Petrology and Geodynamics

Dr. Erik Düsterhöft


Ludewig-Meyn Str. 10, R. 454
Phone: +49 (0)431 880 5035

Deputy member of the commission "Department of Geosciences"

Deputy of X-Ray lab

Research Interests

  • Coding/Development of thermodynamic software (Bingo-Antidote Software, Theriak_D add-on)
  • Thermodynamic modeling with Theriak-Domino
  • Metamorphic history of the Bancroft Terrane, Grenville Province, Ontario, Canada (Project DU1603/1-1)
  • Geodatamangement and GIS (geol. Maps; geodatabase for age, thermobarometry and structural geology data storage; multispectral image analysis; DEM)
  • Thermodynamic modeling of seimic velocities of rocks for interpretation of geophysical data
  • Modeling of metamorphic and geodynamic processes in lithosphere and crust, e.g. evolution of anorogenic plateaus and subduction zones
  • Experimental Corrosion of Natural Stone


  • Shrestha, S., Larson, K.P., Duesterhoeft, E., Soret, M. and Cottle, J.M. (2019),  Thermodynamic modelling of phosphate minerals and its implications for the development of P-T-t histories: A case study in garnet - monazite bearing metapelites, Lithos,
  • Oalmann, J., Duesterhoeft, E., Möller, A. and Bousquet, R. (2019),  Constraining the pressure–temperature evolution and geodynamic setting of UHT granulites and migmatitic paragneisses of the Gruf Complex, Central Alps, International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geologische Rundschau),
  • Lanari, P. and Duesterhoeft, E. (2019),  Modeling Metamorphic Rocks using Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Internally Consistent Databases: Past Achievements, Problems and Perspectives, Journal of Petrology, Vol. 60, No. 1, 19-56,
  • Nagel, T., Duesterhoeft, E. and Schiffer, C. (2018),  Garnet-controlled very low velocities in the lower transition zone at sites of mantle upwelling, Terra Nova, Vol. 30, 333–340,
  • Duesterhoeft, E., Raase, P. and Gremler, P. (2017), A new occurrence of extremely rare Ferro-Chloro-Pargasite in Tudor, Ontario, International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geologische Rundschau), Vol. 106, No. 8, 2815–2816, doi:10.1007/s00531-017-1492-7
  • Beermann, O., F. Holtz, and E. Duesterhoeft (2017), Magma storage conditions and differentiation of the mafic Lower Pollara volcanics, Salina Island, Aeolian Islands, Italy: implications for the formation conditions of shoshonites and potassic rocks, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 172:37, doi:10.1007/s00410-017-1363-z.
  • Heilmann, C., Bousquet, R. and Duesterhoeft, E. (2016), Einordnung der Nordranddioritzone in den magmatischen Kontext des Brockenmassivs. In: Friedel, C.-H. and Leiss, B. (Ed.): Harzgeologie 2016. 5. Workshop Harzgeologie Kurzfassungen und Exkursionsführer. ttingen Contributions to Geosciences 78: 19–23,
  • Duesterhoeft, E. (2016), A volume equation of state that extends thermodynamic datasets, using the Bridgman Power Series, to very high pressures (20 GPa), American Journal of Science, Vol. 316, No. 6, 578-589 , doi: 10.2475/06.2016.03.
  • Pourteau, A., R. Bousquet, O. Vidal, A. Plunder, E. Duesterhoeft, O. Candan, and R. Oberhänsli (2014), Multistage growth of Fe–Mg–carpholite and Fe–Mg–chloritoid, from field evidence to thermodynamic modelling, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 168:1090, doi: 10.1007/s00410-014-1090-7.
  • Duesterhoeft, E., J. Quinteros, R. Oberhänsli, R. Bousquet, and C. de Capitani (2014), Relative impact of mantle densification and eclogitization of slabs on subduction dynamics: a numerical thermodynamic/thermokinematic investigation of metamorphic density evolution, Tectonophysics, Vol. 637, 20–29, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2014.09.009.
  • Duesterhoeft, E., and C. de Capitani (2013), Theriak_D: An add-on to implement equilibrium computations in geodynamic models, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., Vol. 14, 4962–4967, doi:10.1002/ggge.20286.
  • Duesterhoeft, E., R. Bousquet, H. Wichura, and R. Oberhänsli (2012), Anorogenic plateau formation: the importance of density changes in the lithosphere, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 117, B07204, 13 pp., doi:10.1029/2011JB009007.



Curriculum Vitae


  • since 2014 Post-doc at University Kiel
  • 01/2014 Doctor's degree in Geosciences/Geodynamics (University of Potsdam). Thesis title: The impact of metamorphic processes on physical properties: A view from thermodynamics to geodynamics
  • 2010 - 2013 PhD student at University of Potsdam. German Research Foundation project: NOGAPSGRAV; working on new density models of the lithosphere
  • 08/2010 Diploma in Geology, written at University of Potsdam.
  • 04/2009 self-organised 4-week field trip in Bancroft; Ontario; Canada
  • 2008-2010 Student Assistent at "Centre for CO2 Storage" of Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Field of work: Assistent in modelling and project management
  • 2005-2010 Diploma student in Geology at the University of Potsdam