Geodynamics of the Polar Regions

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Spiegel-Behnke

1998 Diploma in Geology-Palaeontology,
University of Kiel; 2001 PhD in Geology, University of Tübingen

1998-2001 Institut of Geoscience, University of Tübingen; 2002-04 School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia; 2004-07 Institut of Geoscience, Universität of Tübingen

Professor at Bremen University since 2007

Fields of research:
Geodynamik, Thermochronologie,

Our research deals with the geodynamic and structural evolution of the polar regions. The applied methods allow quantifying exhumation and denudation rates through time and space, offering clues to surface processes and geomorphic evolution. This in turn provides a better understanding of the coupling between processes of the upper crust with deep-seated processes in the lithosphere, and with the climatic evolution.

Working Area

Continental and adjacent marine areas of Antarctica, and of formerly adjacent regions of the Gondwana supercontinent (southern Africa, Madagascar, and India); Arctics: Svalbard, Greenland, and Canada


Fission Track and (U-Th)/He Analysis of apatite and zircon, analysis of cosmogenic nuclides, petrology, geochemistry, isotopegeochemistry, cryomicrothermometric analysis of fluid inclusions in minerals.


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