Long-term activity since 1994 is dedicated to Cenozoic Erosion and Uplift of the Alps, based on sediment budget, low-temperature thermochronology, provenance, palaeogeography. This work is connected to TOPO Europe, particularly TOPO Alps, THERMO Alps and Source to sink budget and palaeogeographic evolution of the Danubian catchment and Alpine-Carpathian chain.
Strong activity since 2000 is dedicated to the glaciation of Corsica and the Mediterranean, focussing on mountain paleoclimate reconstruction, but including glacial processes and landscape formation. Along with this, I run a monitoring programme for montane to alpine climate in Corsica.
Strong climate fluctuations in the Little Ice Age inspired a dendroclimatologic study, together with Universities Erlangen and Göttingen. In this study, pine trees are currently studied for growth pattern, oxygen isotope composition, and trace elements.
Frequent activity since 2000 is dedicated to exhumation of reactivated crystalline basement in the Mediterranean, mainly Corsica, Sardinia, and Rila (Bulgaria).
Various field courses of more than 30 days of annual average until 2008 included both excursions of 1 to 12 days and mapping courses/field camps of 15 to 17 days. This curriculum included a major part of regional geology of central-northern Europe and varying spectacular targets in the Mediterranean (field camps e.g. Naxos, SW Sardinia, Elba, Corsica). The curriculum spanned from integrated natural science excursions for undergraduate students, including basics of botany, ecology, and morphology, to complex geodynamic field camps for graduate and Ph.-D. students with integrated thin section microscopy of local rocks and study of stereoscopic air photos.