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Dr Hendrik Schäfer

Job Title
Life Sciences
+44 2476 575052
Research Interests

Environmental and molecular microbiology, microbiomics, metagenomics
Microbial cycling of atmospheric trace gases, one-carbon (C1) and organic sulfur compounds
Degradation of pollutants and microbial ecosystem services


1997 Diplom Biologe, Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology, University of Bremen, Germany
2001 PhD Marine Microbial Ecology, Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology, University of Bremen, Germany (including research at Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, NIOZ, Texel)
2001-2004 NERC funded postdoc with J.C.Murrell, Biological Sciences, University of Warwick
2004-2007 NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Biological Sciences, University of Warwick
2007-2012 NERC Advanced Fellowship, Warwick HRI, University of Warwick
2012-2017 Associate Professor in Environmental Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

Title Funder Award start Award end
Do plant-associated micro-organisms provide ecosystem services in green infrastructure? NERC CENTA studentship for Letizia Pondini (possibly iCASE) with RHS Royal Horticultural Society 07 Jan 2019 06 Jan 2023
SIMbRICS: Sea Ice Microbiology and the Role In Cycling of Sulfur (DMS, DMSP, DMSO, MT) NERC 01 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2022
Is bacterial DMS consumption dependent on methylamines in marine waters? NERC 01 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2021
Characterization of metabolism of malodorous sulfur-containing volatiles by aerobic methanotrophs in landfill cover soils Royal Society 20 Mar 2019 19 Mar 2021
PATHWAYS & evolution of pollutants: Interactions between physical controlling effects, microbial community composition and pollutant biodegredation rates NERC 30 Jan 2018 29 Jan 2021
Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) BBSRC 14 Nov 2014 31 May 2020
Microbial degradation of DMSO in the marine environment NERC 15 Feb 2014 30 Sep 2017
Genetic Manipulation of rhizodeposition in oilseed rape to improve yield BBSRC 01 Oct 2012 30 Sep 2015
Making and Breaking DMS by Salt Marsh Microbes NERC 01 Apr 2010 31 Mar 2013
Role of Microbial adaption in the biodegradation of chemical pollutants: Extrapolation from laboratory to rivers Unilever UK Central Resources Limited 01 Oct 2009 31 Mar 2013
No-cost extension of Biochemical characterisation of methanethiol oxidase (23640) BBSRC 15 Sep 2012 14 Mar 2013
Stable Isotope Probing-metagenomics of river microbial populations degrading the aromatic pollutant para-nitrophenol (PNP) NERC 01 Aug 2012 28 Feb 2013
Biochemical characterisation of methanethiol oxidase BBSRC 01 Oct 2009 30 Sep 2012
Marine microbial degradation of dimethlsulfide NERC 01 Sep 2007 30 Aug 2012
Sequencing the sea sulphur cycle NERC 11 Feb 2008 10 Feb 2010
Sequencing the sea sulphur cycle NERC 11 Feb 2008 10 Feb 2010
Joint SOLAS Bergen Mesocosm Experiment. NERC 01 Jan 2008 31 Dec 2008
The role of the bacterioneuston in air-sea gas exchange NERC 01 Oct 2005 30 Sep 2008
Genome sequencing of lytic and temperature phases infecting members of the Roseobacter clade. NERC 01 Apr 2008 30 Sep 2008
Fellowship: Hendrik Schaefer NERC 01 Sep 2004 31 Aug 2007
Student into Work Society for Applied Microbiology 01 Jul 2007 31 Aug 2007
Degradation of atmospheric trace gases by marine bacteria Royal Society 01 Sep 2005 30 Aug 2006
Identification of key enzymes of aerobic bacterial DMS oxidation and cloning and sequencing of encoding genes in marine bacterial isolates NERC 01 Mar 2005 31 Dec 2005
Vacation Studentship: Diversity of marine methylotrophs determined by culture-dependent and culture-independent methods Society for General Microbiology 04 Jul 2005 26 Aug 2005