Prof. Dr. Lorenz Schwark, Academic staff

Academic staff | Institute of Geosciences

Prof. Dr. Lorenz Schwark (Germany, 1962)

PhD University of Cologne
Research area Organic Geochemistry
Scientific Education

Habilitation, Cologne University

Ph.D, Technical University Aachen

Diploma in Geology, Technical University Aachen

Scientific experience
    Contracts and functions
  • Executive Board Member, European Association of Organic Geochemists
  • Associated Editor, Organic Geochemistry
  • PI or co-PI in several industry projects from 1994 till present
  • PI or co-PI in >20 DFG-projects
  • Participation and coordination in various international joint projects funded via NSF, ARC, MARSDEN
  • Biogeochemistry of Paddy Soils – DFG FOR-995
  • Bacterial geo-thermometer: A new, precise indicator of climate change – Marsden Fund New Zealand
  • The Rise of the Cultural Landscape in Central Europe: Mobility and Human-Environment Interaction since the Neolithic – SFB 806
  • Experimental simulation and quantification of hydrocarbon expulsion – Industry Project
  • Formation of fossiliferous concretions in the Cretaceous Santana Formation: Assessing the role of microbial processes – DFG
  • Organic/inorganic interactions in mineral systems - CSIRO National Flagship Project
Selected publications

Bannert, A., Mueller-Niggemann, C., Kleineidam, C., Wissing, L., Cao, Z., Schwark, L., Schloter, M.: Comparison of lipid biomarker and gene abundance characterizing the archaeal ammonia-oxidizing community in flooded soils. Biol. Fertil. Soils, published on-line DOI 10.1007/s00374-011-0552-6

Zink, K.G., Vandergoes, M.J., Mangelsdorf, K., Dieffenbacher-Krall, A.C., Schwark, L.: Application of bacterial glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs) to develop modern and past temperature estimates from New Zealand lakes. Organic Geochemistry 41,1060-1066.

Mügler, I., Gleixner, G., Schwalb, A., Schütt, B., Mäusbacher, R., Daut, G., Schwark, L., Xu, B., Yao, T., Zhu, L., Yi, Ch.: A multi-proxy approach to reconstruct hydrological changes and Holocene climate of Nam Co, Central Tibet. Journal of Paleolimnology 43, 625-648

Schwark, L.: Hydrocarbons in the Pedosphere. Volume I, Chapt. 19, pp. 280-295, in: Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Ed. K. Timmins, Springer Algeo, T., Rowe, H., Hower, J.C., Schwark, L., Herrmann, A., and Heckel. P. (2008) Changes in ocean denitrification during Late Carboniferous glacial-interglacial cycles. Nature Geoscience 1, 709-714

Hallmann, C.O.E., Schwark, L. and Grice, K.: Community dynamics of anaerobic bacteria in deep petroleum reservoirs. Nature Geoscience 1, 1588-1591, doi: 10.1038/ngeo260

Reigstad, L.J., Richter, A., Daims, H., Urich, T., Schwark, L., Schleper, C.: Nitrification in terrestrial hot springs of Iceland and Kamchatka. FEMS Microbial Ecology 64,167-174

Marschner, B., Brodowski, S., Dreves, A., Gleixner, G., Grootes, P.M., Hamer, U., Heim, A., Jandl, G., Ji, R., Kaiser, K., Kalbitz, K., Kramer, C., Rethemeyer, J., Schmidt, M.W.I., Schwark, L., Wiesenberg, G.L.B.: Is recalcitrance a relevant property for the stabilization of organic matter in soils? Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 178, 191-210

Leininger, S., Urich, T., Schloter, M., Schwark, L., Ji, G., Nicol, G.W., Prosser, J.I., Schuster, S., Schleper C.: Archaea predominate among ammonia-oxidizing prokaryotes in soils. Nature 442, 806-809

Kemp, D.B., Coe, A.L., Cohen, A.S., Schwark, L.: Astronomical pacing of methane release in the Early Jurassic. Nature 437, 396-399


Cornelia Müller-Niggemann: Lipid Biogeochemistry of Paddy Soils

Martin Stockhausen: Laboratory Simulation of Petroleum Expulsion

Luma Mohammed Jassim: Petroleum Systems Analysis of the Chia Gara Fm. Iraq

Eva Lehndorff: Biomonitoring of spatial and temporal variability in atmospheric pollution of the Cologne-Bonn Conurbation - Biomonitoring der räumlichen und zeitlichen Variabilität der Luftschadstoffbelastung im Großraum Köln-Bonn

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