Museum for Natural History

Museum for Natural History (Leibniz Institute for Evolutionary and Biodiversity Research)

Invalidenstr. 43

10115 Berlin


Our key interests

Marine and other aquatic nutrient cycling (past and present) (C/N/O/H)

Foodsources of mouse lemurs, reptiles and amphibians (C/N)

Paleo climate reconstructions (C/O)

Experimental isotope tracer investigations in the coral host and symbiont system in tropical coral reefs (C/N).

Paleo anthropologic and archaeological investigations (C/N) 

PD Dr. Ulrich Struck

Head of laboratory


Tel.: +49 (0) 30 2093 8552
Fax: +40(0) 30 2093 8565


Our instruments

2x Thermo Delta V

1x Thermo Delta plus

2x Thermo Flash EA (C/N)

1x Thermo Gasbench II

1x Conflo IV

1x Conflo III

1x Conflo II

1x Picarro 1102-i H2O Isotopic CRDS

1x Picarro g1101 CO2 Isotopic CRDS

1x IO-System for DIC – DOC – TOC Preparation coupled with Picarro CO2 CRDS

Publications sorted according to topics

Palaeo studies

Kirci-Elmas, E., Algan, O., Özkar-Öngen, I. Struck, U., Altenbach, A.V., Sagular, E.K, Nazik, A. (2008), Palaeoenvironmental investigation of sapropelic sediments from the Marmara Sea: a biostratigraphic approach to the palaeoceanographic history during the Last Glacial - Holocene – Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences. 17: 129-168.

Kraus, S. H., Siegert, S., Mette, W., Struck, U. and C. Korte (2009) Stratigraphic significance of carbon isotope variations in the shallow-marine Seis/Siusi Permian– Triassic boundary section (Southern Alps, Italy), Fossil Record, 12(2), 197-205. 

Schulz, H.-M., van Berk, W., Bechtel, A., Struck, U. and E. Faber (2009) Bacterial methane in the Atzbach-Schwanenstadt gas field (Upper Austrian Molasse Basin), Part I: Geology . Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26, 1163-1179.

Kiessling W., Ewa Roniewicz, Loïc Villier, Philippe Léonide, and Ulrich Struck (2009) An Early Hettangian Coral Reef in Southern France: Implications for the End-Triassic Reef Crisis. PALAIOS, 24: 657-671.

Finney B. P., Alheit, J., Emeis K.-C., Field, D. B., Gutiérrez D., Struck, U. (2010)Paleoecological studies on variability in marinefish populations: A long-term perspective on the impacts of climatic change on marine ecosystems. Jounal of Marine Systems, 79, 316-326.

Bahlmann E, Bernasconi S M , Bouillon S, Houtekamer M, Korntheuer M, Langenberg F, Mayr C, Metzke M, Middelburg J, Nagel B, Struck U, Voß M, Emeis K-C (2010). Performance evaluation of nitrogen isotope ratio determination in marine and lacustrine sediments: An inter-laboratory comparison. Organic Geochemistry, 41, 3-12.

Struck, U. and Bartsch, P. (2010) Stabile Isotope überliefern uns vergangenes Leben - Oder: Wovon lebten die Fisch der Vorzeit. In: Damaschun F., Hackethal S., Landsberg H. and Leinfelder R. R. (eds.): Art, Ordnung, Klasse - 200 Jahre Museum für Naturkunde. Basilisken Presse, p 284-287.

Meisel, S. and Struck U. (2011) The potential distortion of sedimentaryd15N and Corg/N ratios by NH4 and the effects of pre-analysis sample treatment. Fossil Record, 14(2), 141-152.

Meisel, S., Emeis, K.-C., Struck U. and Kristen, I. (2011). Nutrient regime and upwelling in the northern Benguela since the middle Holocene in a global context – a multi proxy approach. Fossil Record, 14(2), 171-194.

Siegert, S., Kraus, S. H., Mette, W. Struck, U. and Korte, C. (2011) Organic carbon isotope values from the Late Permian Seis/Siusi succession (Dolomites, Italy): Implications for palaeoenvironmental changes. Fossil Record, 14(2), 206-217.

Struck, U. (2011) On the use of stable nitrogen isotopes in present an past anoxic environments. In: Altenbach, A. V., Bernard, J. M. and Seckbach, J. (eds.) Anoxia, Evidence for eukaryote survival and and paleontological strategies. Book series: Cellular origin, life in extreme habitats and astrobiology, 21, 497-513, Springer, Berlin. 

Cremonese L., Shields-Zhou G., Struck U., Ling H.-F., Och L., Chen X., and Li D. (2013) Marine biogeochemical cycling during the early Cambrian constrained by a nitrogen and organic carbon isotope study of the Xiaotan section, South China. Precambrian Research 225: 148-165 

Kraus, S. H., Brandner, R., Heubeck, C., Kozur, H. W., Struck, U. and Korte, C. (2013) Carbon isotope signatures of latest Permian marine successions of the Southern Alps suggest a continental runoff pulse enriched in land plant material. Fossil Record, 16(1): 97-109.

