Dr. Karin Eusterhues

Chair of Hydrogeology
Institute of Geosciences
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
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Research foci

  • mineralogy and geochemistry of geogene particles
  • interactions between organic matter and mineral surfaces
  • redox-processes in soils and sediments


instrument analytics
practical ecometrics I
practicals introduction into geosciences

Professional experience

since 11/2006: Research Assistant of Prof. Dr. Kai Uwe Totsche, Institute for Geosciences, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
5/2001-11/2006: Research Assistant of Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Chair of Soil Science, Technical University Munich
8/1995-10/2000: Research Assistant of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schneider, Geoscientific Center, Georg August University Göttingen
4/1995-7/1995: Internship in engineering company "Baugrundinstitut Kassel"
3/1988-2/1989: Stay in South America: agricultural internship (Argentina) and child care in an orphanage (Brasil)


PhD studies, Dr. rer. nat. 4/2000: Georg August University Göttingen; with Prof. Dr. J. Schneider "Die Sedimente des Steisslinger Sees (Hegau, Süddeutschland) - Ein Archiv für zeitlich hoch aufgelöste geochemische Untersuchungen zu Umweltveränderungen im Holozän"
Specialist for technical environmental conservation, 3/1995: IUP, Clausthal-Zellerfeld
Diploma in Mineralogy 1/1994: Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz; with Prof. Dr. R. Oberhänsli
"Geochemie miozäner Vulkanite Nordchiles (18°-20°S)"
Prediploma in Mineralogy 10/1991: Ruhr-University Bochum


European Geosciences Union (EGU),
Geologische Vereinigung (GV),
Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft (DBG)


Speciation of Iron and Sulfur

In cooperation with Dr. Jörg Prietzel, Technical University Munich, Dr. Jürgen Thieme, University Göttingen; Diane Eichert und Murielle Salomé, ESRF

projekte_eusterhues_xanes Fe-distribution (left) and Fe-XANES-Spektren (right) in an anoxic lake sediment

Co precipitation of iron and organic matter

In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Udo Schwertmann, Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wagner, Dr. Werner Häusler, Dr. Marianne Hanzlik and Dr. Heike Knicker, Technical University Munich;

projekte_eusterhues_fh TEM-Image of an aggregate of poorly crystalline ferrihydrate particles


Eusterhues K., Hädrich A., Neidhardt J., Küsel K., Keller T.F., Jandt K.D., Totsche K.U. (2014). Reduction of ferrihydrite with adsorbed and coprecipitated organic matter: microbial reduction by Geobacter bremensis vs. abiotic reduction by Na-dithionite. Biogeosciences 11, 4953-4966

Eusterhues, K., Neidhardt, J., Hädrich, A., Küsel, K., and Totsche, K. U.: Biodegradation of ferrihydrite-associated organic matter, Biogeochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10533-013-9943-0, 2014.

Rennert, T., Eusterhues, K., Hiradate, S., Breitzke, H., Buntkowsky, G., Totsche, K. U., and Mansfeldt, T.: Characterisation of Andosols from Laacher See tephra by wet-chemical and spectroscopic techniques (FTIR, Al-27-, Si-29-NMR), Chemical Geology, 363, 13-21, 2014.

Liu, X., Eusterhues, K., Thieme, J., Ciobota, V., Hoeschen, C., Mueller, C. W., Küsel, K., Kögel-Knabner, I., Rösch, P., Popp, J., and Totsche, K. U.: STXM and NanoSIMS investigations on EPS fractions before and after adsorption to goethite, Environmental Science & Technology, 47, 3158-3166, 2013.

Ziegler, S., Dolch, K., Geiger, K., Krause, S., Asskamp, M., Eusterhues, K., Kriews, M., Wilhelms-Dick, D., Göttlicher, J., Majzlan, J., and Gescher, J.: Oxygen-dependent niche formation of a pyrite-dependent acidophilic consortium built by archaea and bacteria, ISME Journal, 7, 1725-1737, 2013.

Rusznyak, A., Akob, D. M., Nietzsche, S., Eusterhues, K., Totsche, K. U., Neu, T. R., Frosch, T., Popp, J., Keiner, R., Geletneky, J., Katzschmann, L., Schulze, E. D., and Küsel, K.: Calcite Biomineralization by bacterial isolates from the recently discovered pristine karstic Herrenberg Cave, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78, 1157-1167, 2012.

Rennert, T., Eusterhues, K., De Andrade, V., Totsche, K.U. 2012. Iron species in soils on a mofette site studied by Fe K-edge X-ray absorptionnear-edge spectroscopy. Chemical Geology 332-333 (2012), 116-123.

Macht, F.; Eusterhues, K.; Pronk, G.J.; Totsche, K.U. Specific surface area of clay minerals: Comparison between atomic force microscopy measurements and bulk-gas (N2) and -liquid (EGME) adsorption methods. Applied Clay Science 2011, 53, 20-26

Rennert, T.; Eusterhues, K.; Pfanz, H.; Totsche, K.U. Influence of geogenic CO2 on mineral and organic soil constituents on a mofette site in the NW Czech Republic. European Journal of Soil Science 2011, 62, 572-580.

