Petrology and Geodynamics

Rasmus Thiede


Ludewig-Meyn Str. 10, R. 450
Phone: +49(0) 431 880 2895
Telefax: +49(0) 431 880 4457

Research Interests

  • Structural geology and tectonics
    • structural and topographic evolution of mountain belts
    • coupling of tectonics, climate and erosion during orogenic evolution
    • gneiss dome evolution and syntectonic extension during convergence
  • Tectonic geomorphology
    • foreland basin evolution
    • fluvial and glacial erosion and sedimentology in orogenic belts
    • seismo tectonics and landscape evolution
  • Low-temperature chronology
    • apatite and zircon fission track and U-Th/He-dating
    • muscuvite and biotite 39Ar/40Ar-dating
  • Cenozoic evolution of the India Eurasian Collision
    • Himalaya - Pamir - Tibet


  • Schildgen, T.F., van der Beek, P.A., Sinclair, H.D. and Thiede, R.C., 2018. Spatial correlation bias in late-Cenozoic erosion histories derived from thermochronology. Nature, 559(7712), p.89.
  • *Nennewitz, M., Thiede, R.C. and Bookhagen, B., 2018. Fault activity, tectonic segmentation, and deformation pattern of the western Himalaya on Ma timescales inferred from landscape morphology. Lithosphere 10 (5), 632-640
  • Thiede, R.C., Robert, X., Stübner, K., Dey, S. and Faruhn, J., 2017. Sustained out-of-sequence shortening along a tectonically active segment of the Main Boundary thrust: The Dhauladhar Range in the northwestern Himalaya. Lithosphere, 9(5), pp.715-725. Erratum:
  • *Dey, S., Thiede, R.C., Schildgen, T., Wittmann, H., Bookhagen, B., Scherler, D., and Strecker, M., (2016). Holocene internal shortening within the northwest Sub-Himalaya: Out-of-sequence faulting of the Jwalamukhi Thrust, India: Tectonics, DOI: 10.1002/2015TC004002.
  • *Dey, S., Thiede, R.C., Schildgen, T.F., Wittmann, H., Bookhagen, B., Scherler, D., Jain, V. and Strecker, M.R., 2016. Climate-driven sediment aggradation and incision since the late Pleistocene in the NW Himalaya, India. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 449, p.321-331.
  • Thiede, R.C., E. R. Sobel, J. Chen, L. M. Schoenbohm, D. F. Stockli, M. Sudo, and M. R. Strecker (2013). Late Cenozoic extension and crustal doming in the India-Eurasia collision zone: New thermochronologic constraints from the NE Chinese Pamir, Tectonics, V32/3 p. 763-779),
  • Thiede, R.C., and T. A. Ehlers (2013). Large spatial and temporal variations in Himalayan denudation, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 371–372(0), 278-293,
  • *Deeken, A., Thiede, R.C., Sobel, E.R., Hourigan, J.K. and Strecker, M.R., (2011). Exhumational variability within the Himalaya of northwest India, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 305(1-2) pp. 103-114,
  • *Hintersberger, E., Thiede, R.C., Strecker, M. R., and Hacker, B., (2010). E-W extension in the Northwestern Himalaya, NW India: GSA Bulletin v. 122; no. 9-10; p. 1499-1515; DOI: 10.1130/B26589.1.
  • Thiede, R.C., Arrowsmith, J. R., Bookhagen, B., McWilliams, M. O., Sobel, E. R., and Strecker, M. R., (2006). Dome formation and extension in the Tethyan Himalaya, Leo Pargil, NW-India: GSA-Bulletin v. 118, 5 pp. 635–650, DOI: 10.1130/B25872.1

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Background

  • 2005 - PhD in Geology, Institute of Geosciences, Potsdam

  • 2001 – Diploma in Geology, Potsdam University & University of Vienna

  • 1997 - 'Vordiploma' in Earth Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria

Professional Experience

  • Since 2018: Lecturer (30-70-10% research-teaching (9h)-administration), Institute for Geociences, Christian-Albrecht-University Kiel, Germany.

  • 2013-2017: Postdoctoral Fellow (70-20-10% research-teaching (2h)-administration), Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Potsdam University, Germany.

  • 2010-2012: 'Hochschulassistent' (Lecturer) (30-40-30% research-teaching (4h)-administration), Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Potsdam University, Germany.

  • 2008-2009: Postdoctoral Fellow (90-10% research-administration), Dept. of Geological Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

  • 2005-2006: Postdoctoral Researcher (65-20-15% research-teaching (2h)-administration), Institute of Geosciences, Potsdam University, Germany.

Research Awards and Distinctions

  • 2018: 3+2-year-future-faculty-fellowship (Heisenberg) by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (DFG# TH 1371/7-1).

  • 2013-2015: DAAD (German Adcadamic Exchange Service)-DST(Department for Science and Technology, India)-Followship – India-Germany Joint Research Collaboration for 2 years (PPP Indien m.d. DST ab 13 - DAAD#57035520).

  • 2012-2013: Invited scholarship as “Visiting Professor” at the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble for Apr-Jun 2013.

  • 2013-2016: 3-year-postdoc-fellowship "Eigene Stelle" awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG# TH 1371/5-1)

  • 2010-2015: Contributed to renewal of Graduate School GRK1364 - Shaping Earth's Surface in a Variable Environment - Interactions between Tectonics, Climate, and Biosphere in the African-Asian Monsoonal Region

  • 2008: EPSL-Most Cited Paper 2004-2007 Award

  • 2007-2010: Contributed to Shaping Earth's Surface in a Variable Environment - Interactions between Tectonics, Climate, and Biosphere in the African-Asian Monsoonal Region - Graduate School GRK1364.

  • 2006-2008: 2-year-postdoc -fellowship "Eigene Stelle" awarded by the German Research Foundation, (DFG# TH 1371/1-1)


  • 2018: Isotopengeochemie und Altersbestimmung - Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology (MNF-geow-MP5)
  • 2018: MNF-geow-B406 - V: Geologie von Europa
  • 2018: MNF-geow-B102 - V/PrÜ: Mineral- und Gesteinskurs
  • 2018: MNF-geow-B306 - V: Einführung in die Strukturgeologie und Plattentektonik
  • 2016-2017: BScP01 Allgemeine Einführung in die Geowissenschaften
  • 2010-2017: Introductory Structural Geology, Lab Practicals, BSc Geosciences Module BScP17/BP11 – Übungen.