Leda L., Korn, D., Ghaderi A., Hairapetian V. Struck, U., and  Reimold, W. U. (2014): Lithostratigraphy and carbonate microfacies across the Permian– Triassic boundary near Julfa (NW Iran) and in the Baghuk Mountains (Central Iran). Facies (2014) 60:295–325

Cremonese, L., GA Shields-Zhou, U Struck, HF Ling, LM Och (2014) Nitrogen and organic carbon isotope stratigraphy of the Yangtze Platform during the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition in South China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 398, 165-186  

Gamper, A., U. Struck, F. Ohnemueller, C. Heubeck, and S. Hohl (2015) Chemo- and biostratigraphy of the Gaojiashan section (northern Yangtze platform, South China): a new Pc-C boundary section. Foss. Rec., 18, 105–117, 2015 

Och, Lawrence M; Lorenzo Cremonese, Graham A. Shields-Zhou, Simon W. Poulton, Ulrich Struck, Hongfei Ling, Da Li, Xi Chen, Christina Manning, Matthew Thirlwall, Harald Strauss and Maoyan Zhu (2015) – Sedimentology accepted manuscript, online available DOI: 10.1111/sed.12220.

Wang, Dan; Ulrich Struck, Hongfei Ling, Tianchen He, Ben Yang, Graham Shields-Zhou, Maoyan Zhu (2015) Fluctuations in the marine oxygenation and feedbacks as a control on biological innovation in the late Ediacaran - early Cambrian, South China: Evidence from the nitrogen isotopes. –Precambrian Research, 267: 209-226

Wang, Dan, Hong-Fei Ling, Ulrich Struck, Su-Ping Yao,Da Li, Wei Wei, Guang-Yi Wei (in press). Organic carbon isotope stratigraphy of Huitong section during the early Cambrian in Hunan Province. Geological Journal of China Universities, in press.



Horn, P., Hölzl, S, Rummel. S., Aberg, G., Schiegl, S., Biermann, D., Struck, U., and A. Rossmann (2009). Chapter 11: Humans and Camelids in River Oases of the Ica–Palpa–Nazca Region in Pre-Hispanic Times – Insights from H-C-N-O-S-Sr Isotope Signatures.- in: Markus Reindel l Günther A. Wagner (Eds.): New Technologies for Archaeology Multidisciplinary Investigations in Palpa and Nasca, Peru, Springer, Berlin, pp 173-192.

Sokiranski, R., Pirsig, W., Richter, H. P., Lösch, S., Struck, U. and Nerlich, A. G. (2011) Unique paleopathology in a pre-Columbian mummy remanant from southern Peru – severe cervical rotation trauma with subluxation of the axis as cause of death. Acta Neurochirurgica, 153, 609-616.

Lösch, S, Bunzel, M., Lehn, C., Struck, U., Peschel, O. and Graw, M. (2011) Die Wolfenstein Mumien (16.-18. Jahrhundert). Untersuchungenan mumifizierten Körpern einer Gruft in Süddeutschland. Kasseler Studien zur Sepukralkultur, 18, 111-120.


Coral Reef studies (incl. isotope tracer studies)

Wild, C., Naumann M. S., Haas, A., Struck, U., Mayer, F. W., Rasheed, M. Y., Huettel, M. (2009) Coral sand O2 uptake and pelagic–benthic coupling in a subtropical fringing reef, Aqaba, Red Sea. Aquatic Biology, Vol. 6: 133–142.

Niggl. W., Naumann, M. S., Struck, U., Manasrah, R., Wild, C. (2010) Organic matter release by the benthic upside-down jellyCassiopeasp. fuels pelagic food webs in coral reefs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 384, 99-106.

Naumann M. S., Haas A., Struck U.,Mayr C., el-Zibdah M, Wild C. (2010) Organic matter release by dominant hermatypic corals of the Northern Red Sea Coral Reefs Coral Reefs 29: 649- 659

Haas A. F., Naumann M. S., Struck, U., Mayr C., el-Zibdah M. and Wild C. (2010) Organic matter release by coral reef associated benthic algae in the Northern Red Sea. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 389, 53-60.

Leinfelder R. R., Seemann, J., Heiss, G. A. and Struck, U. (2012). Could ‘Ecosystem Atavisms’ Help Reefs to Adapt to the Anthropocene?Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 9-13 July 2012 2B Coral reefs: is the past the key to the future? 5pp.

Berry, K. L. E., Seemann, J.,Dellwig, O., Struck, U., Wild, C., Leinfelder, R. R. (2013) Sources and spatial distribution of heavy metals in sclearctinian coral tissues and sediments from the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 185: 9089–9099

Seemann, J., Gonzalez C.T., Carballo-Bolanos, R., Berry, K., Heiss, G. A., Struck, U., and Leinfelder, R. R. (2014):Assessing the ecological effects of human impacts on coral reefs in Bocas del Toro, Panama. March 2014, Volume 186, Issue 3, pp 1747-1763 

Rix, Laura, Malik S. Naumann, Christina E. Mueller, Jasper M. de Goeij, , Ulrich Struck, Jack J. Middelburg, Fuad Al-Horani, Christian Wild, Dick van Oevelen (submitted 2015) Coral mucus fuels the sponge loop in warm- and cold-water coral reef ecosystems. – Nature Scientific Reports, in press Oct. 2015



Gilg, H. Albert, Maria Boni, Rupert Hochleitner, Ulrich Struck (2008): Stable isotope geochemistry of carbonate minerals in supergene oxidation zones of Zn-Pb deposits, Ore Geology Reviews, 33, 117–133.


