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Dr. Thomas Westerhold

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MARUM Director


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Thomas Westerhold

Research Interests

  • Astronomical Tuning of the Geological Time Scale
  • Climatic evolution of Cenozoic Oceans
  • Stable Isotopes (oxygen & carbon) to study paleoceanography
  • Non-destructive Core Logging/Scanning methods incl. XRF Core Scanning
  • Core Splicing and Core Image Processing

Recent Publications

T. Westerhold / MARUM
T. Westerhold / MARUM

Maastrichtian Precession Pacing

Tropical Ocean Carbon Export is Dominated by 21 kyr Cycles

New data from the Pacific Leg 198 sediments reveal incredible cyclicity previously unnoticed - new paper published in Climate of the Past Discussions




CoreImage and Insolation ODP659
T.Westerhold / MARUM

11 Million Years of Sahara Desert Climate

Impressive Nature Geoscience paper lead by Anya Crocker reveals insolation-driven wet–dry shifts in Saharan climate were common over the past 11 Myr or even much longer ?!



JOIDES Resolution Nightshift CENOGRID
Image: Adam Kurtz

CENOGRID - Earth Climate over 66 Million Years

An astronomically dated record of Earth’s climate and its predictability over the last 66 million years

New Paper in Science

Cenozoic Global Reference benthic foraminifer carbon and oxygen Isotope Dataset (CENOGRID)




T. Westerhold / MARUM

Code for Ocean Drilling Data (CODD)

New manuscript published in Climate of the Past featuring the new software macro package developed by Roy H. Wilkens