Jürgen Kesselmeier

Multiphase Chemistry

Main Focus

Expertise: Atmosphere biosphere interactions, biogenic trace gases, botany, Plant Physiology

Main research areas: Cycling of biogenic atmospheric trace gases is closely coupled to Botany (Plant Physiology, Phycology) and can be better understood in relation to biological activities such as photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration and enzymatic processes. Investigations cover terrestrial as well as marine biota as sources or sinks of climatically relevant atmospheric compounds. Recent interests cover the exchange of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC, Monoterpenes, isoprene, oxygenated compounds, acids, aldehydes...), reduced sulphur compounds (H2S, COS, CH3SH, DMS, CS2) as well as nitrogen compounds between the biosphere and the atmosphere. Within theses studies we are interested in the role of higher vegetation, soil biology, algae, cyanobacteria, lichens and mosses.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional career
1976 Staatsexamen (state examination, first degree) Biology and Chemistry, University of Cologne (Germany)
1976 – 1979 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Cologne (Germany)
1979 – 1987 Scientific assistant
1987 Habilitation University of Cologne (Germany)
1987 – 1988 Professor, University of Cologne
1988 – 2017 Research Group leader, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz
1989 Habilitation at University of Mainz (Dr. rer. nat. habil.)
1997– apl. Professor, University of Mainz
2007 – 2017 Head of External Max Planck branch in Manaus, Brazil
June 2017 retired with continuing activities as Senior scientist

Current positions
Retired, Senior Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz in an ATTO consulting function
Professor, Botany, retired, Botanical Institute, University of Mainz
Since 2019 Member of the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA) under the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

Editorial posts
Launching and Chief Editor, Biogeosciences (2004-2017)
Editor, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2002-2010)
Appointments: German Project Coordinator of the “Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO)” project - 2017.
Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Project “Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO)” – 2017

Web of Science ResearcherID E-2389-2016

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