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Christian KÖBERL, Univ. Prof. Dr.
Chair of Impact Research and Planetary Geology


Room Number: 2C274
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Education and Scientific History

  • Born in Vienna, Austria, 18.Feb.1959; from 1978 studies in technical chemistry at the Technical University of Vienna, - from 1980 also astronomy and chemistry at the University of Vienna; from 1981/82 also at the University of Graz.
  • Graduation, Ph.D. (in astronomy and chemistry), May 1983, University of Graz, Austria
  • 1983 - 1985: Research Assistant, Geo- and Cosmochemistry, at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna.
  • 1985 - 1990: Assistant Professor, Institute of Geochemistry at the University of Vienna.
  • 1986 - 1996: Lecturer for Chemistry in Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna;
  • 1989/90 "Habilitation" in "Geo- and Cosmochemistry", named "Universitätsdozent".
  • 1990 - 2008: tenured as Associate Professor for Earth Sciences (Geo- and Cosmochemistry); Institute of Geochemistry, University of Vienna (from 2003, at the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Vienna).
  • 1994 - 2000: Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, NH, USA.
  • 2007-2010: Visiting Research Professor, Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • from 2008: Head, Department of Lithospheric Research, Center for Earth Sciences, University of Vienna.
  • from 2009: full professor of Impact Research and Planetary Geology, University of Vienna.

Personal Details

Austrian citizen; married, no children; languages: German and English (fluent in speaking, reading, and writing), French and Italian (basic knowledge, reading)

Research Activities and Interests

Research interests: impact cratering; archean geology; general planetary sciences; meteorites; general and isotope geochemistry, cosmochemistry.
Multidisciplinary and integrated studies of all aspects of impact crater studies and impact process (including petrology, geology, and geophysics (integrated/interdisciplinary studies)); analytical geo- and cosmochemistry; antarctic meteorites, lunar meteorites, cosmic dust; upper mantle; diamonds; peridotites; ore deposits and environmental aspects; most research in collaboration with international institutions, including chemical, mineralogical, petrological, and isotopic studies to arrive at integrated studies.


Since 1987 teaching of classes and lab courses from different areas within geo- and cosmochemistry and planetary sciences; e.g., classes on planetary sciences, geochemistry; classes and lab courses on topics in analytical geochemistry, rock and mineral analysis, and general chemistry for earth scientists; at the University of Vienna, University of Salzburg, and University of Applied Arts, Vienna; teaching also during visiting professor appointments at the Dept. of Geology, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and at the Dept. of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College (USA).
Supervision of M.Sc. (diploma) and Ph.D. theses: completed MSc theses – 6, completed PhD theses: 14. Currently (2007) 1st advisor for 5 Ph.D. students (at the Univ. of Vienna).

Visiting Appointments (long duration)

  • July - December 1988, Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Additional appointments over several months in 1989, 1990, and 1991.
  • 11/1992 - 01/1993, 5-6/1993, 11/1994, and 9-10/1995: Visiting Investigator at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC, USA.
  • 1983 - 1985: Research Assistant, Geo- and Cosmochemistry, at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna.
  • 8-10/1993: Visiting Professor, Dept. Geology, Univ. Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • January-March 1994: Visiting Professor, Dept. Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.

Honors and Awards

  • 1987, "Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America".
  • 1988, Fulbright Senior Visiting Scholar, USA.
  • 1994, Fellow of the Meteoritical Society
  • 1995, Meritorious Service Award, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • 1996, START-Award of the Federal Ministry of Science, Austria
  • 1997, Novartis Award for Chemistry
  • 2000, Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa
  • 2004, elected corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006, elected Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006, Asteroid (15963) named "Koeberl"
  • 2007, Barringer Medal and Award of the Meteoritical Society

