Prof. Dr. Adrien Mestrot

Unit Leader Soil Science

Soil Science

+41 31 631 59 10
Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Geography
Soil Science
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern

Research interests

  • Trace metal/metalloids biogeochemistry, especially arsenic, antimony and mercury biovolatilisation and biomethylation processes in soils    
  • Development of novel extraction and analytical solutions to measure metals and metalloids speciation in environmental matrices (e.g. HPLC-ICP-MS)

Awards, Grants and External Funding

  • 2016: Swiss National Science Fundation, SNF Professorship: Biomethylation and biovolatilisation of arsenic, antimony and mercury. Local environmental issues, novel analytical approaches and global implications: 1’579’894 CHF
  • 2015: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Biomethylation of mercury in a contaminated floodplain: 20’000 CHF
  • 2014: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment/armasuisse, Biomethylation and biovolatilisation of antimony in shooting range soils: 15’000 CHF
  • 2014: UniBern Initiator Grant, Biomethylation of mercury and antimony in Swiss soils: 20’000 CHF
  • 2013: UniBern Forschungsstiftung, Project LICHAS, arsenic biovolatilisation by lichens: 4‘000 CHF
  • 2013-2015: EU Marie Curie IEF Fellowship, University of Bern CH, FP7-PEOPLE-2012-326736: “BIOMETA”: 220’000CHF
  • 2009 "Early Career Researcher Award" of the International Association of Geoanalysts (IAG), Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, 21-26 June 2009.
  • 2007-2010: EU Marie Curie PhD Fellowship, University of Aberdeen UK, FP6 Research Training Network “AquaTRAIN” MRTN-CT-2006-035420.Awards


  • American Chemical Society
  • Geochemical Society
  • International Association of Geochemistry
  • International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Horizon Magazine, November 2015 - online article about the applicant's research and his EU Marie-Curie BIOMETA fellowship: "Is there arsenic in our rice?":

Chemical & Engineering News, February 2011 – online article “Arsenic in the air”:

International Innovation magazine, June 2010 – article on the EU RTN Marie Curie AquaTRAIN: “Groundswell of Research”, Mestrot’s research featured in “Arsenic cycling” paragraph, pp 88-90.

Separation NOW, November 2009 – online article “Arsines trap for soil emissions”:

Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental News, October 2009 – Mestrot's research featured in the news article: “Arsenic in rice, a recipe for nutrient loss”, 43(21), p 8004.

Elements Magazine, August 2009 –article dedicated to Mestrot as the IAG Award winner at the 2009 Goldschmidt Conference, p 251.




Number of items: 16.

Journal Article

Shetaya, Waleed H.; Huang, Jen-How; Osterwalder, Stefan; Mestrot, Adrien; Bigalke, Moritz; Alewell, Christine (2019). Sorption kinetics of isotopically labelled divalent mercury (196Hg2+) in soil. Chemosphere, 221, pp. 193-202. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.01.034

Lombardo, Umberto; Ruiz-Pérez, Javier; Gondim Rodrigues, Leonor Maria; Mestrot, Adrien; Mayle, Francis; Madella, Marco; Szidat, Sönke; Veit, Heinz (2019). Holocene land cover change in south-western Amazonia inferred from paleoflood archives. Global and planetary change, 174, pp. 105-114. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.01.008

Gygax, Sebastian; Gfeller, Lorenz; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Mestrot, Adrien (2019). Emerging investigator series: mercury mobility and methylmercury formation in a contaminated agricultural flood plain: influence of flooding and manure addition. Environmental science: processes & impacts, 21(12), pp. 2008-2019. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C9EM00257J

Henne, Paul Daniel; Bigalke, Moritz; Büntgen, Ulf; Colombaroni, Daniele; Conedera, Marco; Feller, Urs; David, Frank; Fuhrer, Jürg; Grosjean, Martin; Heiri, Oliver; Luterbacher, Jürg; Mestrot, Adrien; Rigling, Andreas; Rössler, Ole Kristen; Rohr, Christian; Rutishauser, This; Schwikowski, Margit; Stampfli, Andreas; Szidat, Sönke; Theurillat, Jean-Paul; ... (2018). An Empirical Perspective for Understanding Climate Change Impacts in Switzerland. Regional environmental change, 18(1), pp. 205-221. Springer 10.1007/s10113-017-1182-9

