Bernhard Mayer

Professor of Isotope Geochemistry, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)

May 1, 2014

Dr. Bernhard Mayer is a Professor of Isotope Geochemistry in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He received his PhD in Isotope Geochemistry in 1993 from the University of Munich (Germany). After an 18-month stint as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, he returned to Germany as an Assistant in the Department of Sedimentary and Isotope Geology at the Ruhr-University Bochum (1994-1997). In September 1997, Dr. Mayer accepted a professorial appointment at the University of Calgary.

His Applied Geochemistry research group (AGg) employs chemical and isotopic techniques to trace water, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur compounds in surface and subsurface environments. His research group has extensive experience with tracing injected CO2 in carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, with tracing water and contaminants in the Athabasca oil sands region, and with baseline analyses of shallow groundwater in Alberta, among others.

Dr. Mayer has (co-)authored more than 100 papers in international refereed journals and 10 book chapters. His innovative research has contributed to various provincial, national, and international research programs, including the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research (AICWR), the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for In-Situ Energy (AICISE), the Carbon Management Canada (CMC) and the Canadian Water Network (CWN) of Centres of Excellence (NCE), and the United Nations SCOPE Nitrogen group. Since 2009 he serves as assistant scientific director of Carbon Management Canada Inc. hosted at the University of Calgary.

Role: Panel Member
Report: Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction (May 2014)