Dr. Katharina Methner

Dr. Katharina Methner

Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

Geologie (B)
Talstraße 35, Raum 0-05
04103 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 341 97 - 32839


Mein primäres Forschungsziel ist das bessere Verständnis von Klimawandel in der Erdvergangenheit und seine Auswirkungen auf die Paläoumwelt und damalige Ökosysteme. Hierfür nutze ich isotopengeochemische Verfahren in Kombination mit sedimentologischen Analysen.

Berufliche Laufbahn

  • 01/2020 - 12/2021
    Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Humboldt Foundation for a Visiting PostDoc, Stanford University
  • 06/2016 - 12/2019
    Research Associate, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt & Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre
  • 02/2017 - 05/2017
    Research Associate, Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz (LOEWE) program at the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts(delegated from Senckenberg)
  • 09/2010 - 05/2016
    PhD candidate at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt, GermanyDr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude), Goethe Universität Frankfurt, GermanyDissertation title: Recovering Eocene paleotopography and paleoclimate of the North American Cordillera through integrated stable isotope and clumped isotope analyses


  • 10/2004 - 04/2010
    Study of Earth Sciences, Leibniz University Hannover (D) and University of Berne (CH) Dipl. Geowiss. (diploma), Leibniz University of Hannover, GermanyThesis: Fluid flow and kinematics in a Cordilleran detachment zone

Understanding past climate and landscape changes and its impacts the environment and the biosphere is my prime research intrest. I work on the reconstruction of Cenozoic paleoclimate and paleoenviroments using isotope geochemical (stable isotope, clumped isotope, and triple oxygen analyses) and sedimentological tools.

Currently, my work focuses on the reconstruction of Miocene paleoclimate and paleoenvironments in western North America and Europe. But I'm also involved in projects on Eocene paleoclimates in the western US (https://www.vewa-project.de/de/) and Europe (Schöningen mining pit) as well as on paleoaltimetry studies of the European Alps and the Gangdese Arc.

I’m also interested in reconstructing fluid flow histories along major fault zones or during hydrothermal alterations using hydrogen or oxygen isotopes as well as triple oxygen isotope systematics. Current projects are on the hydrothermal alterations of Miocene plutons in the Oregon Cascades, fluid flow along metamorphic core complex bounding fault zones, and fluid flow histories on recent Earthquake related fault zones in Japan.


Further information and publications can be found here: