I have been appointed Professor of Earth Surface Science at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) in the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam from January 2009.
Since August 2010 my office is at Science Park 904 on the third floor in the C Building; room 223.
As Chair of Earth Surface Science, I work towards an improved understanding of geo-ecological systems in a changing environment. My domain is the interface of soil, air and water in the landscape. ESS investigates interrelationships between biogeochemical and geomorphological processes in terrestrial and adjacent aquatic ecosystems at different scales from the molecular scale to landscape level. Multidisciplinary approaches, innovative experiments and application of modern tools of analytical chemistry are essential preconditions if the scientific challenges of climate change and other human-made impacts are to be met. Within my Chair, the dynamics of organic matter in soils, sediments and waters are one central research area which is related to geomorphology, soil science, ecosystem functioning and the dynamics of pollutants in soils and waters. This research area is highly topical taking into account that the dynamics of organic matter is extremelysensitive to changes in climate and land use, while being crucial for the main functions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
My research background lies in the dynamics of matter fluxes and their controlling factors and processes in natural and anthropogenic ecosystems. More specifically, I have been interested in the dynamics of dissolved organic matter. It is an important key driver of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and also an excellent medium to link different disciplines and scales.
From 1993 to 1998 I have worked at the Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Leipzig-Halle (Germany) and earned my PhD degree in soil science in 1996. I later moved to the University of Bayreuth (Germany) where I completed my Habilitation in 2004 and held a post until my move to the UvA. I am also an Associate Editor of the international journal Biogeochemistry .
Hansson, K., D. Berggren Kleja, K. Kalbitz, H. Larsson (2010) Amounts of carbon mineralized and leached as DOC during decomposition of Norway spruce needles and fine roots. Soil Biol. Biochem. 42, 178-185.
Jansen, B., E. E. v. Loon, K. Kalbitz (2010) A new biomarker approach to reconstruct pastvegetation patterns. Geochim Cosmochim. Acta 74, A459.
Kalbitz, K. , R. Mikutta (2010) Interactions of organic matter with minerals - Ultimate stabilization in soils? Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 74, A489.
Klotzbücher, T., K. Kaiser, T. R. Filley, K. Kalbitz (2010) Comparability of commonly used methods to study lignin degradation in decomposing foliarlitter. Geochim Cosmochim. Acta 74, A524.
Kögel-Knabner,I., W. Amelung, Z.H. Cao, S. Fiedler, P. Frenzel, R. Jahn, K. Kalbitz, A. Kölbl, M. Schloter (2010) Biogeochemistry of paddy soils. Geoderma 157, 1-14.
Marinari, S., K. Liburdi, A. Fliessbach, K. Kalbitz (2010) Effects of organic management on water-extractable organic matter and C mineralization in European arable soils. Soil & Tillage Research 106, 211-217.
Schneider, M. P., T. Scheel, R. Mikutta, P. van Hees, K. Kaiser, K. Kalbitz (2010) Sorptive stabilization of organic matter by amorphous Al hydroxide. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 74, 1606-1619.
Höll, B. S., S. Fiedler, H. F. Jungkunst, K. Kalbitz, A. Freibauer, M. Drösler, K. Stahr (2009) Characteristics of dissolved organic matter following 20 years of peatland restoration. Sci. Tot. Environ. 408, 78-83.
Huang, J.H., K. Kalbitz, E. Matzner (2008) Mobility of trimethyllead and total lead in the forest floor. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 72, 978-984.
Kalbitz, K ., K. Kaiser (2008) Contribution of dissolved organic matter to carbon storage in forest soils. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 171, 52-60.
Kalbitz, K. , D. Schwesig, W. Wang (2008)Effects of platinum from vehicle exhaust catalyst on carbon and nitrogen mineralization in soils. Sci. Tot. Environ. 405, 239-245.
Kögel-Knabner, I., G. Guggenberger, M. Kleber, E. Kandeler, K. Kalbitz, S. Scheu, K. Eusterhues, P. Leinweber (2008) Organo-mineral associations in temperate soils: Integrating biology, mineralogy, and organic matter chemistry. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 171, 61-82.
Marschner, B., S. Brodowski, A. Dreves, G. Gleixner, A. Gude, P. M. Grootes, U. Hamer, A. Heim, G. Jandl, R. Ji, K. Kaiser, K. Kalbitz, C. Kramer, P. Leinweber, J. Rethemeyer, A. Schäffer, M. W. I. Schmidt, L. Schwark, G. L. B. Wiesenberg (2008) How relevant is recalcitrance for the stabilization of organic matter in soils? J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 171, 91-110.
Scheel, T., B. Jansen, A. J. van Wijk, J. M. Verstraten, K. Kalbitz (2008) Stabilization of dissolved organic matter by aluminium - A toxic effector stabilization through precipitation? Eur. J. Soil Sci. 59, 1122-1132.
Scheel, T., K. Pritsch, M. Schloter, K. Kalbitz (2008) Precipitation of enzymes and organic matter by aluminium - impacts on carbon mineralization. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 171, 900-907.
Scheel, T., L. Haumaier, R. H. Ellerbrock, J. Rühlmann, K. Kalbitz (2008) Properties of organic matter precipitated from acidic forest soil solutions. Org. Geochem. 39, 1439-1453.
v. Lützow, M., I. Kögel-Knabner, B. Ludwig, E. Matzner, H. Flessa, K. Ekschmitt, G. Guggenberger, B. Marschner, K. Kalbitz (2008) Stabilization mechanisms of organic matter in four temperate soils: Development and application of a conceptual model. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 171, 111-124.
Zhao, M., J. Zhou, K. Kalbitz (2008) Carbon mineralization and properties of water-extractable organic carbon in soils of the south Loess Plateau in China . Eur. J. Soil Biol. 44, 158-165.
Callesen, I. , W. Borken , K. Kalbitz, E. Matzner (2007) Long-term development of nitrogen fluxes in a coniferous ecosystem: Does soilfreezing trigger nitrate leaching? J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 170, 189-196.
Hojdová, M., J.-H. Huang, K. Kalbitz, E. Matzner (2007) Effects of throughfall and litterfall manipulation on concentrations of methylmercury and mercury in forest floor percolates. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 170, 373-377.
Kalbitz, K ., A. Meyer, R. Yang, P. Gerstberger (2007) Response of dissolved organic matter in the forest floor to long-term manipulation of litter and throughfall inputs. Biogeochemistry 86, 301-318.
Mikutta, R., C. Mikutta, K. Kalbitz, T. Scheel, K. Kaiser, R. Jahn (2007) Biodegradation of forest floor organic matter bound to minerals via different binding mechanisms. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 71, 2569-2590.
Scheel, T., C. Dörfler, K. Kalbitz (2007) Precipitation of dissolved organic matter by Al stabilizes carbon in acidic forest soils. Soil Sci. Soc.Am. J. 71, 64-74.
Kalbitz, K ., K. Kaiser, J. Bargholz, P. Dardenne (2006) Lignin degradation controls theproduction of dissolved organic matter in decomposing foliar litter. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 57, 504-516.
McDowell, W. H., A. Zsolnay, J. A. Aitkenhead-Peterson, E. G. Gregorich, D. L. Jones, D. Jödemann, K. Kalbitz, B. Marschner, D. Schwesig (2006) A comparison of methods to determine the biodegradable dissolved organic matter (DOM) from different terrestrial sources. Soil Biol. Biochem. 38, 1933-1942.
Stadler, B., A. Schramm, K. Kalbitz (2006) Ant-mediated effects on spruce litter decomposition, solution chemistry, and microbial activity. Soil Biol. Biochem. 38, 561-572.
Aitkenhead-Peterson, J. A., K. Kalbitz (2005) Short-term response on the quantity and quality of rhizo-deposited carbon from Norway spruce exposed to low and high N inputs. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 168, 687-693.
Don, A., K. Kalbitz (2005) Amounts and degradability of dissolved organic carbon from foliar litter at different decompositionstages. Soil Biol. Biochem. 37, 2171-2179.
Kalbitz, K ., D. Schwesig, J. Rethemeyer, E. Matzner (2005) Stabilization of dissolved organic matter by sorption to the mineral soil. Soil Biol. Biochem. 37, 1319-1331.
Kalbitz, K ., B. Glaser, R. Bol (2004) Clear-cutting of a Norway spruce stand: implications for controls on the dynamics of dissolved organic matter in the forest floor. Eur.J. SoilSci. 55, 401-413.
Kawahigashi, M., K. Kaiser, K. Kalbitz, A. Rodionov, G. Guggenberger (2004) Dissolved organic matter in small streams along a gradient from continuous to discontinuous permafrost. Global Change Biology 10, 1576-1586.
Fiedler, S., K. Kalbitz (2003) Concentrations and properties of dissolved organic matter in forest soils as affected by the redox regime. Soil Sci. 168, 793-801.
Glatzel, S., K. Kalbitz, M. Dalva, T. Moore (2003) Dissolved organic carbon properties and theirrelationship to carbon dioxide efflux from restored peat bogs. Geoderma 113, 397-411.
Kalbitz, K ., K. Kaiser (2003) Ecological aspects of dissolved organic matter in soils (preface). Geoderma 113, 177-178.
