Prof Dr H.-J. Kuss

Head of the working group
Tel +49 421 218 65250


since 1991 Professor of Geology, Bremen University

fall 1996 Visiting Professor on DAAD-fellowship, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

1989-1991 Researcher (DFG) at Hamburg University and Technical University Berlin

1988-1989 Habilitation Grant (DFG), Technical University Berlin (Habilitation accomplished 1989)

1983-1988 Assistant professor, Technical University Berlin

1983 PhD Erlangen University

Current Research Interests

Sedimentary geology, field studies, stratigraphic architecture, microfossils, stable isotopes past sea level and climate change.


Basin analysis
Sequence stratigraphy
Exploration geology
Introduction to plate tectonics
Field-mapping courses
Field excursions


since 2016 – The Cretaceous critical intervals: Paleo-environmental implications from black shale of Safaga area, Red Sea, Egypt, financed by DAAD, Morsy, Kuss, more

since 2012 – Facies control on the stratigraphic architecture of carbonate secquences (Triassic, Germany), Kuss and Msc-/BSc students (in co-operation with Geol. L.-A. Thüringen) more...

since 2005 - Platform crises of the Cenomanian Levant Platform – high-resolution studies of dysoxic sediments ( Central Jordan ): environmental changes, cycles, palaeoecology (DFG project Ku 642/20 in coop. with Stein [Awi, Bremerhaven] more...

2008 - 2012: Paleotectonic and Sedimentary evolution of the Jurassic and Cretaceous deposits of the Alddaw Basin (Palmyrides, Syria), financed by DAAD, Kuss, Ghanem, more...

2008 - 2012: Platform evolution around the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum (EECO) in a low latitude setting (Egypt) (DFG Project Ku 642/22) Höntzsch, Kuss, Scheibner, Rasser more...

2007 - 2010: Depositional architecture of a Miocene structurally controlled sub-basin of the Gulf of Suez - a collaborative project financed by the Egyptian government, Kuss, Abd-El Naby, Boukhary more...

2007 - 2010: Sequential patterns of a tectonically controlled basin - the Late Cretaceous hemipelagic Abiod Fm of Tunisia, financed by DAAD, Kuss, Seloua, Negra more...

2000 - 2002: Paleoceanographic processes and crises during the late Cretaceous and early Tertiary as recorded in basin, slope and platform series (DFG Project Ku 642/19 in coop. with Reijmer [GEOMAR, Kiel], Scheibner and Speijer) more...

2000 - 2004: Sedimentary response of drifting histories on the western Coast of Madagascar (DFG Project Ku 642/18) more...

1999 - 2003: Control parameters on the build up of carbonate platforms prior and after the Cenomanian/Turonian boundary in Central Jordan (DFG Project KU 642/16) more...

1999 - 2002: On the genesis of Mesozoic sedimentary basins in northeast Africa - sedimentologic and paleontologic interrelationships with tectonic processes (Volkswagen Foundation project) more...

1998 - Sea-level fluctuations of different order - Analysis of Mesozoic shallow marine sedimentation patterns and their controlling factors in connection with global signals and climatic change (FNK, Bremen Project) more...

1998 - 2001: Interaction of geodynamic and biosedimentary processes of the late Cenomanian - Coniacian southern Tethyan carbonate shelf, Sinai (DFG, Ku 642/15, in coop. with Dr Steuber/ Bochum) more...

1997 - 2001: Sea-level fluctuations of different order - Analysis and quantification of shallow marine sedimentation pattern and their controlling factors within the Cretaceous Tethys (DFG Project Ku 642/13) more...

1996 - 2000: Architecture of a carbonate platform-to-basin transition on a structural high (Campanian-early Eocene, Eastern Desert, Egypt)-classical and modelling approaches combined (DFG, Grad.-Koll.) more...


60. Wendler, J. E., Wendler, I., Vogt, C., Kuss, J. (2016): Link between cyclic eustatic sea-level change and continental weathering: Evidence for aquifer-eustasy in the Cretaceous, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 441, 430–437. PDF

59. Lüning, S., Kuss, J. (2014): Petroleum geology of Jordan. – In: Marlow, L. & Kendall, C. and Yose, L. (Eds.) Petroleum systems of the Tethyan Margin, AAPG Mem. 106, p. 217-239. PDF

58. Wendler, J.E., Meyers, S.R., Wendler, I., Kuss, J. (2014): A milllion-year-scale astronomical control on Late Cretaceous sea-level. Newsletter of Stratigraphy. PDF

57. Höntzsch, S., Scheibner, C., Brock, J.P., Kuss, J. (2013) Circum-Tethyan carbonate platform evolution during the Palaeogene: the Prebetic platform as test for climatically-controlled facies shifts, Turkish Journal of Geology 22: 891-918. PDF

