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PD Dr. habil. Martin Könneke

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DFG Heisenberg Group Archaeal Life in the Ocean


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MARUM I, 2620

Martin Könneke
DFG-Heisenberg Programm
Mailing address: MARUM - Research Faculty
University of Bremen
PO Box 330 440
28334 Bremen, Germany
Shipping address: MARUM - Research Faculty
University of Bremen
Leobener Strasse 8
28359 Bremen, Germany



Research Interest

  • Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry
  • Ecophysiology of Marine Archaea
  • Chemolithotrophs from hot environments
  • Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria in Marine Sediments

Curriculum Vitae


2014Habilitation at the University of Oldenburg, Germany
Thesis: The discovery of ammonia-oxidizing archaea - Cultivation and characterization of a novel, globally abundant group of chemolithoautotrophic archaea
Venia legendi in Microbiology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany
2001Dr. rer. nat.(Ph.D.) in Microbiology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology and the University of Bremen, Germany
Thesis: Cellular fatty acids of sulfate-reducing bacteria from permanently cold marine sediments (Prof. F. Widdel & Prof. B.B. Jørgensen)
1997Diploma in Biology at the Technical University Carolo Wilhelmina of Braunschweig, Germany


 Professional Experience

since 2016DFG Heisenberg fellow and group leader at the MARUM, University of Bremen
since 2014Lecturer (Privatdozent) at the ICBM, University of Oldenburg
2012-2016Senior scientist at the MARUM, University of Bremen
2011-2012Staff scientist at the Biogeochemistry Dept. of the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen
2005-2011Assistant professor at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), University of Oldenburg, Germany
2003-2005Postdoc with Dave Stahl at the Dept. for Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA
2001-2003Postdoc with Fritz Widdel and Rudi Amann at the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen
1997-2001Doctoral study with Fritz Widdel and Bo Barker Jørgensen at the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen


ORCID Martin Könneke: 0000-0001-6770-414x


W. Wu, T.B. Meador, M. Könneke, M. Elvert, G. Wegener, and K.-U. Hinrichs (accepted)
Substrate-dependent incorporation of carbon and hydrogen for lipid biosynthesis by Methanosarcina barkeri
Environ. Microbiol. Reports (published online https://doi.org/10.1111/1758-2229.12876)


T.B. Meador, N. Schoffelen, T.G. Ferdelman, O. Rebello, A. Khachikyan, and M. Könneke (2020)
Carbon recycling efficiency and phosphate turnover by marine nitrifying archaea
Science Advances 6(19) eaba 1799


T.W. Evans, S. Coffinet, M. Könneke, J.S. Lipp, K.W. Becker, M. Elvert, V. Heuer, and K.-U. Hinrichs  (2019)
Assessing the carbon assimilation and production of benthic archaeal lipid biomarkers using lipid-RIP
Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 265: 431-442


B. Bayer, C. Pelikan, M. Bittner, T. Reinthaler, M. Könneke, G. Herndl, and P. Offre (2019)
Proteomic response of three marine ammonia-oxidizing archaea towards hydrogen peroxide and their metabolic interactions with a heterotrophic alphaproteobacterium
mSystems (DOI: 10.1128/mSystems.00181-19)


A. Khachikyan, J. Milucka, S. Littmann, S. Ahmerkamp, T. Meador, M. Könneke, T. Burg and M. Kuypers (2019)
Direct cell mass measurments expand the role of small microorganisms in nature.
Appl. Environ. Microbiol (published online DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00493-19)


K. Kitzinger et al. (2019)
Cyanate and urea are substrates for nitrification by Thaumarchaeota in the marine environment
Nature Microbiology 4: 234-243


L. Wörmer et al. (2019)
Microbial dormancy in the marine subsurface: Global endospore abundance and response to burial
Science Advances Vol.5,  no. 2, eaav1024 (DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aav1024)


M. Ermel, T. Behrendt, R. Oswald, B. Derstroff, D. Wu, S. Hohlmann, C. Stönner, A. Pommerening-Röser, M. Könneke, J. Williams, F. X. Meixner, M. O. Andreae, I. Trebs and M. Sörgel (2018)
Hydroxylamine released by nitrifying microorganisms is a precursor for HONO emission from drying soils.
Scientific Reports (published online DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-20170-1)


T.W. Evans, M. Könneke, J.S. Lipp, R.A. Adhikari, H. Taubner, M. Elvert, and K.-U. Hinrichs  (2018)
Lipid biosynthesis of Nitrosopumilus maritimus dissected by lipid specific radioisotope probing (lipid-RIP) under contrasting ammonium supply
Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 242: 51-63.


D. Gruen, D.T. Wang, M. Könneke, B.D. Topcuoglu, L.C. Stewart, T. Goldhammer, J.F. Holden, K.-U. Hinrichs and S. Ono (2018)
Experimental investigation on the controls of clumped isotopologues and hydrogen isotope ratios in microbial methane
Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 237: 339-356.


 W. Qin et al. (2017)
Nitrosopumilus maritimus gen. nov. sp. nov.,Nitrosopumilus cobalaminigenes sp. nov., Nitrosopumils oxycline sp. nov., and Nitrosopumilus ureiphilus sp. nov., four marine ammonia-oxidizing archaea of the phylum Thaumarchaeota
Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 67: 5067-5079.

