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:
Environmental and Rock Magnetism, Magnetostratigraphy, Sediment Physical Properties, Magnetic Surveys, Geomedia

The ´Marine Geophysics´ command over a range of methods to assess the spatial distribution and temporal succession of sedimentary deposits and their formation conditions. Our group primarily applies non-destructive magnetic, physical and optical measurements, which can be realized at sea, in the field and in the laboratory. Our ´key to understanding´ are the ubiquitious and highly variable sedimentary iron minerals. Their origin and state termines the magnetic sediment properties and frequently also sediment color. They provide information on climate history, on past variations of the Earth´s magnetic field and on sediment age. Our investigations have close connections to paleoceanography, sedimentology, geochemistry and geomagnetics. We are also concerned with fundamentals of rock magnetism and sedimentary remanence acquisition. Furthermore, the presentation of geoscientific content in classical and new media is a field of expertise and engagement within our group.

Working Area

The equatorial and subtropical South Atlantic and the African continental margin have been our preferential working areas. In the framework of national and international cooperations, we are also active in the Mediterranean, in the North and Baltic Sea and in the Northern Pacific. In student research projects we survey archeological sites like Viking settlement of Haithabu.


Our sediment analytics comprise numerous paleo- and rock magneticmethods applying SQUID technology, low- and high-temperature magnetics, core logging and color scanning. We carry out magnetometer surveys on land and at sea as well as shallow marine mapping and sampling operations with our own research boat RB NERIDIS (NERItic DIScoverer). We also perform resedimentation experiments and numerical modelling and apply advanced statistical and signal analytical methods.


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