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Dr. Johan Faust



Mikropaläontologie - Paläozeanographie


+49 421 218-65972



MARUM II, 2020

Johan Faust

Research Interests

Research with an emphasis on improving the understanding of mechanisms and impacts of environmental and climate changes is what interests me the most. I want to understand and investigate how natural climate variations affect the environmental conditions on Earth`s different region. And how sensitive Earth`s climate is to the alteration of the biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and lithosphere by human activity.


Research Focus
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My primary research interests are land-ocean interaction and the environmental response to past and recent climate variability in terms of marine productivity, weathering, erosion and sediment transport towards the coastal and deep ocean. The main focus of my research are (a) the detection of sources of particular sediment components to identify environmental mechanisms controlling their supply and distribution, (b) the identification of new proxies for terrestrial input/river discharge, (c) the examination of the origin, transport, and character of organic matter in marine sediments to constrain remineralization processes and carbon burial rates, (d) the reconstruction of climate variability on Holocene sequences.

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World Wide Web Contributions

Research Cruises

Sea Ice JCR
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2021 Maersk Launcher (5D): Clarion-Clipperton Zone, Pacific The Metals Company
2019 RR James Clark Ross (JR18006): Barents Sea, Norway University of Leeds
2018 RR James Clark Ross (JR17007): Barents Sea, Norway University of Leeds
2017 RR James Clark Ross (JR16006): Barents Sea, Norway University of Leeds
2016 RV Helmer Hanssen: Svalbard, Barents Sea, Norway University of Tromsø
2015 RV G.O. Sars (MAREANO): East Barents Sea, Norway NGU, Trondheim
2014 RV Seisma: Vestfjorden/Ofotfjorden, Norway NGU, Trondheim
2013 RV Helmer Hanssen: Lofoten, Norway University of Tromsø
2012 RV Seisma: Trondheimsfjord, Norway NGU, Trondheim
2011 RV Helmer Hansen: North Atlantic, Greenland University of Tromsø
2011 RV Seisma: Trondheimsfjord, Norway NGU, Trondheim
2008 RV Meteor (M76/1): Southwest Africa University of Bremen




J. P. J. Ward, K. R. Hendry, S. Arndt, J. C. Faust, F. S. Freitas, S. F. Henley, J. W. Krause, C. März, A. C. Tessin and R. L. Airs (2022). "Benthic silicon cycling in the Arctic Barents Sea: a reaction–transport model study." Biogeosciences 19(14): 3445-3467.


F. S. Freitas, S. Arndt, K. R. Hendry, J. C. Faust, A. C. Tessin and C. März (2022). "Benthic Organic Matter Transformation Drives pH and Carbonate Chemistry in Arctic Marine Sediments." Global Biogeochemical Cycles 36(7).


P. J. Ward, K. R. Hendry, S. Arndt, J. C. Faust, F. S. Freitas, S. F. Henley, J. W. Krause, C. März, H. C. Ng, R. A. Pickering and A. C. Tessin: "Stable silicon isotopes uncover a mineralogical control on the benthic silicon cycle in the Arctic Barents Sea." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 329: 206-230

2022 A. Sen, M. J. Silberberger, J.C. Faust, S. Cochrane, P. E. Renaud, H. Reiss: Environmental monitoring data reveals geographic and depth-based differentiation of benthic fjord communities. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 268.
2022 J. L. Andersen, A. Margreth, O. Fredin, H. Linge, B. W. Goodfellow, J. C. Faust, J. Knies, T. Solbakk, E. J. Brook, T. Scheiber, R. van der Lelij, V. Burki, L. Rubensdotter, T. Himmler, S. Yeşilyurt, M. Christl, C. Vockenhuber and N. Akçar: Rapid post-glacial bedrock weathering in coastal Norway. Geomorphology 397.
2021 C. März, F. S. Freitas, J. C. Faust, J. A. Godbold, S. F. Henley, A. C. Tessin, G. D. Abbott, R. Airs, S. Arndt, D. K. A. Barnes, L. J. Grange, N. D. Gray, I. M. Head, K. R. Hendry, R. G. Hilton, A. J. Reed, S. Ruhl, M. Solan, T. A. Souster, M. A. Stevenson, K. Tait, J. Ward and S. Widdicombe: Biogeochemical consequences of a changing Arctic shelf seafloor ecosystem. Ambio.
2021 J. C. Faust, A. Tessin, B. J. Fisher, M. Zindorf, S. Papadaki, K. R. Hendry, K. A. Doyle and C. März: Millennial scale persistence of organic carbon bound to iron in Arctic marine sediments. Nature Communications, 12, 275
2021 B. J. Fisher, J. C. Faust, O. W. Moore, C. L. Peacock and C. März: Technical Note: Uncovering the influence of methodological variations on the extractability of iron bound organic carbon. Biogeosciences 18(11): 3409-3419.
2020 B. J. Fisher, O. W. Moore, J. C. Faust, C. L. Peacock and C. März: Experimental evaluation of the extractability of Fe-bound organic carbon as a function of carboxyl content: Implications for understanding Fe-bound organic carbon in marine sediments. Chemical Geology, 556, 119853.
2020 J. C. Faust, M. A. Stevenson, G.D. Abbott, J. Knies, A. Tessin, I. Mannion, A. Ford, R. G. Hilton, J. Peakall, C. März: Does Arctic warming reduce preservation of organic matter in Barents Sea sediments? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 378:20190364.
2020 F. S. Freitas, K. R. Hendry, S. F. Henley, J. C. Faust, A. C. Tessin, M. A. Stevenson, G. D. Abbott, C. März, S. Arndt: Benthic-pelagic coupling in the Barents Sea: an integrated  data-model framework.  Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 378: 20190359
2020 M. A. Stevenson, J. C. Faust, L. L. Andrade, F. S. Freitas, N. D. Gray, K. Tait, K. R. Hendry, R. G. Hilton, S. F. Henley, P. Leary, S. Papadaki, C. März, G.D. Abbott: Coupled organic, inorganic and microbial cycling at the redox interface in Arctic Barents Sea sediments, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 378, 20200223.
2020 T. Bianchi, S. Arndt, W. Austin, D. Benn, S. Bertrand, X. Cui, J.C. Faust, K. Koziorowska-Makuch, C. Moy, C. Savage, C. Smeaton, R. Smith, J. Syvitski: Fjords as Aquatic Critical Zones (ACZs), Earth Science Reviews, 203, 103145.
2019 J. C. Faust, C. März, S. Henley: The carbon story of a melting Arctic. Frontiers for Young Minds, 07, 136.
2018 J. C. Faust, J. Knies: Organic matter sources in North Atlantic fjord sediments. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20, 2872-2885.
2017 J. C. Faust, K. Fabian, T. Scheiber, J. Knies: Geochemical characterisation of northern Norwegian fjord surface sediments: implications for paleo-environmental interpretations. Continental Shelf Research, 148, 104-115.
2016 J. C. Faust, K. Fabian, G. Milzer, J. Giraudeau, J. Knies: Norwegian fjord sediments reveal NAO related winter temperature and precipitation changes of the past 2800 years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 435, 84-93.
2016 G. Milzer, J. Giraudeau, C. Rühlemann, J. C. Faust, J. Knies, S.Schmidt: Benthic stable isotope variability in the Trondheimsfjord during the last 50 years: Proxy records of mixing dynamics related to the NAO. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 172, 34-46.
2014 J. C. Faust, J. Knies, T. Slagstad, C. Vogt, G. Milzer, J. Giraudeau: Geochemical composition of surface sediments in the Trondheimsfjord, central Norway: Sources and spatial variability as a basis for Holocene climate change studies, Continental Shelf Research. 88, 61-71.
2014 J. C. Faust, J. Knies, G. Milzer, J. Giraudeau: Terrigenous input to a fjord in central Norway records the environmental response to the North Atlantic Oscillation over the past 50 years. The Holocene, 24, 1411-1418.
2014 G. Milzer, J. Giraudeau, S. Schmidt, F. Eynaud and J. Faust: Qualitative and quantitative reconstruction of surface water characteristics and recent hydrographic changes in the Trondheimsfjord, central Norway. Climate of the Past, 10, 305-323.
2013 Milzer G., Giraudeau J., Faust J., Knies J., Eynaud F. and Rühlemann C.: Spatial distribution of benthic foraminiferal stable isotopes and dinocyst assemblages in surface sediments of the Trondheimsfjord, central Norway. Biogeosciences Discussion. 10, 5889-5921.
2013 J. Alkalaj, P. Altube, T. Capuano, M. Ezat, J. Faust, H. Luhtala, C. Ostle, K. Salmon, T. Wulff: Module 4 Observing the Ocean in: Dummermuth, A. and Grosfeld, K. (eds.): Climate change in the marine realm: an international summer school in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence, Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung, Reports on polar and marine research, Bremerhaven, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, 662, 75 p. hdl:10013/epic.41554.