Cooperation Professorship MARUM Bremen

Paleoceanography of the Arctic Ocean

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Stein

1980 Diplom Universität Kiel; 1984 Promotion an der Universität Kiel

1984-1986 Institut für Erdöl und Organische Geochemie, KFA Jülich; 1986-1990 Institut für Geowissenschaften und Lithosphärenforschung, Universität Giessen; seit 1991 Alfred-Wegener-Institut Bremerhaven; 1991-2002 Privatdozent am Fachbereich Geowissenschaften der Universität Bremen

Professor in Bremen seit 2003

Meeresgeologie, Sedimentologie, Organische Geochemie, Paläoozeanographie

Overall goal of our research is the reconstruction of paleoclimate and paleoceanography of the High Northern Latitudes on different time scales, i.e., the long-term evolution from Greenhouse to Icehouse conditions during late Cretaceous/Early Cenozoic times and the short-term centennial-millenial variability. Of special interest are the history of circum-Arctic ice sheets and the Arctic Ocean organic carbon cycle (marine vs. terrigenous organic carbon flux; reconstruction of surface-water productivity, sea-ice cover, oxygenation of water masses). Large part of the research is embedded in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP).

Working Area

Arctic Ocean and adjacent marginal seas, North Atlantic, North Pacific/Bering Sea


Sedimentological and mineralogical investigations (X-Ray diffraction, MSCL logging, XRF scanning, microscopy, grain size) of terrigenous sediment fraction; determination of organic geochemical bulk parameters and biomarkers by means of elemental analysis, Rock-Eval pyrolysis, and GC and GC/MS techniques


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