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Dr. Thomas Pape

Research Staff


General Geology - Marine Geology


+49 421 218-65053


+49 421 218-65099



GEO, 1110

Thomas Pape

Research topics

  • Quantity, chemistry, and dynamics of submarine gas hydrates
  • Biogeochemistry of marine deposits
  • Origin and composition of gases at submarine seeps and vents
  • Geomicrobiology at submarine gas emission sites


Current research projects



Articles, peer-reviewed (past 'three' years)


Blumenberg, M, Pape, T, Seifert, R, Bohrmann, G and Schlömer, S (2018) Can hydrocarbons entrapped in seep carbonates serve as gas geochemistry recorder? Geo-Marine Letters, 38(2). 121-129. doi:10.1007/s00367-017-0522-6 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Loher, M, Marcon, Y, Pape, T, Römer, M, Wintersteller, P, dos Santos Ferreira, C, Praeg, D, Torres, M, Sahling, H and Bohrmann, G (2018) Seafloor sealing, doming, and collapse associated with gas seeps and authigenic carbonate structures at Venere mud volcano, Central Mediterranean. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 137. 76-96. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2018.04.006 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Loher, M, Pape, T, Marcon, Y, Römer, M, Wintersteller, P, Praeg, D, Torres, M, Sahling, H and Bohrmann, G (2018) Mud extrusion and ring-fault gas seepage – upward branching fluid discharge at a deep-sea mud volcano. Scientific Reports, 8(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24689-1 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Riedel, M, Wallmann, K, Berndt, C, Pape, T, Freudenthal, T, Bergenthal, M, Bünz, S and Bohrmann, G (2018) In situ temperature measurements at the Svalbard Continental Margin: implications for gas hydrate dynamics. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. doi:10.1002/2017GC007288 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Wallmann, K, Riedel, M, Hong, WL, Patton, H, Hubbard, A, Pape, T, Hsu, CW, Schmidt, C, Johnson, JE, Torres, ME, Andreassen, K, Berndt, C and Bohrmann, G (2018) Gas hydrate dissociation off Svalbard induced by isostatic rebound rather than global warming. Nature Communications, 9(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-017-02550-9 PANGAEA Supplementary Data


De Prunelé, A, Ruffine, L, Riboulot, V, Peters, CA, Croguennec, C, Guyader, V, Pape, T, Bollinger, C, Bayon, G, Caprais, JC, Germain, Y, Donval, JP, Marsset, T, Bohrmann, G, Géli, L, Rabiu, A, Lescanne, M, Cauquil, E and Sultan, N (2017) Focused hydrocarbon-migration in shallow sediments of a pockmark cluster in the Niger Delta (Off Nigeria). Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 18(1). 93-112. doi:10.1002/2016GC006554

Mau, S, Römer, M, Torres, ME, Bussmann, I, Pape, T, Damm, E, Geprägs, P, Wintersteller, P, Hsu, CW, Loher, M and Bohrmann, G (2017) Widespread methane seepage along the continental margin off Svalbard - from Bjørnøya to Kongsfjorden. Scientific Reports, 7. 42997. doi:10.1038/srep42997 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Pape, T, Hohnberg, HJ, Wunsch, D, Anders, E, Freudenthal, T, Huhn, K and Bohrmann, G (2017) Design and deployment of autoclave pressure vessels for the portable deep-sea drill rig MeBo (Meeresboden-Bohrgerät). Scientific Drilling, 23. 29-37. doi:10.5194/sd-23-29-2017 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Rubin-Blum, M, Antony, CP, Borowski, C, Sayavedra, L, Pape, T, Sahling, H, Bohrmann, G, Kleiner, M, Redmond, MC, Valentine, DL and Dubilier, N (2017) Short-chain alkanes fuel mussel and sponge Cycloclasticus symbionts from deep-sea gas and oil seeps. Nature Microbiology, 2. 17093. doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2017.93 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Wenau, S, Spieß, V, Pape, T and Fekete, N (2017) Controlling mechanisms of giant deep water pockmarks in the Lower Congo Basin. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 83. 140-157. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.02.030 PANGAEA Supplementary Data


Sahling, H, Borowski, C, Escobar-Briones, E, Gaytán-Caballero, A, Hsu, CW, Loher, M, MacDonald, I, Marcon, Y, Pape, T, Römer, M, Rubin-Blum, M, Schubotz, F, Smrzka, D, Wegener, G and Bohrmann, G (2016) Massive asphalt deposits, oil seepage, and gas venting support abundant chemosynthetic communities at the Campeche Knolls, southern Gulf of Mexico. Biogeosciences, 13(15). 4491-4512. doi:10.5194/bg-13-4491-2016 PANGAEA Supplementary Data


Himmler, T, Birgel, D, Bayon, G, Pape, T, Ge, L, Bohrmann, G and Peckmann, JL (2015) Formation of seep carbonates along the Makran convergent margin, northern Arabian Sea and a molecular and isotopic approach to constrain the carbon isotopic composition of parent methane. Chemical Geology, 415. 102-117. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.09.016 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Wei, J, Pape, T, Sultan, N, Colliat, JL, Himmler, T, Ruffine, L, De Prunelé, A, Dennielou, B, Garziglia, S, Marsset, T, Peters, CA, Rabiu, A and Bohrmann, G (2015) Gas hydrate distributions in sediments of pockmarks from the Nigerian margin – Results and interpretation from shallow drilling. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 59. 359-370. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.09.013 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Wenau, S, Spiess, V, Pape, T and Fekete, N (2015) Cold seeps at the salt front in the Lower Congo Basin I: Current methane accumulation and active seepage. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 67. 894-908. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.07.032 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Wenau, S, Spiess, V, Pape, T and Fekete, N (2015) Cold seeps at the salt front in the Lower Congo Basin II: The impact of spatial and temporal evolution of salt-tectonics on hydrocarbon seepage. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 67. 880-893. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.09.021 PANGAEA Supplementary Data





Reports (past 'three' years)

Bohrmann, G, Ahrlich, F, Bachmann, K, Bergenthal, M, Beims, M, Betzler, C, Brünjes, J, Deusner, C, Domeyer, B, Düßmann, R, Ewert, J, Gaide, S, Frank, C, Freudenthal, T, Fröhlich, S, Greindl, T, Haeckel, M, Heitmann-Bacza, C, Ion, G, Kaszemeik, K, Keil, H, Kinski, O, Klein, T, Kossel, E, Linowski, E, Malnati, J, Mau, S, Meyer, B, Pape, T, Popa, A, Renken, J, Reuter, J, Reuter, M, Riedel, M, Riemer, P, Rohleder, C, Rosiak, U, Rotaru, SG, Rothenwänder, T, Stachowski, A, Schmidt, C, Schmidt, W, Seiter, C, Utecht, C, Vasilev, A, Wallmann, K, Wegwerth, A, Wintersteller, P and Wunsch, D (2018) R/V METEOR cruise report M142, Drilling Gas Hydrates in the Danube Deep-Sea Fan, Black Sea, Varna – Varna – Varna, 04 November – 22 November – 09 December 2017. Berichte, MARUM – Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften, Fachbereich Geowissenschaften, Universität Bremen(320). 1-121. urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00106617-14

Bohrmann, G, Ahrlich, F, Bergenthal, M, Bünz, S, Düßmann, R, Ferreira, C, Freudenthal, T, Fröhlich, S, Hamann, K, Hong, WL, Hsu, CW, Johnson, J, Kaszemeik, K, Kausche, A, Klein, T, Lange, M, Lepland, A, Malnati, J, Meckel, S, Meyer-Schack, B, Noorlander, K, Panieri, G, Pape, T, Reuter, M, Riedel, M, Rosiak, U, Schmitdt, C, Schmidt, W, Seiter, C, Spagnoli, G, Stachowski, A, Stange, N, Wallmann, K, Wintersteller, P, Wunsch, D and Yao, H (2017) R/V MARIA S. MERIAN Cruise Report MSM57, Gas Hydrate Dynamics at the Continental Margin of Svalbard, Reykjavik - Longyearbyen - Reykjavik, 29 July - 07 September 2016. Berichte, MARUM – Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften, Fachbereich Geowissenschaften, Universität Bremen, 314. 1-204. urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00105895-15

Bohrmann, G, Aromokeye, AD, Bihler, V, Dehning, K, Dohrmann, I, Gentz, T, Grahs, M, Hogg, O, Hüttich, D, Kasten, S, Kirschenmann, E, Lange, M, Leymann, T, Linse, K, Loher, M, Malnati, J, Mau, S, Mickoleit, A, Nowald, N, Pape, T, Reuter, C, Rohleder, C, Römer, M, Sahling, H, Stange, N, Torres, M, Vittori, V, von Dobeneck, T, von Neuhoff, H, Weinrebe, W and Wintersteller, P (2017) R/V METEOR Cruise Report M134, Emissions of Free Gas from Cross-Shelf Troughs of South Georgia: Distribution, Quantification, and Sources for Methane Ebullition Sites in Sub-Antarctic Waters, Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) - Punta Arenas (Chile), 16 January - 18 February 2017. Berichte, MARUM – Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften, Fachbereich Geowissenschaften, Universität Bremen, 317. 1-220. urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00106081-12

Mau, S, Torres, ME, Römer, M, Pape, T and Bohrmann, G (2017) Methane release along continental margins: natural process or anthropogenically driven? Methane Hydrate News, 17(2). 5-8.

Bohrmann, G, Alvarez, R, Biller, T, Buchheister, S, Büttner, H, Canoni, O, Dehning, K, Ferreira, C, Geprägs, P, Heinken, S, Hüttich, D, Johansen, C, Klar, S, Klüber, S, Leymann, T, Mai, HA, Marcon, Y, Mary, F, Meinecke, G, Menapace, W, Nowald, N, Pape, T, Präg, D, Raeke, A, Rehage, R, Renken, J, Reuter, C, Rohleder, C, Römer, M, Sahling, H, Sans i Coll, C, Schade, T, Seiter, C, Spalek, P, Spiesecke, U, Tamborrino, L, Torres, M, von Wahl, T, Wiebe, M, Wintersteller, P and Zarrouk, M (2015) Report and preliminary results of R/V METEOR cruise M112, Dynamic of Mud Volcanoes and Seeps in the Calabrian Accretionary Prism, Ionian Sea, Catania (Italy) – Catania (Italy), November 6 – December 15, 2014. Berichte, MARUM – Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften, Fachbereich Geowissenschaften, Universität Bremen. urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00104282-14


Research group 'General Geology - Marine Geology'
(Prof. G. Bohrmann)

Joint project SUGAR III (BMBF-/BMWI-funded (external, GEOMAR, Kiel)