Organische Geochemie

Peer-reviewed publications

Publications in review

  • Schaefer, B., Grice, K.,, Coolen, M.J.L., Summons, R.E., Cui, X., Bauersachs, T., Schwark, L., Böttcher, M.E., Bralower, T.J., Lyons, S.L., Freeman, K.H., Cockell, C.S., Gulick, S.P.S., Morgan, J.V., Whalen, M.T., Lowery, C.M., Vajda, V. Microbial life in the nascent Chicxulub crater. Geology, in review
  • Bauersachs, T., Gugger, M., Schwark, L. Heterocyte glycolipid diketones: A novel type of heterocyte glycolipid in the N2-fixing hetercytous cyanobacterium Microchaete sp. Organic Geochemistry, in review
  • Miller, S.R., Longley, R., Hutchins, P.R., Bauersachs, T., Cellular innovation by the adaptive loss of plasticity of the cyanobacterial heterocyst. Current Biology, accepted for publication


  • Taubner, R.S., Baumann, L.M.F., Bauersachs, T., Clifford, E.L., Mähnert, B., Reischl, B., Seifert, R., Peckmann, J., Rittmann, S.K.M.R., Birgel, D. Membrane lipid composition and amino acid excretion patterns of Methanothermococcus okinawensis grown in the presence of inhibitors detected in the Enceladian plume. Life 9, 1-19.
  • Bauersachs, T., Miller, S.R., Gugger, M., Mudimu, O., Friedl, T., Schwark, L. Heterocyst glycolipids indicate polyphyly of stigonematalean cyanobacteria. Phytochemistry 166, 112059.
  • Seguin, J., Bintliff, J.L., Grootes, P.M., Bauersachs, T., Dörfler, W., Heymann, C., Manning, S.W., Müller, S., Nadeau, M.J., Nelle, O., Steier, P., Weber, J., Wild, E.M., Zagana, E., Unkel, I. 2,500 years of anthropogenic and climatic landscape transformation in the Stymphalia polje, Greece. Quaternary Science Reviews 213, 133-154.
  • Yao, Y., Zhao, J., Bauersachs, T., Huang, Y. Effect of water depth on the TEX86 temperature proxy in volcanic lakes of northeastern China. Organic Geochemistry 129, 88-98.


  • Baumann, L.M., Taubner, R.S., Bauersachs, T., Steiner, M., Schleper, C., Peckmann, J., Rittmann, K.M.R., Birgel, D. Intact polar lipids and core lipid inventory of the hydrothermal vent methanogens Methanocaldococcus villosus and Methanothermococcus okinawensis. Organic Geochemistry 126, 33-42.
  • Kars, M., Musgrave, R.J., Hoshino, T., Jonas, A.S., Bauersachs, T., Inagaki, F., Kodama, K. Magentic mineral diagenesis in a high temperature and deep methanic zone in Izu rear arc marine sediments, NW Pacific Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 123, 8331-8348.
  • Warnock, J.P., Bauersachs, T., Kotthoff, U., Brandt, H.T., Andrén, E. Holocene history of the Ångermanälven Estuary. Boreas 47, 593-608.
  • Duda, J.P., Thiel, V., Bauersachs, T., Mißbach, H., Reinhardt, M., Schäfer, N., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Reitner, J. Ideas and perspectives: Hydrothermally driven redistribution and sequestration of early Archaean biomass - the ‘hydrothermal pump hypothesis‘. Biogeosciences 15, 1535-1548.
  • Papadomanolaki, N.M., Dijkstra, N., van Helmond, N.A.G.M., Hagens, M., Bauersachs, T., Kotthoff, U., Sangiorgi, F., Slomp, C.P. Controls on the onset and termination of past hypoxia in the Baltic Sea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 490, 347-354.


