Journal articles


Ono, S.,  Rhim, J.H., Gruen, D.S., Tauber, H., Kölling, M., Wegener, G. (2021) Clumped isotopologue fractionation by microbial cultures performing the anaerobic oxidation of methane. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 293, 70-85. [link]


Wang, Y., Wegener, G., Ruff, S.E., Wang, F. (2020) Methyl/alkyl‐coenzyme M reductase‐based anaerobic alkane oxidation in archaea. Environmental Microbiology. [link


Hahn, C.J., Laso-Pérez, R., Vulcano, F., Vaziourakis, K.-M., Stokke, R. Steen, I.H., Teske, A., Boetius, A.. Liebeke, M., Amann, R., Knittel, K., Wegener, G. (2020)  “Candidatus Ethanoperedens,” a Thermophilic Genus of Archaea Mediating the Anaerobic Oxidation of Ethane. mBio 11(2). [link]

2019 Laso-Perez R.,Hahn C., van Vliet D.M., Tegetmeyer H., Schubotz F., Smit N.T., Pape T., Sahling H., Bohrmann G., Boetius A., Knittel K., Wegener G. (2019) Anaerobic degradation of non-methane alkanes by "Candidatus Methanolaparia" in hydrocarbon seeps of the Gulf of Mexico. mBio 10(4):e01814-19. [link]
  Wang Y., Wegener G., Hou J., Wang F., Xiao X.(2019) Expanding anaerobic alkane metabolism in the domain of Archaea. Na­tu­re Mi­cro­bio­lo­gy. [link

Wegener G., Knittel K., Bohrmann G., Schubotz F. Benthic deep-sea life associated with asphaltic hydrocarbon emissions in the southern Gulf of Mexico. In: Marine Hydrocarbon Seeps - Microbiology and Biogeochemistry of a Global Marine Habitat. Editors: A. Teske and V. Carvalho. Springer Nature Switzerland (in press)


Knittel K., Wegener G., Boetius A. (2019) Anaerobic methane oxidizers. In: Microbial Communities Utilizing Hydrocarbons and Lipids: Members, Metagenomics and Ecophysiology, Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Editor: T. J. McGenity. Springer International Publishing, pp. 113-132. [link]


Aromokeye, D.A., Kulkarni, A.C., Elvert, M.,  Wegener G.,  Henkel, S., Coffinet, S. Eickhorst, T., Oni, O.E.,  Richter-Heitmann, T., Schnakenberg, A., Taubner, H., Wunder, L. Yin, X.,  Zhu, Q. Hinrichs, K.-U., Kasten, S., Friedrich, M.W. Rates and Microbial Players of Iron-Driven Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane in Methanic Marine Sediments. (in review)


White, R.H., Allen, K.D., Wegener G. Identification of a Redox Active Thioquinoxalinol Sulfate Compound Produced by an Anaerobic Methane-Oxidizing Microbial Consortium, in revision. (in review)