56. Ghanem, H., Kuss, J. (2013): Stratigraphic control of the Aptian-Early Turonian sequences of the Levant Platform (Northwest Syria - Coastal Range) - GeoArabia 18: 85-132 PDF

55. Ghanem, H. Mouty, M. Kuss, J. (2012): Biostratigraphy and Carbon-isotope stratigraphy of the uppermost Aptian to Late Cenomanian strata of the Southern Palmyrids, Geoarabia 17: 155-184 PDF

54. Bey, S., Kuss, J., Premoli Silva, I., Negra, M. H., Gardin, S. (2012): Fault-controlled stratigraphy of the Late Cretaceous Abiod Formation at Ain Medheker (Northeast Tunisia).- Cretaceous Research 34: 10-25 PDF

53. Höntzsch, S., Scheibner, C., Guasti, E., Kuss, H.J., Marzouk, A., Rasser, M.W. (2011): Increasing restriction of the Egyptian shelf during the Early Eocene? – New insights from a southern Tethyan carbonate platform. Palaegeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 302: 349-366. PDF

52. Höntzsch, S., Scheibner, C., Kuss, H.J., Marzouk, A.M., Rasser, M.W. (2011): Tectonically driven carbonate ramp evolution at the southern Tethyan shelf: the Lower Eocene succession of the Galala Mountains, Egypt. Facies 57: 51-72. PDF

51. Abd El-Naby A.,Ghanem H., Boukhary M., Abd El-Aal M., Lüning S., Kuss J.,  (2010): Stratigraphy Interpretation of structurally controlled Deposition: Middle Miocene Kareem Formation, Southwestern Gulf of Suez, Egypt.  GeoArabia 15: 129-150 PDF

50. Bachmann, M., Kuss, J., Lehmann, J. (2010): Controls and evolution of facies patterns in the Upper Barremian–Albian Levant Platform in North Sinai and North Israel.- In: Homberg & Bachmann (Eds.) Evolution of the Levant Margin and Western Arabia Platform since the Mesozoic) Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 341, 99–131. PDF

49. Heldt., M., Lehmann, J., Bachmann, M., Negra, H., Kuss, J. (2010): Increased terrigenous influx but no drowning: palaeoenvironmental evolution of the Tunisian carbonate platform margin during the Late Aptian.- Sedimentology 57, 695-719. PDF

48. Wendler, J., Lehmann, J., Kuss, J. (2010): Orbital time scale, intra-platform basin correlation, carbon isotope stratigraphy and sea-level history of the Cenomanian–Turonian Eastern Levant platform, Jordan.- In: (Homberg & Bachmann, Eds.: Evolution of the Levant Margin and Western Arabia Platform since the Mesozoic) Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 341, 171-186. PDF

47. Abd El-Naby, A., Abd El-Aal, M., Kuss. J., Boukhary, M., Lashin, A. (2009): Structural and basin evolution in Miocene time, southwestern Gulf of Suez, Egypt. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und
Paläontologie – Abhandlungen, 251: 331-353.

46. Hoentzsch, S., Scheibner, C., Marzouk, A.M., Rasser, M.W. and Kuss, H.J., (2009): Multiple Early Eocene thermal maxima at low latitude platform carbonates - The Eocene succession of the Galala Mountains, Egypt. In: E.M. Crouch, C.P. Strong and C.J. Hollis (Editors), Climatic and biotic events of the Paleogene (CBEP 2009), extended abstracts from an international conference in Wellington, New Zealand, 12-15 January 2009. GNS Science Miscellaneous Series 18, pp. 70-74.

45. Sepúlveda, J., Wendler, J., Leider, A., Kuss, J., Summons, R., Hinrichs, K.-U. (2009): Molecular-isotopic evidence of marine productivity changes across the C/T boundary in the Levant platform (Central Jordan). Organic Geochemistry 40, 553-586.

44. Wendler, J., Wendler, I. and Kuss, J. (2009). Early Turonian shallow marine red beds on the Levant carbonate platform (Jordan), Southern Tethys. SEPM Special Publication 91, 179-187.

43. Boukhary, M.A., Kuss, J. M. Abdelraouf (2008): Chattian Larger Foraminifera, northern Sinai, Egypt, and paleogeographic interpretations. Stratigraphy 5: 179-192. PDF

42. Kuss, J. Boukhary, M.A., (2008): A new upper Oligocene marine record from northern Sinai (Egypt) and its paleogeographic context.- Geoarabia 13/1, 59-84. PDF

41. Wendler, J., Kuss, J., Stein, R., (2006): Expanded platform crises at the MCE and OAE2 (Mid Cenomanian to Lower Turonian) of the Levent carbonate platform (Jordan). Terra Nostra 2006/3, 103.

