Sarah Sturm

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department of Ecology and Ecosystemmanagement
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.4863 (Labor)

Phone: +49.8161.71.4677 (office)
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: Sarah.Sturm[at]

Curriculum vitae

Since 07/2011 Technical assistant, TUM, Freising, Chair for Terrestrial Ecology, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang W. Weisser
01/2012- 01/2015 Technical assistant, TUM, Freising, Chair of Restoration Ecology, Prof. Dr. Johannes Kollmann
08/2007- 06/2011 Technical assistant, TUM, Freising, Section of Forest Genetics, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Müller-Starck
08/2005- 07/2007 Ausbildung zur agrartechnischen Assistentin, Landsberg am Lech, Staatliche Technikerschule für Agrarwirtschaft

Molecular Methods and Laboratory

  • Laboratory Manager of the Molecular Genetic Laboratory
  • Laboratory Organization and Ordering
  • DNA and Protein Isolation (Plants, Animals)
  • Agarose Gel Electrophoresis and Gel-Imaging
  • 2D-Gel Electrophoresis and Gel-Imaging (SameSpots)
  • DNA and Protein Quantification (Quantus Fluorometer, NanoDrop)
  • PCR and Multiplex PCR (Microsatellites, Barcoding, Sequencing, NGS)
  • Primer Design (Microsatellites)
  • Genotyping and Data Analysis

Other work areas

  • Laboratory training and assistance to bachelor, master and PhD students
  • Assistant for student laboratory practicals
  • Consumables ordering and account management
  • Webmaster of the department homepage


  • Tansy and aphid metacommunity genetics, Dr. Sharon Zytynska
  • Aphid secondary bacterial symbionts, Dr. Sharon Zytynska
  • Development of microsatelite primers for Tinamu bird species, including population genetic analysis on a landscape, Dr. Jan Habel
  • Population genetics on the Kenyan endemic bird species Hindes Babbler Turdoides hindei using microsatellites, Dr. Jan Habel
  • Population genetics and molecular biogeography of East African Zosterops species, Dr. Jan Habel

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Zytynska, S. E., Y. Guenay, S. Sturm, M. V. Clancy, M. Senft, J.-P. Schnitzler, S. Dilip Pophaly, C. Wurmser and W. W. Weisser. 2019. Effect of plant chemical variation and mutualistic ants on the local population genetic structure of an aphid herbivore. Journal of Animal Ecology 88:1089-1099. PDF


Zytynska, S. E., I. Doerfler, M. M. Gossner, S. Sturm, W. W. Weisser and J. Müller. 2018. Minimal effects on genetic structuring of a fungus-dwelling saproxylic beetle after recolonisation of a restored forest. Journal of Applied Ecology 55:2933-2943. PDF


Deck, L. M. G., J. C. Habel, M. Curto, M. Husemann, S. Sturm, Á. Garitano-Zavala and H. Meimberg. 2016. New microsatellite markers for two sympatric tinamou species, the Ornate Tinamou (Nothoprocta ornata) and Darwin's Nothura (Nothura darwinii). Avian Biology Research 9:139-146. PDF

Gossner, M. M., J.-F. Struwe, S. Sturm, S. Max, M. Mccutcheon, W. W. Weisser and S. E. Zytynska. 2016. Searching for the Optimal Sampling Solution: Variation in Invertebrate Communities, Sample Condition and DNA Quality. PLoS ONE 11:e0148247. PDF

Husemann, M., S. Sturm, M. Curto, H. Meimberg and J. C. Habel. 2016. Four new mitochondrial genomes of the genus zosterops (aves: passeriformes: zosteropidae) from East Africa with a phylogenetic evaluation of the group. Mitochondrial DNA Part B 1:544-548. PDF

Zytynska, S. E., S. T. Meyer, S. Sturm, W. Ullmann, M. Mehrparvar and W. W. Weisser. 2016. Secondary bacterial symbiont community in aphids responds to plant diversity. Oecologia 180:735-747. PDF

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