Heidelberg University – Institute of Earth Sciences

At the Institute of Earth Sciences one working group has its focus in sedimentary geology: The working group “Sedimentology & Marine Paleoenvironmental Dynamics” works on Meso- and Cenozoic marine sediments with a particular focus on faunal and geochemical analyses.

Currently the following research topics are covered in Heidelberg:

  • marine sedimentology and paleoenvironmental dynamics
  • Meso- and Cenozoic paleoclimate and paleoceanography investigations of ODP/IODP and Meteor-based marine cores
  • paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic interpretation of Meso- and Cenozoic land sections

Analytical equipment in the field of sedimentary geology:

  • Fritsch Analysette 22 (grain-size analysis)
  • ThermoFisher MAT253plus with Kiel IV carbonate preparation (stable isotopes)
  • Logitech LP50 (thin sections)
  • color-spektrometer

Regional focus of sedimentary geology research
marine research (mainly Atlantic and Pacific), terrestrial sections in Europe, South America, and Asia

Study offer
B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geosciences
Grain-size analysis; thin section preparation; stabile isotope analysis (O, C)


Prof. Dr. Oliver Friedrich
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Universität Heidelberg
PD Dr. André Bahr
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Universität Heidelberg

Context Column

Lower Cretaceous marl-limestone-couplets (Vocontian Basin, southern France)


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