Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research UFZ
Department of Environmental Microbiology
Permoserstr. 15
04103 Leipzig, Germany

University of Tuebingen
Center for Applied Geoscience (ZAG)
Sigwartstrasse 10
72076 Tübingen, Germany


marie.muehe at ufz.de
eva-marie.muehe at uni-tuebingen.de
mmuehe at stanford.edu
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Research Experience

Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Leader: Plant Biogeochemistry                                      2020 – current
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, Leipzig
RhizoThreats: Rhizosphere Adaptation to Coupled Climate and Heavy Metal Threats

Parental leave                                                                                                                                                         2019 2020

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung Elite Progam for Postdocs                                                                2019 – current
Acquired funding for 1 PhD student for the project GreenCad:
Coupled Climate and Cadmium Impacts on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emission

Affiliated with the Ithaka Institue for Carbon Intelligence as scientific advisor                    2018 – current

Marie Sklodowska Curie and German Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow           
Stanford University, Department of Earth System Science, USA                                                                   2015 2018
With a one-year return phase to the University of Tuebingen, Germany                                                     2018 2019
Impact of Climate Change on the Uptake and Accumulation of Arsenic in Rice

Postdoctoral Scholar                                                                                                                                                          2015
University of Tuebingen, Germany
Biologically-Mediated Recovery of Precious Metals from Household Incineration Waste


Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences – summa cum laude                                                                                        2014
University of Tuebingen / Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)
Plant-Microbe-Soil Interactions in Metal(loid)-Contaminated Environments

Environmental Volunteering Service                                                                                                                         2009

Zeekovlei and Rondevlei Environmental Education Center, Cape Town, South Africa
Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Environmental Protection and Education in the Western Cape, South Africa

Diploma in Biology                                                                                                                                                            2008
University of Tuebingen, Germany
Response of Rice Plant (Oryza sativa L.) to Arsenic-Contaminated Water and Fe(II)-Oxidizing Bacteria

Study Abroad Program – Oregon State University, US                                                                           2004-2005
Funded by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany


    Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications
  1. E. M. Muehe, T. Wang, C. Kerl, B. Planer-Friedrich, S. Fendorf; Nature Communications 2019; 10(1), 1-10; Rice production threats from coupled stresses of climate and soil arsenic.
  2. S. Abramova, J. He, D. Wimmer, M.-L. Lemloh, E. M. Muehe, B. Gann, E. Roehm, R. Kirchhof, M. G. Babechuk, R. Schoenberg, H. Thorwarth, T. Helle, A. Kappler; Waste Management 2018, 79, 735-743; Heavy metal mobility and valuable contents of processed municipal solid waste incineration residues from Southwestern Germany.
  3. R. Yan, A. Kappler, E. M. Muehe, K.-H. Knorr, M. A. Horn, A. Poser, R. Lohmayer, S. Peiffer; Geomicrobiology Journal 2018; Effect of reduced sulfur species on chemolithoautotrophic pyrite oxidation with nitrate.
  4. J. E. Forsyth, M. S. Islam, S. M. Parvez, R. Raqib, M. S. Rahman, E. M. Muehe, S. Fendorf, S. P. Luby; Environmental Research 2018, 166, 1-9; Prevalence of elevated blood lead levels among pregnant women and sources of lead exposure in rural Bangladesh.
  5. E. M. Muehe, G. Morin, L. Scheer, P Le Pape, I. Esteve, B. Daus, A. Kappler; Environmental Science and Technology 2016; 50(5), 2281-2291; Arsenic(V) incorporation in vivianite during microbial reduction of arsenic(V)-bearing biogenic Fe(III) (oxyhydr)oxides.
  6. E. M. Muehe, C. Schmidt, J. He, T. Helle, A. Kappler; Advanced Materials Research, 2015, 1130, 652-655; Microbially supported recovery of precious metals and rare earth elements from urban household waste incineration slag.
  7. E. M. Muehe, P. Weigold, I. J. Adaktylou, B. Planer-Friedrich, U. Krämer, A. Kappler, S. Behrens; Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2015; 81(6), 2173-2181; Rhizosphere microbial community composition affects cadmium and zinc uptake of the metal-hyperaccumulating plant Arabidopsis halleri.
  8. E. M. Muehe, A. Kappler, C. Chaban, B. Daus, Bio-protocol 2015; 5(8), e1445. http://www.bio-protocol.org/e1445; Measuring the arsenic content and speciation in different rice tissues.
  9. E. M. Muehe and A. Kappler; invited review for the research front on arsenic for Environmental Chemistry 2014; 11, 483–495; Arsenic mobility and toxicity in South and Southeast Asia – a review on biogeochemistry, health and socio-economic effects, remediation and risk predictions.
  10. E. M. Muehe, J. Eisele, B. Daus, A. Kappler, K. Harter, C. Chaban; Plant Molecular Biology 2014; 85(3), 301-316; Are rice (Oryza sativa L.) phosphate transporters regulated similarly by phosphate and arsenate? – a comprehensive study.
  11. E. M. Muehe, M. Obst, A. Hitchcock, T. Tylsizczak, S. Behrens, C. Schroeder, J. M. Byrne, M. Michel, U. Kraemer, A. Kappler; Environmental Science and Technology 2013; 47, 14099-14109; Fate of Cd during microbial Fe(III) mineral reduction by a novel and Cd-tolerant Geobacter species.
  12. E. M. Muehe, I. J. Adaktylou, M. Obst, F. Zeitvogel, S. Behrens, B. Planer-Friedrich, U. Kraemer, A. Kappler; Environmental Science and Technology 2013; 47, 13430−13439; Organic carbon and reducing conditions lead to cadmium immobilization by secondary Fe mineral formation in a pH-neutral soil.
  13. E. M. Muehe, L. Scheer, B. Daus, A. Kappler; Environmental Science and Technology 2013; 47, 8297−8307; Fate of arsenic during microbial reduction of biogenic vs. abiogenic As-Fe(III)-mineral co-precipitates.
  14. S. Kleinert, E. M. Muehe, N. Posth, U. Dippon, B. Daus, A. Kappler; Environmental Science and Technology 2011; 45(17), 7533–7541; Biogenic Fe(III) minerals lower the efficiency of iron mineral-based commercial filter systems for arsenic removal.
  15. E. M. Muehe, S. Gerhardt, B. Schink, A. Kappler; FEMS Microbiology Ecology 2009; 70(3), 335–343; Ecophysiology and the energetic benefit of mixotrophic Fe(II) oxidation by various strains of nitrate-reducing bacteria.
    Book Chapters
  1. Kappler, D. Emerson, J. A. Gralnick, E. E. Roden, E. M. Muehe; invited revisions for the Iron Geomicrobiology Chapter in Ehrlich’s Geomicrobiology 2015, 6th edition, editors: D. K. Newman, A. Kappler and H. L. Ehrlich

Selected Honors and Awards

Acquired Funding (major grants only)

  • Helmholtz Young Investigator Grant. Sole PI, Project: Rhizosphere Adaptation to Coupled Climate and Heavy Metal Threats.
  • Baden-Württemberg Foundation's Elite Program for Early Career Researchers. Sole PI, Project: Cadmium impacts on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
  • German Research Foundation (DFG), Co-PI, Project: Biogeochemical coupling of Cd and Fe cycles in agricultural soils under varying redox and geochemical conditions.
  • Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Individual Global Fellowship of the EU, Sole PI, Project: The impact of climate change on the uptake of arsenic into rice.
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Postdoctoral fellowship, Sole PI, Project: The impact of global warming on the uptake of arsenic into rice plants.
  • Central Innovation Programme for small/medium enterprises of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Co-PI, Project: Recovery of economically valuable metals from incineration slag using enriched microbial consortia from different environments.
  • German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) PhD fellowship, Sole PI, Project: Impact of mineral-forming and dissolving bacteria on the uptake and accumulation of cadmium in Arabidopsis halleri.