Dr. Philipp Giesemann

Joachim Herz Stiftung
Programmbereich Naturwissenschaften
Langenhorner Chaussee 384
22419 Hamburg
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Isotopenpreis der Dr.-Karleugen-Habfast-Stiftung - Preisträger 2021: Dr. Philipp Giesemann
Dr. Philipp Giesemann wurde für seine Doktorarbeit mit dem Isotopenpreis 2021 ausgezeichnet, die er an der Universität Bayreuth schrieb.

Nachfolgend lesen Sie die von Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gebauer, Akademischer Direktor BayCEER -
Labor für Isotopen-Biogeochemie, verfasste Laudatio zur Verleihung des Isotopenpreises an Dr. Philipp Giesemann:
Laudatio on the occasion of the Isotope Prize Award 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are now coming to a rather ceremonial event of our GASIR meetings, namely the Isotope Prize Award of the Dr. Karleugen Habfast Foundation. It is a great pleasure for me to announce

Dr. Philipp Giesemann

as winner of the Isotope Prize 2021. Philipp Giesemann wins the prize for his application of fungal enrichment with heavy isotopes of the elements carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen in order to identify organic matter fluxes from fungi to plants in various types of mycorrhiza. His findings document a so far insufficiently appreciated functional continuum of mycorrhiza, which spans from mutualism to full parasitism of plants on their fungal partners. Congratulations, Philipp!!!

It is a pleasure for me to introduce in the following Philipp Giesemann and his scientific vita.

Philipp Giesemann was born in 1992 in Merseburg in Saxony-Anhalt. Thus, he is not yet 30 years old and arguably one of our youngest Isotope Prize Winners.

Philipp studied Biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. After his Bachelor he moved to the University of Bayreuth and studied Biodiversity and Ecology in a Master Course. As I have learned, the broad teaching offer in Isotope Biogeochemistry at the University of Bayreuth was his motivation for this movement to Bayreuth. And he did not miss anyone of these teaching offers. He finished his Master Course with a thesis on "Distingushing carbon gains from photosynthesis and heterotrophy in C3-hemiparasite-C3-host-pairs". Of course, he used a stable isotope approach for his Master thesis.

Philipp later on applied successfully for a PhD stipend within the highly competitive Bavarian Elite Support Law with a proposal titled "Does partial mycoheterotrophy also occur among plants with arbuscular mycorrhiza?"

He finished his PhD studies in early 2021 with a thesis titled "Understanding plant-fungal nutritional strategies using stable isotopes".

Philipp currently has 8 publications in mostly highly ranked international journals. Some of them have already got a rather high attention. One publication has got an outstanding Altmetric Attention Score of 156.

He won several poster and presentation prizes at national and international conferences. One of them was the presentation prize at the GASIR meeting 2018 in Raitenhaslach. He was invited as Young Scientist Key Note Speaker at the JESIUM 2020 in Finland, which later had to be moved to 2022 due to the corona virus pandemic.

Philipp is currently Project Manager at the Joachim Herz Foundation in Hamburg. This Foundation supports science education and research in natural sciences and economics. And I hope that he can use his position as a kind of multiplier spreading the motivation for research using stable isotopes among the next scientist generation fully in the sense of the Dr. Karleugen Habfast Foundation.
PM der Uni Bayreuth zum Verleih des Isotopenpreises an Philipp Giesemann
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