Daniel Paul LE HERON, Univ.-Prof. Dr.


Room Number: 2B474
Mobile: +43 6706048318

Tel.: +43-1-4277-53608

Daniel Le Heron

Welcome to this page! I’m a sedimentologist / geologist with an enthusiasm for geologically-related travel and adventures. I am at my best in the field, and have a passion for both research and teaching in the great outdoors- from mountains to deserts and to the windswept corners of the world. Feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss any of the research we are doing or wish to explore any collaborative opportunities with us!

Current research Interests:

  • Glacial sedimentology - past deep time glacial records around the world.  Both “pure” and “applied” research into these topics. Palaeoglaciological reconstructions.
  • Soft-sediment deformation structures
  • Aspects of Precambrian carbonates (e.g. post-glacial cap carbonates, Microbialites)

External responsibilities:

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Sedimentary Research
  • Associate Editor, Indian Journal of Sedimentologists
  • Associate Editor, Sedimentology (2016)

Recently completed and Current Projects:

  • The Cryogenian diamictites of Death Valley, California, and their palaeogeographic significance (in collaboration with Tom Vandyk, Dr Marie Busfield, and Saeed Tofaif)
  • The Late Ordovician glacial record in the Tabuk area, Saudi Arabia (MPhil project of Saeed Tofaif, with Saudi Aramco)
  • The Ediacaran / Cambrian glacial deposits and the striated pavements of the Luoquan Formation and equivalents, central China. PhD project of Tom Vandyk (currently at Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Soft-sediment deformation structures and striated pavements associated with the Late Paleozoic glaciations

PhD project opportunities:

I always welcome approaches from interested, field-oriented individuals to design new projects and work together! Feel free to drop me a line at daniel.le-heron@univie.ac.at

Short CV:

Born 1978 in Guernsey, Channel Islands (between England and France)

1997-2000: Bachelor’s degree in Geology at Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom

2000-2003: PhD degree in Geology specialising in Sedimentology also at Aberystwyth University. My studies were spent entirely in the offices of ENI-Lasmo, the former British/Italian oil company that was based in London. Thesis topic: “Development of the Murzuq Basin, SW Libya, during the Late Ordovician. During this I undertook the first 3 of 12 field seasons I have been lucky enough to undertake in the Sahara.

2004-2005: Postdoc, sponsored by TOTAL, in Strasbourg University, France. Field seasons in Morocco.

2006-2006: Geologist at CASP, a geological research organisation in Cambridge, UK, with further fieldwork in Libya and Siberia

2006-2007: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, University of Hanover, Germany.

2008-2017: Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, then Reader at Royal Holloway University of London. Conducted and directed field-based geological research in Brazil, Indonesia, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, USA, Australia and China.

2018: Joined University of Vienna in the Geodynamics and Sedimentology team.

 Publications (taken from u:cris)

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The Cryogenian record in the southern Kingston Range, California : The thickest Death Valley succession in the hunt for a GSSP. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Busfield, Marie Elen; Ali, Dilshad Omer; Al Tofaif, Saeed; Vandyk, Thomas Matthew.

In: Precambrian Research, 12.2018, p. 158-172.

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Cryptic climatic signatures and tectonic controls on cryogenian diamictites in the NW Tarim Craton, China. / Wu, Guanghui; Le Heron, D. P.; Yang, Liuyun; Luo, Bingxu; Xiao, Yang; Wang, Bin.

In: Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 175, No. 4, 01.07.2018, p. 642-658.

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Precambrian olistoliths masquerading as sills from Death Valley, California. / Vandyk, T. M.; Le Heron, D. P.; Chew, D. M.; Amato, J. M.; Thirlwall, M.; Dehler, C. M.; Hennig, J.; Castonguay, S. R.; Knott, T.; Tofaif, S.; Ali, D. O.; Manning, C. J.; Busfield, M. E.; Doepke, D.; Grassineau, N.

In: Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 175, No. 3, 01.05.2018, p. 377-395.

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Snowball earth under the microscope. / Busfield, Marie Elen; Le Heron, Daniel Paul.

In: Journal of Sedimentary Research, Vol. 88, No. 5, 01.05.2018, p. 659-677.

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An exhumed Paleozoic glacial landscape in Chad. / Heron, Daniel Paul Le.

In: Geology, Vol. 46, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 91-94.

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New perspectives on the Luoquan Glaciation (Ediacaran‐Cambrian) of North China. / Le Heron, Daniel.

In: The Depositional Record, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2018, p. 274-292.

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The Early Palaeozoic Glacial Deposits of Gondwana : Overview, Chronology, and Controversies. / Le Heron, D. P.; Tofaif, S.; Melvin, J.

Past Glacial Environments: Second Edition. Elsevier, 2017. p. 47-73.

