Mr Bastian Hambach is the Stable Isotope Laboratory Manager within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.
He oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the 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 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.
He is 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. He furthermore provides 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, he continuously working on expanding the lab’s analytical capabilities.
- stable isotope geochemistry
- marine biogeochemistry
- marine and freshwater ecotoxicology
- paleoclimate reconstructions
- organic geochemistry
As a trained marine biologist he has 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.
His 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.
He has 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.
His 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.
External roles and responsibilities
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
2004: M.Sc. in Marine Biology (German Diplom), University of Rostock, Germany
1999: B.Sc. in Biology (German Vordiplom), Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf