Dr. Marcus Gutjahr

Research Division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry
RU Marine Geosystems

Room: 8/E-111
Phone: +49 431 600-2232
Mail: mgutjahr(at)

Wischhofstraße 1-3
D-24148 Kiel


Education and professional experience


2007              Dr. sc. nat., Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETHZ), Switzerland

2002              M.Sc. (Geology), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

1999              Undergraduate intermediate degree, Eberhard-Karls-Universität 
                      Tübingen, Germany

Academic curriculum

Since 2013    Senior scientist, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, 

2011-2012     Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southampton, National  

                      Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

2007-2011     Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Bristol, UK

 - 2007 Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship

 - 2008/2009 EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship 

Scientific Interests

Development and usage of novel isotope geochemical tools in modern settings and for paleoceanographic research. A significant proportion of this work involves dedicated calibration of new marine archives.

My current main research interests include

  • Southern Ocean overturning dynamics, Antarctic Bottom Water formation and its export into the deep global ocean basins from sub-millennial to Cenozoic timescales,
  • atmospheric and marine carbon cycling during major climatic perturbations in the past (e.g. Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Permian-Triassic Boundary),
  • establishment of new isotope geochemical tracers for the identification of physicochemical weathering conditions in relation to centennial to millennial climatic trends, and
  • deglacial disintegration of the North American Laurentide Ice Sheet. Identification of associated Arctic and North American meltwater re-routing events. 

Scientific cruises

2019     IODP Expedition 382 “Iceberg Alley” (also co-PI in cruise proposal) Website 

2019     RV Polarstern cruise PS118 to the Larssen Ice Shelf 

2018     RV Polarstern cruise PS111 to the southern Weddell Sea (Filchner-Ronne Outflow System)

2010     RV Polarstern cruise PS75 to the Amundsen Sea (West Antarctica)



Struve, T., N.L. Roberts, M. Frank, A.M. Piotrowski, R.F. Spielhagen, M. Gutjahr, C. Teschner; H.A. Bauch (in press). Ice-sheet driven weathering input and water mass mixing in the Nordic Seas during the last 25,000 years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Jurikova, H., V. Liebetrau, M. Gutjahr, C. Rollion-Bard, M.Y. Hu, S. Krause, D. Henkel, C. Hiebenthal, M. Schmidt, J. Laudien, A. Eisenhauer (2019). Boron isotope systematics of cultured brachiopod calcite: the role of vital effects, response to acidification and implications for paleo-pH reconstructions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 248, 370-386. Article

Flöter, S., Fietzke, J., Gutjahr, M., Farmer, J., Hönisch, B., Nehrke, G., Eisenhauer, A. (2019). Ontogenetic micro-structural constraints towards the potential of bamboo coral Mg/Ca and Ba/Ca to record ambient water temperature and dissolved [Si] and [Ba]. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 248, 43-60. Article

Dausmann, V., Gutjahr, M., Frank, M., Kouzmanov, K., Schaltegger, U. (2019). Experimental evidence for the mineral-controlled release of radiogenic Nd, Hf and Pb isotopes from granitic rocks during changing weathering conditions. Chemical Geology 507, 64-84. Article

Süfke, F., Gutjahr, M., Gilli, A., Anselmetti, F.S., Glur, L., Eisenhauer, A. (2019). Early stage weathering systematics of Pb and Nd isotopes derived from a high-Alpine Holocene lake-sediment record. Chemical Geology 507, 42-53. Article

Blaser, P., Pöppelmeier, F., Schulz, H., Gutjahr, M., Frank, M., Lippold, J., Heinrich, H., Link, J.M., Hoffmann, J., Szidat, S., Frank, N (2019). The resilience and sensitivity of Northeast Atlantic deep water εNd to overprinting by detrital fluxes over the past 30,000 years. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 245, 79-97. Article


