Marc Luetscher

Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group

Research Interests
• High-resolution climate records in speleothems
• Hydrogeology and speleogenesis of karst systems
• Heat and mass transfer in carbonate aquifers
• Palaeoenvironmental outlooks of low altitude cave ice

Short CV
2015 -          Austrian Academy of Scicences, Res. Assoc.
2011-2014    Austrian Academy of Sciences-APART felllow & Univ. Innsbruck (A)
2008-2011    Univ. of Innsbruck (A), Postdoc
2006-2008    Univ. of Bristol (UK), SNF-fellow
2001-2005    Univ. of Zurich (CH), PhD
2000-2006    Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karstology (CH), Scientific collaborator
1995-2000    Univ. of Lausanne (CH), MSc in Earth Sciences

Professional Activities
2010-           Commitee member of the Commission of scientific speleology (ScNat & SSS)
2010-2011    Guest co-editor The Cryosphere, special issue "Ice Caves"
2003-2010    Chair of the comm. of speleology at the Swiss Academy of Sciences (ScNat)
2001-2005    Vice-president of the Swiss Speleological Society

Fellowships and Grants
2014    Austrian Academy of Sciences, Earth System Sciences
2012    University of Innsbruck, Nachwuchsförderung
2011    Austrian Academy of Sciences, APART-fellowship
2011    Inatura, Research Grant (co-pi with C. Spötl)
2010    Würmer-Consortium, Research Grant
2009    Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds (TWF), Research Grant
2009    Marie Curie Travel grant
2006    Geog. Sciences UoB, Research Incentive Scheme
2006    Soc. Acad. Vaudoise (SAV), Research Grant.
2006    Swiss Acad. of Sci. (ScNat), Publication Grant
2005    Swiss Nat. Sci. Found. (SNF), Fellowship
2002    Councils-VD, Research Grant

Outreach (selected):
research gate:

DerStandard 27/10/2016 ; Geopanorama 1/2016 ; PM Magazin 04/2016 ; National Geographic en Espanol 11/2015; New Scientist 05/2015 ; Die Welt 17/08/2014 ; Geo Magazin 01/2014 

Denniston, R.F, Luetscher, M., 2017: Speleothems as high-resolution paleoflood archives. Quaternary Science Reviews, 170, 1-13. link
Koltai, G., Spötl, C., Luetscher, M., Cheng, H., Barrett, S., Müller, W., 2017: The nature of annual lamination in flowstones from non-karstic fractures, Vinschgau (northern Italy). Chemical Geology, 457, 1-14. link
Hoffmann, D.L., Rogerson, M., Spötl, C., Luetscher, M., Vance, D., Osborne, A., Fello, N., Moseley, G., 2016: Timing and causes of North African wet phases during the last glacial period and implications for modern human migration. Scientific Reports, 6, 36367. link
Festi, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Luetscher, M., 2016: Pollen from accurately dated speleothems supports alpine glacier low-stands during the early Holocene. Quaternary Research, 86, 45-53. link
Luetscher, M., Boch R., Sodemann H., Spötl C., Cheng H., Edwards R.L., Frisia S., Hof F., Müller W., 2015: North Atlantic storm track changes during the Last Glacial Maximum recorded by Alpine speleothems. Nature Communications, 6:6344, doi: 10.1038/ncomms7344 PDF
Heiri, O., Koinig, K.A., Spötl, C., Barrett, S., Brauer, A., Drescher-Schneider, R., Gaar, D., Ivy-Ochs, S., Kerschner, H., Luetscher, M., Moran, A., Nicolussi, K., Preusser, F., Schmidt, R., Schoeneich, P., Schwörer, C., Sprafke, T., Terhorst, B., Tinner, W., 2014: Palaeoclimate records 60-8 ka in the Austrian and Swiss Alps and their forelands. Quaternary Science Reviews, 106, 186-205. PDF
Spötl C., Reimer P., Luetscher, M., 2014: Radiocarbon constraints on the deposition of Late Holocene perennial firn and ice in alpine cave (Austria). The Holocene, 24, 165-175. doi: 10.1177/0959683613515729.
Luetscher, M., Borreguero, M., Moseley, G., Spötl, C., Edwards, L.E., 2013: Alpine permafrost thawing during the Medieval Warm Period identified from cryogenic cave carbonates. The Cryosphere, 7, 1073-1061. doi: 10.5194/tc-7-1073-2013. PDF
Luetscher, M., 2013: Glacial processes in caves. In: Shroder, J.F. (ed.), Treatise on Geomorphology, vol. 6, 258-266, San Diego, Academic Press.
Luetscher M., Ziegler F., 2012. CORA-a dedicated device for carbon dioxide monitoring in cave environments. International Journal of Speleology, 41, 273-281. doi: 10.5038/1827-806X.41.2.13. PDF
Luetscher, M., Hoffmann, D., Frisia, S., Spötl, C., 2011: Holocene glacier history from alpine speleothems, Milchbach cave, Switzerland. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302, 95–106. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.11.042 PDF
Stoffel, M., Luetscher, M., Bollschweiler, M., Schlatter, F., 2009: Evidence of NAO control on subsurface ice accumulation in a 1200 yr old cave-ice sequence, St Livres ice cave, Switzerland. Quaternary Research, 72, 16-26, doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2009.03.002 PDF
Luetscher, M., Lismonde, B., Jeannin, P-Y., 2008: Heat exchanges in the heterothermic zone of a karst system: Monlesi cave, Swiss Jura Mountains. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, F02025, doi:10.1029/2007JF000892. PDF
Perrin, J., Luetscher, M., 2008: Inference of a karst conduit structure using quantitative tracer tests and geological observations. Hydrogeology Journal, 16, 951-967 . doi: 10.1007/s10040-008-0281-6 PDF
Luetscher, M., Bolius, D., Schwikowski, M., Schotterer, U., Smart, P.L., 2007: Comparison of techniques for dating of subsurface ice from Monlesi ice cave, Switzerland. Journal of Glaciology, 53, 374-384. PDF
Luetscher, M., Perrin J., 2005: The Aubonne karst aquifer, Swiss Jura. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae, 98, 237-248. doi: 10.1007/s00015-005-1156-7. PDF
Lapaire, F., Becker, D., Christe, R., Luetscher, M., 2007: Karst phenonomena with gas emanation in Early Oligocene conglomerates: risks within a highway context (Jura, Switzerland). Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 66: 237-250. doi: 10.1007/s10064-006-0068-8.
Luetscher, M., Jeannin, P.-Y., Haeberli, W., 2005: Ice caves as an indicator of winter climate evolution- a case study from the Jura Mountains. The Holocene, 15, 982-993. doi: 10.1191/0959683605hl872ra. PDF
Luetscher, M., Jeannin, P.-Y., 2004c: Temperature distribution in karst systems: the role of air and water fluxes. Terra Nova, 16, 344-350. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2004.00572.x. PDF
Luetscher, M., Jeannin, P.-Y., 2004b: The role of winter air circulation for the presence of subsurface ice accumulations: an example from Monlesi ice cave (Switzerland). Theoretical and Applied Karstology, 17, 19-25. PDF
Luetscher, M., Jeannin P.-Y., 2004a: A process-based classification of alpine ice caves. Theoretical and Applied Karstology, 17, 5-10. PDF
Beres, M., Luetscher, M., Olivier, R., 2001: Integration of ground-penetrating radar and microgravimetric methods to map shallow caves. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 46, 249-262. PDF
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