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 modelling paper in Frontiers in Earth Science

 Publications (taken from u:cris)

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Cyclic 100-ka (glacial-interglacial) migration of subseafloor redox zonation on the Peruvian shelf. / Contreras, S.; Meister, P.; Liu, Bo; Prieto-Mollar, X.; Hinrichs, K.U.; Khalili, A.; Ferdelman, T.G.; Kuypers, M.M.M.; Jørgensen, B.B.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Vol. 110, No. 45, 2013, p. 18098-18103.

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Dolomite formation in the shallow seas of the Alpine Triassic. / Meister, Patrick; McKenzie, J. A.; Bernasconi, Stefano M.; Brack, Peter.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 60, 2013.

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Two opposing effects of sulfate reduction on calcite and dolomite precipitation in marine, hypersaline and alkaline environments. / Meister, Patrick.

In: Geology, 2013.

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Sulfur, iron-, and calcium cycling associated with natural electric currents running through marine sediment. / Risgaard-Petersen, N. (Corresponding author); Revil, A.; Meister, P.; Nielsen, L.P.

In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol. 92, 2012, p. 1-13.

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Calcium and magnesium-limited dolomite precipitation at Deep Springs Lake, California. / Meister, P.; Reyes, C.; Beaumont, W.; Rincon, M.; Collins, L.; Berelson, W.; Stott, L.; Corsetti, F.; Nealson, K.H.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 58, No. 7, 2011, p. 1810-1830.

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Dolomite formation within the methanogenic zone induced by tectonically driven fluids in the Peru accretionary prism. / Meister, P.; Gutjahr, M.; Frank, M.; Bernasconi, S.M.; Vasconcelos, C.; McKenzie, J.A.

In: Geology, Vol. 39, No. 6, 2011, p. 563-566.

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Depth and controls of Ca-rhodochrosite precipitation in bioturbated sediments of the Eastern Equatorial Pacific, ODP Leg 201, Site 1226 and DSDP Leg 68, Site 503. / Meister, P.; Bernasconi, S.M.; Aiello, I.W.; Vasconcelos, C.; McKenzie, J.A.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 56, No. 5, 2009, p. 1552-1568.

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Tubular compression fossils from the ediacaran nama group, namibia. / Cohen, P.A.; Bradley, A.; Knoll, A.H.; Grotzinger, J.P.; Jensen, S.; Abelson, J.; Hand, K.; Love, G.; Metz, J.; McLoughlin, N.; Meister, P.; Shepard, R.; Tice, M.; Wilson, J.P.

In: Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 83, No. 1, 2009, p. 110-122.

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Sealevel changes control diagenetic dolomite formation in hemipelagic sediments of the Peru Margin. / Meister, P.; Bernasconi, S.M.; Vasconcelos, C.; McKenzie, J.A.

In: Marine Geology, Vol. 252, No. 3-4, 2008, p. 166-173.

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U-Pb zircon age of volcaniclastic layers in Middle Triassic platform carbonates of the Austroalpine Silvretta nappe (Switzerland). / Furrer, H.; Schaltegger, U.; Ovtcharova, M.; Meister, P.

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, Vol. 101, No. 3, 2008, p. 595–603.

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Dolomite formation in the dynamic deep biosphere: Results from the Peru Margin. / Meister, P.; McKenzie, J.A.; Vasconcelos, C.; Bernasconi, S.; Frank, M.; Gutjahr, M.; Schrag, D.P.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 54, No. 5, 2007, p. 1007-1032.

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Data report: Compilation of total organic and inorganic carbon data from Peru margin and eastern equatorial Pacific drill sites (ODP Legs 112, 138, and 201). / Meister, P.; Prokopenko, M.G.; Skilbeck, C.G.; Watson, M.; McKenzie, J.A.

In: ODP Proceedings: Scientific Results, Vol. 201, 2006.

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Mineralogy and petrography of diagenetic dolomite, Peru margin, ODP Leg 201. / Meister, P.; McKenzie, J.A.; Warthmann, R.; Vasconcelos, C.

In: ODP Proceedings: Scientific Results, Vol. 201, 2006.

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Direct in situ detection of cells in deep‐sea sediment cores from the Peru Margin (ODP Leg 201, Site 1229). / Mauclaire, Laurie (Corresponding author); Zepp, Kornelia; Meister, Patrick; McKenzie, Judith A.

In: Geobiology, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2004, p. 217-223.

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Distributions of microbial activities in deep subseafloor sediments. / D'Hondt, S.; Jørgensen, B.B.; Miller, D.J.; Batzke, A.; Blake, R.; Cragg, B.A.; Cypionka, H.; Dickens, G.R.; Ferdelman, T.; Hinrichs, K.-U.; Holm, N.G.; Mitterer, R.; Spivack, A.; Wang, G.; Bekins, B.; Engelen, B.; Ford, K.; Gettemy, G.; Rutherford, S.D.; Sass, H.; Skilbeck, C.G.; Aiello, I.W.; Guèrin, G.; House, C.H.; Inagaki, F.; Meister, P.; Naehr, T.; Niitsuma, S.; Parkes, R.J.; Schippers, A.; Smith, D.C.; Teske, A.; Wiegel, J.; Padilla, C.N.; Acosta, J.L.S.

In: Science, Vol. 306, No. 5705, 2004, p. 2216-2221.

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