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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Mr Bastian Hambach MSc, BSc

Stable Isotope Laboratory Manager

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Mr Bastian Hambach is the Stable Isotope Laboratory Manager within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

You are what you eat (plus a few permil). DeNiro M.J. & Epstein S., 1976

2012-2014: Senior Research Technician, Ehleringer Lab, Global Change & Sustainability Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

2010: Visiting Research Assistant, Brown University, Department of Geological Sciences, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

2007-2011: Research Assistant, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain

2006/2007: Visiting Research Assistant, Environmental Toxicology Lab, Interdisciplinary Center of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR), Porto, Portugal

2006-2007: Research Assistant, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

2005-2006: Lab Technician, Ecophysiology Lab, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Rostock, Germany

Education

2004: M.Sc. in Marine Biology (German Diplom), University of Rostock, Germany

1999: B.Sc. in Biology (German Vordiplom), Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Research interests

As a marine biologist I have a broad and interdisciplinary research interest ranging from marine biology, marine biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology and water chemistry to paleoclimate reconstructions, organic geochemistry and stable isotope geochemistry.

My scientific work during the last years focused primarily on isotope geochemistry and ecology with an extensive practical approach using isotope ratio mass spectrometers coupled to a range of sample preparation devices.

I have expert knowledge in the fields of mass spectrometry instrumentation, lab management and instrument maintenance as well as research and teaching, especially in the area of gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and isotope ratio mass spectrometry together with the relevant sample and data processing procedures.

My work profile comprises tasks from independent field sampling on and offshore, sample analysis with complex instrumentation and data evaluation to the responsibility of the daily operation of a scientific laboratory with staff supervision.

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Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

I oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the SEAPORT Stable Isotope Laboratory, an interdisciplinary laboratory service facility of the University of Southampton within Ocean and Earth Science (FELS) located at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

The primary focus of the SEAPORT Stable Isotope Lab is the measurement of light stable isotope ratios in a range of organic and inorganic materials, such as δ2H, δ13C, δ15N, δ18O and δ34S with dedicated gas source isotope ratio mass spectrometers operated in dual inlet and continuous flow modes. The areas of research comprise geology, biology, chemistry, ecology, medicine and archaeology.

My role involves the provision and coordination of specialist analytical services to the research group, the School of Ocean and Earth Science, the wider University and the laboratory’s external customers.

I am responsible for the training and supervision of a lab technician and lab assistants in stable isotope techniques, the proper use and maintenance of equipment and the relevant health & safety procedures. I furthermore provide laboratory supervision and training of postdocs as well as PhD, MSc, MRes and BSc project students.

In addition to method development, data analysis, maintenance and running of the instruments, I am continuously working on expanding the lab’s analytical capabilities.

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Book Chapter

  • Hambach, B., & Fietz, S. (2009). Arctic climate and ecosystems response - a multi-proxy approach. In G. Budéus (Ed.), The Expedition of the research vessel "Polarstern" to the Arctic in 2008 (ARK-XXIII/1) (pp. 26-28). (Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung / Reports on Polar and Marine Research; No. 589). Bremerhaven, DE: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.

I have participated in multiple expeditions in the area of the Arctic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea and North Sea on the following European marine research vessels:

RV Polarstern (ARK XXIII/1)

RV Maria S. Merian (MSM 05/05)

RV Garcia del Cid (BIOMARE-1, BIOMARE-2)

RV Alkor (AL 256)

RV Gauss (11/02/02, 11/02/03)

RV Alexander von Humboldt (44/03/07 & 44/01/03)

RV Prof. Albrecht Penck (40/04/17 & 40/02/18)

My main research areas on these expeditions were water column geochemistry, marine ecology, paleoclimate studies, contaminant effects in marine organisms, nutrient monitoring and benthos sampling.

Mr Bastian Hambach
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH
UK

Room Number: NOCS/164/36


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