Eusterhues, K., Rennert, T., Knicker, H., Kögel-Knabner, I., Totsche, K.U.; Schwertmann, U. Fractionation of organic matter due to reaction with ferrihydrite: coprecipitation versus adsorption. Environmental Science and Technology 2011, 45, 527-533.

Thieme, J.; Sedlmair, J.; Gleber, S. C.; Prietzel, J.; Coates, J.; Eusterhues, K.; Abbt-Braun, G.; Salome, M. X-ray spectromicroscopy in soil and environmental sciences. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 2010, 17, 149-157.

Rumpel, C.; Eusterhues, K.; Kögel-Knabner, I. Non-cellulosic neutral sugar contribution to mineral associated organic matter in top- and subsoil horizons of two acid forest soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 2010, 42, 379-382.

Lüdecke, C.; Reiche, M.; Eusterhues, K.; Nietzsche, S.; Küsel, K. Acid-tolerant microaerophilic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria promote Fe(III)-accumulation in a fen. Environmental Microbiology 2010, 12, 2814-2825.

Prietzel, J.; Tyufekchieva, N.; Eusterhues, K.; Kögel-Knabner, I.; Thieme, J.; Paterson, D.; McNulty, I.; de Jonge, M.; Eichert, D.; Salome, M. Anoxic versus oxic sample pretreatment: Effects on the speciation of sulfur and iron in well-aerated and wetland soils as assessed by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES). Geoderma 2009, 153, 318-330.

Kögel-Knabner, I.; Guggenberger, G.; Kleber, M.; Kandeler, E.; Kalbitz, K.; Scheu, S.; Eusterhues, K.; Leinweber, P. Organo-mineral associations in temperate soils: Integrating biology, mineralogy, and organic matter chemistry. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 2008, 171, 61-82.

Eusterhues, K.; Wagner, F. E.; Häusler, W.; Hanzlik, M.; Knicker, H.; Totsche, K. U.; Kögel-Knabner, I.; Schwertmann, U. Characterization of Ferrihydrite-Soil Organic Matter Coprecipitates by X-ray Diffraction and Mossbauer Spectroscopy. Environmental Science & Technology 2008, 42, 7891-7897.

Prietzel, J.; Thieme, J.; Eusterhues, K.; Eichert, D. Iron speciation in soils and soil aggregates by synchrotron-based X-ray microspectroscopy (XANES, µ-XANES). European Journal of Soil Science 2007, 58, 1027-1041.

Eusterhues, K.; Rumpel, C.; Kögel-Knabner, I. Composition and radiocarbon age of HF-resistant soil organic matter in a Podzol and a Cambisol. Organic Geochemistry 2007, 38, 1356-1372.

Rumpel, C.; Rabia, N.; Derenne, S.; Quenea, K.; Eusterhues, K.; Kögel-Knabner, I.; Mariotti, A. Alteration of soil organic matter following treatment with hydrofluoric acid (HF). Organic Geochemistry 2006, 37, 1437-1451.

Rumpel, C.; Seraphin, A.; Dignac, M. F.; Michaelis, W.; Eusterhues, K.; Kögel-Knabner, I. Effect of base hydrolysis on the chemical composition of organic matter of an acid forest soil. Organic Geochemistry 2005, 36, 239-249.

Eusterhues, K.; Heinrichs, H.; Schneider, J. Geochemical response on redox fluctuations in Holocene lake sediments, Lake Steisslingen, Southern Germany. Chemical Geology 2005, 222, 1-22.

Eusterhues, K.; Rumpel, C.; Kögel-Knabner, I. Organo-mineral associations in sandy acid forest soils: importance of specific surface area, iron oxides and micropores. European Journal of Soil Science 2005, 56, 753-763.

Eusterhues, K.; Rumpel, C.; Kögel-Knabner, I. Stabilization of soil organic matter isolated via oxidative degradation. Organic Geochemistry 2005, 36, 1567-1575.

Rumpel, C.; Eusterhues, K.; Kögel-Knabner, I. Location and chemical composition of stabilized organic carbon in topsoil and subsoil horizons of two acid forest soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 2004, 36, 177-190.

Jandl, G.; Leinweber, P.; Schulten, H. R.; Eusterhues, K. The concentrations of fatty acids in organo-mineral particle-size fractions of a Chernozem. European Journal of Soil Science 2004, 55, 459-469.

Eusterhues, K.; Rumpel, C.; Kleber, M.; Kögel-Knabner, I. Stabilisation of soil organic matter by interactions with minerals as revealed by mineral dissolution and oxidative degradation. Organic Geochemistry 2003, 34, 1591-1600.

Kaiser, K.; Eusterhues, K.; Rumpel, C.; Guggenberger, G.; Kögel-Knabner, I. Stabilization of organic matter by soil minerals - investigations of density and particle-size fractions from two acid forest soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 2002, 165, 451-459.

Eusterhues, K.; Lechterbeck, J.; Schneider, J.; Wolf-Brozio, U. Late- and Post-Glacial evolution of Lake Steisslingen (I). Sedimentary history, palynological record and inorganic geochemical indicators. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2002, 187, 341-371.

Wörner, G.; Beck, A.; Eusterhues, K.; Heber, V.; Lezaun, J. Basement petrology and arc magmatism near the Arica bend (N. Chile). Zeitschrift für Angewandte Geowissenschaften 2000, Special Volume SH1, 363-370.