Kalbitz K ., J. Schmerwitz, D. Schwesig, E. Matzner (2003) Biodegradation of soil-derived dissolved organic matter as related to its properties. Geoderma 113, 273-291.
Kalbitz, K ., D. Schwesig, J. Schmerwitz, K. Kaiser, L. Haumaier, B. Glaser, R. Ellerbrock, P. Leinweber (2003) Changes in properties of soil-derived dissolved organic matter induced by biodegradation. Soil Biol. Biochem. 35, 1129-1142.
Marschner B., K. Kalbitz (2003) Controls of bioavailability and biodegradability of dissolved organic matter in soils. Geoderma 113,211-235.
Schwesig, D., K. Kalbitz, E. Matzner (2003) Effects of aluminium on the mineralization of dissolved organic carbon derived from forest floors. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 54, 311-322.
Schwesig, D., K. Kalbitz, E. Matzner (2003) Mineralization of dissolved organic carbon in mineral soil solution of two forest soils. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 166, 585-593.
Kalbitz, K ., S. Geyer (2002) Different effects of peat degradation on dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen. Org. Geochem.33, 319-326.
Park, J.-H., K. Kalbitz, E. Matzner (2002) Resourcecontrol on the production of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in a deciduous forest floor. Soil Biol. Biochem. 34, 813-822.
Kalbitz, K . (2001) Properties of organic matter in soil solution in a German fen area asdependent on land use and depth. Geoderma 104, 203-214.
Kalbitz, K ., W. Geyer (2001) Humification indices of water-soluble fulvic acids derived from synchronous fluorescence spectra - effects of spectrometer type and concentration. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 164, 259-265.
Leinweber, P, H. R. Schulten, K. Kalbitz, R. Meißner, H. Jancke (2001) Fulvic acid composition in degraded fenlands. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 164, 371-379.
Michalzik, B., K. Kalbitz, J.-H. Park, S. Solinger, E. Matzner (2001) Fluxes and concentrations of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen - a synthesis for temperate forests. Biogeochemistry 52, 173-205.
Solinger, S., K. Kalbitz, E. Matzner (2001) Controls on the dynamics of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in a Central European deciduous forest. Biogeochemistry 55, 327-349.
Kalbitz, K ., S. Geyer, W. Geyer (2000) A comparative characterization of dissolved organic matter by means of original aqueous samples and isolated humic substances. Chemosphere 40/12, 1305-1312.
Kalbitz, K ., S. Solinger, J.-H. Park, B. Michalzik, E. Matzner (2000) Controls on the dynamics of dissolved organic matter insoils: A review. Soil Sci. 165, 277-304.
Kalbitz, K ., S. Geyer, M. Gehre (2000) Land use impacts on the isotopic signature ( 13 C, 14 C, 15 N) of water-soluble fulvic acids in a German fen area. Soil Sci. 165, 728-736.
Kalbitz, K ., H. Rupp, R. Meissner, F. Braumann (1999) Folgewirkungen der Renaturierung eines Niedermoores auf die Stickstoff-, Phosphor- und Kohlenstoffgehalte im Boden- und Grundwasser. Z. Kulturtechnik undLandentwicklung 40, 22-28.
Kalbitz, K ., P. Popp (1999) Seasonal impacts on -hexachlorocyclohexane concentration in soil solution. Environ. Poll. 106, 139-141.
Kalbitz, K ., W. Geyer , S. Geyer (1999) Spectroscopic properties of dissolved humic substances - a reflection of land use history in a fen area. Biogeochemistry 47, 219-238.
Kalbitz, K ., R. Wennrich (1998) Mobilization of heavy metals and arsenic in polluted wetland soils and its dependence on dissolved organic matter. Sci. Total Environ. 209/1, 27-39.
Kalbitz, K ., S. Knappe (1997) Einfluß der Bodeneigenschaften auf die Freisetzung der gelösten organischen Substanz (DOM) aus dem Oberboden. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 160, 475-483.
Kalbitz, K , P. Popp, W. Geyer , G. Hanschmann (1997) HCH Mobilization in Polluted Wetland Soils as Influenced by Dissolved Organic Matter. Sci. Total Environ. 204, 37-48.
Popp, P., A. Kauert, K. Kalbitz (1995) Festphasenmikroextraktion (SPME). GIT Fachzeitschrift für das Laboratorium 39, 325-331.
Popp, P., K. Kalbitz, G. Oppermann (1994) Application of solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography with electron-capture and massspectrometric detection for the determination of hexachlorocyclohexanes in soil solutions. J. Chromatogr. A 687, 133-140.