Staff

Helmut Bürgmann

Dr. Helmut Bürgmann

Microbial Ecology

Department Surface Waters Research & Management

About Me

Function
Senior research scientist. Head of the Microbial Ecology research group in the Surface Waters - Research and Management department

Research interests
Microbial nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur cycling.
Structure - function relationships in microbial communities.
Linking gene expression to biochemical processes in environmental
microbial communities.
Microbial interaction with ecosystem processes on various scales.
Dissemination and evolution of antimicrobial resistance in the aquatic environment.


Recent research grants
2015 Antimicrobial resistance in Swiss drinking water sources and drinking water. SVGW / FOWA: Forschungs, Enwicklungs- und Förderungsfonds der Schweizer Wasserversorgungsbranche. H. Bürgmann (30 kCHF)
2015 Understanding resistance gene flow during passage of wastewater treatment (RESIST-Flow). H. Bürgmann, A. Johnson, C. McArdell. Eawag Discretionary Funds project (176 kCHF)
2015 Understanding the diversity of aerobic methane oxidizing bacteria in lacustrine oxyclines using community ecology and trait-based modeling (MOBtrait). H. Bürgmann, A. Brandt (460 kCHF)
2013 Distribution and elimination of antibiotic resistance genes and antibiotic resistant bacteria in a drinking water facility of Lausanne (St. Sulpice), Switzerland. H. Bürgmann, F. Hammes, N. Czekalski. Eau Service Lausanne (68 kCHF).
2013 Elimination von Antibiotikaresistenten Mikroorganismen durch eine Ultrafiltrations-Pilotanlage der Kläranalage von Lausanne. Service d’Assainissement Lausanne (17.5 kCHF)
2012 Evaluation und Optimierung einer Methode zur Beurteilung der Antibiotikaresistenz in Gewässern. BAFU Projekt (95 kCHF)
2012 Verhalten von Antibiotikaresistenzen bei der oxidativen Behandlung von Abwasser. U. von Gunten, H. Bürgmann, F. Hammes. BAFU Projekt (220 kCHF).
2011 Microbial resistance, ecotoxicological impact, and risk assessment of micropollutants in a mid-sized lake – 6 month grant extension. H. Bürgmann (PI). Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) ProDoc Research Module (53 kCHF).
2011 Degradation and transformation of lacustrine organic nitrogen compounds: microbiology and biogeochemistry – continuation grant. C. Schubert (PI), H. Bürgmann (PI). SNF project (108 kCHF).


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Projects

Wastewater is a source of antibiotic resistant bacteria. We study their dissemination in the aquatic environment, and strategies to remove them.
Niches and traits of methanotroph bacteria in stratified lakes are studied with the ultimate goal to improve process models.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

Berendonk, T. U.; Manaia, C. M.; Merlin, C.; Fatta-Kassinos, D.; Cytryn, E.; Walsh, F.; Bürgmann, H.; Sørum, H.; Norström, M.; Pons, M.-N.; Kreuzinger, N.; Huovinen, P.; Stefani, S.; Schwartz, T.; Kisand, V.; Baquero, F.; Martinez, J. L. (2015) Tackling antibiotic resistance: the environmental framework, Nature Reviews Microbiology, 13(5), 310-317, doi:10.1038/nrmicro3439, Institutional Repository
Czekalski, N.; Sigdel, R.; Birtel, J.; Matthews, B.; Bürgmann, H. (2015) Does human activity impact the natural antibiotic resistance background? Abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in 21 Swiss lakes, Environment International, 81, 45-55, doi:10.1016/j.envint.2015.04.005, Institutional Repository
Czekalski, N.; Díez, E. G.; Bürgmann, H. (2014) Wastewater as a point source of antibiotic-resistance genes in the sediment of a freshwater lake, ISME Journal, 8(7), 1381-1390, doi:10.1038/ismej.2014.8, Institutional Repository
Freimann, R.; Bürgmann, H.; Findlay, S. E. G.; Robinson, C. T. (2013) Bacterial structures and ecosystem functions in glaciated floodplains: contemporary states and potential future shifts, ISME Journal, 7(12), 2361-2373, doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.114, Institutional Repository
Köllner, K. E.; Carstens, D.; Schubert, C. J.; Zeyer, J.; Bürgmann, H. (2013) Impact of particulate organic matter composition and degradation state on the vertical structure of particle-associated and planktonic lacustrine bacteria, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 69(1), 81-92, doi:10.3354/ame01623, Institutional Repository
Köllner, K. E.; Carstens, D.; Keller, E.; Vazquez, F.; Schubert, C. J.; Zeyer, J.; Bürgmann, H. (2012) Bacterial chitin hydrolysis in two lakes with contrasting trophic statuses, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(3), 695-704, doi:10.1128/AEM.06330-11, Institutional Repository
Czekalski, N.; Berthold, T.; Caucci, S.; Egli, A.; Bürgmann, H. (2012) Increased levels of multiresistant bacteria and resistance genes after wastewate treatment and their dissemination into Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Frontiers in Microbiology, 3(article 106), 1-8, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2012.00106, Institutional Repository
Bryant, L. D.; Little, J. C.; Bürgmann, H. (2012) Response of sediment microbial community structure in a freshwater reservoir to manipulations in oxygen availability, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 80(1), 248-263, doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2011.01290.x, Institutional Repository
Pasche, N.; Schmid, M.; Vazquez, F.; Schubert, C. J.; Wüest, A.; Kessler, J. D.; Pack, M. A.; Reeburgh, W. S.; Bürgmann, H. (2011) Methane sources and sinks in Lake Kivu, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, 1-16, doi:10.1029/2011JG001690, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: helmut.buergmann@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 2165
Fax: +41 58 765 2168
Address: Eawag
Seestrasse 79
6047 Kastanienbaum
Office: CA B11

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Expert of

bacterioplankton, microbes, surface water

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Research Focus

Microbial Ecology of Freshwaters

Resistance and Resilience of microbial communities

Antimicrobial resistance in environmental bacteria

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