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Melanie Braun

Melanie Bläsing

Dr. Melanie Braun

University of Bonn

Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation

Division Soil Science


Nussallee 13

D-53115 Bonn, Germany


Raum: 2.013

Tel.: +49 (0)228-73 2777

Email: melanie.blaesing (at)


10/2015 – present   

Research assistant at the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES) – Soil Science, Bonn University

10/2016 – 09/2017   

Annemarie Schimmel scholarship from the University of Bonn

11/2011 – 03/2016   

Dissertation „Inland navigation: Emission fingerprints in the environment after fuel regulation 2009/30/EC“ at INRES institute of the Bonn University, founded by a scholarship from the “Deutsche Bundesstiftung für Umwelt” (DBU)

11/2010 –10/2011   

Work as a graduate assistant at the INRES institute of the University of Bonn

04/2004 –10/2010   

Study: Dipl. Geography at the Cologne University
Diploma thesis “Pesticide residues in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: Soil and sediment analyses and methodical constraints“, in cooperation with the University of Bonn and the United Nations University (UNU-EHS)


Research interests

Environmental quality: analysis, sources and behavior of environmental pollutants in agricultural ecosystems; focus on microplastic, pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pharmaceuticals, trace metals and Black Carbon (BC).



  • Bläsing, M.; Amelung, W.; Schwark, L. & Lehndorff, E. (2017): Inland navigation-PAH inventories in soil and vegetation after EU fuel regulation 2009/30/EC. Science of the Total Environment, 19–28, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.01.107.
  • Bläsing, M.; Kistler, M. & Lehndorff, E. (2016): Emission fingerprint of inland navigation vessels compared with road traffic, domestic heating and ocean going vessels. Organic Geochemistry, 1–9, doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2016.05.009.
  • Kappenberg, A.; Bläsing, M.; Lehndorff, E. & Amelung, W. (2016): Black carbon assessment using benzene polycarboxylic acids-Limitations for organic-rich matrices. Organic Geochemistry, 47–51, doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2016.01.009.
  • Shahriari, A.; Khormali, F.; Bläsing, M.; Vlaminck, S.; Kehl, M.; Frechen, M.; Karimi, A. & Lehndorff, E. (2016): Biomarkers in modern and buried soils of semi-desert and forest ecosystems of northern Iran. Quaternary International, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.02.048.
  • Bläsing, M.; Shao, Y. & Lehndorff, E. (2015): Fuel regulation in inland navigation: Reduced soil black carbon deposition in river valleys in Germany. Atmospheric Environment (120), 376–384, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.09.004.
  • van Toan, P.; Sebesvari, Z.; Bläsing, M.; Rosendahl, I. & Renaud, F. G. (2013): Pesticide management and their residues in sediments and surface and drinking water in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. The Science of the total environment, 28–39, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.02.026.
  • Braun, M. and Amelung, W. (2019). Synthetische Kunststoffe (Plastik). In Bodengefährdende Stoffe: Bewertung ‐ Stoffdaten ‐ Ökotoxikologie ‐ Sanierung (eds W. Wilcke, B. Wilke and N. Litz).
  • Braun, G., Braun, M., Kruse, J., Amelung, W., Renaud, F. G., Khoi, C. M., ... & Sebesvari, Z. (2019). Pesticides and antibiotics in permanent rice, alternating rice-shrimp and permanent shrimp systems of the coastal Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Environment international, 127, 442-451.
  • Kappenberg, A., Braun, M., Amelung, W., & Lehndorff, E. (2019). Fire condensates and charcoals: Chemical composition and fuel source identification. Organic geochemistry, 130, 43-50.
  • Braun, G., Sebesvari, Z., Braun, M., Kruse, J., Amelung, W., An, N. T., & Renaud, F. G. (2018). Does sea-dyke construction affect the spatial distribution of pesticides in agricultural soils?–A case study from the Red River Delta, Vietnam. Environmental pollution, 243, 890-899.
  • Blaesing, M., & Amelung, W. (2018). Plastics in soil: Analytical methods and possible sources. Science of the Total Environment, 612, 422-435.




Soil and Water Protection
Nature conservation and landscape ecology
Soil ecology and soil conservation