Scientific Service and Administrative Activities

  • 1985-1988 Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Austrian Space Agency (ASSA)
  • Chairman of the Organizing Committee and the Program Committee of the "52nd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society" (450 participants, held in Vienna, Austria, July-August 1989)
  • Scientific Organizer (with W.A. Cassidy, Univ. Pittsburgh) and local organizer of the "Workshop on Differences between Antarctic and Non-Antarctic Meteorites", sponsored by NASA and University of Vienna, held in Vienna, July 1989.
  • Local Organizer for the "Workshop on Cosmogenic Nuclide Production Rates", sponsored by NASA and University of Vienna, held in Vienna, July 1989.
  • Member of the Organizing Committee, 8th International Conference on "Modern Trends in Activation Analysis", held in Vienna, Austria, September 1991.
  • Member of the Organizing Committee, 3rd International Conference on "Nuclear and Radiochemistry", held in Vienna, Austria, September 1992.
  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee, International Symposium "Meteoroids and their parent bodies", Smolenice, Czech Republic, July 1992.
  • Member of the "Conference Committee", 3rd International Conference of Natural Glasses, Jena, Germany, 21.-23.3.1996.
  • Member, Organizing Committee, 62nd Annual Meeting, Meteoritical Society, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 1999.
  • Chairman, Organizing Committee and Program Committee, International Meeting on “Catastrophic Events and Mass Extinctions: Impacts and Beyond”, Vienna, Austria, July 9-12, 2000.
  • Co-Convener, Field Forum “Bolide Impacts on Wet Targets”, Geological Society of America, April 22–28, 2001, Nevada and Utah, USA
  • Co-organizer, Field Forum “Processes on the Early Earth”, Geological Society of America and Geological Society of South Africa, July 4-9, 2004, South Africa.
  • Associate Editor, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (since 1990)
  • Associate Editor, Proceedings of Lunar and Planetary Science (1990-1992)
  • Associate Editor, Geochemical Journal (from 1998)
  • Editorial Board, Geology (1999-2001, and 2005-2007)
  • Series Editor, Impact Studies, Springer (from 2001)
  • Associate Editor, Geological Society of America Bulletin (2006-2008)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Geological Society of America Bulletin (from 2009)
  • Member, EUROMET Working Group
  • Scientific Secretary, European Science Foundation Network on "Impact Cratering" (1993-1995)
  • Member, Nominating Committee, Meteoritical Society (1997/8)
  • Councillor, Meteoritical Society (2001-2004)
  • Member, Publications Committee, Meteoritical Society, and Joint Publications Committee, Meteoritical and Geochemical Societies (2002-2004)
  • Chairman, European Science Foundation (ESF) Scientific Program “Response of the Earth System to Impact Processes” (IMPACT), 1998-2003.
  • Member, European Space Agency (ESA) review panel (Stone-Biopan) (2001)
  • Team Leader (Geochemistry/Petrology), Chicxulub deep drilling project (ICDP)
  • Member, Science Advisory Group, International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) (from 2002)
  • Co-ordinator + principal investigator, ICDP deep drilling project, Bosumtwi structure (Ghana) (2002-2005)
  • Member, Science Planning Committee, DOSECC (from 2004)
  • Member, Science Board of the International Geological Program (IGCP) of the UNESCO (from 2004)
  • Chairman, Working Group 3, IGCP/UNESCO Science Board
  • Member, NASA Review Panel Planetary Geology&Geophysics (from 2005)
  • Member, Board of Directors, DOSECC (Drilling, Observation and Sampling of the Earths Continental Crust) (from 2006)

Publications (2010 - present)

