Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter
Diplomanden, MSc-Studierende
ehemalige Wiss. Mitarbeiter und Gäste


Prof. Dr. Harald Strauß

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Prof. Dr. Harald Strauß
Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie
Lehrstuhl für Historische und Regionale Geologie
Corrensstraße 24
D-48149 Münster

Telefon: +49 (0)251 / 83-33932 (office)
             +49 (0)251 / 83-33943 (lab)
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E-Mail: hstrauss [at]

Uni-Zimmer-Nr.: 404

Brief Biography

Harald Strauss is employed as Professor (Chair in Historical and Regional Geology) at the Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany.

Dr. Strauss was born on 27 March 1960. He obtained his "Diplom" in Geology in 1983 at the Technische Universität Clausthal-Zellerfeld and his Ph.D. in 1985 from the Universität Göttingen with a thesis related to the stable isotope geochemistry of Archean metasediments from Canada. He was a postdoctoral fellow for 18 months at Indiana University, working with John Hayes, and another 14 months at UCLA, the entire time as member of the Precambrian Paleobiology Research Group, a multidisciplinary research team focusing on the evolution of life in the Precambrian. In 1988, he returned to Germany and joined the research group of Ján Veizer at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. On April 1, 1999, he was appointed as full professor at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

Harald Strauss is a member of the Geochemical Society, the Geological Society of America and the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft.

Harald Strauss was elected as a member of the North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of Sciences in May 2012.


Research Interests

Research interests center around the biogeochemical aspects of earth´s evolution. Thereby, the isotopic compositions of carbon and sulfur in sediments, biominerals and organic matter are utilized as proxy signals for geologically and/or biologically driven processes.
Additional research involves the utilization of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen and sulfur isotopes as tracers for biologically mediated reactions in anthropogenically influenced surface waters and aquifer systems.


Publications (October 2015)

Journal publications - submitted, in review, accepted, in press:

  • 109. Duda, J.-P., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Thiel, V., Ionescu, D., Strauss, H., Schäfer, N., Reitner, J. (in review) A rare glimpse of Paleoarchean life: Geobiology of an exceptionally preserved microbial mat facies (3.4 Ga Strelley Pool Formation, Western Australia). Submitted to Plos Online.
  • 108. Montinaro, A., Strauss, H. (in review) Sulfur Tales from the Early Archean World. Submitted to International Journal of Astrobiology.
  • 107. Köbberich, M., Strauss, H., Quéric, N.-V., Reitner, J., (in review) Multiple sulfur isotopic biosignatures of thio-microbial aggregates: Implications for the geological record. Submitted to Geomicrobiology Journal.
  • 106. Peters, M., Guo, Q., Strauss, H., Zhu, G. (in review) Inorganic pollution of urban and suburban rivers in Beijing, China: a hydrochemical and multiple stable isotope approach. Submitted to Science of the Total Environment.

Journal publications (peer-reviewed):

