Journal Articles

*Asterisks denote shared first-authorship. Advisees are underlined.


[33] Elling, F.J.*, Kattein, L.*, Naafs, B.D., Lauretano, V., Pearson, A. (2023). Heterotrophic origin and diverse sources of branched glycerol monoalkyl glycerol tetraethers (brGMGTs) in peats and lignites. Organic Geochemistry 178, 104558.


[32] Elling, F.J., Evans, T.W., Hemingway, J.D., Kharbush, J.J., Spieck, E., Summons, R.E., Pearson, A. (2022). Marine and terrestrial nitrifying bacteria are sources of diverse bacteriohopanepolyols. Geobiology 20, 399-420.

[31] Evans, T.W., Elling, F.J., Li, Y., Pearson, A., Summons, R.E. (2022). A new and improved protocol for extraction of intact polar membrane lipids from archaea. Organic Geochemistry 165, 104353.

[30] Blewett, J., Elling, F.J., Naafs, B.D.A., Kattein, L., Evans, T.W., Lauretano, V., Gallego-Sala, A.V., Pancost, R.D., Pearson, A. (2022). Metabolic and ecological controls on the stable carbon isotopic composition of archaeal (isoGDGT and BDGT) and bacterial (brGDGT) lipids in wetlands and lignites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 320, 1-25.


[29] Elling, F.J.*, Hemingway, J.D.*, Kharbush, J.J., Becker, K.W., Polik, C.A., Pearson, A.  (2021) Linking diatom-diazotroph symbioses to nitrogen cycle perturbations and deep-water anoxia: Insights from Mediterranean sapropel events. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2021;571:117110.

[28] Lattaud, J., De Jonge, C., Pearson, Elling, F.J., A., Eglinton, T.I. Microbial lipid signatures in Arctic deltaic sediments – insights into methane cycling and climate variability. Organic Geochemistry 2021;157:104242.

[27] Santoro, A.E., Bayer, B., Elling, F.J., Pearson, A. Candidatus Nitrosopelagicus. In Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria 2021 (eds M.E. Trujillo, S. Dedysh, P. DeVos, B. Hedlund, P. Kämpfer, F.A. Rainey and W.B. Whitman).


[26] Elling FJ, Hemingway JD, Evans TW, Kharbush JJ, Spieck E, Summons RE, Pearson A. Vitamin B12-dependent biosynthesis ties amplified 2-methylhopanoid production during oceanic anoxic events to nitrification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2020;117:32996-33004.

[25] Cobban A, Zhang Y, Zhou A, Weber Y, Elling FJ, Pearson A, Leavitt WD. Multiple environmental parameters impact lipid cyclization in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. Environmental Microbiology 2020;22:4046-4056.

[24] Nigro L, Elling FJ, Hinrichs K-U, Joye SB, Teske A. Microbial diversity and biogeochemistry of hypersaline sediments in Orca Basin. Plos One 2020;15(4):e0231676.

[23] Probst AJ*, Elling FJ*, Castelle C, Zhu Q, Elvert M, Birarda G, Holman H-YN, Lane KR, Ladd B, Ryan MC, Woyke T, Hinrichs K-U, Banfield JF. Lipid analysis of CO2-rich subsurface aquifers suggests an autotrophy-based deep biosphere with lysolipids enriched in CPR bacteria. ISME Journal 2020;14:1547-1560.

[22] Zhou A, Weber Y, Chiu BK, Elling FJ, Cobban AB, Pearson A, Leavitt WD. Energy flux controls tetraether lipid cyclization in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. Environmental Microbiology 2020;22(1):343-353.


[21] Elling FJ, Gottschalk J, Doeana K, Kusch S, Hurley SJ, Pearson A. Archaeal lipid biomarker constraints on the Paleocene-Eocene carbon isotope excursion. Nature Communications 2019;10:4519.

[20] Pearson A, Hurley SJ, Elling FJ, Wilkes EB. CO2-dependent carbon isotope fractionation in Archaea, Part I: Modeling the 3HP/4HB pathway. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2019;261(368):382.

[19] Hurley SJ, Close HG, Elling FJ, Jasper CE, Gospodinova K, McNichol AP, Pearson A. CO2-dependent carbon isotope fractionation in Archaea, Part II: The marine water column. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2019;261:383-395.


[18] Polik CA, Elling FJ, Pearson A. Impacts of Paleoecology on the TEX86 Sea Surface Temperature Proxy in the Pliocene-Pleistocene Mediterranean Sea. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 2018;33:1472-1489.

[17] Becker KW*, Elling FJ*, Schröder JM, Lipp JS, Goldhammer T, Zabel M, Elvert M, Overmann J, Hinrichs K-U. Isoprenoid quinones resolve the stratification of microbial redox processes in a biogeochemical continuum from the photic zone to deep anoxic sediments of the Black Sea. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2018;84:e02736-17.

