Research Interests:

  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy of Paleogene deep-water sediments
  • Sediment geochemistry
  • Stable Isotope stratigraphy
  • Cyclostratigraphy
  • Chemostratigraphy and Cenozoic benthic and planktonic foraminifera

Honors, Awards and Grants

Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship

2018-2019. Research associate, University of Massachusetts, USA

2019-2020. Visiting Fellow, University of  California Santa Cruz, USA

Supervisor : James Zachos


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.

Research Assistant, International research project UNESCO-IUGS IGCP 609, University of Vienna, Austria

Paleocene-Eocene calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and cyclostratigraphy Zagros Basin (Pabdeh Formation), Iran: A Tethyan reference record.

The Paleocene/Eocene boundary event (PETM) in the Tethyan deep-water realm: evidences from the Zagros Mts.
20th International Sedimentological Congress, ISC2018, At Québec, Canada.

"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.

Austrian Research & Innovation Network talk 2018

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)
ECORD (European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling) Workshop at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (Austria), on 6 -7 April 2019

Selected Course:

Jürgen Schieber: Shale Short Course


Participants of the 10th ISC

Participants of the 10th ISC - International Symposium on the Cretaceous, Vienna 2017 (© B. Sames)