Friederike is a geomicrobiologist and her research focus is to examine the specialized marine microbiological community structure, carbon cycling, and ecosystem function associated with methane release at gas seeps in the Arctic Ocean. Understanding the current extent and dynamics of these unique biological associations will provide a key basis for assessing future implications to the marine ecosystem in a warmer Arctic.
She worked as a research scientist for the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany. She holds a PhD degree in natural sciences from the Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany). Her PhD work was focused on enrichment and characterization of methanogenic hydrocarbon-degrading microbial communities inhabit oil and coal reservoirs, and the ocean floor.