Christoph Tebbe graduated at the University of Münster, Germany and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Irvine, USA. He is the Head of the Group “Molecular Ecology and Environmental Microbiology” in the Thünen Institute of Biodiversity. He initiated the internationally well recognized triannual Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics. Christoph Tebbe is the Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Soil Biology and has been an editor of FEMS Microbiology Ecology. He also supports as an external expert to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy, where he served for nine years as a member of the Panel on Genetically Modified Plants and Microorganisms.
The research focus of his group is on various aspects of soil microbiology and organic waste treatments mainly applying nucleic acid and isotope-based techniques. Previous collaborative studies also concerned the microbiology of animals (insects, earthworms, amphibians, ruminants). Recent studies from his group demonstrated a close link between structural soil properties and microbial taxonomic diversity. Ongoing research projects in his group tackle the issue of “scale” for assessing soil microbial diversity and interactions and the implications of root-released energy rich carbon sources on the self-organization of soil microbial communities and the formation of soil aggregates. Ongoing research projects at the European level relate the Environmental Risk Assessments of Bacteriophages used as plant protection agents (VIROPLANT) and the implications of crop diversification of soil microbial communities and ecosystem services (DiverIMPACTS).