GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Dr. Rik Tjallingii

Building C, Room 326 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Leading Laboratory for XRF Element Scanning



Research Interests:

  • Quaternary climatic and environmental changes
  • Linking geochemical XRF scanning records and sedimentology
  • Calibration and application of XRF core scanning data
  • Multivariate analyses of geochemical XRF scanning records


  • Since 2014: Senior scientist, GFZ Section 4.3 Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution (Potsdam, Germany)
  • 2009-2013: Post-doctoral researcher, NIOZ, Department of Marine Geology (Texel, The Netherlands)
  • 2007-2009: Post-doctoral researcher, Kiel University, Department of Sedimentology and Coastal Geology (Kiel, Germany)


  • 2003-2007: PhD at MARUM, University of Bremen (Bremen, Germany)
  • 1996-2001: Study geology at Utrecht University, (Utrecht, The Netherlands)


The focus of my scientific work is on the development and application of non-destructive XRF scanning for past climate and environmental reconstructions. I am responsible Laboratory for XRF Element Scanning at GFZ section 4.3 and involved in several projects.
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GFZ Projects
  • DFG - Bad Waldsee ( with TU Darmstadt )
  • Jubbah Green Arabian Drilling ( with MPI -SHH Jena )
  • Climate and cultural responses at Diss Mere ( with RHUL (UK) )
  • DiaMiCT - Diagenetic Analyses and Modelling using Integrated Core scanning Technology ; with KU Leuven (B) & TU Delft (NL)

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