DFG-Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies





Mission Statement




Continuing Education








Heiko Pingel

Universität Potsdam
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24
Haus 27, Raum 0.26
D-14476 Golm

heikopingel @ geo.uni-potsdam.de
Phone: +49 (0) 331 977 5891

PhD Topic

The aim of my PhD project at the DFG-Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies at the University of Potsdam is to delineate the spatial and temporal evolution of the Quebrada de Humahuaca basin and its adjacent foreland region in the Neogene, located in the Eastern Cordillera and Subandean belt (NW Argentina), respectively.

The methods chosen to tackle these problems are diverse and entail multiple scientific fields such as sedimentology, geochronology, structural geology, and paleoclimatic reconstructions, as well as seismic subsurface analysis. The sedimentologic approach encompasses paleoflow measurements, clast counts, and sedimentary petrology for provenance and paleotopography deductions. The structural geology and geochronology is represented by structural analyses of the Neogene sedimentary units and inferences of their post-depositional deformation, constrained by zircon U-Pb geochronology of interbedded volcanic ashes. The very same ashes will further be used for a paleoclimate/ paleoaltimetry study utilizing dH isotopes from trapped water in volcanic glass shards. Quaternary lake sediments will be dated using OSL and 14C techniques and will add valuable information on the very young paleoclimatic conditions and depositional regime within the basin. With stream profile analyses I might be able to identify (sub)-recently active structures such as fault and fault zones, developing noticeable knick zones in the river profiles. Ultimately, analyses of numerous seismic lines from adjacent to the Eastern Cordillera will be performed to study the local subsurface structures and obtain further evidence for the structural evolution of the Quebrada de Humahuaca in time and space.

Research Interests

In general I’m interested in the relations between tectonics, climate and landscape evolution, including neotectonics, catastrophic mass movements, structural geology, geomorphology, as well as silici-clastic sedimentology. Further interests strike remote sensing, GIS, and various other geodata processing, utilizing Matlab.

Current Projects

Argentina Project: Neotectonics and landscape evolution in the Qda de Humahuaca and the adjacent foreland, Salta (Jujuy), NW Argentina


2000 - 2009
Pre-diploma and diploma in Geology, Universität Potsdam, Germany

Professional Experience

University of Potsdam (Germany), Department of Geosciences, Assistant Head of the Mineral Separation Laboratories

since 2002
University of Potsdam (Germany), Department of Geosciences, Student Assistant (Mineral Separation)

University of Potsdam (Germany), Department of Geosciences, Student Assistant (Geophysical Campaign, Rhine Graben, Germany)

University of Potsdam (Germany), Department of Geosciences, Student Assistant (Geological Mapping course, Harz, Germany)

Scientific contributions

Pingel, H. and Strecker, M.R., 2009. Neotectonic evolution of the southern intermontane Humahuaca basin, E Cordillera, Argentina (23°S lat): insights into Pliocene-Quaternary foreland basin and landscape evolution in the southern central Andes. TECTSED 2009 (Poster)