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Prof. Dr. Brian Horsfield

Section 3.2: Organic Geochemistry

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Telegrafenberg
Building B, room 423
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1780
Fax: +49 331 288-1782
e-mail: brian.horsfield(at)gfz-potsdam.de

Publications

About the person

Research Interests:

  • Influence of precursor organisms and early diagenesis on the composition of macromolecular organic matter in ancient and modern sedimentary environments.
  • Geochemical transformation and transport processes as revealed by kinetic determinations and molecular indicators
  • Bio- und Geosphere interactions, e. g. Deep Biosphere and gas hydrate formation.
  • Development and application of thermal analytical methods in organic geochemistry

Career:

1978
Continental Oil Company Ltd, London, England, Associate Geologist

1978-1982
Conoco Inc., Ponca City, U.S.A., Research Geochemist Senior Research Geochemist Research Group Leader

1982-1986
Atlantic Richfield Company, Dallas, U.S.A., Research Supervisor Research Associate

1986-2001
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany, Acting Institute Director / Research Section Leader

1997-2002
University of Oslo, Geology Dept., Blindern, Norway, Professor II in organic geochemistry

2001-2017
GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, Head of Organic Geochemistry      
2001-2017
Technical University of Berlin, Germany, C4 Professor of Organic Geochemistry and Hydrocarbon Systems 

Education:

1970 - 1973
Durham University, England, B.Sc Honours (Dunelm) in Geology 

1973 - 1977
Newcastle Upon Tyne University, England, Ph.D in Organic Geochemistry 

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Membr of European Geoscience Union
  • Member of DGMK, Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle e.V.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the Sinopec Key Laboratory of Petroleum Formation Mechanisms
  • Member of acatech, Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften