Geodynamics of the Polar Regions

Department of Geosciences

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Spiegel-Behnke

Contact details

Universität Bremen
FB 5 - Geowissenschaften
Klagenfurter Str. 2
28359 Bremen
Office: GEO 3580

Tel.: +49-421-218-65280
Fax: +49-421-218-65309


Since 10/09 Vice-Dean of Students, Department of Earth Sciences
Since 07/07 Professor, University of Bremen
Head of Section “Geodynamics of Polar Regions”
04/04 – 05/07 Assistant Professor, University of Tübingen
04/02 – 03/04 Emmy-Noether Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
02/01 – 07/01 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Tübingen,
Collaborative Research Centre 275, Project “The Tertiary uplift of the Alps as climatic steering factor
02/2001 Doctorate in Science, University of Tübingen,
Thesis title: “Post-collisional exhumation history of the Central Alps”
02/98 – 01/01 Research Fellow, University of Tübingen,
Collaborativ Research Centre 275
01/98 Diploma in Geology, University of Kiel,
Thesis on metamorphism and mylonitisation of the lower continental crust of Calabria, South Italy
11/90 – 12/1997 Study of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology at the Universities of Hannover, Barcelona, and Kiel


2007 Hans-Cloos-Award (Geologische Vereinigung)
2007 Hermann-Credner-Award (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften)
2002 Emmy-Noether-Scholarship (German Science Foundation)
2002 Scholarship for excellence in postdoctoral research
(State of Baden-Württemberg)
1996 Erasmus Scholarship (European Union)


  • Methodological studies on low temperature thermochronology
    (fission track and (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology)
  • Sediment provenance analysis, source-sink relationships
  • Coupling of tectonics, erosion, sedimentation, and climate
  • Research areas: European Alps and circum-Alpine basins (Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria), East African Rift System (Kenya), Donets Basin and East European Craton (Ukraine), Ellesmere Island (Canadian Arctic), Svalbard (Norway), Marie Byrd Land (Antarctica)

  • Standing committee of the Fission Track Community
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (board member)
  • Geologische Vereinigung
  • European Geoscience Union

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Geology
  • Guest-Editor for the Geological Society of America Special Publication 378 “Detrital thermochronology – provenance analysis, exhumation, and landscape evolution of mountain belts”

Contact Info

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Spiegel-Behnke

Tel.: +49 421 218-65280
Fax.: +49 421 218-65309

Universität Bremen
FB5 - Geowissenschaften
Klagenfurter Str. 2
28359 Bremen