Dr. Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen
Tel.+49 341 2351787
Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen`s research interests concern community responses to multiple stressors and contaminants with special focus on biofilm ecology. Her work is based on ecological concepts like stress/pollution-induced community tolerance (SICT/PICT). In order to understand the underlying processes of stress responses, she investigates molecular responses like metabolomics and links them to phenotypic observations including physiologically-based (photosynthesis) and ecologically-based parameters (dynamics of species traits, community tolerance). Model systems she is working with rang from algal cultures to periphyton communities. She is performing her research at contaminated field sites. To better understand community dynamics at complex field conditions, she addresses specific research questions, derived from field observations by in-situ field investigations and in model-ecosystems like mesocosms (MOBICOS).