Prof. Dr. Christoph Heubeck

2000 - 2014

 

Professor (C3) of Geology (Sedimentary Geology), Freie Universität Berlin

Teaching courses related to the sedimentary rock record, including Introductory Geosciences, Earth Systems, Sedimentary Petrography, Facies Analysis, Depositional Systerms, Mapping classes, Petroleum Geology, International Field Trips, Earth History, Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins etc.

Involvement in administration, including Associate Dean for Teaching of the Earth Sciences, Head of Department etc.

Research projects in Chile, Bolivia, South Africa, Kazakhstan, and China.

Sabbatical semesters in Antofagasta and Santiago/Chile, Nanjing/China, Stellenbosch/South Africa.

1999-2000       Staff Geologist, BP Amoco Canada, Calgary / Alberta: Exploration in the Rocky Mountains foothills for gas in thrusted anticlines
1998-1999       Senior Petrophysicist, Amoco Research Technology Center, Tulsa, OK: Participant in the one-year "Petrophysics Program" training course. Reservoir analysis of Appleton and Fulmar Fields, Central North Sea, UK: Geological and geophysical reservoir characterisation using core, log and seismic data. Generation of a field model and development strategy recommendations.
1996-1998   Senior Geologist, Amoco Orient Production Company, Houston, Texas: Assigned to the Liuhua Field Asset Team, a shallow carbonate oil field offshore Hongkong (PRC): Planning and execution of the development wells (topset horizontal wells); well sitting; detailed reservoir description; contribution to updated reservoir model .

1994-1996

 

Regional Studies Group, Amoco Exploration, Houston, Texas: Regional stratigraphic and structural framework of central Asia with focus on the Tarim basin in western China; collaboration with Chinese partner institutions; contributiong to a regional understanding of the basin evolution, in particular from a petroleum-systems perspective. Participation in a reconnaisssance field trip to western China.

Analysis of Iraq's remaining petroleum potential. Database development

Contribution to regional studies worldwide by contributing computer-generated plate-tectonic base maps and plate-tectonic reconstructions

1988-1993   Ph.D. student at Stanford University. Research in the Archean Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa
1986-1988   M.A. (Geology), University of Texas at Austin: Geology of the Southeastern Termination of the Cordillera Central, Dominican Republic, Greater Antilles. (Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Structure/Tectonics; significant field mapping). A large part of the thesis work was done at the Institute for Geophysics, UT Austin
1981-1985   Undergraduate Student, Würzburg University (interrupted by military service)

akademischer Background

since 2000 Professor (C3) of Geology, Freie Universität Berlin
1994 - 2000 Petroleum Geologist (Amoco, BP), based in Houston, Tulsa, and Calgary
1994 Ph.D. (Geology), Stanford University, California: Geology of the Archean Moodies Group, Barberton Geenstone Belt, South Africa.
1988 M.A. (Geology), University of Texas at Austin: Geology of the Southeastern Termination of the Cordillera Central, Dominican Republic, Greater Antilles. (A large part of the thesis work was done at the Institute for Geophysics, UT Austin)
1985 Vordiplom (Geology), Würzburg University
1981 Abitur, Gymnasium Carolinum, Ansbach, Bayern

beruflicher Background

since 2000 Professor (C3) of Geology, Freie Universität Berlin
1999 - 2000 Staff Geologist, BP Amoco Canada, Calgary / Alberta: Exploration in the Rocky Mountains foothills
1998 - 1999 Senior Petrophysicist, Amoco Research Technology Center, Tulsa, OK: Participant in the one-year "Petrophysics Program" training course. Reservoir analysis of Appleton and Fulmar Fields, Central North Sea, UK
1996 - 1998 Senior Geologist, Amoco Orient Production Company: Assigned to the Liuhua Field Asset Team, a shallow carbonate oil field offshore Hongkong (PRC)
1994 - 1996 Regional Studies Group, Amoco Exploration: Regional stratigraphic and structural framework of the Middle East and of central Asia with focus on the Tarim basin in western China; plate-tectonic reconstructions

 

I enjoy the outdoors, riding my bicycle, and travelling (within limits). I am happiest on a mountain trail with a view. I enjoy teaching and making others understand new things. I am curious and critical. People say I am an optimist.

I like my work because it allows me to work with young people and help them discover. I believe in teamwork and in sharing data openly. I like pisco sour and a nice sunset.

 

I dislike promises not held, meetings that have no set finishing time, and bad scientific writing. I dislike excessive tardiness and people who try to exploit me.

Visit my collection of clouds or of sands.

 

 

 

Forschungsprojekte

The work of my group focuses on the role of sedimentary rocks and basins as recorder of tectonic, climatic, and biological information. To that purpose, we study their origin, architecture, geometry, deformation, and sedimentary fill worldwide in a number of tectonic settings and ages.

 

  1. In the Chaco Basin, Bolivia (2001-2004), Carola Hulka (Ph.D.-student), Cornelius Uba (Ph.D.-student), and I have been working to decipher the sedimentary record of this Neogene foreland basin. This research took place within the DFG-funded SFB 267 ("Deformation processes in the Andes"). The western half of the Chaco Basin is currently being deformed by the prograding Andean front ("Subandean Belt") which "plows" eastward into the undeformed foreland strata; these are well exposed in its frontal structures. We used seismic data released from the petroleum industry, field work data from field seasons 2002 and 2003, and a variety of sedimentary techniques to characterize the composition and architecture of the foreland basin fill.
  2. In southern China, Bernd Weber (postdoc), Elodie Vernhet (Ph.D.-student) and I have been working within an interdisciplinary German-Chinese group to find out the root causes of the base-Cambrian bioradiation. During field work in 2001, 2002, and 2003, Elodie Vernhet and I concentrated on the stratigraphy and basin architecture of the latest Neoproerozoic strata (principally the Doushantuo Formation) along the southern Yangtze platform margin, while Bernd Weber documented the evolution of "mobility" through detailed work on trace fossil assemblages from the shallow-water platform facies.
  3. In northern Chile, I have begun investigating the respnse of the continent-marginal sedimentary basins to the beginning of subduction that dominates this margin to the present. To date, we have been active with Diploma / M.Sc.-students but plan to expand our activities.
  4. In southern Chile, my participation in the SONNE cruise 161-5 2002/2003 renewed my interest in mass flow processes and continental slopes. Markus Raitzsch's thesis sheds light on the sedimentary processes feeding the subduction channel.

 

further research interest topics:

  • Sedimentary Basins
  • Precambrian-Cambrian Transition
  • Sedimentary mass flows
  • Petroleum geology
  • Asia

 

Research Interests

The work of the Sedimentary Group revolves around the role of sedimentary basins as recorder of tectonic, climatic, and biological information. This information can serve to understand the present and assist in predicting the future. To that purpose, we study the origin, architecture, geometry, deformation, and sedimentary fill of selected basins worldwide in a variety of tectonic settings and ages.