  • 105. Piochi, M., Mormone, A., Balassone, G., Strauss, H., Troise, C., De Natale, G., (in review) Native sulfur, sulfates and sulfides from the active Campi Flegrei volcano (southern Italy): genetic environments and degassing dynamics revealed by mineralogy and isotope geochemistry. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 304: 180-193.
  • 104. Baldermann, A., Deditius, A.P., Dietzel, M., Fichtner, V., Fischer, C., Hippler, D., Leis, A., Baldermann, C., Mavromatis, V., Stickler, C.P., Strauss, H. (2015) The role of bacterial sulfate reduction during dolomite precipitation: implications from Upper Jurassic platform carbonates. Chem. Geol. 412: 1-14.
  • 103. Peters, M., Guo, Q., Strauss, H., Zhu, G. (2015) Geochemical and multiple stable isotope (N, O, S) investigation on tap and bottled water from Beijing, China. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 157: 36-51.
  • 102. Schobben, M., Stebbins, A., Ghaderi, A., Strauss, H., Korn, D., Korte, C. (2015) Flourishing ocean drives the end-Permian marine mass-extinction. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., accepted, doi:10.1073/pnas.1503755112
  • 101. Montinaro, A., Strauss, H., Mason, P.R.D., Roerdink, D., Münker, C., Schwarz-Schampera, U., Arndt, N., Farquhar, J., Beukes, N.J., Gutzmer, J., Peters, M. (2015) Paleoarchean sulfur cycling: multiple sulfur isotope constraints from the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa. Precambrian Research, 267:311-322.
  • 100. Wotte, T., Strauss, H. (2015) Questioning a widespread euxinia for the Furongian (1 Late Cambrian) SPICE event: Indications from δ13C, δ18O, δ34S, and from biostratigraphic constraints. Geol. Mag., accepted, doi:10.1017/S0016756815000187
  • 99. Strauss, H., Chmiel, H., Christ, A., Fugmann, A., Hanselmann, K., Kappler, A., Koeniger, P., Lutter, A., Siedenberg, K., Teichert, B.M.A. (2014) Multiple sulfur and oxygen isotopes reveal microbial sulfur cycling in spring waters in the Lower Engadin, Switzerland. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
  • 98. Wu, N., Farquhar, J., Strauss, H. (2014) δ34S and Δ33S records of Paleozoic seawater sulfate based on the analysis of carbonate associated sulfate. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 399: 44-51.
  • 97. Petersen, S., Monecke, T., Westhues, A., Hannington, M.D., Gemell, J.B., Sharpe, R., Peters, M., Strauss, H., Lackschewitz, K., Augustin, N., Gibson, H., Kleeberg, R. (2014) Drilling shallow-water massive sulfides at the Palinuro Volcanic Complex, Aeolian Island Arc, Italy. Economic Geology, 109: 2129-2157.
  • 96. Illing, C., Hallmann, C., Miller, K.E., Summons, R.E., Strauss, H. (2014) Airborne hydrocarbon contamination from laboratory atmospheres. Organic Geochemistry 76: 26-38.
  • 95. Eickmann B., Thorseth, M., Peters, M., Strauss, H., Bröcker, M., Pedersen, R.B. (2014) Barite in hydrothermal environments as a recorder of subseafloor processes: a multiple-isotope study from the Loki’s Castle vent field. Geobiology
  • 94. Jaeschke, A., Eickmann, B., Lang, S.Q., Bernasconi, S.M., Strauss, H., Früh-Green, G.L. (2014) Biosignatures in chimney structures and sediment from the Loki’s Castle low-temperature hydrothermal vent field at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge. Extremophiles.
  • 93. Guo, QJ, Strauss, H., Zhao, Y., Yang, X., Peng, J., Yang, Y., Deng, Y. (2014) Reconstructing marine redox conditions for the transition between Cambrian Series 2 and Cambrian Series 3, Kaili area, Yangtze Platform: Evidence from biogenic sulfur and degree of pyritization. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 398: 144-153.
  • 92. Daher, S.B., Nader, F.H., Strauss, H., Littke, R. (2014) Depositional environment and source-rock characterization of organic-matter rich Upper Santonian-Upper Campanian carbonates, northern Lebanon. J. Petrol. Geol. 37: 5-24.
  • 91. Guo, QJ., Strauss, H., Zhu, M., Zhang, J., Yang, X., Luc, M., Zhao, F. (2013) High resolution organic carbon isotope stratigraphy from a slope to basinal setting on the Yangtze Platform, South China: Implications for the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition. Precambrian Research 225: 209-217.
  • 90. Guo, QJ, Strauss, H., Chen, T.-B., Zhu, G., Yang, J., Yang, J., Lei, M., Zhou, X., Peters, M., Xie, Y., Zhang, H., Wei, R., Wang, C. (2013) Tracing the source of Beijing soil organic carbon: A carbon isotope approach. Environmental Pollution 176: 208-214.
