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Kerstin HockmannDr.

Kerstin Hockmann

Postdoc

Phone: +49 (0)921-55 2317
Room: GEO I, 001.3
e-Mail: kerstin.hockmann(at)uni-bayreuth.de


INTERESTS

My research aims at understanding the combined and single effects of anthropogenic activities and climate change on soil and water quality. In particular, I explore how extreme hydrological events such as floods or droughts and associated changes in iron, sulfur or oxygen geochemistry impact the mobility of pollutants and nutrients. I use field and laboratory experiments and combine them with advanced analytical tools including spectroscopic and microscopic methods to obtain a process-oriented understanding of macroscopic observations at the molecular level. My research is thus directed at providing a mechanistic description of environmental processes in soils with fluctuating hydrology, which is important for the design of environmental models and management strategies to protect our ground and surface water from contamination.

EDUCATION AND POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING

Since 11/2017: Postdoctoral Researcher (including maternity leave for my second son)
"Outstanding Female Scholars for the University of Bayreuth". Grant program by the Female Professor Programme of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Bayreuth Centre of Ecology and Environmental Research (Britta Planer-Friedrich and Stefan Peiffer), University of Bayreuth, Germany.

2015 – 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher
SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship

Southern Cross GeoScience (Edward Burton), Southern Cross University, Australia.

2009 – 2015: Research Associate (including maternity leave for my first son)
Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems (Rainer Schulin), ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Management of a lysimeter research project including acquisition of funds, coordination with stakeholders, and engangement in outreach activities.

2009 – 2014: PhD studies - Dr. sc. ETH Zurich
Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems (Rainer Schulin), ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Thesis title: "Antimony leaching from contaminated soil under changing redox conditions".

2002 – 2008: MSc and BSc studies (Diplom) of Geoecology (passed with distinction)
Technische Universität Braunschweig Germany.
MSc thesis project at the Swedish University of Agriculture, Uppsala: "Effects of non-equilibrium and non-ideal transport and transformation processes on pesticide leaching in a structured clay soil at Brimstone Farm (UK)".
BSc student research project project (5 months) at the German Development Service in Dumaguete, Philippines: "Assessment of a dumpsite in Dumaguete/Philippines with emphasis on groundwater quality".

AWARDS

  • WIN-UBT travel grant (1,500 € per year) for early career researchers for the Goldschmidt Conferences in Barcelona (2019) and Honolulu (2020).
  • ISTEB Early Career Researcher Award: 1,300 € travel grant for the ICOBTE Zurich (2017).
  • ETH Medal Award for outstanding Doctoral Thesis (2015).
  • Environmental Chemistry award for the best oral presentation (12th International Conference on Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in the Environment ICOBTE, Athens, Georgia, USA, 2013).
  • Environmental Chemistry student award for the best oral presentation (2nd International Workshop on Antimony in the Environment, Jena, Germany, 2011).
  • Diplom (M.Sc.) faculty award (2008) for excellence in studies of geoecology.
  • Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) for studies of geoecology (2005 – 2008).
  • Vordiplom (B.Sc.) university award (2005) for excellent studies.

GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

24 hrs. National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre (Taiwan). 2020-1-095-1 : "An XAS K-edge investigation of Sb, As and Fe speciation during microbial sulfidization of contaminated mining soil." 2020. (Lead investigator)

72 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS193/XAS/15070) "The effect of Sb(V) loading on Sb speciation and Fe mineralogy during the Fe(II)-induced transformation of ferrihydrite: Part 1. Sb K-edge XAS" 2019. (Lead investigator: Edward D. Burton)

48 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS193/XAS/15150) "The effect of Sb(V) loading on Sb speciation and Fe mineralogy during the Fe(II)-induced transformation of ferrihydrite: Part 2. Fe K-edge XAS" 2019. (Lead investigator: Edward D. Burton)

15,573 €. Mobility grant from the Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD-PPP Australia): "Exploring antimony speciation and mobility in sulfidic soils and sediments." 2019-2020. (Lead investigator)

48 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS181/XAS/13073) "Resolving the impact of microbial iron(III) reduction on subsurface antimony mobility: 2. Iron K-edge XAS" 2017. (Lead investigator: Edward D. Burton)

72 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS181/XAS/13045) "Resolving the impact of microbial iron(III) reduction on subsurface antimony mobility: 1. Antimony K-edge XAS " 2017. (Lead investigator: Edward D. Burton)

62,400 . "Outstanding Female Scholars for the University of Bayreuth". Grant program by the Female Professor Programme of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 2017-2019. (Lead investigator)

