Dr. Reinhard Wolff

Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie
Corrensstraße 24
D-48149 Münster

E-Mail: rwolff [at] uni-muenster.de
Telefon: +49 251 83-33960

Zimmer-Nr.: 403


  • Curriculum Vitae

    Research scientist

    10.2015 – recent University of Münster, dep. Geology and Palaeontology
    Thermochronology and tectonics, development and application of (U-Th)/He, noble gas diffusion, thermal modelling, cosmogenic nuclides, petrological and geochemical analysis

    Scientific assistant

    03.2011 – 10.2015 Geoscience Center Göttingen (GZG), Georg-August-University of Göttingen, dep. Sedimentology
    Thermochronological research, developments in (U-Th)/He method, helium diffusion experiments, ICP-MS lab, Raman lab, petrological and geochemical analysis, sedimentology
    03.2010 – 03.2011 GZG, University of Göttingen
    Conodont (U-Th)/He thermochronology
    2005 – 03.2010 GZG, University of Göttingen
    Isotope geology, K/Ar lab, Attaberg lab


  • Study areas (present and past)

    Ivrea-Verbano-Zone (Alps), Erzgebirge (Germany), Tibet Plateau, Eastern Andes, Sweden, Namibia

  • Awards

    2010 "Adolf von Koehnen" award for an outstanding diploma thesis


  • Publications

    • Wolff, R., Hetzel, R., Dunkl, I., Anczkiewicz, A.A., (2021) New constraints on the exhumation history of the western Tauern Window (European Alps) from thermochronology, thermokinematic modeling, and topographic analysis. International Journal of Earth Sciences 110: 2955-2977, doi: 10.1007/s00531-021-02094-w.
    • Xu, Q., Hetzel, R., Hampel, A., Wolff, R. (2021) Slip rate of the Danghe Nan Shan thrust fault from 10Be exposure dating of folded river terraces: implications for the strain distribution in northern Tibet. Tectonics 40, e2020TC006584, doi: 10.1029/2020TC006584.
    • Xu, Q., Li, Z., Wolff, R., Tan, X., Hetzel, R., Yue, Y., Tang, X. (2021) Two-phase Himalayan extension recorded in the Late Miocene-Pleistocene Gyirong Basin, south Tibet. Sedimentary Geology 417, 105892, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2021.105892.
    • Wolff, R., Hetzel, R., Dunkl, I., Anczkiewicz, A.A., Pomella, H. (2020) Fast cooling of normal-fault footwalls: rapid fault slip or thermal relaxation? Geology 48: 333-337, doi: 10.1130/G46940.1.
    • Wolff, R., Hetzel, R., Dunkl, I., Xu, Q., Bröcker, M., Anczkiewicz, A. (2019) High-angle normal faulting at the Tangra Yumco graben (Southern Tibet) since ~15 Ma. The Journal of Geology 127, 15–36. DOI: 10.1086/700406.
    • Wolff, R., Hetzel, R., Strobl, M. (2018) Quantifying river incision into low-relief surfaces using local and catchment-wide 10Be denudation rates. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43, 2327-2341. DOI:10.1002/esp.4394.
    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Kempe, U., Stockli, D. F., Wiedenbeck, M. and Eynatten, H. v. (2016) Variable helium diffusion characteristics in fluorite. Geochim. et Cosmochim. Acta 188, 21–34.
    • Wolff, R.; Dunkl, I.; Lange, J-M.; Tonk, Ch.; Voigt, T.; Eynatten, H.v. (2015) Superposition of burial, tectonics and hydrothermal events: post-Variscan thermal evolution of Erzgebirge, Germany. TerraNova 27(4), 292-299.
    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Kempe, U., Eynatten, H.v. (2015) The age of the latest hydrothermal overprint of tin and polymetallic deposits in the Erzgebirge, Germany: constraints from fluorite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology. Economic Geology 110, 2025-2040.
    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Kiesselbach, G., Wemmer, K., Siegesmund, S. (2012) Thermochronological constraints on the multiphase exhumation history of the Ivrea-Verbano Zone of the Southern Alps. Tectonophysics 579, 104-117.


  • Abstracts

    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Eynatten, H.v. (2015) Variable Helium Diffusion in Fluorite. The 25nd V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. Prague, Czech Republic. 16.-21.8.2015
    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Eynatten, H.v. (2014) Fluorite (U-Th)/He thermochronology: what do we really date? Thermo2014, 14th International Conference on Thermochronology, Chamonix, 8.-14.9.2014
    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Lange, J.-M., Tonk, Ch., Voigt, T., Eynatten, H.v. (2013) Superposition of burial and hydrothermal events: Post Variscan thermal evolution of the Erzgebirge, Germany. Geofluids, Tübingen, Germany. 15.-19.9.2013
    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Eynatten, H.v. (2012) Fluorite (U-Th)/He thermochronology. The 22nd V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. Montreal, Canada. 24.-29.6.2012
    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Eynatten, H.v. (2012) Rare Earth Elements in Fluorite. GeoResources for the 21th century, Hannover, Germany. SDGG. 1.-03.10.2012
    • Wolff, R., Dunkl, I., Kiesselbach, G., Siegesmund, S., Eynatten, H.v. (2011) Refined Exhumation History of the Ivrea-Verbano Zone, Southern Alps. CorseAlp2011, 10th Alpine Workshop, Corsica, 10.-16.4.2011
    • Wolff, R., Kiesselbach, G., Dunkl, I., Siegesmund, S., Eynatten, H.v. (2010) Thermochronology of the Ivrea-Verbano Zone of the Western Alps using zircon fission track, (U-Th)/He and K/Ar dating. Thermo2010, 12th International Conference on Thermochronology, Glasgow, 16.-20.8.2010
  • Thesis

    • Wolff, R., (2015) Fluorite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology. PhD thesis.
    • Wolff, R., (2009) Thermochronology and exhumation of the Ivrea-Verbano zone using (U-Th)/He and K-Ar dating methods. Diploma thesis.
    • Wolff, R., (2008) Geological mapping of metamorphic and granitoid rocks south of Snåret, Västervik, southeast Sweden. Diploma mapping.
    • Wolff, R., (2007) Geochemistry and trace element geochemistry to classify the main sequences of the Huab Complex and the adjacent Fransfontein Suite, Namibia. Bachelor thesis.
  • Teaching

    • Physische Geographie, Übung zur Vorlesung "Die Erde": Gesteinskunde, Karten und Profile
    • Assistant teaching in advanced thermochronology, excursion: "Western Alps", mapping 1, rock and mineral identification
  • DAAD funding

    02.2012 – 04.2012 Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, USA