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Christof Meile

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Ph.D. 2003, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

M.Sc. 1999, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Dipl. Nat.wiss. 1996, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland

Research Emphasis:

Reactive-Transport Modeling and Biogeochemical Cycling 
bioturbation, microbial metabolism, in silico microbial models and upscaling, nutrient dynamics and human impacts at the land-ocean interface, salt marsh carbon and groundwater dynamics, iron cycling and redox oscillations, hydrothermal vents, oil spill impacts

Research Interests:

Reactive-Transport Modeling and Biogeochemical Cycling 
bioturbation, microbial metabolism, in silico microbial models and upscaling, nutrient dynamics and human impacts at the land-ocean interface, salt marsh carbon and groundwater dynamics, iron cycling and redox oscillations, hydrothermal vents, oil spill impacts

Rooze, J., Peterson, L., Peterson, R.N. and Meile, C. 2020. Porewater flow patterns in surficial cold seep sediments inferred from conservative tracer profiles and early diagenetic modeling. Chemical Geology, accepted. 

Meile, C. and Scheibe, T. 2019. Reactive transport modeling of microbial dynamics. Elements. 15, 111-116, doi: 10.2138/gselements.15.2.111

Jung, H. and Meile, C. 2019. Upscaling of microbially driven first-order reactions in heterogeneous porous media. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.

Peterson, R.N., Meile, C. Peterson, L.E., Carter, M. and Miklesh, D. 2019. Groundwater discharge dynamics into a salt marsh tidal river. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 218, 324-333.

He, X., Kempes, C., Chadwick, G., McGlynn, S. Shi, Y., Orphan, V. and Meile, C. 2018. Microbial interactions in the anaerobic oxidation of methane: Model simulations constrained by process rates and activity patterns. Environmental Microbiology; doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14507.

Barcellos, D., O'Connell, C.S., Silver, W., Meile, C. and Thompson, A. 2018. Hot spots and hot moments of soil moisture explain fluctuations in iron and carbon cycling in a humid tropical forest soil. Soil Systems, 2(4), 59;

Miklesh, D. and Meile, C. 2018. Porewater salinity in a southeastern United States salt marsh: controls and interannual variation. PeerJ 6:e5911;

Chen, C., Meile, C., Wilmoth, J., Barcellos, D. and Thompson, A. 2018. Influence of pO2 on iron redox cycling and anaerobic organic carbon mineralization in a humid tropical forest soil. Environmental Science & Technology, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b01368.

Meile, C. and Scheibe, T.D. 2018. Reactive transport modeling and biogeochemical cycling. In: Reactive Transport Modeling (eds. Y. Xiao, F. Whitaker, T. Xu and C. Steefel). doi:10.1002/9781119060031.ch10

Yuan, X., Cai, W.-J., Meile, C., Hopkinson, B.M., Ding, Q., Schoef, V., Warner, M.E., Hoadley, K.D., Chen, B., Liu, S., Huang, H., Ye, Y. and Grottoli, A.G. 2018. Quantitative interpretation of vertical profiles of calcium and pH in the coral coelentron. Marine Chemistry, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2018.06.001. 

Ginn, B., Meile, C., Wilmoth, J., Tang, Y. and Thompson, A. 2017. Rapid iron reduction rates are stimulated by high-amplitude redox fluctuations in a tropical forest soil. Environmental Science & Technology 51, 3250-3259.

Li L., Maher K., Navarre-Sitchler A., Druhan J., Meile C., others 20.  2016.  Expanding the Role of Reactive Transport Models in Earth Surface Processes. Earth-Science Reviews. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Rooze J., Meile C..  2016.  The effect of redox conditions and bioirrigation on nitrogen isotope fractionation in marine sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Meile C., Jones C..  2016.  A mathematical perspective on microbial processes in Earth’s biogeochemical cycles. Mathematical paradigms of climate science. 15:3-14. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Lowell RP, Houghton J, Farough A, Craft K, Larson B, Meile C.  2015.  Mathematical modeling of diffuse flow in seafloor hydrothermal systems: The potential extent of the subsurface biosphere at ocean ridges. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Hoelker F, Vanni MJ, Kuiper JJ, Meile C, others 10.  2015.  Tube-dwelling invertebrates: tiny ecosystem engineers have large effects in lake ecosystems. Ecology Monographs. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Larson B, Houghton J, Lowell RP, Farough A, Meile C.  2015.  Subsurface conditions in hydrothermal vents inferred from diffuse flow composition, and models of reaction and transport. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  Google Scholar BibTex XML

