MSc opportunities

MSc projects are offered in different research areas and as part of current projects of the research group Biogeochemistry (Prof. M. Lehmann).

In general, MSc work in our group requires some interest in isotope- and trace gas analytical and/or organic geochemical methods. It is possible that potential MSc candidates propose their own project, possibly in collaboration with external research institutions.

MSc research areas:

  • Aquatic Biogeochemistry
  • Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
  • Organic Geochemistry
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Paleolimnology/Paleo-Oceanography


Possible / ongoing MSc-projects:

  • 30 Years of de-eutrophication in Swiss lakes: Calibrating isotopic paleoproductivity proxy records and assessing the impact on redox-sensitive metals in the sediments (pdf)
  • Effects of nutrient availability on methane production in cyanobacteria (pdf)
  • Identification and quantification of functional genes in the Lake Lugano water column (pdf)
  • Aerobic ammonium oxidation by methanotrophs in Lake Lugano (pdf)
  • Rate-dependent isotope fractionation during denitrification (pdf)
  • Past and present importance of CH4 as source of carbon in the food web of an alpine lake (pdf)
  • Stickstofffixierung im Luganersee: Geochemische und biologische Untersuchungen (pdf)
  • N2O and nitrite as important intermediates in lacus-trine N cycling - Insights from N and O isotope ratios (pdf)
  • Variations in the nitrate loading in the River Rhine – Tracing contaminant sources using nitrate stable isotopes (pdf)
  • List of other possible Master projects (pdf)