Dr. rer. nat. Manuel Reinhardt

Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
Department of Geobiology, Georg-August-University of Göttingen

University of Göttingen
Geoscience Centre
Department of Geobiology

Goldschmidtstr. 3
37077 Göttingen

See also: https://lnu.se/en/staff/manuel.reinhardt/

Member of the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) Science Team (ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars 2020 mission)

Research Interests

I am interested in organic geochemical and geo(micro)biological topics, related to Earth and extraterrestrial systems. In my studies I am using various state-of-the-art techniques to characterize organic matter in fossil and recent materials, especially organic biomarkers (i.e. molecular fossils and their specific carbon isotope signatures). These techniques include gas chromatography coupled-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), gas chromatography combustion isotope ratio-mass spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS), catalytic hydropyrolysis (HyPy) and Raman spectroscopy. In my current research I am particular focusing on

  • Biosignatures in Archean rocks and the deep continental subsurface
  • The preservation of biomarkers in bitumen and kerogen (i.e. the extractable and non-extractable portion of organic matter, respectively) over time, including degradation, maturation and isomerization
  • Organic biomarkers of anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria in modern and ancient settings

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Short curriculum

Since October 2019

Postdoc, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden

June–September 2019

Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany


PhD student, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research / University of Göttingen, Germany


Student representative, International Max Planck Research School (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany)


Graduate student (MSc), Geosciences, University of Göttingen, Germany


Undergraduate student (BSc), Geosciences, University of Göttingen, Germany

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  • Scientific presenting in the Geosciences for B.Sc. students (seminar)
  • Organic geochemistry (lab course)
  • Biogenic sedimentary rocks, Northern Calcareous Alps (field class)
  • Geological mapping for M.Sc. students, Adorf (field class)

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Selected conference contributions

Reinhardt, M., Duda, J.-P., Blumenberg, M., Ostertag-Henning, C., Reitner, J., Heim, C., Thiel, V. (2018): Tracing photic zone euxinia through time—implications from organic biomarker taphonomy. GeoBonn2018, Bonn, Germany (talk)

Reinhardt, M., Duda, J.-P., Reitner, J., Thiel, V. (2017): Lipid biomarkers in Pleistocene cherts from Lake Magadi, Kenya – microbial signals and hydrothermal influence. GeoBremen2017, Bremen, Germany (talk)

Reinhardt, M., Thiel, V., Duda, J.-P., Goetz, W., Reitner, J. (2017): Lake Magadi cherts (southern Kenya Rift Valley) – a modern taphonomic analog for habitats on the early Earth. 4th International Conference of Geobiology, Wuhan, China (keynote talk)

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Reinhardt, M., Goetz, W., Thiel, V. (2020): Testing Flight-Like Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry as Performed by the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer Onboard the ExoMars 2020 Rover on Oxia Planum Analog Samples. Astrobiology, 20, xxx–xxx.

Reinhardt, M., Goetz, W., Duda, J.-P., Heim, C., Reitner, J., Thiel, V. (2019): Organic sigantures in Pleistocene cherts from Lake Magadi (Kenya) – implications for early Earth hydrothermal deposits. Biogeosciences, 16, 2443–2465. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-2443-2019

Reinhardt, M., Duda, J.-P., Blumenberg, M., Ostertag-Henning, C., Reitner, J., Heim, C., Thiel, V. (2018): The taphonomic fate of isorenieratene in Lower Jurassic shales—controlled by iron?. Geobiology, 16, 237–251. https://doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12284

Duda, J.-P., Thiel, V., Bauersachs, T., Mißbach, H., Reinhardt, M., Schäfer, N., Van Kranendonk, M. J., Reitner, J. (2018): Ideas and perspectives: hydrothermally driven redistribution and sequestration of early Archean biomass – the “hydrothermal pump hypothesis“. Biogeosciences, 15, 1535–1548. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1535-2018

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Current projects

“Characteristics and extent of microbial anaerobic methane oxidation and sulfate reduction in the deep terrestrial subsurface over geological time scales”

“Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA)”