Research Group

Isotope Geochemistry

Prof. Dr. Simone Kasemann

1996 Diploma in Geology Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
1999 Dissertation in Geology Technische Universität Berlin

Employment 1999-2009:
Technische Universität Berlin; GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam; Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, European Commission, Belgium; Department of Earth Sciences University of Bristol, UK; Grant Institute of Earth Science, University of Edinburgh UK; Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin.

Professor in Bremen since 2009
Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh since 2009

Research Interests:
Signatures and mechanisms of global and extreme environmental changes in earth history. Transport and recycling of elements and isotopes at active continental margins. Development of isotope techniques

We study the geochemical evolution of the Earth and its oceans using non-traditional and radiogenic isotopes. Mantle dynamics, plate tectonics and mass transfer are processes which have shaped our earth and are currently influencing the environment through volcanic eruptions, earth quakes, tsunamis and climate change. Detailed information about mass transfer and recycling processes will improve our understanding for the causes of natural disaster and earth’s surface changes. In addition, understanding earth system behaviour during past environmental changes is essential for future climate change predictions. Remarkable events in earth history such as extreme transitions between icehouse and greenhouse, the biggest mass extinction and global ocean acidification provide an excellent opportunity in understanding past environmental change and predicting future climate change.

Working Area

Working Area: Region: Namibia, China, Central Andes South America (Chile, Argentina), Atlantic, Arabian Sea.


Field work, sample preparation and column chromatography in clean laboratories, isotope analysis via Thermal Ionisation and MC– Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry.

Materials: Precambrian-Cambrian carbonates, Cainozoic volcanic rocks, foraminifers, evaporates and thermal water.


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