  • Kotthoff, U., Groeneveld, J., Ash, J.L., Fanget, A.S., Quintana Krupinski, N., Peyron, O., Stepanova, A., Warnock, J., van Helmond, N.A.G.M., Passey, B.H., Clausen, O.R., Bennike, O., Andrén, E., Granoszewski, W., Andrén, T., Filipsson, H.L., Seidenkrantz, M.S., Slomp, C.P., Bauersachs, T. Reconstructing Holocene temperature and salinity variations in the western Baltic Sea region: A multi-proxy comparison from the Little Belt (IODP Expedition 347, Site M0059). Biogeosciences 14, 5607-5632.
  • Bauersachs, T., Talbot, H.M., Sidgwick, F., Sivonen, K., Schwark, L. Lipid biomarker signatures as tracers for harmful cyanobacterial blooms in the Baltic Sea. PLOS ONE 12, e0186360.
  • Weidenbach, K., Nickel, L., Neve, H., Alkhnbashi, O.S., Künzel, S., Krupczok, A., Bauersachs, T., Cassidy, L., Tholey, A., Backofen, R., Schmitz, R.A. MetSV, a novel archaeal lytic virus targeting Methanosarcina strains. Journal of Virology 91, e00955-17.
  • Kars, M., Musgrave, R.J., Kodama, K., Jonas, A.S.*, Bordiga, M., Ruebsam, W., Vautravers, M., Bauersachs, T. Impact of climate change on the magnetic mineral assemblage in marine sediments from Izu rear arc, NW Pacific Ocean, over the last 1 Myr. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 480, 53-69.
  • Jonas, A.S.*, Schwark, L., Bauersachs, T. Late Quaternary water temperature variations of the Northwest Pacific based on the lipid paleothermometers TEXH86, UK’37 and LDI. Deep Sea Research I 125, 81-93.




  • Zink, K.G., Vandergoes, M.J., Bauersachs, T., Newnham, R., Schwark, L. A refined paleotemperature calibration for New Zealand limnic environments using differentiation of branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether (brGDGT) sources. Journal of Quaternary Science 31, 823-835.


  • Mueller-Niggemann, C., Utami, S.R., Marxen, A., Mangelsdorf, K., Bauersachs, T., Schwark, L. Distribution of tetraether lipids in agricultural soils – differentiation between paddy and upland management. Biogeosciences 13, 1647-1667.


  • Bauersachs, T., Schwark, L. Glycerol monoalkanediol diethers: A novel series of archaeal lipids detected in hydrothermal environments. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 30, 54-60.




  • Bauersachs, T., Rochelmeier, J., Schwark, L. Seasonal lake surface water temperature trends reflected by heterocyst glycolipid based molecular thermometers. Biogeoscienes 12, 3741-3751.


  • Heyng, A.M., Mayr, C., Lücke, A., Moschen, R., Wissel, H., Striewski, B., Bauersachs, T. Middle and Late Holocene paleotemperatures reconstructed from oxygen isotopes and GDGTs of sediments from Lake Pupuke, New Zealand. Quaternary International 374, 3-14.


  • Bauersachs, T., Weidenbach, K., Schmitz, R.A., Schwark, L. Distribution of glycerol ether lipids in halophilic, methanogenic and hyperthermophilic archaea. Organic Geochemistry 83-84, 101-108.


  • Mudimu, O., Rybalka, N., Bauersachs, T., Friedl, T., Schulz, R. Influence of different CO2 concentrations on microalgae growth rate, α-tocopherol content and fatty acid composition. Geomicrobiology Journal 32, 291-303.


  • Andrén, T., Barker Jørgensen, B., Cotterill, C., Green, S., Andrén, E., Ash, J., Bauersachs, T., Cragg, B., Fanget, A.S., Fehr, A., Granoszewski, W., Groeneveld, J., Hardisty, D., Herrero-Bervera, E., Hyttinen, O., Jensen, J.B., Johnson, S., Kenzler, M., Kotilainen, A., Kotthoff, U., Marshall, I.P.G., Martin, E., Obrochta, S., Passchier, S., Quintana Krupinski, N., Ridinger, N., Slomp, C., Snowball, I., Stepanova, A., Strano, S., Torti, A., Warnock, J., Xiao, N., Zhang, R. IODP expedition 347: Baltic Sea basin paleoenvironment and biosphere. Scientific Drilling 20, 1-12.