  • 89. Cabral, A.R., Koglin, N. Strauss, H., Brätz, H., Kwitko-Ribeiro, R. (2013) Regional sulfate–hematite–sulfide zoning in the auriferous Mariana anticline, Quadrilátero Ferrífero of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Mineralium Deposita 48: 805-816.
  • 88. Thomazo, C., Nisbet, E., Grassineau, N., Peters, M., Strauss, H. (2013) Multiple sulfur and carbon isotope composition of sediments from the Belingwe Greenstone Belt (Zimbabwe): a biogenic methane regulation on mass independent fractionation of sulfur during the early Neoarchean? Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 121: 120-138.
  • 87. Kurzweil, F., Claire, M., Thomazo, C., Peters, M., Hannington, M.D., Strauss, H. (2013) Atmospheric sulfur rearrangement 2.7 billion years ago: evidence for oxygenic photosynthesis. Earth & Planetary Science Letters 366: 17-26.
  • 86. Perner, M., Hansen, M., Seifert, R., Strauss, H., Koschinsky, A., Petersen, S. (2013) Linking geology, fluid chemistry and microbial activity of basalt- and ultramafic-hosted deep-sea hydrothermal vent environments. Geobiology 11: 340-355.
  • 85. Thiel, V., Hügler, M., Blümel, M., Baumann, H.I., Gärtner, A., Schmaljohann, R., Strauss, H., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Petersen, S., Cowart, D.A., Fisher, C.R., Imhoff, J.F. (2012) Widespread occurrence of two carbon fixation pathways in tubeworm endosymbionts: lessons from hydrothermal vent associated tubeworms from the Mediterranean Sea. Frontiers in Microbiology, 3: doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00423.
  • 84. Wotte, T., Shields-Zhou, G.A., Strauss, H. (2012) Carbonate-associated sulfate: Experimental comparisons of common extraction methods and recommendations toward a standard analytical protocol. Chemical Geology 326–327: 132–144.
  • 83. Oeser, M., Strauss, H., Wolff, P.E., Koepke, J., Peters, M., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Dietrich, M. (2012). A Profile of Multiple Sulfur Isotopes through the Oman Ophiolite. Chemical Geology 312-313: 27-46.
  • 82. Strauss, H., Bast, R., Cording, A., Diekrup, D., Fugmann, A., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Lutter, A., Oeser, M., Rabe, K., Reinke, D., Teichert, B.M.A., Westernströer, U. (2012) Sulphur diagenesis in the sediments of the Kiel Bight, SW Baltic Sea, as reflected by multiple sulfur isotopes. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 48: 166-179.
  • 81. Reuschel, M., Strauss, H., Melezhik, V.A. (2012) Insights into the sulfur cycle at 2.0 Ga ago-preservation of sedimentary monosulfides and transient euxinia. Precambrian Research 196-197: 193-203.
  • 80. Reuschel, M., Melezhik, V.A., Whitehouse, M.J., Lepland, A., Fallick, A.E., Strauss, H. (2012) Isotopic evidence for a sizeable seawater sulfate reservoir at 2.1 Ga.Precambrian Research 192-195: 78-88.
  • 79. Wotte, T., Strauss, H., Fugmann, A., Garbe-Schönberg, D. (2012) Paired δ34S data from carbonate-associated sulfate and chromium-reducible sulfur across the traditional Lower–Middle Cambrian boundary of W-Gondwana. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 85: 228-253.
  • 78. Perner, M., Hentscher, M., Rychlik, N., Seifert, R., Strauss, H., Bach, W. (2011) Driving forces behind the biotope structures in two low-temperature hydrothermal venting sites on the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Environmental Microbiology Reports 3: 727-737.
  • 77. Fabre, S., Nédélec, A., Poitrasson, F., Strauss, H., Thomazo, C., Nogueira, A. (2011) Iron and sulphur isotopes from the Carajás mining province (Pará, Brazil): Implications for the oxidation of the ocean and the atmosphere across the Archaean–Proterozoic transitino. Chemical Geology 289: 124-139.
  • 76. Gärtner, C., Bröcker, M., Strauss, H., Farber, K. (2011). Strontium, carbon and oxygen isotope geochemistry of marbles from the Cycladic blueschist belt, Greece. Geological Magazine 148: 511-528.
  • 75. Peters, M., Strauss, H., Petersen, S., Kummer, N., Thomazo, C. (2011) Hydrothermalism in the Tyrrhenian Sea: inorganic and microbial sulfur cycling as revealed by geochemical and multiple sulfur isotope data. Chemical Geology 280: 217-231.
  • 74. Schmidt, K., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Koschinsky, A., Strauss, H., Jost, C.L. , Klevenz, V., Königer, P. (2011) Fluid elemental and stable isotope composition of the Nibelungen hydrothermal field (8°18'S, Mid-Atlantic Ridge): Constraints on fluid-rock interaction in heterogeneous lithosphere. Chemical Geology 280: 1-18.