[16] Hemingway JD, Kusch S, Shah Walter SR, A. PC, Elling FJ, Pearson A. A novel method to measure the 13C composition of intact bacteriohopanepolyols. Organic Geochemistry 2018;123:144-147.


[15] Elling FJ, Könneke M, Nicol GW, Stieglmeier M, Bayer B, Spieck E, de la Torre JR, Becker KW, Thomm M, Prosser JI, Herndl GJ, Schleper C, Hinrichs K-U. Chemotaxonomic characterisation of the thaumarchaeal lipidome. Environmental Microbiology 2017;19:2681–2700.


[14] Hurley SJ*, Elling FJ*, Könneke M, Buchwald C, Wankel SD, Santoro AE, Lipp JS, Hinrichs K-U, Pearson A. Influence of ammonia oxidation rate on thaumarchaeal lipid composition and the TEX86 temperature proxy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2016;113(28):7762-7767.

[13] Elling FJ, Spiegel C, Estrada S, Davis DW, Reinhardt L, Henjes-Kunst F, Allroggen N, Dohrmann R, Piepjohn K, Lisker F. Origin of bentonites and detrital zircons of the Paleocene Basilika Formation, Svalbard. Frontiers in Earth Science 2016;4:73.

[12] Zhuang G-C*, Elling FJ*, Nigro LM, Samarkin V, Joye SB, Teske A, Hinrichs K-U. Multiple evidence for methylotrophic methanogenesis as the dominant methanogenic pathway in deep-sea hypersaline sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2016;187:1-20.

[11] Becker KW, Elling FJ, Yoshinaga MY, Söllinger A, Urich T, Hinrichs K-U. Unusual butane- and pentanetriol-based tetraether lipids in Methanomassiliicoccus luminyensis, a representative of the seventh order of methanogens. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2016;82:4505-4516.

[10] Liu X-L, Birgel D, Elling FJ, Sutton PA, Lipp JS, Zhu R, Zhang C, Könneke M, Peckmann J, Rowland SJ, Summons RE, Hinrichs K-U. From ether to acid: A plausible degradation pathway of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2016;183:138-152.

[9] Zhu C, Wakeham SG, Elling FJ, Basse A, Mollenhauer G, Versteegh GJM, Könneke M, Hinrichs K-U. Stratification of archaeal membrane lipids in the ocean and implications for adaptation and chemotaxonomy of planktonic archaea. Environmental Microbiology 2016;18:4324-4336.

[8] Yao M, Elling FJ, Jones CA, Nomosatryo S, Long CP, Crowe SA, Antoniewicz MR, Hinrichs K-U, Maresca JA. Heterotrophic bacteria from an extremely phosphate-poor lake have conditionally reduced phosphorus demand and utilize diverse sources of phosphorus. Environmental Microbiology 2016;18(2): 656–667.

[7] Elling FJ*, Becker KW*, Könneke M, Schröder JM, Kellermann MY, Thomm M, Hinrichs K-U. Respiratory quinones in Archaea: phylogenetic distribution and application as biomarkers in the marine environment. Environmental Microbiology 2016;18(2):692–707.


[6] Coban H, Miltner A, Elling FJ, Hinrichs K-U, Kästner M. The contribution of biogas residues to soil organic matter formation and CO2 emissions in an arable soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 2015;86:108–115.

[5] Lü X, Liu X-L, Elling FJ, Yang H, Xie S, Song J, Li X, Yuan H, Li N, Hinrichs K-U. Hydroxylated isoprenoid GDGTs in Chinese coastal seas and their potential as a paleotemperature proxy for mid-to-low latitude marginal seas. Organic Geochemistry 2015;89-90:31–43.

[4] Elling FJ, Könneke M, Mußmann M, Greve A, Hinrichs K-U. Influence of temperature, pH, and salinity on membrane lipid composition and TEX86 of marine planktonic thaumarchaeal isolates. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2015;171:238–255.

[3] Widderich N, Czech L, Elling FJ, Könneke M, Stöveken N, Pittelkow M, Riclea R, Dickschat JS, Heider J, Bremer E. Strangers in the archaeal world: osmostress-responsive biosynthesis of ectoine and hydroxyectoine by the marine thaumarchaeon Nitrosopumilus maritimus. Environmental Microbiology 2015;18:1227 – 1248.


[2] Elling FJ, Könneke M, Lipp JS, Becker KW, Gagen EJ, Hinrichs K-U. Effects of growth phase on the membrane lipid composition of the thaumarchaeon Nitrosopumilus maritimus and their implications for archaeal lipid distributions in the marine environment. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2014;141:579–597.

[1] Meador TB, Zhu C, Elling FJ, Könneke M, Hinrichs K-U. Identification of isoprenoid glycosidic glycerol dibiphytanol diethers and indications for their biosynthetic origin. Organic Geochemistry 2014;69:70–75.



Elling FJ. Factors controlling the lipid composition of marine planktonic Thaumarchaeota. PhD Thesis. Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen.