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Dr. Thomas Evans


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MARUM I, 2610

Thomas Evans

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Hinrichs Lab

Cur­ri­cu­lum Vi­tae


Post­doc­to­ral Re­se­arch Fel­low

Hin­richs Lab | Or­ga­nic Geo­che­mis­try

MARUM | Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men


Post­doc­to­ral Re­se­arch Fel­low

Summons Lab | Geobiology & Astrobiology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


PhD candidate

Hin­richs Lab | Or­ga­nic Geo­che­mis­try

MARUM | Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men



Evans, T.W., Kalambokidis, M.J., Jungblut, A.D., Millar, J.L., Bauersachs, T., Grotheer, H., Mackey, T.J., Hawes, I.,  Summons R.E. (2022). Lipid Biomarkers From Microbial Mats on the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Signatures for Life in the Cryosphere. Frontiers on Microbiology, 13.

Evans, T.W., Elling, F.J., Li Yongli, Pear­son, A., Sum­mons, R.E. (2022). A new and im­proved pro­tocol for ex­trac­tion of in­tact po­lar mem­brane lip­ids from ar­chaea. Or­ganic Geo­chem­istry, 165, 104353.

Elling, F.J., Evans, T.W., Hem­ming­way, J.D., Khar­bush, J.J., Nathan, V., Bayer, B., San­toro, A.E., Spieck, E., Sum­mons, R.E., Pear­son, A. (2022). Mar­ine and ter­restrial ni­tri­fy­ing bac­teria are sources of di­verse bac­teri­o­hopan­epoly­ols. Geo­bi­o­logy 20, 399-420.

Blewett, J., Elling, F.J., Naafs, B.D.A., Kattein, L., Evans, T.W., Lauretano, V., Gallego-Sala, A.V., Pancost, R.D., Pearson, A. (2022). Metabolic and ecological controls on the stable carbon isotopic composition of archaeal (isoGDGT and BDGT) and bacterial (brGDGT) lipids in wetlands and lignites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 320, 1-25.

Bauer­sachs, T., Rus­sel, J.M., Evans, T.W., Schwalb, A., Schwark, L. (2021). A het­ero­cyte glycol­ipid-based cal­ib­ra­tion to re­con­struct past con­tin­ental cli­mate change. Nature Communications, 12, 1-12.

Wörmer, L., Gajendra, N., Schubotz, F., Matys, E.D., Evans, T.W., Summons, R.E., Hinrichs K.-U (2020). A micrometer‐scale snapshot on phototroph spatial distributions: mass spectrometry imaging of microbial mats in Octopus Spring, Yellowstone National Park. Geo­bi­o­logy, 18, 742-759.

Elling, F.J., Hem­ing­way, J.D., Evans, T.W., Khar­bush, J.J., Spieck, E., Sum­mons, R.E., Pear­son, A. (2020). Vit­amin B12-de­pend­ent bio­syn­thesis ties amp­li­fied 2-methyl­ho­panoid pro­duc­tion dur­ing oceanic events to ni­tri­fic­a­tion. PNAS, 117, 32996-33004.

Evans, T.W., Coffinet, S., Könneke, M., Lipp, J.-S., Becker. H., Elvert, M., Heuer, V., Hinrichs, K.-U. (2019). Assessing the carbon assimilation and production of benthic archaeal lipid biomarkers using lipid-RIP. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 252, 431-442.

Evans, T.W., Könneke, M., Lipp, J.-S., Taubner, H., Elvert, M., Hinrichs, K.-U. (2018). Lipid biosynthesis ofNitrosopumilus maritimusdissected by lipid specific radioisotope probing (lipid-RIP) under contrasting ammonium supply. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 242, 51-63.

Evans, T.W., Wörmer, L., Lever, M.A., Lipp, J.-S., Lagostina, L. Lin, Y.-S., Jørgensen, B. B., Hinrichs, K.-U. (2017). Size and composition of subseafloor microbial community in the Benguela upwelling area examined from intact membrane lipid and DNA analysis. Organic Geochemistry, 111, 86-100.

Lagostina, L., Goldhammer, T., Røy, H., Evans, T.W., Lever, M.A., Jørgensen, B.B., Petersen, D.G., Schramm, A., Schreiber, L. (2015). Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria of the Nitrosospira cluster 1 dominate over ammonia-oxidizing archaea in oligotrophic surface sediments near the South Atlantic Gyre. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 7, 404-413.

Zhu, R., Evans, T.W., Wörmer, L., Lin, Y.-S., Zhu, C., Hinrichs, K.-U. (2013). Improved sensitivity of sedimentary phospholipid analysis resulting from a novel extract cleanup strategy. Organic Geochemistry, 65, 46–52.



Teaching Experience


(Fall semester)

Guest lecturer: molecular biogeochemistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


(spring semester)

Guest lecturer: analytical organic geochemistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Scientific Expeditions



RV Sonne (SO241/1) – Gulf of California

Magmatism induced carbon escape from marine sediments as a climate driver