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Dr. David Fischer


Marine Geology


Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Am Handelshafen 12
D-27570 Bremerhaven
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GEO, 1050

Dr.  David Fischer


December 2013-presentAlfred Wegener Institute / Marum GB 2
August 2012-Nov. 2013Microstructure of natural gas hydrates (DFG project)
July 2008-February 2012PhD student in the frame of Marum-Center for Marine Environmental Sciences. Thesis title: "Transport and (bio)geochemical processes at cold seeps of the Makran convergent margin"
January 2006-June 2006Exchange student at the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
October 2001-July 2008Studies of Physical Geography (Diploma degree), Geosciences and Biology, University of Bremen

Research interests

  • marine biogeochemistry
  • cold seeps
  • authigenic minerals
  • gas hydrates


Scientific papers
Fischer, D., Mogollón, J. M., Strasser, M., Pape, T., Bohrmann, G., Fekete, N., Spiess, V., Kasten, S. (2013): Subduction zone earthquake as potential trigger of submarine hydrocarbon seepage.
Nature Geoscience, 6, 647-651, doi:10.1038/ngeo1886

Pop Ristova, P., Wenzhöfer, F., Ramette, A., Zabel, M., Fischer, D., Kasten, S., Boetius, A. (2012): Bacterial diversity and biogeochemistry of different chemosynthetic habitats of the REGAB cold seep (West African margin, 3160 m water depth).
Biogeosciences , 9, 5031-5048

Bogus, K. A., Zonneveld, K. A. F., Fischer, D., Kasten, S., Bohrmann, G., and Versteegh, G. J. M. (2012): The effect of meter-scale lateral oxygen gradients at the sediment-water interface on selected organic matter based alteration, productivity and temperature proxies.
Biogeosciences, 9, 1553-1570

Fischer, D., Sahling, H., Nöthen, K., Bohrmann, G., Zabel, M., Kasten, S. (2012): Interaction between hydrocarbon seepage, chemosynthetic communities, and bottom water redox at cold seeps of the Makran accretionary prism: insights from habitat-specific pore water sampling and modeling. Biogeosciences (9), 2013-2031

Pape T., Feseker T., Kasten S., Fischer D., Bohrmann G. (2011): Distribution and abundance of gas hydrates in surface deposits of the Håkon Mosby Mud Volcano, SW Barents Sea.
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3). 12, Q09009

Niemann, H., Fischer, D., Graffe, D., Knittel, K., Montiel, A., Heilmayer, O., Nöthen, K., Pape, T., Kasten, S., Bohrmann, G., Boetius, A., Gutt, J. (2009): Biogeochemistry of a low-activity cold seep in the Larsen B area, western Weddell Sea, Antarctica.
Biogeosciences 6, 2383-2395


March-April 2013
R/V Polarstern
ANT XXIX-4: Scotia Sea, Sandwich Islands
July-August 2008
R/V Meteor
M76-3b: Congo deep sea fan, cold seeps, Regab pockmark
November-December 2007
R/V Meteor
M74-3b: Makran accretionary wedge, cold seeps
November 2006-February 2007
R/ Polarstern
ANT XXIII-8: Antarctic Peninsula, Larsen B ice shelf, cold seeps
September 2006
R/V Heincke
He-260: Baltic Sea
May 2006
R/V Heincke
He-250: North Sea