Publications Dr. Jutta Niggemann


Srinivas S, Berger M, Brinkhoff T, Niggemann J (2022) Impact of quorum sensing and tropodithietic acid production on the exometabolome of Phaeobacter inhibens. Frontiers in Microbiology 13: 917969 (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2022.917969)

Heinrichs ME, Heyerhoff B, Arslan-Gatz BS, Seidel M, Niggemann J, Engelen B (2022) Deciphering the virus signal within the marine dissolved organic matter pool. Frontiers in Microbiology 13: 863686 (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2022.863686)

Brünjes J, Seidel M, Dittmar T, Niggemann J, Schubotz F (2022) Natural Asphalt Seeps Are Potential Sources for Recalcitrant Oceanic Dissolved Organic Sulfur and Dissolved Black Carbon. Environmental Science & Technology 56: 9092-9102 (doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c01123)

Bercovici SK, Dittmar T, Niggemann J (2022)  The detection of bacterial exometabolites in marine dissolved organic matter through ultrahigh-resolution mass spectrometry. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 20: 350-360 (doi:10.1002/lom3.10491)


Orsi W, Vuillemin A, Coskun Ö, Rodriguez P, Oertel Y, Niggemann J, Mohrholz V, Gomez-Saez G (2021) Carbon assimilating fungi from surface ocean to subseafloor revealed by coupled phylogenetic and stable isotope analysis. The ISME Journal (doi:10.1038/s41396-021-01169-5)

Maier SR, Jantzen C, Laudien J, Häussermann V, Försterra G, Cornils A, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Richter C (2021) The carbon and nitrogen budget of Desmophyllum dianthus: a voracious cold-water coral thriving in an acidified fjord. PeerJ 9: e12609 (doi:10.7717/peerj.12609)

Plum C, Cornils A, Driscoll R, Wenta P, Badewien TH, Niggemann J, Moorthi S (2021) Mesozooplankton trait distribution in relation to environmental conditions and the presence of krill and salps along the Northern Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Plankton Research (doi:10.1093/plankt/fbab068)

Merder J, Röder H, Dittmar T, Feudel U, Freund JA, Gerdts G, Kraberg A, Niggemann J (2021) Dissolved organic compounds with synchronous dynamics share chemical properties and origin. Limnology and Oceanography 66: 4001-4016 (doi:10.1002/lno11938)

Huang G, Vidal-Melgosa S, Sichert A, Becker S, Fang Y, Niggemann J, Iversen MH, Cao Y, Hehemann J-H (2021) Secretion of sulfated fucans by diatoms may contribute to marine aggregate formation. Limnology and Oceanography 66: 3768-3782 (doi:10.1002/lno.11917)

Wagner S, Coppola AI, Stubbins A, Dittmar T, Niggemann J, Drake TW, Seidel M, Spencer RGM, Bao H (2021) Questions remain about the biolability of dissolved black carbon along the combustion continuum. Nature Communications 12: 4281 (doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24477-y)

Gomez-Saez GV, Dittmar T, Holtappels M, Pohlabeln AM, Lichtschlag A, Schnetger B, Boetius A, Niggemann J (2021) Sulfurization of dissolved organic matter in the anoxic water column of the Black Sea. Science Advances 7: eabf6199 (doi:10.1126/sciadv.abf6199)

Osterholz H, Kilgour D, Storey DS, Lavik G, Ferdelman TG, Niggemann J, Dittmar T (2021) Accumulation of DOC in the South Pacific Subtropical Gyre from a molecular perspective. Marine Chemistry 231: 103955 (10.1016/j.marchem.2021.103955)

Kelly RL, Bian X, Feakins SJ, Fornace KL, Gunderson T, Hawco NJ, Liang H, Niggemann J, Paulson SE, Pinedo-Gonzalez P, West AJ, Yang S-C, John SG (2021) Delivery of metals and dissolved black carbon to the southern California coastal ocean via aerosols and floodwaters following the 2017 Thomas Fire. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 126: e2020JG006117 (doi:10.1029/2020JG006117)

Vidal-Melgosa S, Sichert A, Francis TB, Bartosik D, Niggemann J, Wichels A, Willats WGT, Fuchs BM, Teeling H, Becher D, Schweder T, Amann R, Hehemann J-H (2021) Diatom fucan polysaccharide precipitates carbon during algal blooms. Nature Communications 12: 1150 (doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21009-6)


Heinrichs ME, Tebbe DA, Wemheuer B, Niggemann J, Engelen B (2020) Impact of viral lysis on the composition of bacterial communities and dissolved organic matter in deep-sea sediments. Viruses 12: 922 (doi:10.3390/v12090922)

