Various field courses of more than 30 days each year include both excursions of 1 to 12 days and mapping courses/field camps of c. 16 days. This curriculum includes a major part of regional geology of central Europe and varying spectacular target areas in the Mediterranean. The curriculum spans from integrated natural science excursions for undergraduate students, including basics of botany, ecology, and morphology, to complex structural and geodynamic field camps for graduate and Ph.-D. students with integrated microscopy of thin sections of local rocks and study of stereoscopic air photos. Reports are finalized in the field on laptops. The curriculum covers all kinds of rocks and a large spectrum of geodynamic settings.
The most popular target areas are listed below, with links to introductory notes (in German):
Corsica [link, 2 MB]
Elba [link, 50 KB]
SW Sardinia [link, 100 KB]
Naxos [link, 180 KB]
A script for rock determination is updated every 3-4 years. [pdf in German, 7.4 MB]
1991-94: Support on undergraduate courses in carbonate facies and diagenesis
- annually: 2 h undergraduate course in rock determination (winter semester = WS)
- annually: 2 h undergraduate course in geological maps and profiles (summer semester = SS)
- annually: 2 h seminar in geology of crystalline rocks (progress reports)
WS 94/95, 96/97, 97/98: 2 h graduate training for data search, scientific writing, oral and poster presentation, writing of job applications including individual coaching.
- WS 01/02: 2 h lecture introduction to endogenous processes (sabbatical substitution)
since SS 02: 1 h lecture introduction to earth history
since WS 02/03: 2 h interpretation of air photos and remote sensing data
2 h lecture introduction to exogenous processes
Concepts exist for a
- lecture and microscopy course in carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis (with own thin sections)
- for an introductory lecture in marine geology
- for an introductory lecture in plate tectonics
- for an introductory lecture in clastic sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy
Supervision of Ph.-D. thesis: (since 1994 advised by and later together with W. Frisch, Chair, those marked by asterisk* conducted with own grants)
A. Brügel (1998): Provenances of alluvial conglomerates from the Eastealpine foreland: Oligo-Miocene denudation history and drainage evolution of the Eastern Alps.
B. Trautwein (2000): Detritus provenance and thermal history of the Rhenodanubian flysch zone: brickstones for the reconstructions of the geodynamic evolution of the Eastern Alps.
M. Schwab (seit 1996): Cenozoic kinematics and exhumation of the Pamirs and Tien Shan (Central Asia)
C. Spiegel (since 1998): Erosion history of the Central Alps based on zircon fission track dating of foreland molasse sediments.
B. Székely (since 1998): Numerical DEM analysis on the Eastern Alps: evidence for temporal and spatial erosion history in the late Cenozoic.
*I. Seeck (since 1999): On the genesis of Eastern Elba iron ore deposits in the geodynamic frame of granodiorite intrusion, extensional faulting, and fluid variations during the Messinian salinity crisis.
* M. Danisik (since 2002): Episodic relief formation in Corsica/France: evidence from DEM analysis and very low temperature geochronology (apatite fission track dating, track length modelling, (U-Th)/He dating). Faculties best Ph.-D. award for 2005.
* I. Krumrei (since 2003): Dating of glaciations in Corsica
Masters thesis: 24 since 1996 on Elba, Corsica, and the Eastern Alps, 3 BSc works currently running