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Staff Profile

AffiliationRIHN Center
PositionJSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
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Year of Birth1987
Academic CareerHumboldt University of Berlin, Doctor Course (2017)
Georg-August-University of Goettingen, Master Course (2012)
University of Bremen, Bachelor Course (2010)
Professional CareerPostdoctoral Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (2017-present)
Graduate Researcher, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (2013-2016)
Higher DegreesPh.D (Humboldt University of Berlin, 2017)
MSc (Georg-August-University of Goettingen, 2012)
BSc (University of Bremen, 2010)
Fields of SpecializationIsotope Biogeochemistry
Landscape Ecology
Soil Science
Academic Society MembershipsEcological Society of Japan
AppealI am an isotope biogeochemist interested in using isotopic markers to understand relationships between organic and lithographic sources and the environment. My focus is on the linkage between the terrestrial and aquatic domains.
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【Original Articles】

Nitzsche K.N., Kato Y., Shin K.-C. and Tayasu I. 2019 Magnesium isotopes reveal bedrock impacts on stream organisms. Science of the Total Environment 688:243-252. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.209 (reviewed).

Kayler Z.E., Badrian M., Frackowski A., Rieckh H., Nitzsche K.N., Kalettka T. and Gessler A. 2018 Ephemeral kettle hole water and sediment temporal and spatial dynamics within an agricultural catchment. Ecohydrology 11(e1929). DOI: (reviewed).

Nitzsche K.N., Kaiser M., Premke K., Gessler A., Ellerbrock R., Hoffmann C., Kleeberg A. and Kayler Z.E. 2017 Organic matter distribution and retention along transects from hilltop to kettle hole within an agricultural landscape. Biogeochemistry 136(1):47-70. DOI:10.1007/s10533-017-0380-3 (reviewed).

Nitzsche K.N., Kalettka T., Premke K., Lischeid G., Gessler A. and Kayler Z.E. 2017 Land-use and hydroperiod affect kettle hole sediment carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry. Science of the Total Environment 574:46-56. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.003 (reviewed).

Nitzsche K.N., Verch G., Premke K., Gessler A. and Kayler Z.E. 2016 Visualizing land-use and management complexity within biogeochemical cycles of an agricultural landscape. Ecosphere 7(5):1-16. DOI:10.1002/ecs2.1282 (reviewed).

Kiel S., Hansen C., Nitzsche K.N. and Hansen B.T. 2014 Using 87Sr/86Sr Ratios to Date Fossil Methane Seep Deposits: Methodological Requirements and an Example from the Great Valley Group, California. The Journal of Geology 122:353-366. DOI:10.1086/676594 (reviewed).

Brandmeier M., Erasmi S., Hansen C., Höweling A., Nitzsche K., Ohlendorf T., Mamani M. and Wörner G. 2013 Mapping patterns of mineral alteration in volcanic terrains using ASTER data and field spectrometry in Southern Peru. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 48:296-314. DOI:10.1016/j.jsames.2013.09.011 (reviewed).

Schlüter J., Estrada S., Lisker F., Läufer A., Kühn R., Nitzsche K.N. and Spiegel C. 2011 First Petrographical Description of Rock Occurrences in the Steingarden Area, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. Polarforschung 80(3):161-172. DOI:10013/epic.38393.d001 (reviewed).