Susanne Marr

Doctoral Researcher

Interest and current research


I focus on combining different experimental and analytical sampling methods to investigate metabolomic changes within and among plant species grown in the Jena Experiment. Using Liquid Chromatography coupled with Mass Spectrometry and bioinformatics “big data” processing methods, I am analysing the metabolite ‘fingerprint’ of herb and grass species grown in different plant communities and biodiversity levels. Determining those biochemical patterns and trait relationships between plant species, species communities and the environment, I intend to build a bridge between the research areas ecology, biochemistry and bioinformatics.

Short CV


since 2017 PhD student at iDiv;

Supervisor: Steffen Neumann, Bioinformatics & Mass Spectrometry (IPB Halle) and Helge Bruehlheide, Geobotany and Botanical Garden (MLU)


2016 University Hamburg

Master of Science, Biology


2012 University Hamburg

Bachelor of Science, Biology

iDiv publications


Walker, T. W. N., Alexander, J. M., Allard, P.-M., Baines, O., Baldy, V., Bardgett, R. D., Capdevila, P., Coley, P. D., David, B., Defossez, E., Endara, M.-J., Ernst, M., Fernandez, C., Forrister, D., Gargallo-Garriga, A., Jassey, V. E. J., Marr, S., Neumann, S., Pellissier, L., Peñuelas, J., Peters, K., Rasmann, S., Roessner, U., Sardans, J., Schrodt, F., Schuman, M. C., Soule, A., Uthe, H., Weckwerth, W., Wolfender, J.-L., van Dam, N. M. and Salguero-Gómez, R.

(2022): Functional Traits 2.0: The power of the metabolome for ecology. Journal of Ecology

Jurburg, S. D., Buscot, F., Chatzinotas, A., Chaudhari, N. M., Clark, A. T., Garbowski, M., Grenié, M., Hom, E. F. Y., Karakoç, C., Marr, S., Neumann, S., Tarkka, M., van Dam, N. M., Weinhold, A., Heintz-Buschart, A.

(2022): The community ecology perspective of omics data. Microbiome

Marr, S., J. A. Hageman, R. Wehrens, N. M. van Dam, H. Bruelheide, S. Neumann

(2021): LC-MS based plant metabolic profiles of thirteen grassland species grown in diverse neighbourhoods. Scientific Data

Ferlian, O., Thakur, M. P., Castañeda González, A., San Emeterio, L. M., Marr, S., da Silva Rocha, B., Eisenhauer, N.

(2019): Soil chemistry turned upside down: a meta-analysis of invasive earthworm effects on soil chemical properties. Ecology
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Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry
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06120 Halle (Saale)

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+49 345 55821472
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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB)

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