Dr. Ariel Turcios

Dr. Ariel Turcios has been working as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the IAPN since 1 January 2019. He supports the teaching in the field of applied plant nutrition and holds the lecture "Plant Nutrition Meets Plant Physiology" in the Bachelor's degree program of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Göttingen. Furthermore, he supervises students in their seminars and final theses, as well as scientific work and projects related to water-use efficiency at the IAPN.


From October 2013 to December 2016, Ariel Turcios did his doctoral studies in Biology at the Institute of Botany, Leibniz University Hannover. Hereby he worked interdisciplinary with the engineering sciences on the following research topic: "Use of halophytes as biofilters to decrease organic and inorganic contaminants in water and their further use for biogas production". This research analyzes the possible use of halophytes, salt-tolerant plants, as biofilters to reduce the concentration of pollutants in water (eg nitrate, phosphate and xenobiotics) and their further use for biogas production through the anaerobic digestion process. During his doctorate, Ariel Turcios received the Christian-Kuhlemann-Foundation Award for his outstanding scientific achievements and social and cultural engagement at Leibniz University Hannover. He also supported national and international students, both at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala and at the Leibniz University Hannover.

The educational background of Dr. Turcios includes a M.Sc. in Water Resources Management. He holds a bachelor degree in agricultural engineering from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, with experience in sustainable agricultural production systems.