   F.J. Elling,  M. Könneke, G.W. Nicol et al.  (2017)
Chemotaxonomic characterization of the thaumarchaeal lipidome.
Environ. Microbiol. 19: 2681-2700.
  A. Huguet, T.B. Meador, F. Laggoun-Defarge, M. Könneke, S. Derenne, K.-U. Hinrichs (2017)
Production rates of bacterial tetraether lipids and fatty acids in peatland under varying oxygen concentrations.
Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 203: 103-116.
2016 C. Zhu, S.G. Wakeham, F.J. Elling, A. Basse, G. Mollenhauer, G.J.M. Versteegh, M. Könneke and K.-U. Hinrichs. (2016)
Stratification of archaeal membrane lipids in the ocean and implication for adaptation and chemotaxonomy of planktonic archaea
Environ. Microbiol. 18: 4324-4336.
  S.J. Hurley, F.J. Elling, M. Könneke, C. Buchwald, S.D. Wankel, A:E. Santorro, J.S. Lipp, K.-U. Hinrichs and Ann Pearson (2016)
Influence of ammonia oxidation rate on thaumarchaeal lipid composition and the Tex86 proxy.
PNAS 113: 7762-7767.
  L. Hoppstock, F. Trusch, C. Lederer P. van West, M. Könneke and P. Bayer (2016)
NmPin from the marine thaumarchaeote Nitrosopumilus maritimus is an
active membrane associated prolyl isomerase.
BMC Biology 14: 53 (DOI: 10.1186/s12915-016-0274-1)
  X.-L. Liu, D. Birgel, F.J. Elling, P.A. Sutton, J.S. Lipp, R. Zhu, C. Zhang, M. Könneke, J. Peckmann, S.J. Rowland, R.E. Summons, K.-U. Hinrichs (2016)
From ether to acid: a plausible degradation pathway of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers
Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 183: 138-152
  N. Widderich, L. Czech, F.J. Elling, M. Könneke, N. Stöveken, M. Pittelkow, R. Riclea, J.S. Dickschat, J. Heider, and E. Bremer (2016) Strangers in the archaeal world: osmostress-responsive biosynthesis of ectoine and hydroxyectoine by the marine thaumarchaeon Nitrosopumilus maritimus
Environ. Microbiol. 18(4): 1227-1248.
  F.J. Elling, K. Becker, M. Könneke, J.M. Schröder, M.Y. Kellermann, M. Thomm and K.-U. Hinrichs (2016) Respiratory quinones in Archaea: phylogenetic distribution and application as biomarker in the marine environment.
Environ. Microbiol. 18(2): 692-707.
2015 F.J. Elling, M. Könneke, M. Mußmann, A. Greve and K.-U. Hinrichs (2015) Influence of temperature, pH, and salinity on membrane composition and TEX86 of marine planktonic thaumarchaeal isolates
Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 171: 238-256.
  M. Könneke (2015) Stoffwechsel mariner Ammoniakoxidierender Archaeen.
Biospektrum 3/15: 267-269.
  D.T. Wang, et al. (2015)
Nonequillibrium clumped isotope signals in microbial methane.
Science 348: 428-431.
  J. Otte, A. Mall, D. Schubert, M. Könneke and I.A. Berg (2015) Malonic semialdehyde reductase from the archaeon Nitrosopumilus maritimus, an enzyme involved in the autotrophic 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate cycle.
Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 81: 1700-1707.
2014 F.J. Elling, M. Könneke, J.S. Lipp, K.W. Becker, E.J. Gagen and K.-U. Hinrichs (2014) Effect of growth phase on the membrane lipid composition of the thaumarchaeon Nitrosopumilus maritimus and their implication for archaeal lipid distribution in the marine environment.
Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 141: 579-597.
  M. Könneke, D.M. Schubert, P.C. Brown, M. Hügler, S. Standfest, T. Schwander, L.S. von Borzyskowski, T.J. Erb, D.A. Stahl and I.A. Berg (2014) Ammonia-oxidizing archaea use the most energy efficient aerobic pathway for CO2 fixation
PNAS 111: 8239-8244.
  T.B. Meador, C. Zhu, F.J. Elling, M. Könneke and K.-U. Hinrichs (2014) Identification of isoprenoid glycosidic glycerol dibiphytanol diethers and indications for their biosynthetic origin.
Organic Geochemistry 69: 70-75.
2013 B. Kraft, B. Engelen, T. Goldhammer, Y.-S. Lin, H. Cypionka and M. Könneke (2013) Desulfofrigus spec. prevails in sulfate-reducing dilution cultures from sediment of the Benguela upwelling area.
FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 84: 86-97.
  M. Könneke, J. Kuever, A. Galushko, and B.B. Jørgensen (2013) Desulfoconvexum algidum gen. nov., sp. nov., a psychrophilic sulfate-reducing bacterium isolated from a permanently cold marine sediment.
Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 63:959-964
