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Desiree Roerdink

Associate Professor, Analytical Geochemistry
  • E-mailDesiree.Roerdink@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 38 59
  • Visitor Address
    Realfagbygget, Allegaten 41, Bergen
    5007 Bergen
    Room 
    4A12d
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

My research interests focus on the use of traditional and non-traditional stable isotope systems to detect chemical and biological processes involved in the formation of minerals and mineral deposits. I study environments ranging from the earliest habitats on Earth to present-day deep sea hydrothermal vents, and I integrate isotope data with geochemical and microbiological data to obtain insights into interactions between microbial and abiotic processes.

Specific research interests include:

  • The origin and paleoenvironmental significance of early Archean (3.6-3.2 billion year old) barite deposits
  • Multiple sulfur isotope biomarkers and rate measurements (radiotracer) for microbial activity in Archean and modern hydrothermal settings
  • Metal stable isotopes (Fe, Cu) as proxies for sub-seafloor ore-forming processes in seafloor hydrothermal systems
  • Experimental determination of fractionation factors for non-traditional stable isotopes (Si, Cu)

PhD degree (cum laude) from Utrecht University, The Netherlands (2013): "Geology and stable isotope geochemistry of Paleoarchean sulfur: formation, preservation and geobiology of ancient pyrite and barite". 

I am course responsible or teaching in the following courses at the Department of Earth Science:

  • GEOV-103 Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrography
  • GEOV-342 The Geochemical Toolbox (new from Spring 2020)
  • GEOV-344 Geobiology and evolution of life on Earth (new from Spring 2020)

Current and previous student supervision at UiB:

  • PhD student Henrike Wilborn (2018-2022), Experimental and field investigations of the potential of Cu isotopes as tracers for seafloor sulfide ore formation (main supervisor)
  • PhD student Francesca Vulcano (2018-2022), Anaerobic alkane oxidation at Loki's Castle barite field: microbial physiology at the foundation of hydrocarbon cycling (co-supervisor)
  • MSc student Ingvild Aarrestad (2018-2020), Tracing contamination from historical mining sites in Norway with Cu isotopes (main supervisor)
  • MSc student Jan-Kristoffer Landro (2014-2016), Characterizing the distribution of microbial sulfate reduction in Loki's Castle hydrothermal system of the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) (main supervisor)

Schneider, K.P., Hoffmann, J.E., Münker, C., Patyniak, M., Sprung, P., Roerdink, D., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Kröner, A., 2019, Petrogenetic evolution of metabasalts and metakomatiites of the lower Onverwacht Group, Barberton Greenstone Belt (South Africa). Chemical Geology, vol. 511, p. 152-177. 

Stensland, A., Baumberger, T., Lilley, M.D., Okland, I.E., Dundas, S.H., Roerdink, D.L., Thorseth, I.H., Pedersen, R.B., 2019, Transport of carbon dioxide and heavy metals from hydrothermal vents to shallow water by hydrate-coated gas bubbles. Chemical Geology, vol. 513, p. 120-132. 

Van der Bilt, W.G.M., Rea, B., Spagnolo, M., Roerdink, D.L., Jørgensen, S.L., Bakke, J., 2018, Novel sedimentological fingerprints link shifting depositional processes to Holocene climate transitions in East Greenland. Global and Planetary Change, vol. 164, p. 52-64.

DL Roerdink, PRD Mason, MJ Whitehouse, FM Brouwer, 2016, Reworking of atmospheric sulfur in a Paleoarchean hydrothermal system at Londozi, Barberton Greenstone Belt, Swaziland, Precambrian Research 280, 195-204

A Montinaro, H Strauss, PRD Mason, DL Roerdink, C Münker, U Schwarz-Schampera, NT Arndt, J Farquhar, NJ Beukes, J Gutzmer, 2015, Paleoarchean sulfur cycling: Multiple sulfur isotope constraints from the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa, Precambrian Research 267, 311-322. 