Pöppelmeier, F., M. Gutjahr, P. Blaser, L.D. Keigwin, J. Lippold (2018). Origin of abyssal NW Atlantic water masses since the Last Glacial Maximum. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 530-543. Article


Gutjahr, M., A. Ridgwell, P.F. Sexton, E. Anagnostou, P.N. Pearson, H. Pälike, R.D. Norris, E. Thomas, G.L. Foster (2017). Very large release of mostly volcanic carbon during the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Nature 548, 573-577. Article

Laukert, G., M. Frank, D. bauch, E.C. Hathorne, M. Gutjahr, M. Janout, J. Hölemann (2017). Transport and transformation of riverine neodymium isotope and rare earth element signatures in high latitude estuaries: A case study from the Laptev Sea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 477, 205-217. Article

Dausmann, V., M. Frank, M., M. Gutjahr, J. Rickli (2017). Glacial reduction of AMOC strength and long-term transition in weathering inputs into the Southern Ocean since the mid-Miocene: Evidence from radiogenic Nd and Hf isotopes. Paleoceanography 32, 265-283. Article

Modestou, S., D. Simon, M. Gutjahr, A. Marzocchi, T.J. Kouwenhoven, R.M. Ellam, R. Flecker (2017). Precessional variability of Sr-87/Sr-86 in the late Miocene Sorbas Basin: An interdisciplinary study of drivers of interbasin exchange. Paleoceanography 32, 531-552. Article


Stewart, J.A., M. Gutjahr, R.H. James, P. Anand, P.A. Wilson (2016). Influence of the Amazon River on the Nd isotope composition of deep water in the western equatorial Atlantic during the Oligocene-Miocene transition. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 454, 132-141. Article

Blaser, P., J. Lippold, M. Gutjahr, N. Frank, J.M. Link, M. Frank (2016) Extracting foraminiferal seawater Nd isotope signatures from bulk deep sea sediment by chemical leaching. Chemical Geology 439, 189-204. Article

Lippold, J., M. Gutjahr, P. Blaser, E. Christner, M.L. de Carvalho Ferreira, S. Mulitza, M. Christl, F. Wombacher, E. Böhm, B. Antz, O. Cartapanis, H. Vogel, S.L. Jaccard (2016) Deep water provenance and dynamics of the (de)glacial Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 445, 68-78. Article

Lang, D. C., I. Bailey, P. A. Wilson, T.B. Chalk, G. L. Foster, M. Gutjahr (2016) Incursions of southern-sourced water into the deep North Atlantic during late Pliocene glacial intensification. Nature Geoscience 9, 375-379. Article

van der Schee, M., F.J. Sierro, F.J. Jiménez-Espejo, F.J. Hernández-Molina, R. Flecker, J.A. Flores, G. Acton, M. Gutjahr, P. Grunert, Á. García-Gallardo, N. Andersen (2016) Evidence of early bottom water current flow after the Messinian Salinity Crisis in the Gulf of Cadiz. Marine Geology. Article


Flecker, R., W. Krijgsman, W. Capella, C. de Castro Martíns, E. Dmitrieva, J. P. Mayser, A. Marzocchi, S. Modestu, D. Ochoa, D. Simon, M. Tulbure, B. van den Berg, M. van der Schee, G. de Lange, R. Ellam, R. Govers, M. Gutjahr, F. Hilgen, T. Kouwenhoven, J. Lofi, P. Meijer, F. J. Sierro, N. Bachiri, N. Barhoun, A. C. Alami, B. Chacon, J. A. Flores, J. Gregory, J. Howard, D. Lunt, M. Ochoa, R. Pancost, S. Vincent, M. Z. Yousfi (2015). Evolution of the Late Miocene MediterraneanAtlantic gateways and their impact on regional and global environmental change. Earth-Science Reviews 150, 365-392. Article

