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Michael WAGREICH, Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr.

Room Number: 2B477
Tel.: +43-1-4277-53465
Fax: +43-1-4277-9534

Research Interests:

  • interplay of sedimentation and tectonics in various settings
  • computer modelling and simulation in sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • geodynamics and basin formation in Alpine mountain belts
  • stratigraphy, geo-events and past global change
  • isotope stratigraphy
  • Anthropocene definition and environmental imprint

Current professional service activities:

Current Projects:

  • UNESCO IGCP 609, Climate-environmental deteriorations during greenhouse phases: Causes and consequences of short-term Cretaceous sea-level changes
  • CampOC, Cyclostratigraphy and the astronomical time scale for the Tethyan Campanian (Late Cretaceous)
  • OMV E&P, Regional Tectonics, Sedimentation and Chronology of the Molasse Basin in Eastern Austria



Five key puplications:

  • Waters, C.N., Zalasiewicz, J., Summerhayes, C., Barnosky, A.D., Poirier, C., Gałuszka, A., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M., Ellis, E., Ellis, M.A., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., Mcneill, J.R., Richter, D. Deb., Steffen, W., Syvitski, J.P.M., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M., Williams, M., Zhisheng, A., Grinevald, J., Odada, E., Oreskes, N., Wolfe, A.P., 2016. The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene. Science 351, 6269. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aad2622  [PDF]
  • Salcher, B., Faber, R. and Wagreich, M., 2010. Climate as main factor controlling the sequence development of two Pleistocene alluvial fans in the Vienna Basin (eastern Austria) - A numerical modelling approach. Geomorphology, 115, 215-227. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.06.030 [PDF]

Selected Publications:

HOHENEGGER, J., CORIC, S. & WAGREICH, M. (2014): Timing of the Middle Miocene Badenian Stage of the Central Paratethys). Geologica Carpathica, 65/1, 55-66. doi: 10.2478/geoca-2014-0004. [PDF]

STERN, G. & WAGREICH, M. (2013): Provenance of the Upper Cretaceous to Eocene Gosau Group around and beneath the Vienna Basin (Austria and Slovakia). Swiss Journal of Geosciences. doi: 10.1007/s00015-013-0150-8. [PDF]

HOFER, G., WAGREICH, M. & SPÖTL, C. (2013): Carbon, oxygen and strontium isotopes as a tool to decipher marine and non-marine environments: Implications from a case study of cyclic Upper Cretaceous sediments. - In: BOJAR, A.-V., MELINTE-DOBRINESCU, M. C. & SMIT, J. (eds). Isotopic Studies in Cretaceous Research. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 382. doi: 10.1144/SP382.5. [PDF]

WAGREICH, M. (2012): “OAE 3” – regional Atlantic organic carbon burial during the Coniacian–Santonian. Climate of the Past, 8, 1447–1455, doi:10.5194/cp-8-1447-2012. [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., HOHENEGGER, J. & NEUHUBER, S. (2012): Nannofossil biostratigraphy, strontium and carbon isotope stratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy and an astronomically calibrated duration of the Late Campanian Radotruncana calcarata Zone. Cretaceous Research 38, 80-96. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2012.04.006. [PDF]

HU, X., WAGREICH, M. & YILMAZ, I.O. (2012): Marine rapid environmental/climatic change in the Cretaceous greenhouse world. Cretaceous Research (2012), doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2012.04.012. [PDF]

HOHENEGGER, J. & WAGREICH, M. (2012): Time calibration of sedimentary sections based on insolation cycles using combined cross-correlation: dating the gone Badenian stratotype (Middle Miocene, Paratethys, Vienna Basin, Austria) as an example. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 101, 339-349. doi 10.1007/s00531-011-0658-y.   [PDF]

ADHIKARI, B.R. & WAGREICH, M. (2011): Provenance evolution of collapse graben fill in the Himalaya—The Miocene to Quaternary Thakkhola-Mustang Graben (Nepal). Sedimentary Geology, 233, 1-14. doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.09.021.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., HU, X. & SAGEMAN, B. (2010): Causes of oxic-anoxic changes in Cretaceous marine environments and their implications for Earth systems – an introduction. Sedimentary Geology 235, 1-4, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.10.012.   [PDF]

NEUHUBER, S. & WAGREICH, M. (2010): Geochemistry of Cretaceous Oceanic Red Beds — A synthesis. Sedimentary Geology 235, 72-78, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.10.008.   [PDF]

WANG, C., HU, X., HUANG, Y., WAGREICH, M., SCOTT, R., HAY, W. (2010): Cretaceous oceanic red beds as possible consequence of oceanic anoxic events. Sedimentary Geology 235, 27-37, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.06.025  [PDF]

EGGER, H., KOEBERL, C., WAGREICH, M. & STRADNER, H. (2009): The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/Pg) boundary at Gams, Austria: Nannoplankton stratigraphy and geochemistry of a bathyal northwestern Tethyan setting. Stratigraphy, 6, 333-347.

