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Seyed Hamidreza AZAMI


Room Number: 2B385
Tel.: +43-1-4277-53443
Fax: +43-1-4277-9534

Research Interests:

  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy of Paleogene deep-water sediments
  • Sediment geochemistry
  • Foraminifera, especially benthic foraminifera

Current PhD project:

Sedimentology and Chemostratigraphy of Upper Paleocene to Eocene strata in the Zagros Basin: Implications for sea-level fluctuations around the PETM interval

Paleocene/Eocene sections suggest a complex interplay between rising temperatures, sea-level fluctuations, plankton taxa extinction and diversification, and changes in the trophic resource regime for the PETM (Paleoecene-Eocene Thermal Maximum) interval.
To the achievement of investigating changing conditions at PETM boundary, a total of 374 samples have been taken from the predominantly shaly cyclic lower section part of the limestone-marl cycles.
Biostratigraphic age determination is based on calcareous nannoplankton using smear slides and 100x oil immersion light microscope.
The study area is situated in Zagros Basin (W-Iran) where sediments (Paleocene- Lower Eocene) were deposited in a deeper-water marine environment and consist of deep-water pelagic to hemipelagic shale, marl(stone) and limestone.
Hence, this project aims to identify and evaluate facies changes in this offshore environment, in particular around the Paleocene/Eocene boundary and the PETM interval. Originally, the sediments were deposited in the (closing) oceanic area of the Neo-Tethys.


  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
  • International Association of Sedimentologists
  • Österreichische Geologische Gesellschaft
  • Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)


2016 - Present, as a research assistant at International research project UNESCO-IUGS IGCP 609. Collaborate with Department of Geodynamics and Sedimentology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2017, Visiting Lecturer, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad by Iranian National Elites Foundation. (knowdiff.net), (knowdiff.net/visiting-lecturer-program-282/).

Instruments Techniques:

Instruments such as SEM, TOC, XRF, XRD, Micromeritics Sedi Graph,etc.

Selected Courses:

  • Jürgen Schieber: Shale Short Course
  • Jörn Peckmann et al.: Topics in Geodynamics and Sedimentology
  • Thilo Hofmann et al.: Topics in Environmental Geosciences.
  • Jens Wendler: Cyclostratigraphy.

Publications and Conferences:

  • Seyed Hamidreza Azami, Michael Wagreich, Mahmudy Gharaie "Sedimentology and biostratigraphy of the Pabdeh Formation, Paryab, Zagros Basin, at the PETM interval: Implication for sea level fluctuations" (10th ISC - International Symposium on the Cretaceous, Vienna 2017)
    Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt (ISSN 107-8880), Band 120, Wien 2017.

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