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Dr. Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand - Profile

Peer-reviewed publications:



Carter, P., Vance, D., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Smith, J.A. & Shoosmith, D.R. (2012): The neodymium isotopic composition of waters masses in the eastern Pacific Sector of the Southern Ocean. – Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 79: 41-59.

Hauck, J., Gerdes, D., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Hoppema, M., Kuhn, G., Nehrke, G., Völker, C. & Wolf-Gladrow, D.A. (2012): Distribution and mineralogy of carbonate sediments on Antarctic shelves. – Journal of Marine Systems, 90: 77-87.

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Melles, M., Kuhn, G. & Larter, R.D. (2012): Marine geological constraints for the grounding-line position of the Antarctic Ice Sheet on the southern Weddell Sea shelf at the Last Glacial Maximum. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 32: 25-47.

Konfirst, M.A., Scherer, R.P., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Kuhn, G. (2012): A marine diatom record from the Amundsen Sea – Insights into oceanographic and climatic response to the Mid-Pleistocene Transition in the West Antarctic sector of the Southern Ocean. – Marine Micropalaeontology, 92-93: 40-51.

Livingstone, S.J., Ó Cofaigh, C., Stokes, C.R., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Vieli, A., & Jamieson, S.R.R. (2012): Antarctic palaeo-ice streams. – Earth-Science Reviews, 111: 90-128.

Noble, T.L., Piotrowski, A.M., Robinson, L.F., McManus, J.F., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Bory, A.J.-M. (2012): Greater supply of Patagonian-sourced detritus and transport by the ACC to the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean during the last glacial period. – Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 317/318: 374-385.



Ehrmann, W., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Smith, J.A., Graham, A.G.C., Kuhn, G., & Larter, R.D. (2011): Provenance changes between recent and glacial-time sediments in the Amundsen Sea embayment, West Antarctica: clay mineral assemblage evidence. – Antarctic Science, 23: 471-486.

Reinardy, B.T.I., Hiemstra, J.F., Murray, T., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Larter, R.D. (2011): Till genesis at the bed of an Antarctic Peninsula palaeo-ice stream as indicated by micromorphological analysis. – Boreas, 40: 498-517.

Reinardy, B.T.I., Larter, R.D., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Murray, T., Hiemstra, J.F. & Booth, A.D. (2011): Streaming flow of an Antarctic Peninsula palaeo-ice stream, both by basal sliding and deformation of substrate. – Journal of Glaciology, 57: 596-608.

Smith, J.A., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Kuhn, G., Larter, R.D., Graham, A.G.C., Ehrmann, W., Moreton, S.G. & Forwick, M. (2011): Deglacial history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the western Amundsen Sea Embayment. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 30: 488-505.

Venuti, A., Florindo, F., Caburlotto, A., Hounslow, M.W., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Strada, E., Talarico, F.M. & Cavallo, A. (2011): Late Quaternary sediments from deep‐sea sediment drifts on the Antarctic Peninsula Pacific margin: Climatic control on provenance of minerals. – Journal of Geophysical Research, 116: B06104, doi:10.1029/2010JB007952.



Barnes, D.K.A. & Hillenbrand, C.-D. (2010): Faunal evidence for a late quaternary trans-Antarctic seaway. – Global Change Biology, 16: 3297-3303.

Graham, A.G.C., Larter, R.D., Gohl, K., Dowdeswell, J.A., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Smith, J.A., Evans, J., Kuhn, G. & Deen, T. (2010): Flow and retreat of the Late Quaternary Pine Island‐Thwaites palaeo‐ice stream, West Antarctica. – Journal of Geophysical Research, 115: F03025, doi:10.1029/2009JF001482.

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Larter, R.D., Dowdeswell, J.A., Ehrmann W., Ó Cofaigh, C., Benetti, S., Graham, A.G.C. & Grobe, H. (2010): The sedimentary legacy of a palaeo-ice stream on the shelf of the southern Bellingshausen Sea: Clues to West Antarctic glacial history during the Late Quaternary. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 29: 2741-2763.

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Smith, J.A., Kuhn, G., Esper, O., Gersonde, R., Larter, R.D., Maher, B., Moreton, S.G., Shimmield, T.M. & Korte, M. (2010): Age assignment of a diatomaceous ooze deposited in the western Amundsen Sea Embayment after the Last Glacial Maximum. – Journal of Quaternary Science, 25: 280-295.

Rickaby, R.E.M., Elderfield, H., Roberts, N., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Mackensen, A. (2010): Evidence for elevated alkalinity in the glacial Southern Ocean. – Paleoceanography, 25, PA1209, doi:10.1029/2009PA001762.

