Christoph Spötl

Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group

Research interests
  • Quaternary dynamics and climate change
  • Caves and speleothems
  • Groundwater hydrogeochemistry
  • Stable isotopes
  • Sedimentary geochemistry
  • Diagenesis

Short CV

2004- Professor for Quaternary Research
2000 Associate Professor
1999 START award
1997 Habilitation at the University of Innsbruck
1994-1997 APART research fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the University of Innsbruck

1992-1993 Postdoctorial research at the U.S. Geological Survey, National Center in Reston, Virginia

1991-1992 Postdoctorial research at the University of Missouri-Columbia
1991 Ph.D. in Geology, University of Berne

1987 M.Sc. in Earth Sciences, University of Innsbruck

Professional activities
2015-2018 Member of the ICDP Science Advisory Group
2013- Full member Austrian Academy of Sciences
2013- Member of the Commission for Geosciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2012- 2018 Vice chair of the National Committee Geo/Hydro-Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2010-2014 Vice President of the German Quaternary Association
2009-2014 Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam
2009  Corresponding member Austrian Academy of Sciences
2008- President of the Austrian Speleological Association
2007-2010 President of the Austrian Geological Society
2004-2013 Dean of Studies Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
2004- Co-editor Die Höhle
2002-2004 Co-editor of Sedimentology
Selected recent publications
For a more complete list and pdfs see Group Publications

Spötl, C., Wimmer, M., Pavuza, R., Plan, L. (2018): Ice caves in Austria. – in: Ice caves (Persoiu, A. & Lauritzen, S.-E), 237-262, Amsterdam, Elsevier.

Spötl, C., Reimer, P.J., Rabeder, G., Bronk Ramsey, C. (2018): Radiocarbon constraints on the age of the world's highest-elevation cave-bear population, Conturines Cave (Dolomites, Northern Italy). – Radiocarbon, 60, 299-307.

Spötl, C., Plan, L., Dublyansky, Y. (2017): Hypogene karst in Austria. – in: Klimchouk, A., Palmer, A.N., De Waele, J., Auler, A.J. & Audra, P. (eds.): Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World, 113-126, New York (Springer).

Spötl, C., Plan, L., Christian, E. (2016): Höhlen und Karst in Österreich. - 752 p., Linz (Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum).

Cheng, H., Edwards, R.L., Sinha, A., Spötl, C., Yi, L., Chen, S., Kelly, M., Kathayat, G., Wang, X., Li, X., Kong, X., Wang, Y., Ning, Y., Zhang, H. (2016): The Asian monsoon over the past 640,000 years and ice age terminations. - Nature, 534, 640-646.

Spötl, C.,
Fohlmeister, J., Cheng, H., Boch, R. (2016): Modern aragonite formation at near-freezing conditions in an alpine cave, Carnic Alps, Austria. – Chemical Geology, 435, 60-70.

Moseley, G.E., Edwards, R.L., Wendt, K.A., Cheng, H., Dublyansky, Y., Lu, Y., Boch, R., Spötl, C. (2016): Reconciliation of the Devils Hole climate record with orbital forcing. – Science, 351, 165-168.

Moseley, G.E., Spötl, C., Svensson, A., Cheng, H., Brandstätter, S., Lawrence Edwards, R. (2014): Multi-speleothem record reveals tightly coupled climate between central Europe and Greenland during Marine Isotope Stage 3. - Geology, 42, 1043-1046.

Spötl, C
. & Cheng, H. (2014): Holocene climate change, permafrost, and cryogenic carbonate formation: insights from a recently deglaciated, high-elevation cave in the Austrian Alps. – Climate of the Past, 10, 1349-1362.

Spötl, C.
, Reimer, P.J., Starnberger, R., Reimer, R. (2013): A new radiocarbon chronology of Baumkirchen, stratotype for the onset of the Upper Würmian in the Alps. – Journal of Quaternary Science, 28, 552-558.

Spötl, C. & Mattey, D. (2012): Scientific drilling of speleothems – a technical note. – International Journal of Speleology, 41, 29-34.

Boch, R., Cheng, H., Spötl, C., Edwards, R.L. Wang, X., Häuselmann, P. (2011): NALPS: a precisely dated European climate record 120-60 ka. – Climate of the Past, 7, 1247-1259.

Spötl, C. (2011): Long-term performance of the Gasbench IRMS system for stable isotope analysis of carbonate microsamples. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25: 1683-1685.
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