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Heiko Moossen

Specific tasks in the lab:
Head of the BGC stable isotope laboratory (BGC-IsoLab), new developments, publications, QC & QA

Research Interests:
I am a chemist by trade. I did my PhD at the University of Glasgow specialising in organic geochemistry. I used stable isotope signatures, e.g. 13C/12C and D/H ratios, and biomarkers to reconstruct Icelandic and North Atlantic Holocene climate variability. Now my interests lie in the development of new measurement techniques and applications of light stable isotopes (13C, 2H, 18O and 15N), as well as the standardisation of such measurements.

Short CV:

  • March 2016 - present

Head of the Stable Isotope Laboratory (BGC-IsoLab)

  • Nov. 2012 - March 2016

Post doctoral research associate and lab manager at the Birmingham Molecular Climatology Laboratory; University of Birmingham, UK

  • July 2012 - August 2012

Research Associate at the Glasgow Molecular Organic Geochemistry Laboratory;; University of Glasgow, UK

  • Sept. 2008 - June 2012

Ph.D. at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK;
"Palaeoclimate reconstructions from Arctic and Nordic Shelf Seas: development and application of multiple biomarker proxies"; Supervisor: Dr James Bendle

  • August 2007 - August 2008

Scientist in the Organic Geochemistry Group (PI: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rullkötter) at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM); Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg; Germany

  • Oct 2003 - July 2007

Study of Chemistry (Diplom) at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg; Germany.


Komiya, S., Kondo F., Moossen H., Seifert T., Schultz U., Geilmann H., Walter D., Lavric J. V., Characterizing water vapour concentration dependence of commercial cavity ring-down spectrometers for continuous on-site atmospheric water vapour isotope meausrements in the tropics. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 2021

Qi H., Moossen H., Meijer H.A.J., Coplen T.B., Aerts-Bijma A.T., Reid L., Geilmann H., Richter J., Rothe M., Brand W.A., Toman B., Benefield J., Helie J.-F., USGS44, a new high-purity calcium carbonated reference material for δ13C measurements. Rapid Communications in Mass Pectrometry, 2020

Sperlich P., Moossen H., Geilmann H., Bury S.J., Brown J.C.S., Moss R.C., Brailsford G.W., Brand W.A., A robust method for direct calibration of isotope ratios in gases against liquid/solid reference materials, including a laboratory comparison for δ13C-CH4. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 2020

Toney J.L., Garcia-Alix A., Jimenez-Moreno G., Anderson S.R., Moossen H., Seki O., New insights into Holocene hydrology and temperature from lipid biomarkers in western Mediterranean alpine wetlands. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2020

Pacheco-Labrador j., El-Madany T.S., Pilar Martin M, Conzalez-Cascon R., Carrara A., Moreno G., Perez-Priego O., Hammer T., Moossen H., Henkel K., Kolle O., Martini D., Burchard V., van der Tol C., Segl K., Reichstein M., Migliavacca M., Combining hyperspectral remote sensing and eddy covariance data streams for estimation of vegetation functional traits. Biogeosciences, 2020

Greule M., Moossen H., Lloyd M.K., Geilmann H., Brand. W.A., Eiler J.M., Qi H., Kepper F., Three wood isotopic reference materials for δ2H and δ13C measurements of plant methoxy groups. Chemical Geology, 2020

Wang C., Bendel J.A., Greene S.E., Griffiths M.L., Huang J., Moossen H., Zhang H., Ashley K., Xie S., Speleothem biomarker evidence for a negative terrestrial feedback on climate during Holocene warm periods. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2019.

Brewer P.J., Kim J.S., Lee S., Tarasova O.A., Viallon J., Flores E., Wielgosz R.I., Shimosaka T., Assonov S., Allison C.E., van der Veen A.M.H., Hall B., Crotwell A.M., Rhoderick G.C., Hodges J.T., Mohn J., Zellweger C., Moossen H., Ebert V., Griffith D.W.T., Advances in reference materials and measurement techniques for greenhouse gas atmospheric observations, Metrologia, 2019

Duncan B., McKay R., Bendle J.A., Naish T., Inglis G.N., Moossen H., Levy R., Ventura G.T., Lewis A., Chamberlain B., Walker C., Lipid biomarker distributions in Oligocene and Miocene sediments from the Ross Sea region, Antactica: Implications for use of biomarker proxies in glacially-influenced settings. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2018.

Greule M., Moossen H., Geilmann H., Brand W.A., Keppler F., Methyl sulfates as methoxy isotopic reference materials for δ13C and δ2H measurements. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 2018.

Moossen H., Bendle J., Seki O., Quillmann Q., Kawamura K., North Atlantic Holocene climate evolution recorded by high-resolution terrestrial and marine biomarker records. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2015

Seki O., Bendle J.A., Harada N., Kobayashi M., Sawada K., Moossen H., Inglis G.N., Nagao S., Sakamoto T., 2014a. Assessment and calibration of TEX86 paleothermometry in the Sea of Okhotsk and sub-polar North Pacific region: Implications for paleoceanography. Progress in Oceanography 126, 254-266.

Seki O., Mikami Y., Nagao S., Bendle J.A., Nakatsuka T., Kim V.I., Shesterkin V.P., Makinov A.N., Fukushima M., Moossen H.M., Schouten S., 2014b. Lignin phenols and BIT index distributions in the Amur River and the Sea of Okhotsk: Implications for the source and transport of particulate terrestrial organic matter to the ocean. Progress in Oceanography 126, 146-154.

Moossen H., Abell R., Quillmann U., Bendle J., (2013) Holocene changes in marine productivity and terrestrial organic carbon inputs into an Icelandic fjord: Application of molecular and bulk organic proxies. The Holocene, 23(12), 1699-1710.

Moossen H.; (2012) Palaeoclimate reconstructions from Arctic and Nordic Shelf Seas: developement and application of multiple proxies; School of Geographical and Earth Science; University of Glasgow; Glasgow

Harada N., Sato M., Seki O., Timmermann A., Moossen H. et al. (2012) Sea surface temperature changes in the Okhotsk Sea and adjacent North Pacific during the last glacial maximum and deglaciation. Deep-Sea Research Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography 61-64: 93-105.

Vogts A., Moossen H., Rommerskirchen F., Rullkötter J., (2009) Distribution patterns and stable carbon isotopic composition of alkanes and alkan-1-ols from plant waxes of African rain forest and savannah C3 species. Organic Geochemistry, 40(10), 1037-1054.

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