3,300 . Australian Synchrotron Access Program (AS/IA172/12797). “An XAS investigation of sulfur speciation during during abiotic sulfidization of antimony-rich ferrihydrite ” 2017. (Lead investigator)

48 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS173/XAS/12507) "Antimony speciation during the iron(II)-induced transformation of antimony(V)-bearing ferrihydrite." 2017. (Lead investigator: Edward D. Burton)

7,500 . Southern Cross Research Seed Grant. "Unraveling the role of nanoparticulate iron minerals as sinks for antimony in the environment."  2017. (Lead investigator: Edward D. Burton)

72 hrs. National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre (Taiwan). 2017-2-104-1: "An XAS K-edge investigation of iron and sulfur speciation during abiotic sulfidization of antimony-rich ferrihydrite." 2017. (Lead investigator)

72 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS171/XAS/11609) "Resolving electron transfer to As(V)-schwertmannite due to fires in seasonal wetlands" 2017. (Lead investigator: Scott G. Johnston)

120 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS171/XAS/11638) "An XAS investigation into the speciation of antimony during abiotic sulfidization of antimony-rich ferrihydrite" 2017. (Lead investigator)

48 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS162/XAS/10710) "Resolving the effect of seawater inundation and sulfate reduction on antimony mobility in a contaminated wetland" 2016. (Lead investigator: William W. Bennett)

72 hrs. Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS162/XAS/10765) "Antimony mobility in sulfidic environments: an XAS study of antimony sorption to mackinawite (FeS) " 2016. (Lead investigator)

8,600 . Southern Cross Research Seed Grant. Mineralogical controls on the mobility of Antimony in a tailings contaminated coastal wetland. 2015. (Lead investigator: Scott G. Johnston)

7,500 . Southern Cross Research Seed Grant. New perspectives on antimony mobility in subsurface environments: resolving unexplored interactions with the sulfur cycle. 2015. (Lead investigator: Edward D. Burton)

95,500 € SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship (Grant P2EZP2_159106). „Exploring the coupling of antimony mobility to sulphur transformations in anoxic environments“. 2015-2017. (Lead investigator)

8,200 € armasuisse Immobilien, Eidgenössisches Departement für Verteidigung, Bevölkerungsschutz und Sport „Exploring seasonal effects in antimony and toxic metal leaching from acidic and calcareous shooting range soil“ 2014-2015. (Lead investigator)

31,700 €. armasuisse Immobilien, Eidgenössisches Departement für Verteidigung, Bevölkerungsschutz und Sport „Antimony and toxic metal leaching from shooting range soils under different soil management“ 2011-2013. (Lead investigator)

203,500 €. Swiss National Science Foundation (Grant 200021-13025). "Antimony leaching from contaminated soil under different water regimes" 2010-2013. (Project development and proposal writing; Lead applicant: R. Schulin)

BEYOND SCIENCE

I believe that science communication is much more than just exchanging facts with words – is a function of passion, entertainment and a little effort. Beyond typical university lectures, I am therefore passionate about sharing these concepts in presentation trainings with early career scientists.

 

  • 2019: Workshop “Presenting your science” for PhD students at the Bayreuth Centre of Ecology and Environental Research (BayCEER).
  • 2018: Workshop “Presenting your science effectively and with confidence”, offered through the Gender Equity Division of University of Bayreuth.
  • 2017: “Presenting Science” Workshop for Early Career Researchers at Southern Cross GeoScience.

 PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed articles

21. Hockmann, K, Karimian, N., Schlagenhauff, S., Planer-Friedrich, B., Burton, E.D. A novel iron oxide mineral switch: The effect of antimony on iron(II)-catalysed ferrihydrite transformation pathways. Manuscript in preparation.

20. Hockmann, K., Planer-Friedrich, B., Johnston, S.G., Peiffer, S., Burton, E.D., Antimony mobility and iron mineral transformations during sulfidization of ferrihydrite (2020). Effect of pH, sulfide concentration and colloid formation. Accepted for publication in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

19. Burton, E., Hockmann, K., Karimian, N. 2020. Antimony Sorption to Goethite: Effect of Fe(II)-Catalyzed Recrystallization. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 4.3: 476-487.

18. Johnston, S.G., Bennett, W.W.,  Doriean, N., Hockmann, K., Karimian, N., Burton, E.D. 2020. Antimony and arsenic speciation, redox-cycling and contrasting mobility in a mining-impacted river system. Science of the Total Environment 710: 136354

17. Karimian, N., Burton, E.D., Johnston, S.G., Hockmann, K., Chopalla, G. 2019. Antimony speciation and partitioning in iron- and humic acid-rich environments: Implications for antimony mobility. Science of the Total Environment 683: 399-410

16. Burton, E.D., Chopalla, G., Vithana, C.L., Karimian, N., Hockmann, K., Johnston, S.G. 2019. Chromium(VI) formation via heating of Cr(III)-Fe(III)-(oxy)hydroxides: A pathway for fire-induced soil pollution. Chemosphere 222: 440-444.

