Patrick MEISTER, Dr. habil. (Lecturer)

Room Number: 2B385
Tel.: +43-1-4277-53470

Patrick Meister

Research Interests:

My research is focused on the most fundamental aspects of how life and Earth interacted throughout possibly the last 4.4 billion years. The essential mechanisms are, on the one hand, that organisms catalyse biogeochemical processes otherwise inhibited under Earth surface conditions and therefore alter global geochemical cycles. On the other hand, biotic effects on mineral formation have fundamentally impacted Earth’s geological record.

Understanding these interactions requires an interdisciplinary approach, using insights from geobiology, sedimentology, (micro)biology, (bio)geochemistry, palaeontology, mineralogy, and environmental sciences. My studies include ongoing processes in modern systems, signatures in the geological record, and process-oriented computer models, with the overarching goal to gain fundamental knowledge about the role that life has played in Earth’s exogenic cycle.


New Publication (April 2023): Dolomit: Nanostrukturen im Schlamm des Neusiedler Sees nachgewiesen

New modelling paper in Frontiers in Earth Science

 Publications (taken from u:cris)

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Fossilized giant sulfide-oxidizing bacteria from the Devonian Hollard Mound seep deposit, Morocco. / Smrzka, Daniel; Zwicker, Jennifer; Schulz-Vogt, Heide et al.

In: Geobiology, Vol. 22, No. 1, e12581, 01.01.2024.

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Nanoscale Pathway of Modern Dolomite Formation in a Shallow, Alkaline Lake. / Meister, Patrick; Frisia, Silvia; Dódony, István et al.

In: Crystal Growth & Design, Vol. 23, No. 5, 03.05.2023, p. 3202–3212.

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Temporal evolution of shallow marine diagenetic environments: Insights from carbonate concretions. / Loyd, Sean (Corresponding author); Meister, Patrick; Liu, Bo et al.

In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol. 351, 01.05.2023.

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The role of microorganisms in iron reduction in marine sediments. / Reyes, Carolina (Corresponding author); Meister, Patrick.

Systems Biogeochemistry of Major Marine Biomes . ed. / Aninda Mazumdar. Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2022. p. 41-60.

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Microfacies and C/O-isotopes in lacustrine dolomites reflect variable environmental conditions in the Germanic Basin (Arnstadt Formation, Upper Triassic). / Hofbauer, Barbara; Viehmann, Sebastian; Gier, Susanne et al.

In: Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 114, No. 1, 17.12.2021, p. 66-87.

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Ostwald’s step rule: a consequence of growth kinetics and nano-scale energy landscape. / Meister, Patrick.


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Carbonates and cherts as archives of seawater chemistry and habitability on a carbonate platform 3.35 Ga ago: Insights from Sm/Nd dating and trace element analysis from the Strelley Pool Formation, Western Australia. / Viehmann, Sebastian (Corresponding author); Reitner, Joachim; Tepe, Nathalie et al.

In: Precambrian Research, Vol. 344, 105742, 15.07.2020.

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Authigenic formation of Ca-Mg carbonates in the shallow alkaline Lake Neusiedl, Austria. / Fussmann, Dario; von Hoyningen-Huene, A.J.E.; Reimer, Andreas et al.

In: Biogeosciences, Vol. 17, No. 7, 2085, 16.04.2020, p. 2085–2106.

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The Carbon-Isotope Record of the Sub-Seafloor Biosphere. / Meister, Patrick (Corresponding author); Reyes, Carolina.

In: Geosciences, Vol. 9, No. 12, 507, 05.12.2019.

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Precipitation of dolomite from seawater on a Carnian coastal plain (Dolomites, northern Italy) : evidence from carbonate petrography and Sr isotopes. / Rieder, Maximilian; Wegner, Wencke; Horschinegg, Monika et al.

In: Solid earth, Vol. 10, No. 4, 31.07.2019, p. 1243-1267.

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Dolomite formation by nanocrystal aggregation in the dolomia principale of the brenta dolomites (Northern Italy). / Meister, P.; Frisia, S.

In: Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, Vol. 125, No. 1, 03.2019, p. 183-196.

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Metal cycling in Mesoproterozoic microbial habitats: Insights from trace elements and stable Cd isotopes in stromatolites. / Viehmann, Sebastian; Hohl, Simon V.; Kraemer, Dennis et al.

In: Gondwana Research, Vol. 67, 03.2019, p. 101-114.

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Sulphur and carbon isotopes as tracers of past sub-seafloor microbial activity. / Meister, Patrick (Corresponding author); Brunner, Benjamin; Picard, Aude et al.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 9, No. 1, 604, 24.01.2019.

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Anaerobic methane oxidation inducing carbonate precipitation at abiogenic methane seeps in the Tuscan archipelago (Italy). / Meister, Patrick (Corresponding author); Wiedling, Johanna; Lott, Christian et al.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 13, No. 12, e0207305, 19.12.2018.

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Mineralogical and geochemical analysis of Fe-phases in drill-cores from the Triassic Stuttgart Formation at Ketzin CO2 storage site before CO2 arrival. / Kasina, Monika; Bock, Susanne; Würdemann, Hilke et al.

In: Environmental Earth Sciences, Vol. 76, No. 4, 161, 16.02.2017.

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Isotope and elemental geochemistry of black shale-hosted fossiliferous concretions from the Cretaceous Santana Formation fossil Lagerstatte (Brazil). / Heimhofer, Ulrich (Corresponding author); Meister, Patrick; Bernasconi, Stefano M. et al.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 64, No. 1, 01.2017, p. 150-167.

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Bacterial communities potentially involved in iron-cycling in Baltic Sea and North Sea sediments revealed by pyrosequencing. / Reyes, Carolina (Corresponding author); Dellwig, Olaf; Dähnke, Kirstin et al.

In: FEMS microbiology ecology, Vol. 92, No. 4, 054, 04.2016.

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Reproducing authigenic carbonate precipitation in the hypersaline Lake Acıgöl (Turkey) with microbial cultures. / Balci, Nurgul (Corresponding author); Menekşe, Meryem ; Gül Karagüler, Nevin et al.

In: Geomicrobiology Journal: an international journal of geomicrobiology and microbial biogeochemistry, Vol. 33, No. 9, 2016, p. 758-773.

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Methanogenesis produces strong 13C enrichment in stromatolites of Lagoa Salgada, Brazil : a modern analogue for Palaeo-/Neoproterozoic stromatolites? / Birgel, D.; Meister, P.; Lundberg, R. et al.

In: Geobiology, Vol. 13, No. 3, 05.2015, p. 245-266.

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