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Sascha Krause

Joined 21 February 2014

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Methanotrophic isolate

Contact Info

Sascha Krause
  • Sascha Krause
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Department of Microbiology
  • University of Washington
  • Benjamin Hall IRB, Room 440
  • Seattle, WA 98105


  • Research Associate at University of Washington, Seattle, USA (2014-2016). Title of project: Functional communities rather than single species are involved in the conversion of methane to carbon dioxide in the environment: The role of cooperation in this process.
  • Postdoc position at NIOO-KNAW, Wageningen, the Netherlands (2010-2014). Title of project: Methanotrophic diversity and gene expression as a controlling factor of global methane consumption.
  • Doctoral Degree in Microbial Ecology at Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany (2007-2010). Title of Doctoral Thesis: Microbial ecology of methanotrophs in flooded rice field soils.
  • Research Assistant at Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany (2006-2007). Title of Project: Spatial heterogeneity of methanotrophs in rice fields.
  • Master of Science in Biology (Biology of Organisms) at University of Osnabrück, Germany (2004-2006). Title of Master Thesis: Population trends of Orthoptera in northwestern Germany.
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Biology of Organisms) at University of Osnabrück, Germany (2001-2004). Title of the Bachelor Thesis: Habitat preferences of Cepero’s groundhopper, Tetrix ceperoi (BOLÍVAR, 1887).

Research School

  • Associated member of The C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation at Wageningen University (2010-2014)
  • IMPRS graduate of the International Max Planck Research School (2007-2010)

Conferences and workshops chair

  • Organizer of of the ESF Eurocores Ecological and Evolutionary Functional Genomics (EuroEEFG) workshop:”Annotation and analysis of microbial genomes using the MicroScope platform” in Noordwijkerhout, the *Netherlands, from 30-31 May 2013.
  • Organizing comittee of the ESF Eurocores Ecological and Evolutionary Functional Genomics (EuroEEFG) conference:”Frontiers in Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics” in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, from 26-30 *May 2013.
  • Organizer of the ESF Eurocores Ecological and Evolutionary Functional Genomics (EuroEEFG) workshop:”Understanding, managing and protecting microbial communities in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems: “Exploring *the trait-based functional biodiversity approach” in Wageningen, the Netherlands (February, 2013).



  • Dr. Paul Bodelier, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, the Netherlands.
  • Dr. Adrian Ho, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, the Netherlands.
  • Dr. Young-Mo Kim, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA.
  • Dr. Zhongjun Jia, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
  • Dr. Xiaoqi Zhou, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.
  • Dr. John Mittler, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
  • Dr. Stuart Strand, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.


  • Dr. Claudia Lüke, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
  • Dr. Peter van Bodegom, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Dr. Will Cornwell, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Dr. Levente Bodrossy, Marine And Atmospheric Research, CSIRO, Hobart, Australia.
  • Dr. Pascal Niklaus, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Dr. Xavier Le Roux, CNRS, Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, UMR 5557, USC 1193, Ecologie Microbienne, Villeurbanne, France.
  • Prof. Stefan Bertilsson, Uppsala University, SE-75236 Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Dr. Hans-Peter Grossart, Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany.
  • Dr. Jay T. Lennon, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
  • Dr. Laurent Philippot, UMR 1347 Agroecologie, Dijon, France
  • OMeGA Organization for Methanotroph Genome Analysis: Dr. Lisa Stein, University of Alberta, Canada and Stephane VUILLEUMIER, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

If you want to learn more about the fascinating world of methane oxidizing bacteria just contact me. I am also always looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated students to work with me on small projects.

Research interests

  1. Microbial ecology
  2. Synthetic microbial community ecology
  3. Trait-based approaches
  4. Trade-offs
  5. Rare Earth Elements and their role in biological systems
  6. Eco-evolutionary feedback
  7. Methane-consuming microbial communities as model system


Krause, S., Johnson, T., Samadhi Karunaratne, Y., Fu, Y., Beck A.C., Chistoserdova, L., Lidstrom, M.E. (2017). Lanthanide-dependent cross-feeding of methane derived carbon is linked by microbial community interactions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: 358-363.

