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


Raumnummer: 2B474
Mobil: +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.

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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, Band 63, Nr. 2, 01.02.2016, S. 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, Band 433, 01.01.2016, S. 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, Band 9, Nr. 1, 62, 01.01.2016, S. 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, Band 46, Nr. 1, 2016, S. 509-516.

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

in: Sedimentary Geology, Band 322, 01.06.2015, S. 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, Band 27, Nr. 1, 01.02.2015, S. 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, Band 418, Nr. 1, 01.01.2015, S. 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, Band 418, Nr. 1, 01.01.2015, S. 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, Band 255, Nr. P1, 01.12.2014, S. 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, Band 61, Nr. 4, 2014, S. 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, Band 171, Nr. 4, 2014, S. 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, Band 171, Nr. 3, 2014, S. 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, Band 362, 20.12.2013, S. 232-249.

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Glacitectonic deformation in the chuos formation of northern namibia : Implications for neoproterozoic ice dynamics. / Busfield, Marie E.; Le Heron, Daniel P.

in: Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Band 124, Nr. 5, 09.2013, S. 778-789.

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Microbialite recovery in the aftermath of the Sturtian glaciation : Insights from the Rasthof Formation, Namibia. / Le Ber, Erwan; Le Heron, Daniel P.; Winterleitner, Gerd; Bosence, Dan W.J.; Vining, Bernie A.; Kamona, Fred.

in: Sedimentary Geology, Band 294, 05.08.2013, S. 1-12.

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Normalograptus kufraensis, a new species of graptolite from the western margin of the Kufra Basin, Libya. / Page, Alex; Meinhold, Guido; Le Heron, Daniel P.; Elgadry, Mohamed.

in: Geological Magazine, Band 150, Nr. 4, 07.2013, S. 743-755.

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Did lingering ice sheets moderate anoxia in the Early Palaeozoic of Libya? / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Meinhold, Guido; Page, Alex; Whitham, Andrew.

in: Journal of the Geological Society, Band 170, Nr. 2, 03.2013, S. 327-339.

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An interglacial on snowball Earth? Dynamic ice behaviour revealed in the Chuos Formation, Namibia. / Le Heron, Daniel P.; Busfield, Marie E.; Kamona, Fred.

in: Sedimentology, Band 60, Nr. 2, 02.2013, S. 411-427.

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Neoproterozoic-Devonian stratigraphic evolution of the eastern Murzuq Basin, Libya : A tale of tilting in the central Sahara. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Meinhold, Guido; Bergig, Khalid A.

in: Basin Research, Band 25, Nr. 1, 02.2013, S. 52-73.

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The palaeobiology and geochemistry of Precambrian hydrocarbon source rocks. / Craig, J.; Biffi, U.; Galimberti, R. F.; Ghori, K. A.R.; Gorter, J. D.; Hakhoo, N.; Le Heron, D. P.; Thurow, J.; Vecoli, M.

in: Marine and Petroleum Geology, Band 40, Nr. 1, 02.2013, S. 1-47.

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Neoproterozoic ironstones in northern Namibia : Biogenic precipitation and Cryogenian glaciation. / Le Heron, D. P.; Busfield, M. E.; Le Ber, E.; Kamona, A. F.

in: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Band 369, 01.01.2013, S. 48-57.

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Depositional architecture and sequence stratigraphic correlation of Upper Ordovician glaciogenic deposits, Illizi Basin, Algeria. / Lang, Jörg; Dixon, Richard J.; Le Heron, Daniel P.; Winsemann, Jutta.

in: Geological Society Special Publications, Band 368, Nr. 1, 01.12.2012, S. 293-317.

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Neoproterozoic deglacial sediments and their hydrocarbon source rock potential. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Craig, Jonathan.

in: Geological Society Special Publications, Band 368, Nr. 1, 01.12.2012, S. 381-393.

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High resolution facies analysis and sequence stratigraphy of the Siluro-Devonian succession of Al Kufrah basin (SE Libya). / Gindre, Laurent; Le Heron, Daniel; Bjørnseth, Hans Morten.

in: Journal of African Earth Sciences, Band 76, 07.11.2012, S. 8-26.

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The location and styles of ice-free "Oases" during neoproterozoic glaciations with evolutionary implications. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul.

in: Geosciences, Band 2, Nr. 2, 06.2012, S. 90-108.

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