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Prof. Dr. Anne Bernhardt


Department of Earth Sciences

Institute of Geological Sciences

Tectonics and Sedimentary Systems


Malteserstr. 74-100
Room B 105
12249 Berlin
Juliane Rohlmann

Office hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00

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


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For further information on the research in our group, please visit the Sedimentary Systems website


2019 - present

W2 Professor in Sedimentology – Exogene Geology

(permanent position)

Freie Universität Berlin

2016 - 2019

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, http://spodds.stanford.edu)

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

B.Sc. Courses (in German):

  • Lecture & lab "Sedimentology I" - Vorlesung & Übung „Sedimentologie I“ (24108)
  • Field course "Sedimentology and Stratigraphy" - Geländepraktikum: „Sedimentär-stratigraphisches GP“ (24117b1)

M.Sc. Courses (in English):

  • Lecture & lab "Sedimentary provenance analysis" - Vorlesung & Übung: "Sedimentäre Petrographie und Herkunftsanalyse" (24212)
  • Field course & seminar “The Pyrenees and their foreland basins: Sedimentology and Geomorphology” (co-taught with Jun. Prof. Dirk Scherler) - Geländepraktikum, Vor- und Nachbereitungsseminar "Die Pyrenäen und ihr Vorland: Sedimentologie und Geomorphologie" (24217b06)

For my research interests please have a look at the current projects of our working group.

Peer-reviewed papers & data publications:


Hülscher, J., Sobel, E.R., Kallnik, N., Hoffmann, J.E., Millar, I.L., and Bernhardt, A., 2022, Apatites Record Sedimentary Provenance Change 4 – 5 Myrs Before Clay in the Oligocene / Miocene Alpine Molasse: Frontiers in Earth Science, v. 10, no. June, p. 1–16, doi: 10.3389/feart.2022.914409

Gemignani, L., Mittelbach, B. V., Simon, D., Rohrmann, A., Grund, M.U., Bernhardt, A., Hippe, K., Giese, J., and Handy, M.R., 2022, Response of Drainage Pattern and Basin Evolution to Tectonic and Climatic Changes Along the Dinarides-Hellenides Orogen: Frontiers in Earth Science, v. 10, no. April, p. 1–21, doi: 10.3389/feart.2022.821707.

Badr R., El-Barkooky, A. N., El-Araby, A.-M., Bernhardt A., Christie-Blick, N., 2022, Syn-rift sedimentary response to growth folding along a rift-margin transfer zone: An example from the early Miocene of the Gulf of Suez, Egypt, Sedimentary Geology, v. 431, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2022.106121


Schattner U., Kanari, M., Goodman-Tchernov, B.N., de Mahiques, M.M., Bernhardt, A., 2021, Sedimentary response of the deep eastern Mediterranean basin to the north African desertification, sea level variation and regional tectonics. Basin Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12635

Hülscher, J., Sobel, E. R., Verwater, V., Groß, P., Chew, D., & Bernhardt, A., 2021,  Detrital apatite geochemistry and thermochronology from the Oligocene/Miocene Alpine foreland record the early exhumation of the Tauern Window. Basin Research, 00, 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12593

Bernhardt, A., Schwanghart, W., 2021, Where and Why Do Submarine Canyons Remain Connected to the Shore During Sea-level Rise? Insights from Global  Topographic Analysis and Bayesian Regression. Geophysical Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL092234

Bernhardt, A., Schwanghart, W., 2021, Global dataset of submarine canyon heads combined with terrestrial and marine topographic and oceanographic parameters. GFZ Data Services. https://doi.org/10.5880/fidgeo.2021.008

Tofelde, S., Bernhardt, A., Guerit, L., and Romans, B.W., 2021, Times associated with source-to-sink propagation of environmental signals during landscape transience. Frontiers in Earth Sciences, p. 1–26. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2021.628315


Huang, X, Bernhardt, A., De Santis, L., Wu, S., Leitchenkov, G., Harris, P., O’Brien, P., 2020, Depositional and erosional signatures in sedimentary successions on the continental slope and rise off Prydz Bay, East Antarctica-- implications for Pliocene paleoclimate, accepted, Marine Geology, V (430). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2020.106339

Huang, X., Betzler, C., Wu, S., Bernhardt, A., Eagles, G., Han, X., Hovland, M., 2020, First documentation of seismic stratigraphy and depositional signatures of Zhongsha atoll (Macclesfield Bank), South China Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 117, p. 104349, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2020.104349.

Bernhardt, A.; Oelze, M.; Bouchez, J.; von Blanckenburg, F.; Mohtadi, M.; Christl, M.; Wittmann, H., 2020, 10Be/9Be ratios reveal marine authigenic clay formation, Geophysical Research Letters,  https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL086061

Bernhardt, A.; Oelze, M.; Bouchez, J.; von Blanckenburg, F.; Mohtadi, M.; Christl, M.; Wittmann, H., 2020, Sediment geochemistry data for the publication: “10Be/9Be ratios reveal marine authigenic clay formation”, GFZ Data Services, https://doi.org/10.5880/fidgeo.2020.009.


Hülscher J., Fischer G., Grunert P., Auer G., Bernhardt A., 2019, Selective recording of tectonic forcings in an Oligocene/Miocene submarine channel system: Insight from new age constraints and sediment volume from the Austrian Northern Alpine Foreland Basin. Frontiers in Earth Science, v. 7, p. 1-25.  https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2019.00302

Daniels, B., Hubbard, S., Romans, B., Malkowski, M., Matthews, W., Bernhardt A., Kaempfe S. A. , Jobe, Z.R., Fosdick, J.C., Schwartz, T.M., Fildani, A., Graham, S.A., 2019, Revised chronostratigraphic framework for the Cretaceous Magallanes-Austral Basin, Última Esperanza Province, Chile, Journal of South American Earth Science, v. 94, p. 102209. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsames.2019.05.025.

Gómez‐García, Á. M., Meeßen, C., Scheck‐Wenderoth, M., Monsalve, G., Bott, J., Bernhardt, A., Bernal, G., 2019, 3D Modelling of Vertical Gravity Gradients and the delimitation of tectonic boundaries: The Caribbean oceanic domain as a case study. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 20. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GC008340


Stolle, A., Schwanghart, W., Andermann, C., Bernhardt, A., Schwanghart, W., Fort, M., Jansen, J.D., Wittmann, H., Merchel, S., Rugel, G., Adhikari, B.R.,, Korup, O., 2018, Protracted river response to medieval earthquakes, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4517

Hodgson, D.M. , Bernhardt, A., Clare, M.A., da Silva,  A.C., Fosdick, J.C., Mauz, B., Midtkandal, I., Owen, A., Romans, B.W., Grand Challenges (and Great Opportunities) in Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Diagenesis Research, Frontiers in Earth Science, v. 6, p., 173, https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2018.00173


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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.10.015

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, https://doi.org/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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2017.05.017

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.05.004


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, https://doi.org/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, https://doi.org/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, https://doi.org/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, https://doi.org/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, https://doi.org/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, https://doi.org/10.1111/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, https://doi.org/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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.05.013

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, DOI: 10.1130/B30242.1


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, DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2010.092


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, https://doi.org/10.1190/1.3272701


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, https://doi.org/10.5724/gcs.08.28.0268