Dornhoffer T, Waldbusser G, Meile C.  2015.  A modeling study of lugworm irrigation behavior effects on sediment nitrogen cycling. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 534 Google Scholar BibTex XML

Lai M-J, Meile C.  2015.  Scattered data interpolation with nonnegative preservation using bivariate splines and its application. Computer Aided Geometric Design. :-. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Tishchenko V, Meile C, Scherer MM, Pasakarnis TS, Thompson A.  2015.  Fe2+ catalyzed iron atom exchange and re-crystallization in a tropical soil. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 148:191-202. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Crespo-Medina M., Meile C.D., Hunter K.S., Diercks A.R., Asper V.L., Orphan V.J., Tavormina P.L., Nigro L.M., Battles J.J., Chanton J.P. et al..  2014.  The rise and fall of methanotrophy following a deepwater oil-well blowout. Nature Geoscience. 7:423-427. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Ginn BR, Habteselassie MY, Meile C, Thompson A.  2014.  Effects of sample storage on microbial Fe-reduction in tropical rainforest soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 68:44-51. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Loftis KM, Meile C.  2014.  Isotopes and elemental ratios in multi-parameter mixing models. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 12:694–702. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Palomo L, Meile C, Joye SB.  2013.  Drought impacts on biogeochemistry and microbial processes in salt marsh sediments: a flow-through reactor approach. Biogeochemistry. 112:389–407. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Schutte C., Hunter K.S., McKay P., Di Iorio D., Joye S.B, Meile C.  2013.  Patterns and controls of nutrient concentrations in a southeastern United States tidal creek. Oceanography. 26(3):132-139. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Hopkinson BM, Meile C, Shen C.  2013.  Quantification of extracellular carbonic anhydrase activity in two marine diatoms and investigation of its role. Plant physiology. 162:1142–1152. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Dornhoffer T, Waldbusser G, Meile C.  2012.  Burrow patchiness and oxygen fluxes in bioirrigated sediments. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 412 Google Scholar BibTex XML

Chan L-K, Newton RJ, Sharma S, Smith CB, Rayapati P, Limardo AJ, Meile C, Moran MA.  2012.  Transcriptional changes underlying elemental stoichiometry shifts in a marine heterotrophic bacterium. Frontiers in Microbiology. 3 Google Scholar BibTex XML

Joye SB, Leifer I, MacDonald IR, Chanton JP, Meile CD, Teske AP, Kostka JE, Chistoserdova L, Coffin R, Hollander D et al..  2011.  Comment on “A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico”. Science. 332:1033. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Porubsky WP, Joye SB, Moore WS, Tuncay K, Meile C.  2011.  Field measurements and modeling of groundwater flow and biogeochemistry at Moses Hammock, a backbarrier island on the Georgia coast. Biogeochemistry. 104:69–90. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Meile C, Porubsky WP, Walker RL, Payne K.  2010.  Natural attenuation of nitrogen loading from septic effluents: Spatial and environmental controls. Water research. 44:1399–1408. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Meile C, Porubsky WP, Walker RL, Payne K.  2010.  Natural attenuation of nitrogen loading from septic effluents: Spatial and environmental controls. Water research. 44:1399–1408. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Pallud C, Kausch M, Fendorf S, Meile C.  2009.  Spatial patterns and modeling of reductive ferrihydrite transformation observed in artificial soil aggregates. Environmental science & technology. 44:74–79. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Joye SB, Samarkin VA, MacDonald IR, Hinrichs K-U, Elvert M, Teske AP, Lloyd KG, Lever MA, Montoya JP, Meile CD et al..  2009.  Metabolic variability in seafloor brines revealed by carbon and sulphur dynamics. Nature Geoscience. 2:349–354. Google Scholar BibTex XML

