Prof. Dr. Anne Bernhardt

Anne Bernhardt

Fachbereich Geowissenschaften

Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften

Tectonics and Sedimentary Systems


Address Malteserstr. 74-100
Room B 105
12249 Berlin
Office Juliane Rohlmann
Telephone (+49 30) 838 - 61558
Fax (+49 30) 838 - 458659

Office hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00

Please email me beforehand for an appointment during office hours to ensure sufficient time for the conversation.



2016 - present

W2 Professor in Sedimentology – Exogene Geology

(fixed-term position– 5 years)

Freie Universität Berlin

2013 - 2016

Post-doctoral fellow – German Research Foundation (DFG-Eigene Stelle)

“Controls on turbidite deposition offshore the Chilean convergent margin” Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Universität Potsdam

Research group of Prof. Manfred Strecker


Scientific consultant for the Rohöl-Aufsuchungs-AG (RAG), Vienna, Project: “Distribution and Evolution of Oligocene/ Miocene submarine slope fans along the South Slope of the Molasse Basin, Upper Austria” (employed by UP Transfer Gesellschaft für Wissens- und Technologietransfer mbH during 6 months pause of DFG-Eigene Stelle)

2011 - 2012

Post-doctoral fellow

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Universität Potsdam

Research group of Prof. Manfred Strecker



2005 - 2011

Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University Stanford Project On Deep-water Depositional Systems

(SPODDS, industry-funded research program,

Thesis: “Paleogeography and Sedimentary Development of two Deep-Marine Foreland Basins: The Cretaceous Magallanes Basin, Southern Chile, and the Tertiary Molasse Basin, Austria”. 218 p.

Advisors: Prof. Donald Lowe, Prof. Stephan Graham

2002 - 2005

Diplom program in Geology/ Paleontology at the Freie Universität Berlin

Peer-reviewed papers:


Stolle, A., Bernhardt, A., Schwanghart, W., Hoelzmann, P., Adhikari, B.R., Fort, M., Korup, O., 2017, Catastrophic valley fills record large Himalayan earthquakes, Pokhara, Nepal, Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 177, p. 88-103

Wittmann H., von Blanckenburg, F., M. Mohtadi M., Christl, M., Bernhardt, A., 2017, The competition between coastal trace metal fluxes and oceanic mixing from the 10Be/9Be ratio: Implications for sedimentary records, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2017GL074259.

Bernhardt  A., Schwanghart W., Hebbeln D., Stuut J.-B. W., Strecker M.R., 2017, Immediate propagation of deglacial environmental change to deep-marine turbidite systems along the Chile convergent margin, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 473, p. 190-204.

Stright, L., Fosdick, J., Jobe, Z., Bernhardt, A., 2017, Modeling uncertainty in the three-dimensional structural deformation and stratigraphic evolution from outcrop data: implications for submarine channel knickpoint recognition, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 86, p. 79-94. 


Bernhardt, A., Hebbeln, D., Regenber, M., Lueckge, A., Strecker, M., 2016, Shelfal sediment transport by an undercurrent forces turbidity-current activity during high sea level along the Chile continental margin, Geology, v. 44, no. 4, p. 295–298, doi: 10.1130/G37594.1.

Schwanghart, W., Bernhardt, A., Stolle, A.,Hoelzmann, P., Adhikari B.R. ,Andermann, C., Tofelde, S., Merchel, S., Rugel, G., Fort, M., and Korup, O., 2016, Repeated catastrophic valley infill following medieval earthquakes in the Nepal Himalaya, Science, v. 8, p. 147-150. doi:10.1126/science.aac9865


Bernhardt, A., Melnick, D., Jara-Muñoz, J., Argandoña, B., González, J., Strecker, M.R, 2015, Controls on submarine canyon activity during sea-level highstands: The Biobío canyon system offshore Chile, Geosphere, doi:10.1130/GES01063.1

Bernhardt, A., Melnick, D., Hebbeln, D., Lueckge, A., Strecker, M., 2015, Turbidite paleoseismology along the active continental  margin of Chile – feasible or not?, Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 120. p. 71-92. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.04.001


Stright, L., Bernhardt, A., and Boucher, A., 2013, DFTopoSim: Modeling Topographically-Controlled Deposition of Subseismic Scale Sandstone Packages Within a Mass Transport Dominated Deep-Water Channel Belt, Mathematical Geosciences, v. 45, p. 277-296, doi: 10.1007/s11004-013-9444-7.


Bernhardt, A., Stright, L., Lowe, D.R., 2012, Channelized debris flow deposits and their impact on turbidity currents: the Puchkirchen axial channel belt in the Austrian Molasse Basin, Sedimentology, v. 59, p. 2042-2070, DOI: 0.1111/j.1365-3091.2012.01334.x

Bernhardt, A., Jobe, Z.R., Grove, M., Lowe, D.R., 2012, Paleogeography and Diachronous Infill of an Ancient Deep-Marine Foreland Basin, Upper Cretaceous Cerro Toro Formation, Magallanes Basin, Chile; Basin Research, v. 24, p. 269-294, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2011.00528.x


Bernhardt, A., Jobe, Z.R., Lowe, R., 2011, Stratigraphic Evolution Of A Submarine Channel-Lobe Complex System In A Narrow Fairway Within The Magallanes Foreland Basin, Cerro Toro Formation, Southern Chile, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 785-806

Fosdick, J.C., Romans, B.W., Fildani, A., Calderón, M., Bernhardt, A., Graham, S.A, 2011, Kinematic History Of The Cretaceous-Neogene Patagonian Fold-Thrust Belt and Magallanes Foreland Basin, Chile and Argentina (51° 30’ S), GSA Bulletin, v. 123, p. 1679-1698


Jobe, Z.R., Bernhardt, A., Lowe, R., 2010, Strong Facies Asymmetry in a Conglomerate-Rich Submarine Channel Fill, Cerro Toro Formation, Sierra Del Toro, Magallanes Basin, Chile, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 80, p. 1085-1108


Stright, L., Bernhardt, A., Boucher, A.; Mukerji, T., 2009, Revisiting the use of Seismic Attributes as Soft Data for Sub-Seismic Facies Prediction: Proportions vs. Probabilities, The Leading Edge December 2009, p. 1460-1469.


Bernhardt, A., Jobe, Z.R., Lowe, D.R., 2008, The evolution of an elongate foreland basin: the deep- to shallow-marine filling of the Cretaceous Magallanes Basin, Chile, 28th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, p. 268-310.