Carsten Schubert

About Me

See projects on the webpage of the group Biogeochemistry

Research interests
•    Aerobic and anaerobic oxidation of methane in freshwater systems
•    Anaerobic ammonium oxidation in marine and lacustrine water columns
•    Emissions of greenhouse gases from Swiss reservoirs, lakes, and rivers
•    Isotopic (C,N,O,H) and organic geochemical investigations in respect to the cycling of nutrients (C,N) and the preservation/degradation of organic matter
•    Investigation of the nitrogen cycle (amino-sugars and amino acids as the main nitrogen compounds in organisms, stable isotopes on bulk and single compounds to understand food webs)
•    Determination and use of biomarkers in organic materials (sediments, plankton, and bacteria) especially alkenones, n-alkanes, fatty-acids, alcohols, sterols, ether-lipids and lignin for identifying key processes taking place today or in the past (palaeo-reconstructions)


  • Lecture “Tracers in Biogeochemistry” at ETH Zürich
  • Lab course “Stable and radiogenic isotopic” at ETH Zürich
  • Lecture “Biogeochemical Cycles” at ETH Zürich
  • Seminar “Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology” at ETH Zürich
  • Lecture “Oceanography/Paleoceanography” at the University of Giessen
  • Lecture “Biogeochemistry” at the University of Bremen
  • Geological field mapping at the University of Bremen

Students supervised

PhD students

  • 2014-            Patrick Stücheli, Organic nitrogen compounds in lakes
  • 2012-            Kirsten Oswald, Redox zones in lakes, SNF project
  • 2012-2015    Tabea Stötter, Paleo-Methane emissions, ERC grant, University Bern, co-supervised
  • 2012-2015    Sebastien Sollberger, Methane emissions rivers, ETH funded, co-supervised
  • 2010-2014    Marie-Éve Randlett, 14C on organic compounds in Lake Van, SNF Project
  • 2009-2013    Jan Blees, AOM in Lake Lugano, SNF Project, University Basel, co-supervised
  • 2009-2013    Christine Wenk, Nitrogen transformation in Lake Lugano, SNF Project, University Basel,                       co-supervised
  • 2009-2014    Mathias Kirf, Microsensor development, funded by ETH, co-supervised
  • 2009-2012    Sebastian Näher, Oxygen depletion in aquatic systems, EU Project Hypox
  • 2008-2012    Dörte Carstens, Degradation of nitrogen containing molecules
  • 2004-2008    Torsten Diem, Methane and N2O in lakes and oceans
  • 2003-2007    Lucia Klauser, Biomarker potential of nitrogen containing molecules
  • 2001-2005    Jutta Niggemann, Degradation of organic matter off the coast of Chile and Peru

Master or Diploma Students

  • 2015    Kathrin Bross, DH isotopes on lipids in lake sediments, University Tübingen
  • 2015    Corinne Jegge, Anaerobic oxidation of Methane, Lac Cruz
  • 2010    Tabea Stoetter, 15N an Phaeophytin Cadagno, University Basel
  • 2009    Carmen Zwahlen, Terrestrial methane seep
  • 2007    Nathan Solothurnmann, OM degradation in lakes
  • 2006    Anne-Christine Pfaffen, Anaerobic methane oxidation in Lake Lungern
  • 2005    Simon Schwarzenbach, Methane emissions from reservoirs of power plants
  • 2005    Stefan Koch, Methane emissions from reservoirs of power plants
  • 2004    Esther Aquilar, Aerobic and anaerobic methane oxidation in Lake Rotsee
  • 2003    Torsten Diem, Methane and N2O in reservoirs of power plants
  • 2002    Joaquin Jiminez, Degradation of chitin in lake sediments
  • 2000    Manuela Scheuner, Degradation of organic matter under different redox conditions

Postdocs in research group

  • 2016-            Typhaine Guillemot, Hydrogen isotopes on biomarker Lake Van
  • 2015-            Nemiah Ladd, Hydrogen isotopes on sterols as proxy for precipitation
  • 2012-2014    Dörte Carstens, Degradation of nitrogen compounds
  • 2012-2014    Prosper Zigah, Biogeochemical processes in lake redox zones
  • 2008-2010    Torsten Diem, Methane emissions from lakes and reservoirs
  • 2007-2009    Achim Bechtel, Marie Curie Fellow, OM degradation in lakes
  • 2005-2006    Jutta Niggemann, Amino sugars in Lake sediments
  • 2004-2005    Françoise Lucas, Anaerobic methane oxidation in lakes
  • 2003-2004    Edith Kaiser, Anaerobic methane oxidation in the Black Sea water column

Field experience

8 Oceanographic cruises (2 times as chief scientist) to the Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea and numerous lake sampling campaigns

Reviewer for Journals, Funding agencies
Science, Nature, Nature Communications, Nature Climate Change, Marine Chemistry, Paleoceanography, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Marine Geology, Limnology & Oceanography, Environmental Science & Technology, Organic Geochemistry, Gcubed, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, FEMS Microbial Ecology, Chemical Geology, Journal of Earth System Science, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Archives of Microbiology, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Aquatic Geochemistry, Continental Shelf Research, Journal of Chromatography A, Environmental Microbiology, Ecological Monographs

American Chemical Society Petroleum Fund

German research foundation (DFG)

National Science Foundation (USA)

NWO Earth and Life Science, Dutch research council

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

Fondecyt, Chilean national research funding

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), United Kingdom

Darwin Center for Biogeosciences (Netherlands)

Academy of Finland

Eawag Publications
Other Publications (1992-2001)

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Curriculum Vitae

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Milucka, J.; Kirf, M.; Lu, L.; Krupke, A.; Lam, P.; Littmann, S.; Kuypers, M. M. M.; Schubert, C. J. (2015) Methane oxidation coupled to oxygenic photosynthesis in anoxic waters, ISME Journal, 9(9), 1991-2002, doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.12, Institutional Repository
Bechtel, A.; Smittenberg, R. H.; Bernasconi, S. M.; Schubert, C. J. (2010) Distribution of branched and isoprenoid tetraether lipids in an oligotrophic and a eutrophic Swiss lake: insights into sources and GDGT-based proxies, Organic Geochemistry, 41(8), 822-832, doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2010.04.022, Institutional Repository
Schubert, C. J.; Durisch-Kaiser, E.; Wehrli, B.; Thamdrup, B.; Lam, P.; Kuypers, M. M. M. (2006) Anaerobic ammonium oxidation in a tropical freshwater system (Lake Tanganyika), Environmental Microbiology, 8(10), 1857-1863, doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2006.01074.x, Institutional Repository

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Phone: +41 58 765 2195
Fax: +41 58 765 2168
Address: Eawag
Seestrasse 79
6047 Kastanienbaum
Office: SL C18

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Expert of

isotopes, surface water

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