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Earth Sciences & Geography | Volker Thiel

Volker Thiel

Volker Thiel is a Professor of Organic Geochemistry in the Geoscience Center at the University of Göttingen. Dr. Thiel has been involved in geobiological research for some 15 years, with a focus on the use of organic molecules as chemical tracers (biomarkers) for biogeochemical pathways.
His research interests include lipid biomarkers as indicators for biogeochemical processes; molecular fossils, biological formation, and turnover of methane; and microbial control on mineral formation. The results of his studies have significantly contributed to identifying the microbial processes associated with methane turnover in modern and ancient environments. Much of Dr. Thiel’s current work is devoted to new approaches to enhancing the spatial resolution of biomarker analysis in geobiological systems.