DL Roerdink, SHJM van den Boorn, S Geilert, PZ Vroon, MJ van Bergen, 2015, Experimental constraints on kinetic and equilibrium silicon isotope fractionation during the formation of non-biogenic chert deposits, Chemical Geology 402, 40-51

S Geilert, PZ Vroon, DL Roerdink, P Van Cappellen, MJ van Bergen, 2014, Silicon isotope fractionation during abiotic silica precipitation at low temperatures: Inferences from flow-through experiments, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 142, 95-114

DL Roerdink, 2013, Geology and stable isotope geochemistry of Paleoarchean sulfur. Formation, preservation and geobiology of ancient pyrite and barite, Utrecht studies in earth sciences 31

DL Roerdink, PRD Mason, MJ Whitehouse, T Reimer, 2013, High-resolution quadruple sulfur isotope analyses of 3.2 Ga pyrite from the Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa reveal distinct environmental controls on sulfide isotopic arrays, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 117, 203-215

DL Roerdink, PRD Mason, J Farquhar, T Reimer, 2012, Multiple sulfur isotopes in Paleoarchean barites identify an important role for microbial sulfate reduction in the early marine environment, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 331, 177-186

Academic article
  • Stensland, Anne; Baumberger, Tamara; Lilley, Marvin D.; Økland, Ingeborg Elisabet; Dundas, Siv Hjorth; Roerdink, Desiree; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Pedersen, Rolf B. 2019. Transport of carbon dioxide and heavy metals from hydrothermal vents to shallow water by hydrate-coated gas bubbles. Chemical Geology. 120-132.
  • Schneider, KP; Hoffmann, JE; Munker, C; Patyniak, M; Sprung, P; Roerdink, Desiree; Garbe-Schönberg, D; Kroner, A. 2019. Petrogenetic evolution of metabasalts and metakomatiites of the lower Onverwacht Group, Barberton Greenstone Belt (South Africa). Chemical Geology. 152-177.
  • Bilt, Willem van der; Rea, Brice R.; Spagnolo, Matteo; Roerdink, Desiree; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Bakke, Jostein. 2018. Novel sedimentological fingerprints link shifting depositional processes to Holocene climate transitions in East Greenland. Global and Planetary Change. 52-64.
  • Roerdink, Desiree; Mason, Paul R.D.; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Brouwer, Fraukje M. 2016. Reworking of atmospheric sulfur in a Paleoarchean hydrothermal system at Londozi, Barberton Greenstone Belt, Swaziland. Precambrian Research. 195-204.
  • Montinaro, Alice; Strauss, Harald; Mason, Paul R.D.; Roerdink, Desiree; Munker, Carsten; Schwarz-Schampera, Ulrich; Arndt, Nicholas T; Farquhar, James; Beukes, Nicolas J; Gutzmer, Jens; Peters, Marc. 2015. Paleoarchean sulfur cycling: Multiple sulfur isotope constraints from the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa. Precambrian Research. 311-322.
  • Roerdink, Desiree; van den Boorn, Sander H.J.M.; Geilert, Sonja; Vroon, Pieter Z.; van Bergen, Manfred J. 2015. Experimental constraints on kinetic and equilibrium silicon isotope fractionation during the formation of non-biogenic chert deposits. Chemical Geology. 40-51.
  • Geilert, Sonja; Vroon, Pieter Z.; Roerdink, Desiree; Van Cappellen, Philippe; van Bergen, Manfred J. 2014. Silicon isotope fractionation during abiotic silica precipitation at low temperatures: Inferences from flow-through experiments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 95-114.
  • Roerdink, Desiree; Mason, Paul R.D.; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Reimer, Thomas O. 2013. High-resolution quadruple sulfur isotope analyses of 3.2 Ga pyrite from the Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa reveal distinct environmental controls on sulfide isotopic arrays. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 203-215.
Report
  • Marques, Ana Filipa Alfaia; Pedersen, Rolf B.; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Baumberger, Tamara; Roerdink, Desiree; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Økland, Ingeborg Elisabet; Olsen, Bernd; Steen, Ida Helene; Hamelin, Cedric; Denny, Alden Ross; Bretel, Patrice. 2015. Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge, NORMAR/CGB 2015 Test Cruise, R/V G.O.SARS, Senter for Geobiologi. .
Lecture
  • Roerdink, Desiree. 2018. The Archean sulfate paradox – when the present is not the key to the past.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Roerdink, Desiree. 2018. All that glitters is not gold - Understanding the formation of seafloor metal deposits.
