Titel                               Status           Started Ended Career stage Funding Role
Çine Massif - Granular Degradation on-going 2021   Post-Doc TÜBiTAK Partner
DREAM-P on-going 2021   Post-Doc SNF PI
Erratic boulders on Disko Island on-going 2021   Post-Doc SPI PI
TERRA NOVA Completed 2020 2021  Post-Doc UZH PI
BERYLLIUM Completed 2016 2019 PhD SNF Student

Evolution of the Seckau Complex

Completed 2014 2015 Master KFU Graz Student

Alfred Wegener Memorial Expedition

Completed 2013 2015 Master ÖAW Student
Formation & Use of Amorphous Silica Completed 2011 2012 Bachelor TU Graz Student

Çine Massif - Characterization of Granular Degradation –


The project conducts an investigation of disintegration products developed in core unites (auger gneiss, metagranite) of the Çine Submassife (Anatolia, Turkey, Europe) and  map the distribution of different grus formations.  in order to determine the local driving factors (e.g. bedrock composition, erosion, climate, structural features etc.). The project aims to extend the understanding of the bedrock-grus-soil formation by determining the local driving factors  that cause deep and subsurface weathering. The project is primarily managed by Prof. Dr. Murat Gül. 


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DREAM-P – Determining Relief Evolution in the Alps with Muon Paleotopometry – 2021-today


The project "Determining Relief Evolution in the Alps with Muon Paleotopometry", or "DREAM-P" intends to quantify relief formation and responsible denudation drivers in the alps using muon paleotopometry (MPT). Understanding of relief development is important because relief controls regional and global climate, sediment fluxes to basins and oceans and geohazard frequency. MPT is a newly conceived method still in development, therefore the project is executed in close collaboration with Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), SwissTopo and the Grimsel Test Site (Switzerland). 


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Origin and timing of erratic boulders on Disko Island, Greenland – 2021-today

The project focuses on glacial erratics, thus deposited allochthonous material that differs from the rock type of its current resting area on Disko Island in Western Greenland. There, granitic boulders of the Precambrian basement rest on the Palaogene island basalt. The goal is to identify the time of deposition and the source of these erratic boulders. The mapping and dating of these erratics will provide important constraints in the thinning and timing of deglaciation of the former ice sheet of Disko Bugs and new constraints on ice cape and ice sheet thickness during the last and potentially previous ice age glaciation. 


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TERRA NOVA – Tor Exhumation Rates and soil erosion: RelAtion between NOn-glaciated and formerly Vastly glaciated Areas – 2020-2021


According to the United Nations, a third of the planet's land surface, particularly soil, has been lost or heavily degraded. One major scientific challenge is to capture these destructive processes continuously and in-situ over time. The project BERYLLIUM (see below) provided the bases for a new technique, the Tor Exhumation Approach (TEA). This study tests the TEA in a more challenging environmental setting by doing a comparative study between former glaciated and never glaciated areas. 


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BERYLLIUM – Boulder Exhumation Rates (over 105 Years) in Low-gradient Landscapes In an Upland Mediterranean Area – 2016-2019


Landscape surfaces and soils are known to evolve in complex, non-linear ways over thousands of years. As a result of changing  environmental conditions over millennia, soil erosion and denudation processes also change substantially. The fact that soil erosion processes are discontinuous over time  is an aspect that is in most cases completely neglected. We used an innovative evolutional approach to tackle this issue.


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Alfred Wegener Memorial Expedition – 2013-2015


2012 marked the 100th publication anniversary of Alfred Wegeners book: "Die Entstehung der Kontinente". It is often hailed as the discovery of continental drift theory in the advent of plate tectonics. Wegener was professor at the University of Graz (KFU), and held this position until this death in Greenland in 1930.  In honour, and supported by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the KFU staged a Greenland expedition in the spirit of Alfred Wegener. A small aircraft made an extensive sampling program in the most remote areas of our planet possible.


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Evolution of the Seckau Complex – 2014-2015


The Variscan European Belt is a complex orogen embedded by Alpine tectonics. A detailed geochronological study aimed to clarify the origin of the southern part – the Seckau Complex. It represents pieces of pre-Variscan to Variscan continental crust that were reworked during the Alpine orogeny. Determining lead and uranium ratios of zircons by LA-MC-ICP-MS (Laser Ablation Multi-collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) combined with geochemical characteristics and field observations lead to new order of subunits.


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Formation & Use of Amorphous Silica – 2011-2012


One of the research fields of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) at the Institute of Applied Geosciences is waste water treatment. One aspect is to create a proper material which has a high ion exchange capacity to remove e.g. heavy metals from aqueous solutions. Through hydrothermal alteration experiments coupled with chemical modelling enabled refining selective material properties. We successfully created nanosized spherical particles (NSP) with a significant increase of metal removal capacities.


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