GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Prof. Dr. Dirk Scherler

Prof. Dr. Dirk Scherler
Building E, Room 229 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Research Interests:

  • Geomorphology
  • Tectonics
  • Cosmogenic nuclides
  • Glaciology
  • Remote sensing


  • Since 04/2022 Professor for cosmogenic nuclides, GFZ Potsdam and Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2014-2022 Assistant professor for cosmogenic nuclides, GFZ Potsdam and Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2012 - 2014 Postdoc, California Institute of Technology, USA (Alexander von Humboldt fellowship)
  • 2010 - 2012 Postdoc, University of Potsdam


  • 2010 Ph.D. in Geology, University of Potsdam
  • 2005 Diploma in Geography, Humboldt University Berlin


  • Testing biotic controls on erosion and sediment transport in the Chilean coastal cordillera with cosmogenic 10Be-derived erosion rates and a shear stress-based river incision model (since 2016; funded by DFG: SCHE 1676/4-1)
  • Quantifying the response of rapidly eroding landscapes to climate change with cosmogenic nuclides (since 2016; funded by DFG: SCHE 1676/3-1)
  • Climate sensitivity of glacial landscape dynamics (COLD) (2018-2022; funded by ERC Starting Grant)
  • Biota, fractures, thresholds: Emergent self-organization in landscape evolution? (since 2019; funded by DFG: SCHE 1676/4-2)


  • Tracing the variability of Himalayan paleo-erosion rates during the Pliocene-Pleistocene climatic transitions (2017-2019; funded by Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation postdoc scholarship to Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mandal)

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