Dr. Christopher Somes

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Forschungseinheit Biogeochemische Modellierung

Raum: 20-211
Tel.: +49 431 600-2053
E-Mail: csomes(at)geomar.de

GEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel



  • Pelz M.-T., Schartau M., Somes C.J., Lampe V., Slawig T. (2023): A diffusion-based kernel density estimator (diffKDE, version 1) with optimal bandwidth approximation for the analysis of data in geoscience and ecological research, Geoscientific Model Development Discussionhttps://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2023-17
  • Derville S., Torres L.G., Newsome S., Somes C.J., Valenzuela L.O., Zanden H.B.V., et al., Carroll E.L. (2023): Long-term stability in the circumpolar foraging range of a Southern Ocean predator between the eras of whaling and rapid climte change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceshttps://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2214035120


  • Pelz M.-T., Somes C.J., Tuerena R.E., Lorrain A., Close H.G., Henderson L.C., St. John Glew K., Espinasse B., Trueman C.N. (2022): A global marine particulate organic carbon-13 isotope data product (Version2). PANGAEAhttps://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.946915
  • Wallmann K., José Y.S., Hopwood M.J., Somes, C.J., Dale A.W., Scholz F., Achterberg E.P., Oschlies A. (2022), Biogeochemical feedbacks may amplify ongoing and future deoxygenation: a case study from the Peruvian oxygen minimum zone, Biogeochemistry, 159, 45-67, e2021GB006948,  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10533-022-00908-w


  • Bodin N., Pethybridge H., Duffy L.M., Lorrain A., Allain V., Logan J.M., Ménard F., Graham B., Choy C.A., Somes C.J., Olson R.J., Young J.W. (2021), Global data set for nitrogen and carbon stable isotopes of tunas, Ecology, 102(3):e03265, https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3265

  • Farmer J., Hertzberg J.E., Cardinal D., Fietz F., Hendry K., Jaccard S.L., Paytan A., Rafter P.A., Ren H., Somes C.J., Sutton J.N., and the GEOTRACES-PAGES Biological Productivity Working Group Members (2021), Assessment of C, N, and Si isotopes as tracers of past ocean nutrient and carbon cycling, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 35, e2020GB006775, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GB006775

  • Kvale K., Keller D.P., Koeve W., Meissner K.J., Somes C.J., Yao W., Oschlies A. (2021), Explicit silicate cycling in the Kiel Marine Biogeochemistry Model, version 3 (KMBM3) embedded in the UVic ESCM version 2.9, Geoscientific Model Development , 14, 7255-7285, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-7255-2021

  • Landolfi A., Prowe F.A.E., Pahlow M., Somes C.J., Chien C.-T., Schartau M., Koeve W., Oschlies A. (2021), Can top-down controls expand the ecological niche of marine N2 fixers?, Frontiers in Microbiology, 12:690200, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.690200

  • Mèdieu A., Point D., Receveur A., Gauthier O., Allain V., Pethybridge H., Menkes C.E., Gillikin D.P., Revill A.T., Somes C.J., Collin J., Lorrain A. (2021), Stable mercury concentrations of tropical tuna in the south western Pacific Ocean: an 18-year monitoring study, Chemosphere, 263:128024. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128024

  • Somes, C.J., Dale A.W., Wallmann K., Scholz F., Yao W., Oschlies A., Muglia J., Schmittner A., Achterberg E.P. (2021), Constraining global marine iron sources and ligand-mediated scavenging fluxes with GEOTRACES dissolved iron measurements in a global ocean biogeochemical model, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 35, e2021GB006948,  https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GB006948

  • St. John Glew K., Espinasse B., Hunt B.P.V, Pakhomov E.A., Bury S.J., Pinkerton M.H., Nodder S.D., Gutierrez-Rodrigues A., Safi K., Brown J.C.S., Graham L., Dunbar R.B., Mucciarone D.A., Magozzi S., Somes C.J., Trueman C. (2021), Isoscape Models of the Southern Ocean: Predicting Spatial and Temporal Variability in Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Compositions of Particulate Organic MatterGlobal Biogeochemical Cycles, 35, e2020GB006901, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GB006901