2012 J. Yan, S.C.M. Haaijer, J.M. Op den Camp, L. van Niftrik, D.A. Stahl, M. Könneke, D. Rush, J.S.S. Damste, Y.Y. Hu and M.S.M. Jetten (2012) Mimicking the oxygen minimum zones: stimulating interaction of aerobic archaeal and anaerobic bacterial ammonia oxidizers in a laboratory-scale model system.
Environ. Microbiol. 14: 3146-3158.
  M. Könneke, J.S. Lipp and K.-U. Hinrichs (2012) Carbon isotope fractionation by the marine ammonia-oxidizing archaeon Nitrosopumilus maritimus.
Organic Geochemistry 48: 21-24
  C.R. Loescher, A. Kock, M. Könneke, J. LaRoche, H.W. Bange and R.A. Schmitz (2012) Production of oceanic nitrous oxide by ammonia-oxidizing archaea
Biogeosciences 9: 2419-2429
  K. Fichtel, F. Mathes, M. Könneke, H. Cypionka and B. Engelen (2012) Isolation of sulfate-reducing bacteria from sediments above the deep-subseafloor aquifer
Frontiers Microbiol 3: 65
2011 M. Tourna, et al. (2011) Nitrososphaera viennensis, an ammonia-oxidizing archaeon from soil.
PNAS 108: 8420-8425
2010 C.B. Walker et al. (2010) The Nitrosopumilus maritimus genome reveals unique mechanisms for nitrification and autotrophy in globally distributed marine Archaea.
PNAS 107:8818-8823
2009 A. Gittel, M. Seidel, J. Kuever, A.S. Galushko, H. Cypionka and M. Könneke (2009) Desulfopila inferna sp. nov., a sulfate-reducing bacterium isolated from the subsurface of a tidal sand flat.
Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 60: 1626-1630
  M. Beck, et al. (2009) Deep pore water profiles reflect enhanced microbial activity towards tidal flat margins M.
Ocean Dynamics 59: 371-383.
2008 J.R. de la Torre, C.B. Walker, A.E. Ingalls, M. Könneke and D.A. Stahl (2008) Cultivation of a thermophilic ammonia-oxidizing archaeon synthesizing crenarchaeol
Environ. Microbiol. 10: 810-818.
  S. Schouten, et al.(2008) Intact membrane lipids of candidatus Nitrosopumilus maritimus, a cultivated representative of the cosmopolitan mesophilic group I crenarchaeota.
Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74: 2433-2440.
  M. Könneke (2008)
New Crenarchaeota- the organismic link in the nitrogen cycle
Nova Acta Leopoldina NF 96, Nr. 356, Suppl. 3-8.
  A. Gittel, M. Mußmann, H. Sass, H. Cypionka and M. Könneke (2008) Identity and abundance of active sulfate-reducing bacteria in deep tidal flat sediments determined by direct cultivation and CARD-FISH analysis
Environ. Microbiol. 10: 2645-2658.
2005 M. Könneke, A.E. Bernhard, J.R. de la Torre, C.B. Walker, J.B. Waterbury and D.A. Stahl (2005) Isolation of an autotrophic ammonia-oxidizing marine archaeon
Nature 437: 543-546.
  L.M. Smoot, J.C. Smoot, H. Smidt, P.A. Nobel, M. Könneke, Z.A. McMurry and D.A. Stahl (2005) DNA Microarrays as salivary diagnostic tools for characterizing the oral cavity’s microbial community
Adv. Dent. Res. 18: 6-11.
2003 M. Könneke and F. Widdel (2003) Effect of growth temperature on cellular fatty acids in sulphate-reducing bacteria.
Environ. Microbiol. 5: 1064-1070.
2002 R. Rabus, V. Brüchert, J. Amann and M. Könneke (2002) Physiological response to temperature changes by the marine, sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfobacterium autotrophicum strain HRM2
FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 42: 409-416
  E. Llobet-Brossa, R. Rabus, M.E. Böttcher, M. Könneke, N. Finke, A. Schramm, R.L Meyer, S. Götzschel, R. Rossello-Mora and R. Amann (2002) Community structure and activity of sulfate-reducing bacteria in an intertidal surface- sediment: A multi-methods approach
Aquatic Microbial Ecology 29: 211-226
2001 J. Kuever, M. Könneke, A. Galushko and O. Drzyzga (2001) Reclassification of Desulfobacterium phenolicum as Desulfobacula phenolica comb. nov. and description of strain SaxT as Desulfotignum balticum gen. nov., sp. nov.
Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. (2001) 51: 171-177.


Expeditions & Excursions

  • 2018 Atlantic Ocean NW Africa (MS Merian MSM79)
  • 2013 JAMSTEC Research Center for Core Research, Kochi (Japan)
  • 2013 Western Mediterranean Sea (Poseidon POS450)
  • 2011 Lago di Cadagno (Switzerland)
  • 2005-2011 German Wadden Sea
  • 2004 & 2005 Yellowstone NP (USA)
  • 1999 Benguela Up-weeling System (Namibia)
  • 1999 Bay of Conception (Chile, RV Vidal Gormaz)
  • 1998 Svalbard (Norway)
  • 1995 Iceland