Smith, J,.A., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Pudsey, C.J. & Allen, C.S. (2010): The presence of polynyas in the Weddell Sea during the Last Glacial Period with implications for the reconstruction of sea-ice limits and ice sheet history. – Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 296: 287-298.



Bentley, M.J., Hodgson, D.A., Smith, J.A., Ó Cofaigh, C., Domack, E.W., Larter, R.D., Roberts, S.J., Brachfeld, S., Leventer, A., Hjort, C., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Evans, J. (2009): Mechanisms of Holocene palaeoenvironmental change in the Antarctic Peninsula region. – The Holocene, 19, 51-69.

Convey, P., Stevens, M.I., Hodgson D.A., Smellie, J.L., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Barnes, D.K.A., Clarke, A., Pugh, P.J.A., Linse, K. & Craig Cary, S. (2009): Exploring biological constraints on the glacial history of Antarctica. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 28: 3035-3048.

Graham, A.G.C., Larter, R.D., Gohl, K., HILLENBRAND, C.-D., Smith, J.A., & Kuhn, G. (2009): Bedform signature of a West Antarctic palaeo-ice stream reveals a multi-temporal record of flow and substrate control. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 28: 2774-2793.

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Ehrmann, W., Larter, R.D., Benetti, S., Dowdeswell, J.A., Ó Cofaigh, C., Graham, A.G.C. & Grobe, H. (2009): Clay mineral provenance of sediments in the southern Bellingshausen Sea reveals drainage changes of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Late Quaternary. – Marine Geology, 265, 1-18.

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Kuhn, G.& Frederichs, T. (2009): Record of a Mid-Pleistocene depositional anomaly in West Antarctic continental margin sediments: an indicator for ice-sheet collapse?. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 1147-1159.

Larter, R.D., Graham, A.G.C., Gohl, K., Kuhn, G., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Smith, J.A., Deen, T.J., Livermore, R.A. & Schenke, H.W. (2009): Subglacial bedforms reveal complex basal regime in a zone of paleo-ice stream convergence, Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica. – Geology, 37, 411-414.

Pugh, R.S., McCave, I.N., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Kuhn, G. (2009): Circum-Antarctic age modelling of Quaternary marine cores under the Antarctic Circumpolar Current: Ice-core dust–magnetic correlation – Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 284, 113-123.

Reinardy, B.T.I, Pudsey, C.J., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Murray, T. & Evans, J. (2009): Contrasting sources for glacial and interglacial shelf sediments used to interpret changing ice flow directions in the Larsen Basin, Northern Antarctic Peninsula. – Marine Geology, 266: 156-171.

Smellie, J.L., Haywood, A.M., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Lund, D.J.& Valdes, P.J. (2009): Nature of the Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet during the Pliocene: Geological evidence and modelling results compared. – Earth Science Reviews, 94, 79-94.

Smith, J.A., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Larter, R.D., Graham, A.G.C. & Kuhn, G. (2009): The sediment infill of subglacial meltwater channels on the West Antarctic continental shelf. – Quaternary Research, 71, 190-200.



Convey, P., Gibson, J.A.E., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Hodgson, D.A., Pugh, P.J.A., Smellie, J.L. & Stevens, M.I. (2008): Antarctic terrestrial life – challenging the history of the frozen continent?. – Biological Reviews, 83, 103-117.

Cowan, E.A., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Hassler, L.E. & Ake, M.T. (2008): Coarse-grained terrigenous sediment deposition on continental rise drifts: A record of Plio-Pleistocene glaciation on the Antarctic Peninsula – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 265, 275–291.

Dowdeswell, J.A., Ó Cofaigh, C., Noormets, R., Larter, R.D., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Benetti, S. Evans, J., & Pudsey, C.J. (2008): A major trough-mouth fan on the continental margin of the Bellingshausen Sea, West Antarctica: the Belgica Fan. – Marine Geology, 252, 129-140.

Haywood, A.M., Smellie, J.L., Ashworth, A.C., Cantrill, D.J., Florindo, F., Hambrey, M.J., Hill, D., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Hunter, S.J., Larter, R.D., Lear, C.H., Passchier, S. & van de Wal, R. (2008): Middle Miocene to Pliocene history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. – In: Siegert, M. & Florindo, F. (Eds.), Antarctic Climate Evolution, Developments in Earth and Environmental Sciences 8: 401-463; Elsevier, Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Camerlenghi, A., Cowan, E.A., Hernández-Molina, F.J., Lucchi, R.G. Rebesco, M. & Uenzelmann-Neben, G. (2008): The present and past bottom-current flow regime around the sediment drifts on the continental rise west of the Antarctic Peninsula. – Marine Geology, 255, 55–63.

