AG Petrology of the Ocean Crust

Room 5320

Department of Geosciences
University of Bremen
Klagenfurter Straße 2
28359 Bremen
Germany

Phone: +49 421 218 99418
Fax: +49 421 218 65429
Email: e.albers@uni-bremen.de

ORCID: 0000-0002-0874-5926
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Elmar Albers


Research Interests

Interested in fluid–rock interactions at MOR, seamount, and shallow subduction settings, my work mainly focusses on physical & chemical consequences related to the hydrothermal alteration of mafic & ultramafic rocks.

My current DFG project is concerned with serpentinization, redox conditions, and metabolic energy production within shallow portions of subduction zones in order to shed light on carbon cycling and chemosynthetic life associated with modern & ancient serpentinite mud volcanism.

I am invited to sail IODP Exp. 393: South Atlantic Transect in 2022.



Expeditions

  • 09.09.2016 - 23.10.2016: PS101 / ARK XXX-3: Karasik seamount (Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean) at 86°N 60°E; Tromsø (Norway) - Bremerhaven
  • 08.12.2016 - 07.02.2017: IODP Exp. 366: Mariana forearc region; Guam (US) - Hongkong (China)
  • 06.03.2020 - 22-04.2020: SO273: Marion Rise, Southwest Indian Ridge; Cape Town (South Africa) – Emden (Germany)

  • Spring 2022 (scheduled): Fieldwork in the Coast Ranges (CA, United States)
  • 07.06.2022 - 07.08.2022 (scheduled): IODP Exp. 393: South Atlantic Transect; Montevideo (Uruguay) - Montevideo (Uruguay)



Scientific career

  • 2008 - 2011: B.Sc. Geociences at Bremen University
    • 2010: Exchange semester at Háskóli Íslands, Iceland
    • 2011: Bachelor thesis: "The development of a polar South Pacific biofluctiation stratigraphy based on the radiolarian Cycladophora davisiana" (AWI Bremerhaven)
  • 2011 - 2014: M.Sc. Marine Geosciences at Bremen University
    • 2014: Master thesis: "Petrological investigations of peridotite xenoliths occuring in a tephriphonolite lava from La Palma (Canary Islands)"
  • 2015 - 2019: Ph.D. student at the research group "Petrology of the Ocean Crust" at Bremen University
    • February 2019: Dr. rer. nat. in Geosciences
  • 2019 - 2021: Post-doctoral researcher in the group „Geophysics–Geodynamics“ at the University of Bremen
  • since 2022: Post-doctoral researcher in the group „Petrology of the Ocean Crust“ at the University of Bremen



Publications

  • 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. Front. Earth Sci. 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 |
  • 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 and 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 |
  • Walter M, Albers E, Bäger J, Diehl A, German C, Hand KP, Horn M, Köhler J, McDermott J, Molari M, Steinmacher B, Wegener G, Wischnewski L, Mertens C, Sültenfuß J, Hoppmann M, Damm E, Bach W, Seewald J (2017): Physical oceanography and biogeochemistry of hydrothermal plumes, in: Boetius A, Purser A (eds.) The expedition PS101 of the Research Vessel POLARSTERN to the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Reports on Polar and Marine Research 706, 63–80.
    | doi:10.2312/BzPM_0706_2017 |
  • Diehl A, Albers E, German CR, Hand KP, Bach W (2017): Geology and hard rock petrology, in: Boetius A, Purser A (eds.) The expedition PS101 of the Research Vessel POLARSTERN to the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Reports on Polar and Marine Research 706, 41–50.
    | doi:10.2312/BzPM_0706_2017 |
  • Fryer P, Wheat G, 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 |



Monographs



Conference Abstracts

  • Albers E, Bach W, Pérez-Gussinyé M, McCammon C, Frederichs T (2021): How much energy for life (H2) is generated by serpentinization at passive continental margins? EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria (vPICO presentation).
  • Albers E, Bach W, Pérez-Gussinyé M, McCammon C, Frederichs T (2021): Unexpected high amounts of H2 produced during serpentinization at magma-poor rifted margins. GeoKarlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany (Talk).
  • Albers E, Hansen CT, Shervais J, Ichiyama Y (2021): Fluid metasomatism in the cold nose of the Mariana subduction zone. GeoKarlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany (Poster).
  • Geilert S, Albers E, Frick DA, Hansen CT, von Blanckenburg F (2021): In-situ silicon isotopes in mantle wedge serpentinites - a new proxy for slab dehydration reactions. GeoKarlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany (Talk).
  • Albers E, Kahl W-A, Beyer L, Bach W (2019): Shallow subduction zone serpentinization traps fluid-mobile elements: implications for element mobilization from serpentinite mud volcanism (IODP Exp. 366). IODP/ICPD Colloquium, Cologne, Germany (Poster).
  • Albers E, Kahl W-A, Beyer L, Bach W (2019): Cycling of fluid-mobile elements in subduction zones: insights from serpentinite mud volcanism at the Mariana forearc (IODP Exp. 366). MARUM retreat, Visselhövede, Germany (Talk).
  • Albers E, Kahl W-A, Beyer L, Bach W (2019): Sources and sinks of fluid-mobile elements in an active subduction zone: insights from the Mariana forearc. ECORD Summer School 2019, Bremen, Germany (Talk).
  • Schlicht L, Albers E (2019): Expressions from IODP Expeditions 366 and 367. ECORD Summer School 2019, Bremen, Germany (Invited talk).
  • Albers E, Klein F, Bach W & the Expedition 366 Scientists (2018): Carbonate–silicate–sulfate veins in metavolcanic clasts recovered from serpentinite mud volcanoes in the Mariana forearc (IODP Exp. 366). EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria (Poster).
  • Menapace W, Albers E & the Expedition 366 Scientists (2018): IODP Expedition 366: Mariana convergent margin & South Chamorro seamount. IODP/ICPD Colloquium, Bochum, Germany (Invited talk).
  • Debret B, Mattielli N, Albers E, Walter B, Price R, Barnes J D, Beunon H, Williams H (2018): Role of the forearc in the geochemistry of subduction zones: new insights from the IODP Expedition 366. Goldschmidt Conference 2018, Boston, United States.
  • Albers E, Klein F, Bach W, and the Expedition 366 Scientists (2018): Carbon mobilisation in the shallow Mariana subduction zone: insights from IODP Exp. 366. EGU Galileo Conference, Leibnitz, Austria.
  • Menapace W, Albers E, and the Expedition 366 Scientists (2018): IODP Expedition 366: Mariana convergent margin & South Chamorro seamount. IODP/ICDP Colloquium, Bochum, Germany.
  • Albers E, Klein F, Bach W, and the Expedition 366 Scientists (2018): Carbonate–silicate–sulfate veins in metavolcanic clasts recovered from serpentinite mud volcanoes in the Mariana forearc (IODP Exp. 366). EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria (Poster).
  • Albers E & Exp. 366 Scientists (2017): IODP Exp. 366 to the Mariana forearc: blue mud from serpentinite mud volcanoes. GeoBremen 2017, Bremen, Germany.
  • Beyer L, Albers E, Kahl W-A, Bach W & Exp. 366 Scientists (2017): Polyphase alteration of ultramafic clasts from a serpentinite mud volcano (Mariana forearm) unveils shallow subduction zone processes. GeoBremen 2017, Bremen, Germany (Poster).
  • Albers E, Schroeder T, Bach W (2017): High-temperature hydration of melt impregnated lithospheric mantle in the 15°20’N F. Z. Area, MAR. Goldschmidt Conference 2017, Paris, France (Poster).
  • Marcon Y, Purser A, Diehl A, Albers E, Türke A, McDermott J, German C, Hand K, Schlindwein V, Dorschel B, Wegener G, Boetius A, Bach W (2017): Geological settings of hydrothermal vents at 6°15’W and 55°30’E on the Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean. Goldschmidt Conference 2017, Paris, France (Poster).
  • McDermott J, Albers E, Bach W, Diehl A, German C, Hand K, Koehler J, Seewald J, Walter M, Wegener G, Wischnewski L (2017): Geochemistry, physics, and dispersion of a Gakkel Ridge hydrothermal plume, 87°N, 55°30’E. Goldschmidt Conference 2017, Paris, France (Poster).
  • Albers E, Bach W, Kahl W-A (2016): Ultramafic clasts from serpentine mud volcanoes (Mariana forearc). DMG Sektionstreffen Petrologie/ Petrophysik & Geochemie, Bremen, Germany (Poster).