  • 73. Bailie, R., Gutzmer, J., Strauss, H., Stüecken, E., McClung, C. (2010) Sulfur isotope characteristics of metamorphosed Zn–Cu volcanogenic massive sulfides in the Areachap Group, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Mineralium Deposita 45: 481-496.
  • 72. Wu, N., Farquhar, J., Strauss, H., Kim, S.-T., Canfield, D.E. (2010) Evaluating the S-isotope fractionation associated with Phanerozoic pyrite burial. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74: 2053-2071.
  • 71. Meyer, H., Hetzel, R., Fügenschuh, B., Strauss, H. (2010) Determining the growth rate of topographic relief using in situ-produced 10Be: A case study in the Black Forest, Germany. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 290: 391-402.
  • 70. Peters, M., Farquhar, J., Ockert, C., Eickmann, B., Strauss, H., Garbe-Schönberg, D. (2010) Sulfur cycling in hydrothermal systems at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Chemical Geology, 269: 180-196.
  • 69. Guo, Q., Strauss, H., Liu, C., Zhao, Y., Yang, X., Peng., J., Yang, H. (2010) A negative carbon isotope excursion defines the boundary from Cambrian Series 2 to Cambrian Series 3 on the Yangtze Platform, South China. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimat. Palaeoecol. 285: 143-151.
  • 68. Meyer, H., Hetzel, R., Strauss, H. (2009) Erosion rates on different timescales derived from cosmogenic 10Be and river loads: Implications for landscape evolution in the Rhenish Massif, Germany. International Journal of Earth Sciences 99: 395-412.
  • 67. Meyer, H., Strauss, H., Hetzel, R. (2009) Sulphur sources and chemical weathering for small river catchments in low mountain ranges in Central Europe: Implications for atmospheric CO2 budget. Chemical Geology 268: 41-51.
  • 66. Perner, M., Bach, W., Hentscher, M., Koschinsky, A., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Streit, W. R. & Strauss, H. (2009) Short-term temporal microbial and physico-chemical variability in low-temperature hydrothermal fluids near 5°S on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Environmental Microbiology, doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2009.01978.
  • 65. Melezhik, V.A., Fallick, A.E., Filippov, M.M., Lepland, A., Rychanchik, D.V., Deines, Y.E., Medvedev, P.V., Romashkin, A.E., Strauss, H. (2009) Petroleum surface oil seeps from Palaeoproterozoic petrified giant oilfield. Terra Nova, 21: 119-126.
  • 64. Guo, Q., Strauss, H., Kaufman, A.J., Schröder, S., Gutzmer, J., Wing, B., Baker, M.A., Bekker, A., Kim, S.-T., Jin, Q., Farquhar, J. (2009) Reconstructing Earth’s surface oxidation across the Archean-Proterozoic transition. Geology, 37: 399-402.
  • 63. Fischer, W.W., Schroeder, S., Lacassie, J.P., Beukes, N.J., Goldberg, T., Strauss, H., Horstmann, U.E., Schrag, D.P., Knoll, A.H. (2009) Isotopic constraints on the late Archean carbon cycle from the Transvaal Supergroup along the western margin of the Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa. Precambrian Research 169: 15-27.
  • 62. Canfield, D.E., Poulton, S.W., Knoll, A.H., Narbonne, G.M., Ross, G., Goldberg, T., Strauss, H. (2008) Ferruginous conditions dominated later Neoproterozoic deep water chemistry. Science 321: 949-952.
  • 61. Stögbauer, A., Strauss, H., Arndt, J., Marek, V., Einsiedl, F., van Geldern, R. (2008) Rivers of North-Rhine Westphalia revisited: Tracing changes in river chemistry. Applied Geochemistry 23: 3290-3304.
  • 60. Koschinsky, A., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Sander, S., Schmidt, K., Gennerich, H.-H., Strauss, H. (2008) Hydrothermal venting at pressure-temperature conditions above the critical point of seawater, 5°S on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Geology 36: 615-618.
  • 59. Schwientek, M., Einsiedl, F., Stichler, W., Stögbauer, A., Strauss, H., Maloszewski, P. (2008) Evidence for denitrification regulated by pyrite oxidation in a heterogeneous porous groundwater system. Chemical Geology 255: 60-67.
  • 58. Mazumdar, A., Goldberg, T., Strauss, H. (2008) Oxidation of pyrite in acidic media and its implications in sulfur and oxygen isotopic measurement of trace sulfate in sedimentary rocks. Chemical Geology 253: 30-37.
  • 57. Schröder, S., Bekker, A., Beukes, N.J., Strauss, H., van Niekerk, H.S. (2008) Sulfate evaporites in the ~2.2-2.1 Gyr shallow-marine Lucknow Formation, South Africa: evidence for the rise in seawater sulfate content during the Paleoproterozoic positive carbon isotope excursion. Terra Nova 20: 108-117.
