Dr. Karin Glaser

Research interests

  • Using polyphasic approach to define species of terrestrial microalgal key players
  • Combine culture-dependent and –independ methods to uncover species composition within biological soil crusts (microscopy, sequencing of ribosomal marker genes)
  • Reveal the ecological function of biological soil crusts by linking methods from soil science with diversity analyses in the crust
  • Develop and optimize modern molecular methods (Next-generation-sequencing) for the application in biological soil crusts


2017: Grant of the Max Buchner Research Foundation of the DECHEMA


Kern, R., Hotter, V., Frossard, A., Albrecht, M., Baum, C., Tytgat, B., De Maeyer, L., Valezquez, D., Seppey, C., Frey, B., Plötze, M, Verleyen, E., Quesada, A., Svenning, M., Glaser, K., Karsten, U. (2019). Comparative vegetation survey with focus on cryptogamic covers in the high Arctic along two differing catenas. Polar Bioldoi.org/10.1007/s00300-019-02588-z

Mikhailyuk, T., Vinogradova, O., Holzinger, A., Glaser, K., Samolov, E., & Karsten, U. (2019). New record of the rare genus Crinalium Crow (Oscillatoriales, Cyanobacteria) from sand dunes of the Baltic Sea, Germany: epitypification and emendation of Crinalium magnum Fritsch et John based on an integrative approach. Phytotaxa, 400: 165.

Mikhailyuk T., Glaser K., Tsarenko P., Demchenko E., Karsten U. 2019. Composition of biological soil crusts from sand dunes of the Baltic Sea coast in the context of an integrative approach to the taxonomy of microalgae and cyanobacteria. European Journal of Phycology 1–28.

Sommer, V., Kockx, M., Wölk, A. & Glaser, K. (2019) Von Vogelkot zu grünen Teppichen – Eine neue Möglichkeit, Kali-Rückstandshalden mit biologischen Bodenkrusten zu begrünen. Biologie in unserer Zeit 49 (2), 122-130. doi.org/10.1002/biuz.201910671

Samolov, E., Mikhailyuk, T., Lukešová, A., Glaser, K., Büdel, B. & Karsten, U. (2018) Usual alga from unusual habitats: biodiversity of Klebsormidium (Klebsormidiophyceae, Streptophyta) from the phylogenetic superclade G isolated from biological soil crusts. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 133, 236-255. doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2018.12.018

Mikhailyuk, T., Vinogradova, O., Glaser, K., Demchenko, E. & Karsten, U. (2018) Diversity of terrestrial algae of Cape Kazantip (the Sea of Azov, Ukraine) and some remarks on their phylogeny and ecology. International Journal on Algae 20, 313-338. doi.org/10.1615/InterJAlgae.v20.i4.10

Mikhailyuk, T., Lukešová, A., Glaser, K., Holzinger, A., Obwegeser, S., Nyporko, S., Friedl, T., Karsten, U. (2018). New Taxa of Streptophyte Algae (Streptophyta) from Terrestrial Habitats Revealed Using an Integrative Approach. Protist 169:406–431. DOI: 10.1016/j.protis.2018.03.002

Pierangelini, M., Glaser, K., Mikhailyuk, T., Karsten, U., Holzinger, A. (2018). Light and Dehydration but Not Temperature Drive Photosynthetic Adaptations of Basal Streptophytes (Hormidiella, Streptosarcina and Streptofilum) Living in Terrestrial Habitats. Microbial Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-018-1225-x

Lv, Z., Leite, AF., Harms, H., Glaser, K., Liebetrau, J., Kleinsteuber, S., Nikolausz, M. (2018). Microbial community shifts in biogas reactors upon complete or partial ammonia inhibition. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. DOI: 10.1007/s00253-018-9444-0

Glaser, K., Baumannn, K., Leinweber, P., Mikhailyuk, T., Karsten, U. (2018), Algal richness in BSCs in forests under different management intensity with some implications for P cycling, Biogeosciences 15:4181-4192, DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-4181-2018.

Glaser, K., Donner, A., Albrecht, M., Mikhailyuk, T., & Karsten, U. (2017), Habitat-specific composition of morphotypes with low genetic diversity in the green algal genus Klebsormidium (Streptophyta) isolated from biological soil crusts in Central European grasslands and forests, Eur J Phycol, 52: 188–199, DOI: 10.1080/09670262.2016.1235730.

Baumann, K., Glaser, K., Mutz, J.-E., Karsten, U., MacLennan, A., Hu, Y., Michalik, D., Kruse, J., Eckhardt, K.-U., Schall, P., Leinweber, P. (2017), Biological soil crusts of temperate forests: Their role in P cycling, Soil Biol. Biochem., 109, 156–166, DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.02.011.

Fiore-Donno, A.M., Rixen, C., Rippin, M., Glaser, K., Samolov, E., Karsten, U., et al. (2017), New barcoded primers for efficient retrieval of cercozoan sequences in high-throughput environmental diversity surveys, with emphasis on worldwide biological soil crusts, bioRxiv, 171611, preprint, DOI: 10.1101/171611.