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Galiazzo, M., Bazso, A., Dvorak, R., & Köberl, C. (2013). A statistical dynamical study of meteorite impactors: a case study based on parameters derived from the Bosumtwi impact event. Astronomische Nachrichten, 334(9), 936-939. DOI: 10.1002/asna.201211964
Bentley, M. S., Schmied, R., Mannel, T., Torkar, K., Jeszenszky, H., Romstedt, J.,... Havnes, O. (2016). Aggregate dust particles at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Nature, 537(7618), 73-75. DOI: 10.1038/nature19091
Huber, M. S., Ferrière, L., Losiak, A., & Koeberl, C. (2011). ANIE: A mathematical algorithm for automated indexing of planar deformation features in quartz grains. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 46(9), 1418-1424. DOI: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2011.01234.x
Jourdan, F., Moynier, F., Koeberl, C., & Eroglu, S. (2011). Ar-40/Ar-39 age of the Lonar crater and consequence for the geochronology of planetary impacts. Geology (Boulder), 39(7), 671-674. DOI: 10.1130/G31888.1
Köberl, C. (2013). Asteroid impact. In Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards (pp. 18-28). Springer-Verlag Berlin.
Ferriere, L., Köberl, C., Libowitzky, E., Reimold, W. U., Greshake, A., & Brandstätter, F. (2010). Ballen quartz and cristobalite in impactites: New investigations. Geological Society of America. Special Papers, 465, 609-618.
Losiak, A., Wild, E. M., Michlmayr, L., & Koeberl, C. (2014). Be-10 content in clasts from fallout suevitic breccia in drill cores from the Bosumtwi impact crater, Ghana: Clues to preimpact target distribution. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 49(3), 394-411. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12256
Hellevang, H., Dypvik, H., Kalleson, E., Pittarello, L., & Koeberl, C. (2013). Can alteration experiments on impact melts from El'gygytgyn and volcanic glasses shed new light on the formation of the Martian surface? Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48(7), 1287-1295. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12046
Pittarello, L., Roszjar, J., Mader, D., Debaille, V., Claeys, P., & Koeberl, C. (2015). Cathodoluminescence as a tool to discriminate impact melt, shocked and unshocked volcanics. A case study of samples from the El'gygytgyn impact structure. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 50(11), 1954-1969. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12559
Foriel, J., Moynier, F., Schulz, T., & Koeberl, C. (2013). Chromium isotope anomaly in an impactite sample from the El'gygytgyn structure, Russia: Evidence for a ureilite projectile? Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48(7), 1339-1350. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12116
Mougel, B., Moynier, F., Göpel, C., & Köberl, C. (2016). Chromium isotope evidence in ejecta deposits for the nature of Paleoproterozoic impactors. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 460, 105-111. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.12.008
Pittarello, L., & Koeberl, C. (2013). Clast size distribution and quantitative petrography of shocked and unshocked rocks from the El'gygytgyn impact structure. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48(7), 1325-1338. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12070
Schwarz, W. H., Trieloff, M., Bollinger, K., Gantert, N., Fernandes, V. A., Meyer, H. P.,... Koeberl, C. (2016). Coeval ages of Australasian, Central American and Western Canadian tektites reveal multiple impacts 790 ka ago. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 178, 307-319. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.12.037
Schmieder, M., Ferriere, L., Ormö, J., Buchner, E., Koeberl, C., & Reimold, W. U. (2015). Comment on: “Direct evidence of ancient shock metamorphism at the site of the 1908 Tunguska event”, by P. Vannucchi et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 409 (2015) 168-174]. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 419, 222-223.
Wolf, U., Gibson, R. L., & Koeberl, C. (2013). Comment on "Searching for giant, ancient impact structures on Earth: The Mesoarchaean Maniitsoq structure, West Greenland" by Garde et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 337-338 (2012) 197-210]. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 369, 333-335. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.04.014
Feng, Z., Wang, C., Graham, S., Koeberl, C., Dong, H., Huang, Y., & Gao, Y. (2013). Continental Scientific Drilling Project of Cretaceous Songliao Basin: Scientific objectives and drilling technology. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 385, 6-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.03.016
