Karl Kaiser

Karl Kaiser

Phone: (409) 740- 4879
Fax: (409) 740-4429
Email: kaiserk@tamug.edu
Bld# 3029, Office 347

Texas A&M University at Galveston
P.O. Box 1675 
Galveston, Texas 77553

Courses Taught:

Organic Chemistry I and II (Chem 227, 228)


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

Research Interests:

1) Interactions between marine biogeochemical cycles, ocean chemistry and the climate system.

2) Linkages between terrestrial and marine C and N cycles
 (Application of plant and microbial biomarkers to examine transformations of POM and DOM)
3) Northern peatlands as major players in soil and atmospheric carbon cycling
 (Chemistry and decomposition of peat soils)
4) Dissolved organic matter compositions in groundwater

5) Biodegradation of contaminants in natural ecosystems

Courses Taught:

Organic Chemistry I and II (Chem 227, 228)

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.