Terrestrische Paläoklimatologie

Uwe Kirscher, Dr.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2019: Postdoc Geowissenschaften Universität Tübingen
  • 2016-2018: Postdoc, Applied Geology, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  • 2009-2015: Doktorand, Geophysik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
  • 2004-2009: Studium der Geophysik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München


Paleomagnetism mainly uses the magnetic characteristics of a rock to reconstruct the directional information of the magnetic field during formation of the rock. Obtaining this information enables us on one hand to reconstruct the position of continental plates back in time. On the other hand, we can use the paleomagnetic information to correlate sections with each other and with a global polarity timescale, which is based on the ocean magnetic anomalies, because the magnetic field reverses its polarity in a non-systematic way. This magnetostratigraphic approach has a huge potential in combination with absolute dating and biostratigraphy to reveal information about duration, sediment accumulation rate and the basic age information where no volcanic remains are present.

Concerning the first topic, I worked for example on the paleogeographic reconstructions of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt during the Paleozoic and the position of the Australian Cratons during the formation of the supercontinent Nuna.

Additionally, I worked since the start of my career on magnetostratigraphy of Neogene terrigenous sedimentary rocks mainly in the Caucasus, South Germany and Greece. Most of these studies were related to dating sedimentary sequences of important fossil localities and/or related climatic signals.

6 selected publications

Kirscher, U., Prieto, J., Bachtadse, V., Aziz, H.A, Doppler, G., Hagmaier, M., Böhme, M. 2016: A biochronologic tie-point for the base of the Tortonian stage in European terrestrial settings: Magnetostratigraphy of the topmost Upper Freshwater Molasse sediments of the North Alpine Foreland Basin in Bavaria (Germany). Newsletters on Stratigraphy 49 (3), 445-467.

Kirscher, U., Winklhofer, M., Hackl, M., Bachtadse, V. 2018: Detailed Jaramillo field reversals recorded in lake sediments from Armenia–Lower mantle influence on the magnetic field revisited. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 484, 124-134.

Mayr, C., Brandlmeier, B., Diersche, V., Stojakowits, P., Kirscher, U., Matzke-Karasz, R., Bachtadse, V., Eigler, M., Haas, U., Lempe, B., Reimer, P.J., Spötl, C. 2017: Nesseltalgraben, a new reference section of the last glacial period in southern Germany. Journal of Paleolimnology 58 (2), 213-229.

Kirscher, U., Bruch, A.A., Gabrielyan, I., Scharrer, S., Kuiper, K., Bachtadse, V. 2014: High resolution magnetostratigraphy and radio-isotope dating of early Pleistocene lake sediments from southern Armenia. Quaternary international 328, 31-44.

Kirscher, U., Oms, O., Bruch, A.A., Shatilova, I., Chochishvili, G., Bachtadse, V. 2017: The Calabrian in the Western Transcaucasian basin (Georgia): Paleomagnetic constraints from the Gurian regional stage. Quaternary Science Reviews 160, 96-107.

Kirscher, U., Liu, Y., Li, Z.X., Mitchell, R.N., Pisarevsky, S.A., Denyszyn, S.W., Nordsvan, A. 2019: Paleomagnetism of the Hart Dolerite (Kimberley, Western Australia)–A two-stage assembly of the supercontinent Nuna? Precambrian Research 329, 170-181.