Dr. Lea Steinle


Office room number 14
Bernoullistrasse 30
4056 Basel

Office phone
+41 (0)61 207 35 96

Employment Information

2012 - 2016: PhD candidate funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF): Project title: "Microbial methane consumption in contrasting ocean environments: effects of elevated seepage and geochemical boundary conditions” at the Aquatic and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (Group Lehmann), University of Basel, Switzerland

2010 – 2011: Teaching assistant in 3 different classes offered by the Botanical Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland

2009: Laboratory Assistant, UBC, Vancouver, Canada


2010 – 2011: MSc in Plant Science at the University of Basel, Switzerland; Thesis on Plant – Pathogen interactions in the group of Prof. Thomas Boller

2009 – 2010: Physics as second study subject at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

2006 – 2009: Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

2008 – 2009: Exchange at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Steinle, L., M. Schmidt, L. Briant, M. Haeckel, P. Linke, S. Sommer, J. Zopfi, M. F. Lehmann, T. Treude, and H. Niemannn (2016). Linked sediment and water-column methanotrophy at a man-made gas blowout in the North Sea: Implications for methane budgeting in seasonally stratified shallow seas. Limnology and Oceanography, DOI: 10.1002/lno.10388

Carolyn A. Graves, Lea Steinle, Gregor Rehder, Helge Niemann, Douglas P. Connelly, David Lowry, Rebecca E. Fisher, Andrew W. Stott, Heiko Sahling, Rachael H. James: Fluxes and fate of dissolved methane released at the seafloor at the landward limit of the gas hydrate stability zone offshore western Svalbard. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 09/2015;  DOI:10.1002/2015JC011084

Katrien J. J. Van Landeghem, Helge Niemann, Lea I. Steinle, Shane S. O’Reilly, Dei G. Huws, Peter F. Croker: Geological settings and seafloor morphodynamic evolution linked to methane seepage. Geo-Marine Letters 04/2015; 35(4). DOI:10.1007/s00367-015-0407-5

Steinle, L., C. A. Graves, T. Treude, B. Ferré, A. Biastoch, I. Bussmann, C. Berndt, S. Krastel, R. H. James, E. Behrens, C. W. Böning, J. Greinert, C-J. Sapart, M. Scheinert, S. Sommer, M. F. Lehmann and H. Niemann. Water column methanotrophy controlled by a rapid oceanographic switch. Nature Geoscience. 10.1038/ngeo2420 (advance online publication)

Niemann, H., L.I. Steinle, J. H. Blees, I. Bussmann, T. Treude S. Krause, M. Elvert, M.F. Lehmann, 2015. Toxic effects of lab grade butyl rubber stoppers on aerobic methane oxidation. Limnol. Oceanogr.: Methods 13, 2015, 40–52 VC 2015 Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography doi: 10.1002/lom3.10005

C. Berndt, T. Feseker, T. Treude1, S. Krastel, V. Liebetrau1, H. Niemann, V. J. Bertics, I. Dumke, K. Dünnbier, B. Ferré, C. Graves, F. Gross, K. Hissmann, V. Hühnerbach, S. Krause, K. Lieser, J. Schauer, L. Steinle (2014). Temporal Constraints on Hydrate-Controlled Methane Seepage off Svalbard. Science 343, 284-287.

Xin D-W, Liao S, Xie Z-P, Hann DR, Steinle L, et al. (2012) Functional Analysis of NopM, a Novel E3 Ubiquitin Ligase (NEL) Domain Effector of Rhizobium sp. Strain NGR234. PLoS Pathog 8(5): e1002707. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002707