Max Planck Gesellschaft

Su Ding

Former group member

Molecular Biogeochemistry

Current position (since 2019.12)

Postdoc at Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
current address:Landsdiep 4, 1797 SZ 't Horntje (Texel), Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, the Netherlands

Current Research Interests

Lipidomics and genomics in the marine environment Organic geochemistry

Academic career

2015 - 2019
Ph.D. in the research group of Molecular Biogeochemistry at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena.

2017.8 - 2017.10
Research stay in Hinrichs Lab, Marum, Bremen


Project 1: Carbon sources of microbial communities in pristine aquifers (AquaDiva)
Supervisors:Dr. Valérie F. Schwab, Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

Project 2: Effect of plant diversity on microbial carbon storage (The Jena Experiment)
Supervisors:Dr. Markus Lange, Prof. Dr. Gerd Gleixner (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry)

2012 – 2015
M.Sc. Organic Geochemistry at College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China. Supervisor:Prof. Dr. Yunping Xu

2006 – 2010
B.Sc. Applied Chemistry at College of Science, Kunming University of Science and Technology, China.


Ding, S.,Kohlhepp, B., Trumbore, S., Küsel, K., Totsche, K.U., Pohnert, G.,Gleixner, G., Schwab, V.F., 2018. In-situ production of core and intact bacterial and archaeal tetraether lipids in the pristine groundwater. Organic Geochemistry 126, 1-12.

Ruan, J.P., Xu, Y, Ding, S., Wang, Y.H., Zhang, X., 2017.A biomarker record of temperature and phytoplankton community structure in the Okinawa Trough since the last glacial maximum. Quaternary Research 88(1), 89-97.

Ding, S.,Schwab, V.F., Ueberschaar, N., Roth, V.-N., Lange, M., Xu, Y., Gleixner, G., Pohnert, G., 2016. Identification of novel 7-methyl and cyclopentanyl branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers in lake sediments. Organic Geochemistry

Xiao, W., Xu, Y., Ding, S., Wang, Y., Zhang, X., Yang, H., Wang, G., Hou, J., 2015. Global calibration of a novel, branched GDGT-based soil pH proxy. Organic Geochemistry 89–90, 56-60

Ding, S., Xu, Y., Wang, Y., He, Y., Hou, J., Chen, L., He, J.S., 2015. Distribution of branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers in surface soils of the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau: implications of brGDGTs-based proxies in cold and dry regions. Biogeosciences 12, 3141-3151.

Ruan, J., Xu, Y., Ding, S., Wang, Y., Zhang, X., 2015. A high resolution record of sea surface temperature in southern Okinawa Trough for the past 15,000 years. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 426, 209-215.

Ding, S., Xu, Y., Wang, Y., Zhang, X., Zhao, L., Ruan, J., Wu, W., 2014. Spatial and Temporal Variability of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Sediments from Yellow River-Dominated Margin. The Scientific World Journal 2014, 9.

Wu, W., Ruan, J., Ding, S., Zhao, L., Xu, Y., Yang, H., Ding, W., Pei, Y., 2014. Source and distribution of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers along lower Yellow River-estuary–coast transect. Marine chemistry 158, 17-26.

Zhang, X., Xu, Y., Ruan, J., Ding, S., Huang, X., 2014. Origin, distribution and environmental significance of perylene in Okinawa Trough since last glaciation maximum. Organic Geochemistry 76, 288-294.

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