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


Room Number: 2C274
Tel.: +43-1-4277-53110
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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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Pittarello, L., & Koeberl, C. (2013). Petrography of impact glasses and melt breccias from the El'gygytgyn impact structure, Russia. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48(7), 1236-1250. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12048
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
Koeberl, C. (2013). The special issue on the El'gygytgyn impact structure is dedicated to Evgeny (Eugene) Petrovich Gurov. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48(7), 1107-1107. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12151
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
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
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
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
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
Brandstätter, F., Konzett, J., Köberl, C., Ferriere, L., & Mader, D. (2013). The Ischgl Meteorite: Finding circumstances, mineralogy and bulk chemistry. Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft, 159.
Brandstätter, F., Konzett, J., Köberl, C., & Ferriere, L. (2013). The Ischgl meteorite, a new LL6 chondrite from Tyrol, Austria. Naturhistorisches Museum in Wien. Annalen. Serie A, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Geologie und Palaeontologie, Anthropologie und Praehistorie, 115, 5-18.
Köberl, C. (2013). Asteroid impact. In Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards (pp. 18-28). Springer-Verlag Berlin.
Köberl, C. (2013). Impact ejecta. In Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards (pp. 523-524). Springer-Verlag Berlin.
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)
Giuli, G., Cicconi, M. R., Eeckhout, S. G., Koeberl, C., Glass, B. P., Pratesi, G.,... Paris, E. (2013). North American microtektites are more oxidized than tektites. American Mineralogist: an international journal of earth and planetary materials, 98(11-12), 1930-1937. DOI: 10.2138/am.2013.4505
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.
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
Köberl, C., Claeys, P., Hecht, L., & McDonald, I. (2012). Geochemistry of impactites. Elements: an international magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology, 37-42.
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
Brigham-Grette, J., Melles, M., Minyuk, P., & Koeberl, C. (2011). SIDEBAR vertical bar Millennial-Scale Arctic Climate Change of the Last 3.6 Million Years: Scientific Drilling at Lake El'gygytgyn, Northeast Russia. Oceanography, 24(3), 80-81.
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
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
Pinter, N., Scott, A. C., Daulton, T. L., Podoll, A., Köberl, C., Anderson, R. S., & Ishman, S. E. (2011). The Younger Dryas impact hypothesis: A requiem. Earth-Science Reviews, 106(3-4), 247-264.
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.
Bartosova, K., & Köberl, C. (2011). Shock metamorphism investigations of quartz grains in clasts from impact breccia of the Eyreville B drill core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, USA. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 46(5), 621-637.
Chen, M., Köberl, C., Xiao, W., Xie, X., & Tan, D. (2011). Planar deformation features in quartz from impact-produced polymict breccia of the Xiuyan crater, China. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 46(5), 729-736.
Melles, M., Brigham-Grette, J., Minyuk, P., Köberl, C., Andreev, A., Cook, T.,... Wennrich, V. (2011). The Lake El'gygytgyn scientific drilling project - conquering Arctic challenges through continental drilling. Scientific Drilling Journal, 11(1), 29-40. DOI: doi:10.2204/iodp.sd.11.03.2011
Racki, G., Machalski, M., Köberl, C., & Harasimiuk, M. (2011). The weathering-modified iridium record of a new Cretaceous-Palaeogene site at Lechówka near Chelm, SE Poland, and its palaeobiologic implications. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 56(1), 205-215. DOI: 10.4202/app.2010.0062
Katongo, C., Koller, F., Ntaflos, T., Koeberl, C., & Tembo, F. (2011). Occurrence and Origin of Scapolite in the Neoproterozoic Lufilian–Zambezi Belt, Zambia: Evidence/Role of Brine-Rich Fluid Infiltration During Regional Metamorphism: Topics in Igneous Petrology. In J. Ray, G. Sen, & B. Ghosh (Eds.), Topics in Igneous Petrology (pp. 449-473). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
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.
Melles, M., Brigham-Grette, J., Minyuk, P., Köberl, C., Andreev, A., Cook, T.,... El´gygytgyn Scientific Party, T. (2011). The Lake El’gygytgyn Scientific Drilling Project – Conquering Arctic Challenges through Continental Drilling. Scientific Drilling Journal, 11, 29-40.
Bartosova, K., Gier, S., Horton, J. W., Koeberl, C., Mader, D., & Dypvik, H. (2010). Petrography, mineralogy, and geochemistry of deep gravelly sands in the Eyreville B core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 45(6), 1021-1052. DOI: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2010.01077.x
Egger, H., Köberl, C., Wagreich, M., & Stradner, H. (2010). The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/Pg) boundary at Gams, Austria: Nannoplankton stratigraphy and geochemistry of a bathyal northwestern Tethyan setting. Stratigraphy, 6, 333-347.
Schenk, B., & Köberl, C. (2010). Winzige Boten der Kreide-Katastrophe: Foraminiferen. Fossilien, (3), 149-153.
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.
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.
Ferriere, L., Köberl, C., & Thöni, M. (2010). Single crystal U–Pb zircon age and Sr–Nd isotopic composition of impactites from the Bosumtwi impact structure, Ghana: Comparison with country rocks and Ivory Coast tektites. Chemical Geology, 275, 254-261.
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.


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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