Ji, Ying; Mestrot, Adrien; Schulin, Rainer; Tandy, Susan (2018). Uptake and Transformation of Methylated and Inorganic Antimony in Plants. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9(140) Frontiers 10.3389/fpls.2018.00140

Frossard, Aline; Donhauser, Johanna; Mestrot, Adrien; Gygax, Sebastien; Bååth, Erland; Frey, Beat (2018). Long- and short-term effects of mercury pollution on the soil microbiome. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 120, pp. 191-199. Elsevier 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.01.028

Grob, Matthias; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Mestrot, Adrien (2018). Release and Biomethylation of Antimony in Shooting Range Soils upon Flooding. Soil systems, 2(2), p. 34. MDPI 10.3390/soilsystems2020034

Bont, Zoe; Arce, Carla C. M.; Huber, Meret; Huang, Wei; Mestrot, Adrien; Sturrock, Craig J.; Erb, Matthias (2017). A Herbivore Tag-and-Trace System Reveals Contact- and Density-Dependent Repellence of a Root Toxin. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43(3), pp. 295-306. Springer 10.1007/s10886-017-0830-3

Shetaya, Waleed H.; Osterwalder, Stefan; Bigalke, Moritz; Mestrot, Adrien; Huang, Jen-How; Alewell, Christine (2017). An Isotopic Dilution Approach for Quantifying Mercury Lability in Soils. Environmental science & technology letters, 4(12), pp. 556-561. ACS Publications 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00510

Mestrot, Adrien; Ji, Ying; Tandy, Susan; Wilcke, Wolfgang (2016). A novel method to determine trimethylantimony concentrations in plant tissue. Environmental chemistry, 13(6), pp. 919-926. CSIRO Publishing 10.1071/EN16018

Bigalke, Moritz; Schwab, Lorenz; Gygax, Sebastian; Mestrot, Adrien (2016). Soil Contamination with Trace Metals: Quantification, Speciation, and Source Identification. CHIMIA, 70(12), p. 899. Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft 10.2533/chimia.2016.899

Norton, Gareth J.; Deacon, Claire M.; Mestrot, Adrien; Feldmann, Joerg; Jenkins, Paul; Baskaran, Christina; Meharg, Andrew A. (2015). Cadmium and lead in vegetable and fruit produce selected from specific regional areas of the UK. Science of the total environment, 533, pp. 520-527. Elsevier 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.130

Lemos Batista, Bruno; Nigar, Meher; Mestrot, Adrien; Alves Rocha, Bruno; Barbosa Junior, Fernando; Price, Adam H.; Raab, Andrea; Feldmann, Jörg (2014). Identification and quantification of phytochelatins in roots of rice to long-term exposure: evidence of individual role on arsenic accumulation and translocation. Journal of Experimental Botany, 65(6), pp. 1467-1479. Oxford University Press 10.1093/jxb/eru018

Mestrot, Adrien; Planer-Friedrich, Britta; Feldmann, Jörg (2013). Biovolatilisation: a poorly studied pathway of the arsenic biogeochemical cycle. Environmental science: processes & impacts, 15(9), pp. 1639-1651. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C3EM00105A

Mestrot, Adrien; Xie, Wan-Ying; Xue, Ximei; Zhu, Yong-Guan (2013). Arsenic volatilization in model anaerobic biogas digesters. Applied geochemistry, 33, pp. 294-297. Pergamon 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.02.023

Moreno-Jiménez, Eduardo; Clemente, Rafael; Mestrot, Adrien; Meharg, Andrew A. (2013). Arsenic and selenium mobilisation from organic matter treated mine spoil with and without inorganic fertilisation. Environmental pollution, 173, pp. 238-244. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.10.017

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