University Greifswald – Institute for Geography and Geology

Supported by the Leibniz Institute of Baltic See Research Warnemünde, there are three working groups at the Institute of Geography and Geology having focus on sedimentary geology: Marine depositional environments and processes (Arz, Böttcher, Hüneke), Dynamics and element budges of coastal zones and late Quaternary landscapes (Lampe, Lorenz), Glacial and periglacial depositional environments and processes (Hüneke, Rother) and Clay mineralogy (Grthoff, Warr).

Currently the following research topics are covered in Greifswald:

  • Carbonate sedimentology of shallow- and deep-marine environments
  • Fossil contourites – Sedimentary characteristics, architecture and palaeoceanographic implications
  • Sedimentology of glacial and periglacial deposits
  • Optically stimulated luminescence dating (OSL)
  • Microstructural analysis of glacial deposits
  • Palaeoenvironmental proxies under deep- and marginal-marine conditions
  • Baltic-Sea research
  • Paleolimnology and evolution of continental drainage patterns
  • Holocene sea-level changes
  • Diagenesis of clastic and evaporitic sediments
  • Biogeochemistry and element budgets of marine sediments
  • Submarine groundwater discharge

Analytical equipment at the institute in Greifswald:

  • Preparation lab for thin sections and polished slabs of rocks
  • Micromorphological lab for preparation of thin sections from unconsolidated materials
  • Luminescence research laboratory (OSL)
  • Sedimentological lab for soil mechanics
  • Scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
  • Electron microscopy (TEM, SEM, FIB-SEM, REM)
  • X-ray diffractometry (XRD)

Regional focus of sedimentary geology research
Germany, Morocco, Cyprus, Austria, Italy, Northern Germany, Poland, Britain, New Zealand, Mongolia, Tibetan Plateau, Baltic Sea Coast, Greenland, Baltic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Circum-Antarctic Ocean, North Sea, Black Sea, Brasil, Greece, China, Spain

Study offer
B.Sc. in Geology, M.Sc. in Earth Sciences, M.Sc. im Fach Marine and Coastal Geoscience (Binationaler Studiengang Stettin)

PD Dr. Heiko Hüneke       
Institut für Geographie und Geologie    
Universität Greifswald  

Context Column

Holocene sand spit (New Bessin, 2 km long) at the northeastern tip of the Pleistocene mainland of the island Hiddensee (Baltic Sea Coast).



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