List of Publications of Prof. Wolfgang Müller



*XXXXX … denotes student-lead author for whom I was the sole supervisor

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

60 *Warter, V & Müller, W (2017): Daily growth and tidal rhythms in Miocene and modern giant clams revealed via ultra-high resolution LA-ICPMS analysis – A novel methodological approach towards improved sclerochemistry. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 465, Part B, p. 362–375.

59 *Della Lunga, D, Müller, W, Rasmussen SO, Svensson, A, Vallelonga, P (2017): Calibrated cryo-cell UV-LA-ICPMS elemental concentrations from the NGRIP ice core reveal abrupt, sub-annual variability in dust across the GI-21.2 interstadial period. The Cryosphere 11: 1297-1309.


58 Müller, W & Fietzke, J (2016): The Role of LA-ICP-MS in Palaeoclimate Research. Elements 12: 329-334. (invited review paper)

57 Evans, D, Wade, BS, Henehan, M, Erez, J, Müller, W (2016): Revisiting carbonate chemistry controls on planktic foraminifera Mg/Ca: implications for sea surface temperature and hydrology shifts over the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum and Eocene–Oligocene Transition. Climate of the Past, 12.4: 819-835.

56 Li, Q, Thirlwall, M, Müller, W (2016): Ca isotopic analysis of laser-cut microsamples of (bio)apatite without chemical purification. Chemical Geology 422: 1-12.

55 *Evans, D, Brierley, C, Raymo, ME, Erez, J, Müller, W (2016): Planktic foraminifera shell chemistry response to seawater chemistry: Pliocene–Pleistocene seawater Mg/Ca, temperature and sea level change. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 438: 139-148.


54 Egli, D., Müller, W., Mancktelow, N. (2015): Laser-cut Rb-Sr microsampling dating of deformational events in the Mont Blanc - Aiguilles Rouges region (European Alps). Terra Nova 28: 35-42 (DOI: 10.1111/ter.12184)

53 Müller, W. & Anczkiewicz, R. (2015): Accuracy of Laser-Ablation (LA)-MC-ICPMS Sr Isotope Analysis of (Bio)Apatite – a Problem Reassessed. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 31: 259-269 (invited paper for JAAS’ 30th anniversary volume)

52 Lambert-Smith, J., Lawrence, D.M., Müller, W., Treloar, P.J. (2015): Palaeotectonic setting of the eastern Kédougou-Kéniéba Inlier, West Africa: new insights from igneous trace element geochemistry and U-Pb zircon ages. Precambrian Research 274: 110-135 (doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2015.10.013)

51 *Evans, D., Bhatia, R., Stoll, H., Müller, W. (2015): LA-ICPMS Ba/Ca analyses of planktic foraminifera from the Bay of Bengal: Implications for the late Pleistocene orbital control on monsoon freshwater flux. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 16: 2597-2618. (DOI: 10.1002/2015GC005822)

50 González-Lemos, S., Müller, W., Pisonero, J., Cheng, H., Edwards, R.L., Stoll, H.M. (2015): Holocene Flood Frequency Reconstruction from Speleothems in Northern Spain. Quaternary Science Reviews 127: 129-140 (doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.06.002)

49 Luetscher, M., Boch, R., Sodemann, H., Spötl, C., Cheng, H., Edwards, R.L., Frisia, S., Hof, F., Müller, W. (2015): North Atlantic storm track during the Last Glacial Maximum recorded by Alpine speleothems. Nature Communications 6: 6344 (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7344).

48 Jamieson, R., Baldini, J.U., Frappier, A.B., Müller, W. (2015): Volcanic ash fall events identified using principal component analysis of a high-resolution speleothem trace element dataset. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 426: 36-45.

47 Lowe, J.J. and 36 others including Müller, W (2015). The RESET project: constructing a European tephra lattice for refined synchronisation of environmental and archaeological events during the last c. 100 ka. Quaternary Science Reviews 118: 1-17.

46 Baldini, L.M., McDermott, F., Baldini, J.U.L., Arias, P., Cueto, M., Fairchild, I.J., Hoffmann, D.L., Mattey, D.P., Müller, W., Nita, D.C., Ontanon, R., Garcia-Monco, C., Richards, D.A. (2015): Rapid repositioning of North Atlantic atmospheric circulation during the Younger Dryas Event. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 419: 101-110.

45 *Warter, V., Müller, W., Wesselingh, F.P., Todd, J.A., Renema, W. (2015): Seasonal to sub-decadal climate variability in the Late Miocene of the Indo-West Pacific (East Kalimantan) preserved in Giant Clams. Palaios 30: 66-82.   DOI:

44 Johnson, K., Hasibuan, F., Müller, W., Todd, J.A. (2015): Biotic and Environmental Origins of the Southeast Asian Marine Biodiversity Hotspot – the Throughflow Project. Palaios 30: 1-6.   DOI: 10.2110/palo.2014.103

43 *Evans, D., Erez, J., Oron, S., Müller, W. (2015): Mg/Ca-temperature and seawater-test chemistry relationships in the shallow-dwelling large benthic foraminifera Operculina ammonoides. Geochimica et Cosmoschimica Acta 148: 325-342.


