The research of the Department of Geology focuses on the reconstruction of the paleoclimate and the paleoenvironmental conditions of the last 100 million years. Using sedimentological, geochemical and paleontological methods, we study drill cores, rock samples and fossils from key areas of the earth. These include Antarctica, Central Europe and the Mediterranean region, East Africa and North and Central America. In this way, we gain insights into the extent, speed and framework conditions of previous environmental and climate changes.

enlarge the image: West Antarctica 90 million years ago. Figure: Alfred Wegener Institute/James McKay, CC-BY 4.0
This acrylic painting shows the reconstructed environmental conditions (moderate rainforest) that prevailed near the South Pole about 90 million years ago. Figure: Alfred Wegener Institute/James McKay, CC-BY 4.0.

Research Foci

  • Carbonate sedimentology and paleoclimatology of the Cenozoic: Shallow marine carbonates and coral reefs, coral sclerochronology
  • Terrestrial palaeoclimate, isotopic analysis on pedogenic carbonates (δ13C, δ18O, Δ47- Δ48) and isotope-based palaeoaltimetry (δ18O, δ2H, Δ'17O)
  • Micropaleontology, especially ostracodes
  • Dynamics of humid and dry periods of the last 200,000 years in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula
  • Cenozoic glacial history of Antarctica
  • Methods: Thin-section petrography (microfacies, diagenesis), isotope geochemistry (oxygen and stable carbon isotopes), geochemistry (main and trace elements), X-ray densitometry

Geology Team

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Brachert

Professor

Talstraße 35, Room 0-09
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32902

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Prof. Dr. Werner Ehrmann

Professor

Talstraße 35, Room 0-11
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32901

Dr. Katharina Methner

Dr. Katharina Methner

Research Fellow

Talstraße 35, Room 0-05
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32839

 Marlene Höhle

Marlene Höhle

PhD Student

Talstraße 35, Room 0-13
04103 Leipzig

 Phyllis Mono

Phyllis Mono

Research Fellow / PhD Student

Talstraße 35, Room 0-03
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32906

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Philipp Spreter

PhD Student

Talstraße 35, Room 0-03
04103 Leipzig

Telephone: +49 341 97-32906

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Frank Bach

Curator of the Geological-Paleontological Collection

Talstraße 35, Room 1-03
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32831

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Sylvia Haeßner

Lab Operator

Talstraße 35, Room K-1-14
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32912

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