King EL, Tuncay K, Ortoleva P, Meile C.  2009.  In silico Geobacter sulfurreducens metabolism and its representation in reactive transport models. Applied and environmental microbiology. 75:83–92. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spiteri C, Slomp CP, Tuncay K, Meile C.  2008.  Modeling biogeochemical processes in subterranean estuaries: Effect of flow dynamics and redox conditions on submarine groundwater discharge of nutrients. Water resources research. 44 Google Scholar BibTex XML

Orcutt B, Meile C.  2008.  Constraints on mechanisms and rates of anaerobic oxidation of methane by microbial consortia: process-based modeling of ANME-2 archaea and sulfate reducing bacteria interactions.. Biogeosciences. 5:1587–1599. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spiteri C, Slomp CP, Charette MA, Tuncay K, Meile C.  2008.  Flow and nutrient dynamics in a subterranean estuary (Waquoit Bay, MA, USA): field data and reactive transport modeling. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 72:3398–3412. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Nehrke G, Reichart G-J, Van Cappellen P, Meile C, Bijma J.  2007.  Dependence of calcite growth rate and Sr partitioning on solution stoichiometry: non-Kossel crystal growth. Geochimica et cosmochimica acta. 71:2240–2249. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Moran MA, Belas R, Schell MA, Gonzalez JM, Sun F, Sun S, Binder BJ, Edmonds J, Ye W, Orcutt B et al..  2007.  Ecological genomics of marine roseobacters. Applied and environmental microbiology. 73:4559–4569. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Meile C, Tuncay K.  2006.  Scale dependence of reaction rates in porous media. Advances in water resources. 29:62–71. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Hollibaugh JT, Carini S, Gürleyük H, Jellison R, Joye SB, LeCleir G, Meile C, Vasquez L, Wallschläger D.  2005.  Arsenic speciation in Mono Lake, California: Response to seasonal stratification and anoxia. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 69:1925–1937. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Meile C, Berg P, Van Cappellen P, Tuncay K.  2005.  Solute-specific pore water irrigation: Implications for chemical cycling in early diagenesis. Journal of Marine Research. 63:601–621. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Koretsky CM, Moore CM, Lowe KL, Meile C, DiChristina TJ, Van Cappellen P.  2003.  Seasonal oscillation of microbial iron and sulfate reduction in saltmarsh sediments (Sapelo Island, GA, USA). Biogeochemistry. 64:179–203. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Haese RR, Meile C, Van Cappellen P, De Lange GJ.  2003.  Carbon geochemistry of cold seeps: methane fluxes and transformation in sediments from Kazan mud volcano, eastern Mediterranean Sea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 212:361–375. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Meile C, Van Cappellen P.  2003.  Global estimates of enhanced solute transport in marine sediments. Limnology and Oceanography. 48:777–786. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Meile C, Tuncay K, Van Cappellen P.  2003.  Explicit representation of spatial heterogeneity in reactive transport models: application to bioirrigated sediments. Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 78:231–234. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Koretsky CM, Meile C, Van Cappellen P.  2002.  Quantifying bioirrigation using ecological parameters: a stochastic approach. Geochem. Trans. 3:17–30. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Meile C, Koretsky CM, Van Cappellen P.  2001.  Quantifying bioirrigation in aquatic sediments: an inverse modeling approach. Limnology and Oceanography. 46:164–177. Google Scholar BibTex XML


Events Featuring...

Marine Sciences Rm 261

Jonathan Ledoux, a graduate student in Dr. Christof Meile's lab, will present his MS thesis titled “Drivers of Groundwater Flow at a Back Barrier Island - Marsh Transect in Coastal Georgia” on Friday, June 19th at 1:00pm in Marine Sciences Rm 261. Please join us for this event.

Articles Featuring Christof Meile
Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 10:52am

The Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia ( seeks an Academic Professional Associate with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023. Located on the main campus in Athens, this is a full-time, non-tenure-track, nine-…

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 12:58pm

The Marine Science department was used as a client for Yen-I Lee's 3510 Public Relations Research course. This effort was spearheaded by our very own Christof Meile in order to evaluate how we can better communicate our awesome program here to everyone else in…

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 9:23am

ASLO Fellows are recognized as having achieved excellence in their contributions to ASLO and the aquatic sciences. The ASLO Fellows program was initiated in 2015 to honor those ASLO members who have consistently volunteered their time and efforts in ASLO’s…

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