40. Schulze, F., Kuss, J., Marzouk, A. (2005): Platform cofiguration, microfacies and cyclicities of the upper Albian to Turonian of west-central Jordan. Facies, 50, 505-527. PDF

39. Flügel, E., Thiedig, F., Dolenz, H., Kuss, J. (2004): Herkunftsbestimmung des frühzeit-lichen Mosaikmaterials im Bereich des Repräsentantenhauses und in den Unteren A/A Bauten am Magdalensberg, Kärnten. Rudofinum, Jb. Landesmus. Kärnten

38. Schulze, F., Marzouk, A.M., Bassiouni, M.A., Kuss, J. (2004): The late Albian-Turonian carbonate platform succession of west-central Jordan: stratigraphy and crises.- Cretaceous Research, 25, 709-737.

37. Bauer, J., Steuber, T., Kuss, J., Heimhofer, U. (2004): Distribution of shallow-water benthics: The Cenomanian – Turonian carbonate platform sequences of Sinai, Egypt. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Rudists. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, 247, 207-231.

36. Lüning, S., Schulze, F., Marzouk, A.M., Kuss, J., Gharaibeh, A. & S. Kolonic (2004): Uranium-enriched horizons refine stratigraphic framework in Cenomanian-Turonian organic-rich strata in central Jordan and northern Tuniasia.- Zeitschr. Dt. Geol. Ges., 155/1, 49-60.

35. Bachmann, M., Bassiouni, M.A.A., Kuss, J. (2003): Stratigraphic modelling, graphic correlation and cyclicities of mid-Cretaceous platform carbonates - northern Sinai, Egypt. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 200, 131-162.

34. Kuss, J., Bassiouni, A., Bauer, J., Bachmann, M., Marzouk, A., Scheibner, C., Schulze, F. (2003): Cretaceous – Paleogene Sequence Stratigraphy of the Levant Platform (Egypt, Sinai, Jordan). - In: Gili, E., Negra, H., & Skelton, P. (Eds.) North African Cretaceous Carbonate Platform Systems, Nato Science Series, 171-187.

33. Scheibner, C,. Reijmer, J.J.G., Marzouk, A.M., Speijer, R.P., Kuss, J. (2003): From platform to basin: The evolution of a Paleocene carbonate margin (Eastern Desert, Egypt). International Journal of Earth Sciences / Geologische Rundschau, 92/4, 624-640. PDF

32. Scheibner, C., Kuss, J., Speijer, R.P. (2003): Stratigraphic modelling of carbonate platform-to-basin sediments (Maastrichtian to Paleocene) in the Eastern Desert, Egypt. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 200/1-4, 163-185. PDF

31. Schulze, F., Lewy, Z., Kuss, J., Gharaibeh, A. (2003): Cenomanian-Turonian carbonate platform deposits in west central Jordan. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 92, 641-660. PDF

30. Bauer, J., Kuss, J., Steuber, T. (2003): Sequence architecture and carbonate platform configuration (Late Cenomanian –Santonian), Sinai, Egypt. Sedimentology 50, 387-414.

29. Bauer, J., Kuss, J., Steuber, T. (2002): Platform Environments, Microfacies and Systems Tracts of the Upper Cenomanian – Lower Santonian of Sinai, Egypt. Facies, 47, 1-26.

28. Bauer, J., Marzouk, A.M., Steuber, T., Kuss, J. (2001): Lithostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the Cenomanian – Santonian strata of Sinai, Egypt. Cretaceous Research, 22, 497-526.

27. Scheibner, C., Marzouk, A. M., Kuss, J. (2001): Shelf architectures of an isolated Late Cretaceous carbonate platform margin, Galala Mountains (Eastern Desert, Egypt). Sedimentary Geology, 145, 23-43. PDF

26. Scheibner, C., Marzouk, A. M., Kuss, J. (2001): Maastrichtian-Early Eocene lithostratigraphy and Palaeogeography of the N Gulf of Suez Region, Egypt, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 32, 223-255. PDF

25. Kuss, J., Westerhold, T., Groß, U. & Bauer, J. & Lüning, S. (2000): Mapping of Late Cretaceous stratigraphic sequences along a Syrian Arc uplift – Examples from the Areif el Naqa, Eastern Sinai. Middle East Research Center, Ain Shams University., Earth Science Series, 14, 171-191.

24. Kuss, J. (2000): Sedimentbecken in Ägypten. Forschung, 3/2000, 42-44.

23. Kuss, J., Scheibner C., & Gietl, R. (2000) Carbonate platform to basin transition along an Upper Cretaceous to Lower Tertiary Syrian Arc Uplift, Galala Plateaus, Eastern Desert, Egypt. GeoArabia, 5, 405-424. PDF

22. Scheibner, C., Kuss, J. & Marzouk A. (2000): Slope sediments of a Paleocene ramp-to-basin transition in NE-Egypt. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 88, 708-724. PDF

21. Kim, J., Wagner, T., Bachmann, M. & Kuss, J. (1998): Organic facies and thermal maturity of Late Aptian to Early Cenomanian shelf deposits, Northern Sinai (Egypt). International Journal of Coal Geology,39, 251-278.