42 Alt, K.W., Knipper, C., Peters, D., Müller, W., Maurer, A-F., Kollig, I., Müller, C.,Karimnia, S., Brandt, G., Roth, C., Rosner, M., Mende, B., Schöne, B.R., Vida, T., von Freeden, U. (2014): Lombards on the move – An integrative study of the Migration Period cemetery of Szólád, Hungary. PloS ONE 9(11): e110793. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0110793

41 *Della Lunga, D., Müller, W., Rasmussen, S.O., Svensson, A. (2014): Location of cation impurities in NGRIP deep ice revealed by cryo-cell UV-laser-ablation ICPMS. Journal of Glaciology 60: 970-988.
40 Webb, M., Dredge, J., Barker, PA., Müller, W., Jex, C., Desmarchelier, J., Hellstrom, J., Wynn PM. (2014): Quaternary climatic instability in SE Australia from a multi-proxy speleothem record. Journal of Quaternary Science 29: 589-596. 

39 Hartland, A., Fairchild, I.J., Müller, W., Dominguez-Villar, D. (2014): Preservation of colloidal metals in a modern hyperalkaline stalagmite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 128: 29-43. 


38 *Evans, D., Müller, W., Oron, S., Renema, W. (2013): Eocene seasonality and seawater Mg/Ca reconstruction using shallow-dwelling benthic foraminifera. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 381: 104-115.  

37 Alt K.W., Benz M., Müller W., Berner M., Schultz M., Schmidt-Schultz T.H., Knipper C., Gebel H.G., Nissen H.J., Vach W. (2013): Earliest Evidence for Social Endogamy in the 9,000-Year-Old-Population of Basta, Jordan. PLoS ONE 8(6): e65649. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065649.

36 Li, Q., McArthur, J.M., Doyle, P., Janssen, N., Leng, M.J., Müller, W., Reboulet, S. (2013): Evaluation of the Mg/Ca Palaeo-proxy for Belemnites. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 388: 98-108.

35 Albert, P. G., Tomlinson, E. L. Lane, C. S., Wulf, S., Smith, V. C., Colltelli, M., Keller, J., Lo Castro, D., Manning, C. J., Müller, W., Menzies, M. A. (2013): Late glacial explosive activity on Mount Etna: implications for proximal-distal tephra correlations and the synchronisation of Mediterranean archives. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 265: 9-26. 

34 *Evans, D. & Müller, W. (2013): LA-ICPMS elemental imaging of complex discontinuous carbonates: An example using large benthic foraminifera. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 28(7): 961-1132.

33 *Griffiths, N., Müller, W., Johnson, K.G., Aguilera, O.A. (2013): Evaluating the fidelity of palaeoenvironmental trace element proxies in Early Miocene Caribbean corals.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 369: 185-200.


32 *Evans, D. & Müller, W. (2012): Deep-time foraminifera Mg/Ca paleothermometry: Nonlinear correction for secular change in seawater Mg/Ca. Paleoceanography 27: doi:10.1029/2012PA002315. 

31 Tomlinson, E.L., Kinvig, H.S., Smith, V.S., Blundy, J.D., Gottsmann, J., Müller, W., Menzies, M.A. (2012): The Upper and Lower Nisyros Pumices: revisions to the Mediterranean tephrostratigraphic record using glass geochemistry. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 243-244: 69-80.  

30 Stoll, H.M., Müller, W., Prieto, M. (2012): I-STAL, a model for interpretation of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca variations in speleothems and its forward and inverse application on seasonal to millennial scales. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems (G3) 13/1: 1-27. Q09004, doi:10.1029/2012GC004183  

29 Albert, P.G., Tomlinson, E.L., Smith, V.C., Di Roberto, A., Todman, A., Rosi, M., Marani, M., Müller, W., Menzies, M.A. (2012): Marine-continental tephra correlations: Volcanic glass geochemistry from the Marsili Basin and the Aeolian Islands, Southern Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 229: 74-94. 

28 Tomlinson, E.L., Arienzo, I., Civetta, L., Wulf, S., Smith, V.C., Hardiman, M., Lane, C.S., Carandente, A., Orsi, G., Rosi, M., Müller, W, Menzies, M.A. (2012): Geochemistry of the Phlegraean Fields (Italy) proximal sources for major Mediterranean tephras: Implications for the dispersal of Plinian and co-ignimbritic components of explosive eruptions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 93: 102-128.  