2018 Krukenberg V., Riedel D., Gruber-Vodicka H. R., Buttigieg P.L., Tegetmeyer H.E., Boetius A., Wegener G. (2018) Gene expression and ultrastructure of meso- and thermophilic methanotrophic consortia. Environmental Microbiology. 20(5):1651-1666 [link
  Laso-Pérez R., Krukenberg V., Musat F., Wegener G. (2018) Establishing anaerobic hydrocarbon-degrading enrichment cultures under strictly anoxic conditions. Nature Protocols, 13(6):1310-1330. [link
  Molari M., Guilini K., Lott C., Weber M., de Beer D., Meyer S., Ramette A., Wegener G., Wenzhöfer F., Martin D., Cibic T., De Vittor C., Vanreusel A., Boetius A. (2018) CO2 leakage alters biogeochemical and ecological functions of submarine sands. Science Advances 4, 2: eaao2040 [link
2016 Laso-Pérez R, Wegener G, Knittel K, Widdel F, Harding KJ, Krukenberg V, Meier DV, Richter M, Tegetmeyer HE, Riedel D, Richnow HH, Adrian L, Reemtsma T, Lechtenfeld OJ, Musat F (2016) Thermophilic archaea activate butane via alkyl-coenzyme M formation. Nature 539:396-401 [link]
  Sahling, H., Borowski, C., Escobar-Briones, E., Gaytán-Caballero, A., Hsu, C.W., Loher, M., MacDonald, I., Marcon, Y., Pape, T., Römer, M., Rubin-Blum, M., Schubotz, F., Smrzka, D., Wegener, G., Bohrmann, G. (2016) Massive asphalt deposits, oil seepage, and gas venting support abundant chemosynthetic communities at the Campeche Knolls, southern Gulf of Mexico. Biogeosciences 13: 4491-4512.
  Wegener, G., Krukenberg, V., Ruff SE, Kellermann, M.Y., Knittel, K. (2016) Metabolic capabilities of microorganisms involved in and associated with the anaerobic oxidation of methane. Frontiers in Microbiology. V7 Article 46 [link]
  Krukenberg V., Harding K., Richter M., Glöckner F.-O., Gruber Vodicka H., Adam B., Berg J., Knittel K., Tegetmeyer H.E., Boetius A., Wegener G. (2016) Candidatus Desulfofervidus auxilii, a hydrogenotrophic sulfate-reducing bacterium involved in the thermophilic anaerobic oxidation of methane. Environ Microbiol 18(9), 3073-3091. [link]
  Wegener, G., Kellermann, M.Y., Elvert, M. (2016) Tracking activity and function of microorganisms by stable isotope probing of membrane lipids; invited review article, Current Opinion in Biotechnolology, Volume 41, Pages 43–52. [link]
  Ruff S.E., Kuhfuss H., Wegener G., Lott C., Ramette A., Wiedling J., Knittel K., Weber M. (2016) Methane seep in shallow-water permeable sediment harbors high diversity of anaerobic methanotrophic communities, Elba, Italy, Frontiers in Microbiology V7 Article 374. [link]
  Kellermann M.Y., Yoshinaga M.Y., Wegener G., Krukenberg V., Hinrichs K.-U. (2016) Tracing the production and fate of individual archaeal intact polar lipids by stable isotope probing. Organic Geochemistry 95,  13–20. [link]
2015 Wegener, G., Krukenberg, V. Riedel, D. Tegetmeyer, H.E., Boetius, A. (2015) Intercellular wiring enables electron transfer between methanotrophic archaea and bacteria. Nature.526:587-590. [link]
2014 Yoshinaga, M.Y., Holler, T., Goldhammer, T., Wegener, G., Pohlman, J.W., Brunner, B., Kuypers, M.M.M., Hinrichs, K.-U., Elvert, M. (2014) Carbon isotope equilibration during sulphate-limited anaerobic oxidation of methane, Nature Geoscience 7 190-194. [link]
  Kellermann, M.Y., Wegener, G., Elvert, M., Yoshinaga, M.Y., Lin, Y.-L., Holler, T., Prieto Mollar, X., Knittel, K., Hinrichs, K.-U. (2012) Autotrophy as a predominant mode of carbon fixation in anaerobic methane-oxidizing microbial communities, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sc. USA, 109 (49) 19321-19326. [link]
2013 Ruff, S.E., Arnds, J., Knittel, K., Amann, R.I., Wegener, G., Ramette, A., Boetius, A. (2013) Microbial communities of deep sea methane seeps at Hikurangi continental margin (New Zealand), PlosOne, 8(9) e72627 [link]
