University Bremen – Faculty of Geosciences

At the Faculty of Geosciences together with MARUM currently five working groups have their focus in sedimentary geology: Sedimentology and Paleoceanography (Heinrich), Geochronology and Basin Analysis (Kuss), Modelling of Sedimentation Processes (Huhn-Frehers), Marine Sedimentology (Hebbeln) and and Sediment Geochemistry (Zabel).

Currently the following research topics are covered in Bremen

  • Characterisation and temporal evolution of modern and Quaternary shelf and deep sea depositional systems
  • Ocean and Climate: carbonate production/dissolution; coccolithophorid fluxes/ecology/morphometric features
  • Submarine mass movements, canyon systems and contourites
  • Facies analysis of Alpine Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous strata
  • Facies analysis and sequence stratigraphy of Paleozoic and Mesozoic carbonate platforms
  • Interpretation of depositional processes on micro- to basin scale
  • Reservoir characterisation (carbonates)
  • Porosity/Permeability studies of carbonate rocks

Analytical equipment in the field of sedimentary geology

  • REM
  • Sedigraph / Atterberg / laser granulometer
  • Leco (TOC, CaCO3)
  • Radiographies / Nuclear Tomography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • XFR Analyzer
  • Saw / thin section laboratory
  • Loose sediment preparation
  • X-ray diffractometer

Regional focus of sedimentary geology research

Rhenish Slate Mountains, Northern Calcareous Alps as well as deep sea, shelves and continental margins (North Sea , Baltic Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean)

Study offer
B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geosciences, M.Sc. in Marine Geosciences
Grain size analysis (sieving, sedigraph); carbonate and total organic carbon measurements (Leco); thin section preparation


Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Henrich
Fachbereich Geowissenschaften
Universität Bremen

    Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Kuss
Fachbereich Geowissenschaften
Universität Bremen
Prof. Dr. Katrin Huhn-Frehers
Universität Bremen
    Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln
Universität Bremen
PD Dr. Matthias Zabel
Universität Bremen


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Brief descriptions of institutes doing research and training in the field of sedimentology.
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