Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics

Florian Riefstahl, M. Sc.

Scientific Staff

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R. 14
Phone: +49 431 880-5791
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

Research Interests

  • Continental Rifting and Rift-Related Magmatism
  • Earth’s Crustal Structure / Dynamics of the Lithosphere
  • Northern and Southern Hemisphere Glacial History
  • Acoustic Imaging (Marine 2D Seismics)
  • Deep-Crustal Seismic Imaging (Wide-Angle Reflection and Refraction Seismics)
  • Evaluation of Geochemical Analyses
  • GUI Development


  • 06/2019 - present Researcher at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • 02/2016 – 05/2019 Ph.D. student (BMBF funded) at Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Sciences
  • 08/2015 – 02/2016 Researcher at Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Sciences
  • 10/2010 – 08/2015 M.Sc. Geowissenschaften at Universität Bremen
  • 10/2006 – 10/2010 B.Sc. Geowissenschaften at Universität Bremen


  • 2019 RV Maria S. Merian MSM84 – Labrador Shelf / Lake Melville
  • 2017 RV Polarstern PS104 – Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica
  • 2016 RV Sonne SO246 – Southwest Pacific (Chatham Rise, New Zealand)
  • 2014 RV Polarstern PS87 – Arctic Ocean (Lomonosov Ridge)
  • 2013 RV Maria S. Merian MSM31 – Arctic Ocean (Yermak Plateau)


Hoernle, K., Timm C., Hauff, F., Tappenden, V., Werner, R., Jolis, E.M., Mortimer, N., Weaver, S., Riefstahl, F., Gohl, K., 2020. Late Cretaceous (99-69 Ma) basaltic intraplate volcanism on and around Zealandia: Tracing upper mantle geodynamics from Hikurangi Plateau collision to Gondwana breakup and beyond, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 529, 115864. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2019.115864


Geissler, W.H., Estrada, S., Riefstahl, F., Connor, J.M.O., Spiegel, C., Boogard, P. Van Den, Klügel, A., 2019. Middle Miocene magmatic activity in the Sophia Basin , Arctic Ocean — evidence from dredged basalt at the flanks of Mosby Seamount. arktos, 5, 31-48. doi:10.1007/s41063-019-00066-8

Mortimer, N., van den Bogaard, P., Hoernle, K., Timm, C., Gans, P.B., Werner, R., Riefstahl, F., 2019. Late Cretaceous oceanic plate reorganization and the breakup of Zealandia and Gondwana. Gondwana Research, 65, 31–42. doi:10.1016/

Riefstahl, F., Estrada, S., Geissler, W.H., Jokat, W., Stein, R., Kämpf, H., Dulski, P., Naumann, R., Spiegel, C., 2013. Provenance and characteristics of rocks from the Yermak Plateau, Arctic Ocean: Petrographic, geochemical and geochronological constraints. Marine Geology, 343, 125-145. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2013.06.009