Elmar Albers

Elmar Albers in dark blue t-shirt.

Dr. Elmar Albers

GEO Room 5070
Klagenfurter Straße 2-4
28359 Bremen, Germany

Phone: +49 421 218 65409

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My research interests are in fluid-rock interactions at mid-ocean ridges, seamounts, and in shallow parts of subduction zones, with a major focus on the physical, geochemical, and biological consequences of hydrothermal alteration of mafic and ultramafic rocks.


Curriculum vitae

Scientific career

since 2023Feodor Lynen Research Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
since 2023Associate Scientist at MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen
2022PostDoc in the "Petrology of the Ocean Crust" group of Prof.Bach at Bremen University
2019-2021PostDoc in the "Geophysics–Geodynamics" group of  Prof. Pérez-Gussinyéat MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen
Feb. 2019PhD in "Petrology of Metamorphic Rocks", Bremen University
2015-2018PhD student in the "Petrology of the Ocean Crust" group of Prof.Bach at Bremen University
2014MSc. degree in "Marine Geosciences", Bremen University
2011-2014MSc. "Marine Geosciences" at Bremen University
2011BSc. degree in "Geosciences", Bremen University
2008-2011BSc. "Geosciences" at Bremen University and Háskóli Íslands University


  • Water sampler on a diving robot arm in the deep sea at a black smoker vent.

    2023: PS137 (Gakkel Ridge)

    Tromsø (Norway) - Tromsø (Norway) / 21.06.2023 - 31.07.2023

  • Two plastic tubes with fragments of a gray-brown colored drill core of a 49 million year old pillow lava.

    2022: IODP Expedition 393 (South Atlantic)

    Cape Town (South Africa) - Cape Town (South Africa) / 07.06.2022 - 07.08.2022

  • A researcher bends over a table on which lie lots of dark rock samples.

    2020: SO273 (Southwest Indian Ridge)

    Cape Town (South Africa) - Emden (Germany) / 06.03.2020 - 22.04.2020

  • On a table on board, plastic half-pipes with rock cores are cut open next to each other.

    2017: IODP Expedition 366 (Mariana forearc region)

    Guam (USA) - Hongkong (China) / 08.12.2016 - 07.02.2017

  • The research vessel Polarstern is moored to an ice floe, the gangway is extended, cruise participants are standing on the ice in red full-body suits in the background, poles with red flags can be seen in the foreground, which have been stuck into the ice every few meters.

    2016: PS101 - ARK-XXX/3 (Gakkel Ridge)

