Science should also lead to downstream positive impact for the wider society. My research has attracted a fair amount of attention online. For example, it has been saved and shared in 27 countries, many of which in the developing world.

To see the broader impact of my research, visit my Impactstory profile.



Sampling site, next to a Posidonia oceanica meadow. Elba, Italy

Blog post on the Nature Microbiology Community describing our discovery of nitrogen fixation in chemosynthetic symbionts of marine clams and nematodes: “Using the Unusable”


Article on Der Standard (only in German) about our research in the Petersen Lab at the University of Vienna: “Muscheln, Bakterien, Seegras: Eine Dreiecksbeziehung für Millionen Jahre” (Clams, bacteria, seagrass: A tripartite relationship millions of years old)


Article on Die Presse (only in German): “Symbiose mit Muscheln auf dem Meeresgrund” (Symbiosis with clams on the seabed) about our research at University of Vienna


News alert on the website of the University of Vienna, reporting on our research in the Petersen Lab (only in German): “Ein Bund fürs Leben” (The life-long bond)


Underwater seascape of a Red sea coral reef in Aqaba, Jordan

Press release of the University of Bremen “Bremen Marine Researchers find a new explanation for the Coral Reef Paradox” and article on Scinexx.de (only in German) “Korallenriff-Paradoxon gelöst” reporting on my publication on the Proceedings of the Royal Society B


Press release of the University of Bremen “Marine bacteria are essential for coral reef health”, reported also by the Global Environmental Society and by Innovation.Reports.de (only in German) “Bakterien im Meer unterstützen die Gesundheit von Korallenriffen” describing my work on a Budget of primary production and dinitrogen fixation in a highly seasonal Red Sea coral reef published in Ecosystems