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Dr. Brianne Palmer


Contact information

Nußallee 8
Paläontologie, Raum 0.003
Telefon: ++49 (0) 228 73 3078
Fax.: ++49 (0) 228 73 3509
E-Mail: bpalmer[at]

Major academic positions

  • Currently: Postdoctoral scientist in Paleontology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2022: Ph.D. in Ecology, Specialization in Soil Microbial Ecology, San Diego State University and University of California, Davis
  • 2016: B.Sc. in Conservation and Restoration Ecology, with minors in Biology and English, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

Research interests

  • Role of microbes in ecosystem processes
  • Microbial community assembly and succession
  • Plant–microbe interactions
  • Microbial response to environmental change


Peer-reviewed research papers

  • Palmer, B., Lawson, D., and Lipson, D. In review. Biocrust cover is greater than unburned controls one year after a prescribed fire. Western North American Naturalist.
  • Palmer, B., Hernandez, R., and Lipson, D. 2020. The fate of biological soil crusts after fire: A meta-analysis. Global Ecology and Conservation, 24: e01380.
  • Palmer, B. 2019. Restoration ecology: The study of applied optimism. 2019. Restoration Ecology, 27: 1192–1193.