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- 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- 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., 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.

Spötl, C., Desch, A., Dublyansky, Y., Plan, L., Mangini, A. (2016): Hypogene speleogenesis in dolomite host rock by CO2-rich fluids, Kozak Cave (southern Austria). – Geomorphology, 255, 39-48.

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., Luetscher, M. (2014): Long-term mass balance of perennial firn and ice in an Alpine cave (Austria): Constraints from radiocarbon-dated wood fragments. – The Holocene, 24, 165-175.

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.

Meyer, M.C., Cliff, R.A. & Spötl, C. (2011): Speleothems and mountain uplift. – Geology, 39, 447-450.

Spötl, C., Nicolussi, K., Patzelt, G., Boch, R., Daphne Team (2010): Humid climate during deposition of sapropel 1 in the Mediterranean Sea: Assessing the influence on the Alps. – Global and Planetary Change, 71, 242-248.
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