Stefan Schroeder

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PhD projects

The following projects are available for self-funded students; other projects can be discussed:
- Sedimentary record of hyperthermal climate and foreland basin tectonics: Alveolina Limestone, Eocene, Spanish Pyrenees
- Fluid-rock interaction in the Cretaceous Atlantic rift and influence on rift lake chemistry, diagenesis, and sources of CO2
- Source to sink analysis of the SW Africa continental margin: provenance and subsidence/uplift history

Personal profile


I earned a PhD in geology from the University of Bern (Switzerland), working on characterization of dolomite reservoirs in Oman. This was followed by postdoctoral research projects on Precambrian carbonates at MIT (USA) and the University of Johannesburg (South Africa). Most recently, I worked as a carbonate and subsurface geologist for Total SA in France. In this role, I was involved in reservoir studies, regional exploration studies and research applied to reservoir characterization. I worked on depositional systems from southern Africa to Mauritania, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and eastern Asia.

Research interests

My background is in carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis, with integration of regional, outcrop, subsurface, and laboratory analytical data to characterize depositional systems and paleoclimates. Specific research areas are the geodynamic and sedimentary evolution of continental rifts, and the reconstruction of Precambrian environmental conditions via the sedimentary and geochemical study of carbonate and microbial depositional systems.

My current research interests are:

  • Geodynamic context, deposition and fluid flow in the Atlantic rifts of Africa (Morocco, Angola), and relation with volcanism
  • Formation of microbial carbonates
  • Depositional systems in the Archean-Paleoproterozoic transition and how they record environmental changes associated with the rise of atmospheric oxygen
  • Paleoclimate and biotic response during the Paleogene warm period

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bern

Award Date: 30 Nov 2000

Master of Science, University of Würzburg

Award Date: 28 Feb 1997

Areas of expertise

  • QE Geology
  • sedimentology
  • carbonates
  • Precambrian
  • microbialites


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