Arbeitsgruppe Stable Isotopes and Biogeochemical Cylces - SIBC


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Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Department Bodenphysik
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 4
D-06120 Halle/Saale
Oliver Spott


Experimentelle Studien zur mikrobiellen N-Gas Produktion in Böden mittels 15N-Tracer-Technik.




Beuters P, Scherer HW, Spott O, Vetterlein D. Impact of potassium on plant uptake of non-exchangeable NH4+-N. Plant and Soil 2014, accepted.

Opitz S, Küsel K, Spott O, Totsche KU, Herrmann M. Oxygen availability and distance to surface environments determine community composition and abundance of ammonia-oxidizing prokaryotes in two superimposed pristine limestone aquifers in the Hainich region, Germany. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 2014, accepted.

Müller C, Laughlin RJ, Spott O, Rütting T. Quantification of N2O emission pathways via a 15N tracing model. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 72, 2014, p. 44-54.

Schütt M, Borken W, Spott O, Stange CF, Matzner E. Temperature sensitivity of C and N mineralization in temperate forest soils at low temperatures. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 69, 2014, p. 320-327.


Stange CF, Spott O, Russow R. Analysis of the coexisting pathways for NO and N2O formation in Chernozem using the 15N-tracer SimKIM-Advanced model. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 49(4), 2013, p. 503-519.

Russow R, Tauchnitz N, Spott O, Mothes S, Bernsdorf S, Meissner R. Nitrate turnover in a peat soil under drained and rewetted conditions: results from a [15N]nitrate-bromide double-tracer study. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 49(4), 2013, p. 438-453.

Iskander B, Menendez S, Dunabeitia M, Merino P, Stange CF, Spott O, Gonzalez-Murua C, Estavillo JM. Greenhouse gas fluxes (CO2, N2O, and CH4) from forest soils in the Basque country: Comparision of different tree species and growth stages. Forest Ecology and Management 310, 2013, p. 600-611.

Tischer K, Kleinsteuber S, Schleinitz KM, Fetzer I, Spott O, Stange F, Lohse U, Franz J, Neumann F, Gerling S, Schmidt C, Hasselwander E, Harms H, Wendeberg A. Microbial communities along biogeochemical gradients in a hydrocarbon-contaminated aquifer. Environmental Microbiology 15(9), 2013, p. 2603–2615.

Stange CF, Spott O, Arriaga H, Menendez S, Estavillo JM, Merino P. Use of the inverse abundance approach to identify the sources of NO and N2O release from Spanish forest soils under oxic and hypoxic conditions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43 (2), 2013, p. 451-458.


Spott O, Stange CF. Formation of hybrid N2O in a suspended soil due to codenitrification of NH2OH. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 174 (4), 2011, p. 554-567.

Spott O, Russow R, Stange CF. Formation of hybrid N2O and hybrid N2 due to codenitrification: First review of a barely considered process of microbially mediated N-nitrosation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43 (10), 2011, p. 1995-2011. Top 25 Hottest Articles in Soil Biology and Biochemistry July-September 2011


Stange CF, Spott O, Müller C. An inverse abundance approach to separate soil N pools and gaseous N fluxes into fractions related to ammonium, nitrate, and soil organic nitrogen. European Journal of Soil Science 60 (6), 2009, p. 907-915.


Russow R, Spott O, Stange CF. Evaluation of nitrate and ammonium as sources of NO and N2O emissions from Black Earth (Haplic Chernozem) soils based on 15N field experiments. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 40 (2), 2008, p. 380-391.


Stange CF, Spott O, Apelt B, Russow, R. Automated and rapid online determination of 15N abundance and concentration of ammonium, nitrite, or nitrate in aqueous samples by the SPINMAS technique. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 43 (3), 2007, p.227-236.

Spott O, Stange CF. A new mathematical approach for calculating the contribution of anammox, denitrification, and atmosphere to an N2 mixture based on a 15N tracer technique. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 21 (14), 2007, p. 2398-2406.

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Spott O, Russow R, Apelt B, Stange CF. A 15N-aided artificial atmosphere gas flow technique for online determination of soil N2 release by using the zeolite Köstrolith SX6®. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 20 (22), 2006, p. 3267-3274.

non peer-reviewed

Herbst F, Peiter E, Spott O, Gans W. Freisetzung von klimarelevanten Gasen aus verschiedenen Böden unter Laborbedingungen. Journal für Kulturpflanzen 66 (6), 2014, p. 203-211.

Herbst F, Augustin J, Spott O, Gans W. Der Einfluss unterschiedlicher Bodenfeuchten auf gasförmige N-Verluste aus dem Boden nach Gärrestdüngung. Hrsg. Deubel A, Orzessek D., in: Beiträge zur Bernburger Pflanzenforschung. 2014, p 83-94.

Herbst F, Spott O, Gans W. Auswirkungen eines Strohzusatzes zur Gärrestdüngung auf Emissionen klimarelevanter Gase aus dem Boden. Journal für Kulturpflanzen 64 (10), 2012, p. 384-391.

Stange CF, Spott O. N2O-production during gross nitrification in three different treated sites of the long-term experiments of Bad Lauchstädt. Non-CO2 greenhouse gases (NCGG-4): scientific understanding, control and implementation. Millpress Science Publishers Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2005.

Spott O, Stange CF, Apelt B. Online-Messung der N2O- und N2 Freisetzung aus Modellböden unterschiedlicher Textur. Mitteilungen der DBG 107, 2005, 661-661.

Spott O, Kobabe S, Kutzbach L, Wagner D, Pfeiffer EM. Patterned ground lakes and their function as sources of atmospheric methane. Reports on Polar Research 466. Alfred-Wegener-Institute Bremerhaven. 2003. p. 51-57.

Haase D, Haase A, Spott O, Linde L, Weichel T. Current environmental and socio-economic degradation processes in the Arid Andean regions of North-Western Argentina. In: Jha VC (ed.). Land Degradation and Desertification. New Delhi. 2003. p. 41-69.

Journal Reviewer

Aquatic Microbial Ecology. Inter-Research Science Center

Chemosphere. Elsevier B.V.

Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies. Taylor & Francis

Journal of Soil Biology and Biochemistry. Elsevier B.V.

Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co

Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Soil Research. CSIRO Publishing

Beruflicher Werdegang / Ausbildung

Dr. rer. nat. am Institut für Geowissenschaften, Naturwissenschafltiche Fakultät III, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

seit 2004
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Arbeitsgruppe "Stable Isotopes and Biogeochemical Cycles", Department Bodenphysik, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Halle/Saale

2003 - 2004
Hilfswissenschaftler, Department Grundwassersanierung, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig

Diplom Geographie, Universität Leipzig

Qualifikationen / Auszeichnung

Posterpreis der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft, Jahrestagung Dresden

Teilnahme Expedition "LENA 2002" im Rahmen der Russisch-Deutschen Kooperation "SYSTEM LAPTEV SEA". Methanflüsse in Permafrostgebieten - Leitung E.-M. Pfeiffer (AWI Potsdam/Universität Hamburg)

Teilnahme Expedition - Russland, Tyva, Bodenverbreitungsregeln und Bodendegradation im Uvs-Nuur-Becken - Leitung Prof. Dr. C. Opp (Universität Marburg)

Summer School on Flow and Transport in Terrestrial Systems
July 27-31, 2015 

Bonares - Centre fo Soil Research

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