Abteilung Strukturgeologie und Geodynamik

Elco Luijendijk

Junior lecturer

Department of Structural Geology and Geodynamics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


Junior Lecturer, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2014-present)
Postdoctoral scholar, McGill University (2011-2013)
PhD student, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2006-2011)
Hydrogeology consultant, ICARDA, Syria (2004-2006)

Research Interests

I study the evolution of fluid flow systems and sedimentary basins on large spatial scales and/or geological timescales. I study these systems by integrating various datasets, such as groundwater isotopes, subsurface temperature and low-temperature thermochronology with a series of existing and newly developed numerical models (see GitHub for some of the codes). I also utilize large-scale geospatial datasets to extrapolate results of groundwater and heatflow models from local to continental scales. I help manage the Geodynamics and Geofluids modelling laboratory


M.Geo.239: Fluids in the crust (course description) (syllabus)

Graduate students and student assistants

Sarah Louis (PhD student): Quantifying exhumation and its driving forces in the Molasse Basin
Saskia Köhler (MSc student): Quantifying crustal fluid flow and its role in the thermal structure of the Alps
Theis Winter (MSc student): Modeling the driving force and lifetime of selected thermal springs in the Alps.
Former students & theses

Recent publications

Ferguson, G., McIntosh, J.C., Grasby, S.E., Hendry, M.J., Lindsay, M.B.J., Jasechko, S., Luijendijk, E. (2018). The Persistence of Brines in Sedimentary Basins. Geophys. Res. Lett. (link)

Befus, K.M., Jasechko, S., Luijendijk, E., Gleeson, T., Bayani Cardenas, M., (2017). The rapid yet uneven turnover of Earth’s groundwater. Geophys. Res. Lett. 44, 5511–5520. doi:10.1002/2017GL073322. (link)

Scott Jasechko, Debra Perrone, Kevin M. Befus, M. Bayani Cardenas, Grant Ferguson, Tom Gleeson, Elco Luijendijk, Jeffrey J. McDonnell, Richard G. Taylor, Yoshihide Wada & James W. Kirchner (2017), Global aquifers dominated by fossil groundwaters but wells vulnerable to modern contamination, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo2943. (link)