The Ruff Lab investigates the ecology and ecophysiology of microbial communities. We are interested in the metabolisms, syntrophic interactions and exchanged metabolites that enable coexistence of microbial populations. Currently, we focus on
- microorganisms degrading polymeric organic matter in hydrothermal sediments
- microorganisms forming phototrophic blooms in estuarine ecosystems
- microorganisms dwelling in shallow groundwater aquifers
To obtain broad insights into such food webs we are using a combination of in situ and in vitro methods including batch- and continuous cultivation, multi-omics, microscopy and biogeochemistry. Take a look at our research projects, meet our lab members and succumb to the wonders of the microcosmos.