Dr. Ewa Burwicz-Galerne

Current affiliation:

MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Geosciences | University of Bremen
Klagenfurterstr. 4, 28359 Bremen
GEO 2250, +49 0421 218 659 87




Former affiliation:

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Research Area 2: Marine Biogeochemistry, FE Marine Geosystems


Invited talks/seminars/webinars:

April-May 2020 - A series of webinars organized by the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (currently only in Polish)

2020 Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrate Systems

Scientific Committee Member:

2020 15th International Conference on Gas In Marine Sediments (GIMS'15), Cadiz, Spain

Research interests

  • Fusion of reaction-transport models with machine learning analysis
  • Transport-reaction numerical modeling of gas hydrate deposits and their fate under the global warming; regional and global implications
  • Multiphase reactive fluid and gas flow in porous and fractured marine sediments
  • Implications from biogenic and thermogenic methane generation and migration for gas hydrate deposits resolved by 3D basin-scale petroleum reservoir modeling, incl. faulting

Current research projects

  • 3D modeling of gas hydrate deposits at the Western Black Sea basin
  • Global estimates on temperature, pore fluid, and organic matter distribution in marine sediments
  • Large-scale pore fluid circulation and illitization processes in the Gulf of Cadiz mud volcanoes field
  • Reaction-transport modeling of the double sulphate-methane transition zones (SMTZ) offshore Svalbard as a potential link to melting gas hydrate deposits
  • Mechanisms of free gas and gas hydrate co-existence within the gas hydrate stability zone (GHSZ) 

Education and carreer

  • 2018 - 2020 Post-Doc representative at the Women's Executive Board
  • 2018 - 2020 Post-Doc in the Advanced Earth System Modelling Capacity (ESM) project
  • 2015 - 2018 Post-doc at FB 2 developing basin-scale numerical model of the western Black Sea within the framework of the SUGAR III project
  • 2012 - 2015 Post-doc at FB 2 developing 3D numerical model of the Gulf of Mexico within the framework of the PetroHydrate project
  • 2010 - 2015 PhD student at FB 4: Dynamics of the Ocean Floor, FE Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems, supervisor: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lars Rüpke, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Wallmann (PhD Thesis title: ''Main controls on gas hydrate deposits in marine environment- development and application of numerical models'')
  • 2008 - 2010 MSc student at GEOMAR (marine geology, natural gas hydrate deposits)
  • 2004 - 2009 MSc student at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Department of Petrology, Crystallography, and Geochemistry (nominal anhydrous upper mantle minerals, marine geology)



Bradley, J. A., Arndt, S., Amend, J. P., Burwicz, E. B. , Dale, A. W. , Egger, M. and LaRowe, D. E. (2020) Widespread energy limitation to life in global subseafloor sediments. Science Advances, 6 (32). eaba0697. DOI 10.1126/sciadv.aba0697.

LaRowe, Douglas E., Sandra Arndt, James A. Bradley, Ewa Burwicz, Andrew Dale, and Jan Amend (2020) Organic Carbon and Microbial Activity in Marine Sediments on a Global Scale Throughout the Quaternary. EarthArXiv. February 20. doi:10.31223/osf.io/fj5tz.

Treude, T., Krause, S., Steinle, L., Burwicz, E., Hamdan, L. J., Niemann, H., et al. (2020). Biogeochemical consequences of nonvertical methane transport in sediment offshore northwestern Svalbard. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 125, e2019JG005371. doi.org 10.1029/2019JG005371

Burwicz, E.and Haeckel, M. (2020) Basin-scale estimates on petroleum components generation in the Western Black Sea basin based on 3-D numerical modelling, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v.113, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.104122. Available online here.


Burwicz, E. and Rüpke, L. (2019) Thermal State of the Blake Ridge Gas Hydrate Stability Zone (GHSZ)—Insights on Gas Hydrate Dynamics from a New Multi-Phase Numerical Model. Energies, Special Issue: Advances in Natural Gas Hydrates, 12(17), 3403; doi.org/10.3390/en12173403. Available online here.

