Dr. rer. nat. Birgit Quack

Research Division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry
Research Unit Chemical Oceanography
Workgroup: Halocarbons

room: 20-118
tel.: 0431 600 4206
fax: 0431 600 4202
e-mail: bquack(at)geomar.de

GEOMAR |  Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel

Reserach Interests

The gradual recovery of the ozone layer is expected over the next decades due to the reduction of anthropogenic emissions of long-lived chlorofluorocarbons following the Montreal Protocol of 1987. The sources of marine very short-lived halocarbons ( e.g. of bromoform, CHBr3) and their influence on ozone, on the other hand, are increasing. We investigate the distribution and biogeochemical cycling of natural and anthropogenic halocarbons from various sources (phytoplankton, macro algae, disinfection processes) in the ocean and their air- sea exchange.Through seagoing measurements of the trace gases and in cooperation with biologists and earth-system modellers, regional and global, spatial and temporal data gaps are closed in order to clarify the oceanic contributions to future tropospheric and stratospheric ozone chemistry.

Education and professional experience

1981-1985                Study of food chemistry at the University of Münster
                       Research Assistant at the University of Missouri (USA)
                       Food chemist at the Federal Investigation Office in Münster
                       Stipendiary at the Biological Institution of Helgoland in Hamburg (Halogens from macro algae)
                       Study of oceanography
Ph.D. in Marine Atmospheric Chemistry at the Institute for Marine Research in Kiel
                       Scientist at the GEOMAR research institute, Kiel (Atmospheric trace gases over the
                                 western Pacific)
  Care for my children
since 2000                
Scientist in projects of the Chemical Oceanography/ Marine Biogeochemistry division
                                 at IFM-GEOMAR 
2000-2001                Trace gas transformations and tracer ages in the deep ocean
2002-2003                Oceanic distributions and emissions of natural trace gases
2003                         Research Assistant at NCAR (National Center of Atmospheric Research) and
                                 NOAA-CMDL (Climate Monitoring Division Labortory)

since 2004                Processes and controls of regional and global oceanic halocarbon distributions
                                  and emissions