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PD Dr Sebastian Lüning (moved to RWE-DEA)

Post-doc Research fellow
Tel +49 421 218 7147


since 2002 Postodoctoral Researcher, University of Bremen, Germany, sponsored by the North Africa Research Group

2000-2002 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bremen, sponsored by the German Science Foundation

1997-2000 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Royal Holloway College University of London (UK) sponsored by and based at Lasmo plc, London

1997 PhD at University of Bremen

1994 Diplom at University of Göttingen


Geological structures and maps

Geology of Germany

Sedimentary deposits, methods of exploration

Sequence stratigraphy

Field mapping course


Silurian and Devonian black shales in North Africa more...

Field-based gamma-ray spectroscopy in sedimentology more...

Regional Geology of North Africa more...

Geological Film Documentaries more...


Lüning, S., Y. M. Shahin, D. Loydell, H. T. Al-Rabi, S. Kolonic, A. Masri, B. Tarawneh (in press): Anatomy of a world-class source rock: Distribution, depositional model and hydrocarbon implications of Silurian organic-rich shales in Jordan. AAPG Bull.

Ghnia, S., S. Lüning, M. Martin (subm.): Genetic Stratigraphy of Cambro-Ordovician Strata in the Kufra and Murzuq basins. In: Geology of Eastern Libya.

Lüning, S., N. Fello (subm.): Silurian 'hot shales' in the Murzuq and Kufra basins (S-Libya): Improved predictability of source rock distribution based on gamma-ray spectrometry in surface exposures. In: Geology of Eastern Libya.

Marzouk, A. M., Lüning, S. (subm.): Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and distribtion patterns in the Cenomanian-Turonian of North Africa. J. Afr. Earth Sci.

Lüning, S. (2004): Phanerozoic of North Africa. In: R. C. Selley, L. R. M. Cocks, I. R. Plimer (eds), Encyclopedia of Geology, Academic Press.

Lüning, S., F. Schulze, A. M. Marzouk, J. Kuss, A. Gharaibeh, S. Kolonic (2004): Uranium-enriched horizons refine stratigraphic framework in Cenomanian-Turonian organic-rich strata in central Jordan and northern Tunisia. Z. Dt. Geol. Ges. 155: 49-60.

Lüning, S., J. Wendt, Z. Belka, B. Kaufmann (2004): Temporal-spatial reconstruction of the early Frasnian anoxia in NW Africa: New field data from the Ahnet Basin (Algeria). Sedimentary Geology. 163: 237-256.

Lüning, S., S. Kolonic, E. M. Belhadj, Z. Belhadj, L. Cota, G. Baric, T. Wagner (2004): Integrated depositional model for the Cenomanian-Turonian organic-rich strata in North Africa. Earth-Science Reviews 64: 51-117.

Lüning, S., R. Archer, J. Craig, D. K. Loydell (2003): The Lower Silurian 'Hot Shales' and 'Double Hot Shales' in North Africa and Arabia. In: Salem, M. J., Oun, K. M., Seddiq, H. M. (eds), The Geology of Northwest Libya (Ghadamis, Jifarah, Tarabulus and Sabratah Basins), Vol. 3, 91-105, Earth Science Society of Libya, Tripoli.

Lüning, S., Adamson, K., Craig, J. (2003): Frasnian 'Hot Shales' in North Africa: Regional Distribution and Depositional Model. In: Arthur, T. J., Macgregor, D. S., Cameron, N. (Eds.), Petroleum Geology of Africa: New Themes and developing technologies, Geol. Soc. (London) Sp. Publ. 207: 165-184.

Lüning, S., S. Kolonic (2003): Uranium spectral gamma-ray response as a proxy for organic richness in black shales: Applicability and limitations. J. Petroleum Geology 26: 153-174.

Lüning, S., S. Kolonic, D. Loydell, J. Craig (2003): Reconstruction of the original organic richness in weathered Silurian shale outcrops (Murzuq and Kufra basins, southern Libya). GeoArabia 8: 299-308.

Seilacher, A., S. Lüning, M. A. Martin, E. Klitzsch, A. Khoja, J.Craig (2002): Ichnostratigraphic correlation of Lower Palaeozoic clastics in the Kufra Basin (SE Libya). Lethaia 35 (3): 257-262.

