Kai Ziervogel

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Director, Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory
Office: Ocean Process Analysis Lab, Morse Hall Rm 136A, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Kai Ziervogel, a research assistant professor in the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory.

Biological processes are major drivers of the ocean’s carbon cycle as primary producers in the surface ocean convert inorganic carbon into organic matter, fueling secondary consumers within microbial food webs. A major focus of my research is to understand variations in microbial activities among microenvironments that act as activity hotspots in the water such as millimeter sized organic matter aggregates, known as marine snow.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Rostock
  • M.S., University of Rostock

Selected Publications

Shields, M. R., Bianchi, T. S., Osburn, C. L., Kinsey, J. D., Ziervogel, K., Schnetzer, A., & Corradino, G. (2019). Linking chromophoric organic matter transformation with biomarker indices in a marine phytoplankton growth and degradation experiment. Marine Chemistry, 214, 103665. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2019.103665

Balmonte, J. P., Buckley, A., Hoarfrost, A., Ghobrial, S., Ziervogel, K., Teske, A., & Arnosti, C. (2019). Community structural differences shape microbial responses to high molecular weight organic matter. Environmental Microbiology, 21(2), 557-571. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14485

Prairie, J. C., Ziervogel, K., Camassa, R., McLaughlin, R. M., White, B. L., Johnson, Z. I., & Arnosti, C. (2017). Ephemeral aggregate layers in the water column leave lasting footprints in the carbon cycle. Limnology and Oceanography Letters, 2(6), 202-209. doi:10.1002/lol2.10053

Lin, Y. -S., Koch, B. P., Feseker, T., Ziervogel, K., Goldhammer, T., Schmidt, F., . . . Hinrichs, K. -U. (2017). Near-surface Heating of Young Rift Sediment Causes Mass Production and Discharge of Reactive Dissolved Organic Matter. Scientific Reports, 7(1). doi:10.1038/srep44864

Passow, U., & Ziervogel, K. (2016). Marine Snow Sedimented Oil Released During the Deepwater Horizon Spill. Oceanography, 29(3), 118-125. doi:10.5670/oceanog.2016.76

Kleindienst, S., Seidel, M., Ziervogel, K., Grim, S., Loftis, K., Harrison, S., . . . Joye, S. B. (2015). Chemical dispersants can suppress the activity of natural oil-degrading microorganisms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(48), 14900-14905. doi:10.1073/pnas.1507380112

Passow, U., Ziervogel, K., Asper, V., & Diercks, A. (2012). Marine snow formation in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Research Letters, 7(3), 035301. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/3/035301

Teske, A., Durbin, A., Ziervogel, K., Cox, C., & Arnosti, C. (2011). Microbial Community Composition and Function in Permanently Cold Seawater and Sediments from an Arctic Fjord of Svalbard. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(6), 2008-2018. doi:10.1128/aem.01507-10

Martinez-Garcia, M., Brazel, D. M., Swan, B. K., Arnosti, C., Chain, P. S. G., Reitenga, K. G., . . . Stepanauskas, R. (n.d.). Capturing Single Cell Genomes of Active Polysaccharide Degraders: An Unexpected Contribution of Verrucomicrobia. PLoS ONE, 7(4), e35314. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035314

Ziervogel, K., McKay, L., Rhodes, B., Osburn, C. L., Dickson-Brown, J., Arnosti, C., & Teske, A. (n.d.). Microbial Activities and Dissolved Organic Matter Dynamics in Oil-Contaminated Surface Seawater from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Site. PLoS ONE, 7(4), e34816. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034816

Most Cited Publications