Donner, A., Glaser, K.; Borchhardt, N.; Karsten U. (2017), Ecophysiological response on dehydration and temperature in terrestrial Klebsormidium (Strptophyta) isolated from biological soil crusts in Central European grasslands and forests, Environmental Microbiology, DOI: 10.1007/s00248-016-0917-3.

Lippert, H., Weigelt, R., Glaser, K., Krauss, R., Bastrop, R., Karsten, U. (2017), Teredo navalis in the Baltic Sea: Larval Dynamics of an Invasive Wood-Boring Bivalve at the Edge of Its Distribution, Front Mar Sci, 4, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00331.

Mikhailyuk, T., Vinogradova, O.N., Glaser, K., Karsten, U. (2016), New Taxa for the Flora of Ukraine, in the Context of Modern Approaches to Taxonomy of Cyanoprokaryota/Cyanobacteria, International Journal on Algae 18, DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v18.i4.10.

Wintsche, B., Glaser, K., Sträuber, H., Centler, F., Liebetrau, J., Harms, H., & Kleinsteuber, S. (2016), Trace Elements Induce Predominance among Methanogenic Activity in Anaerobic Digestion, Front Microbiol, 7: 2034, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.02034.

Mikhailyuk, T., Glaser, K., Holzinger, A., Karsten, U. (2015), Biodiversity of Klebsormidium (Streptophyta) from alpine biological soil crusts (Alps, Tyrol, Austria, and Italy), J Phycol 51:750–767, DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12316.

Glaser, K., Kuppardt, A., Boenigk, J., Harms, H., Fetzer, I., Chatzinotas, A. (2015), The influence of environmental factors on protistan microorganisms in grassland soils along a land-use gradient, Science of The Total Environment 537, 33–42, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.07.158.

Glaser, K., Kuppardt, A., Krohn, S., Heidtmann, A., Harms, H., Chatzinotas, A. (2014), Primer pairs for the specific environmental detection and T-RFLP analysis of the ubiquitous flagellate taxa Chrysophyceae and Kinetoplastea, J. Microbiol. Methods 100: 8–16, DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2014.02.006.

Allan, E., Bossdorf, O., Dormann, C.F., Prati, D., Gossner, M.M., Tscharntke, T., Blüthgen, N., Bellach, M., Birkhofer, K., Boch, S., Böhm, S., Börschig, C., Chatzinotas, A., Christ, S., Daniel, R., Diekötter, T., Fischer, C., Friedl, T., Glaser, K., Hallmann, C., Hodac, L., Hölzel, N., Jung, K., Klein, A.M., Klaus, V.H., Kleinebecker, T., Krauss, J., Lange, M., Morris, E.K., Müller, J., Nacke, H., Pašalić, E., Rillig, M.C., Rothenwöhrer, C., Schall, P., Scherber, C., Schulze, W., Socher, S.A., Steckel, J., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Türke, M., Weiner, C.N., Werner, M., Westphal, C., Wolters, V., Wubet, T., Gockel, S., Gorke, M., Hemp, A., Renner, S.C., Schöning, I., Pfeiffer, S., König-Ries, B., Buscot, F., Linsenmair, K.E., Schulze, E.-D., Weisser, W.W., Fischer, M. (2014), Interannual variation in land-use intensity enhances grassland multidiversity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, 308–313, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1312213111.

Chatzinotas, A., Schellenberger, S., Glaser, K., Kolb, S. (2013), Assimilation of Cellulose-Derived Carbon by Microeukaryotes in Oxic and Anoxic Slurries of an Aerated Soil, Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79:18 5777-5781, DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01598-13.

Leibeling, S., Glaser, K., Neytschev, M., Harms, H., Müller, R. (2014), Productive Degradation of Dichlorprop by Transconjugant Strains Carrying Plasmid pMC1 of Delftia acidovorans MC1 with Special Focus on the Activity of RdpA, p. 1:28, In Handbook on Herbicides: Biological Activity, Classification and Health & Environmental Implications. Nova Science Publishers Inc.


Work experience      
Since 2016 Scientific Assistant Support teaching and diverse projects Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2014-2016 Scientist Crustfunction within DFG-funded SPP 1374 Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2012-2014 Scientist Microbial systems ecology, Bioenergy (cooperation DBFZ) Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
2008-2011 Scientist ActiFlag within DFG-funded SPP 1374 Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
2016 Doctoral Thesis Monitoring diversity patterns of active flagellate taxa in different grassland ecosystems as a tool in terrestrial ecology University of Leipzig
2008-2011 HIGRADE Graduate school Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
2007-2008 Diploma thesis Identification of potential activity markers in protists by molecular and proteomic techniques Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
2002-2008 Studies Biology; main subjects: Microbiology, Genetics, Immunology, Biochemistry University of Leipzig

Contact Details

Dr. Karin Glaser
University of Rostock
Institute for Biological Sciences
Applied Ecology and Phycology
Albert-Einstein-Str. 3
D-18059 Rostock
Phone +49 381 498 6093
Fax +49 381 498 6072


K. Glaser. © J. Tetzke
Filamentous algae stabilize sandy particles and form a biological soil crust.