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Dr. Ekaterina Pushkareva

University of Cologne

Cologne Biocentrum

Zülpicher Straße 47b

50674 Cologne


Room: 4-001

Phone: +49 (0) 221 - 470 - 7023


Research interests

  • community compositon of polar biocrusts and their potantial functions
  • adaptation mechanisms of eukaryotic algae to the extreme environments
  • metagenomics and metatranscriptomics.

Current projects

  • Functional metatranscriptomics of Antarctic biological soil crust algae: Identification of key genes for the survival under the extreme conditions of Antarctica.

Work experience

2021 - p.t.

Postdoctoral researcher

University of Cologne, Germany

2018 - 2020

Postdoctoral researcher

University of Rostock, Germany

2016 - 2018


University of Zurich, Switzerland

2015 - 2015


University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

2011 - 2012


Siberian Federal University, Russia


2012 - 2017

Ph.D. thesis

Centre for Polar Ecology, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

2005 - 2010

BSc + MSc

Siberian Federal University, Russia



Pushkareva E, Sommer V, Barrantes I, Karsten U (2021) Diversity of microorganisms in biocrusts surrounding highly saline potash tailing piles in Germany. Microorganisms 9: 714.

Pushkareva E, Baumann K, Van AT, Mikhailyuk T, Baum C, Hrynkiewicz K, Demchenko E, Thiem D, Köpcke T, Karsten U, Leinweber P (2021) Diversity of microbial phototrophs and heterotrophs in Icelandic biocrusts and their role in phosphorus-rich Andosols. Geoderma: 386.

2020 Pushkareva E, Eckhardt K-U, Hotter V, Frossard A, Leinweber P, Frey B, Karsten U (2020) Chemical composition of soil organic matter and potential enzyme activity in the topsoil along a moisture gradient in the High Arctic (Svalbard). Geoderma: 368.
2019 Pushkareva E, Wilmotte A, Laska K, Elster J (2019) Comparison of microphototrophic communities living in different soil environments in the High Arctic. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 393. Pessi IS, Pushkareva E, Lara Y, Borderie F, Wilmotte A, Elster J (2019) Marked Succession of Cyanobacterial Communities Following Glacier Retreat in the High Arctic. Journal of Microbial Ecology 77: 136.
2018 Pushkareva E, Pessi IS, Namsaraev Z, Mano M-J, Elster J, Wilmotte A (2018) Cyanobacteria inhabiting soil crusts of a polar desert: Sør Rondane Mountains, Antarctica.  Journal of Systematic and Applied Microbiology 41(4): 363-373.
2017 Pushkareva E, Kviderova J, Simek M, Elster J (2017) Nitrogen fixation and diurnal changes of photosynthetic activity in Arctic soil crusts at different development stage. European Journal of Soil Biology 79: 21-30.
2016 Pushkareva E, Johansen JR, Elster J (2016) A review of the ecology, ecophysiology and biodiversity of microalgae in Arctic soil crusts. Polar Biology 39: 2227–2240.
2015 Pushkareva E, Pessi IS, Wilmotte A, Elster J (2015). Cyanobacterial community composition in Arctic soil crusts at different stages of development. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 91: fiv143.
2013 Pushkareva E, Elster J (2013) Biodiversity and ecological typification of cryptogamic soil crust in the vicinity of Petunia Bay, Svalbard. Czech Polar Reports 3 (1): 7-18.