  • Verwega T.-M., Somes C.J., Schartau M., Lorrain A., Tuerena R.E., Oschlies A., Slawig T. (2021), Description of a global marine pariculate organic carbon-13 data set, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 4861-4880, https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-4861-2021


  • Lorrain, A., Pethybridge, H., Cassar, N., Receveur, A., Allain, V., Bodin, N., Bopp, L., Choy, C.A., Duffy, L., Fry, B., Goñi, N., Graham, B.S., Hobday, A.J., Logan, J.M., Ménard, F., Menkes, C., Olson, D.E., Pagendam, R.J., Point, D., Revill, A.T., Somes, C.J., Young, J.W. (2020), Trends in tuna isotopes suggest global changes in pelgic phytoplankton communities, Global Change Biology, 26:458-470. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14858
  • Logan J.M., Pethybridge H., Lorrain A., Somes C.J., Allain V., Bodin N., Choy C.A., Duffy L., Goñi N., Graham B., Langlais C., Ménard F., Olson R., Young J. (2020), Global patterns and inferences of tuna movements and trophodynamics, Deep Sea Research II, 175:104775. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2020.104775
  • Dhureea Z., Pethybridge H., Langlais C., Somes C.J., Nikolic N., Bourjea J., Appadoo C., Bodin N. (2020), Spatial variation in stable isotopes and fatty acid trophic markers in albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) from the western Indian Ocean, Deep Sea Research I, 161:103286, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103286


  • Pethybridge, H., Choy, C.A., Logan, L.M., Allain, V., Lorrain, A., Bodin, N., Somes, C.J., Young, J., Menard, F., Langlais, C., Duffy, L., Hobday, A.J., Kuhnert, P., Fry, B., Menkes, C., Olson, R.J. (2018). A global meta-analysis of marine predator nitrogen stable isotopes: Relationships between trophic structure and environmental conditions. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2018;00:1-13.  doi:10.1111/geb.12763
  • Glock, N., Erdem, Z., Wallmann, K., Somes, C. J., Liebtrau, V., Schönfeld, J., Gorb, S.,  Eisenhauer, A. (2018). Coupling of oceanic carbon and nitrogen facilitates spatially resolved quantitative reconstruction of nitrate inventories. Nature Communications, 9:1217.  doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03647-5


  • Muglia, J., Somes, C., Nickelsen, L. and Schmittner, A. (2017). Combined Effects of Atmospheric and Seafloor Iron Fluxes to the Glacial OceanPaleoceanography, 32, 1204-1218.  doi:10.1002/2016PA003077
  • Landolfi, A., Somes, C. J., Koeve, W., Zamora, L. M. and Oschlies, A. (2017) Oceanic nitrogen cycling and N2O flux perturbations in the Anthropocene. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 31 (8), 1236-1255.  doi10.1002/2017GB005633
  • Somes, C. J., Schmittner, A., Muglia, J. and Oschlies, A. (2017). A Three-Dimensional Model of the Marine Nitrogen Cycle during the Last Glacial Maximum Constrained by Sedimentary IsotopesFrontiers in Marine Science, 4:108. doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00108


  • Schmittner, A. and Somes, C. J. (2016). Complementary constraints from carbon (13C) and nitrogen (15N) isotopes on the glacial ocean's soft-tissue biological pumpPaleoceanography, 31 (6), 669-693. doi:10.1002/2015PA002905
  • Somes, C. J., Landolfi, A., Koeve, W. and Oschlies, A. (2016). Limited impact of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on marine productivity due to biogeochemical feedbacks in a global ocean model. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (9), 4500-4509. doi:10.1002/2016GL068335