Zheng, Y., Krause, S., Beck A.C., Chistoserdova, L. (2016). A Synthetic Ecology Perspective: How Well Does Behavior of Model Organisms in the Laboratory Predict Microbial Activities in Natural Habitats? Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology 7:946. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00946.

Ho, A., Van de Brink, E., Reim, A., Krause, S., Bodelier, P.L.E., (2016). Recurrence and intensity of disturbance shifts the trajectory of methanotrophic activity and community abundance. Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology 6:1493. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01493

Krause, S., Niklaus, P.A., Badwan Morcillo, S., Franke, M.M., Lüke, C., and Bodelier P.L.E. (2015). Compositional and functional stability of aerobic methane consuming communities in drained and rewetted peat meadows. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 91: (advanced online publication,

Krause, S., Le Roux, X., Niklaus, P.A., Bodegom, P.V., Lennon, J.T., Bertilsson, S., Grossart, H.-P., Philippot, L., and Bodelier, P. (2014). Trait-based approaches for understanding microbial biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Frontiers in Microbiology 5. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00251.

Krause, S., Van Bodegom, P.M., Cornwell, W.K., and Bodelier, P.L.E. (2014). Weak phylogenetic signal in physiological traits of methane-oxidizing bacteria. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 7. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12401.

Krause, S., Meima-Franke, M., Hefting, M.M., Bodelier, P.L.E. (2013). Spatial patterns of methanotrophic communities along a hydrological gradient in a riparian floodplain. Online first doi: 10.1111/1574-6941.12091.

Ho, A., Kerckhof, F.-M., Lüke, C, Reim, A., Krause, S., Boon, N., Bodelier, P.L.E. (2012). Conceptualizing functional traits and ecological characteristics of methane-oxidizing bacteria as life strategies. Environ. Microbiol. Rep.: doi: 10.1111/j.1758-2229.2012.00370.x

Reim, A., Lüke, C., Krause, S., Pratcher, J., and Frenzel, P. (2012). One millimetre makes the difference: high resolution analysis of methane-oxidizing bacteria and their specific activity at the oxic-anoxic interface in a flooded paddy soil. ISME J. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2012.57

Wang, J., Krause, S., Muyzer, G., Meima-Franke, M., Laanbroek, HJ. and Bodelier, P.L.E. (2012). Spatial patterns of iron- and methane-oxidizing bacterial communities in an irregularly flooded, riparian wetland. Front. Microbio. 3:64. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00064

Krause, S., Lüke, C., and Frenzel, P. (2012). Methane source strength and energy flow shape methanotrophic communities in oxygen–methane counter-gradients. Environ. Microbiol. Rep. 4: 203-208. doi: 10.1111/j.1758-2229.2011.00322.x

Siljanen, H.M.P., Saari A., Krause S., Lensu A., Abell G, Bodrossy L., Bodelier P.L.E., Martikainen, P.J. (2011) Spatial heterogeneity in the functioning and community composition of methanotrophs in the littoral zone of a boreal lake. FEMS Microbio Ecol. 75: 430-445.

Pan, Y., Frenzel, P., Hestnes, AG., Krause, S., Lüke, C., Meima-Franke, M., Siljanen, H., Svenning, M.M., Bodelier, P.L.E. (2010). Impacts of Inter- and Intralaboratory Variations on the Reproducibility of Microbial Community Analyses. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76: 7451-7458.

Krause, S., Lüke, C., and Frenzel, P. (2010). Succession of methanotrophs in oxygen-methane counter-gradients of flooded rice paddies. ISME J. 4:1603–1607.

Lüke, C., Krause, S., and Frenzel, P. (2009). Biogeography of wetland rice methanotrophs. Environ. Microbiol. 12: 862 - 872.

Krause, S., Lüke, C., and Frenzel, P. (2009). Spatial heterogeneity of methanotrophs: a geostatistical analysis of pmoA-based T-RFLP patterns in a paddy soil. Environ. Micobiol. Rep. 1: 393-397.

Gröning J., Krause S., Hochkirch A. (2007). Habitat preferences of an endangered insect species, Cepero's Ground-hopper, Tetrix ceperoi. Ecol. Res. 22 (5): 767-773.

Hochkirch A., Gröning J., Krause S. (2007). Intersexual niche segregation in Cepero's Ground-hopper, Tetrix ceperoi. Evol. Ecol. 21: 727-738.

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