  • 56. Haase, K.M., Petersen, S., Koschinsky, A., Seifert, R., Devey, C.W., Dubilier, N., Fretzdorff, S., Garbe-Schönberg, D., German, C.R., Giere, O., Keir, R., Kuever, J., Lackschewitz, K.S., Mawick, J., Marbler, H., Melchert, B., Ostertag-Henning, C., Paulick, H., Perner, M., Peters, M., Sander, S., Schmale, O., Shank, T.M., Stecher, J., Stöber, U., Strauss, H., Süling, J., Walter, M., Warmuth, M., Weber, S., Westernströer, U., Yoerger, D., Zielinski, F. (2007) Young volcanism and related hydrothermal activity at 5°S on the slow-spreading southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 8: doi:10.1029/2006GC001509.
  • 55. Farquhar, J., Peters, M., Johnston, D.T., Strauss, H., Masterson, A., Wiechert, U., Kaufman, A.J. (2007) Isotopic evidence for Mesoarchean anoxia and changing atmospheric sulphur chemistry. Nature 449: 706-709.
  • 54. Zhu, M., Strauss, H., Shields, G.A. (2007) From snowball earth to the Cambrian bioradiation: Calibration of Ediacaran–Cambrian earth history in South China. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 254: 1-6.
  • 53. Guo, Q.-J., Shields, G.A., Liu, C., Strauss, H., Zhu, M., Pi, D., Goldberg, T., Yang, X., Fu, P. (2007) Trace element chemostratigraphy of two Ediacaran - Cambrian successions in South China: implications for organosedimentary metal enrichment and silicification. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 254: 194-216.
  • 52. Guo, Q.-J., Strauss, H., Liu, C.-Q., Goldberg, T., Zhu, M., Pi, D. (2007) Carbon isotopic evolution of the terminal Neoproterozoic and early Cambrian from different facies of the Yangtze Platform, South China. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 254: 140-157.
  • 51. Goldberg, T., Strauss, H., Guo, Q.-J., Liu, C.-Q. (2007) Reconstructing marine redox conditions for the early Cambrian Yangtze Platform: evidence from biogenic sulphur and organic carbon. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 254: 175-193.
  • 50. Simon, L., Goddéris, Y., Buggisch, W., Strauss, H., Joachmski, M.M. (2007) Modeling the carbon and sulphur isotope compositions of marine sediments: climate evolution during the Devonian. Chemical Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.08.014.
  • 49. Perner, M., Kuever, J., Seifert, R. Pape, T., Koschinsky, A., Schmidt, K., Strauss, H., Imhoff, J.F. (2007) The influence of serpentinisation processes on microbial communities at the Logatchev hydrothermal field, 15°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 61: 97-109.
  • 48. Perner, M., Seifert, R., Weber, S., Koschinsky, A., Schmidt, K., Strauss, H., Peters, M., Haase, K., Imhoff, J.F. (2007). Microbial CO2 fixation and sulfur cycling associated with low-temperature emissions at the Lilliput hydrothermal field, southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (9°S). Environmental Microbiology 9: 1186-1201.
  • 47. McClung, C.R., Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J., Mezger, K., Strauss, H., Gertloff, E. (2007) Geochemistry of bedded barite of the Mesoproterozoic Aggeneys-Gamsberg Broken Hill-type district, South Africa. Mineralium Deposita 42: 537-549.
  • 46. Shields, G.A., Deynoux, M., Strauss, H., Paquet, H., Nahon, D. (2007) Barite-bearing cap dolostones of the Taoudéni Basin, northwest Africa: Sedimentary and isotopic evidence for methane seepage after a Neoproterozoic glaciation. Precambrian Research 153: 209-235.
  • 45. Gómez Peral, L.E., Poiré, D.G., Zimmermann, U., Strauss, H. (2007) Chemostratigraphy and diagenetic constraints on Neoproterozoic carbonate successions from the Sierras Bayas Group, Tandilia System, Argentina. Chemical Geology 237: 127-146.
  • 44. Mazumdar, A., Strauss, H. (2006) Sulfur and strontium isotopic compositions of carbonate and evaporate rocks from the late Neoproterozoic-early Cambrian Bilara Group (Nagaur-Ganganagar Basin, India): Constraints on intrabasinal correlation and global sulphur cycle. Precambrian Research 149: 217-230.
  • 43. Hough, M.L., Shields, G.A., Evins, L.Z., Strauss, H., Henderson, R.A., Mackenzie, S. (2006) A major sulphur isotope event at ~510 Ma: a possible anoxia-extinction-volcanism connection during the Early-Middle Cambrian transition? Terra Nova 18: 257-263.
  • 42. Peters-Kottig, W., Strauss, H., Kerp, H. (2006) The land plant δ13C record and plant evolution in the late Paleozoic. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 240: 237-252.
