Dr. rer. nat. Matthias Haeckel

Forschungsbereich 2: Marine Biogeochemie
FE Marine Geosysteme

Raum: 8D 128
Telefon: +49 431 600-2123
Fax: +49 431 600-2928
E-Mail: mhaeckel(at)

Wischhofstrasse 1-3
D-24148 Kiel



Research interests

  • Marine biogeochemical cycles and early diagenesis
  • Methane in the marine environment: gas hydrates, cold vents, mud volcanoes
  • Development of transport-reaction models
  • Fluid & gas transport in marine sediments and their origin
  • Weathering of marine sediments
  • Methane hydrates as unconventional energy resource
  • CO2 capture & storage (CCS) and climate change


Numerical transport-reaction & thermodynamic models (codes: C.CANDI, SUGAR Toolbox, PINT)

  • Porewater and sediment data (ship-based research expeditions)

Working group

Dibbern, Meike

Bigalke, Niko
Deusner, Christian
Gharasoo, Mehdi Gholami
Haffert, Laura
Kossel, Elke
Pinero, Elena
Zhang, Ling (China University of Geosciences Wuhan, P.R. China)

PhD students
Ruesch, Blandine
Schroller, Dirk
Vielstädte, Lisa

Diploma / Master students

Lübben, Alexander (2011) "Quantifying regional methane emissions of the Batumi seep area in the eastern Black Sea"
Brenner, Heiko (2009) "Marine silicate weathering in the southern Okinawa Trough"
Pansegrau, Moritz (2009) "Numerical modelling of CO2 hydrate formation"

Former group members
Albrecht, Carina
Aloisi, Giovanni (CNRS, Universite Marie et Pierre Curie Paris, France)
Gubsch, Stephan
Savy, Jean-Philippe (Universite de Perpignan, France)



Since 2005  Research Scientist, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (GEOMAR), Kiel,

2004 – 2005 Visiting Scientist, Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

2004            Research Consultant for IFM-GEOMAR and University of Rome

2001 – 2003 Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt
                   Foundation at Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax,

2000 – 2001  Postdoc, GEOMAR Research Center, Kiel, Germany

1996 – 2000  PhD thesis, GEOMAR Research Center, Kiel, Germany: "Mathematical
                    models of early diagenetic processes: Impacts on the biogeochemical
                    environment of the deep-sea floor”

1994 – 1995  Diploma thesis, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Christian-Albrechts
                    University, Kiel, Germany: "Analysis of nuclear quadrupole coupling and
                    internal rotation of the complex aniline-methanol using Fourier transform
                    microwave spectroscopy at a molecular beam"

1989 – 1994  Chemistry studies, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany


Projects and Cruises


2015-2018     MiningImpact - Ecological aspects of deep-sea mining
                    (A Pilot Action of the Joint Programme Initiative Oceans)

2014-2017     SUGAR III - Submarine gas hydrate reservoirs

2014-2017     Helmholtz-CAS Joint Research Group "Characterization and Energy
                    Production Strategies of Gas Hydrate Deposits in the Northern South    
                    China Sea" (Partners: GIEC-CAS, GFZ)

2013-2016     MIDAS - Managing Impacts of Deep-Sea Resource Exploitation

2013-2015     The Fate of Microplastics in Benthic Marine Environments

2011-2014      SUGAR II “Submarine gas hydrate resources” (BMWi/BMBF-funded)

2011-2014      ECO2 “Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems”

2011-2012      SPUX “Spatial methane flux quantification from a pockmark area in the  
                     Black Sea“ (EU-funded)

2008-2011      SUGAR “Submarine gas hydrate resources” (BMWi/BMBF-funded)

2008-2010      SUMSUN “Natural hydrothermal CO2 seepage in the northern Pacific as
                     case study for marine CO2 sequestration” (BMBF-funded)

2007-2010      CLATHRAT “Natural gas production from methane hydrates by CO2
                     injection into marine sediments” (Industry-funded)