SALCHER, B., FABER, R. & WAGREICH, M. (2009): Climate as main factor controlling the sequence development of two Pleistocene alluvial fans in the Vienna Basin (eastern Austria) - A numerical modelling approach. Geomorphology (2009), doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.06.030   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., SUMMESBERGER, H. & KROH, A. (2009): Late Santonian bioevents in the Schattau section, Gosau Group of Austria – Implications for the Santonian–Campanian boundary stratigraphy. Cretaceous Research. (2009), 31 (2010) 181–191, doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2009.10.003.

HU, X., WANG, C., SCOTT, R.W., WAGREICH, M. & JANSA, L. (Eds.) (2009): Cretaceous Oceanic Red Beds: Stratigraphy, Composition, Origins, and Paleoceanographic and Paleoclimatic Significance. SEPM Special Publication 91, 276 pp.

SALCHER, B., HINSCH, R. & WAGREICH, M. (2009): High-resolution mapping of glacial landforms in the North Alpine Foreland, Austria. Geomorphology (2009), doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.09.037.

HOHENEGGER, J., PERVESLER, P., UCHMAN, A. & WAGREICH, M. (2009): Upper bathyal trace fossils document palaeoclimate changes. Terra Nova, 21, 229–236.

WAGREICH, M., BOJAR, A.-V., SACHSENHOFER, R.F., NEUHUBER, S., EGGER, H. (2008): Calcareous nannoplankton, planktonic foraminiferal and carbonate carbon isotope stratigraphy of the Cenomanian–Turonian boundary section in the Ultrahelvetic Zone (Eastern Alps, Upper Austria). Cretaceous Research 29 (2008), 965-975, doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2008.05.017.

HÖLZEL, M., FABER, R. & WAGREICH, M. (2008): DeCompactionTool: Software for subsidence analysis including statistical error quantification. Computers & Geosciences 34, 1454-1460.

HOHENEGGER, J., CORIC, S., KHATUN, M., PERVESLER, P., RÖGL, F., RUPP, C., SELGE, A., UCHMAN, A., WAGREICH, M. (2008): Cyclostratigraphic dating in the Lower Badenian (Middle Miocene) of the Vienna Basin (Austria) - the Baden-Sooss core. Internat. J. Earth Sci. DOI 10.1007/s00531-007-0287-7   [PDF]

SUMMESBERGER, H., MACHALSKI, M., WAGREICH, M. (2007): First record of the late Campanian heteromorph ammonite Nostoceras hyatti from the Alpine Cretaceous (Grünbach, Gosau Group, Lower Austria). Acta Geologica Polonica. 57, 443-451.   [PDF]

NEUHUBER, S., WAGREICH, M., WENDLER, I. & SPÖTL, C. (2007): Turonian Oceanic Red Beds in the Eastern Alps: Concepts for palaeoceanographic changes in the Mediterranean Tethys. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 251, 222-238.   [PDF]

Biostratigraphy of the lower red shale interval in the Rhenodanubian Flysch Zone of Austria. Cretaceous Research, 27, 743-753.   [PDF]

HÖLZEL, M., WAGREICH, M., GRASEMANN, B. (2006): Numerical modelling of clast rotation during soft-sediment deformation: a case study in Miocene delta deposits. Int. J. Earth Sci. DOI 10.1007/s00531-006-0070-1.   [PDF]

STRAUSS, P.E., HARZHAUSER, M., HINSCH, R., WAGREICH, M. (2006): Sequence Stratigraphy in a classic pull-apart basin (Neogene, Vienna Basin). A 3D seismic based integrated approach. Geol. Carpathica, 57, 185-197.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., STRAUSS, P.E. (2005): Source area and tectonic control on alluvial fan development in the Miocene Fohnsdorf intramontane basin, Austria. In: HARVEY, A.M., MATHER, A.E. & STOKES, M. (Eds.): Alluvial Fans: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 251, 207-216.    [PDF]