  • Bauersachs, T., Schouten, S., Schwark, L. Characterization of the sedimentary organic matter preserved in the Messel oil shale by bulk geochemistry and stable isotopes. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 410, 390-400.


  • Mudimu, O., Rybalka, N., Bauersachs, T., Born, J., Friedl, T., Schulz, R. Biotechnological screening of microalgal and cyanobacterial strains for biogas production and antibacterial and antifungal effects. Metabolites 4, 373-393.


  • Bauersachs, T., Stal, L., Grego, M., Schwark, L. Temperature dependency of the distribution of heterocyst glycolipids in N2-fixing heterocystous cyanobacteria. Organic Geochemistry 69, 98-105.


  • Bauersachs, T., Mudimu, O., Schulz, R., Schwark, L. Distribution of long chain heterocyst glycolipids in N2-fixing cyanobacteria of the order Stigonematales. Phytochemistry 98,145-150.




  • Schouten, S., Hopmans, E.C., Rosell-Melé, A., Pearson, A., Bauersachs, T., et. al. An interlaboratory study of TEX86 and BIT analysis of sediments, extracts and standard mixtures. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 14, 5263-5285.


  • Bauersachs, T., Miller, S., Hopmans, E.C., van der Meer, M.J.T., Schouten, S., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. Distribution of long chain heterocyst glycolipids in cultures of the thermophilic cyanobacterium Mastigocladus laminosus and a hot spring microbial mat. Organic Geochemistry 56, 19-24.




  • Henry, P., Kanamatsu, T., Thu Moe, K., Strasser, M., Alves, T., Bauersachs, T., Daigle, H., Ekinci, K., Gao, S., Garcon, M., Kawamura, K., Kitamura, Y., Sverre Laberg, J., Lee, G., Lee, Y., Lu, Y., Marcaillou, B., Matsubayashi, O., Nagahashi, Y., Novak, B., Saito, Y., Satoguchi, Y., Screaton, E.J., Scudder, R.P., Ra Song, B., Yamaguchi, A. IODP Expedition 333: Return to Nankai Trough subduction inputs sites and coring of mass transport deposits. Scientific Drilling 14, 4-17.




  • Bauersachs, T., Compaoré, J., Severin, I., Hopmans, E.C., Stal, L.J., Schouten, S.,  Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. Diazotrophic microbial community of coastal microbial mats of the southern North Sea. Geobiology 9, 349-359.


  • Kim, J.H., Talbot, H.M., Zarzycka, B., Bauersachs, T., Wagner, T.. Occurrence and abundance of soil-specific bacterial membrane lipid markers in the Têt watershed (Southern France): Soil-specific BHPs and branched GDGTs. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 12, 1-15.




  • Bauersachs, T., Speelman, E.N., Hopmans, E.C., Reichert, G.J., Schouten, S., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. Fossilized glycolipids reveal past oceanic N2 fixation by heterocystous cyanobacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA (PNAS) 107, 19190-19194.


  • Bauersachs, T., Schouten, S., Compaoré, J., Stal, L.J., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. Occurrence of C35-C45 polyprenols in filamentous and unicellular cyanobacteria. Organic Geochemistry 41, 867-870.




  • Bauersachs, T., Compaoré, J., Hopmans, E.C., Stal, L.J., Schouten, S., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. Distribution of heterocyst glycolipids in cyanobacteria. Phytochemistry 70, 2034-2039.


  • Bauersachs, T., Hopmans, E.C., Compaoré, J., Stal, L.J., Schouten, S., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. Rapid analysis of long-chain glycolipids in heterocystous cyanobacteria using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 23, 1387-1394.


  • Bauersachs, T., Schouten, S., Compaoré, J., Wollenzien, U., Stal, L.J., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. Nitrogen isotopic fractionation associated with growth on dinitrogen gas and nitrate by cyanobacteria. Limnology and Oceanography 54, 1403-1411.
  • Bauersachs, T., Schouten, S., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Kremer, B. A biomarker and δ15N study of thermally altered Silurian cyanobacterial mats. Organic Geochemistry 40, 149-157.