Dr. Damian L. Arévalo-Martínez

Research Division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry
Research Unit Chemical Oceanography

Room: 119
Tel.: +49 431 600-4207
e-mail: darevalo(at)geomar.de


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

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Research interest

The focus of my research is biogeochemistry of trace gases. I am particularly interested in the investigation of the marine distribution and sea-to-air fluxes of climate-relevant gases such as nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in coastal upwelling regions and the associated oxygen minimum zones. My approach includes development and field deployment of high-resolution measurement systems based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy, as well as the use of several chemical and biological methods to elucidate the processes responsible for the sources and sinks of these gases in the ocean.


  • Since December 2015  Postdoc at GEOMAR| Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany.
  • 2015   PhD.  GEOMAR| Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Christian-Albrechts University, Germany. Doktorarbeit: "Nitrous Oxide Distribution and Emissions from the Tropical Atlantic and Pacific Oceans"
  • 2012   MSc. Biological Oceanography. GEOMAR| Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Christian-Albrechts University, Germany. Master thesis: "Underway CO2 and N2O Measurements in Surface Waters of the Equatorial Atlantic during the RV/ Merian Cruise MSM 18/2"
  • 2008   Study of Marine Biology. Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Colombia. Thesis: "Ocean-Atmosphere coupling during upwelling off Gairas inlet, Colombian Caribbean, minor dry season, 2006"

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

  • Annette Barthelt Award for marine research 2017.
  • Petersen Prize for outstanding PhD thesis 2016.
  • COLFUTURO-DAAD Scholarship for master studies in Germany 2009-2011.
  • Excellence Scholarship Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano for Bachelor studies (Colombia) 2002-2008.


Projects, External funding

  • Pathways and Emissions of climate-relevant TRace gases in a changing Arctic Ocean (PETRA)
  • GreenLAnd Circumnavigation Expedition (GLACE)
  • NITROSO: Effects of ocean acidification on the emission and production pathways of NITRous Oxide in the Southern Ocean (Antarctic)
  • Integrated carboN and TracE Gas monitoRing for the bALtic sea (INTEGRAL)
  • SCOR Working Group 143: "Dissolved N2O and CH4 measurements: Working towards
    a global network of ocean time series measurements of N2O and CH4"
  • Integrated non-CO2 Greenhouse gas Observing System (InGOS)
  • Surface Ocean Processes in the Anthropocene (SOPRAN)
  • Collaborative Research Center 754: Climate-Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean (SFB 754)


  • RV Polarstern PS114 (Fram Strait, East Greenland; July 2018)
  • RV Meteor M148 (Tropical Atlantic, Southeast Atlantic; May-June 2018)
  • RV Poseidon P519 (Eastern Tropical North Atlantic; January-February 2018)  more
  • RV Meteor M138 (Southeast Pacific; June 2017)
  • RV Elisabeth Mann Borgese EMB-142 (Baltic; October 2016)
  • RV Sonne SO-243 (Southeast Pacific; October 2015)
  • RV Meteor M98 (Tropical Atlantic; July 2013)
  • RV Meteor M93 (Southeast Pacific; February-March 2013)
  • RV Meteor M91 (Southeast Pacific; December 2012)
  • RV Meteor M90 (Southeast Pacific; November 2012)
  • Two Atlantic crossings on board of the MV Atlantic Companion (North Atlantic; 2012)
  • RV Maria S. Merian MSM 18-2 (Equatorial Atlantic; May-June 2011)