Merder J, Freund JA, Feudel U, Hansen CT, Hawkes JA, Jacob B, Klaproth K, Niggemann J, Noriega-Ortega BE, Osterholz H, Rossel PE, Seidel M, Singer G, Stubbins A, Waska H, Dittmar T (2020) ICBM-OCEAN: Processing ultrahigh-resolution mass spectrometry data of complex molecular mixtures. Analytical Chemistry 92: 6832-6838 (doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.9b05659)

Merder J, Freund JA, Feudel U, Niggemann J, Singer G, Dittmar T (2020) Improved mass accuracy and isotope confirmation through alignment of ultrahigh-resolution mass spectra of complex natural mixtures. Analytical Chemistry 92: 2558-2565 (doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.9b04234)


Hansen CT, Niggemann J, Giebel H-A, Simon M, Bach W, Dittmar T (2019) Biodegradability of hydrothermally altered deep-sea dissolved organic matter. Marine Chemistry 217: 103706 (doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2019.103706)

Bayer B, Hansman RL, Bittner MJ, Noriega-Ortega BE, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Herndl GJ (2019) Ammonia-oxidizing archaea release a suite of organic compounds potentially fueling prokaryotic heterotrophy in the ocean. Environmental Microbiology 21: 4062-4075 (doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14755)

Jones MW, de Aragão LEOC, Dittmar T, Rezende CE, Almeida MG, Johnson BT, Marques JSJ, Niggemann J, Rangel TP, Quine TA (2019) Environmental controls on the riverine export of dissolved black carbon. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 33: 849-874 (doi:10.1029/2018GB006140)

Igarza M, Dittmar T, Graco M, Niggemann J (2019) Dissolved organic matter cycling in the coastal upwelling system off central Peru during an "El Niño" year. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 198 (doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00198)

Mari X, Guinot B, Chu TV, Brune J, Lefebvre J-P, Pradeep Ram AS, Raimbault P, Dittmar T, Niggemann J (2019) Biogeochemical impacts of a black carbon wet deposition event in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 185 (doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00185)

Bao H, Niggemann J, Huang D, Dittmar T, Kao S-J (2019) Different responses of dissolved black carbon and dissolved lignin to seasonal hydrological changes and an extreme rain event. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 124: 479-493 (doi:10.1029/2018jg004822)

Noriega-Ortega BE, Wienhausen G, Mentges A, Dittmar T, Simon M, Niggemann J (2019) Does the chemodiversity of bacterial exometabolomes sustain the chemodiversity of marine dissolved organic matter? Frontiers in Microbiology 10: 215 (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.00215)

Kitzinger K, Padilla CC, Marchant HK, Hach PF, Herbold CW, Kidane AT, Könneke M, Littmann S, Mooshammer M, Niggemann J, Petrov S, Richter A, Stewart FJ, Wagner M, Kuypers MMM, Bristow LA (2019) Cyanate and urea are substrates for nitrification by Thaumarchaeota in the marine environment. Nature Microbiology 4: 234-243


Stücheli PE, Niggemann J, Schubert CJ (2018) Comparison of different solid phase extraction sorbents for the qualitative assessment of dissolved organic nitrogen in freshwater samples using FT-ICR-MS. Journal of Limnology 77: 400-411

Bao H, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Kao S-J (2018) Molecular composition and origin of water-soluble organic matter in marine aerosols in the Pacific off China. Atmospheric Environment 191: 27-35

Osterholz H, Kirchman DL, Niggemann J, Dittmar T (2018) Diversity of bacterial communities and dissolved organic matter in a temperate estuary. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 94: (doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy119)

Benavides M, Shoemaker KM, Moisander PH, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Duhamel S, Grosso O, Pujo-Pay M, Hélias-Nunige S, Bonnet S (2018) Aphotic N2 fixation along an oligotrophic to ultraoligotrophic transect in the Western Tropical South Pacific Ocean. Biogeosciences 15: 3107-3119

Pradeep Ram AS, Mari X, Brune J, Torréton JP, Chu Van T, Raimbault P, Niggemann J, Sime-Ngando T (2018) Bacterial-viral interactions in the sea surface microlayer of a black carbon-dominated tropical coastal ecosystem (Halong Bay, Vietnam). Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 6: 13 (

Niggemann J, Lomstein BAa, Schubert CJ (2018) Diagenesis of amino compounds in water column and sediment of Lake Baikal. Organic Geochemistry 115: 67-77


Mari X, Chu Van T, Guinot B, Brune J, Lefebvre J-P, Raimbault P, Dittmar T, Niggemann J (2017) Seasonal dynamics of atmospheric and river inputs of black carbon, and impacts on biogeochemical cycles in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 5: 75 (

Wienhausen G, Noriega-Ortega BE, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Simon M (2017) The exometabolome of two model strains of the Roseobacter group:A marketplace of microbial metabolites. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 1985 (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.01985)

