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Dr. Mathias Schannor

CV Mathias Schannor

Geochemistry Group

Feodor-Lynen Fellow

Malteserstr. 74-100
Room B 221
12249 Berlin

Research Interests

My research aims to use radiogenic and non-traditional stable isotopes to better understand the interplay between the Earth’s surface and deep interior and its evolution through geological time.

In particular I am interested in:

  • Formation and evolution of continental crust
  • Onset and evolution of plate tectonics
  • Earth’s volatile accretion history
  • Geochronology and metamorphic petrology of Precambrian terrains
  • Ore deposit formation processes

Current Grants

2022-2023: Humboldt Feodor-Lynen Return Fellowship “Stable thallium isotope constraints on Earth’s volatile accretion history” (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung)

Professional Experience

Since 2022: Humboldt Feodor-Lynen Return Fellow, Geochemistry Group, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2019-2021: Humboldt Feodor-Lynen Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

2018-2019: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

2014: Research Assistant, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany/University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Grants and Funding

2021: Feodor Lynen Return Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung)

2019: Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and Isaac Newton Trust)

2014: Innovation-grant for promotion of young researchers (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)

2012: PROMOS Scholarship (DAAD)

Services to the Earth Science Community

Journal Reviewer:

Chemical Geology, G-cubed, Geochemical Perspectives Letters, Geoscience Frontiers, Gondwana Research, Nature Communications, and Precambrian Research

Reviewer for international science panels:


Guest editor at Precambrian Research: Special Issue on “Neoproterozoic Evolution of eastern Brazil

Guest editor at Geoscience Frontiers: Special Issue on “Archean to Paleoproterozoic Crustal Evolution of South America”.

Professional Societies

European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)

German Mineralogical Society (DMG)


Mazoz, A., Gonçalves, G.O., Lana, C., Buick, I.S., Corfu, F., Kamo, S.L., Wang, H., Yang, Y.-H., Scholz, R., Queiroga, G., Martins, L., Schannor, M., Trópia de Abreu, A., Babinsky, M., Ventura, R., Peixoto E. (2022) Khan River and Bear Lake: two natural titanite reference materials for high-spatial resolution U-Pb microanalysis. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research

Moreira, H., Schannor, M., Cutts, K., Roberts, N.M.W. (2022) The dynamic Archean to Paleoproterozoic crustal evolution of Brazil: Preface. Geoscience Frontiers 101406

Schannor, M., Lana, C., Nicoli, G., Cutts, K., Buick, I., Gerdes, A., Hecht, L. (2021) Reconstructing the metamorphic evolution of the Araçuaí orogen (SE Brazil) using in situ U–Pb garnet dating and P–T modelling. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 00:1–27

Schannor, M., Lana, C., Mazoz, A., Narduzzi, F., Cutts, K., Fonseca, M. (2020) Paleoproterozoic sources for Cordilleran-type Neoproterozoic granitoids from the Araçuaí orogen (SE Brazil): Constraints from Hf isotope zircon composition. Lithos 378-379, 105815

Schannor, M., Lana, C., Fonseca, M. (2019) São Francisco – Congo craton break-up delimited by U-Pb-Hf isotopes and trace-elements of zircons in metasediments of the Araçuaí belt. Geoscience Frontiers 10, 611–628

Schannor, M., Veksler I., Hecht, L., Harris, C., Romer, R.L., Manyeruke, T. (2018) Small-scale Sr and O isotope variations through the UG2 in the eastern Bushveld Complex: the role of crustal fluids. Chemical Geology 485, 100–112

Albert, C., Lana, C., Gerdes, A., Schannor, M., Narduzzi, F., Queiroga, G. (2018) Archean magmatic- hydrothermal fluid evolution in the Quadrilátero Ferrífero (SE Brazil) documented by B isotopes (LA MC- ICPMS) in tourmaline. Chemical Geology 481, 95–109

Nicoli, G., Thomassot, E., Schannor, M., Vezinet, A., Jovovic, I. (2018) Constraining a Precambrian Wilson Cycle lifespan: an example from the ca. 1.8 Ga Nagssugtoqidian Orogen, southeastern Greenland. Lithos 296– 299, 1–16

Gauert, C., Schannor, M., Hecht, L., Reinholz, U., Radke, M. (2016) A Comparison of In Situ Analytical Methods for Trace Element Measurement in Gold Samples from Various South African Gold Deposits. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 40(2), 267–289.

Veksler, I.V., Reid, D.L., Dulski, P., Keiding, J.K., Schannor, M., Hecht, L., Trumbull, R.B. (2015) Electrochemical Processes in a Crystal Mush: Cyclic Units in the Upper Critical Zone of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa. Journal of Petrology 56(6), 1229–1250

Selected Conference Abstracts

Schannor, M., Freymuth, H., Reimink, J., Rehkämper, M., Williams, H.M. (2021) Thallium isotope ratios record a transition to melting of hydrated oceanic crust at the Hadean-Archean boundary. Goldschmidt Conference Lyon

Schannor, M., Freymuth, H., Reimink, J., Moreira, H., Rehkämper, M., Williams, H.M. (2020) Thallium isotopic composition of Earth’s earliest continental crust. Goldschmidt Conference Honolulu

Schannor, M., Freymuth, H., Williams, H.M. (2019) Novel stable isotopes as tracers of Archaean plate tectonics. Goldschmidt Conference Barcelona

Schannor, M., Veksler, I.V., Hecht, L., Harris, C., Romer R., Manyeruke, T.D. (2018) Small- scale Sr and O isotope variations through the UG2 in the eastern Bushveld Complex: the role of crustal fluids. 13th International Platinum Symposium, Polokwane, South Africa

Schannor, M., Lana, C., Fonseca, M., Alkmim, F. (2017) São Francisco–Congo craton breakup: clues from U-Pb-Hf of detrital zircons in Neoproterozoic metasediments of the Araçuaí belt (SE Brazil). Goldschmidt Conference Paris

Schannor, M., Hecht, L., Veksler, I.V., Manyeruke, T.D., Romer R. (2014) Variation in plagioclase chemical and isotopic composition in the UCZ of the Eastern Bushveld Complex, South Africa. 21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA2014), Johannesburg