Research cruises

CE 12010


North Sea, CO2 leakage



Black Sea, cold vents + MVs

NT 10-06 Leg 3


Okinawa Trough, CO2 vents

SO 196


Okinawa Trough, CO2 vents

SO 191


Hikurangi Margin, cold vents

MSM 1/3


Gulf of Cadiz, MVs

TTR 15


Black Sea, cold vents + MVs

SO 178


Sea of Okhotsk, cold vents

VO 60


Black Sea, Crimean cold vents

ODP Leg 205


Costa Rica subduction zone

PO 260


Porcupine abyssal plain

HE 128


Sogne Fjord

SO 132


South China Sea, Pinatubo ash

SO 106


Peru Basin, Mn nodules


Marine Biogeochemistry (Master Program Geosciences and Marine Geosciences)

Literature Seminar "Marine Geosystems"

Modelling of biogeochemical processes I + II



Yanagawa K., Morono Y., de Beer D., Haeckel M., Sunamura M., Futagami T., Hoshino T., Terada T., Nakamura K., Urabe T., Rehder G., Boetius A., Inagaki F. (submitted) Metabolically active microbial communities in marine sediment under high-CO2 and low-pH extremes. The ISME Journal.

Haffert L., Haeckel M., Liebetrau V., Berndt C., Hensen C., Nuzzo M., Reitz A., Scholz F., Schönfeld J., Perez-Garcia C., Weise S. M. (submitted) Fluid evolution and authigenic mineral paragenesis related to salt diapirism – the Mercator mud volcano in the Gulf of Cadiz. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

Wallmann K., Burwicz E., Rüpke L., Pinero E., Haeckel M., Hensen C. (submitted) The global inventory of methane hydrate in marine sediments: A theoretical approach. Energies.

Pinero E., Marquardt M., Hensen C., Haeckel M., Wallmann K. (submitted) Estimation of the global inventory of methane hydrates in marine sediments using transfer functions. Biogeosciences.

Chuang P.-C., Dale A. W., Wallmann K., Haeckel M., Yang T. F., Chen N.-C., Chen H.-C., Chen H.-W., Lin S., Sun C.-H., You C.-F., Wang Y., Chung S.-H. (revised) Dependence of organic carbon degradation rates and methane dynamics on the geology of the accretionary prism offshore SW Taiwan. Chemical Geology.

Deusner C., Bigalke N., Kossel E., Haeckel M. (2012) Methane production from gas hydrate deposits through injection of supercritical CO2. Energies 5, 2112-2140.

Vanneste H., Kastner M., James R. H., Connelly D. P., Fisher R. E., Kelly-Gerreyn B. A., Heeschen K., Haeckel M., Mills R. A. (2012) Authigenic carbonates from the Darwin mud volcano, Gulf of Cadiz: A record of palaeo-seepage of hydrocarbon bearing fluids. Chemical Geology 300-301, 24-39.

Heeschen K., Haeckel M., Klaucke I., Ivanov M. K., Bohrmann G. (2011) Quantifying in-situ gas hydrates at active seep sites in the eastern Black Sea using pressure coring technique. Biogeosciences 8(12), 3555–3565.

Haeckel M. (2011) Natürliche Gashydrate – potenter Energieträger und Option zur CO2-Speicherung. Energie-Wasser-Praxis 62(12), 104-109.

Wallmann K., Haeckel M., Bohrmann G., Suess E. (2011) Zukünftige kommerzielle Nutzung von Methanhydratvorkommen im Meeresboden. In: Warnsignal Klima: Die Meere - Änderungen & Risiken, Lozan J. L., Graßl H., Karbe L., Reise K. (eds.), Universität Hamburg, 285-288.

Pinero E., Rottke W., Fuchs T., Hensen C., Haeckel M., Wallmann K., 3-D numerical modeling of methane hydrate deposits. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH2011), Edinburgh, UK, 17-21 July 2011, p. 279.

Wallmann K., Burwicz E. B., Rüpke L. H., Marquardt M., Pinero E., Haeckel M., Hensen C., Constraining the global inventory of methane hydrate in marine sediments. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH2011), Edinburgh, UK, 17-21 July 2011, p. 129.

Bigalke N., Kossel E., Deusner C., Savy J.-P., Haeckel M., CO2 injection into submarine sediments: Disturbing news for methane-rich hydrates. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH2011), Edinburgh, UK, 17-21 July 2011, p. 591.

Haeckel M., Suess E. (2011) Natürliche Gashydrate – Künftige Energieträger oder Option zur CO2-Speicherung? In: Chemie über den Wolken ... und darunter, Zellner R. und Gesellschaft deutscher Chemiker (eds.), Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 65-70.

