Senior Scientist

Michael Meyer

Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group

Research interests
Optical dating of paleoenvironmental processes and archaeological sites
OSL rock surface dating
Quaternary landscape evolution and environmental change
Human-environment interactions  
Glaciation and human occupation of central High Asia

Short CV
Since 2015 Head of Univ. Innsbruck Research Centre Geodynamics – Geomaterials
Since 2011 Univ. Ass. Prof. University Innsbruck, head of the OSL laboratory
2008-2011 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow, University of Wollongong (Australia)
2007-2008 Erwin Schrödinger Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wollongong (Australia)
2006-2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University Innsbruck
2006 PhD University Innsbruck
2001 MSc. Centre for Earth Sciences, University Vienna, Austria

Awards
2017    Fürstentum Liechtenstein Prize
2011    Dr. Otto Seibert Prize
2011    Early Career Research Award, University Innsbruck
2008    Otto Ampferer Prize of the Austrian Geological Society
2004    Research Grant University-Jubilee-Foundation of the City of Vienna

Grants (1.2 Mio Euro total)
European Research Council, Austrian Science Fund, Tyrolian Science Fund

Research expeditions & professional experiences
2013-2016    Scientific Leader of three Tibet Expeditions
2007-2008    Participation in international archaeological excavations in Africa
2003-2007    Scientific cave expeditions in the Austrian Alps
1999-2001    Quaternary geologist in Austrian–Bhutanese Cooperation Project, Bhutan-Himalaya

Science communication and public outreach (selected)
Popular-science movie about OSL research (link english) (link german)
Dating of oldest human traces on the Tibetan Plateau (Nature news)
News Article OSL lab in Die Presse (german)

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Publications

Gliganic, L.A.Meyer, M.C., Sohbati, R., Jain, M., Barrett, S. (2018): OSL surface exposure dating of a lithic quarry in Tibet: laboratory validation and application. Quaternary Geochronology, doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2018.04.012.

Meyer, M.C.Gliganic, L.A., Jain, M., Sohbati, R., Schmidmair, D. (2018): Lithological controls on light penetration into rock surfaces – implications for OSL and IRSL surface exposure dating. Radiation Measurements, doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2018.03.004.

Cohen, T.J., Meyer, M.C., May, J.-H. (2018): Identifying extreme pluvials in the last millennia using optical dating of single grains of quartz from shorelines on Australia’s largest lake. – The Holocene, 28, 150-165.

Gliganic, L.A., Cohen, T.J., Meyer, M.C., Molenaar, A. (2017): Variations in luminescence properties of quartz and feldspar from modern fluvial sediments in three rivers. - Quaternary Geochronology, 41, 70-82.

Haas, W.R., Aldenderfer, M.S., Meyer, M.C. (2017): Response to Comment on "Permanent human occupation of the central Tibetan Plateau in the early Holocene". Science, 357 (6351).

Meyer, M.C., Aldenderfer, M.S., Wang, Z., Hoffmann, D.L., Dahl, J.A., Degering, D., Haas, W.R., Schlütz, F. (2017): Permanent human occupation of the central Tibetan Plateau in the early Holocene. – Science, 355, doi: 10.1126/science.aag0357.

Meyer, M.C., Hoffmann, D.L., Aldenderfer, M.S., Haas, W.R., Dahl, J.A., Wang, Z., Degering, D., Schlütz, F. (2017): Response to Comment on "Permanent human occupation of the central Tibetan Plateau in the early Holocene". Science, 357 (6351).

Wang, Z., Meyer, M.C., Hoffmann, D.L. (2016): Sedimentology, petrography and early diagenesis of a travertine-colluvium succession from Chusang (southern Tibet). - Sedimentary Geology, 342, 218-236.

Zerboni A., Usai D., Meyer, M.C., (2016). The Middle Palaeolithic/Middle Stone Age site of Al Jamrab in central Sudan. Antiquity 90, issue 351, Antiquity Project Gallery, http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/zerboni351

Meyer, M.C., Austin, P., Tropper, P. (2013): Quantitative evaluation of mineral grains using automated SEM-EDS analysis and its application potential in optically stimulated luminescence dating. - Radiation Measurements 58, 1-11.

Dibble, H.L, Aldeiasd, V., Alvarez-Fernándeze, E., Blackwellf, B., Hallett-Desguezc, E., Jacobs, Z., Goldbergh, P., Moralai, A., Meyer, M.C., Olzsewskia, D.I., Reed, K., Reedk, D., Steeleb, T.E., Richter, D., Roberts, R.G., Sandgathe, D., Schurmans, U., Skinner, A., El-Hajraou, M. (2012): New Excavations at the Site of Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco. Paleoanthropology, 145-201.

Meyer, M.C., Spötl, C., Mangini, A., Tessadri, R. (2012): Speleothem deposition at the glaciation threshold - An attempt to constrain the age and paleoenvironmental significance of a detrital-rich flowstone sequence from Entrische Kirche Cave (Austria). - Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 319-320, 93-106.

Jacobs, Z., Meyer, M.C., Roberts, R.G., Aldeias, V., Dibble, H., El Hajraoui, M.A. (2011): Single-grain OSL dating at La Grotte des Contrebandiers (‘Smugglers’ Cave’), Morocco: improved Marine Isotope Stage 5 age constraints for the Middle Paleolithic levels. - Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 3631-3643.

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

Brown, K.S., Marean, C.W., Herries, A.I.R., Jacobs, Z., Tribolo, Ch., Braun, D., Roberts, D.L., Meyer, M.C., Bernatchez, J. (2009): Fire as an engineering tool of early modern humans. - Science, 325, 859-862.

Meyer, M.C., Cliff, R.A., Spötl, C., Knipping, M. & Mangini, A. (2009): Speleothems from the earliest Quaternary: Snapshots of paleoclimate and landscape evolution at the northern rim of the Alps. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 1374-1391.

Spötl, C., Dublyansky, Y., Meyer, M. & Mangini, A. (2009): Identifying low-temperature hydrothermal karst and palaeowaters using stable isotopes: a case study from an alpine cave, Entrische Kirche, Austria. – International Journal of Earth Sciences, 98, 665-676.

Meyer, M.C., Hofmann, C., Gemmell, A.M.D., Haslinger, E., Häusler, H., Wangda, D. (2009): Holocene glacier fluctuations and migration of Neolithic yak pastoralists into the high valleys of northwest Bhutan. - Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 1217-1237.

Meyer, M., Spötl, C. & Mangini, A. (2008): The demise of the Last Interglacial recorded in isotopically dated speleothems from the Alps. - Quaternary Science Reviews, 27, 476-496.

Spötl, C., Offenbecher, K.-H., Boch, R., Meyer, M., Mangini, A., Kramers, J. & Pavuza, R. (2007): Tropfstein-Forschung in österreichischen Höhlen – ein Überblick. – Jahrbuch der Geologischen Bundesanstalt (Festschrift H.-P. Schönlaub), 147, 117-167.

Meyer, M., Faber, R. & Spötl, C. (2006): The WinGeol Lamination Tool: new software for rapid, semi-automated analysis of laminated climate archives. – The Holocene, 16, 753-761.