    Tromsø (Norway) - Bremerhaven (Germany) / 09.09.20216 - 23.10.2016


  • Albers E, Jöns S, Gerdes A, Klügel A, Beier C, Kasemann SA, Bach W (2023): Timing of carbon uptake by oceanic crust determined by rock reactivity. Geology 51(9), 875-879.
    doi:10.1130/G51238.1 |
  • German CR, Reeves EP, Türke A, Diehl A, Albers E, Bach W, Purser A, Ramalho SP, Suman S, Mertens C, Walter M, Ramirez-Llodra E, Schlindwein V, Bünz S, Boetius A (2022): Volcanically hosted venting with indications of ultramafic influence at Aurora hydrothermal field on Gakkel Ridge. Nature Communications  13, 6517.
    doi:10.1038/s41467-022-34014-0 |
  • Albers E, Shervais JW, Hansen CT, Ichiyama Y, Fryer P (2022): Shallow depth, substantial change: fluid-metasomatism causes major compositional modifications of subducted volcanics (Mariana forearc). Frontiers in Earth Science - Petrology  10:826312.
    doi:10.3389/feart.2022.826312 |
  • Klügel A, Albers E, Hansteen, TH (2022): Mantle and crustal xenoliths in a tephriphonolite from La Palma (Canary Islands): implications for phonolite formation at oceanic island volcanoes. Frontiers in Earth Science - Volcanology  10:761902.
    doi:10.3389/feart.2022.761902 |
  • Geilert S, Albers E, Frick DA, Hansen CT, von Blankenburg F (2021): Systematic changes in serpentine Si isotope signatures across the Mariana forearc – a new proxy for slab dehydration processes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters  575, 117193.
    doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2021.117193 |
  • Albers E, Bach W, Pérez-Gussinyé M, McCammon C, Frederichs T (2021): Serpentinization-driven H2 production from continental break-up to mid-ocean ridge spreading: Unexpected high rates at the West Iberia margin. Frontiers in Earth Science.  9:673063.
    doi:10.3389/feart.2021.673063 |
  • Albers E, Kahl W-A, Beyer L, Bach W (2020): Variant across-forearc compositions of slab-fluids recorded by serpentinites: Implications on the mobilization of FMEs from an active subduction zone (Mariana forearc). Lithos  364-365, 105525.
    doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2020.105525 |
  • Fryer P, Wheat CG, Williams T, Kelley C, Johnson K, Ryan J, Kurz W, Shervais J, Albers E, Bekins B, Debret B, Deng J, Dong Y, Eickenbusch P, Frery E, Ichiyama Y, Johnston R, Kevorkian R, Magalhaes V, Mantovanelli S, Menapace W, Menzies C, Michibayashi K, Moyer C, Mullane K, Park J-W, Price R, Sissmann O, Suzuki S, Takai K, Walter B, Zhang R, Amon D, Glickson D, Pomponi S (2020): Mariana serpentinite mud volcanism exhumes subducted seamount materials: implications for the origin of life. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A  378(2165), 20180425.
    doi:10.1098/rsta.2018.0425 |
  • Albers E, Bach W, Klein F, Menzies CD, Lucassen F, Teagle DAH (2019): Fluid–rock interactions in the shallow Mariana forearc: carbon cycling and redox conditions. Solid Earth  10, 907-930.
    doi:10.5194/se-10-907-2019 |
  • Albers E, Schroeder T, Bach W (2019): Melt-impregnation of mantle peridotite facilitates high-temperature hydration and mechanical weakening: implications for oceanic detachment faults. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems  20(1), 84-108.
    doi:10.1029/2018GC007783 |
  • Debret B, Albers E, Walter B, Price R, Barnes JD, Beunon H, Facq S, Gillikin DP, Mattielli N, Williams H (2019): Shallow forearc mantle dynamics and geochemistry: New insights from the IODP expedition 366. Lithos  326-327, 230-245.
    doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2018.10.038 |
  • Teagle DAH, Reece J, Coggon RM, Sylvan JB, Christeson GL, Williams TJ, Estes ER & the Expedition 393 Scientists (2023): Expedition 393 Preliminary Report: South Atlantic Transect 2. College Station, TX: International Ocean Discovery Program.
    doi:10.14379/iodp.pr.393.2023 |
  • Koepke J, Beier C, Dick HJB, Achten A, Albers E, Becker H, Böhnke M, Bongartz T, Brunelli D, Cheadle M, Codillo E, Engelhardt A, Genske FS, Hanisch M, Hansen C, Klar S, Klein F, Klose M, Mai H, Moreno P-V, Mufanadzo T, Neunz L, Ratmeyer V, Reuter C, Reuter M, Schade T, Schröder M, Tibedu A, Tivey A, Unger-Moreno K, Waag M, Wölki D, Zeh A, Zhou Z (2020): RV Sonne cruise report, Marion Rise, cruise no. SO273, Leibniz University Hanover, 77 pages.
  • Fryer P, Wheat GC, Williams T, and the Expedition 366 Scientists (2018): Mariana convergent margin and South Chamorro seamount. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program  366, College Station, TX: International Ocean Discovery Program.
    doi:10.14379/iodp.pr.366.2018 |
  • Fryer P, Wheat CG, Williams T, Albers E, Bekins B, Debret BPR, Deng J, Dong Y, Eickenbusch P, Frery EA, Ichiyama Y, Johnson K, Jonston RM, Kevorkian RT, Kurz W, Magalhaes V, Mantovanelli SS, Menapace W, Menzies CD, Michibayashi K, Moyer C, Mullane KK, Park J-W, Price RE, Ryan JG, Shervais JW, Sissmann OJ, Suzuki S, Takai K, Walter B, Zhang R (2018): Expedition 366 summary, in: Fryer P, Wheat CG, Williams T and the Expedition 366 Scientists, Mariana Convergent Margin and South Chamorro Seamount. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program 366, College Station (TX).
    doi:10.14379/iodp.proc.366.101.2018 | 
  • Fryer P, Wheat GC, Williams T, and the Expedition 366 Scientists (2017): Expedition 366 Preliminary Report: Mariana convergent margin and South Chamorro seamount, International Ocean Discovery Program.
    doi:10.14379/iodp.pr.366.2017 |
  • Boetius A, Purser A (2017): The expedition PS101 of the Research Vessel POLARSTERN to the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Reports on Polar and Marine Research  706, Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven.
    doi:10.2312/BzPM_0706_2017 |

Reviewer for

  • Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology

  • Earth and Planetary Science Letters

  • Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 

  • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

  • Lithos

  • Island Arc

  • Nature Geoscience