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Prof. Dr. Brian Horsfield

Section 3.2: Organic Geochemistry

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

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


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


Continental Oil Company Ltd, London, England, Associate Geologist

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

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

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany, Acting Institute Director / Research Section Leader

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

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


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