Associate Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering

PhD, Molecular Microbial Ecology, University of Bremen, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, 2003

Research Interests

Microbial processes for bioremediation of (in)organic environmental contaminants (mining wastes, agriculture runoff) and the recovery of valuable resources from municipal/industrial wastes.


In his lab, Sebastian Behrens seeks to combine environmental biotechnology, engineering, biogeochemistry, and molecular biology. His research provides insights into the “lifestyle” of microorganisms by linking the quantification of microbiological processes to the in situ activity and dynamics of microbial populations at various temporal and spatial scales in natural and engineered environments.