Tropical soil organic carbon dynamics along erosional disturbance gradients in relation to variability in soil geochemistry and land use  

Duration:   from 2017 to 2022

Funding institution: DFG Emmy Noether programme   

Principal Investigator(s): Prof. Dr. Sebastian Doetterl

Associate Researchers: Benjamin Bukombe, Daniel Muhindo, Laurent Kidinda, Mario Reichenbach, Florian Wilken



Research topics: tropical soil organic carbon dynamics along erosional disturbance gradients in relation to soil geochemistry and land use.


  • Doetterl S. 2019. Understanding carbon cycling in tropical soil systems. EU Research SUM19/P37.
  • Bukombe, B., Fiener, P., Hoyt, A.M., Doetterl, S. 2021, Controls on heterotrophic soil respiration and carbon cycling in geochemically distinct African tropical forest soils. SOIL Discuss., 1-32.
  • Reichenbach, M., Fiener, P., Garland, G., Griepentrog, M., Six, J., Doetterl, S. 2021. The role of geochemistry in organic carbon stabilization in tropical rainforest soils. SOIL Discuss., 1-35.
  • Tamale, J., Hüppi, R., Griepentrog, M., Turyagyenda, L.F., Barthel, M., Doetterl, S., Fiener, P., van Straaten, O. 2021. Nutrient limitations regulate soil greenhouse gas fluxes from tropical forests: evidence from an ecosystem-scale nutrient manipulation experiment in Uganda. SOIL Discuss. 2021, 1-24.
  • Wilken, F., Fiener, P., Ketterer, M., Meusburger, K., Muhindo, D.I., van Oost, K., Doetterl, S. 2021. Assessing soil erosion of forest and cropland sites in wet tropical Africa using 239+240Pu fallout radionuclides. SOIL Discuss., 1-22. 

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