Thomas Klintzsch



Dr. Thomas Klintzsch


Institute of Earth Sciences

Im Neuenheimer Feld 236, Room 114a

D-69120 Heidelberg


+49 (0) 6221 546006


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2016

PhD student in the research group for Biogeochemistry (Institute of Earth Sciences, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg)


Research assistant (research group for geoecology and modeling, Institute for Plant Ecology Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen).

2014 - 2015

Student assistant (research group for experimental plant ecology, Institute for Plant Ecology, Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen).

2012 - 2015

Master study in environmental and resource management (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen)

2007 - 2011

Bachelor study in environmental management (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen)

2006 - 2007

Vocational diploma in chemical/physical technology (Adolf-Reichwein-School, Marburg)

2004 - 2006

Apprenticeship as Chemical Technical Assistant (CTA), subject: environmental analysis (Elisabeth-Knipping-School, Kassel)

Research focus

The world’s oceans are considered to be a source of methane to the atmosphere. In particular the ocean’s surface is often supersaturated with methane while processes accounting for this supersaturated state are poorly understood. Only a few hypotheses exist. Within my PhD project I test the hypothesis that algae could contribute to methane formation in the ocean mixed layer. For this purpose laboratory experiments with different algae cultures are carried out, where algae are grown in closed chambers and methane is measured by gas-chromatography in chambers head space. To identify methane precursors and increase resolution of detecting methane formation, stable isotope techniques are used. Furthermore, several environmental factors are investigated with respect to their effect of algae-derived CH4 production.



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