15. Burton, E.D., Hockmann, K., Johnston, S.G., Karimian, N. Antimony mobility in reducing environments: The effect of microbial iron(III)-reduction and associated secondary mineralization. 2019. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 245: 278-289.

 14. Arsic, M., Teasdale, P.R., Welsh, D.T., Johnston, S.G., Burton, E.D., Hockmann, K., Bennett, W.W. 2018. Diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) methods reveal antimony and arsenic mobility differs in a contaminated wetland sediment during an oxic-anoxic transition. Environmental Science and Technology 52: 1118–1127.

13. Tandy, S., Hockmann, K., Keller, M., Studer, B., Papritz, A., Schulin, R., 2018. Antimony mobility during prolonged waterlogging and reoxidation of shooting range soil: a field experiment. Science of the Total Environment 624: 838-844

12. Hockmann, K., Tandy, S., Studer, B., Evangelou, M.W.H., Schulin, R., 2018. Plant uptake and availability of antimony, lead, copper and zinc in oxic and reduced shooting range soil. Environmental Pollution: 238, 255-262.

11. Johnston, S.G., Bennet, W.W., E.D. Burton, Hockmann, K., Dawson, N., Karimian, N., 2018. Rapid arsenic (V)-reduction by fire in schwertmannite-rich soil enhances arsenic mobilisation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 227:1-18.

10. Bennett, W.W., Hockmann, K., Johnston, S.G., Burton, E.D., 2017. Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy reveals antimony sequestration by reduced sulfur in a freshwater wetland sediment. Environmental Chemistry 14:345-349.

9. Rajpert, L., Kolvenbach, B.A., Ammann, E.M., Hockmann, K., Nachtegaal,M., Eiche, E., Schaeffer, A., Corvini, p. F.-X., Sklodowska,A., and M. Lenz. 2016. Arsenic mobilization from historically contaminated mining soils in a continuously operated bioreactor: Implications for risk assessment. Environmental Science and Technology 50: 9124–9132

8. Hockmann, K., Lenz, M., Tandy, S., Schulin, R., 2015. Antimony retention and release from drained and waterlogged shooting range soil under field conditions. Chemosphere 134: 536–543.

7. Cui, X.-D., Wang, Y.-J., Hockmann, K., Zhou, D.-M., 2015. Effect of iron plaque on antimony uptake by rice (Oryza sativa L.). Environmental Pollution 204: 133-140.

6. Hockmann, K., Tandy, S., Lenz, M., Schulin, R., 2014. Leaching of antimony from contaminated soil under manganese- and iron-reducing conditions: column experiments. Environmental Chemistry 11: 624–631.

5. Hockmann, K., Lenz, M., Tandy, S., Nachtegaal, M., Janousch, M., Schulin, R., 2014. Release of antimony from contaminated soil induced by redox changes. Journal of Hazardous Materials 275: 215–221.

4. Wan, X.-m., Tandy, S., Hockmann, K., Schulin, R., 2013. Changes in Sb speciation with waterlogging of shooting range soils and impacts on plant uptake. Environmental Pollution 172: 53-60.

3. Wan, X.-m., Tandy, S., Hockmann, K., Schulin, R., 2013. Effects of waterlogging on the solubility and redox state of Sb in a shooting range soil and its uptake by grasses: a tank experiment. Plant and Soil 371: 155-166.

2. Evangelou, M.W.H., Hockmann, K., Pokharel, R., Jakob, A., Schulin, R., 2012. Accumulation of Sb, Pb, Cu, Zn and Cd by various plants species on two different relocated military shooting range soils. Journal of Environmental Management 108: 102-107.

1. Conesa, H.M., Wieser, M., Gasser, M., Hockmann, K., Evangelou, M.W.H.,Studer, B., Schulin, R. 2010. Effects of three amendments on extractability and fractionation of Pb, Cu, Ni and Sb in two shooting range soils. Journal of Hazardous Materials 181: 845-850.

Book Chapters

1. Hockmann, K. and Schulin, R., 2013. Leaching of antimony from contaminated soils. In: Selim, H.M. (Ed.), Competitive sorption and transport of heavy metals in soils. Boca Raton. CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 119-145.



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