Prof. Dr. Christine Alewell
Professor
Christine Alewell
Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
FG Alewell

Professor

Bernoullistrasse 30/32
4056 Basel
Schweiz

Tel. +41 61 207 04 77
christine.alewell@clutterunibas.ch

Appointments

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Research Interest

  • General research areas are biogeochemistry, soil chemistry and soil degradation of natural and semi-natural ecosystems. Specifically the research is focused on:
  • Soil and water degradation by soil erosion. Quantitative and qualitative assessment of on-site erosion with radio- (137Cs and 239+240Pu) and stable (13C, 15N) isotopes as well as modelling (USLE/ RUSLE approaches). Qualitative assessment of off-site erosion impacts (sediment source attribution to water bodies) with compound specific isotope analysis.
  • Development of indicators for wetland degradation and regeneration using stable isotope patterns (13C, 15N) as well as molecular biomarkers
  • Mercury emissions from soils and ecosystems to the atmosphere.

For a full list of publication please see (pdf)

Commitments

Member of the department’s management board (2006-2008 and 2015-2020)
Head of educational board of Geosciences (2004-2015)
Member of educational board of Geosciences (since 2003 ongoing)
Member of the educational board of the faculty of Natural Sciences (2004-2015)
Gender representative of the Faculty of Natural Sciences (2007 – 2015)
Gender representative of the Department of Environmental Sciences (2009-2020)
Faculty of Natural Sciences delegate at the Commission for Equal Opportunity (2007 – 2015)
Confidential contact for the faculty of Natural Sciences (2007 – 2015)
University of Basel confidential contact in case of sexual harassment (2007 – 2015)

Wohlgemuth, L., Osterwalder, S., Joseph, C., Kahmen, A., Hoch, G., Alewell, C. and Jiskra, M. (2020) “A bottom-up quantification of foliar mercury uptake fluxes across Europe”, Biogeosciences. European Geosciences Union , 17(24), pp. 6441–6456. doi: 10.5194/bg-17-6441-2020.   edoc | Open Access
Hirave, P., Wiesenberg, G. L. B., Birkholz, A. and Alewell, C. (2020) “Understanding the effects of early degradation on isotopic tracers: implications for sediment source attribution using compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA)”, Biogeosciences. Copernicus Gesellschaft MBH, 17(8), pp. 2169–2180. doi: 10.5194/bg-17-2169-2020.   edoc | Open Access
Alewell, C., Ringeval, B., Ballabio, C., Robinson, D. A. : P. and Borrelli, P. (2020) “Global phosphorus shortage will be aggravated by soil erosion”, Nature Communications, 11, p. 4546. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-18326-7.   
Title Status
Combining biogeochemical and modelling approach to assess peatland restoration Ongoing
weObserve: Integrating Citizen Observers and High Throughput Sensing Devices for Big Data Collection, Integration, and Analysis Ongoing
Linkage between deposition and air-surface exchange of mercury: a comparative study between Switzerland and China Complete