Kiel Marine Science

Dr. Felix Elling

Max-Eyth-Str. 11-13, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-3894
felling@leibniz.uni-kiel.de

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Information about Dr. Felix Elling

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Felix Elling graduated from the University of Bremen in 2015 with a PhD in Geosciences. From 2016-2020 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences of Harvard University, USA. Since 2021, he is an Emmy-Noether group leader at Kiel University.

Research questions

The research of Felix Elling lies at the interface of geosciences, biology, and chemistry. He analyzes molecular fossils (e.g., lipids and pigments) of microorganisms preserved in rocks and sediments using biological and chemical methods to reconstruct past climate and elemental cycles. The key to interpreting this molecular record of life is a profound understanding of microbial ecology. Therefore, Felix Elling also studies how microorganisms adapt to environmental stresses on the molecular level and how microorganisms interact with elemental cycles. Current research topics include:

  • Reconstruction of ocean temperature using lipids of archaea
  • Isotopic composition of organic molecules as paleoclimate proxies
  • Molecular adaptation of archaea, bacteria, and fungi to environmental stresses
  • Biosynthesis of lipids
  • Evolution of microbial respiration in the context of earth’s geochemical evolution
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