Perez-Garcia C., Berndt C., Klaeschen D., Mienert J., Haffert L., Depreiter D., Haeckel M. (2011) Linked halokinesis and mud volcanism at the Mercator Mud Volcano, Gulf of Cadiz. Journal of Geophysical Research 116, B05101, doi:10.1029/2010JB008061.

Reitz A., Pape T., Haeckel M., Schmidt M., Berner U., Scholz F., Liebetrau V., Aloisi G., Weise S. M., Wallmann K. (2011) Sources of fluids and gases expelled at cold seeps offshore Georgia, eastern Black Sea. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 3250-3268.

Schmale O., Haeckel M., McGinnis D. F. (2011) Response of the Black Sea methane budget to massive short-term submarine inputs of methane. Biogeosciences 8, 911-918.

Vanneste H., Kelly-Gerreyn B. A., Connelly D. P., James R. H., Haeckel M., Fisher R. E., Heeschen K., Mills R. A. (2011) Spatial variation in fluid flow and geochemical fluxes across the sediment–seawater interface at the Carlos Ribeiro mud volcano (Gulf of Cadiz). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 1124–1144.

Schicks J. M., Steinhauer B., Spangenberg E., Giese R., Erzinger J., Haeckel M., Bigalke N., Savy J.-P., Kossel E., Deusner C., Wallmann K. (2010) Natural gas hydrates: development and test of innovative methods for gas production from hydrate bearing sediments. Society of Petroleum Engineers 137667, 1-20.

Marquardt M., Hensen C., Piñero E., Wallmann K., Haeckel M. (2010) A transfer function for the prediction of gas hydrate inventories in marine sediments. Biogeosciences 7, 2925–2941.

Dale A. W., Sommer S., Haeckel M., Wallmann K., Linke P., Wegener G., Pfannkuche O. (2010) Pathways and regulation of carbon, sulfur and energy transfer in marine sediments overlying methane gas hydrates on the Opouawe Bank (New Zealand). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 5763-5784.

Schwalenberg K., Haeckel M., Poort J., Jegen M. (2010) Evaluation of gas hydrate deposits in an active seep area using marine controlled source electromagnetics: Results from Opouawe Bank, Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. Marine Geology 272, 79-88.

Scholz F., Hensen C., De Lange G. J., Haeckel M., Liebetrau V., Meixner A., Reitz A., Romer R. L. (2010) Lithium isotope geochemistry of marine pore waters - insights from cold seep fluids. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 3459–3475.

Suess E., Haeckel M. (2010) Gashydrate im Meeresboden. Geographische Rundschau 5: Ozeane und Meeresforschung, 22-29.

Nuzzo M., Hornibrook E. R. C., Gill F., Hensen C., Pancost R. D., Haeckel M., Reitz A., Scholz F., Magalhães V. H., Brückmann W., Pinheiro L. M. (2009) Origin of light volatile hydrocarbon gases in mud volcano fluids, Gulf of Cadiz – Evidence for multiple sources and transport mechanisms in active sedimentary wedges. Chemical Geology 266, 359-372.

Scholz F., Hensen C., Reitz A., Romer R.L., Liebetrau V., Meixner A., Weise S. M., Haeckel M. (2009) Isotopic evidence (87Sr/86Sr, d7Li) for alteration of the oceanic crust at deep-rooted mud volcanoes in the Gulf of Cadiz, NE Atlantic Ocean. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73, 5444–5459.

Sommer S., Linke P., Pfannkuche O., Schleicher T., Schneider v. Deimling J., Reitz A., Haeckel M., Flögel S., Hensen C. (2009) Seabed methane emissions and the habitat of frenulate tubeworms on the Captain Arutyunov mud volcano (Gulf of Cadiz). Marine Ecology Progress Series 382, 69-86.

Bahr A., Pape T., Bohrmann G., Mazzini A., Haeckel M., Reitz A., Ivanov M. (2009) Authigenic carbonate precipitates from the NE Black Sea: a mineralogical, geochemical, and lipid biomarker study. International Journal of Earth Science 98, 677-695.

Quiroga E., Bensch W., Aceves M., Yu Z., Savy J. P., Haeckel M., Lechner A. (2009) Silicon rich oxide with controlled mean size of silicon nanocrystals by deposition in multilayers, Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ultimate Integration on Silicon (ULIS) 2009, IEEEXplore doi: 10.1109/ULIS.2009.4897607, 349 - 352.