  • 41. Müller, A.B., Strauss, H., Hartkopf-Fröder, C. Littke, R. (2006) Reconstructing the evolution of a late Permian lake, based on stable isotope geochemistry and palynofacies: a case study from the Saar-Nahe Basin, Germany. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 240: 204-224.
  • 40. Goldberg, T., Mazumdar, A., Strauss, H., Shields, G. (2006) Insights from stable S and O isotopes into biogeochemical processes and genesis of Lower Cambrian barite-pyrite concretions of South China. Organic Geochemistry 37: 1278-1288.
  • 39. Schneiderhan, E.A., Gutzmer, J., Strauss, H., Mezger, K., Beukes, N.J. (2006). The chemostratigraphy of a Paleoproterozoic MnF-BiF-dolostone succession – the Voëlwater Subgroup of the Transvaal Supergroup in Griqualand West, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 109: 63-80.
  • 38. Johnston, D.T., Wing, B.A., Farquhar, J., Kaufman, A.J., Strauss, H., Lyons, T.W., Kah, L.C., Canfield, D.E. (2005). Active microbial sulfur disproportionation in the Mesoproterozoic. Science 310: 1477-1479.
  • 37. Melezhik, V.A., Fallick, A.E., Hanski, E.J., Kump, L.R., Lepland, A., Prave, A.R., Strauss, H. (2005) Emergence of the aerobic biosphere during the Archean-Proterozoic transition: challenges of future research. GSA Today 15: 4-11.
  • 36. Guo, Q.-J., Strauss, H., Liu, C.-Q., Zhao, Y.-L., Pi, D.-H. (2005) Carbon and oxygen isotopic composition of lower to middle Cambrian sediments at Taijiang, Guizhou Province, China. Geol. Mag. 142: 1-11.
  • 35. Goldberg, T., Poulton, S.W., Strauss, H. (2005) Sulphur and oxygen isotope signatures of late Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian sulphate, Yangtze Platform, China: diagenetic constaints and seawater evolution. Precamb. Res. 137: 223-241.
  • 34. Korte, C., Kozur, H.W., Joachimski, M.M., Strauss, H., Veizer, J., Schwark, L. (2004) Carbon, sulfur, oxygen and strontium isotope records, organic geochemistry and biostratigraphy across the Permian/Triassic boundary at Abadeh, Iran. Int. J. Earth Sci. 93: 565-581.
  • 33. Detmers, J., Strauss, H., Schulte, U., Bergmann, A., Knittel, K., Kuever, J. (2004) FISH shows that Desulfotomaculum spp. are the dominating sulfate-reducing bacteria in a pristine aquifer. Microbial. Ecol. 47: 236-242.
  • 32. Kampschulte, A. and Strauss, H. (2004) The sulfur isotopic evolution of Phanerozoic seawater based on the analysis of structurally substituted sulfate in carbonates. Chem. Geol. 204: 255-286.
  • 31. Guo, Q., Liu, C., Strauss, H., Goldberg, T. (2003) Isotopic evolution of the terminal Neoproterozoic and early Cambrian carbon cycle on the northern Yangtze Platform, South China. Progr. Nat. Sci. 13: 942-945.
  • 30. Goldberg, T., Strauss, H., Guo, Q., Liu, C. (2003) Late Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian sulphur cycle – an isotopic investigation of sedimentary rocks from the Yangtze Platform. Progr. Nat. Sci. 13: 946-950.
  • 29. Strauss, H. and Peters-Kottig, W. (2003) The Phanerozoic carbon cycle revisited: the carbon isotopic composition of terrestrial organic matter. G3 Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 4, 1083, doi:10.1029/2003GC000555.
  • 28. Strauss, H. (2003) The early Archean sulfur cycle as evident from sulfur isotopes. Precamb. Res. 126: 349-361.
  • 27. Detmers, J., Schulte, U. Strauss, H., Kuever, J. (2001) Sulfate reduction at a lignite seam: a multidisciplinary approach. Microb. Ecol. 42: 238-247.
  • 26. Westphal, E. and Strauss, H. (2001) The late Paleozoic sulfur cycle – isotopic evidence from reduced sulfur components in marine sediments. Terra Nostra 2001/4: 81-84.
  • 25. Peters-Kottig, W., Strauss, H. and Kerp, H. (2001) The carbon isotopic composition of terrestrial organic matter from the late Paleozoic. Terra Nostra 2001/4: 52-56.
  • 24. Kampschulte, A., Bruckschen, P. and Strauss, H. (2001) The sulphur isotopic composition of trace sulphates in Carboniferous brachiopods: implications for coeval seawater, correlation with other geochemical cycles and isotope stratigraphy. Chemical Geology 175: 165-189.
  • 23. Joachimski, M.M., Ostertag-Henning, C., Pancost, R.D., Strauss, H., Freeman, K.H., Littke, R., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. and Racki, G. (2001) Water column anoxia, enhanced productivity and concomitant changes in δ13C and δ34S across the Frasnian-Famennian boundary (Kowala – Holy Cross Mountains/Poland). Chemical Geology 175: 101-123.