27 Lowe, J., Barton, N., Blockley, S., Ramsey, C.B., Cullen, V.L., Davies, W., Gamble, C., Grant, K., Hardiman, M., Housley, R., Lane, C.S., Lee, S., Lewis, M., MacLeod, A., Menzies, M., Müller, W., Pollard, M., Price, C., Roberts, A.P., Rohling, E.J., Satow, C., Smith, V.C., Stringer, C.B., Tomlinson, E.L., White, D., Albert, P., Arienzo, I., Barker, G., Boric, S., Carandente, A., Civetta, L., Ferrier, C., Guadelli, J-L., Karkanas, P., Koumouzelis, M., Müller, U.C., Orsi, G., Pross, J., Rosi, M., Shalamanov-Korobar, L., Sirakov, N., Tzedakis, P.C. (2012): Volcanic ash layers illuminate the resilience of Neanderthals and early modern humans to natural hazards. PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109/34: 13532-13537. [Comment: Jean-Jacques Hublin: The earliest modern human colonization of Europe. PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109/34: 13471-13472, 2012].  

26 *Rittner, M. & Müller, W. (2012): 2D mapping of LA-ICPMS trace element distributions using R. Computers and Geosciences 42: 152-161.  
25 Tomlinson, E.L., Thordarson, T., Lane, C.S., Smith, V.C., Manning, C.J., Müller, W, Menzies, M.A. (2012): Petrogenesis of the Sólheimar Ignimbrite (Katla, Iceland): implications for tephrostratigraphy. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 86: 318-337 (2012). 


24 Müller, W., Shelley, J.M.G., Rasmussen, S.O. (2011): Direct chemical analysis of frozen ice cores by UV-laser ablation ICPMS. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 26: 2391-2395. [among 10 most downloaded JAAS papers in Oct 2011].


23 Tomlinson, E.L., Thordarson, T., Müller, W., Thirlwall, M., Menzies, M.A. (2010): Microanalysis of tephra by LA-ICPMS. Chemical Geology 279: 73-89.

22 Campani, M., Mancktelow, N., Seward, D., Rolland, Y., Müller, W., Guerra, I. (2010): Geochronological evidence for continuous exhumation through the ductile-brittle transition along a crustal-scale low-angle normal fault (Simplon Fault Zone, Central Alps). Tectonics 29: TC3002.

21 Grün, R., Eggins, S., Aubert, M., Spooner, N., Pike, AWG., Müller, W. (2010): ESR and U-series analyses of faunal material from Cuddie Springs, NSW, Australia: implications for the timing of the extinction of the Australian megafauna. Quaternary Science Reviews 29: 596-610. [This paper triggered various write-ups including in Science, Nature and a two page QSR editorial]
20 Anguilano, L., Rehren, Th., Müller, W., Rothenberg, B. (2010): The importance of lead in the silver production at Rio Tinto. ArcheoSciences 34: 269-276.


19 Tomlinson, E., Müller, W., E.I.M.F. (2009): A snapshot of mantle metasomatism: Trace element analysis of coexisting fluid (LA-ICP-MS) and silicate (SIMS) inclusions in fibrous diamonds. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 279: 362-372.                

18 Müller, W., Shelley, M., Miller, P., Broude, S. (2009): Initial performance metrics of a new custom-designed ArF excimer LA-ICPMS system coupled to a two-volume laser-ablation cell. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 24: 209-214.


17 Harrison, T.M., Blichert-Toft, J., Müller, W., Albarede, F., Holden, P., Mojzsis, S.J. (2006): Response to Comment on ‘‘Heterogeneous Hadean Hafnium: Evidence of Continental Crust at 4.4 to 4.5 Ga’’ (Comment by Valley, J.W, Cavosie, A.J., Fu, B., Peck, W.H., Wilde, S.A.). Science 312: 1139b.


16 Harrison, T.M., Blichert-Toft, J., Müller, W., Albarede, F., Holden, P., Mojzsis, S.J. (2005): Hetero­geneous Hadean Hafnium: Evidence of Continental Crust at 4.4 to 4.5 Ga. Science 310: 1947-1950. [Per­spec­tive: Yuri Amelin: A Tale of Early Earth Told in Zircons. Science 310:1914-1915, 2005].

15 McCulloch, M., Cappo, M., Aumend, J., Müller, W. (2005): Tracing the life history of barramundi using laser-ablation MC-ICPMS Sr-isotopic and Sr/Ba ratios in otoliths. Marine and Freshwater Research 56: 637-644.


14 Müller, W. (2004): Strengthening the link between geochronology, textures and petrology. In: A. Halliday (ed.): EPSL Frontiers, vol.1 (collection 2002-2003), 163-177, Elsevier, New York.

