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Welcome to the website of the Geochemistry and Isotope Geology Department at the Faculty of Geoscience and Geography in Göttingen!

The Department is an integral part of the Geoscience Center (GZG) with collaborations across the Faculty, the Göttingen Campus and beyond. Check out the analytical services we offer! We collaborate with many national and international researchers on a multitude of topics, some of which you will find highlighted under Research. The Geochemistry and Isotope Geology Department has recently seen some major instrumental investments, such as the delivery of new mass spectrometers (ThermoFisher Scientific 253 Ultra, Neptune Plus, iCAP-Q, MAT 253 Plus, Aerodyne TILDAS), the current installation of a second self-built IR-Laser fluorination line as well as the construction of a new state-of-the-art clean room sample preparation suite (Analytical Facilities).
The Department is also home to the Digital Geochemistry Infrastructure (DIGIS) project that will continue the highly successful GEOROC database and considerably expand its capabilities to deliver maximum service to the community and implementation of FAIR data principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable).

If you are interested in joining our young and inspiring research team, either as a postdoc, as a PhD student or to carry out your Master’s or Bachelor’s project with us, please get into contact with either Prof. Andreas Pack (stable isotopes) or Prof. Matthias Willbold (radiogenic isotopes). If you are interested in starting a PhD or Postdoc with us, please also check out the Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS) webpage for further information regarding the University’s current graduate and early career programmes.

We hope you enjoy roaming our website and would welcome your comments. By the way, time permitting, we sometimes simply enjoy the views from our fourth floor offices (see above).


Climate fluctuations, volcanism and geochemical transport between rain, soils, volcanic ash, and the fjords ecosystems at the end of the world

A research group led by Prof. Dr. G. Wörner of the Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology of the Geosciences Center has worked in a long-term collaboration with Prof. Dr. Rolf Kilian in the inaccessible fjord and island zone of the southernmost Patagonian Andes in Chile to reconstruct the climate history in this region. Rolf Kilian died in May 2019 in a tragic accident during fieldwork in Patagonia. Now, important work of a jointly supervised PhD student and an extended working group could be published in high-ranking international journals

Your lecture to go: You can subscribe to selected lectures and follow the course online. An example is the course "Scientific writing" (Prof. Andreas Pack). You have to log on at Stud.IP and follow the link to the lecture.