September 2016

Article published by Kamilli et al., please refer to the section 'Publications'

June 2016

Article published by Hepp et al., please refer to the section 'Publications'

May 2016

Article published by Lenhart et al., please refer to the section 'Publications'

March 2016

We welcome Tobias Sattler as a new member in our Biogeochemistry group

February 2016

We welcome Thomas Klintzsch as a new member in our Biogeochemistry group

January 2016

Articles published by Riechelmann et al. and Keppler et al. , please refer to the section 'Publications'

September 2015

Article published by Polag et al., for details please refer to the section 'Publications' on the left.

July 2015

Five articles published by Mischel et al., Greule et al., McRoberts et al., May et al. and Lenhart et al., for details please refer to the section 'Publications' on the left

April 2015

We welcome Dr. Nicole Jaeger as a new member in our Biogeochemistry group

March 2015

New article published by Lenhart et al. (2015), for details please refer to the section 'Publications' on the left

Feb 2015

New articles published by
Greule et al. (2015) and Anhäuser et al. (2015),
for details please refer to the section 'Publications' on the left


The research group 'Biogeochemistry' cordially invites for the ASI Conference. The conference will take place in Heidelberg at the Institute of Earth Sciences from the 28th Sep - 30th Sep 2015. A separate homepage of this conference including all further information will be online soon.



Earth and Life through time: from its origin to the Anthropocene

Biogeochemistry is an interdisciplinary systems science whose application area includes all five geochemical spheres: biosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere.


E. Gorham described biogeochemistry as follows ...
Biogeochemistry deals with control of the concentrations and cycling of elements in and above the earth’s crust by the synthesis, death and decomposition of organisms. The term was coined by Vernadsky (1926) (...). Biogeochemistry represents a very gradual coalescence and eventual synthesis of three diverse disciplines into a recognized branch of science. In it the most fundamental aspects of knowledge of the planet Earth are being studied by scientists at the same time, and in the same way, that they seek a better understanding of extremely important practical problems. Most notable among such problems are those caused by human manipulation of biogeochemical cycles on nature’s own scale. The challenge that faces humanity is nothing less than the maintenance of the balance of nature represented by those cycles, which will require a greatly improved understanding of planetary biogeochemistry.” Gorham, E., 1991. Biogeochemistry: its origins and development. Biogeochemistry 


Hence, biogeochemistry is accompanied with the Anthropocene which defines mankind as a factor that influences unrecoverable the geological, biological and atmospheric processes on Earth. Consequentlly, mankind becomes responsible for the further development of our planet. The term anthropocene was coined by atmospheric chemist and nobel prize winner Paul Crutzen.


A powerful tool to address biogeochemical questions are stable isotope ratios which can be used as tracers for (bio)chemical reactions and are able to record to environmental as well as climatic fluctuations. In our research group we focus on stable hydrogen and carbon isotope ratios (expressed as δ2H and δ13C values) in several fields of biogeochemistry and related disciplines (see figure below).

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