13 Westaway, M., Müller, W., Harradine, H., Chatfield, J. (2004): Resolving complex provenance issues through isotopic analysis of human bones and the potential benefits to Aboriginal communities. The Artefact 27: 91-96.


12 Vance, D., Müller, W., Villa, I.M. (2003): Geochronology: linking the isotopic record with petrology - an introduction. In: Vance, D., Müller, W., Villa, I.M.. (eds.): Geochronology: Linking the Isotopic Record with Petrology and Textures. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 220, 1-24.   

11 Müller, W., Fricke, H., Halliday, A.N., McCulloch, M.T., Wartho, J.-A. (2003): Origin and Migration of the Alpine Iceman. Science 302: 862-866. [See related commentary in Science’s Focus by Constance Holden: Isotopic Data Pinpoint Iceman’s Origins. Science 302: 759-761, 2003]

10 Müller, W., Fricke, H., Halliday, A.N., McCulloch, M.T. (2003): Origin of the Alpine Iceman – constraints from isotope geochemistry. In: Fleckinger, A. (ed.): Die Gletschermumie aus der Kupferzeit 2 (Proceedings on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Iceman), Schriften des Südtiroler Archäologiemuseums 3: 75-90, (Bolzano, Italy)

9 Kutschera, W., Müller, W. (2003): “Isotope Language” of the Alpine Iceman investigated with AMS and MS. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 204: 705 – 719.]

8 Müller, W. (2003): Strengthening the link between geochronology, textures and petrology. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 206: 237-251 (invited ‘Frontiers’ paper; position 21 in the list of 25 most-downloaded articles between May 2002 and May 2003).


7 Müller, W., Kelley, S.P., Villa, I.M. (2002): Dating fault-generated pseudotachylytes: Comparison of 40Ar/39Ar laser-ablation, stepwise-heating and Rb-Sr-microsampling experiments. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 144: 57-77.


6 Müller, W., Prosser, G., Mancktelow, N.S., Villa, I.M., Kelley, S.P., Viola, G., Oberli, F. (2001): Geochronological constraints on the evolution of the Periadriatic Fault System (Alps). International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geologische Rundschau) 90: 623-653.

5 Mancktelow, N.S., Stöckli, D., Grollimund, B., Müller, W., Fügenschuh, B., Viola, G. (2001): The DAV- and Periadriatic fault systems in the eastern Alps S of the Tauern window. International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geologische Rundschau) 90: 593-622.


4 Müller, W., Aerden, D., Halliday, A.N. (2000): Isotopic Dating of Strain Fringe Increments: Duration and Rates of Deformation in Shear Zones. Science 288: 2195-2198.               [See related Pers­pective by John G. Ramsay: A Strained Earth, Past and Present. Science 288: 2139-2141, 2000]

3 Müller, W., Mancktelow, N.S., Meier, M., Rb-Sr microchrons of synkinematic mica in mylonites: an exa­mple from the DAV fault of the Eastern Alps. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 180: 385-397, 2000.


2 Müller, W., Dallmeyer, R.D., Neubauer, F., Thöni, M. (1999): Deformation-Induced Resetting of Rb/Sr and 40Ar/39Ar Mineral Systems in a low-grade, Polymetamorphic Terrane (Eastern Alps, Austria). Journal of the Geological Society London 156: 261-278.


1 Dallmeyer, R. D., Neubauer, F., Handler, R., Fritz, H., Müller, W., Pana, D., Putis, M. (1996): Tectonothermal evolution of the internal Alps and Carpathians: Evidence from 40Ar/39Ar mineral and whole-rock data. Eclogae geologicae Helvetiae 89: 203-227.



Alt, K.W., Lohrke, B., Brenn, R., Müller, W., Rauschkolb, M., Steuer, H. 2008: Die mittelalterliche Bergbaubevölkerung des 12. Jhs. von Sulzburg, Kr. Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald. Anthropologische und archäometrische Studien. In: Freib. Beitr. Archäol. u Geschichte d. 1. Jahrtausends. VML Verlag Leidorf, 156p.

Vance, D., Müller, W., Villa, I.M. (eds.) 2003: Geochronology: Linking the Isotopic Record with Petrology and Textures. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 220, 226 p.



Müller, W., 1998: Isotopic Dating of Deformation Using Microsampling Techniques: The Evolution of the Periadriatic Fault System (Alps). Unpubl. Ph.D. thesis, No. 12580, ETH Zürich, 135 p.

Müller, W., 1994: Neue geochronolgische und strukturgeologische Daten zur geodynamischen Entwicklung des nördlichen Semmering- und Wechsel-Gebietes (Niederösterreich). Unpubl. Diploma thesis, Univ. Vienna, VI+267 p., 217 figs., 27 Tab., 5 encl.

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