Dr. Martin Albrecht

Research interests

  • Genetic Diversity of Soil Crusts
  • Functional Genes and Nutrient cycling in Soil Crusts
  • Polyphasic Identification (morphology, FisH, Amplicon) of Cyanobacteria and Algae

Current Project

Crustfunction II – Land use as driver for structure and function of biological soil crusts

Crustfunction III



Prelle L.R., Albrecht M., Karsten U., Damer P., Giese T., Jähns J., Müller S., Schulz L., Viertel L., Glaser K. (2021). Ecophysiological and cell biological traits of benthic diatoms from coastal wetlands of the southern Baltic Sea. Frontiers in Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.642811

Kurth, J. K., Albrecht, M., Karsten, U., Glaser, K., Schloter, M., and Schulz, S. (2020). Correlation of the abundance of bacteria catalyzing phosphorus and nitrogen turnover in biological soil crusts of temperate forests of Germany. Biol Fertil Soils, 14. doi:10.1007/s00374-020-01515-3.

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

Albrecht M,Pröschold T and Schumann R (2017) Identification of Cyanobacteria in a Eutrophic Coastal Lagoon on the Southern Baltic Coast. Front. Microbiol. 8:923. DOI: 0.3389/fmicb.2017.00923

K. Glaser, A. Donner, M. Albrecht, T. Mikhailyuk, U. Karsten (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. European Journal of Phycology DOI: 10.1080/09670262.2016.1235730


Work Experience      
Since 2017 Scientist „Crustfunction II – Land use as driver for structure and function of biological soil crusts“ Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2010-2013 Student Assistant Diverse projects, e.g. epifluorescence cell counts, E-learning course establishment, cultivation of algae isolates Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2018 Dissertation „Identifizierung des cyanobakteriellen Phytoplanktons der Darß-Zingster Boddenkette“ Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2013 Master Thesis „Diversität von Cyanobakterien der Darß-Zingster Boddenkette“ Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2011-2013 Studies Master of Science Diversity and Evolution University of Rostock
2011 Bachelor Thesis “Einfluss der Temperatur auf das Wachstum und die Photosynthese der bodenverfestigenden Grünalge Klebsormidium falccidum“ Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2008-2011 Studies Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences/ Ecology and Environment Protection University of Rostock, University Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Stays abroad    
10/2008-08/2009 First and second semester of Bachelor studies “Ecology and Environment Protection” in Cluj-Napoca, Romania at the University Babeş-Bolyai Double Degree program Rostock-Cluj-Napoca

Contact Details

Dr. Martin Albrecht
University of Rostock
Institute for Biological Sciences
Applied Ecology & Phycology
Albert-Einstein-Str. 3
D-18059 Rostock
Phone +49 381 498 6094
Fax +49 381 498 6072

Martin Albrecht