20. Bachmann, M. & Kuss, J. (1998): The Middle Cretaceous carbonate ramp of the northern Sinai: sequence stratigraphy and facies distribution. In: V.P. Wright & T.P. Burchette (Ed.): Carbonate Ramps. Geological Society Special Publication 149, 253-280.

19. Boukhary, M., Kulbrok, F. & Kuss, J. (1998): New nummulitids from lower Eocene limestones of Egypt (Monastery of St. Paul, Eastern Desert). Micropaleontology, 44, 99-108. PDF

18. Kunow, R., Bauer, J., Bachmann, M. & Kuss, J. (1998): Verteilungsmuster benthischer Foraminiferen und Tonmineralassoziationen im Oberapt des Sinai. In: J. Kuss (ed.), Afrikas Klimageschichte unter geowissenschaftlichen Aspekten. Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie, Teil I, 1997, 353-371.

17. Kuss, J. (Ed.) (1998): Afrikas Klimageschichte unter geowissenschaftlichen Aspekten. Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie, Teil I, 1997 (1/2), 381 pp.

16. Kuss, J., Lüning, S. & Bachmann, M. (1998): The Cretaceous downwarp basin of Sinai and early stages of inversion. In: J. Almond et al. (eds) Gondwana 10: „Event Stratigraphy of Gondwana“. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 27 (1, Supplement), 225-227.

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

14. Lüning, S., Marzouk, A.M. & Kuss, J. (1998): Late Maastrichtian litho- and ecocylces from hemipelagic deposits of eastern Sinai, Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 27, 373-395.

13. Lüning, S., Marzouk, A.M. & Kuss, J. (1998): The Paleocene of central east Sinai, Egypt: ‘sequence stratigraphy’ in monotonous hemipelagites. Journal of Foraminiferal research, 28, 19-39.

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

11. Geyer, O., Kuss, J. & Bachmann, M. (1997): On some Albian Ammonites from the Northeastern Sinai (Egypt). Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 71, 221-229.

10. Bachmann, M., Bandel, K, Kuss, J. & Willems, H. (1996): Sedimentary processes and intertethyal comparisons of two Early/Late Cretaceous carbonate ramp systems (NE-Africa and Spain). In: J. Reitner, F. Neuweiler & F. Gunkel, (Eds), Global and Regional Controls on Biogenic Sedimentation. II. Cretaceous Sedimentation. Göttinger Arbeiten für Geologie und Paläontologie, Sonderband 3, 151-163.

9. Kuss, J. & Bachmann, M. (1996): Cretaceous paleogeography of the Sinai Peninsula and neighbouring areas. Comptes rendus de l'Academie des Sciences, Serie II, Sciences de la Terre et des Planetes, 322, 915-933.

8. Flint, O., Budziak, D., Stahlhut, B., Schulz, S. & Kuss, J. (1995): Geological Map 1: 20000 of the Monastery of St. Anthony (Egypt). Eigenverlag, TFH Berlin.

7. Kuss, J. (1994): Cretaceous (Albian-Turonian) calcareous algae from Egypt and Jordan - systematics, stratigraphy and paleogeography. Abandlungen der Geologischen Bundesantalt, 50, 295-317.

6. Kuss, J. & Herbig, H.-G. (1993): Biogeography, facies and taxonomy of Early Tertiary green algae from Egypt and Morocco. In: F. Baratollo, P. De Castro & M. Parente (Eds) Bollettino della Societa Paleontologia d'Italia, Special Volume 1, 249-280.

5. Luger, P. & Kuss, J. (1993): Late Cretaceous to basal Tertiary shallow-water sedimentation in Northern Somalia. In: U. Thorweihe & H. Schandelmeier (Eds), Geoscientific Research in Northeast Africa, 443-447, Balkema, Rotterdam.

4. Kuss, J. (1992): Facies and stratigraphy of Cretaceous limestones from northeast Egypt, Sinai, and southern Jordan. Geology of The Arab World, Cairo University, 283-302.

3. Kuss, J. (1992): The Aptian-Paleocene shelf carbonates of Northeast Egypt and southern Jordan: Establishment and break-up of carbonate platforms along the southern Tethyan shores. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft, 143, 107-132.

2. Kuss, J. & Senowbary-Daryan, B. (1992): Anomuran coprolites from Cretaceous shallow water limestones of NE Africa. Cretaceous Research 13, 147-156.

1. Senowbary-Daryan, B. & Kuss, J. (1992): Anomuren-Koprolithen aus der Kreide von Ägypten. Mitteilungen aus dem Geologisch-Paläontologischen Institut der Universität Hamburg, 73, 129-157.