  • 22. Strauss, H., Banerjee, D.M. and Kumar, V. (2001) The sulfur isotopic composition of Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian seawater – evidence from the cyclic Hanseran Evaporites, NW India. Chemical Geology 175: 17-28.
  • 21. Veizer, J., Ala, D., Azmy, K., Bruckschen, P., Buhl, D., Bruhn, F., Carden, G.A.F., Diener, A., Ebneth, S., Godderis, Y., Jasper, T., Korte, Pawellek, F., Podlaha, O.G. & Strauss, H. (1999) 87Sr/86Sr, δ13C and δ18O Evolution of Phanerozoic Seawater. Chem. Geol. 161: 59-88.
  • 20. Shields, G.A., Strauss, H., Siegmund, H., Howe, S. (1999) Sulphur isotope study of sedimentary phosphorites from Sinian-Cambrian boundary sections of South China. J. Geol. Soc. London 156: 943-955.
  • 19. Lückge, A., Ercegovac, M., Strauss, H. & Littke, R. (1999) Early diagenetic alteration of organic matter in Quaternary sediments from the northeastern Arabian Sea. Marine Geology 158: 1-13.
  • 18. Hayes, J.M., Strauss, H. & Kaufman, A.J. (1999) The abundance of 13C in Marine Organic Matter and Isotopic Fractionation in the Global Biogeochemical Cycle of Carbon during the past 800 Ma. Chem. Geol. 161: 103-125.
  • 17. Strauss, H. (1999) Geological Evolution from Isotope Proxy Signals: Sulfur. Chem. Geol. 161: 89-101.
  • 16. Samuelsson, J. & Strauss, H. (1999) Stable isotope geochemistry and paleobiology of the upper Visingsö Group (early Neoproterozoic), southern Sweden. Geol. Mag., 136: 63-73.
  • 15. Kampschulte, A., Buhl, D. & Strauss, H. (1998) The sulfur and strontium isotopic compositions of Permian evaporites from the Zechstein Basin, northern Germany. Geol. Rdsch., 87: 192-199.
  • 14. Schulte, U., Strauss, H., Bergmann, A. & Obermann, P. (1997) Isotopenverhältnisse der Schwefel- und Kohlenstoffspezies aus Sedimenten und tiefen Grundwässern der Niederrheinischen Bucht. Grundwasser, 3: 103-110.
  • 13. Veizer, J., Bruckschen, P., Pawellek, F., Diener, A., Podlaha, O.G., Jasper, T., Korte, C., Strauss, H., Azmy, K. & Ala, D. (1997) Oxygen isotope evolution of Phanerozoic seawater. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimat. Palaeoecol., 132: 159-172.
  • 12. Strauss, H., Vidal, G., Moczydlowska, M. & Paczesna, J. (1997) Carbon isotope geochemistry and paleontology of Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian siliciclastic successions in the East European Platform, Poland. Geol. Mag., 134: 1-16.
  • 11. Strauss, H. (1997) The isotopic composition of sedimentary sulfur through time. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimat. Palaeoecol., 132: 97-118.
  • 10. Strauss, H. & Beukes, N.J. (1996) Carbon and sulfur isotopic compositions of organic carbon and pyrite in sediments from the Transvaal Supergroup, South Africa. Precamb. Res., 79: 57-71.
  • 9. Strauss, H. (1993) The sulfur isotopic record of Precambrian sulfates: new data and a critical evaluation of the existing record. Precamb. Res., 63: 225-246.
  • 8. Des Marais, D.J., Strauss, H., Summons, R.E. & Hayes, J.M. (1992) Proterozoic carbon cycle. Nature, 362: 18.
  • 7. Des Marais, D.J., Strauss, H., Summons, R.E. & Hayes, J.M. (1992) Carbon isotopic evidence for the stepwise oxidation of the Proterozoic environment. Nature, 359: 605-609.
  • 6. Strauss, H., Bengtson, S., Myrow, P.M. & Vidal, G. (1992) Stable isotope geochemistry and palynology of the late Precambrian to early Cambrian sequence in Newfoundland. Can. J. Earth Sci., 29: 1662-1673.
  • 5. Farmer, J., Vidal, G., Moczydlowska, M., Strauss, H., Ahlberg, P. & Siedlecka, A. (1992) Ediacaran fossils from the Innerelv Member (late Proterozoic) of the Tanafjorden area, northeastern Finnmark. Geol. Mag., 129: 181-195.
  • 4. Buhl, D., Neuser, R.D., Richter, D.K., Riedel, D., Roberts, B., Strauss, H. & Veizer, J. (1991) Nature and nurture: environmental isotope story of the river Rhine. Naturwissenschaften, 78: 337-346.
  • 3. Strauss, H. & Schieber, J. (1990) A sulfur isotope study of pyrite genesis: the Mid-Proterozoic Newland Formation, Belt Supergroup, Montana. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 54: 197-204.
  • 2. Strauss, H. (1989) Carbon and sulfur isotope data for carbonaceous metasediments from the Kidd Creek massive sulfide deposit and vicinity, Timmins, Ontario. Econ. Geol., 84: 959-962.
  • 1. Strauss, H. (1986) Carbon and sulfur in Precambrian sediments from the Canadian Shield. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 50: 2653-2662.

