Max Planck Gesellschaft

Sophie F. von Fromm
PhD student

Room: B1.003
Phone: +49 3641-576184

Email: sfromm(at)
Street address: Hans-Knöll-Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany

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Research Interest
My research project focusses on understanding large-scale controls on organic carbon in (sub)tropical soils in Sub-Saharan Africa. I'm using a wide range of methods, including field measurements, statistical tools and lab techniques. In addition, I'm involved in the development and maintainance of the international soil radiocarbon database (ISRaD).

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2019-06PhD student at the Department for Biogeochemical Processes, MPI-BGC, Jena, Germany and external PhD student at ETH Zurich
2019-2016M.Sc. Geoecology at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
 Thesis: "Sequential chemical extraction and radiocarbon analysis of soils in Central Germany" at MPI-BGC, Jena, Germany
2016Research stay at Embrapa Amazônia Ocidential, Manaus, Brazil
2016-2013B.Sc. Geoecology at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
 Thesis: "Soil respiration and soil chemistry in the Amazon Basin, Brazil"
 EcoRespira Project website
2012-2011weltwärts - volunteer at the Training and Research Centre Gobabeb, Namibia

Lawrence CR, Beem-Miller J, Hoyt AM, Monroe G, Sierra CA, Stoner S, Heckman K, Blankinship JC, Crow SE, McNicol G, Trumbore S, Levine PA, Vindusková O, Todd-Brown K, Rasmussen C, Hicks Pries CE, Schädel C, McFarlane K, Doetterl S, Hatté C, He Y, Treat C, Harden JW, Torn MS, Estop-Aragonés C, Berhe AA, Keiluweit M, Della Rosa Kuhnen Á, Marion-Spiotta E, Plante AF, Thompson A, Shi Z, Schimel JP, Vaughn LJS, von Fromm SF, Wagai R (2020), An open-source database for the synthesis of soil radiocarbon data: International Soil Radiocarbon Database (ISRaD) version 1.0, Earth System Science Data,

Matschullat J, Coimbra Martins G, Enzweiler J, von Fromm SF, van Leeuwen J, Monteiro Bezerra de Lima R, Schneider M, Zurba K (2019), What influences Amazon basin upland soil chemistry? Major, minor and trace elements in the upper rhizosphere, Journal of Geochemical Exploration,

Matschullat J, Monteiro Bezerra de Lima R, von Fromm SF, Pospiech S, Ramos AM, Coimbra Martins G, Lenhart K (2019), Carbon, nitrogen and sulfur (CNS) status and dynamics in Amazon basin upland soils, Brazil, SOIL Discuss.,, not accepted after discussion.

Hicks Pries CE, Heckman K, Lawrence CR, Rasmussen C, Crow SE, von Fromm SF, Hoyt AM, Stoner S, Beem-Miller J, Shi Z (2020), Beyond Bulk: Climate, parent material, and vegetation drive global patterns of soil carbon partitioning and persistence, Talk, Pop-Up Global Symbosia about Life and Ecology for You, Forest Ecology Lab, University of Minnesota,

von Fromm SF, Hoyt AM, Berhe AA, Shepherd KD, Vågen T-G, Winowiecki LA, Desta LT, Tondoh JE, Sila AM, Towett EK, Weulow E, Aynekulu E, Six J, Trumbore SE, Doetterl S (2020), Large-scale controls of soil organic carbon in (sub)tropical soils, Talk/Online Display, EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria,

von Fromm SF, Hoyt AM, Berhe AA, Schwab VF, Doetterl S, Trumbore SE (2019), Understanding controls on SOM stabilization, Poster, Radiocarbon Short Course, Irvine, California, U.S.A.

von Fromm SF, Schwab VF, Trumbore SE, Tichomirowa M (2019), Parent material and depth effects on the age of radiocarbon in chemical fractions for Central German soils, Talk, EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria,

von Fromm SF, Matschullat J, Coimbra Martins G (2018), Soil respiration (CO2, CH4 and N2O) in the Amazon Basin, Brazil, Talk, ICOSS, Hammamet, Tunisia.


2018Scholarship Deutschlandstipendium from the German government
2016 Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz Award from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg for the best thesis in environmental science in 2016


2019-08Interview @ Bento (Spiegel Online): "Brennender Regenwald: Kann man Umweltschutz und Landwirtschaft irgendwie versöhnen?" (in German)
2019-05Press release @ TU Bergakademie Freiberg: "Klimawandel: Masterstudentin untersucht Kohlenstoff-Speicherung in Böden" (in German)
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