Povinec, P. P., Laubenstein, M., Jull, T. A. J., Ferriere, L., Brandstaetter, F., Sykora, I.,... Koeberl, C. (2015). Cosmogenic radionuclides and mineralogical properties of the Chelyabinsk (LL5) meteorite: What do we learn about the meteoroid? Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 273-286.
Mohr-Westheide, T., Reimold, W. U., Fritz, J., Koeberl, C., Salge, T., Hofmann, A., & Schmitt, R-T. (2015). Discovery of extraterrestrial component carrier phases in Archean spherule layers: Implications for estimation of Archean bolide sizes. Geology (Boulder), 43, 299-302.
Koeberl, C., Pittarello, L., Reimold, W. U., Raschke, U., Brigham-Grette, J., Melles, M., & Minyuk, P. (2013). El'gygytgyn impact crater, Chukotka, Arctic Russia: Impact cratering aspects of the 2009 ICDP drilling project. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48(7), 1108-1129. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12146
Racki, G., Koeberl, C., Viik, T., Jagt-Yazykova, E. A., & Jagt, J. W. M. (2014). Ernst Julius Opik's (1916) note on the theory of explosion cratering on the Moon's surface-The complex case of a long-overlooked benchmark paper. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 49(10), 1851-1874. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12367
Huber, M. S., Črne, A. E., McDonald, I., Hecht, L., Melezhik, V. A., & Koeberl, C. (2014). Erratum to Impact spherules from Karelia, Russia: Possible ejecta from the 2.02 Ga Vredefort impact event [Geology 42, 375-378] DOI:10.1130/G35231.1. Geology (Boulder), 42(8), 714.
Hagos, M., Koeberl, C., Kabeto, K., & Koller, F. (2010). Geochemical characteristics of the alkaline basalts and the phonolite -trachyte plugs of the axum area, Northern Ethiopia. Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 103(2), 153-170.
Bojar, A-V., Neubauer, F., & Köberl, C. (2013). Geochemical record of Late Devonian to Early Carboniferous events, Palaeozoic of Graz, Eastern Alps, Austria. In Palaeozoic Climate Cycles: Their Evolutionary and Sedimentological Impact: Geological Society, London, Special Publications (Vol. 376, pp. 87-108)
Raschke, U., Schmitt, R. T., McDonald, I., Reimold, W. U., Mader, D., & Koeberl, C. (2015). Geochemical studies of impact breccias and country rocks from the El'gygytgyn impact structure, Russia. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 50(6), 1071-1088. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12455
Reimold, W. U., Mcdonald, I., Schmitt, R-T., Hansen, B., Jacob, J., & Koeberl, C. (2013). Geochemical studies of the SUBO 18 (Enkingen) drill core and other impact breccias from the Ries crater, Germany. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48(9), 1531-1571. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12175
Hagos, M., Koeberl, C., & Jourdan, F. (2017). Geochemistry and geochronology of phonolitic and trachytic source rocks of the Axum obelisks and other stone artifacts, Axum, Ethiopia. Geoheritage, 1–16.
Ganguly, S., Ray, J., Koeberl, C., Saha, A., Thoeni, M., & Balaram, V. (2014). Geochemistry and petrogenesis of lava flows around Linga, Chhindwara area in the Eastern Deccan Volcanic Province (EDVP), India. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 91, 174-193.
Ray, J., Saha, A., Koeberl, C., Thöni, M., Ganguly, S., & Hazra, S. (2013). Geochemistry and petrogenesis of Proterozoic mafic rocks from East Khasi Hills, Shillong Plateau, Northeastern India. Precambrian Research, 230, 119-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2013.01.019
Ferriere, L., Köberl, C., Brandstätter, F., & Mader, D. (2010). Geochemistry of basement rocks and impact breccias from the central uplift of the Bosumtwi crater, Ghana – Comparison of proximal and distal impactites. Geological Society of America. Special Papers, 465, 443-469.
Köberl, C., Claeys, P., Hecht, L., & McDonald, I. (2012). Geochemistry of impactites. Elements: an international magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology, 37-42.
Crosta, A. P., Kazzuo-Vieira, C., Pitarello, L., Köberl, C., & Kenkmann, T. (2012). Geology and impact features of Vargeão Dome, southern Brazil. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 47(1), 51-71. DOI: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2011.01312.x
Hagos Ghidey, M., Koeberl, C., Kabeto, K., & Koller, F. (2011). Geology, Petrology, and Geochemistry of the Basaltic Rocks of the Axum Area, Northern Ethiopia: Topics in Igneous Petrology. In J. Ray, G. Sen, & B. Ghosh (Eds.), Topics in Igneous Petrology (pp. 69-93). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
