Nicolas Brüggemann

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Brüggemann

Head of research group "Plant-Soil-Atmosphere Exchange Processes"


+49 2461/61-8643

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Orcid: 0000-0003-3851-2418


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52428 Jülich

Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften (IBG)

Agrosphäre (IBG-3)

Gebäude 16.6z / Raum 3058


Research group

The aim of the Research Unit “Plant-Soil-Atmosphere Exchange Processes” is the quantification of matter and isotope fluxes between plants, soil and the atmosphere and elucidation of the biogeochemical and physical processes behind them in a range of ecosystems from cropland and grassland to forest. The ultimate goal is to contribute to developing management strategies for increasing water and nutrient use efficiency and reducing environmental pollution.

Research focus

The current research focus of the group is on the effects of anthropogenic activities (fertilization regime, soil management) and global change (temperature, precipitation, land use) on soil functions and plant-soil-atmosphere interactions toward increasing water and nutrient use efficiency as well as carbon storage and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and nitrate leaching. To this end, laboratory incubation, lysimeter and field experiments are conducted, and sophisticated experimental and analytical techniques and facilities are developed.

Research interest

  • The influence of biotic and abiotic processes on biosphere–atmosphere exchange of trace gases
  • Stable isotopes in ecosystem research
  • Application of laser-based isotope analyzers
  • Plant–soil interactions
  • Influence of Global Change on ecosystems

Letzte Änderung: 04.09.2023