Mikrobielle Ozeanographie & Biogeochemie (MOBi)

Dr. Kristin Bergauer

Junior Gruppenleiter am Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

RD3: Marine Ökologie

FB: Ökosystembiologie des Ozeans


Raum: 1.429
Tel: +49 431 600-4404
E-Mail: kbergauer(at)geomar.de

GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Wischhofstrasse 1-3, 
24148 Kiel, Germany


  • Marine mikrobielle Ökologie & Biochemie
  • Ökologie der Archaeen
  • Tiefsee Biologie | Pelagische Kreisläufe
  • Nährstoff-Zyklen
  • Das marine Metabolom (Genom, Transkriptom, Proteom)
  • Vitamine | mikrobielle Interaktionen


Bergauer Lab

Aktuelle Projekte (siehe englische Seite)


  • 2010 - 2018: Ph.D in Bio-Oceanography, Department of Limnology & Bio-Oceanogrpahy, University of Vienna, Austria "Hetero and chemoautotrophic substrate utilisation in marine prokaryotic communities" Mentor: Dr. Gerhard J. Herndl
  • 2006 - 2008: M.Sc. of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria
    "Diversity and mode of transmission of Nitrospira in marine sponges"
    Mentors: Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Wagner & Dr. Mike Taylor (University of Aukland, New Zealand)

Beruflicher Werdegang


  • 09/2022 – present      Junior research group leader at the Ocean EcoSystems Biology Unit, RD3 | GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany.

  • 01/2019 – 09/2022     Post-doctoral researcher at the Ocean EcoSystems Biology Unit, RD3 | GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. Advisor: Prof. Alexandra Z. Worden
  • 01/2018 – 12/2018     Post-doctoral researcher, at the Microbial ecology research group of Alexandra Z. Worden, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), California, USA 



  • Tiefsee Mikrobiologie
  • Marine Archaeen
  • Multi-omics' Technologien in der mikrobiellen Ozeanographie


Work days at sea (as of July 2023): ~170.

  1. RV Atlantic Explorer | Bermuda; BIOS-SCOPE Forschungsprogramm. (5 Tage) July 2023.
  2. RV Alkor Baltic Sea; AL594. (8 Tage) April 2023.
  3. RV Littorina | Baltic Sea (1 Tag) September 2022.
  4. RV Atlantic Explorer | Bermuda; BIOS-SCOPE Forschungsprogramm. (5 Tage) July 2022.
  5. RV Western Flyer Co-Chief Scientist East Pacific; ROV deployment, (10 Tage) September 2019. DVM19
  6. RV Atlantic Explorer | Bermuda; BIOS-SCOPE Forschungsprogramm. (5 Tage) July 2019.
  7. RV Western Flyer | Co-Chief Scientist East Pacific; ROV deployment, (5 Tage) April 2019. MMV19
  8. RV Atlantic Explorer | Bermuda; BIOS-SCOPE Forschungsprogramm. 5 Tage) July 2018.
  9. RV Western Flyer East Pacific; ROV deployment, (4 Tage) 2018. FSEL
  10. RV Western Flyer | ​​​​​​​East Pacific; ROV deployment, (10 Tage) 2018. DSEL
  11. RV Melville ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Gulf of Alaska, Deep Ocean Refractory Carbon (DORC), SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography, in the (PI D. Hansell). (3 Wochen) August 2013.
  12. RV Pelagia | ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​North Atlantic gyre (PI G.J. Herndl), (4 Wochen) 2012.
  13. RV James Cook | ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dutch Geotraces West Atlantic cruise (PI M. Rijkenberg, NIOZ), (6 Wochen)  2011.
  14. RV Pelagia | ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​North Atlantic gyre (PI G.J. Herndl), (4 Wochen) 2010.
  15. RV Kilo Moana | ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Summer course on microbial oceanography (C-MORE at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), (1 Woche) 2010.



Eckmann, C. A., Eberle, J. S., Wittmers, F., Wilken, S., Bergauer, K., Poirier, C., ... & Worden, A. Z. (2023). Eukaryotic algal community composition in tropical environments from solar salterns to the open sea. Frontiers in Marine Science10, Art-Nr.

Suffridge, C. P., Bolaños, L. M., Bergauer, K., Worden, A. Z., Morré, J., Behrenfeld, M. J., & Giovannoni, S. J. (2020). Exploring vitamin B1 cycling and its connections to the microbial community in the North Atlantic Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science7, 606342.

Biller, S. J., Berube, P.M., Dooley, K., Williams, M., Satinsky, B.M., Hackl, T., Hogle, S.L., Coe, A., Bergauer, K., Bouman, H.A., Browning, T.J., De Corte, D., Hassler, C., Jacquot, J.E., Maas, E.W., Reinthaler, T., Sintes, E., Yokokawa, T., and Chisholm, S.W., 2018. Marine microbial metagenomes sampled across space and time.  Scientific Data Nature.

Berube, P. M., Biller, S. J., Hackl, T., Hogle, S. L., Satinsky, B. M., Becker, J. W., Braakman, R., Collins, S. B., Kelly, L., Berta-Thompson, J., Coe, A., Bergauer, K., Bouman, H. A., Browning, T. J., De Corte, D., Hassler, C., Hulata, Y., Jacquot, J. E., Maas, E., Reinthaler, T., Sintes, E., Yokokawa, T., Lindell, D., Stepanauskas R., and Chisholm, S. W., 2018. Single cell genomes of Prochlorococcus, Synechococcus, and sympatric microbes from diverse marine environments. Scientific Data Nature.

Bergauer, K., Fernández-Guerra, A., Garcia, JA., Sprenger, RR., Stepanauskas, R., Pachiadaki, M., Jensen, ON., Herndl, GJ., 2017. Organic matter processing by microbial communities throughout the Atlantic water column as revealed by metaproteomics. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA.

Pachiadaki, M., Sintes, E., Bergauer, K., Swan, B., Hallam, S., Record, N., Lopez-Garcia, P., Herndl, G., Stepanauskas, R., 2017. Major role of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in dark ocean carbon fixation. Science 358: 1046-1051.

Frade, P.R., Roll, K.R., Bergauer, K., Herndl, G.J., 2016. Archaeal and bacterial communities associated with the surface mucus of Caribbean corals differ in their degree of host specificity and community turnover over reefs. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0144702. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144702, 2011.

Bergauer, K., Sintes, E., van Bleijswijk, J., Witte, H., Herndl, GJ., 2013. Abundance and distribution of archaeal acetyl-CoA/propionyl-CoA carboxylase genes indicative for putatively chemoautotrophic Archaea in the tropical Atlantic's interior. FEMS Journal 84:461-473.

Sintes, E., Bergauer, K., De Corte, D., Yokokawa, T., Herndl, GJ., 2013. Archaeal amoA gene diversity points to distinct biogeography of ammonia-oxidizing Crenarchaeota in the ocean. Environmental Microbiology 15:1647-1658.

Grote, J., Bayindirli, C., Bergauer, K., de Moraes, PC., Chen, H., D'Ambrosio, L., Edwards, B., Fernandez-Gomez, B., Hamisi, M., Logares, R., Nguyen, D., Rii, YM., Schutte, C., Widner, B., Church, MJ., Steward, GF., Karl, DM., DeLong, EF., Eppley, JM., Schuster, SC., Kyrpides, NC., Rappe, MS., 2011. Draft genome sequence of strain HIMB100, a cultured representative of the SAR116 clade of marine Alphaproteobacteria. SIGS (Standards in Genomic Sciences) Journal 5:269-278.