PhD student

Paul Töchterle

Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group

PhD Project
Permafrost response to climate change during the last glacial period

Master thesis
Cryogenic cave carbonates in the Ural Mountains

Short CV
2019-2023 PhD student at the Institute of Geology, University of Innsbruck
2018-2020 R&D engineer at the Helmholtz Centre (KIT) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
2015-2018 Master student at the Institute of Geology, University of Innsbruck
2014-2018 Part-time assistant at the stable isotope lab, University of Innsbruck
2012-2015 B.Sc. in Earth Sciences, University of Innsbruck
2008-2012 Freelancing sound engineer
2006-2008 Audio Engineering Diploma, School of Audio Engineering, Munich
1987 Born in Innsbruck

Other interests
Skiing, climbing, hiking




Dublyansky, Y., Töchterle, P., Steck, M.M., Sperlich, D.W., Cheng, H., Zhang, H., Smirnov, S., Spötl, C. (2024): Size–shape–stable isotope (C, O) relationships of cryogenic cave carbonates formed in permafrost settings. – Chemical Geology, 661, 122183,

Dublyansky, Y.V., Moseley, G.E., Koltai, G., Töchterle, P., Spötl, C. (2024): Cryogenic cave carbonates. – Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, Third Edition, Amsterdam (Elsevier),

Donner, A., Töchterle, P., Spötl, C., Hajdas, I., Li, X., R Edwards, R.L., Moseley, G.E. (2023): Cryogenic cave minerals recorded the 1889 CE melt event in northeastern Greenland. – Climate of the Past, 19, 1607-1621.

Németh, P., Töchterle, P., Dublyansky, Y., Stalder, R., Molnár, Z., Klébert, S., Spötl, C. (2022): Tracing structural relicts of the ikaite-to-calcite transformation in cryogenic cave glendonite. – American Mineralogist, 107, 1960-1967.

Töchterle, P., Steidle, S.D., Edwards, R.L., Dublyansky, Y., Spötl, C., Li, X., Gunn, J., Moseley, G.E. (2022): 230Th/U isochron dating of cryogenic cave carbonates. – Geochronology, 4, 617-627.

Gunn, J., Fairchild, I., Moseley, G.E., Töchterle, P., Ashley, K.E., Hellstrom, J., Edwards, R.L. (2020): Palaeoenvironments in the central White Peak District (Derbyshire, UK): evidence from Water Icicle Close Cavern. -Cave and Karst Science 47(3), 153-168.

Tischler, J., Töchterle, P., Moseley, G.E. (2020): Characterization of northeast Greenland cave sediments. -Cave and Karst Science 47(2), 100-103.

Donner, A., Töchterle, P., Moseley, G.E. (2020): Basic meteorological observations in the Centrumsø region of northeast Greenland. Cave and Karst Science 47(2) , 104-106.

Barton, H.A., Breley, G.J., Töchterle, P., Moseley, G.E. (2020): Cryogenic features of the permafrost ice caves of Grottedal, northeast Greenland. -Cave and Karst Science 47(2), 93-99.

Moseley, G.E., Barton, H.A., Spötl, C., Töchterle, P., Smith, M.P., Bjerkenås, S.E., Blakeley, C., Hodkinson, P.D., Shone, R.C., Sivertsen, H.C., Wright, M. (2020): Cave discoveries and speleogenetic features in northeast Greenland. -Cave and Karst Science 47(2), 74-87.

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.

Johnston, V.E., Borsato, A., Frisia, S., Spötl, C., Dublyansky, Y., Töchterle, P., Hellstrom, J.C., Bajo, P., Edwards, R.L., Cheng, H. (2018): Evidence of thermophilisation and elevation-dependent warming during the Last Interglacial in the Italian Alps. – Scientific Reports (Nature), 8:2680, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21027-3.

Töchterle, P., Dublyansky, Y., Stöbener, N., Mandíc, M., Spötl, C. (2017): High resolution isotopic monitoring of cave air CO2. – Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 31, 895-900.