  • Somes, C. J. and Oschlies, A. (2015). On the influence of “non-Redfield” dissolved organic nutrient dynamics on the spatial distribution of Nfixation and the size of the marine fixed nitrogen inventory. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29 (7), 973-993. doi:10.1002/2014GB005050
  • Young, J. W., Olson, R. J., Ménard, F., Kuhnert, P. M., Duffy, L. M., Allain, V., Logan, J. M., Lorrain, A., Somes, C. J., Graham, B., Goñi, N., Pethybridge, H., Simier, M., Potier, M., Romanov, E., Pagendam, D., Hannides, C. and Choy, C. A. (2015). Setting the stage for a global-scale trophic analysis of marine top predators: a multi-workshop review. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 25 (1), 261-272. doi:10.1007/s11160-014-9368-4


  • Moore, R. M., Kienast, M., Fraser, M., Cullen, J. J., Deutsch, C., Dutkiewicz, S., Follows, M. J. and Somes, C. J. (2014). Extensive hydrogen supersaturations in the western South Atlantic Ocean suggest substantial underestimation of nitrogen fixationJournal of Geophysical Research Oceans, 119 (7), 4340-4350. doi:10.1002/2014JC010017


  • Navarro, J., Coll, M., Somes, C. J. and Olson, R. J. (2013). Trophic niche of squids: Insights from isotopic data in marine systems worldwideDeep-Sea Research II, 95, 93-102. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.031
  • Somes, C. J., Oschlies, A. and Schmittner, A. (2013). Isotopic constraints on the pre-industrial oceanic nitrogen budgetBiogeosciences, 10 (9), 5889-5910. doi:10.5194/bg-10-5889-2013
  • Galbraith, E. D., Kienast, M., Galbraith, E. D., Kienast, M., Albuquerque, A. L., Altabet, M. A., Batista, F., Bianchi, D., Calvert, S. E., Contreras, S., Crosta, X., De Pol-Holz, R., Dubois, N., Etourneau, J., Francois, R., Hsu, T. C., Ivanochko, T., Jaccard, S. L., Kao, S. J., Kiefer, T., Kienast, S., Lehmann, M. F., Martinez, P., McCarthy, M., Meckler, A. N., Mix, A., Möbius, J., Pedersen, T. F., Pichevin, L., Quan, T. M., Robinson, R. S., Ryabenko, E., Schmittner-Boesch, A., Schneider, R., Schneider-Mor, A., Shigemitsu, M., Sinclair, D., Somes, C. J., Studer, A. S., Tesdal, J. E., Thunell, R. and Terence Yang, J. Y. (2013). The acceleration of oceanic denitrification during deglacial warmingNature Geoscience, 6, 579-584. doi:10.1038/ngeo1832


  • Robinson, R. S., Kienast, M., Luiza Albuquerque, A., Altabet, M., Contreras, S., De Pol Holz, R., Dubois, N., Francois, R., Galbraith, E., Hsu, T. C., Ivanochko, T., Jaccard, S., Kao, S. J., Kiefer, T., Kienast, S., Lehmann, M., Martinez, P., McCarthy, M., Möbius, J., Pedersen, T., Quan, T. M., Ryabenko, E., Schmittner, A., Schneider, R., Schneider-Mor, A., Shigemitsu, M., Sinclair, D., Somes, C. J., Studer, A., Thunell, R. and Yang, J. Y. (2012). A review of nitrogen isotopic alteration in marine sedimentsPaleoceanography, 27 (4), PA4203. doi:10.1029/2012PA002321


  • Somes, C. J., Schmittner, A. and Altabet, M. A. (2010). Nitrogen isotope simulations show the importance of atmospheric iron deposition for nitrogen fixation across the Pacific OceanGeophysical Research Letters, 37 (23), L23605. doi:10.1029/2010GL044537
  • Somes, C. J., Schmittner, A., Galbraith, E. D., Lehmann, M. F., Altabet, M. A., Montoya, J. P., Letelier, R. M., Mix, A. C., Bourbonnais, A. and Eby, M. (2010). Simulating the global distribution of nitrogen isotopes in the oceanGlobal Biogeochemical Cycles, 24 (4), GB4019. doi:10.1029/2009GB003767