Haeckel M., Reitz A., Klaucke I. (2008) Methane budget of a large gas hydrate province offshore Georgia, Black Sea. ICGH 2008 Conference Proceedings.

Wallmann K., Aloisi G., Haeckel M., Tishchenko P., Pavlova G., Greinert J., Kutterolf J., Eisenhauer A. (2008) Silicate weathering in anoxic marine sediments. Mineralogical Magazine 72(1), 363-366.

Wallmann K., Aloisi G., Haeckel M., Tishchenko P., Pavlova G., Greinert J., Kutterolf J., Eisenhauer A. (2008) Silicate weathering in anoxic marine sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, 3067-3090.

Heeschen K.U., Hohnberg J., Haeckel M., Abegg F., Drews M., Bohrmann G. (2007) In-situ hydrocarbon concentrations from pressurized cores in surface sediments, Northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Chemistry 107(4), 498-515.

Haeckel M., Boudreau B.P., Wallmann K. (2007) Bubble-induced porewater mixing: A 3-D model for deep porewater irrigation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71(21), 5135-5154.

Reitz A., Haeckel M., Wallmann K., Hensen C., Heeschen K. (2007) Origin of salt-enriched pore fluids in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 259, 266-282.

Haeckel M. (2006) A transport-reaction model of the hydrological systems of the Costa Rica subduction zone. In: Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, Vol. 205,

Klaus A., Morris J., Villinger H. (eds), Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, Texas, USA.

Wallmann K., Aloisi G., Haeckel M., Obzhirov A., Tishchenko P. (2006) Kinetics of organic matter degradation, microbial methane generation and gas hydrate formation in anoxic marine sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70, 3905-3927.

Haeckel M., Suess E., Wallmann K., Rickert, D. (2004) Rising methane gas-bubbles form massive hydrate layers at the seafloor. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 68(21), 4335-4345.

Haeckel M., Van Beusekom J., Wiesner M., König I. (2001) The impact of the Mount Pinatubo tephra fallout on the geochemical environment of the deep-sea sediments in the South China Sea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 193(1-2), 151-166.

Luff R., Haeckel M., Wallmann K. (2001) Robust and fast FORTRAN and MATLAB libraries to calculate pH distributions in marine systems. Computers & Geosciences 27(2), 157-169.

Haeckel M., König I., Riech V., Weber M., Suess E. (2001) Pore water profiles and numerical modelling of biogeochemical processes in Peru Basin deep-sea sediments. Deep-Sea Research II 48(17-18), 3713-3736.

König I., Haeckel M., Lougear A., Suess E., Trautwein A.X. (2001) A geochemical model of the Peru Basin deep-sea floor and the system's response to technical impacts. Deep-Sea Research II, 3737-3756.

König I., Haeckel M., Drodt M., Suess E., Trautwein A.X. (1999) Reactive Fe(II) layers in deep-sea sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 63(10), 1517-1526.

Haeckel M., Stahl W. (1999) The microwave spectrum and molecular structure of the hydrogen bonded aniline-methanol complex. Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 198(2), 263-277.

Wallmann K., Böhm F., Haeckel M. (2008) CO2-Abscheidung und -Speicherung im Meeresuntergrund - Meeresökologische und geologische Anforderungen für deren langfristige Sicherheit sowie Ausgestaltung des rechtlichen Rahmens, In: Forschungsbericht 20625200 des Umweltbundesamts, Ginzky H., Hahlbeck E. (eds.), Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Rosslau, 337 p.

Morris J. D., Villinger H. W., Klaus A., Shipboard Scientific Party (2006) Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, Vol. 205. ODP, Texas A&M, College Station, USA. CD-ROM.

Morris J. D., Villinger H. W., Klaus A., Shipboard Scientific Party (2003) Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Initial Reports, Vol. 205. ODP, Texas A&M, College Station, USA. CD-ROM.


Wallmann K., Haeckel M., Verfahren zur Erdgasförderung aus Kohlenwasserstoff-Hydraten bei gleichzeitiger Speicherung von Kohlendioxid in geologischen Formationen, DE 10 2009 007 453.8; International: PCT/DE 2010/000059; EU, USA, Canada, India, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, New Zealand, Brazil, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine.