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Tobias Himmler




  • seabed fluid flow processes
  • using element patterns and isotope signatures to elucidate geochemical processes
  • microbial-induced mineral precipitation


  • 2011: Dr. rer. nat. (= Ph.D.), University of Bremen, Germany
  • 2007: Diploma (= M.Sc.), Geology–Palaeontology, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany



Smrzka D, Zwicker J, Bach W, Feng D, Himmler T, Chen D, Peckmann J (accepted), The behavior of trace elements in seawater, sedimentary pore water, and their incorporation into carbonate minerals: A review. Facies.


Himmler T, Sahy D, Martma T, Bohrmann G, Plaza-Faverola A, Bünz S, Condon D, Knies J, Lepland A (2019), A 160,000-year-old history of tectonically controlled methane seepage in the Arctic. Science Advances 5,  DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw1450.

Hong WL, Lepland A, Himmler T, Kim J-H,Chand S, Sahy D, Solomon EA, Rae JWB, Martma T, Nam S-I, Knies J (2019), Discharge of meteoric water in the eastern Norwegian Sea since the last glacial period. Geophysical Research Letters.

Tamborrino L, Himmler T, Elvert M, Conti S, Gualtieri AF, Fontana D, Bohrmann G (2019), Formation of tubular carbonate concretions at Athina mud volcano, eastern Mediterranean Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology 107, 20–31.

Sen A, Himmler T, Hong WL, Chitkara C, Lee RW, Ferré B, Lepland A, Knies J (2019), Atypical biological features of a new cold seep site on the Lofoten-Vesterålen continental margin (northern Norway). Scientific Reports 9, 1762.

Preto N, Klügel A., Himmler T, Franceschi M (2019), Origin of facies zonation in microbial carbonate platform slopes: clues from trace element and stable isotope geochemistry (Middle Triassic, Dolomites, Italy). Sedimentology 66, 81 – 101.



Zwicker J, Smrzka D, Himmler T, Monien P, Gier S, Goedert JL, Peckmann J (2018), Rare earth elements as tracers for microbial activity and early diagenesis: A new perspective from carbonate cements of ancient methane-seep deposits. Chemical Geology 501, 77–85.

Gallagher SJ, Reuning L, Himmler T, Henderiks J, De Vleeschouwer D, Groeneveld J, Rastegar Lari A, Fulthorpe CS, Bogus K, Expedition 356 Shipboard Scientists (2018), The enigma of rare Quaternary oolites in the Indian and Pacific Oceans: A result of global oceanographic physicochemical conditions or a sampling bias? Quaternary Science Reviews 200, 114–122.

Himmler T, Smrzka D, Zwicker J, Kasten S, Shapiro RS, Bohrmann G, Peckmann J (2018), Stromatolites below the photic zone in the northern Arabian Sea formed by calcifying chemotrophic microbial mats. Geology 46, 339–342.


2017 and older

Christensen BA, Renema W, Henderiks J, De Vleeschouwer D, Auer G, Reuning L, Groeneveld J, Castaneda I, Ishiwa T, Bogus K, McHugh CM, Gallagher SJ, Fulthorpe CS, and Exp. 356 Scientists (2017), Indonesian Through­flow drove Australian climate from humid Pliocene to arid Pleistocene. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 6914–6925.

Groeneveld J, Henderiks J, Renema W, McHugh CM, De Vleeschouwer D, Christensen BA, Fulthorpe CS, Reuning L, Gallagher SJ, Bogus K, Auer G, Ishiwa T, and Expedition 356 Scientists (2017), Australian shelf sediments reveal shifts in Miocene Southern Hemisphere Westerlies. Science Advances 3.

De Vleeschouwer D, Dunlea AG, Auer G, Anderson CH, Brumsack H, de Loach A, Gurnis M, Huh Y, Ishiwa T, Jang K, Kominz MA, März C, Schnetger B, Murray RW, Pälike H and Expedition 356 shipboard scientists (2017), Quantifying K, U, and Th contents of marine sediments using shipboard natural gamma radiation spectra measured on DV JOIDES Resolution, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 18, 1053–1064.

Himmler T, Bayon G, Wangner D, Enzmann F, Peckmann J, Bohrmann G (2016), Seep-carbonate lamination controlled by cyclic particle flux. Scientific Reports 6, 37439.

Himmler T, Birgel D, Bayon G, Pape T, Ge L, Bohrmann G, Peckmann J (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.

Sultan N, Bohrmann G, Ruffine L, Pape T, Riboulot V, Colliat JL, De Prunelé A, Dennielou B, Garziglia S, Himmler T, Marsset T, Peters CA, Rabiu A, Wei J (2014), Pockmark formation and evolution in deep water Nigeria: Rapid hydrate growth versus slow hydrate dissolution. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 119.

Himmler T, Haley BA, Torres ME, Klinkhammer GP, Bohrmann G, Peckmann J (2013), Rare earth element geochemistry in cold-seep pore waters from Hydrate Ridge, off Oregon. Geo-Marine Letters 33, 369–379.

Pierre C, Blanc-Valleron MM, Demange J, Boudouma O, Foucher JP, Pape T, Himmler T, Fekete N, Spiess V (2012), Authigenic carbonates from active methane seeps offshore South-West Africa. Geo-Marine Letters. DOI: 10.1007/s00367-012-0295-x

Himmler T, Brinkmann F, Bohrmann G, Peckmann J (2011), Corrosion patterns of seep-carbonates from the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Terra Nova 23, 206–212.

Himmler T, Bach W, Bohrmann G, Peckmann J (2010), Rare earth elements in authigenic methane-seep carbonates as tracers for fluid composition during early diagenesis. Chemical Geology 227, 126–136.

Haas A, Little CTS, Sahling H, Bohrmann G, Himmler T, Peckmann J (2009), Mineralization of vestimentiferan tubes at methane seeps on the Congo deep-sea fan. Deep-Sea Research (I) 56, 283–293.

Birgel D, Himmler T, Freiwald A, Peckmann J (2008), A new constraint on the antiquity of anaerobic oxidation of methane: Late Pennsylvanian seep limestones from southern Namibia. Geology 36, 543–546.

Himmler T, Freiwald A, Stollhofen H, Peckmann J (2008), Late Carboniferous hydrocarbon-seep carbonates from the glaciomarine Dwyka Group, southern Namibia. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 257, 185–197.