Stewart, J. A., M. Gutjahr , F. Pearce, P. K. Swart, G. L. Foster (2015). Boron during meteoric diagenesis and its potential implications for Marinoan snowball Earth d11B-pH excursions. Geology 43 (7), 627-630. Article

Böhm, E., J. Lippold, M. Gutjahr, M. Frank, P. Blaser, B. Antz, J. Fohlmeister, N. Frank, M. B. Andersen, M. Deininger (2015) Strong and deep Atlantic meridional overturning circulation during the last glacial cycle. Nature 517, 73-76. Article


Lang, D. C., I. Bailey, P. A. Wilson, G. L. Foster, C. T. Bolton, O. Friedrich, M. Gutjahr (2014). Response to “Comment on ‘The transition on North America from the warm humid Pliocene to the glaciated Quaternary traced by eolian dust deposition at a benchmark North Atlantic Ocean drill site’, by David Lang et al.”. Quaternary Science Reviews 103, 175-183. Article

Rickli, J., M. Gutjahr, D. Vance, M. Fischer-Gödde, C.-D. Hillenbrand, G. Kuhn (2014). Neodymium and hafnium boundary contributions to seawater along the West Antarctic continental margin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 394, 99-110. Article

Gutjahr, M., M. Frank, J. Lippold, A. N. Halliday (2014). Peak Last Glacial weathering intensity on the North American continent recorded by the authigenic Hf isotope composition of North Atlantic deep-sea sediments. Quaternary Science Reviews 99, 97-111. Article

Lang, D. C., I. Bailey, P. A. Wilson, C. J. Beer, C. T. Bolton, O. Friedrich, C. Newsam, M. R. Spencer, M. Gutjahr, G. L. Foster, M. J. Cooper, J. A. Milton (2014). The transition on North America from the warm humid Pliocene to the glaciated Quaternary traced by eolian dust deposition at a benchmark North Atlantic Ocean drill site. Quaternary Science Reviews 93, 125-141. Article

Ivanovic, R. F. , P. J. Valdes, R. Flecker, M. Gutjahr (2014). Modelling global-scale climate impacts of the late Miocene Messinian Salinity Crisis. Climate of the Past 10, 607–622. Article

Ivanovic, R. F. , P. J. Valdes, L. Gregoire, R. Flecker, M. Gutjahr (2014). Sensitivity of modern climate to the presence, strength and salinity of Mediterranean-Atlantic exchange in a global general circulation model. Climate Dynamics 42, 859–877. Article


Gutjahr, M., D. Vance, D. L. Hoffmann, C.-D. Hillenbrand, G. L. Foster, J. W. B. Rae, G. Kuhn (2013). Structural limitations in deriving accurate U-series ages from calcitic cold-water corals contrast with robust coral radiocarbon and Mg/Ca systematics. Chemical Geology 355, 69–87. Article

Ivanovic, R. F., R. Flecker, M. Gutjahr, P. J. Valdes (2013). First Nd isotope record of MediterraneanAtlantic water exchange through the Moroccan Rifian Corridor during the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 368, 163–174. Article

Ivanovic, R. F. , P. J. Valdes, R. Flecker, L. J. Gregoire, M. Gutjahr (2013). The parameterisation of Mediterranean–Atlantic water exchange in the Hadley Centre model HadCM3, and its effect on modelled North Atlantic climate. Ocean Modelling 62, 11–16. Article


Chen, T.-Y., M. Frank, B. A. Haley, M. Gutjahr, R. F. Spielhagen (2012). Variations of North Atlantic inflow to the central Arctic Ocean over the last 14 million years inferred from hafnium and neodymium isotopes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 353–354, 82–92. Article


Gutjahr, M., J. Lippold (2011). Early arrival of Southern Source Water into the deep North Atlantic preceding Heinrich event 2. Paleoceanography 26, PA2101. Article

