Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Volker Thiel


Dr. rer. nat., Professor of Organic Geochemistry
Geoscience Center, Georg-August University of Göttingen
Geobiology Group
Goldschmidtstr. 3
37077 Göttingen, Germany
Phone:+49-(0)551-39-14395 (office) 39-27951 (secretariat)
Fax: +49-(0)551-39 7996

Professional career

Volker Thiel received a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 1997. For many years, he has been doing geobiological research with a focus on organic molecules as biomarkers for biogeochemical pathways. Since 2002, he is working in the Geobiology Group as a professor of Organic Geochemistry.

  • Since 2002: Professor (C3) at the University of Göttingen

  • 2000-2002: Habilitation fellowship, German Research Foundation: "Molecular process markers for the turnover of methane in marine environments" (University of Hamburg)

  • 1998-2000: Research fellowship, German Research Foundation: "Lipid biomarkers for the major groups of Porifera and their microbial symbionts" (University of Hamburg)

  • 1998: Postdoctoral fellow (University of Göttingen / University of Hamburg)

  • 1993-1997: Doctoral fellow (Free University of Berlin / University of Hamburg)

  • 1993: Diploma in Geology / Palaeontology (study at the Technical University of Braunschweig and the University of Hamburg).

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Main research interests

  • Origin of organic matter in ancient rocks

  • Lipid biomarkers as indicators for biogeochemical processes

  • Controls on the deposition and preservation of biomarkers
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Lectures and courses

  • Geochemie I (Geochemistry; lecture; B.Sc. Geoscience - B.Geo.109, LV3 “Biogeochemistry”)

  • Biogeochemie (Biogeochemistry; lecture, seminar series, and 5 days lab course; M.Sc. Geoscience - M.Geo.114

  • Karten und Profile (Maps and Profiles; 12 days field course, Hildesheimer Wald and Sackwald; B.Sc. Geoscience - B.Geo.107, LV2

  • Karten und Profile (Maps and Profiles; 6 days field course, Hildesheimer Wald; B.Sc. Ecosystem Management - B.ÖSM.105, LV2)

  • Globaler Wandel (Global Change; lecture and seminar series “Proxies and Biosignatures”; M.Sc. Geoscience; M.Geo.103, LV3)

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Thiel, Volker