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Susanne GIER, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr.


Room Number: 2B482
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  • Shale and sandstone diagenesis
  • Diagenesis of clay minerals in reservoir sandstones
  • Glauconites
  • Clay minerals as paleoenvironmental indicators in lake sediments
  • Clays in fault gauges
  • Clay bricks
  • Quantitative clay mineral analysis


Flysch Vienna Basin - Tectonics, stratigraphy, lithofacies, reservoir properties and clay mineralogy of the Rhenodanubian flysch units in the subcrop ot the Vienna Basin (funded by OMV Exploration and Production AG)

Diagenesis of Malmian marlstones (Mikulov formation), Vienna Basin (funded by OMV Exploration and Production AG) with A. Schicker.


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LOMMATZSCH, M., EXNER, U., GIER, S., GRASEMANN, B. (2015): Structural and chemical controls of deformation bands on fluid flow: interplay between cataclasis and diagenetic alteration. AAPG Bulletin 99, No.4, 689-710.

LOMMATZSCH, M., EXNER, U., GIER, S., GRASEMANN, B. (2015): Dilatant shear band formation and diagenesis in calcareous, arkosic sandstones, Vienna Basin (Austria). Marine and Petroleum Geology 62, 144-160.

BIRGEL, D., GUIDO, A., LIU, X., HINRICHS, K-U., GIER, S., PECKMANN, J. (2014):  Hypersaline conditions during deposition of the Calcare di Base revealed from archaeal di- and tetraether inventories. Organic Geochemistry 77, 11-21.

DRAGANITS, E., GIER, S., HOFMANN, C.C., JANDA, C., BOOKHAGEN, B., GRASEMANN, B. (2014): Holocene versus modern catchment erosion rates at 300 MW Baspa II hydroelectric power plant (India, NW Himalaya). Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 90, 157-172.

HÄUSLER, H., KOPECNY, A., LEBER, D., WAGREICH, M., GIER, S., HRUBY-NICHTENBERGER, S. (2014): Sedimentology of the Late Pleistocene to Holocene Paleolake Merzbacher in the Northern Inylchek Valley (Central Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan). Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences 107/2, 74-88.

EXNER, U., KAISER, J., GIER, S (2013): Deformation bands evolving from dilation to cementation bands in a hydrocarbon reservoir (Vienna Basin, Austria). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 43, 504-515.

PECKMANN, J., SANDY, M.R., TAYLOR, D.G., GIER, S., BACH, W. (2013): An Early Jurassic brachiopod-dominated seep deposit enclosed by serpentinite, eastern Oregon, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, in press.

PESTITSCHEK, B., GIER, S., ESSA, M., KURZWEIL, H. (2012): Effects of weathering on glauconite: Evidence from the Abu Tartur plateau, Egypt. Clays and Clay Minerals, Vol. 60, No.1, 76-88.

SCHICKER, A., GIER, S. (2011): Clay mineralogy of the Malmian source rock in the Vienna Basin: Effects on shale gas exploration? Abstract, p. 89, 48th Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society, Stateline, Nevada, USA.

BICKEL, L., DRAGANITS, E., GIER, S., ZUSCHIN, M. (2010): Vertebrate trackways in Pleistocene eolianites on Antiparos (Cyclades, Greece).- Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010- 11666, EGU General Assembly 2010, Vienna.

BARTOSOVA, K., GIER, S., HORTON J. W. jr., KOEBERL C., MADER, D. DYPVIK, H. (2010): Petrography, mineralogy, and geochemistry of deep gravelly sands in the Eyreville B core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure.- Meteoritics & Planetary Science 45, Nr 6, 1021–1052, doi: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2010.01077.x

BARTOSOVA, K., FERRIÈRE, L., KOEBERL, C., REIMOLD, W.U., and GIER, S. (2009): Petrographic and shock metamorphic studies of the impact breccia section (1397–1551 m depth) of the Eyreville drill core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, USA, in Gohn, G.S., Koeberl, C., Miller, K.G., and Reimold, W.U., eds., The ICDPUSGS Deep Drilling Project in the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure: Results from the Eyreville Core Holes.- Geological Society of America Special Paper 458, p. 317–348, doi: 10.1130/2009.2458(15).

SCHICKER, A., GIER, S. (2009): Optimizing the mechanical strength of adobe bricks. Clays and Clay Minerals 57 (4): 494-501.

