Dr. Dominik Hülse




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GEO, 2170

Dominik Hülse

Main Research Interests

I am a mathematician and biogeochemical modeller by training with a fascination for understanding the functioning of the Earth system. I am particularly interested in the global carbon and nutrient cycles and their interrelations with past, present, and future climate change. I like developing and playing with all kinds of computational models, from simple diagenetic and mixing models for the sediments to global Earth System Models (ESMs). I use these models to investigate biogeochemical dynamics 1) in different environments ranging from the entire Earth system to local carbon burial hotspots in marine sediments and 2) during diverse extreme climate events over Earth's history (e.g., Proterozoic icehouse climates, the Permian/Triassic, the Cretaceous, the end of the Paleocene). The goal is to advance our understanding of the environmental consequences of extreme climate change in the past to better predict the future.

I am always keen to learn new things about the fascinating and crazy ways the Earth system regulates itself. In particular, collaborations with colleagues working with observations and (bio)geochemical proxies are inspiring and fruitful. Their data is indispensable for ground-truthing the numerical models, and their different perspective teaches modellers about new 'real-world' processes that might be worth including in the numerical models.

Besides research, I like pretty much anything that can be done outdoors (e.g., running, biking, climbing, reading, sitting in the sun) and relaxing with my wife and Californian cat, Owen.

In case you want to know more: Here is my publication list. You can find a link to my PhD thesis at the bottom of this page.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

Since 01/2024 MARUM Postdoctoral Fellow, Excellence Cluster > The Ocean Floor

05/2022 – 12/2023 Research Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Hamburg (Germany)

11/2019 – 04/2022 Simons Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Riverside (USA)

01/2018 – 10/2019 Postdoctoral Researcher, Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Riverside (USA)

10/2013 – 01/2018 PhD Researcher and Tutor, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (UK)

08/2011 – 09/2012 Assistant Researcher, DARA International, Madrid (Spain): Independent non-profit organization

01/2010 – 03/2011 International Management Trainee, Generali Deutschland Holding AG, Köln (Germany)


10/2013 – 01/2018 PhD in Geosciences, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (UK), Advisers: Dr. Sandra Arndt, Prof. Andy Ridgwell, ‘Marine biogeochemical cycling during extreme climate events - Exploring the importance of benthic-pelagic processes with models’

09/2012 – 09/2013 MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy (Distinction), School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (UK), Advisers: Dr. Sandra Arndt, Prof. Andy Ridgwell

04/2002 – 10/2008 German Diplom (M.Sc. Equiv.) in Mathematics, Minors: Computer Sciences and Economics (Sehr Gut), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany)


July 2014 Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (2.5 weeks), University of Urbino (Italy)

Theoretical and modeling techniques to reconstruct past global change.