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Alexander Ruecker

Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Sci
Phone: 843-546-1013


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Environmental Microbiology
Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen 2015

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences
Trier University 2011


Awards and grants:

2015 - NSF Low Temperature Geobiology & Geochemistry; (2015-2018) Halocarbon biogeochemistry in coastal wetland ecosystems - Exploring the transition between forested wetland to salt marsh (together with Prof. Chow, Prof. Rhew, and Prof. Myneni)

2013 - Centro Stefano Franscini Award for best conference contribution (Iron biogeochemistry - From molecular processes to global cycles)

 Research Interests

Halogenation and dehalogenation of organic matter in soils and sediments - identification of abiotic and biotic key processes

Molecular characterization of (dissolved) organic matter and its potential to act as precursor of disinfection by-products and halocarbons

Formation of greenhouse gases in soils and sediments

Biogeochemical cycling of redox sensitive elements in the environment


Majidzadeh, H., Uzun, H., Ruecker, A., Miller, D., Vernon, J., Zhang, H., Bao, S., Tsui, M., Karanfil, T. & Chow, A. T. (2017): "Extreme flooding mobilized dissolved organic matter from coastal forested wetlands." submitted

Ruecker, A., Uzun, H., Karanfil, T., Tsui, M.T., Chow, A.T. (2017): "Disinfection Byproduct Precursor Dynamics and Water Treatability during an Extreme Flooding Event in a Coastal Blackwater River in Southeastern United States". Accepted for publication: Chemosphere

Liu, X., Ruecker, A., Song, B., Xing; J., Conner, W.H., Chow, A.T. (2017): "Effects of salinity and wet-dry treatments on C and N dynamics in coastal forested wetland soils: Implications of sea level rise". Soil Biology and Biochemistry 112, 56-67

Ruecker, A., Schroder, C., Byrne, J., Weigold, P., Behrens, S. & Kappler, A.(2016): “Geochemistry and mineralogy of Western Australian salt lake sediments: Implications for Meridiani Planum on Mars.” Astrobiology, Volume 16, Number 7, 2016.

Weigold, P., El-Hadidi, M., Ruecker, A., Huson, D.H., Scholten, T., Jochmann, M., Kappler, A., Sebastian Behrens, S. (2016): "A metagenomic-based survey of microbial (de)halogenation potential in a German forest soil." Scientific Reports 6:28958

Weigold, P. Ruecker, A., Jochmann, M., Osorio Barajas, X., Lege, S., Zwiener, C., Kappler, A., Behrens, S. (2015) Formation of chloroform and tetrachloroethylene by Sinorhizobium meliloti strain 1021. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 61, 346-353.

Ruecker, A., Weigold, P, Behrens, S., Jochmann, M., Osorio Barajas, X. L. & Kappler, A. (2015): “Halogenated hydrocarbon formation in moderately acidic salt lake sediments from Western Australia – Role of abiotic and biotic processes”. Environmental Chemistry, 12, 406-414.

Weigold, P., Ruecker, A., Loesekann-Behrens, T., Kappler, A., Behrens, S. (2015): “Ribosomal tag pyrosequencing of DNA and RNA reveals 'rare' taxa with high protein synthesis potential in the sediment of a hypersaline lake in Western Australia”. Geomicrobiology Journal DOI: 10.1080/01490451.2015.1049304

Kappler, A., Wuestner, M. L., Ruecker, A., Harter, J., Halama, M. & Behrens, S. (2014): “Biochar as electron shuttle between bacteria and Fe(III) minerals”. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 1, 339-344.

Ruecker, A., Weigold, P., Behrens, S., Jochmann, M., Laaks, J. & Kappler, A. (2014): “Predominance of biotic over abiotic formation of halogenated hydrocarbons in hypersaline sediments in Western Australia”. Environmental Science and Technology, 48, 9170-9178.


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