Dr. Nikolaus Bigalke

Marine Biogeochemistry | Marine Geosystems

Phone: +49 431 600-1410
Fax: +49 431 600-1400
E-mail: nbigalke(at)geomar.de

GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Wischhofstr. 1-3
24148 Kiel

Education and career

  • Since 8/2008  Postdoctoral researcher in the project SUGAR (I, II, III) – Submarine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs at GEOMAR
  • 2008  Dissertation in physical sciences, thesis title: “Constraining Hydrate-Mediated Transfer of the Greenhouse Gases CO2 and CH4 to the Ocean at Controlled Thermodynamic and Hydrodynamic Forcing”
  • 2005 – 2008  Ph.D. student at GEOMAR
  • 2004  Diploma in Geology-Palaeontology, thesis title: “Submarine Weathering of Vesicular Lavas of the Louisville Ridge, SW Pacific Ocean"
  • 1997 - 2004  Studies of Geology-Palaeontology and Mineralogy at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany

Research interests

  • Geology and geochemistry of marine gas hydrates and gas hydrate reservoirs
  • Fluid transport in aquatic and sedimentary environments
  • Safety and feasibility of CH4 extraction from marine gas hydrate reservoirs
  • Safety and feasibility of sub-seabed CO2 storage


  • High-pressure <link en research fb2 fb2-mg benthische-biogeochemie gas-hydrate-technologies>laboratory experiments
  • Field experiments
  • <link en research fb2 fb2-mg benthic-biogeochemistry gas-hydrate-technologies raman-spectroscopy>Raman spectroscopy
  • Imaging and optical data evaluation


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