Georg Guggenberger

Georg Guggenberger

Prof. Dr. Georg Guggenberger

Geoecologist, Soil Scientist

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Leibniz Universität Hannover

  • Institute of Soil Science
  • Herrenhäuser Strasse 2, 30419 Hannover
  • Germany

I am a Geoecologist (Diploma) graduated at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, with a major in Soil Science under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Zech. This combination of soil science and geoecology strongly influences my academic career. I consider soils as a complex natural body, which is in tight interactions with other spheres of the environment. Therefore, I always try to link my basic soil research to the impact that it might have in a larger context. This refers for example to the understanding of controlling mechanisms of sorption of dissolved organic matter und different climatic conditions with to the water quality in ground and surface waters. My research is funded by different funding agencies in Germany, the EU, and Russia and published in about 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Based on this experience I am also serving academia as member of several evaluation panels. It is very important for me to involve students into practical education. Therefore, I am organizing quite a high number of field courses besides my regular teaching.

Education and Academic Positions

  • since 2008 Professor of Soil Science (W3) Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
  • 2002-2008 Professor of Soil Biology and Soil Ecology (C3) MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany
  • 2000-2001 Deputy Professor of Soil Biology and Soil Ecology (C3) MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany
  • 1998 Habilitation in Soil Science Universität Bayreuth, Germany
  • 1995-1996 Visiting Scientist Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, USA
  • 1992-2002 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chair of Soil Science Universität Bayreuth
  • 1989-1992 Ph.D. Soil Science Universität Bayreuth
  • 1982-1987 Dipoloma in Geoecology Universität Bayreuth

Research Interests

  • Biogeochemical interactions on mineral surfaces
  • Impact of land use and climate change on soil organic matter
  • Dissolved organic matter biogeochemistry
  • Plant-mycorrhiza-soil interface studies
  • Permafrost soils

Teaching Interests

  • General Soil Science
  • Tropical Soils and Their Utilization
  • Soil Interfaces
  • Problems Associated with Arable Land Use
  • Contaminated Soils
  • Laboratory Courses
  • Soil Mapping Courses
  • Excursions on Soil and Land Management Outside Europe


  • CULTURA PRIZE 2017 – European Award for Sustainable Land Use of Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., Hamburg, Germany


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