Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 463
Location
Texel
Function
Senior Scientist

Helge Niemann

Senior Scientist

Expertise

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Organic Geochemistry
  • Geomicrobiology
  • Marine isotope ecology & microbial food web structures
  • Degradation of 'unconventional' carbon substrates

I am intrigued by the transformation of important but ‘unconventional’ carbon substrates such as methane, oil and plastics and their fate in aquatic (microbial) food web structures. With the aid of a multidisciplinary approach, my research particularly focuses on the geomicrobiology (including organic biogeochemistry) and spatiotemporal aspects of aquatic carbon cycling and the turnover of unconventional carbon substrates in sediments and the water column. In addition, I am also interested in lipid biomarkers as chemotaxonomic markers, and proxy indicators recording (paleo) environmental conditions.

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Linked news

Monday 22 October 2018
Speuren naar miljarden minuscule plasticdeeltjes in zee
Hoe onderzoek je de aanwezigheid en invloed van microplastics in onze estuaria, zeeën en oceanen? En: wat is de rol van microben bij het afbreken van deze fossiele of biologisch afbreekbare plastics? Het zijn vragen die dr. Linda Amaral-Zettler en…
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Fossiel celmembraan van bacterie bruikbaar voor klimaatonderzoek
Een 'paleo-thermometer' om klimaatschommelingen op land te meten is weer een stap dichterbij gekomen. Onderzoekers van onder meer het Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ) publiceren hierover deze week in het wetenschappelijk…

Linked blogs

Friday 20 July 2018
Hidden secrets in the North Sea: An expedition addressing sea-level rise, oxygen loss and microbial breakdown of methane
The North Sea still hides many secrets. A joint team of researchers from the Royal NIOZ Sea Research, TNO, Deltares, Utrecht University and VU University Amsterdam set out on an expedition with the research vessel Pelagia to answer some questions…

NIOZ publications

  • 2018
    Steinle, L.; Knittel, K.; Felber, N.; Casalino, C.; de Lange, G.; Tessarolo, C.; Stadnitskaia, A.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; Zopfi, J.; Lehmann, M.F.; Treude, T.; Niemann, H. (2018). Life on the edge: active microbial communities in the Kryos MgCl2-brine basin at very low water activity. ISME J. 12(6): 1414-1426. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41396-018-0107-z
    Vandieken, V.; Marshall, I.P.G.; Niemann, H.; Engelen, B.; Cypionka, H. (2018). Labilibaculum manganireducens gen. nov., sp. nov. and Labilibaculum filiforme sp. nov., Novel Bacteroidetes Isolated from Subsurface Sediments of the Baltic Sea. Front. Microbiol. 8: 2614. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.02614
    Weber, Y.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S; Zopfi, J.; de Jonge, C.; Gilli, A.; Schubert, C.J.; Lepori, F.; Lehmann, M.F.; Niemann, H. (2018). Redox-dependent niche differentiation provides evidence for multiple bacterial sources of glycerol tetraether lipids in lakes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. Early view: 201805186. https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1805186115
  • 2017
    Brankovits, D.; Pohlman, J.W.; Niemann, H.; Leigh, M.B.; Leewis, M.C.; Becker, K.W.; Iliffe, T.M.; Alvarez, F.; Lehmann, M.F.; Phillips, B. (2017). Methane- and dissolved organic carbon-fueled microbial loop supports a tropical subterranean estuary ecosystem. Nature Comm. 8(1): 12 pp. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/s41467-017-01776-x

Linked projects

Plastic in the Ocean: Microbial Transformation of an ‘Unconventional’ Carbon Substrate
Supervisor
Helge Niemann
Funder
European Community || European Research Council
Project duration
1 Jun 2018 - 31 May 2023