Dr. Melanie Beck

DIPL. Geoecologist
ICBM, OLDENBURG UNIVERSITY 
P.O. BOX 2503 
D-26111 OLDENBURG 
GERMANY

TEL.: (49) 441-798-3627 
FAX: (49) 441-798-3404

E-MAIL: m.beck(at)icbm.de

Curriculum Vitae

 

1998-2004 Studies of Geoecology (Diplom) at the University of Bayreuth
Majors and minors: Environmental Chemistry, Hydrology, Ecotoxicology, Biochemistry and Soil Sciences
Diploma thesis "Relationship between the concentrations of steroids in waste water and waste water born aerosol particles" under the supervision of Dr. M. Radke
2004-2007Ph.D. student at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Germany
PhD thesis in the Research Group „BioGeoChemistry of Tidal Flats“ on the topic „Pore water biogeochemistry and trace metal dynamics in deep intertidal flat sediments“ under the supervision of Prof. Dr. H.-J. Brumsack (Ph.D. thesis)
since 2007PostDoc at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Germany (Prof. H.-J. Brumsack) 
  • Supervision of longterm in situ nutrient measurements on a monitoring station in the backbarrier area of Spiekeroog Island 
  • Trace metal and nutrient dynamics in pore waters and the open water column of tidal flat systems 
  • Natural and anthropogen induced dynamics of heavy metals in sediments and pore waters of the Jade Bay (Baseline Study for the compilation of a Lower Saxonian coastal data base)

Research Interests



Current Projects



Publications

Beck M., Böning P., Schückel U., Stiehl T., Schnetger B., Rullkötter J., Brumsack H.-J. (accepted) Consistent assessment of trace metal contamination in surface sediments and suspended particulate matter: A case study from the Jade Bay, NW Germany. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Beck, M., Brumsack, H.-J. (accepted) Biogeochemical cycles in sediment and water column of the Wadden Sea: The example Spiekeroog Island in a regional context. Ocean and Coastal Management.

Schückel, U., Beck, M., Kröncke, I. (2013) Spatial variability in structural and functional aspects of macrofauna communities and their environmental parameters in the Jade Bay (Wadden Sea Lower Saxony, southern North Sea). Helgoland Marine Research 67(1), 121-136.

Böning, P., Fröllje, H., Beck, M., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2012) Underestimation of the authigenic fraction of Cu and Ni in organic-rich sediments. Marine Geology 323-325, 24-28.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Fischer, S., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2012) Trace metal geochemistry of organic carbon-rich watercourses draining the NW German coast. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 104-105, 66-79.

Gao, H., Matyka, M., Liu, B., Khalili, A., Kostka, J.E., Collins, G., Jansen, S., Holtappels, M., Jensen, M.M., Badewien, T.H., Beck, M., Grunwald, M., de Beer, D., Lavik, G., Kuypers, M.M.M. (2012) Intensive and extensive nitrogen loss from intertidal permeable sediments of the Wadden Sea. Limnology and Oceanography 57(1), 185-198

Kowalski, N., Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Grunwald, M., Dürselen, C.-D., Badewien, T.H., Brumsack, H.-J., van Beusekom, J.E.E., Böttcher, M.E. (2011) A comparative study of manganese dynamics in the water column and sediments of intertidal systems of the North Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2011.03.011.

Moore, W.S., Beck, M., Riedel, T., Rutgers van der Loeff, M., Dellwig, O., Shaw, T.J., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. Radium-based pore water fluxes of silica, alkalinity, manganese, DOC, and uranium: A decade of studies in the German Wadden Sea. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 6535-6555.

Beck, M., Riedel, T., Graue, J., Köster, J., Kowalski, N., Wu, C.S., Wegener, G., Lipsewers, Y., Freund, H., Böttcher, M.E., Brumsack, H.-J., Cypionka, H., Rullkötter, J., Engelen, B. (2011) Imprint of past and present environmental conditions on microbiology and biogeochemistry of coastal Quaternary sediments. Biogeosciences 8, 55-68.

Riedel, T., Lettmann, K., Beck, M., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2011) Rates of trace metal and nutrient diagenesis in an intertidal creek bank. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 134-147.

Schückel, U., Schückel, S., Beck, M., Liebezeit, G. (2010) New range expansion of Caprella mutica, Schurin, 1935 (Malacostraca: Caprellidae) to the German coast, North Sea

Grunwald, M., Dellwig, O., Kohlmeier, C., Beck, M., Kotzur, S., Kowalski, N., Liebezeit, G., Brumsack, H.-J. (2010) Nutrient dynamics in a back barrier tidal basin of the Southern North Sea: Time-series, model simulations, and budget estimates. Journal of Sea Research 64, 199-212.

