Dr Stephanie Jurburg


Research interests


Microbes have colonized all environments on Earth. When bacteria are 'good', they are responsible for ecosystem functions such as maintaining soil fertility, aiding in digestion, and recycling nutrients. When they are 'bad', they are responsible for disease and may have negative impacts on whole environments, such as the eutrophication of lakes. I am interested in understanding how microbial communities respond to stress. Previously I have studied the recovery of the soil and animal gut microbiomes. Currently, I am interested in understanding the similarities between them.

Short CV


October 2018 – present
PostDoc Position
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Synthesis Centre sDiv, Leipzig, Germany

April 2017-September 2018
PostDoc Position
Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

August 2012-January 2017
PhD Student
Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Thesis: "The Ecological Resilience of Soil Microbial Communities

August 2008-May 2012
BSc Student
Columbia College, Columbia University, USA
B.A. in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology with a minor in Environmental Science

Publications before iDiv

iDiv publications


J. Schreuder, F. C. Velkers, A. Bossers, R. J. Bouwstra, W. F. de Boer, P. van Hooft, J. A. Stegeman, S. D. Jurburg

(2021): Temporal Dynamics of Cloacal Microbiota in Adult Laying Chickens With and Without Access to an Outdoor Range. Frontiers in Microbiology 11(3599) *

S. D. Jurburg, A. Bossers

(2021): Age Matters: Community Assembly in the Pig Fecal Microbiome in the First Month of Life. Frontiers in Microbiology 12(525) *

S. D. Jurburg, P. Keil, B. K. Singh, J. M. Chase

(2021): All together now: Limitations and recommendations for the simultaneous analysis of all eukaryotic soil sequences. Molecular Ecology Resources (in press) *

Eisenhauer, N., F. Buscot,A. Heintz-Buschart, S. D. Jurburg, K. Küsel, J. Sikorski, H.-J. Vogel, C. A. Guerra

(2020): The multidimensionality of soil macroecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography (in press) *

Jurburg, S. D., Assemien, F. L., Beaumelle, L., Salles, J. F., Van Elsas, J. D., Le Roux, X.

(2020): A history of extreme disturbance affects the relationship between the abundances of nitrifiers in soil. Biology and Fertility of Soils (in press) *

Jurburg, S. D., K. L. Shek, K. McGuire

(2020): Soil microbial composition varies in response to coffee agroecosystem management. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 96(9) *

Jurburg, S. D., K. L. Shek, K. McGuire

(2020): Soil microbial composition varies in response to coffee agroecosystem management. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 96(9) *

Jurburg, S. D., Konzack, M., Eisenhauer, N., Heintz-Buschart, A.

(2020): The archives are half-empty: an assessment of the availability of microbial community sequencing data. Communications Biology 3(1) *

White, H. J., Leon-Sanchez, L., Burton, V. J., Cameron, E. K., Caruso, T., Cunha, L., Dirilgen, T., Jurburg, S. D., Kelly, R., Kumaresan, D., Ochoa-Hueso, R., Ordonez, A., Phillips, H. R. P., Prieto, I., Schmidt, O., Caplat, P.

(2020): Methods and approaches to advance soil macroecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29(10) *

Jurburg, S. D., Brouwer, M. S. M., Ceccarelli, D., van der Goot, J., Jansman, A. J. M., Bossers, A.

(2019): Patterns of community assembly in the developing chicken microbiome reveal rapid primary succession. MicrobiologyOpen 8(9)

Jurburg, S. D., Cornelissen, J., de Boer, P., Smits, M. A., Rebel, J. M. J.

(2019): Successional Dynamics in the Gut Microbiome Determine the Success of Clostridium difficile Infection in Adult Pig Models. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 11 *

Khan, M. J., Jurburg, S., He, J., Brodie, G., Gupta, D.

(2019): Impact of microwave disinfestation treatments on the bacterial communities of no‐till agricultural soils. European Journal of Soil Science (in press) *

Schreuder, J., Velkers, F. C., Bouwstra, R. J., Beerens, N., Stegeman, J. A., de Boer, W. F., Elbers, A. R. W., van Hooft, P., Feberwee, A., Bossers, A., Jurburg, S. D.

(2019): Limited changes in the fecal microbiome composition of laying hens after oral inoculation with wild duck feces. Poultry Science 98(12), 6542-6551 *
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