Lesaulnier CC, Herbold CW, Pelikan C, Berry D, Gérard C, Le Coz X, Gagnot S, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Singer GA, Loy A (2017) Bottled aqua incognita: microbiota assembly and dissolved organic matter diversity in natural mineral waters. Microbiome 5: 126 (doi:10.1186/s40168-017-0344-9)

Bao H, Niggemann J, Luo L, Dittmar T, Kao S-J (2017) Aerosols as a source of dissolved black carbon to the ocean. Nature Communications 8: 510 (doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00437-3)

Marques JSJ, Dittmar T, Niggemann J, Almeida MG, Gomez-Saez GV, Rezende CE (2017) Dissolved black carbon in the headwaters-to-ocean continuum of Paraíba do Sul River, Brazil. Frontiers in Earth Science 5: 11 (doi:10.3389/feart.2017.00011)

Beck M, Reckhardt A, Amelsberg J, Bartholomä A, Brumsack H-J, Cypionka H, Dittmar T, Engelen B, Greskowiak J, Hillebrand H, Holtappels M, Neuholz R, Köster J, Kuypers MMM, Massmann G, Meier D, Niggemann J, Paffrath R, Pahnke K, Rovo S, Striebel M, Vandieken V, Wehrmann A, Zielinski O (2017) The drivers of biogeochemistry in beach ecosystems: A crossshore transect from the dunes to the low water line. Marine Chemistry 190: 35-50

Sperling M, Piontek J, Engel A, Wiltshire KH, Niggemann J, Gerdts G, Wichels A (2017) Combined carbohydrates support rich communities of particle-associated marine bacterioplankton. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 65 (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.00065)

Böning P, Ehlert C, Niggemann J, Schnetger B, Pahnke K (2017) Thallium dynamics in the Weser estuary (NW Germany). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 187: 146-151


Osterholz H, Kirchman DL, Niggemann J, Dittmar T (2016) Environmental drivers of dissolved organic matter molecular composition in the Delaware Estuary. Frontiers in Earth Science 4: 95 (doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00095)

Riedel T, Zark M, Vähätalo A, Niggemann J, Spencer RGM, Hernes PJ, Dittmar T (2016) Molecular signatures of biogeochemical transformations in dissolved organic matter from ten World Rivers. Frontiers in Earth Science 4: 85 (doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00085)

Gomez-Saez GV, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Pohlabeln AM, Lang SQ, Noowong A, Pichler T, Wörmer L, Bühring SI (2016) Molecular evidence for abiotic sulfurization of dissolved organic matter in marine shallow hydrothermal systems. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 190: 35-52

Medeiros PM, Seidel M, Niggemann J, Spencer RGM, Hernes PJ, Yager PL, Miller WL, Dittmar T, Hansell DA (2016) A novel molecular approach for tracing terrigenous dissolved organic matter into the deep ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 30:689-699

Moran MA, Kujawinski EB, Stubbins A, Fatland R, Aluwihare LI, Buchan A, Crump BC, Dorrestein PC, Dyhrman ST, Hess NJ, Howe B, Longnecker K, Medeiros PM, Niggemann J, Obernosterer I, Repeta DJ, Waldbauer JR (2016) Deciphering ocean carbon in a changing world. PNAS 113: 3143-3151

Lucas J, Koester I, Wichels A, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Callies U, Wiltshire KH, Gerdts G (2016) Short-term dynamics of North Sea bacterioplankton-dissolved organic matter coherence on molecular level. Frontiers in Microbiology 7: 321 (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00321)

Osterholz H, Singer G, Wemheuer B, Daniel R, Simon M, Niggemann J, Dittmar T (2016) Deciphering associations between dissolved organic molecules and bacterial communities in a pelagic marine system. The ISME Journal 10: 1717-1730


Gomez-Saez GV, Riedel T, Niggemann J, Pichler T, Dittmar T, Bühring SI (2015) Interaction between iron and dissolved organic matter in a marine shallow hydrothermal system off Dominica Island (Lesser Antilles). Marine Chemistry 177: 677-686

Stubbins A, Spencer R, Mann PJ, Holmes RM, McClelland J, Niggemann J, Dittmar T (2015) Utilizing colored dissolved organic matter to derive dissolved black carbon export by arctic rivers. Frontiers in Earth Science - Marine Biogeochemistry 3: 63
doi: 10.3389/feart.2015.00063

Chmiel H, Niggemann J, Kokic J, Ferland M-E, Dittmar T, Sobek S (2015) Organic matter burial and quality are uncoupled in boreal lake sediments over the Holocene. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 120: 1751-1763

Seidel M, Beck M, Greskowiak J, Riedel T, Waska H, Suryaputra IGNA, Schnetger B, Niggemann J, Simon M, Dittmar T (2015) Benthic-pelagic coupling of nutrients and dissolved organic matter composition in an intertidal sandy beach. Marine Chemistry 176: 150-163

