Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Physics of Environmental Archives



We teach lectures, tutorials, seminars, and conduct practical exercises in both Physics and Earth Sciences . Throughout the Earth Sciences the focus is on 'statistics and R programing' and on Marine Geochemistry as part of the Master module Environmental Physics. In Physics, we are involved at all levels of teaching but our focus is 'Environmental Physics (MKEP4) 'Aquatic Systems' (MVSpec3). Moreover, the 'Physics and Geochemistry of Environmental Archives' and 'Ocean Tracers' are frequent special lectures. The bachelor seminar on 'Isotope methods in Environmental Physics' has become a successful series. Much energy, nevertheless, goes into the numerous scientific projects of bachelor, master and PhD students (see list of accomplished projects below). Our course program is on LSF . and the course material is provided through the platforms 'elearning2' and in physics also through the 'tutorial platform'. If you are searching for a study project or just want to get involved do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We have projects open almost all the time, waiting for enthusiastic students to conduct present and past climate science either through experiments or the construction and use of models.

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Accomplished Bachelor-, Master- and PhD Theses

(Bachelor- and Master Thesis documents can be assessed via the internal libary pages) 



Amrei Glasder: Rekonstruktion ser Nordwärtsbewegung von Mittelmeerwasser anhand von Tiefseekorallen (Diploma 2018)

Hannah Sarah Schneider: Cold-water corals - reconstruction of paleoenvironmental history off Mauritania (Ma 2018)

Paul Roßteutscher: The Na/Ca Ratio in Deep-Sea Corals as a Proxy for Salinity in the Ocean (Ba 2018)

Simon Oliver Sauer: Radiocarbon in speleothems and drip water: On the way to a holistic model of stalagmite formation (Ma 2018)

Hanna Rosenthal: Tiefseekorallen als Archiv eiszeitlicher Temperaturentwicklung der Thermokline nahe der Azorenfront (Ba 2018)


Freya Hemsing: Cold-Water Corals as Archives for Ocean Dynamics,Environmental Conditions and Glacial Reef Accumulation (PhD 2017) (go to)

Elvira Beisel: Radiokohlenstoff-Alter von eiszeitlichem Zwischenwasser im NO Atlantik (Ba 2017)

Jennifer Arps: Towards ε-Precision of U-series Age Determinations of Secondary Carbonates (PhD 2017) (go to)

Patrick Blaser: The application of radiogenic neodymium isotopes as a palaeo water mass tracer in the subpolar North Atlantic (PhD 2017) (go to)

Marvin Bobrowski: IRMS Stable Carbon and Oxygen Measurements of Carbonates from a Flowstone from the MIS-11 (Ma2017)

Carla Roesch: Tiefseekorallen vor Angola: Archive der tropischen Zwischenwasserdynamik seit der letzten Eiszeit (Ba2017)

Julius Förstel: Uranium Series Dating with a New Laser Ablation Multi Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Setup, Development of a measurement routine and first findings (Ma2017)

Steffen Therre: Climate variations in the Arabian Sea from LGM to Holocene - A stalagmite radiocarbon record from Socotra Island (Ma2017)

Frerk Pöppelmeier: Investigations of Authigenic Neodymium Sediment-Pore Water Interaction and Reconstruction of Deep Water Mass Sourcing in the North-East Atlantic (Ma2016)

Anne-Marie Wefing: Fully Automated Chromatographic Extraction of Th and U: Performance of the prepFAST-MC and its Application to Cold-Water Corals from the Angolan Margin (Ma2016)


Benny Antz: Comprehensive Analysis of Antlantic Circulation during Heinrich Event 1 & 2 (PhD 2016) (go to)

Christoph Dornick: Charakterisierung verschiedener Detektortypen in der Massenspektrometrie mit induktiv gekoppelter Plasma-Quelle (ICP-MS)(Ba2016)

Evan Cooper Border: Tracing Sub-Decadal Iceland Basin Water-Mass Changes Using Desmophyllum dianthus (Ma2016)