Academic lecture
  • Mason, Paul R.D.; Roerdink, Desiree; Galic, Aleksandra; Whitehouse, Martin, J. 2017. Pyrite geochemistry as recorder of early biosphere processes.
  • Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Zhao, Rui; Roerdink, Desiree; Økland, Ingeborg Elisabet; Baumberger, Tamara; Pedersen, Rolf B.; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes. 2017. Microbial and geochemical variation in sediments along the arctic mid-ocean spreading ridge system.
  • Zhao, Rui; Roerdink, Desiree; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth. 2017. Geochemical transition zones are hotspots of nitrogen cycling in Arctic marine sediments.
  • Mason, Paul R.D.; Roerdink, Desiree; Galic, Aleksandra; Whitehouse, Martin J. 2015. Sulfate in the Paleoarchean ocean: localized enrichment or variable preservation? Abstract #69108.
  • Roerdink, Desiree; Hamelin, Cedric; Ronen, Yuval; Mason, Paul R.D. 2015. Sr Isotopic Insights into the Formation of Paleoarchean Barite.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Marques, Ana Filipa Alfaia; Pedersen, Rolf B.; Roerdink, Desiree; Baumberger, Tamara; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Hamelin, Cedric; Savchuk, Oles; Økland, Ingeborg Elisabet; Stensland, Anne. 2015. Shallow Water Venting on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge: the Seven Sisters Hydrothermal System, Mineral Resources in a Sustainable World, Proceedings of the 13th Biennial SGA Meeting. Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, University of Nancy.
Abstract
  • Bilt, Willem van der; Rea, Brice R.; Spagnolo, Matteo; Bakke, Jostein; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Roerdink, Desiree; Møller, Tor Einar. 2018. East Greenland lake sediments capture surface process response to Holocene climate transitions. Geophysical Research Abstracts.
Poster
  • Vulcano, Francesca; Stokke, Runar; Dahle, Håkon; Reeves, Eoghan; Roerdink, Desiree; Hahn, Cedric; Wegener, Gunter. 2019. Identification of key-players in anaerobic alkane oxidation in the diffuse venting Barite Field at the Loki´s castle.
  • Møller, Tor Einar; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Roerdink, Desiree; Bilt, Willem van der. 2018. The biogeochemistry of Arctic lake sediments: paleoclimate signal or post-depositional cycling? .
  • Roerdink, Desiree; Landro, Jan-Kristoffer; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Zhao, Rui; Baumberger, Tamara; Økland, Ingeborg Elisabet; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes. 2017. Subsurface sulfur cycling in Loki’s Castle hydrothermal barite field: insights from sulfate reduction rates.
  • Roerdink, Desiree; Mason, Paul R.D.; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Reimer, Thomas O. 2014. Searching for traces of early life in Archean barite deposits using multiple sulfur isotopes.
  • Marques, Ana Filipa Alfaia; Roerdink, Desiree; Pedersen, Rolf B. 2014. Preliminary observations from a remote shallow hydrothermal system on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge.
Website (informational material)
  • Roerdink, Desiree; Bartle, Elinor. 2014. Weblog CGB Research Cruise 2014 'Hydrothermal vent fields on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge'(http://cgbcruise2014.b.uib.no/).

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Are you a bachelor or master student and interested in a short-term (unpaid) research project in geochemistry? Would you like to help out researchers by performing (simple) tasks in the laboratory and getting experience with analytical methods? Do you want to see what life of a geochemist is like and if this might be something for you? Or would you like to get some extra experience in geochemical methods to improve your CV?

I am always happy to work with enthusiastic interns, so please feel free to contact me to discuss options. 

Examples of previous and open intern research projects:

  • Development of mineral separation methods for iron isotope analyses (2018)
  • Geochemical characterization and sequential extraction of iron from hydrothermal sediments (2019)
  • Effects of sample storage on metal concentrations and isotopes in hydrothermal samples (OPEN)

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