BERGER, A., GIER, S., KROIS, P. (2009): Porosity-preserving chlorite cements in shallow marine volcaniclastic sandstones: Evidence from Cretaceous sandstones of the Sawan gas field, Pakistan.- AAPG Bulletin 93 (5): 595-615.

GIER, S., WORDEN, R.H., JOHNS, W.D., KURZWEIL, H. (2008): Diagenesis and reservoir quality of Miocene sandstones in the Vienna Basin, Austria.- Marine and Petroleum Geology 25, 681-695.

BOTTIG, M., GIER, S., JILG, W. (2008): Alterations of sandstones in the gas-, water- and transition zone of a depleted gas reservoir. Abstract, 33rd International Geological Congress 2008, Oslo, Norway.

GIER, S., DRAGANITS, E., HOFMANN, C.-C., GRASEMANN, B., SCHMID, H.P. (2006): Clay mineralogy of rock-avalanche-dammed lake sediments near Sangla (Baspa Valley) and Chango (Spiti Valley) in the Higher Himalaya, NW India. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol.8, Abstract A-04354, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2006, Vienna.

IVANOVA, R., GIER, S. (2006): Zeolites and associated clay minerals from the altered Sheinovets caldera ignimbrites (eastern Rhodopes, southern Bulgaria). Bowman, R.S., Delap, S.E. (Eds.): Zeolithe 06, Socorro, New Mexico USA, p.136-137.

DRAGANITS E., BOOKHAGEN B., GIER S., GRASEMANN B., HOFMANN C.C., JANDA C. & HAGER C. (2004): Neotectonic activity in the Sutlej Valley (Higher Himalaya): evidences from the sedimentary record of an ancient rock avalanche-dammed lake. Abstract p. 100; 23rd IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Coimbra, Portugal.

GIER S., JOHNS W.D. (2004): Comparison of the clay mineral diagenesis in interbedded sandstones and shales of the drilling Aderklaa 78 (Vienna Basin). Abstract p. 128; 23rd IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Coimbra, Portugal.

BÜCHL, A., GIER S. (2003): Petrogenesis and alteration of tuffs associated with continental flood basalts from Putorana, North Siberia.- Geological Magazine 140 (6):649-659.

OTTNER F., GIER S., HRSG. (2002): Beiträge zur Jahrestagung Wien; Berichte der deutschen Ton- und Tonmineralgruppe, Band 9, 270 S., Wien.

HRISCHEVA, E., GIER, S. (2002): Clay mineralogy and geochemistry of early Jurassic sedimentary rocks from the Moezian platform, northern Bulgaria.- Clay Minerals 37: 413-428.

JOHNS, W.D., GIER, S. (2001): X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study of layer charge magnitude in micas and illite/smectite clays.- Clay Minerals 36: 355-367.

GIER, S. (2000): Clay mineral- and organic diagenesis of the Lower Oligocene Schöneck Fishshale, western Austrian Molasse Basin.- Clay Minerals 35: 709-717.

GIER, S., JOHNS, W.D. (2000): Heavy metal-adsorption on micas and clay minerals studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).- Applied Clay Science 16: 289-299.

OTTNER, F., GIER, S., KUDERNA, M., SCHWAIGHOFER, B. (2000): Results of an inter-laboratory comparison of methods in quantitative clay analysis.- Applied Clay Science 17: 223-243.

GIER, S. (1998): Burial diagenetic processes and clay mineral formation in the Molasse Zone of Upper Austria.- Clays and Clay Minerals 46: 658-669.

GIER, S., OTTNER, F., JOHNS, W.D. (1998): Layer-charge heterogeneity in smectites of I/S phases in pelitic sediments from the Molasse Basin, Austria.- Clays and Clay Minerals 46: 670-678.


Jürgen Schieber (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA) - Shale diagenesis

Richard Worden (University of Liverpool, UK) - Sandstone diagenesis and reservoir quality

Rositsa Ivanova (Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria)- Bentonites in eastern Rhodope Mountains (S-Bulgaria)

Franz Ottner (Institut für Angewandte Geologie, Universität für Bodenkultur,Vienna) - Quantitative clay mineral analysis

Walter Strasser (Technische Prüfanstalt Wien) - Plasticity of soils and clays

Wienerberger AG (Austria) - Clay bricks

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