Wagner S, Riedel T, Niggemann J, Vähätalo AV, Dittmar T, Jaffé R (2015) Linking the molecular signature of heteroatomic dissolved organic matter to watershed characteristics in world rivers. Environmental Science & Technology 49: 3798−13806

Osterholz H, Niggemann J, Giebel H-A, Simon M, Dittmar T (2015) Inefficient microbial production of refractory dissolved organic matter in the ocean. Nature Communications 6: 7422

Medeiros PM, Seidel M, Ward ND, Carpenter EJ, Gomes HR, Niggemann J, Krusche AV, Richey JE, Yager PL, Dittmar T (2015) Fate of the Amazon River dissolved organic matter in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 29: 677-690

De la Cruz FB, Dittmar T, Niggemann J, Osburn CL, Barlaz MA (2015) Evaluation of copper oxide oxidation for quantification of lignin in municipal solid waste. Environmental Engineering Science 32: 486-496


Seidel M, Beck M, Riedel T, Waska H, Suryaputra IGNA, Schnetger B, Niggemann J, Simon M, Dittmar T (2014) Biogeochemistry of dissolved organic matter in an anoxic intertidal creek bank. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 140: 418-434

Shabarova T, Villiger J, Morenkov O, Niggemann J, Dittmar T, Pernthaler J (2014) Bacterial community structure and dissolved organic matter in repeatedly flooded subsurface karst water pools. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 89: 111-126

Green NW, Perdue EM, Aiken GR, Butler KD, Chen H, Dittmar T, Niggemann J, Stubbins A (2014) An intercomparison of three methods for the large-scale isolation of oceanic dissolved organic matter. Marine Chemistry 161: 14-19

Osterholz H, Dittmar T, Niggemann J (2014) Molecular evidence for rapid dissolved organic matter turnover in Arctic fjords. Marine Chemistry 160: 1-10


Jaffé R, Ding Y, Niggemann J, Vähätalo AV, Campbell J, Dittmar T (2013) Global charcoal mobilization from soils via dissolution and riverine transport to the oceans. Science 340(6130): 345-347


Singer GA, Fasching C, Wilhelm L, Niggemann J, Steier P, Dittmar T, Battin TJ (2012) Biogeochemically diverse organic matter in Alpine glaciers and its downstream fate. Nature Geoscience 5(10): 710-714

Dittmar T, Rezende CE, Manecki M, Niggemann J, Ovalle ARC, Bernardes MC (2012) Continuous flux of dissolved black carbon from a vanished tropical forest biome. Nature Geoscience 5(9): 618-622

Stubbins A, Niggemann J, Dittmar T (2012) Photo-lability of deep ocean dissolved black carbon. Biogeosciences 9: 1661-1670


Lomstein BAa, Niggemann J, Jørgensen BB, Langerhuus AT (2009) Accumulation of prokaryotic remains during organic matter diagenesis in surface sediments off Peru. Limnology and Oceanography 54(4): 1139-1151


Niggemann J, Ferdelman TG, Lomstein BAa, Kallmeyer J, Schubert CJ (2007) How depositional conditions control input, composition, and degradation of organic matter in sediments from the Chilean coastal upwelling region. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71(6): 1513-1527


Niggemann J, Schubert CJ (2006) Fatty acid biogeochemistry in sediments from the Chilean coastal upwelling region: sources and diagenetic changes. Organic Geochemistry 37(5): 626-647

Niggemann J, Schubert CJ (2006) Sources and fate of amino sugars in coastal Peruvian sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70(9): 2229-2237

Lomstein BAa, Jørgensen BB, Schubert CJ, Niggemann J (2006) Amino acid biogeo- and stereochemistry in coastal Chilean sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70(12): 2970-2989


Niggemann J (2005) Composition and degradation of organic matter in sediments from the Peru-Chile upwelling region. PhD-thesis, University of Bremen, Germany. urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-diss000102428 (available online)

Schubert CJ, Niggemann J, Klockgether G, Ferdelman TG (2005) Chlorin Index: A new parameter for organic matter freshness in sediments. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 6: Q03005, doi:10.1029/2004GC000837 (online journal)

Treude T, Niggemann J, Kallmeyer J, Wintersteller P, Schubert CJ, Boetius A, Jørgensen BB (2005) Anaerobic oxidation of methane and sulfate reduction along the Chilean continental margin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 69(11): 2767-2779


Filippova EM, Boychuk IV, Kreynin PS, Niggemann J, Oertel H, Reuter R (1999) Fluorescence spectroscopy as a method for in situ measurements of water quality. Proceedings of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers 3821: 347-357

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