Research Group

Sedimentology – Palaeoceanography

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Henrich

1979 Diploma in Geology/ Palaeontology, University of Marburg
1983 Promotion in Geology/ Palaeontology at the University of Marburg
1993 Habilitation for Geology/ Palaeontology at the University of Kiel
1991 Albert-Maucher Award

1980–82 Geological Institute, University of Marburg
1982–83 Geological Institute, TH Darmstadt
1983–89 Geological Institute, University of Kiel
1989–93 GEOMAR, Kiel

Professor in Bremen since 1993

Research areas:
Marine Geology, Palaeoceanography, Sedimentology, General Geology, Regional Geology

We apply carbonate and clastic sedimentology, and micropalaeontology (coccolithophorids) of modern, Quarternary, Tertiary, and Cretaceous systems to reconstruct various aspects of climate change and marine sedimentation.

Working Area

Sediments from different pelagic and continental shelf environments, also including studies of pelagic communities in the water column. The main working areas are located in the North and South Atlantic. Gravity mass wasting on continental slopes off NW- and SE-Africa. Sedimentary process-oriented land-ocean linkages of coasts, shelves and continental slopes of NW-Africa and SE-Asia. Geological mapping and facies analysis in the Northern Limestone Alps in co-operation with the Geological Survey of Austria.


Elemental analysis, electron and light microscopy, organic geochemistry (pyrolysis, GC-MS, organic petrology), granulometry (Sedigraph, Atterberg), carbonate microfacies analysis, micropalaeontological preparation techniques of sediment samples and plankton assemblages in surface waters.


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