  Meyer, S., Wegener, G., Lloyd, K.G., Teske, A., Boetius, A. & Ramette, A. (2013) Microbial habitat connectivity across spatial scales and hydrothermal temperature gradients at Guaymas Basin, Frontiers Microbiology, 4, 1-11. [link]
  de Beer, D., Haeckel, M., Neumann, J. Wegener., G., Inagaki, F. Boetius, A. (2013): Saturated CO2 inhibits microbial processes in CO2-vented deep-sea sediments, Biogeosciences, 10, 5639-5649. [link]
  Xie, S., Lipp, J.S., Wegener, G., Ferdelman, T. and Hinrichs, K.-U.(2013) Turnover of microbial lipids in the deep biosphere and growth of benthic archaeal populations, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sc. USA, 110(15), 6010-6014. [link]
2012 Milucka, J., Ferdelman, T.G., Polerecky, L., Frankzke, D., Wegener, G., Schmid, M., Wagner, M., Widdel, F. and Kuypers, M.M.M. (2012) Zerovalent sulfur is a key intermediate in marine methane oxidation Nature 491, 541-546. [link]
  Kellermann, M.Y., Wegener, G., Elvert, M., Yoshinaga, M.Y., Lin, Y.-L., Holler, T., Prieto Mollar, X., Knittel, K., Hinrichs, K.-U. (2012) Autotrophy as a predominant mode of carbon fixation in anaerobic methane-oxidizing microbial communities, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sc. USA, 109 (49) 19321-19326. [link]
  Thang, N. M., Brüchert, V. Formolo, M., Wegener, G., Ginters, L. Jørgensen, B.B. (2012) The impact of sediment and carbon fluxes on the biogeochemistry of methane and sulfur in littoral Baltic Sea sediments (2012) Estuaries and Coasts 36(1), 98-115. [link]
  Wegener, G., Bausch, M., Holler, T., Nguyen, M. T., Prieto Mollar, X.,, Kellermann, M.Y., Hinrichs, K-U. and Boetius, A. (2012) Assessing sub-seafloor microbial activity by combined stable isotope probing with deuterated water and 13C-bicarbonate. Environmental Microbiology,14(6) 1517-1527. [link]
2011 Holler, T., G. Wegener, H. Niemann, C. Deusner, T.G. Ferdelman, A. Boetius, B. Brunner and F. Widdel (2011) Carbon and sulfur back flux during anaerobic microbial oxidation of methane and coupled sulfate reduction. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sc. USA,. 108(52) 20869–20870. [link]
  Holler, T., F. Widdel, K. Knittel, R. Amann, M.Y. Kellermann, K.-U. Hinrichs, A. Teske, A. Boetius, and G. Wegener (2011) Thermophilic anaerobic oxidation of methane by marine microbial consortia. The ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/ismej.2011.77 [link]
 2010 Beck, M., T. Riedel, J. Graue, J. Köster, N. Kowalski, C.S. Wu, G. Wegener, Y. Lipsewers, H. Freund, M.E. Böttcher (2010) Imprint of past and present environmental conditions on microbiology and biogeochemistry of coastal Quaternary sediments. Biogeosciences 8, 55–68. [link]
  Dale, A. W., S. Sommer, M. Haeckel, K. Wallmann, P. Linke, G. Wegener, Pfannkuche, O. (2010) “Pathways and regulation of carbon, sulfur and energy transfer in marine sediments overlying methane gas hydrates on the Opouawe Bank (New Zealand)” Geochimica et Cosmochemica Acta 74(20) 5763 –5784. [link]
2009 Holler, T., G. Wegener, et al. (2009) Substantial 13 C/12 C and D/H fractionation during anaerobic oxidation of methane by marine consortia enriched in vitro. Environmental Microbiology Rep 1: 370-376. [link]
  Wegener, G. and A. Boetius (2009) "An experimental study on short-term changes in the anaerobic oxidation of methane in response to varying methane and sulfate fluxes." Biogeosciences 6(5): 867-876. [link]
2008 Wegener, G., H. Niemann, M. Elvert, K.-U. Hinrichs and A. Boetius (2008) Assimilation of methane and inorganic carbon by microbial communities mediating the anaerobic oxidation of methane. Environmental Microbiology 10 (9), 2287–2298. [link]
  Wegener, G., Shovitri, M., Knittel, K., Niemann, H., Hovland M. and Boetius, A. (2008) Biogeochemical processes and microbial diversity of the Gullfaks and Tommeliten methane seeps (Northern North Sea). Biogeosciences, 5, 1–18. [link]