Povinec, P. P., Sykora, I., Kovacik, A., & Koeberl, C. (2016). High-sensitivity HPGe gamma-spectrometry analysis of radionuclides in Martian meteorites. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry: an international journal dealing with all aspects and applications of nuclear chemistry, 307(3), 2403–2407. DOI: 10.1007/s10967-015-4523-5
Reimold, W. U., Ferriere, L., Deutsch, A., & Koeberl, C. (2014). Impact controversies: Impact recognition criteria and related issues. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 49(5), 723-731. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12284
Köberl, C. (2013). Impact ejecta. In Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards (pp. 523-524). Springer-Verlag Berlin.
Wennrich, V., Andreev, A. A., Tarasov, P. E., Fedorov, G., Zhao, W., Gebhardt, C. A.,... Melles, M. (2016). Impact processes, permafrost dynamics, and climate and environmental variability in the terrestrial Arctic as inferred from the unique 3.6 Myr record of Lake El'gygytgyn, Far East Russia - A review. Quaternary Science Reviews, 147, 221-244. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.03.019
Huber, M. S., Crne, A. E., McDonald, I., Hecht, L., Melezhik, V. A., & Koeberl, C. (2014). Impact spherules from Karelia, Russia: Possible ejecta from the 2.02 Ga Vredefort impact event. Geology (Boulder), 42(5), 375-378. DOI: 10.1130/G35231.1
Reimold, W. U., & Koeberl, C. (2014). Impact structures in Africa: A review. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 93, 57-175.
Koeberl, C., & R.R., A. (2015). Jack B. Hartung (March 10, 1937–August 28, 2015). Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 50, 2137-2139.
Koeberl, C., Warme, J. E., & Sandberg, C. A. (2011). Jared R. Morrow (October 8, 1959-October 7, 2010) Memorial. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 46(6), 919-922. DOI: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2011.01208.x
Gyollai, I., Mader, D., Polgari, M., Popp, F., & Koeberl, C. (2014). Lack of evidence for impact signatures in Neoproterozoic postglacial deposits from NW-Namibia. Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 107, 100-111.
Raschke, U., Reimold, W. U., Zaag, P. T., Pittarello, L., & Koeberl, C. (2013). Lithostratigraphy of the impactite and bedrock section of ICDP drill core D1c from the El'gygytgyn impact crater, Russia. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48(7), 1143-1159. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12072
Bartosova, K., Hecht, L., Köberl, C., Libowitzky, E., & Reimold, W. U. (2011). Melt in the impact breccias from the eyreville drill cores, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, USA. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 46(3), 396-430.
Pittarello, L., Nestola, F., C., V., Crosta, A. P., & Koeberl, C. (2015). Melting and cataclastic features in shatter cones in basalt from the Vista Alegre impact structure, Brazil. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 50, 1228-1243.
Smit, J., Koeberl, C., Claeys, P., & Montanari, A. (2016). Mercury anomaly, Deccan volcanism, and the end-Cretaceous mass extinction Comment. Geology (Boulder), 44(3). DOI: 10.1130/G37683C.1
Delisle, G., Brandstaetter, F., & Koeberl, C. (2015). Meteorite concentration sites in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica – a first assessment. Naturhistorisches Museum in Wien. Annalen. Serie A, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Geologie und Palaeontologie, Anthropologie und Praehistorie, 117, 5-34.
Gyollai, I., Polgari, M., Fintor, K., Popp, F., Mader, D., Pal-molnar, E.,... Koeberl, C. (2014). Microbially mediated deposition of postglacial transition layers from the Neoproterozoic Otavi Group, Namibia: Evidence of rapid deglaciation after the Sturtian cryogenic period. Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 10, 63-76.
Ganguly, S., Köberl, C., Ntaflos, T., Banerjee, M., & Ray, J. (2012). Mineral chemistry of lava flows from Linga area of the Eastern Deccan Volcanic Province, India. Journal of Earth System Science, 121(1), 91-108.
Bishop, J. L., Englert, P. A. J., Patel, S., Tirsch, D., Roy, A. J., Koeberl, C.,... Jaumann, R. (2014). Mineralogical analyses of surface sediments in the Antarctic Dry Valleys: coordinated analyses of Raman spectra, reflectance spectra and elemental abundances. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 372(2030), [20140198]. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2014.0198
Ketcham, R. A., & Koeberl, C. (2013). New textural evidence on the origin of carbonado diamond: An example of 3-D petrography using X-ray computed tomography. Geosphere, 9(5), 1336-1347. DOI: 10.1130/GES00908.1


Detailed Publication list (until 2009)

Total: 16 books; ca. 400 peer-reviewed research publications; over 500 abstracts and other non-reviewed publications.

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