant sugars and applied it on several experimental sample sets related to ecophysiological research (see publication list). More exciting oxygen isotope studies are in preparation.

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Scientific Career

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Swiss Federal Institute WSL, Oxygen isotope fractionations among plant assimilates, 01/2017 - today
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Paul-Scherrer Institute, Developing new methods for oxygen isotope analysis, 08/2014 - 12/2016
  • Ph.D. (Dr. sc.), ETH Zurich, Carbon isotopic composition of leaf dark-respired CO2: Influence of different substrates and environmental drivers, 02/2011 - 07/2014
  • Diplom (eq. M. sc.) Biology, Saarland University, Characterization of genetic factors in the network of metal homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana, 04/2004 - 09/2010