Group Leader

Prof. Dr. Maria Mutti

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The research activities in our group focus primarily on investigating the interaction on geologic timescales of sedimentary dynamics, climate and paleobiology.  Sedimentology and the stratal architecture of sedimentary strata are considered in a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary framework to capture the important processes on the appropriate spatial and temporal scales.  The research strategy involves either the calibration of modern assemblages to the boundary conditions provided by the oceanographic setting (e.g., COREF), investigating past episodes with critical changes (e.g., Cretaceous black shales, late Permian anoxia) or carrying out paleoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic reconstructions to develop high-resolution models.

A second research theme revolves on applications of sedimentary geology for the petroleum and energy industry. We closely integrate outcrop and seismic studies to understand lateral and vertical variability in the properties of sedimentary rocks. This involves understanding and predicting facies distribution as well as postdepositional, diagenetic modifications. Quantitative and digital sedimentology are used to image sedimentary bodies and their physical properties in 3D as the basis to predict the evolution of fluid flow pathways in sedimentary basins.