Riedel, T., Lettmann, K., Beck, M., Brumsack, H.-J. (2010) Tidal variations in groundwater storage and associated discharge from an intertidal coastal aquifer. Journal of Geophysical Research 115, C04013.

Beck, M., Köster, J., Engelen, B., Holstein, J.M., Gittel, A., Könneke, M., Riedel, T., Wirtz, K., Cypionka, H., Rullkötter, J., Brumsack, H.-J. (2009) Deep pore water profiles reflect enhanced microbial activity towards tidal flat margins. Ocean Dynamics 59, 371-383.

Kowalski, N., Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Grunwald, M., Kölsch, S., Piepho, M., Riedel, T., Freund, H., Brumsack, H.-J., Böttcher, M.E. (2009) Trace metal dynamics in the water column and pore waters in a temperate tidal system: Response to the fate of algae derived organic matter. Ocean Dynamics 59, 333-350.

Lübben, A., Dellwig, O., Koch, S., Beck, M., Badewien, T.H., Fischer, S., Reuter, R. (2009) Distributions and characteristics of dissolved organic matter in temperate coastal waters, Southern North Sea. Ocean Dynamics 59, 263-275.

Grunwald, M., Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Dippner, J.W., Freund, J., Kohlmeier, C., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2009) The significance of back barrier tidal flats on the methane concentrations in the southern North Sea: spatial distribution and budgets. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 81, 445-456.

Kolditz, K., Dellwig, O., Barkowski, J., Beck, M., Freund, H., Brumsack, H.-J. (2009) Salt marsh restoration: Effects of de-embankment on pore water geochemistry. Journal of Coastal Research 256, 1222-1235.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2008) Cycling of trace metals (Mn, Fe, Mo, U, V, Cr) in deep pore waters of intertidal flat sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, 2822-2840.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Liebezeit, G., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J.(2008) Spatial and seasonal variations of sulphate, dissolved organic carbon and nutrients in deep pore waters of intertidal flat sediments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 79, 307-316.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Holstein, J.M., Grunwald, M., Liebezeit, G., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2008) Sulphate, dissolved organic carbon, nutrients and terminal metabolic products in deep pore waters of an intertidal flat. Biogeochemistry 89, 221-238.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Kolditz, K., Freund, H., Liebezeit, G., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2007) In situ pore water sampling in deep intertidal flat sediments. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 5, 136-144.

Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Lemke, A., Lunau, M., Kolditz, K., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2007) Non-conservative behaviour of molybdenum in coastal waters: coupling geochemical, biological, and sedimentological processes. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71, 2745-2761.

Beck, M., Radke, M. (2006) Determination of sterols, estrogens and inorganic ions in waste water and size-segregated aerosol particles emitted from waste water treatment. Chemosphere 64, 1134-1140.

Conference Abstracts

Seidel, M., Riedel, T., Waska, H., Suryaputra, I G.N.A., Beck, M., Dittmar, T. (2012) Sinks and sources of dissolved organic matter in permeable sediments of the coastal North Sea. EGU, Vienna, Austria.

Kowalski, N., Dellwig, O., Neubert, N., Gräwe, U., Beck, M., Nägler, T.F., Brumsack, H.-J., van Bausekom, J.E.E., Böttcher, M.E. (2012) Pelagic anomalies and isotope signatures of molybdenum in tidal systems. EGU, Vienna, Austria.

Seidel, M., Riedel, T., Waska, H., Suryaputra, I G.N.A., Beck, M., Dittmar, T. (2012) Processing of dissolved organic matter in permeable sediments of the coastal North Sea. ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, USA.

Seidel, M., Beck, M., Riedel, T., Suryaputra, I.G.N.A., Waska, H., Dittmar, T. (2011) Processing of dissolved organic matter in shelf seas: Case studies from the coastal North Sea. Gordon Conference, Andover, USA.

Beck, M., Riedel, T., Seidel, M., Suryaputra, I G.N.A., Dittmar, T., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2011) Biogeochemical dynamics in pore waters of a wave-impacted intertidal sand beach. International Symposium on the Ecology of the Wadden Sea, Texel, The Netherlands.

