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Prof. Dr. David De Vleeschouwer

Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie
Earth System Science
University of Münster
Corrensstr. 24
48149 Münster




  • Curriculum Vitae

    since 01.2022

    Juniorprofessor for Earth System Science / Erdsystemforschung. W1-to-W3 tenure-track in 6 years. Institute for Geology and Paleontology, University of Münster.


    Senior Scientist: “Cluster of Excellence – The Ocean Floor – Earth’s Uncharted Interface”. Deriving scenarios for “warmer worlds” through comprehensive decoding of environmental signals from past warm climate conditions as recorded in ocean-floor archives. Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), Bremen


    Ame­ri­can Geo­phy­si­cal Uni­on (AGU) Nanne Weber Early Career Award in Pa­leo­cli­ma­to­lo­gy & Pa­leo­cea­no­gra­phy. 


    Postdoc in “ERC Consolidator Grant EARTHSEQUENCING” to Prof. Pälike. Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), Bremen.


    Eu­ro­pean Geo­sci­en­ces Uni­on (EGU) Out­stan­ding Young Sci­en­tist Award in the di­vi­si­on of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP).


    Physical Properties and Downhole Logging specialist on IODP Expedition 356 “Indonesian Throughflow”.


    Visiting Scholar. Extended stay with Prof. Dr. James E. Day. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, United States


    PhD in Geology, "The influence of orbital forcing on the Devonian (370 Ma) extreme greenhouse climate.” Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ph. Claeys, Dr. M. Crucifix. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.


    Master of Science in Geography – Earth and climate. Magna cum laude. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


    Bachelor of Science in Geography. Magna cum laude. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.


  • Research Interests

    As a pa­leo­cea­no­gra­pher, un­ra­ve­ling en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­xy si­gnals from past warm climate con­di­ti­ons as recorded in marine sediments is my bre­ad & but­ter. 

    Three "warmer-than-present" Epochs of in­te­rest:

    • Pliocene (transition from uni-polar to bi-polar ice sheets)
    • Eocene (transition from ice-free conditions to isolated uni-polar ice caps)
    • Late Devonian (ice-free greenhouse climate state). 

    My re­se­arch fo­cus lies on climate - carbon cycle feedback mechanisms (and their chan­ging re­s­pon­se to as­tro­no­mi­cal for­cing) under non-Quaternary boundary conditions. For ex­amp­le, on a pla­net with uni­po­lar ice-sheets, on a pla­net wi­thout 8000 m high Hi­ma­la­y­an moun­ta­ins, on a pla­net with a wide-open In­do­ne­si­an Through­flow, or on a pla­net with more than 500 ppm CO2.

    To do so, I stu­dy se­veral geo­lo­gi­cal epochs: the Late De­vo­ni­an (~375 Ma), the Eo­ce­ne (~40 Ma) and the Plio­ce­ne (~5 Ma). None of the­se time sli­ces are per­fect ana­lo­gues for the An­thro­po­ce­ne, yet they are worth stu­dy­ing as they pro­vi­de va­luable in­sights into the ma­chine­ry of the cli­ma­te sys­tem un­der boun­da­ry con­di­ti­ons much un­li­ke to­day’s. Ob­vious­ly, the age of the se­di­ment(ary rock) un­der in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on is very dif­fe­rent bet­ween the three epochs of in­te­rest, but my work al­ways sha­res a com­mon ob­jec­tive: Integrating the paleoclimate and geochronology aspects of the sedimentary archives to better constrain how much and how fast our planet has been changing. To do so, I draw from my broad skill set (field, lab and nu­me­ri­cal mo­de­ling) and from a wide ran­ge of pro­xies (iso­to­pic, ele­men­tal and geo­phy­si­cal pro­xies). 

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications

    Peer-reviewed publications