Affiliated Researcher

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
2017- Senior researcher at the Swiss Institute of Speleology and Karst Studies
2015-2017 Research Associate, Austrian Academy of Scicences
2011-2014 Austrian Academy of Sciences-APART felllow & Univ. Innsbruck
2008-2011 Postdoc Univ. of Innsbruck
2006-2008 SNF-fellow Univ. of Bristol
2001-2005 PhD Univ. of Zurich
2000-2006 Scientific collaborator Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karstology
1995-2000 MSc in Earth Sciences Univ. of Lausanne

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 Commission 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



Spötl, C., Baker, J.L., Skiba, V., Honiat, A., Fohlmeister, J., Luetscher, M., Trüssel, M. (2024): Speleothems in subglacial caves: An emerging archive of glacial climate history and mountain glacier dynamics. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 333, 108684,

Luetscher, M., Moseley, G.E., Festi, D., Hof, F., Edwards, R.L., Spötl, C. (2021): A last interglacial speleothem record from the Sieben Hengste cave system (Switzerland): implications for alpine paleovegetation. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 262, 106974.

Moseley, G.E., Spötl, C., Brandstätter, S., Erhardt, T., Luetscher, M., Edwards, R. L. (2020): NALPS19: sub-orbital-scale climate variability recorded in northern Alpine speleothems during the last glacial period. - Climate of the Past, 16, 29–50,

Rogerson, M., Dublyansky, Y., Hoffmann, D.L., Luetscher, M., Töchterle, P.P.Spötl, C. (2019): Enhanced Mediterranean water cycle explains increased humidity during MIS 3 in North Africa. – Climate of the Past, 15, 1757-1769.

Comas-Bru, L., Harrison, S. P., Werner, M., Rehfeld, K., Scroxton, N., Veiga-Pires, C., and SISAL working group members including Carolin, S., Koltai, G., Luetscher, M., Moseley, G.E. (2019): Evaluating model outputs using integrated global speleothem records of climate change since the last glacial, - Climate of the Past, 15, 1557–1579.

Atsawawaranunt, K., Comas-Bru, L., Amirnezhad Mozhdehi, S., et al and SISAL Working Group Members including Carolin, S., Koltai, G., Luetscher, M., Moseley, G.E. 2018.: The SISAL database: a global resource to document oxygen and carbon isotope records from speleothems. Earth System Science Data, 10:1687-1713. DOI: 10.5194/essd-10-1687-2018

Žák, K., Onac, B.P., Kadebskaya, O.I., Filippi, M., Dublyansky, Y., Luetscher, M. (2018): Cryogenic mineral formation in caves. – in: Ice caves (Persoiu, A. & Lauritzen, S.-E), 123-162, Amsterdam, Elsevier.

Colucci, R.R., Luetscher, M., Forte, E., Giglielmin, M., Lenaz, D., Princivalle, F., Vita, F. (2017): First alpine evidence of in situ coarse cryogenic cave carbonates (CCCcoarse). - Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria, 40, 53-59.

Denniston, R.F. & Luetscher, M. (2017): Speleothems as high-resolution paleoflood archives. - Quaternary Science Reviews, 170, 1-13.

Koltai, G., Spötl, C., Luetscher, M., Cheng, H., Barrett, S.J., Müller, W. (2017): The nature of annual lamination in flowstones from non-karstic fractures, Vinschgau (northern Italy). – Chemical Geology, 457, 1-14.

Festi, D., Hoffman, D.L., Luetscher, M. (2016): Pollen from accurately dated speleothems supports alpine glacier low-stands during the early Holocene. - Quaternary Research, 86, 45-53.

Hoffmann, D.L., Rogerson, M., Spötl, C., Luetscher, M., Vance, D., Osborne, A.N., Fello, N.M., Moseley, G.E. (2016): Timing and causes of North African wet phases during the last glacial period and implications for modern human migration. – Scientific Reports, 6:36367, doi: 10.1038/srep36367.

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.

Bartolomé, M., Sancho, C., Osácar, C., Moreno, A., Leunda, M., Spötl, C., Luetscher, M., López-Martinénz, J., Belmonte, A.: Characteristics of cryogenic carbonates in a Pyrenean ice cave (northern Spain). – Geogaceta, 58, 107-110.

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.

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.

Luetscher, M. (2013): Glacial processes in caves. - In: Shroder, J. (Editor in Chief), Frumkin, A. (Ed.), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 6, Karst Geomorphology, 258-266.

Luetscher, M., Borreguero, M., Moseley, G.M., Spötl, C., Edwards, R.L. (2013): Alpine permafrost thawing during the Medieval Warm Period identified from cryogenic cave carbonates. – The Cryosphere, 7, 1073-1081.

Luetscher M., Ziegler F. (2012): CORA-a dedicated device for carbon dioxide monitoring in cave environments. - International Journal of Speleology, 41, 273-281.

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.

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.

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.