Book Chapters - (peer reviewed):

  • 28. Summons, R.E., Illing, C.J., van Zuilen, M., Strauss, H. (2013) Biomarkers and Isotopic Tracers. In: Melezhik, V.A.; Prave, A.R.; Fallick, A.E.; Kump, L.R.; Strauss, H.; Lepland, A.; Hanski, E.J. (Eds.) Reading the Archive of Earth's Oxygenation. Volume 3: Global Events and the Fennoscandian Arctic Russia - Drilling Early Earth Project. Chapter 7.11.4., p. 1395-1405.
  • 27. Strauss, H., Melezhik, V.A., Lepland, A., Fallick, A.E., Hanski, E.J., Filippov, M.M., Deines, Y.E., Illing, C.J., Crne, A., Brasier, A. (2013) Enhanced Accumulation of Organic Matter – The Shunga Event. In: Melezhik, V.A.; Prave, A.R.; Fallick, A.E.; Kump, L.R.; Strauss, H.; Lepland, A.; Hanski, E.J. (Eds.) Reading the Archive of Earth's Oxygenation. Volume 3: Global Events and the Fennoscandian Arctic Russia - Drilling Early Earth Project. Chapter 7.6., p. 1195-1273.
  • 26. Strauss, H., Melezhik, V.A., Reuschel, M., Fallick, A.E., Lepland, A., Rychanchik, D.V. (2013) Abundant Marine Calcium Sulphates – Radical Change of Seawater Sulphate Reservoir and Sulphur Cycle. In: Melezhik, V.A.; Prave, A.R.; Fallick, A.E.; Kump, L.R.; Strauss, H.; Lepland, A.; Hanski, E.J. (Eds.) Reading the Archive of Earth’s Oxygenation. Volume 3: Global Events and the Fennoscandian Arctic Russia - Drilling Early Earth Project. Chapter 7.5., p. 1169-1194.
  • 25. Reuschel, M., Strauss, H., Lepland, A., Prave, A. (2013) The End of Mass-Independent Fractionation of Sulphur Isotopes. In: Melezhik, V.A.; Prave, A.R.; Fallick, A.E.; Kump, L.R.; Strauss, H.; Lepland, A.; Hanski, E.J. (Eds.) Reading the Archive of Earth’s Oxygenation. Volume 3: Global Events and the Fennoscandian Arctic Russia - Drilling Early Earth Project. Chapter 7.1., p. 1049-1058.
  • 24. Thomazo, C., Strauss, H. (2011) Isotopic Biomarkers. In: M. Gargaud, R. Amils, J. Chernicharo Quintanilla, H.J. Cleaves, W.M. Irvine, D. Pinti & M. Viso (eds.) Encyclopedia for Astrobiology, Springer, p. 183-187.
  • 23. Strauss, H. (2011) Sulfur isotopes and stromatolites. In: V. Tewari J. & Seckbach (eds.) STROMATOLITES: Interaction of Microbes with Sediments, Springer, p. 689-701.
  • 22. Strauss, H., Veizer, J. (2009) Sulfur Isotopes. In: Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments (Vivien Gornitz, ed.), Springer, p. 926-929.
  • 21. Strauss, H. (2006) Anoxia Through Time. In: L.N. Neretin (ed) Past and Present Water Column Anoxia. NATO Science Series, IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vol. 64, p. 3-19.
  • 20. Robb, L.J., Knoll, A.H., Plumb, K.A., Shields, G.A., Strauss, H., Veizer, J., Bleeker, W. (2005) The Precambrian: the Archean and Proterozoic Eons. In: F. Gradstein, J. Ogg, A. Smith (eds) A Geologic Time Scale 2004. Cambridge Univ. Press, p. 129-141.
  • 19. Dobrzinski, N., Bahlburg, H., Strauss, H. and Zhang, Q. (2004) Geochemical climate proxies applied to the Neoproterozoic glacial succession on the Yangtze Platform, South China. Jenkins, G. et al., Multidisciplinary Studies Exploring Extreme Proterozoic Conditions, AGU monograph 146: 13-32.
  • 18. Strauss, H. (2004) 4 Ga of seawater evolution: evidence from the sulfur isotopic composition of sulfate. Amend, J.P. et al., Sulfur Biogeochemistry: past and present. Geol. Soc. Amer. Spec. Pap. 379: 195-205.
  • 17. Schulte, U., Strauss, H. (2003) Biogeochemistry of a deep aquifer-system II: stable isotopes. In: Schulz, H.D. & Hadeler, A. Geochemical Processes in Soil and Groundwater. 498-510. Wiley-VCH GmbH&Co., Weinheim.
  • 16. Strauss, H. (2002) The sulfur isotopic composition of Precambrian sedimentary sulfides – seawater chemistry and biological evolution. In: Altermann, W. & Corcoran, P. (eds.) Precambrian Sedimentary Environments: a modern approach to ancient depositional systems. Spec. Publs. Int. Ass. Sediment. 33: 67-105. Blackwell Sci. Publ..
  • 15. Wisotzky, F., Kracht, O., Eckert, P. und Strauss, H. (2001) Nachweismöglichkeiten von Natural Bioattenuation durch Untersuchung stabiler Isotope an einem BTEX-belasteten Grundwasserleiter. In: Natural Attenuation – Neue Erkenntnisse, Konflikte, Anwendungen. 97-110, Balkema, Rotterdam.
  • 14. Borg, B.E., Borg, G. und Strauss, H. (2000) A combined isotopic, petrographic, and archaeological provenance study of the marble sources for the Apollo temple of Didyma, W-Anatolia. In: Rammlmair, D. et al. (eds.) Applied Mineralogy. 951-954, Balkema, Rotterdam.
  • 13. Banerjee, D.M., Deb, M. & Strauss, H. (1992) Organic carbon isotopic composition of Proterozoic sedimentary rocks from India: preliminary results. In: M. Schidlowski et al. (eds.) Early Organic Evolution - Implications for Mineral and Energy Resources. 232-240, Springer-Verlag. Berlin-Heidelberg-New York.
  • 12. Strauss, H., Des Marais, D.J., Hayes, J.M. & Summons, R.E. (1992) Proterozoic organic carbon - its preservation and isotopic record. In: M. Schidlowski et al. (eds.) Early Organic Evolution - Implications for Mineral and Energy Resources. 203-211, Springer-Verlag. Berlin-Heidelberg-New York.
  • 11. Hayes, J.M., Bengtson, S., Hofmann, H.J., Lipps, J.H., Lowe, D.R., Mankiewicz, C., Mendelson, C.V., Moore, T.B., Runnegar, B. & Strauss, H. (1992) Construction and use of geological, geochemical, and paleobiological databases. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 855-856, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 10. Summons, R.E. & Strauss, H. (1992) Composition of extractable organic matter. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 811-819, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 9. Summons, R.E. & Strauss, H. (1992) Procedures for analysis of extractable organic matter. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 799-809, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 8. Strauss, H. & Moore, T.B. (1992) Abundances and isotopic compositions of carbon and sulfur species in whole rock and kerogen samples. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 709-797, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 7. Strauss, H., Des Marais, D.J., Hayes, J.M., Lambert, I.B. & Summons, R.E. (1992) Procedures of whole rock and kerogen analysis. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 699-707, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 6. Strauss, H., Des Marais, D.J., Hayes, J.M., Moore, T.B. & Schopf, J.W. (1992) Flow chart and processing procedures for rock samples. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 695-697, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 5. Strauss, H., Hayes, J.M. & Summons, R.E. (1992) Proterozoic distribution of biogeochemical fossils. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 511-512, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 4. Hayes, J.M., Summons, R.E., Lambert, I.B., Strauss, H. & Des Marais, D.J. (1992) Unsolved problems and conclusions. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 133-134, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 3. Hayes, J.M., Lambert, I.B. & Strauss, H. (1992) The sulfur-isotopic record. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 129-132, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 2. Strauss, H., Des Marais, D.J., Summons, R.E. & Hayes, J.M. (1992) The carbon-isotopic record. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 117-127, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 1. Strauss, H., Des Marais, D.J., Summons, R.E. & Hayes, J.M. (1992) Concentrations of organic carbon and maturities and elemental composition of kerogens. In: J.W. Schopf & C. Klein (eds.) The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study, pp. 95-99, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


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