FABER, R., WAGREICH, M. (2005): Modelling of topography and sedimentation along synsedimentary faults: WinGeol/SedTec. Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 97, 60-66, Wien.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., NEUHUBER, S. (2005): Stratigraphy and geochemistry of an Early Campanian deepening succession (Bibereck Formation, Gosau Group, Austria). - Earth Science Frontiers, 12, 123-131, Bejing.   [PDF]

HU, X., JANSA, L., WANG, C., SARTI, M., BAK, K., WAGREICH, M., MICHALIK, J., SOTAK, J. (2005): Upper Cretaceous oceanic red beds (CORBs) in the Tethys: occurrences, lithofacies, age, and environments. - Cretaceous Research, 26, 3-20.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., KRENMAYR, H.-G. (2005): Upper Cretaceous oceanic red beds (CORB) in the Northern Calcareous Alps (Nierental Formation, Austria): slope topography and clastic input as primary controlling factors. - Cretaceous Research, 26, 57-64.   [PDF]

HINSCH, R., DECKER, K., WAGREICH, M. (2005): 3-D mapping of segmented active faults in the southern Vienna Basin. - Quaternary Science Reviews 24, 321-336.   [PDF]

HINSCH, R., DECKER, K., WAGREICH, M. (2005): A short review of Environmental Tectonics of the Vienna Basin and the Rhine Graben area. Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 97, 6-15, Wien.   [PDF]

Die stratigraphische Tabelle von Österreich 2004 (sedimentäre Schichtfolgen).   [PDF]

HÖLZEL, M., WAGREICH, M. (2004): Sedimentology of a Miocene delta complex: the type section of the Ingering Formation (Fohnsdorf Basin, Austria). - Austrian J. Earth Sci., 95/96, 80-86.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., KÜCHLER, TH., SUMMESBERGER, H. (2003): Correlation of calcareous nannofossil zones to the local first occurrence of Pachydiscus neubergicus (von Hauer, 1858) (Ammonoidea) in European Upper Cretaceous sections. - Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 82, 283-288, Utrecht.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M. (ED.) (2002): Aspects of Cretaceous Stratigraphy and Palaeobiogeography. - Österr. Akad. Wiss., Schriftenr. Erdwiss. Komm., 15, 420 S., Wien.

WAGREICH, M., SCHMID, H.P. (2002): Backstripping dip-slip fault histories: apparent slip rates for the Miocene of the Vienna Basin. - Terra Nova, 14: 163-168, Oxford.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M. (2001): A 400-km-long piggyback basin (Upper Aptian-Lower Cenomanian) in the Eastern Alps. - Terra Nova, 13, 401-406.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., DECKER, K. (2001): Sedimentary tectonics and subsidence modelling of the type Upper Cretaceous Gosau basin (Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria). - Int. J. Earth Sci., 90, 714-726.   [PDF]

STRAUSS, P., WAGREICH, M., DECKER, K., SACHSENHOFER, R.F. (2001): Tectonics and sedimentation in the Fohnsdorf-Seckau Basin (Miocene, Austria): From a pull-apart basin to a half-graben. - Int. J. Earth Sci., 90, 549-559.  [PDF]

SANDERS, D., KOLLMANN, H., WAGREICH, M. (1997): Sequence development and biotic assemblages on an active continental margin: the Turonian-Campanian of the Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria. - Bull. Soc. geol. France, 168, 351-372, Paris.

WAGREICH, M., PAVLOPOULOS, A., FAUPL, P., MIGIROS, G. (1996): Age and significance of Upper Cretaceous siliciclastic turbidites in the central Pindos Mountains, Greece. - Geol. Magazine, 133 (3), 325-331, Cambridge.

WAGREICH, M. (1995): Subduction tectonic erosion and Late Cretaceous subsidence along the northern Austroalpine margin (Eastern Alps, Austria). - Tectonophysics, 242, 63-78, Amsterdam.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M., FAUPL, P.(1994): Palaeogeography and geodynamic evolution of the Gosau Group of the Northern Calcareous Alps (Late Cretaceous, Eastern Alps, Austria). - Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimatol., Palaeoecol., 110, 235-254, Amsterdam.

WAGREICH, M. (1993): Subcrustal tectonic erosion in orogenic belts - A model for the Late Cretaceous subsidence of the Northern Calcareous Alps (Austria). - Geology, 21, 941-944, Boulder.   [PDF]

WAGREICH, M. (1992): Correlation of Late Cretaceous calcareous nannofossil zones with ammonite zones and planktonic foraminifera: the Austrian Gosau sections. - Cret. Research., 13, 505-516, London.

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