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Moreton, S.G., Caburlotto, A., Pudsey, C.J., Lucchi, R.G., Smellie, J.L., Benetti, S., Grobe, H., Hunt, J.B. & Larter, R.D. (2008): Volcanic time-markers for marine isotopic stages 6 and 5 in Southern Ocean sediments and Antarctic ice cores: implications for tephra correlations between palaeoclimatic records. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 27: 518-540. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.11.009.

Johnson, J., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Smellie, J.L. & Rocchi, S. (2008): The last deglaciation of Cape Adare, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. – Antarctic Science, 20: 581-587. doi:10.1017/S0954102008001417.

Thatje, S., Hillenbrand, C.-D. Mackensen, A. & Larter, R. (2008): Life hung by a thread: endurance of Antarctic fauna in glacial periods. – Ecology, 89: 682-692.



Bart, P.J., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Ehrmann, W., Iwai, M., Winter, D. & Warny, S.A. (2007): Are Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet grounding events manifest in sedimentary cycles on the adjacent continental rise?. – Marine Geology, 236: 1-13.

Livermore, R., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Meredith, M. & Eagles, G. (2007): Drake Passage and Cenozoic climate: An open and shut case? - Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 8: doi:10.1029/2005GC001224.

Williams, M., Haywood, A.M., Vautravers, M., Sellwood, B.W., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Wilkins, I.P. & Giles Miller, C. (2007): Relative effect of taphonomy on calcification temperature estimates from fossil planktonic foraminifera. - Geobios, 40: 861-874.



Hillenbrand, C.D. & Cortese, G. (2006): Polar stratification: a critical view from the Southern Ocean. - Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 242: 240-252.

Whitehead, J.M., Ehrmann, W., Harwood, D.M., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Quilty, P.G., Hart, C., Taviani, M., Thorn, V. & McMinn, A. (2006): Late Miocene palaeoenvironment of the Lambert Graben embayment, East Antarctica, evident from: Mollusc paleontology, sedimentology and geochemistry. - Global and Planetary Change, 50: 127-147.



Grützner, J., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Rebesco, M. (2005): Terrigenous flux and biogenic silica deposition at the Antarctic continental rise during the late Miocene to early Pliocene: implications for ice sheet stability and sea ice coverage. - Global and Planetary Change, 45: 131-149.

Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Ehrmann, W. (2005): Late Neogene to Quaternary environmental changes in the Antarctic Peninsula region: evidence from drift sediments. - Global and Planetary Change, 45: 165-191.

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Baesler, A. & Grobe, H. (2005): The sedimentary record of the last glaciation in the western Bellingshausen Sea (West Antarctica): implications for the interpretation of diamictons in a polar-marine setting. - Marine Geology, 216: 191-204.

Ó Cofaigh, C., Larter, R.D., Dowdeswell, J.A., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Pudsey, C.J., Evans, J. & Morris, P. (2005): Flow of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on the continental margin of the Bellingshausen Sea at the Last Glacial Maximum. - Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B11103, doi:10.1029/2005JB003619.

Thatje, S., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Larter, R. (2005): On the origin of Antarctic marine benthic community structure. - Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 20: doi:10.1016/j.tree.2005.07.010.

Williams, M., Haywood, A.M., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Wilkinson, I.P. (2005): Efficacy of δ18O data from Pliocene planktonic foraminifer calcite for spatial sea surface temperature reconstruction: comparison with a fully coupled ocean–atmosphere GCM and fossil assemblage data for the mid-Pliocene. - Geological Magazine, 142: 399-417.

Williams, M., Haywood, A.M., Taylor, S.P., Valdes, P.J., Sellwood, B.W. & Hillenbrand, C.-D. (2005): Evaluating the efficacy of planktonic foraminifer calcite δ18O data for sea surface temperature reconstruction for the Late Miocene. – Geobios, 38: 843-863.



Cortese, G., Gersonde, R., Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Kuhn, G. (2004): Opal sedimentation shifts in the World Ocean over the last 15 Myr. - Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 224: 509-527.

Gingele, F.X., De Deckker, P. & Hillenbrand, C.-D. (2004): Late Quaternary terrigenous sediments from the Murray Canyons area, offshore South Australia and their implications for sea level change, palaeoclimate and palaeodrainage of the Murray-Darling Basin. - Marine Geology, 212: 183-197.



