Christopher Siebert

FB 1: Ozeanzirkulation und Klimadynamik
FE Paläo-Ozeanographie

+49 431 600 2252

Wischhofstraße 1-3
24148 Kiel


Scientific Interests

I am developing and applying new "heavy" stable isotope systems as proxies for a wide variety of biogeochemical processes and geological settings.

I am focusing on:

1. Marine sedimentary processes

2. Weathering 

3. Magmatic processes, in particular in subduction zones

The aim of my research is to better understand and "calibrate" stable isotope proxies in modern processes, making it possible to quantitativly apply these proxies to the recent past and deep time. Investigating periods of great change in Earth's history in turn allow me to draw conclusions to future developments in Earth's climate and how climate change impacts modern environments.


A selection of current research topics:

Investigation of changes in intensity and spatial extension of modern oxygen minimum zones using redox proxies like molybdenum and iron isotopes as well as iron speciation. The focus is on the mechanistic understanding of proxy signal development.

Development and application of barium isotopes as a (paleo-) water mass and marine productivity proxy

Development and application of barium and molybdenum isotopes as proxies for magmatic processes in subduction zones


Selected Publications

Scholz, F., Baum, M., Siebert, C., Eroglu, S., Dale, A.W., Naumann, M., Sommer, S. (2018) Sedimentary molybdenum cycling in the aftermath of seawater inflow to the intermittendly euxinic Gotland Deep, Central Baltic Sea, Chemical Geology, 491, 27-38

Yang, J., Barling, J., Siebert, C., Fietzke, J., Stephens, E., Halliday, A. (2017) The molybdenum isotopic compositions of I-, S- and A-type granitic suites, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 205, 168-186

Scholz, F., Siebert, C., Dale, A.W., Frank, M., (2017) Intense molybdenum accumulation in sediments underneath a nitrogenous water column and implications for the reconstruction of paleo-redox conditions based on molybdenum isotopes, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 213, 400-417

Liang, H., Halliday, A.N., Siebert, C., Fitton, J.G., Burton, K.W., Wang, K-L., Harvey, J., (2017) Molybdenum isotope fractionation in the mantle, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 199, 91-111

Baronas, J.J., Hammond, D.E., McManus, J., Wheat, C.G., Siebert, C. (2017) A global Ge isotope budget, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 203, 265-283

Cao, Z., Siebert, C., Hathorne, E.C., Minhan, D., Frank, M. (2016) Constraining the oceanic barium cycle with stable barium isotopes, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 434, 1-9

Abra, K., Barling, J., Siebert, C., Belshaw, N., Gall, L., Halliday, A.N. (2015) Determination of mass-dependent variations in tungsten stable isotope compositions of geological reference materials by double-spike and MC-ICPMS, Journal of Analytical Atomic Mass Spectrometry, DOI: 10.1039/c5ja00210a

Ventura, G.T., Gall, L., Siebert, C., Prytulak, J., Szatmari, P., Hürlimann, M., Halliday, A.N. (2015) The stable isotope composition of vanadium, nickel, and molybdenum in crude oils, Applied Geochemistry, 59, 104-117

Dausmann, V., Frank, M., Siebert, C., Christl, M., Hein, J.R. (2015) The evolution of climatically driven weathering inputs into the western Arctic Ocean since the late Miocene: Radiogenic isotope evidence, Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters, 419, 111-124

Yang, J., Siebert, C., Barling, J., Savage, P., Liang, Y.-H., Halliday, A.N. (2015) Absence of molybdenum isotope fractionation during magmatic differentiation at Hekla volcano, Iceland, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 162, 126-136

Siebert, C., Pett-Ridge, J.C., Opfergelt, S., Guicharnaud, R.A., Halliday, A.N., Burton, K.W. (2015) Molybdenum isotope fractionation in soils: Influence of redox conditions, organic matter, and atmospheric inputs, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 162, 1-24

Gall, L., Williams, H.M., Siebert, C., Halliday, A.N., Herrington, R.J., Hein, J.R. (2013) Nickel isotopic compositions of ferromanganese crusts and the constancy of deep ocean inputs and continental weathering effects over the Cenozoic, Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters, 375, 148-155

Greber, N.D., Siebert, C., Naegler, T.F., Pettke, T. (2012) δ98/95Mo values and Molybdenum Concentration Data for NIST SRM 610, 612 and 3134: Towards a       Common Protocol for Reporting Mo Data, Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, 36 (3), 291

Gall, L., Williams, H.M., Siebert, C., Halliday, A.N. (2012) Determination of mass-dependent variations in nickel isotope compositions using double spiking and MC-ICPMS, Journal of Analytical Atomic Mass Spectrometry, 27,137 

Opfergelt S., Georg, R.B., Burton K.W., Guicharnaud, R., Siebert C., Gislason S.R., Halliday A.N. (2010) Silicon Isotopes in allophane as a proxy for mineral formation in volcanic soils, Applied Geochemistry, 26, S115

Siebert C., Ross A., McManus J. (2006), Germanium isotope measurements of high-temperature geothermal fluids using double-spike hydride generation MC-ICP-MS, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70 (15), 3986-3995

Poulson R.L., Siebert C., McManus J., Berelson W.M. (2006), Authigenic molybdenum isotope signatures in marine sediments, Geology, 34 (8), 617-620 

Siebert C., McManus J., Bice A., Poulson R., Berelson W.M. (2006), Molybdenum isotope signatures in continental margin marine sediments, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 241 (3-4), 723-733 

Siebert C., Kramers J.D., Meisel T., Morel P., Nägler T.F. (2005), PGE, Re-Os, and Mo isotope systematics in Archean and early Proterozoic sedimentary systems as proxies for redox conditions of the early Earth,  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta,  69 (7), 1787-1801

Siebert, C., Nägler, T.F., von Blanckenburg, F., and Kramers, J.D. (2003), Molybdenum isotope records as potential new proxy for paleoceanography, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 211 (3-4), 159-171

McManus, J., Nägler, T., Siebert, C., Wheat, C.G., and Hammond, D. (2002), Oceanic molybdenum isotope fractionation: Diagenesis and hydrothermal ridge flank alteration, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosytems, 3, Art. No. 1078, doi:10.1029/2002GC000356.

Siebert, C., Nägler, T.F., and Kramers, J.D. (2001), Determination of molybdenum isotope fractionation by double-spike multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosytems, 2, Art. No. 2000GC000124


Short CV:

2012-present: Senior Scientist, GEOMAR, Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research, Kiel, D

2010-2012: NERC Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

2007-2010: Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

2006: Research Associate, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, USA

2003-2005: SNF Fellow, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, USA

1999-2003: PhD, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Berne, CH