Marco Coolen

Paloegenetics Lab


  1. Wuchter, C., E. Banning, T. Mincer, N. Drenzek, M.J.L. Coolen, Diversity and methanogenic capabilities of Antrim Shale formation water microbial communities. Environmental Microbiology (submitted).
  2. Coolen, M.J.L., Balkema,C., Quince,C., HarrisK., Orsi, W., Sylva, S., Filipova-Marinova, M., Giosan, L. The Black Sea’s paleome and environmental changes since the early Holocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) (in review).
  3. Giosan, L., Coolen, M. J. L., Kaplan, J. O., Constantinescu, S., Filip, F., Filipova-Marinova, M., Kettner, A., Thom, N. (2012) Early anthropogenic transformation of the Danube-Black Sea system (2012) Sci. Rep. 2, doi:10.1038/srep00582. (editors’ choice in Science issue October 5, 2012)
  4. Filipova-Marinova, M., Pavlov, D., Coolen, M.J.L., Giosan, L. (2012) First high-resolution marinopalynological stratigraphy of Late Quaternary sediments from the central part of the Bulgarian Black Sea area. Quaternary International doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2012.05.002. (available online)
  5. Siam, R., Mustafa, G. A., Sharaf, H., Moustafa, A., Ramadan, A., Antunes, A., Bajic, V. B., Stingl, U., Guirguis, N., Coolen, M. J. L., Sogin, M., Ferreira, A. J., El. Dorry, H. (2012) Comparative taxonomic analysis reveals unique prokaryotic consortia in sediments from Atlantis II and Discovery Deep brine pools in the Red Sea. Plos One 7(8), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042872.
  6. Boere, A. C., Sinninghe Damsté, J. S., Rijpstra, W. I. C., Volkman, J. K., and Coolen, M. J. L. (2011) Source-specific variability in post-depositional DNA preservation with potential implications for DNA based paleoecological records. Organic Geochemistry 42, 1216-1225.
  7. Boere, A. C., Rijpstra, W. I. C., De Lange, G. J., Sinninghe Damsté, J. S., and Coolen, M. J. L. (2011) Preservation potential of ancient plankton DNA in Pleistocene marine sediments. Geobiology 9, 377-393.
  8. Coolen, M. J. L. (2011) 7000 years of Emiliania huxleyi viruses in the Black Sea, Science, 333, 451-452. (Also appeared as a research highlight in Nature Reviews Microbiology, 2011: 9, 630).
  9. Coolen, M. J. L., van de Giessen, J., Zhu, E. Y., and Wuchter, C. (2011) Bioavailability of soil organic matter and microbial community dynamics upon permafrost thaw. Environmental Microbiology 13, 2299-2314.
  10.  Boere, A. C., W. I. Rijpstra, G. J. de Lange, E. Malinverno, J. S. Sinninghe Damsté and M. J. L. Coolen (2011) Exploring preserved fossil dinoflagellate and haptophyte DNA signatures to infer ecological and environmental changes during deposition of sapropel S1 in the eastern Mediterranean, Paleoceanography, 26(2), A2204.
  11. Coolen, M.J.L. and J.A.E. Gibson (2009) Ancient DNA in lake sediment records, PAGES News, 17(3), 104-106.
  12. Boere, A. C., B. Abbas, W. I. C. Rijpstra, G. J. M. Versteegh, J. K. Volkman, J. S. S. Damste and M. J. L. Coolen (2009) Late-Holocene succession of dinoflagellates in an Antarctic fjord using a multi-proxy approach: paleoenvironmental genomics, lipid biomarkers and palynomorphs, Geobiology, 7(3), 265-281.
  13. Coolen, M. J. L. and G. Shtereva (2009) Metabolically active eukaryotes along a vertical nutrient and redox gradient in the water column and sulfidic surface sediment of the Black Sea, FEMS Microbiol. Ecol., 70, 525-539.
  14. Coolen, M. J. L., J. P. Saenz, L. Giosan, N. Y. Trowbridge, P. Dimitrov, D. Dimitrov and T. I. Eglinton (2009) DNA and lipid molecular stratigraphic records of haptophyte succession in the Black Sea during the Holocene, Earth. Planet. Sc. Lett., 284(3-4), 610-621.
  15. Herfort, L., J.-H. Kim, M. J. L. Coolen, B. Abbas, S. Schouten, G. J. Herndl and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2009) Diversity of Archaea and potential for crenarchaeotal nitrification of group 1.1a in the rivers Rhine and Têt, Aquat Microb Ecol 55: 189-201.
  16. Coolen, M. J. L., H. M. Talbot, B. A. Abbas, C. Ward, S. Schouten, J. K. Volkman and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2008) Sources for sedimentary bacteriohopanepolyols as revealed by 16S rDNA stratigraphy, Environ. Microbiol., 10(7), 1783-1803.
  17. Talbot, H. M., M. J. L. Coolen and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2008) An unusual 17[α],21[β](H)-bacteriohopanetetrol in Holocene sediments from Ace Lake (Antarctica), Org. Geochem., 39(8), 1029-1032.
  18. Coolen, M. J. L., J. K. Volkman, B. Abbas, G. Muyzer, S. Schouten and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2007) Identification of organic matter sources in sulfidic late Holocene Antarctic fjord sediments from fossil rDNA sequence analysis, Paleoceanography, 22(2), PA2211, doi:10.1029/2006PA001309.
  19. Herfort, L., Schouten, S., Abbas, B., Veldhuis, M.J.W., Coolen, M.J.L. (2007) Wuchter, C. et al. Variations in spatial and temporal distribution of Archaea in the North Sea in relation to environmental variables. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 62: 242-257.
  20. Coolen, M. J. L., B. Abbas, J. van Bleijswijk, E. C. Hopmans, M. M. M. Kuypers, S. G. Wakeham and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2007) Putative ammonia-oxidizing Crenarchaeota in suboxic waters of the Black Sea: a basin-wide ecological study using 16S ribosomal and functional genes and membrane lipids, Environ. Microbiol., 9(4), 1001-1016.