Diekmann, B., Fütterer, D.K., Grobe, H., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Kuhn, G., Michels, K., Petschick, R. & Pirrung, M. (2003): Terrigenous sediment supply in the polar to temperate South Atlantic: land-ocean links of environmental changes during the Late Quaternary. - In Wefer, G., Mulitza, S., & Ratmeyer, V. (Eds.), The South Atlantic in the Late Quaternary: Reconstruction of Material Budget and Current Systems, 355-379.

Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Ehrmann, W. (2003): Palaeoenvironmental Implications from Tertiary Sediments of Kainan Maru Seamount and Northern Gunnerus Ridge. - Antarctic Science, 15: 522-536.

Hillenbrand, C.-D., Grobe, H., Diekmann, B., Kuhn, G. & Fütterer, D. (2003): Distribution of clay minerals and proxies for productivity in surface sediments of the Bellingshausen and Amundsen seas (West Antarctica) - Relation to modern environmental conditions. - Marine Geology, 193: 253-271.

Volpi, V., Camerlenghi, A., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Rebesco, M. & Ivaldi, R. (2003): The effects of biogenic silica on sediment compaction and slope stability on the Pacific margin of the Antarctic Peninsula. - Basin Research, 15: 339-363.



Hillenbrand, C.-D., Fütterer, D.K., Grobe, H. & Frederichs, T. (2002): No evidence for a Pleistocene collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from continental margin sediments recovered in the Amundsen Sea. - Geo-Marine Letters, 22: 51-59.

Michels, K.H., Kuhn, G., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Diekmann, B., Fütterer, D.K., Grobe, H. & Uenzelmann-Neben, G. (2002): The southern Weddell Sea: Combined contourite - turbidite sedimentation at the southeastern margin of the Weddell Gyre. - In Stow, D.A.V., Pudsey, C.J., Howe, J.A., Faugeres, J.-C. & Viana, A.R. (Eds.), Deep-Water Contourites: Modern drifts and ancient series, seismic and sedimentary characteristics, Geological Society of London Memoirs, 22: 305-323.

Pirrung, M., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Diekmann, B., Fütterer, D., Grobe, H. & Kuhn, G. (2002): Magnetic Susceptibility and ice-rafted debris in surface sediments of the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. - Geo-Marine Letters, 22: 170-180.



Gingele, F.X., De Deckker P. & Hillenbrand, C.-D. (2001): Late Quaternary fluctuations of the Leeuwin Current and palaeoclimates on the adjacent landmasses: clay mineral evidence. - Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48: 867-874.

Gingele, F.X., De Deckker, P. & Hillenbrand, C.-D. (2001): Clay mineral distribution in surface sediments between Indonesia and NW Australia – source and transport by ocean currents. - Marine Geology, 179: 135-146.

Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Ehrmann, W. (2001): Distribution of clay minerals in drift sediments on the continental rise west of the Antarctic Peninsula, ODP Leg 178, Sites 1095 and 1096. - In Barker, P.F., Camerlenghi, A., Acton, G.D. & Ramsay, A.T.S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, 178: 1-29 [Online]. Available from World Wide Web: SR178_08.PDF.

Hillenbrand, C.-D. & Fütterer, D.K. (2001): Neogene to Quaternary deposition of opal on the continental rise west of the Antarctic Peninsula, ODP Leg 178, Sites 1095, 1096, and 1101. - In Barker, P.F., Camerlenghi, A., Acton, G.D. & Ramsay, A.T.S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, 178: 1-33 [Online]. Available from World Wide Web: CHAPTERS/SR178_23.PDF.


Other publications:

Grobe, H., Diekmann, B. & Hillenbrand, C.-D. (2009): The memory of the polar oceans. – In Hempel, G. & Hempel, I. (Eds.), Biological Studies in Polar Oceans, Exploration of Life in Icy Waters, 37-45; Wirtschaftsverlag (Bremerhaven).

Wolf-Welling, T.C.W., Mörz, T., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Pudsey, C.J. & Cowan, E. (2001): Data Report: Bulk sediment parameters (CaCO3, TOC, >63µm) of Sites 1095, 1096, 1101 and coarse fraction analysis of Site 1095 (ODP Leg 178, Western Antarctic Peninsula). - In Barker, P.F., Camerlenghi, A., Acton, G.D. & Ramsay, A.T.S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, 178: 1-19 [Online]. Available from World Wide Web:

Hillenbrand, C.-D. (2000): Glazialmarine Sedimentationsentwicklung am westantarktischen Kontinentalrand im Amundsen- und Bellingshausenmeer – Hinweise auf Paläoumweltveränderungen während der quartären Klimazyklen. - Reports on Polar Research, 346; Alfred Wegener Institute (Bremerhaven); 182 pp.