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A diamictite dichotomy : Glacial conveyor belts and olistostromes in the Neoproterozoic of Death Valley, California, USA. / Le Heron, D. P.; Tofaif, S.; Vandyk, T.; Ali, D. O.

In: Geology, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2017, p. 31-34.

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A eukaryote assemblage intercalated with marinoan glacial deposits in South Australia. / Le Heron, D. P.; Alderton, D. H.M.; Collinson, M. E.; Grassineau, N.; Sykes, D.; Trundley, A. E.

In: Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 173, No. 3, 01.05.2016, p. 560-568.

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A neoproterozoic ice advance sequence, sperry wash, California. / Busfield, Marie E.; Le Heron, Daniel P.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 63, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 307-330.

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Birth and evolution of a cryogenian basin : Glaciation, rifting and sedimentation in the Vorogovka basin, Siberia. / Sovetov, Julius K.; Le Heron, Daniel P.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 63, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 498-522.

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Pulsed iceberg delivery driven by sturtian ice sheet dynamics : An example from Death Valley, California. / Le Heron, Daniel P.; Busfield, Marie E.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 63, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 331-349.

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Sedimentological perspectives on climatic, atmospheric and environmental change in the neoproterozoic Era. / Spence, Guy H.; Le Heron, Daniel P.; Fairchild, Ian J.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 63, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 253-306.

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A model for Cryogenian iron formation. / Cox, Grant M.; Halverson, Galen P.; Poirier, André; Le Heron, Daniel; Strauss, Justin V.; Stevenson, Ross.

In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 433, 01.01.2016, p. 280-292.

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The search for ‘hot shales’ in the western Kufra Basin, Libya : geochemical and mineralogical characterisation of outcrops, and insights into latest Ordovician climate. / Meinhold, Guido; Le Heron, Daniel P.; Elgadry, Mohamed; Abutarruma, Yousef.

In: Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Vol. 9, No. 1, 62, 01.01.2016, p. 1-15.

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The Hirnantian glacial landsystem of the Sahara : A meltwater-dominated system. / Le Heron, D. P.

In: Geological Society Memoir, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2016, p. 509-516.

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The significance of ice-rafted debris in Sturtian glacial successions. / Le Heron, D. P.

In: Sedimentary Geology, Vol. 322, 01.06.2015, p. 19-33.

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Early Palaeozoic evolution of Libya : Perspectives from Jabal Eghei with implications for hydrocarbon exploration in Al Kufrah Basin. / Heron, D. P.Le; Meinhold, G.; Elgadry, M.; Abutarruma, Y.; Boote, D.

In: Basin Research, Vol. 27, No. 1, 01.02.2015, p. 60-83.

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Influence of microbial framework on Cryogenian microbial facies, Rasthof Formation, Namibia. / Le Ber, E.; Le Heron, D. P.; Oxtoby, N. H.

In: Geological Society Special Publications, Vol. 418, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 111-122.

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Styles, origins and implications of syndepositional deformation structures in Ediacaran microbial carbonates (Nama Basin, Namibia). / Winterleitner, G.; Le Heron, D. P.; Mapani, B.; Vining, B. A.; Mccaffrey, K. J.W.

In: Geological Society Special Publications, Vol. 418, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 87-109.

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Neoproterozoic Re-Os systematics of organic-rich rocks in the São Francisco Basin, Brazil and implications for hydrocarbon exploration. / Bertoni, Maria E.; Rooney, Alan D.; Selby, David; Alkmim, Fernando F.; Le Heron, Daniel P.

In: Precambrian Research, Vol. 255, No. P1, 01.12.2014, p. 355-366.

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Bolla Bollana boulder beds : A Neoproterozoic trough mouth fan in South Australia? / Le Heron, Daniel P.; Busfield, Marie E.; Collins, Alan S.

In: Sedimentology, Vol. 61, No. 4, 2014, p. 978-995.

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Neoproterozoic ice sheets and olistoliths : Multiple glacial cycles in the Kingston Peak Formation, California. / Le Heron, Daniel P.; Busfield, Marie E.; Prave, Anthony R.

In: Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 171, No. 4, 2014, p. 525-538.

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Sequencing the Sturtian icehouse : Dynamic ice behaviour in South Australia. / Busfield, M. E.; Le Heron, D. P.

In: Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 171, No. 3, 2014, p. 443-456.

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Neoproterozoic iron formation : An evaluation of its temporal, environmental and tectonic significance. / Cox, Grant M.; Halverson, Galen P.; Minarik, William G.; Le Heron, Daniel P.; Macdonald, Francis A.; Bellefroid, Eric J.; Strauss, Justin V.

In: Chemical Geology, Vol. 362, 20.12.2013, p. 232-249.

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