Dr. Zacharias Steinmetz

Environmental Scientist at RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, iES Landau, Institute for Environmental Sciences.


Fascinated with R, data analysis, and open science. Scrutinizing plastic pollution in terrestrial systems.

main research interests

  • Investigating the sources, sinks, and pathways of plastics in agroecosystems
  • Developing novel methods for the quantitative analysis of synthetic polymers in soil, for example, using pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) in combination with advanced data science applications.

selected publications


    Plastic mulching in agriculture. Trading short-term agronomic benefits for long-term soil degradation?
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Claudia Wollmann, Miriam Schaefer, Christian Buchmann, Jan David, Josephine Tröger, Katherine Muñoz, Oliver Frör, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Science of The Total Environment 550, 690–705, 2016