Origin of Life

Martin Blumenberg

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10th June 2016, 16:15
Astrophysical Sources of Energy for Life



Martin Blumenberg, born 1971, received degrees of "Diplomgeologe" and "Dr. rer nat." from the University of Hamburg for work on chemotaxonomy of the earliest metazoens (sponges). In 2005, he followed his interest in geomicrobiology and joined, as a post‑doctoral fellow, the laboratory of Helen M. Talbot at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne to collaborate on studies of hopanoid biomarkers produced by anaerobic bacteria. In 2007 he was awarded the position of a Junior Group Leader by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and in the same year he also received the DFG Albert-Maucher prize for Geosciences. In 2008 he joined the Geobiology Group of Göttingen University and became a principal investigator at the Courant Research Centre Geobiology, focusing his work on prokaryotic and eukaryotic biomarkers in Precambrian samples. In 2013 Martin Blumenberg moved to the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hannover and is now heading the sub-division “Geochemistry of Energy Resources and Gas Monitoring”


Selected papers


Blumenberg M, Thiel V, Riegel W, Kah LC, Reitner J (2012) Biomarkers of black shales formed by microbial mats, Late Mesoproterozoic (1.1 Ga) Taoudeni Basin, Mauritania. Precambrian Research 196-197, 113-127.


Blumenberg M, Seifert R, Buschmann B, Kiel S, Thiel V (2012) Biomarkers reveal diverse microbial communities in black smoker sulfides from Turtle Pits (Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Recent) and Yaman Kasy (Russia, Silurian). Geomicrobiology Journal 29, 66-75.


Blumenberg M, Krüger M, Nauhaus K, Talbot HM, Oppermann B, Seifert R, Pape T, Michaelis W (2006) Biosynthesis of hopanoids by sulfate-reducing bacteria (genus Desulfovibrio). Environmental Microbiology 8, 1220-1227.


Blumenberg M, Seifert R, Reitner J, Pape T, Michaelis W (2004) Membrane lipid patterns typify distinct anaerobic methanotrophic consortia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 101, 11111-11116.


Michaelis W, Seifert R, Nauhaus K, Treude T, Thiel V, Blumenberg M, Knittel K, Gieseke A, Peterknecht K, Pape T, Boetius A, Amann R, Jørgensen BB, Widdel F, Peckmann J, Pimenov NV, Gulin MB (2002) Microbial reefs in the Black Sea fueled by anaerobic oxidation of methane. Science 297, 1013-1015.

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