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


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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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Bottig, M., Gier, S., Jilg, W. (2017): Artificially induced clay mineral authigenesis in an underground gas storage field, North Alpine Foreland Basin, Austria. AAPG Bulletin (in press); DOI: 10.1306/09021615178.

Neuhuber, S., Gier, S., Hohenegger, J., Wolfgring, E., Spoetl, C., Strauss, P., Wagreich, M. (2016):Palaeoenvironmental changes in the northwestern Tethys during the Late Campanian Radotruncanacalcarata Zone: implications from stable isotopes and geochemistry. Chemical Geology 420, 280-296.

Zámolyi, A., Salcher, B., Draganits, Exner, U., Wagreich, M., Gier, S., Fiebig, M., Lomax , J., Surányi, G., Diehl, M., Zámolyi, F. (2016): Latest Pannonian and Quaternary evolution at the transition between Eastern Alps and Pannonian Basin: New insights from geophysical, sedimentological and geochronological data. International Journal of Earth Sciences, DOI: 10.1007/s00531-016-1383-3

Dela Pierre, F., Natalicchio, M., Ferrando, S., Giustetto, R., Birgel, D., Carnevale, G., Gier, S., Lozar, F., Marabello, D., Peckmann, J. (2015): Are the large filamentous microfossils preserved in Messinian gypsum colorless sulfide-oxidizing bacteria? Geology, 43, 855-858.

Gier, S., Worden, R.H., Krois, P. (2015): Comparing clay mineral diagenesis in interbedded sandstones and mudstones, Vienna Basin, Austria. In: Armitage, P. J., Butcher, A. R., Churchill, J. M., Csoma, A. E., Hollis, C., Lander, R. H., Omma, J. E. & Worden, R. H. (eds) Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Prediction. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 435, DOI: 10.1144/SP435.9.

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.

Neuhuber, S., Steier, P., Gier, S. Draganits, E., Kogelbauer, I. (2015): Radiogenic carbon isotopes in authigenic carbonate from Lake Neusiedl, Austria. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 17, EGU2015-15399-1, EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna.

Zwicker, J., Smrzka, D., Gier, S., Goedert, J.L., Peckmann, J. (2015): Mineralized conduits are part of the uppermost plumbing system of Oligocene methane-seepdeposits, Washington State (USA). Marine and Petroleum Geology 66, 616-630.

Birgel, D., Guido, A., Liu, X., Hinrichs, K-U., Gier, S., Peckmann, J. (2014):  Hypersaline conditions during deposition of the Calcare di Base revealedfrom 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 MWBaspa 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 PaleolakeMerzbacher inthe 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, 390, 4-16.

Pestitschek, B., Gier, S., Essa, M., Kurzweil, H. (2012): Effects of weatheringon 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.

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, No. 6, 1021–1052, DOI: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2010.01077.x

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., Ferrière, L., Koeberl, C., Reimold, W.U., 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, 317–348, DOI: 10.1130/2009.2458(15).

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.

Grundtner, M.L., Harzhauser, M., Mandic, O., Draganits, E., Gier, S., Exner, U., Wagreich, M. (2009): Zur Sedimentologie der Sandgrube Steinbrunn (Pannonium, Österreich). Jahrbuch der Geologischen Bundesanstalt, 149, 441-451.

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

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.

Gier, S., Draganits, E., Schmid, H.P. (2007): Weppersdorf: Die Deltasande der Landseer Bucht. In: Hofmann, T. (ed.). Wien, Niederösterreich, Burgenland. Wanderungen in die Erdgeschichte, 22, Dr. Fritz Pfeil, München, 178-179.

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.

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.

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 SchöneckFishshale, 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 theMolasse 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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