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 specialising in organic geochemistry. I use stable isotope signatures, e.g. 13C/12C and D/H ratios, to better understand Earth's bio and geosphere, and their interactions. I am particularly interested in biomarkers, geochemical fossils that are ubiquitous in numerous Earth's archives, e.g. sediment cores. The distribution and isotopic signature of biomarkers can be used to reconstruct palaeoclimate change, to better understand the natural climate system.

Short CV:

  • March 2016 - present

Head of the Stable Isotope Laboratory (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.


Duncan B., McKay R., Bendle J., 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.; 2015 North Atlantic Holocene climate evolution recorded by high-resolution terrestrial and marine biomarker records. Quaternary Science Reviews 129, 111-127.

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.