RCOM Professorship

Marine Geophysics

Prof. Dr. Tilo von Dobeneck

1985 Diploma in Geophysics at the University of Munich
1993 Promotion in Geophysics at the University of Munich
1999 Habilitation for Geophysics, University of Bremen.

1986–88 Institute for Fundamental and Applied Geophysics, University of Munich
1989–92 Private entrepreneur in Gascoigne, France, France
1993–2002 Assistent at the Dept. of Geosciences, University of Bremen
2001–02 Visting research fellow at the Paleomagnetic Laboratory ‘Fort Hoofddijk’, Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Professor in Bremen since 2002

Research areas:
Paleo-, Rock and Environmental Rock Magnetism, Magnetostratigraphy, Sediment Physical Properties, Magnetic Surveys

We use paleo- and rock magnetic together with electromagnetic and optical methods to reconstruct the spatial distribution and temporal succession of sedimentary deposits as well as their formation processes. The magnetization and variability of natural iron minerals permit us to draw conclusions on the climatic and environmental dynamics of oceans and continents, on past variations of the Earth‘s magnetic field, and on the provenance, transport, age and diagenesis of sediments.

Working Area

Our current working areas are the continental margins of southeast Africa, South America and eastern Canada, the Antarctic Amundsen Sea and the central North Pacific. In the framework of student and contract projects, we investigate smaller geological and archeological structures in Germany.


Our automated cryogenic magnetometers and core logging systems permit rapid and sensitive geophysical analyses of sediment cores. We also run instruments for magnetic high- and low-temperature experiments. For terrestrial and marine magnetic prospection, we use mobile Overhauser magnetometers. Our innovative benthic profiler sled NERIDIS III maps magnetic and electric properties of the shallow seafloor at high resolution.


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