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Dr. Susan Mau



General Geology - Marine Geology


+49 421 218-65059


+49 421 218-65099



GEO 1050

Susan Mau

Research Interests

My scientific interests focus on the interface between physical and chemical oceanography, microbial ecology, and marine geology. Work to date concentrated on the marine methane cycle combining these scientific areas. In particular my research includes: investigations of physical oceanography controlling methane distribution and microbial oxidation, temporal constraints of methane accumulation and methane loss processes, quantification of methane loss processes in the water column (involving transport-reaction modelling), and laboratory and field studies to evaluate the techniques to determine microbial turnover rates of the gas. One of my primary scientific goals is to understand the generation and removal processes of methane in the water column and surface sediments using an integrated approach, and to apply the knowledge to understand changes of atmospheric methane content in Earth’s history.

  • Mau S., J. Blees, E. Helmke, H. Niemann, and E. Damm (2013) Different methanotrophic potentials in stratified polar fjord waters (Storfjorden, Spitsbergen) identified by using a combination of methane oxidation techniques, Biogeosciences Discuss., 10, 6461-6491
  • Mau S., G. Rehder, H. Sahling, T. Schleicher and P. Linke (2012) Seepage of methane at Jaco Scar, a slide caused by seamount subduction offshore Costa Rica, International Journal of Earth Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s00531-012-0822-z
  • Heintz M., S. Mau and D. L. Valentine (2012) Oceanographic Control on Methanotrophic Potential in the Satna Monica Basin, Southern CA Borderland, Limnology and Oceanography, Volume 57(2), 420-432. doi:10.4319/lo.2012.57.2.0420
  • Mau S., M. B. Heintz, D. L. Valentine (2012), Quantification of CH4 loss and transport in dissolved plumes of the Santa Barbara Channel, California, Continental Shelf Research. Volume 32, 110-120, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2011.10.016
  • Mau S., M. B. Heintz, F. S. Kinnaman, D. L. Valentine (2010) Compositional variability and air-sea flux of ethane and propane in the plume of a large, marine seep field near Coal Oil Point, CA., Geo-Marine Letters, Volume 30, Numbers 3-4, 367-378, doi: 10.1007/s00367-010-0185-z
  • Mau S., D. L. Valentine, J. F. Clark, J. Reed, R. Camilli, L. Washburn (2007b), Dissolved methane distributions and air-sea flux in the plume of a massive seep field, Coal Oil Point, California, Geophys. Res. Lett., Volume 34, L22603, doi:10.1029/2007GL031344
  • Mau, S., G. Rehder, I. G. Arroyo, J. Gossler, and E. Suess (2007a), Indications of a link between seismotectonics and CH4 release from seeps off Costa Rica, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 8, Q04003, doi:10.1029/2006GC001326
  • Schmidt, M., C. Hensen, T. Mörz, C. Müller, I. Grevemeyer, K. Wallmann, S. Mau, N. Kaul (2005), Methane hydrate accumulation in “Mound 11” mud volcano, Costa Rica forearc, Marine Geology, Volume 216, Issues 1-2, Pages 83-100