  21. Coolen, M. J. L. and J. Overmann (2007) 217 000-year-old DNA sequences of green sulfur bacteria in Mediterranean sapropels and their implications for the reconstruction of the paleoenvironment, Environ. Microbiol., 9(0), 238-249.
  22. Sinninghe Damsté, J. S., W. I. Rijpstra, M. J. L. Coolen, S. Schouten and J. K. Volkman (2007) Rapid sulfurisation of highly branched isoprenoid (HBI) alkenes in sulfidic Holocene sediments from Ellis Fjord, Antarctica, Org. Geochem., 38(1), 128-139.
  23. Schubert, C. J., M. J. L. Coolen, L. N. Neretin, A. Schippers, B. Abbas, E. Durisch-Kaiser, B. Wehrli, E. C. Hopmans, J. S. Sinninghe Damsté, S. Wakeham and M. M. M. Kuypers (2006) Aerobic and anaerobic methanotrophs in the Black Sea water column, Environ. Microbiol., 8(10), 1844-1856.
  24. Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. and M.J.L. Coolen (2006) Fossil DNA in Cretaceous Black Shales: Myth or Reality? Astrobiology 299-302.
  25. Coolen, M. J. L., G. Muyzer, S. Schouten, J. K. Volkman and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2006) Sulfur and methane cycling during the Holocene in Ace Lake (Antarctica) revealed by lipid and DNA stratigraphy, in Past and Present Marine Water Column Anoxia, NATO Science Series: IV-Earth and Environmental Sciences, edited by L. N. Neretin, pp. 41-65, Springer, Dordrecht.
  26. Coolen, M. J. L., A. Boere, B. Abbas, M. Baas, S. G. Wakeham and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2006) Fossil DNA derived from alkenone-biosynthesizing haptophytes and other algae in Holocene sediment from the Black Sea, Paleoceanography, 21, PA1005-doi:10.1029/2005PA001188,.
  27. Wuchter, C., B. Abbas, M. J. L. Coolen, L. Herfort, B. J. van, P. Timmers, M. Strous, E. Teira, G. J. Herndl, J. J. Middelburg, S. Schouten and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2006) Archaeal nitrification in the ocean, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 103(33), 12317-12322. This paper resulted in the prestigious Raymond Lindeman Award (ASLO) to Cornelia Wuchter in 2008.
  28. Stadnitskaia, A., G. Muyzer, B. Abbas, M. J. L. Coolen, E. C. Hopmans, M. Baas, T. C. E. Van Weering, M. K. Ivanov, E. Poludetkina and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2005) Biomarker and 16S rDNA evidence for anaerobic oxidation of methane and related carbonate precipitation in deep-sea mud volcanoes of the Sorokin Trough, Black Sea, Mar. Geol., 217(1-2), 67-96.
  29. Coolen, M. J. L., E. Post, C. C. Davis and L. J. Forney (2005) Characterization of microbial communities found in the human vagina by analysis of terminal restriction fragment length polymorphisms of 16S rRNA genes, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 71(12), 8729-8737.
  30. Wuchter, C., S. Schouten, M. J. L. Coolen and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2004) Temperature-dependent variation in the distribution of tetraether membrane lipids of marine Crenarchaeota: Implications for TEX86 paleothermometry, Paleoceanography, 19(4), PA4028, doi:10.1029/2004PA001041.
  31. Coolen, M. J. L., G. Muyzer, W. I. C. Rijpstra, S. Schouten, J. K. Volkman and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2004), Combined DNA and lipid analyses of sediments reveal changes in Holocene haptophyte and diatom populations in an Antarctic lake, Earth. Planet. Sc. Lett., 223, 225-239.
  32. Coolen, M. J. L., E. C. Hopmans, W. I. C. Rijpstra, G. Muyzer, S. Schouten, J. K. Volkman and J. S. Sinninghe Damsté (2004) Evolution of the methane cycle in Ace Lake (Antarctica) during the Holocene: Response of methanogens and methanotrophs to environmental change, Org. Geochem., 35(10), 1151-1167.
  33. Coolen, M. J. L., H. Cypionka, A. M. Sass, H. Sass and J. Overmann (2002) Ongoing modification of Mediterranean Pleistocene sapropels mediated by prokaryotes, Science, 296(5577), 2407-2410.
  34. Sass, A. M., H. Sass, M. J. L. Coolen, H. Cypionka and J. Overmann (2001), Microbial communities in the chemocline of a hypersaline deep-sea basin (Urania basin, Mediterranean Sea), Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 67(12), 5392-5402.
  35. Coolen, M. J. L. and J. Overmann (2000) Functional exoenzymes as indicators of metabolically active bacteria in 124,000-year-old sapropel layers of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 66(6), 2589-2598.
  36. Overmann, J., M. J. L. Coolen and C. Tuschak (1999), Specific detection of different phylogenetic groups of chemocline bacteria based on PCR and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of 16S rRNA gene fragments, Arch. Microbiol., 172(2), 83-94.
  37. Coolen, M. J. L. and J. Overmann (1998), Analysis of subfossil molecular remains of purple sulfur bacteria in a lake sediment, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 64(11), 4513-4521.
  38. Nijburg, J. W., M. J. L. Coolen, S. Gerards, P. J. A. K. Gunnewiek and H. J. Laanbroek (1997) Effects of nitrate availability and the presence of Glyceria maxima the composition and activity of the dissimilatory nitrate-reducing bacterial community, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 63(3), 931-937.

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