Christian Koeberl

Christian Koeberl

Christian Koeberl 467 270 Asteroid Day

Education and Scientific History

Born in Vienna, Austria, 18.Feb.1959; from 1978 studies in technical chemistry at the Technical University of Vienna, – from 1980 also astronomy and chemistry at the University of Vienna; from 1981/82 also at the University of Graz.
Graduation, Ph.D. (in astronomy and chemistry), May 1983, University of Graz, Austria
1983 – 1985: Research Assistant, Geo- and Cosmochemistry, at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna.
1985 – 1990: Assistant Professor, Institute of Geochemistry at the University of Vienna.
1986 – 1996: Lecturer for Chemistry in Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna;
1989/90 “Habilitation” in “Geo- and Cosmochemistry”, named “Universitätsdozent”.
1990 – 2008: tenured as Associate Professor for Earth Sciences (Geo- and Cosmochemistry); Institute of Geochemistry, University of Vienna (from 2003, at the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Vienna).
1994 – 2000: Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, NH, USA.
2007-2010: Visiting Research Professor, Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
from 2008: Head, Department of Lithospheric Research, Center for Earth Sciences, University of Vienna.
from 2009: full professor of Impact Research and Planetary Geology, University of Vienna.

Personal Details

Austrian citizen; married, no children; languages: German and English (fluent in speaking, reading, and writing), French and Italian (basic knowledge, reading)

Research Activities and Interests

Research interests: impact cratering; archean geology; general planetary sciences; meteorites; general and isotope geochemistry, cosmochemistry.
Multidisciplinary and integrated studies of all aspects of impact crater studies and impact process (including petrology, geology, and geophysics (integrated/interdisciplinary studies)); analytical geo- and cosmochemistry; antarctic meteorites, lunar meteorites, cosmic dust; upper mantle; diamonds; peridotites; ore deposits and environmental aspects; most research in collaboration with international institutions, including chemical, mineralogical, petrological, and isotopic studies to arrive at integrated studies.


Since 1987 teaching of classes and lab courses from different areas within geo- and cosmochemistry and planetary sciences; e.g., classes on planetary sciences, geochemistry; classes and lab courses on topics in analytical geochemistry, rock and mineral analysis, and general chemistry for earth scientists; at the University of Vienna, University of Salzburg, and University of Applied Arts, Vienna; teaching also during visiting professor appointments at the Dept. of Geology, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and at the Dept. of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College (USA).
Supervision of M.Sc. (diploma) and Ph.D. theses: completed MSc theses – 6, completed PhD theses: 14. Currently (2007) 1st advisor for 5 Ph.D. students (at the Univ. of Vienna).

Visiting Appointments (long duration)

July – December 1988, Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Additional appointments over several months in 1989, 1990, and 1991.
11/1992 – 01/1993, 5-6/1993, 11/1994, and 9-10/1995: Visiting Investigator at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC, USA.
1983 – 1985: Research Assistant, Geo- and Cosmochemistry, at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna.
8-10/1993: Visiting Professor, Dept. Geology, Univ. Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
January-March 1994: Visiting Professor, Dept. Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.

Honors and Awards

1987, “Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America”.
1988, Fulbright Senior Visiting Scholar, USA.
1994, Fellow of the Meteoritical Society
1995, Meritorious Service Award, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
1996, START-Award of the Federal Ministry of Science, Austria
1997, Novartis Award for Chemistry
2000, Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa
2004, elected corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2006, elected Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2006, Asteroid (15963) named “Koeberl”
2007, Barringer Medal and Award of the Meteoritical Society
Scientific Service and Administrative Activities

1985-1988 Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Austrian Space Agency (ASSA)
Chairman of the Organizing Committee and the Program Committee of the “52nd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society” (450 participants, held in Vienna, Austria, July-August 1989)
Scientific Organizer (with W.A. Cassidy, Univ. Pittsburgh) and local organizer of the “Workshop on Differences between Antarctic and Non-Antarctic Meteorites”, sponsored by NASA and University of Vienna, held in Vienna, July 1989.
Local Organizer for the “Workshop on Cosmogenic Nuclide Production Rates”, sponsored by NASA and University of Vienna, held in Vienna, July 1989.
Member of the Organizing Committee, 8th International Conference on “Modern Trends in Activation Analysis”, held in Vienna, Austria, September 1991.
Member of the Organizing Committee, 3rd International Conference on “Nuclear and Radiochemistry”, held in Vienna, Austria, September 1992.
Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee, International Symposium “Meteoroids and their parent bodies”, Smolenice, Czech Republic, July 1992.
Member of the “Conference Committee”, 3rd International Conference of Natural Glasses, Jena, Germany, 21.-23.3.1996.
Member, Organizing Committee, 62nd Annual Meeting, Meteoritical Society, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 1999.
Chairman, Organizing Committee and Program Committee, International Meeting on “Catastrophic Events and Mass Extinctions: Impacts and Beyond”, Vienna, Austria, July 9-12, 2000.
Co-Convener, Field Forum “Bolide Impacts on Wet Targets”, Geological Society of America, April 22–28, 2001, Nevada and Utah, USA
Co-organizer, Field Forum “Processes on the Early Earth”, Geological Society of America and Geological Society of South Africa, July 4-9, 2004, South Africa.
Associate Editor, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (since 1990)
Associate Editor, Proceedings of Lunar and Planetary Science (1990-1992)
Associate Editor, Geochemical Journal (from 1998)
Editorial Board, Geology (1999-2001, and 2005-2007)
Series Editor, Impact Studies, Springer (from 2001)
Associate Editor, Geological Society of America Bulletin (2006-2008)
Editor-in-Chief, Geological Society of America Bulletin (from 2009)
Member, EUROMET Working Group
Scientific Secretary, European Science Foundation Network on “Impact Cratering” (1993-1995)
Member, Nominating Committee, Meteoritical Society (1997/8)
Councillor, Meteoritical Society (2001-2004)
Member, Publications Committee, Meteoritical Society, and Joint Publications Committee, Meteoritical and Geochemical Societies (2002-2004)
Chairman, European Science Foundation (ESF) Scientific Program “Response of the Earth System to Impact Processes” (IMPACT), 1998-2003.
Member, European Space Agency (ESA) review panel (Stone-Biopan) (2001)
Team Leader (Geochemistry/Petrology), Chicxulub deep drilling project (ICDP)
Member, Science Advisory Group, International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) (from 2002)
Co-ordinator + principal investigator, ICDP deep drilling project, Bosumtwi structure (Ghana) (2002-2005)
Member, Science Planning Committee, DOSECC (from 2004)
Member, Science Board of the International Geological Program (IGCP) of the UNESCO (from 2004)
Chairman, Working Group 3, IGCP/UNESCO Science Board
Member, NASA Review Panel Planetary Geology&Geophysics (from 2005)
Member, Board of Directors, DOSECC (Drilling, Observation and Sampling of the Earths Continental Crust) (from 2006)


Total: 16 books; ca. 400 peer-reviewed research publications; over 500 abstracts and other non-reviewed publications.