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Dr. Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand - Profile

Dr. Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand Sedimentologist

+44 (0)1223 221400

British Antarctic Survey
Madingley Road, High Cross
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0ET United Kingdom


University Education and Degrees:

11/1999 Graduation as Dr. rer. nat. at the Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen (Germany)

Thesis title: "Glaciomarine sedimentation on the continental margins of the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas (West Antarctica): indications for palaeoenvironmental changes during the Quaternary climatic cycles"

08/1995 Final examination as "Diploma Geologist" at the Department of Geology, University of Würzburg (Germany)

11/1989-08/1995 Study of geology (University of Würzburg)

11/1988-09/1989 Study of physics (University of Würzburg)

Academic Career:

since 04/2009: Senior Marine Geologist at BAS in the workpackage Palaeo-Ice Sheets

08/2005-03/2009: Senior Marine Geologist at BAS in project GRADES-QWAD

01/2004-07/2005: Marine Geologist at BAS in project AFI 4/17 (in collaboration with Scott Polar Research Institute)

Project title: "Glacial-interglacial changes in the lost drainage basin of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet"

06/2002-06/2003: PostDoc at the Department of Geophysics at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven (Germany): Correlation of data sets derived from drill cores and reflection seismic profiles for numerical modelling of the development of a sediment drift on the Antarctic Peninsula Pacific rise

09/1999-05/2002: PostDoc at the Department of Marine Geology at AWI: Investigations of clay mineralogy and geochemistry on Neogene sedimentary sequences drilled during Ocean Drilling Program Leg 178

12/1995-11/1998: Research Assistant (PhD student) at the Department of Marine Geology at AWI: Investigations of sedimentology, geochemistry, physical properties, granulometry, mineralogy, and stratigraphy on Plio-/Pleistocene continental margin sediments in the Bellingshausen and Amundsen seas

Cruise participation:

01/2011-03/2011: JR244 with RRS "James Clark Ross" (Weddell Sea)

01/2010-04/2010: ANT-XXVI/3 with RV "Polarstern" (Ross and Amundsen seas)

02/2008-04/2008: JR179 with RRS "James Clark Ross" (Amundsen Sea)

02/2006-04/2006: ANT-XXIII/4 with RV "Polarstern" (Amundsen Sea)

01/2006-02/2006: JR141 with RRS "James Clark Ross" (Amundsen Sea)

01/2004-02/2004: JR104 with RRS "James Clark Ross" (Bellingshausen Sea)

01/2003-02/2003: SO-169 with RV "Sonne" (SW Pacific)

02/2001-04/2001: ANTARKTIS-XVIII/5a with RV "Polarstern" (Bellingshausen and Amundsen seas, SE Pacific)

01/1997-03/1997: ANTARKTIS-XIV/3 with RV "Polarstern" (Weddell Sea)

01/1994-03/1994: ANTARKTIS-XI/3 with RV "Polarstern" (Bellingshausen and Amundsen seas)


10/2009-09/2012 Co-Investigator on NERC standard grant: “Understanding marine ice stream retreat using numerical modelling and geophysical data” (in collaboration with Department of Geography, Durham University, UK)

11/2007-09/2010 Principal Investigator on NERC New Investigator grant: “Reliable dating of the postglacial ice retreat in West Antarctica by an integrated palaeo-magnetic and radiocarbon approach”

10/1993-06/1995 Funding by the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes“ as a holder of the preliminary examination in geology


Price of the Faculty for Geosciences, University of Würzburg, for outstanding merits in the final examinations 1994/1995