Dr Andrea Mentges

Biodiversity Synthesis

Research interests


I am a marine scientist with a focus on mathematical modeling and the analysis of environmental data.

My research interests include the oceanic cycling of carbon and the impact of diversity on the functioning of ecosystems. During my PhD, I developed numerical ocean models to predict the concentration of climate-relevant carbon compounds, as well as their chemical diversity. Here at iDiv, I work on the analysis of spatial data to decipher the differences in species turnover between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Short CV


Since 2019: Postdoctoral researcher (Biodiversity Synthesis, iDiv, Leipzig)

2015 – 2018: PhD (Graduate program Environmental Sciences and Biodiversity, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Oldenburg, Supervisors: Thorsten Dittmar, Bernd Blasius, and Helmut Hillebrand)

2018: Research fellow (Marine Geochemistry, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Oldenburg

2016: External research stay (School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle)

2010 – 2014: Master of Science (Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg)

2012 – 2014: Research assistant (Marine Sensor Systems group, University of Oldenburg)

2007 – 2010: Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg)



A. Mentges, C. Feenders, C. Deutsch, B. Blasius, and T. Dittmar (2019): “Long-term stability of marine dissolved organic carbon emerges from a neutral network of compounds and microbes”, Scientific Reports, 9:1–13. Link.

B. E. Noriega-Ortega, G. Wienhausen, A. Mentges, T. Dittmar, M. Simon, and J. Niggemann (2019): “Does the Chemodiversity of Bacterial Exometabolomes Sustain the Chemodiversity of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter?”, Frontiers in Microbiology, 10:1–13. Link.

A. Mentges, C. Feenders, M. Seibt, B. Blasius, and T. Dittmar (2017): “Functional molecular diversity of marine dissolved organic matter is reduced during degradation”, Frontiers in Marine Science, 4:194. Link.

J. Schulz, A. Mentges, and O. Zielinski (2016): “Deriving image features for autonomous classification from time-series recurrence plots”, Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid Publications, 12:5. Link.

C. Peppler-Lisbach, L. Beyer, N. Menke, and A. Mentges (2015): “Disentangling the drivers of under-storey species richness in eutrophic forest patches”, Journal of Vegetation Science, 26: 464–479. Link.

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Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig

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1.202 (Int.IV)

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+49 341 9733262
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Leipzig University

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