Oral presentations

2017 G. Wegener  Archaea and Bacteria - An Alliance of Two Great Kindoms in Hydrocarbon Oxidation
  G. Wegener et al., Elucidating generation of  13C-depleted methane during anaerobic methanotrophy, Goldschmidt, Paris
G. Wegener, Laso-Pérez, Musat et al., A novel archaeal-bacterial consortium that couples butane oxidation to sulfate reduction; ISME Meeting, Montreal, Canada
2014 G. Wegener et al., Physiological interaction in marine thermophilic methane-oxidizing consortia involving ANME-1The ISME Meeting, Seoul, South Korea  
2013 G. Wegener, M. Yoshinaga et al.: Apparent inverse carbon isotope effects during the anaerobic oxidation of methane. Goldschmidt conference, Florence, Italy
2012 G. Wegener, M.Y. Kellermann, K.-U. Hinrichs and A. Boetius: Assessing microbial activity and carbon fixation in the marine subsurface – Lessons from Lipid Dual Stable Isotope Probing. ISME14, Copenhagen.
2011 G. Wegener, M. Bausch, T. Holler, N. Manh Thang, X. Prieto-Mollar, M. Kellermann, K.-U. Hinrichs, A. Boetius: Assessing subsurface microbial carbon assimilation by lipid 13CDIC-D2O stable isotope probing. 8th International Symposium of Subsurface Microbiology, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany & 25th International Meeting Organic Geochemistry, Interlaken, Switzerland
  G. Wegener, K. Knittel, T. Holler, V. Krukenberg, F. Widdel and A. Boetius: Thermophilic anaerobic oxidation of methane performed by novel microbial consortia. Goldschmidt Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
2010 G. Wegener: Assessing microbial activity in subsurface environments: stable and radioactive isotope labeling of anabolic and catabolic processes. Workshop: Chikyu Coal-Bed Biosphere Drilling. Understanding of Deep Carbon Cycle and CO2 Sequestration Potentials. Invited speaker.
  G. Wegener: Multiple isotope probing approaches reveal surprising metabolic features of microorganisms catalyzing AOM. One-Carbon Metabolism, Lewiston, US, Invited speaker.
2009 G. Wegener, T. Holler, N. Musat, M.M.M. Kuypers, A. Boetius: Combination of Stable Isotope Probing and Halogen-ISH NanoSIMS to resolve Physiological Differences and Spatial Resolution of Carbon Assimilation in AOM. International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, Bremen, Germany
  G. Wegener, T. Holler, M. Kellermann, N. Musat, M.M.M. Kuypers and A. Boetius: New insights into AOM by stable isotope probing combined with HISH-NanoSIMS and membrane-derived lipid analysis, Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, Switzerland
2008 G. Wegener: Carbon assimilation in anaerobic methanotrophy - Which secrets can be revealed by stable isotopy labeling" Gordon Research Conference - Molecular Basis of Microbial One-Carbon Metabolism, Lewiston, US, Invited speaker.
  G. Wegener: The combination of isotope labeling and biomarker analyses to trace carbon flows in anaerobic methanotrophy, AMO Meeting/ MUMM2 final meeting, Aselage
2007 G. Wegener, H. Niemann, M. Elvert and A. Boetius: The combination of isotope labeling and biomarker analyses to trace carbon flows in anaerobic methanotrophy. GV Tagung, Bremen, Germany
  G. Wegener, H. Niemann, M. Elvert, A. Boetius: Which microorganisms benefit from methane oxidation in seep sediments? - Tracing carbon pathways by isotope labeling experiments. EGU2007, Vienna, Austria
  G Wegener, M. Bowles, J. Felden, F. Wenzhöfer, F. Schubotz, KU Hinrichs, M. Zabel, G. Bohrmann and A. Boetius: Microbial activity associated with asphalt volcanism at the Campeche Knolls, Gulf of Mexico., Goldschmidt Conference, Cologne, Germany


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