Meister, P., M. Gutjahr, M. Frank, S. M. Bernasconi, C. Vasconcelos, J. A. McKenzie (2011). Dolomite formation within the methanogenic zone induced by tectonically-driven fluids in the Peru accretionary prism. Geology 39 (6), 563-566. Article

Crocket, K., D. Vance, M. Gutjahr, G. L. Foster, D. Richards (2011). Nordic deep water overflow driven by meltwater input during the entire last climate cycle. Geology 39 (6), 515-518. Article


Kurzweil, F., M. Gutjahr, D. Vance, L.D. Keigwin. (2010). Authigenic Pb isotopes from the Laurentian Fan: changes in chemical weathering and patterns of North American freshwater runoff during the last deglaciation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 299, 458–465. Article

Gutjahr, M., B. A. A. Hoogakker, M. Frank, I. N. McCave (2010). Changes in North Atlantic Deep Water strength and bottom water masses during Marine Isotope Stage 3 (45 to 35 ka BP). Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 2451-2461. Article


Gutjahr, M., M. Frank, A. N. Halliday, L. D. Keigwin (2009). Retreat of the Laurentide ice sheet tracked by the isotopic composition of Pb in western North Atlantic seawater during termination 1. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 286, 546-555. Article

Bradshaw, J. D., M. Gutjahr, S. D. Weaver, K. N. Bassett (2009). Cambrian intra-oceanic arc accretion to the austral Gondwana margin: constraints on the location of proto-New Zealand. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 56, (587–594). Article

Baumgartner, R., L. Fontbote, R. Spikings, M. Ovtcharova, U. Schaltegger, J. Schneider, L. Page, M. Gutjahr (2009). Bracketing the age of magmatic-hydrothermal activity at the Cerro de Pasco epithermal polymetallic deposit, central Peru: A U-Pb and 40Ar/39Ar study. Economic Geology 104, 479-504. Article


Gutjahr, M., M. Frank, C. H. Stirling, L. D. Keigwin, A. N. Halliday (2008). Tracing the Nd isotope evolution of North Atlantic Deep and Intermediate Waters in the western North Atlantic since the Last Glacial Maximum from Blake Ridge sediments. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 266, 61-77. Article

Delacour, A., G. L. Früh-Green, M. Frank, M. Gutjahr, D. S. Kelley (2008). Sr- and Nd-isotope geochemistry of the Atlantis Massif (30°N, MAR): Implications for fluid fluxes and lithospheric heterogeneity. Chemical Geology 254, 19-35. Article


Gutjahr, M., M. Frank, C. H. Stirling, V. Klemm, T. van de Flierdt, A. N. Halliday (2007). Reliable extraction of a deepwater trace metal isotope signal from Fe-Mn oxyhydroxide coatings of marine sediments. Chemical Geology 242, 351-370. Article

Meister, P., J. A. McKenzie, C. Vasconcelos, S. M. Bernasconi, M. Frank, M. Gutjahr, D. P. Schrag (2007). Dolomite formation in the dynamic deep biosphere: Results from the Peru margin. Sedimentology 54, 1007-1032. Article

Chew, D. M., U. Schaltegger, J. Kosler, M. Whitehouse, M. Gutjahr, R. Spikings, A. Miskovic (2007). U-Pb geochronologic evidence for the evolution of the Gondwana margin of the north-central Andes. GSA Bulletin 119, 697-711. Article


Gutjahr, M., J. D. Bradshaw, S. Weaver, C. Münker, T. Ireland (2006). Provenance of Cambrian conglomerates from New Zealand: Implications for the tectonomagmatic evolution of the SE Gondwana margin. Journal of the Geological Society of London 163, 997-1010. Article   

Frank, M., H. Marbler, A. Koschinsky, T. van de Flierdt, V. Klemm, M. Gutjahr, A. N. Halliday, P. W. Kubik, P. Halbach (2006). Submarine hydrothermal venting related to volcanism in the Lesser Antilles: Evidence from ferromanganese precipitates. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 7, Q04010. Article