Jorge Manuel Sanchez: From rain to stalagmite - climate controlled stable isotope variability in coupled earth system - stalagmite model (Ma2016)

Kai Nakajima: Local overprinting of εNd and Li/Mg in deep-sea corals of the Azores (Ba2016)

Thomas Krengel: Temporal and spatial cold-water coral occurrence in the Alboran Sea and the Gulf of Cadiz during previous glacial-interglacial cycles (Ma2016)


Henrik Eckhardt: Bestimmung von Lithium-Magnesium Verhältnissen mit Hilfe der Laser Ablation Induktive gekoppelten Plasma Massen Spectrometrie (Ba2015)

Jasmin Link: Rekonstruktion der Ozeanzirkulation im Nordatlantik während ausgewählter glazialer Terminationen der letzten 900 ka anhand von Neodymisotopen (Ma2015)

Jens Terhaar: Variability of the bloom in the southern Ocean at inter-annual, seasonal and intra-seasonal time scales (Ma2015)

Hannah Nowitzki: Evolution oft he seawater Uranium Isotopic Composition through time (Ma2015)

Simon Ritter: Hydrogeochemie, Kalktuiffbildung und zeitliche Entwicklung des Kalktuff-Systems ?Kaisinger Sinterterrassen? in Greding, Bayern (Ma2015)

Niclas Rieger: Cold-water coral ecosystem changes in the souhern Gulf of Cadiz induced by oceanic dynamic variances from 20 to 40 ka (Ba2015)

Alexander Hubig: Radiokohlenstoff in Stalagmiten - Austauschprozesse mit der Höhlenluft (Ba2015)

Marleen Lausecker: Das Lithium-Magnesium Verhältnis als Temperaturproxy in Tiefseekorallen - Temperaturkalibration und Temperaturrekonstruktion (Ba2015)


Kai Käser: Warmzeitliche Ozeandynamik im Rockall Trog - Datierte Tiefseekoralle als Klimaarchiv (Ba2014)

Barbara Hennrich: Paläoklimatische Untersuchung einer Tiefseekoralle aus dem Nordostatlantik: Altersbestimmung mit der U/Th - Methode & Rekonstruktion von Wassertemperaturen anhand von Li/Mg-Verhältnissen (Ba2014)

Kathrin Leutz: Sauerstoffisotopische und mineralogiscche Untersuchung an Stalagmit M39-764 ein Paläoklimaarchiv für das Holozän der Zentralschweiz (Ma2014)

Jörn Profe:Small river tufa morphology derived from sub-meter footprint airborne Lidar bathymetry at Greding (Germany)

Astrid Waldner: The seawater Neodymium isotopic composition from Iceland tot he Azores (Ma2014)

Richard Dietrich: Konzentrationsbestimmungen Seltener Erden am ICP-MS (Ba2014)

Frerk Pöppelmeier: Charakterisierung von Neodym-Messungen eines Thermionen Massenspektrometers (Ba2014)

Julius Förstel: Messung von Lithium-Magnesium Verhältnissen an einem iCAP Qtm Quadrupol-Massenspektrometer mit induktiv gekoppelter Plasmaionenquelle (Ba2014)

Steffen Therre : Radiokohlenstoff als Vegetationstracer - Messungen des toten Kohlenstoffanteils am holozänen Stalagmit H5 aus dem Oman (Ba2014)

Anne-Marie Wefing: Eiszeitliche Ozeandynamik im Golf von Cádiz - datierte Tiefseekorallen als Archive (Ba2014)


Philipp Eisinger: Analysis and evaluation of a leaching procedure for the extraction of authigenic rare earth elements (REE) from marine sediments oft he North Atlantic (Ba2014)

Patrick Blaser:Investigation on the Extraction of authigenic Neodymium from Marine Sediments (Ma2013)

Freya Hemsing: Paläowachstumsraten von Mangankrusten- Variabilität der O2 Konzentration im pazifischen Tiefenwasser (Ma2013)

David Wichmann: Untersuchung der Ozeanzirkulation vor Brasilien bis ins letzte Glazial mittels 231Pa/230Th (Ba2013)


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