Dr. Karl Kaiser

Dr. Karl Kaiser
Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
1001 Texas Clipper Rd
Bld# 3029, Office 347
Galveston, TX, 77554 USA

Lab Website

E-mail: kaiserk@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 740-4879
Fax: (409) 740-4429

Karl Kaiser CV


  • Ph.D. Marine Sciences, University of South Carolina, 2009
  • M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, 1997

Research Interests:

  • Interactions between marine biogeochemical cycles, ocean chemistry and the climate system.
  • Linkages between terrestrial and marine C and N cycles (Application of plant and microbial biomarkers to examine transformations of POM and DOM)
  • Northern peatlands as major players in soil and atmospheric carbon cycling (Chemistry and decomposition of peat soils)
  • Dissolved organic matter compositions in groundwater
  • Biodegradation of contaminants in natural ecosystems

Course Offerings:

  • CHEM 227: Organic Chem 1
  • CHEM 228: Organic Chem 2
  • CHEM 228: Organic Chem 2
  • CHEM 318: Quantitative Analysis

Selected Publications:

Flerus, R., Koch, B. P., Lechtenfeld, O. J., McCallister, S. L., Schmitt-Koplin, P., Benner, R., Kaiser, K. and G. Kattner (2012). Ageing of marine dissolved organic matter: a molecular perspective. Biogeosciences, 6, 1935-1955, doi: 10.5194/bg-9-1935-2012.

Kaiser, K and R. Benner (2012). Characterization of lignin by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry using a simplified CuO oxidation method. Anal. Chem., 84, 459-464.

Kaiser, K and R. Benner (2012). Organic matter transformations in the upper mesopelagic zone of the North Pacific: chemical composition and linkage to microbial community structure. J. Geophys. Res. – Oceans, 117, C01023, doi: 10.1029/2011JC007141.

Chapelle, F. H., Bradley, P., McMahon, P. B., Kaiser, K., and R. Benner (2012). Dissolved oxygen as an indicator of bioavailable dissolved organic carbon in ground water, Groundwater, 50, 230-241.

Benner, R, and K. Kaiser (2010). Biological and photochemical transformations of amino acids and lignin phenols in riverine dissolved organic matter, Biogeochem., doi: 10.1007/s10533-010-9435-4.

Kaiser, K. and R. Benner (2009). Biochemical composition and size distribution of organic matter at the Pacific and Atlantic Time-Series Stations. Mar. Chem., 113, 63-77.


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