Marine food webs and nutrients cycles in aquatic realms

Mintenbeck, K., Brey, T., Jacob, U., Knust, R., and Struck, U., (2008), Sample treatment related bias in stable isotope (d13C, d15N) measurements: Journal of Fish Biology, 72,815–830.

Kürten, B., Painting, S. J., Struck, U. (2010) Terrestrial run-off and hydrographic influences on trophic relationships and pelagic food web structures in the central and southern North Sea. ICES Cooperative Research Report, v 300, 40-45.

Deek A., Emeis K.-C., and U. Struck (2010) Seasonal variations in nitrate isotope composition of three rivers draining into the North Sea. Biogeosciences Discuss., 7, 6051–6088.

Emeis Kay Christian, Paraskevi Mara, Tim Schlarbaum, Juergen Moebius, Kirstin Dähnke, Ulrich Struck, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, and Michael Krom (2010) External N inputs and internal N cycling traced by isotope ratios of nitrate, dissolved reduced nitrogen, and particulate nitrogen in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 115, G04041, doi:10.1029/2009JG001214, 2010

Meisel, S., Struck U. and Emeis, K.-C. (2011) Nutrient dynamics and oceanographic features in the central Namibian upwelling region as reflected in d15N-signals of suspended matter and surface sediments. Fossil Record, 14(2), 153-170.

Kuerten, B.,Painting, S. J., Struck, U., Polunin, V. C., and Middelburg, J. J. (2011). Tracking seasonal changes in North Sea zooplankton trophic dynamics using stable isotopes. Biogeochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10533-011-9630-y.

Kuerten, B.,Painting, S. J., Struck, U., Polunin, V. C., and Middelburg, J. J. (2011). Tracking seasonal changes in North Sea zooplankton trophic dynamics using stable isotopes. Biogeochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10533-011-9630-y

Fritz, G., Pfannkuchen, M., Struck, U., Hengherr, S., Strohmeier, S. and Brümmer, F. (2011) Characterizing an anoxic habitat: sulfur bacteria in ameromictic Alpine lake. In: Altenbach, A. V., Bernard, J. M. and Seckbach, J. (eds.) Anoxia, Evidence for eukaryote survival and and paleontological strategies. Book series: Cellular origin, life in extreme habitats and astrobiology, 21, 449-461, Springer, Berlin. 

Altenbach, A. V., Leiter, C., Mayr, C., Struck, U.and Hiss, M. (2011) Carbon and nitrogen isotopic fractionation in foraminifera: possible signatures from anoxia. In: Altenbach, A. V., Bernard, J. M. and Seckbach, J. (eds.) Anoxia, Evidence for eukaryote survival and and paleontological strategies. Book series: Cellular origin, life in extreme habitats and astrobiology, 21, 515-535, Springer, Berlin. 

Kürten, B., • Frutos I., Struck, U., Painting, S. J., Polunin, N. V. C. and Middelburg, J. J. (2013). Trophodynamics and functional feeding groups of North Sea fauna: a combined stable isotope and fatty acid approach. – Biogeochemistry, 113(1-3). 189-212.

Hauss H., Franz J. M.S., Hansen T., Struck U., Sommer U. (2013) Relative inputs of upwelled and atmospheric nitrogen to the eastern tropical North Atlantic food web: Spatial distribution of d15N in mesozooplankton and relation to dissolved nutrient dynamics. Deep-Sea Research I 75 (2013) 135–145.

Kürten, B., Al-Aidaroos, A. M., Struck, U., Khomayis, H. S., Gharbawi, W. Y., Sommer, U. (2014) Influence of environmental gradients on C and N stable isotope ratios in coral reef biota of the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Sea Research. 85, 379-394  .

Kürten, B., Hisham S. Khomayis, Reny Devassy, Saskia Audritz, Ulrich Sommer, Ulrich Struck, Mohsen M. El-Sherbiny, and Ali M. Al-Aidaroos (online first). Ecohydrographic constraints on biodiversity and distribution of phytoplankton and zooplankton in coral reefs of the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia. Marine Ecology, 10/2014; DOI: 10.1111/maec.12224   

Wasmund, N., Struck, U., Hansen, A., Flohr, A., Nausch, G., Grüttmüller, A. and Voß, M. (2015) Missing nitrogen fixation in the Benguela region. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 106, 30-41.


Food sources

Rakotondranary, S.,Struck, U., Knoblauch, C. and Ganzhorn, J. U. (2011). Regional, seasonal and interspecific variation in 15N and 13C in sympatric mouse lemurs . NaturwissenschaftenDOI 10.1007/s00114-011-0840-x.