Minshull, T.A., Marín-Moreno, H., Betlem, P., Bialas, J., Buenz, S., Burwicz, E., Cameselle, A.J., Cifci, G., Giustiniani, M., Hillman, J.I.T., Hölz, S., Hopper, J.R., Ion, G., León, R., Magalhaes, V., Makovsky, Y., Mata, M.-P., Max, M.D., Ostrovsky, I., Nielsen, T., O’Neill, N., Pinheiro, L.M., Plaza-Faverola, A.A., Rey, D., Roy, S., Schwalenberg, K., Senger, K., Vadakkepuliyambatta, S., Vasilev, A., Vázquez, J.-T., (2019) Hydrate occurrence in Europe: A review of available evidence. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v.11, pp. 735-764. Https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.08.014. Available online here.

Hensen, C., Duarte, J.C., Vannucchi, P., Mazzini, A., Lever, M.A., Terrinha, P., Géli, L., Henry, P., Villinger, H., Morgan, J., Schmidt, M., Gutscher, M-A., Bartolome, R., Tomonaga, Y., Polonia, A., Gràcia, E., Tinivella, U., Lupi, M., Çağatay, N., Elvert, M., Sakellariou, D., Matias, L., Kipfer, R., Karageorgis, A.P., Ruffine, L., Liebetrau, V., Pierre, C., Schmidt, C., Batista, L., Gasperini, L., Burwicz, E., Neres, M., Nuzzo, M., and the FLOWS consortium (2019) Marine transform faults and fracture zones: a new perspective integrating seismicity, fluid flow and life. Frontiers Earth Science, 19, doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00039.


Jess Hillman; Ewa Burwicz; Timo Zander; Joerg Bialas; Ingo Klaucke; Howard Feldman; Tina Drexler; David Awwiller (2018) Investigating a gas hydrate system in apparent disequilibrium in the Danube Fan, Black Sea, Earth and Planetary Science Letters (502), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.08.051.

Christopher Schmidt, Ewa Burwicz, Christian Hensen, Klaus Wallmann, Sara Martínez-Loriente, Eulàlia Gràcia (2018) Genesis of mud volcano fluids in the Gulf of Cadiz using a novel basin-scale model approach, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 243 pp. 186-204. DOI 10.1016/j.gca.2018.09.011.


Burwicz, E., T. Reichel, K. Wallmann, W. Rottke, M. Haeckel, and C. Hensen (2017), 3-D basin-scale reconstruction of natural gas hydrate system of the Green Canyon, Gulf of Mexico, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 18, 1959– 1985, DOI 10.1002/2017GC006876.

LaRowe, D., Burwicz, E., Arndt, S., Dale, A., Amend, J. (2017) The temperature and volume of global marine sediments, Geology, 45 (3): 275-278. https://doi.org/10.1130/G38601.1.

2016 and before

Dumke, I., Burwicz, E., Berndt, C., Klaeschen, D., Feseker, T., Geissler, W. and Sarkar, S. (2016) Gas hydrate distribution and hydrocarbon maturation north of the Knipovich Ridge, western Svalbard marginJournal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. DOI 10.1002/2015JB012083.

Kretschmer, K., Biastoch, A., Rüpke, L. and Burwicz, E. (2015) Modeling the fate of methane hydrates under global warming Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29 (5). pp. 610-625. DOI 10.1002/2014GB005011.

Wallmann, K., Pinero, E., Burwicz, E., Haeckel, M., Hensen, C., Dale, A. W. and Ruepke, L. (2012) The Global Inventory of Methane Hydrate in Marine Sediments: A Theoretical Approach Energies, 5 (7). pp. 2449-2498. DOI 10.3390/en5072449.

Burwicz, E., Rüpke, L. and Wallmann, K. (2011) Estimation of the global amount of submarine gas hydrates formed via microbial methane formation based on numerical reaction-transport modeling and a novel parameterization of Holocene sedimentation Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75 (16). pp. 4562-4576. DOI 10.1016/j.gca.2011.05.029.

Biastoch, A., Treude, T., Rüpke, L. H., Riebesell, U., Roth, C., Burwicz, E., Park, W., Latif, M., Böning, C. W.,Madec, G. and Wallmann, K. (2011) Rising Arctic Ocean temperatures cause gas hydrate destabilization and ocean acidification Geophysical Research Letters, 38 (8). L08602. DOI 10.1029/2011GL047222.