Kuss, J., T. Westerhold, U. Groß, J. Bauer, S. Lüning (2000): Mapping of Late Cretaceous stratigraphic sequences along a Syrian Arc uplift - Examples from the Areif el Naqa, Eastern Sinai. M.E.R.C. Ain Shams Univ., Earth Sci. Ser., 14: 171-191.

Lüning, S., Craig, J., Fitches, B., Mayouf, J., Busrewil, A., El Dieb, M., Gammudi, A., Loydell, D. K. (2000d): Petroleum source and reservoir rock re-evaluation in the Kufra Basin (SE Libya, NE Chad, NW Sudan). In: M. A. Sola & D. Worsley (eds), Geological Exploration in Murzuq Basin. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 151-173.

Lüning, S., Bosence, D., Gräfe, K.-U., Luciani, V., Craig, J. (2000c): Discovery of marine Late Cretaceous carbonates and evaporites in the Kufra Basin (Libya) redefines the southern limit of the Late Cretaceous transgression. Cretaceous Research 21: 721-731.

Lüning, S., Loydell, D. K., Sutcliffe, O., Ait Salem, A., Archer, R., Zanella, E., Craig, J., Harper, D. A. T. (2000b): Silurian - lower Devonian black shales in Morocco: Where are the organically richest horizons? J. Petroleum Geology 23 (3): 293-311.

Lüning, S., Craig, J., Loydell, D. K., Storch, P., Fitches, W. R. (2000a): Lowermost Silurian 'Hot Shales' in North Africa and Arabia: Regional Distribution and Depositional Model. Earth Science Reviews 49: 121-200.

Lüning, S., Craig, J., Fitches, W. R., Gamudi, A., Mayouf, J., Busrewil, A., El Dieb, M., Loydell, D., McIlroy, D. (1999): Re-evaluation of the petroleum potential of the Kufra Basin (SE Libya, NE Chad): Does the source rock barrier fall? Marine and Petroleum Geology.

Lüning, S., Marzouk, A. M., Morsi, A. M. & Kus, J. (1998a): Sequence stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous of central-east Sinai, Egypt. Cretaceous Research 19: 153-196.

Lüning, S., Kuss, J., Bachmann, M., Marzouk, A. M. & Morsi, A. M. (1998b): Sedimentary response to basin inversion: Mid Cretaceous - Early Tertiary pre- to syndeformational deposition at the Areif El Naqa anticline (northern Sinai, Egypt). Facies 38: 103-136.

Lüning, S., Marzouk, A. M. & Kuss, J. (1998c): The Paleocene of Central East Sinai, Egypt: 'Sequence stratigraphy' in monotonous hemipelagites. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 28 (1): 19-39.

Lüning, S., Marzouk, A. M. & Kuss, J. (1998d): Latest Maastrichtian high frequency litho- and ecocycles from the hemipelagic of Eastern Sinai, Egypt. J. African Earth Sciences 27 (3/4): 373-395.

Marzouk, A. M. & Lüning, S. (1998): Comparative biostratigraphy of calcareous nannofossils and planktonic foraminifera in the Paleocene of Eastern Sinai, Egypt. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 207 (1): 77-105.

Lüning, S. (1997): Late Cretaceous - Early Tertiary sequence stratigraphy, paleoecology and geodynamics of Eastern Sinai, Egypt. Doktorarbeit, Universität Bremen, Berichte aus dem Fachbereich Geowissenschaften der Universität Bremen 98: 218 p.

Lüning, S. (1995): Sedimentationszyklen am Südsinai während der Syrian Arc Deformation. In: Bericht des Graduierten-Kollegs Stoff-Flüsse in marinen Geosystemen. Berichte aus dem Fachber. Geowiss. d. Univ. Bremen, 69: 305-310.

Lüning, S. (1994): Geologie des Gebietes um Ban Mae Suya (NW Thailand). Unveröffentlichte Diplomarbeit, Universität Göttingen, 184 S.

Popular Science

Lüning, S. (2002): Die Sprache der Steine - oder der Versuch die Berge zu verstehen, In: Gercke, H. (Hrsg.), Der Berg, Katalog, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 22-24.

Lüning, S. (1996): Warum man in der Wüste Kaugummi kauen sollte - Geologische Geländearbeiten auf dem Sinai. Nachr. Dt. Geol. Ges. 57: 41-43.