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Prof. Dr. Horst Marschall
Wilhelm-Heraeus-Professor for Deep Earth Processes
Co-director, FIERCE (Frankfurt Isotope & Element Research Center), Goethe Universität
Vice-head and Head of Department, Institut für Geowissenschaften, Goethe Universität
Wilhelm Heraeus Professor for Deep Earth Processes, Goethe Universität Frankfurt (Germany)
Associate Scientist, WHOI (Massachusetts, USA)
Assistant Scientist, WHOI
Post-doctoral Research Assistant, University of Bristol (UK)
Marie-Curie post-doctoral Fellow, University of Bristol (UK)
Doctoral degree, Universität Heidelberg (Germany)
Diplom Mineraloge (MSc equivalent), Universität Heidelberg
Undergraduate, Universität Heidelberg
Honors, Awards, etc.
- Chairman of the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG, 2023–24)
- Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA, 2023)
- Wilhelm Heraeus Professorship for Deep Earth Processes, Goethe Universität Frankfurt (since 2016)
- Research associate, American Museum of Natural History, NYC (2011–2014)
- NERC post-doctoral advanced fellowship 2010 (5 years; award declined)
- Ruprecht-Karls Prize 2006 of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
- Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellowship of the European Union 2005 (24 months)
- Paul-Ramdohr Prize 2005 of the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG)
- Doctoral degree with “Summa Cum Laude”, Universität Heidelberg, 2005
- Award of Excellence for Diplom thesis, Department of Mineralogy, Universität Heidelberg
Metamorphic Petrology, Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry
Part of my research is concerned with the petrology and geochemistry of (ultra)high-pressure metamorphic rocks as probes into physico-chemical processes operating at convergent plate margins.
My focus is here is on crust-mantle interaction processes in subduction zones. My other interest is in the formation and internal fractionation of the continental crust, including high-temperature metamorphism, partial melting and granite formation. Elemental and isotopic fractionation of lithium and boron and their redistribution during metasomatic processes play some role in these studies.
Diffusion, dating, trace element and isotope studies on accessory minerals, such as rutile, tourmaline, zircon, and apatite are core to these studies.