Böning, P., Beck, M., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2011) Seasonal and tidal variations of dissolved thallium in coastal waters. Goldschmidt Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

Beck, M., Riedel, T., Graue, J., Brumsack, H.-J., Engelen, B. (2010) Biogeochemical dynamics in 20 m deep coastal sediments: The transition between the shallow subsurface and the marine deep biosphere. EGU, Vienna, Austria.

Riedel, R., Lettmann, K., Beck, M., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2010) Advective flow as an early diagenetic agent in coastal marine sediments. EGU, Vienna, Austria.

Moore, W.S., Beck, M., Riedel, T., Rutgers van der Loeff, M., Dellwig, O., Shaw, T.J., Brumsack, H.-J. (2009) Fluxes of pore water which transport metals and nutrients to the German Wadden Sea. Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, Switzerland.

Beck, M., Kohlmeier, C., Grunwald, M., Brumsack, H.-J. (2009) Observatory in the Wadden Sea: Nutrient cycling and export to the North Sea. Oceans '09 IEEE, Bremen, Germany.

Beck, M., Kohlmeier, C., Grunwald, M., Brumsack, H.-J. (2009) Nutrient cycling in tidal flat areas and export to the North Sea. 12th International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Eichfeld, I., Bartholomä, A., Beck, M., Bungenstock, F., Karle, M., Schückel, U., Siegmüller, A., Silinski, A., Stratmann, V., Wehrmann, A., Wartenberg, W. (2009) The Jade Bay Project. A summary of targets and planned activities. 12th International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Beck, M., Moore, W.S., Grunwald, M., Brumsack, H.-J. (2009) Pore water discharge controls nutrient cycling in tidal flat areas. Aquatic Science Meeting, Nice, France.

Riedel, T., Lettmann, K., Beck, M., Brumsack, H.-J. (2009) Carbon mineralization in anoxic coastal sediments: The importance of advective flow. Aquatic Science Meeting, Nice, France.

Kowalski, N., Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Grunwald, M., Kölsch, S., Piepho, M., Riedel, T., Freund, H., Brumsack, H.-J., Böttcher, M.E. (2009) Dynamics of redox-sensitive trace metals in the water column and pore water of a temperate tidal system: response to biological activity. Aquatic Science Meeting, Nice, France.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Grunwald, M., Brumsack, H.-J. (2007) Seasonal and tidal variations in intertidal flat sediments – hints for deep advective pore water flow. Terra Nostra 2007/1-2, 41. Annual Meeting of the Geologische Vereinigung, Bremen, Germany.

Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Kowalski, N., Lemke, A., Lunau, M., Böttcher, M.E., Brumsack, H.-J. (2007) Behaviour of molybdenum and manganese in coastal waters: Coupling geochemical, microbial, and sedimentological processes. Terra Nostra 2007/1-2, 67. Annual Meeting of the Geologische Vereinigung, Bremen, Germany.

Kowalski, N., Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Böttcher, M.E., Brumsack, H.-J., Leipe, T. (2007) Transformation processes of Mo at the particulate/dissolved interface in the Wadden Sea of NW Germany: An experimental approach. Terra Nostra 2007/1-2, 139. Annual Meeting of the Geologische Vereinigung, Bremen, Germany.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Grunwald, M., Brumsack, H.-J. (2007) Biogeochemistry of advective intertidal sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71, A70. Goldschmidt Conference, Köln, Germany.

Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Lemke, A., Lunau, M., Kolditz, K., Schnetger, B., Brumsack, H.-J. (2007) Non-conservative behaviour of molybdenum in coastal waters. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71, A215. Goldschmidt Conference, Köln, Germany.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Liebezeit, G., Brumsack, H.-J. (2006) Spatial and seasonal variations in the geochemistry of deep pore water profiles in tidal flat sediments. International Estuarine Biochemistry Symposium, Warnemünde, Germany.

Dellwig, O., Beck, M., Lemke, A., Lunau, M., Wehrmann, L., Brumsack, H.-J. (2006) Non-conservative behaviour of molybdenum in the Wadden Sea of NW Germany: Coupling of biological, sedimentological and geochemical processes. International Estuarine Biochemistry Symposium, Warnemünde, Germany.

Beck, M., Dellwig, O., Liebezeit, G., Reuter, R., Brumsack, H.-J. (2005) Pore water geochemistry of a tidal flat, NW Germany. ASLO Summer Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Dellwig, O., Grunwald, M., Beck, M., Badewien, T., Lübben, A., Reuter, R., Brumsack, H.-J. (2005) Manganese budget of the Spiekeroog backbarrier tidal flat (NW Germany). ASLO Summer Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.