Available topics for Master theses


Master students interested in writing a thesis in the field of Geochronology are welcome to approach us with their own suggestions. In addition to this, members of the Research Group regularly announce topics for possible master theses (see list below). Please note: MSc theses can be written either in English or in German.


Soil development on gypsum-sulphur series in central Sicily
Marine deposits in a shallow environment led to the formation of calcareous rocks, gypsum, sulphur and salts. Accordingly, soil development may vary within relatively short distances (same climate, topography, time of soil formation, etc.). Only little information is, however, available how these soils develop, particularly with respect to clay mineralogy.  Due to the given settings, a lithosequence can be studied. Supervisors of the thesis are Prof. M. Egli and Prof. Raimondi Salvatore (University of Palermo). Planned start: March 2018.
Prof. Dr. Markus Egli
Temporal development of erosion rates in proglacial areas
The evolution of hillslope structures over time is strongly related to erosion and mass wasting processes. How such structures evolve, particularly at early stages, and which mass redistribution rates are involved is barely known. Mass redistribution will be calculated by using DEM that will be generated from drone surveys (first datasets are available from 2016/2017). The thesis will be part of an ongoing, international project (HILLSCAPE: Hillslope Chronosequence and Process Evolution). Supervisors of the thesis are Prof. A. Vieli and Prof. M. Egli.
Prof. Dr. Markus Egli

Estimation of erosion rates in aeolian silt influenced soils based on 239 & 240Pu isotopes (Mt. Sleza, SW Poland)

Forest and agriculture soils will be compared with respect to their mid-term (decades) erosion rates. Both types of sites have distinct aeolian deposits. Supervisors of the thesis are Prof. J. Waroszewski (University of Wroclaw) and Prof. M. Egli.

Prof. Dr. Markus Egli

Glacier and landscape dynamics in the Wind River Range (Wyoming, USA)
The extent of glaciers and related spatial variations since the Late Pleistocene are, astonishingly, only poorly investigated in the Rocky Mountains. Rock boulder sampling was undertaken in 2016 and the samples should now be processed using in situ 10Be and landscape reconstruction be undertaken.

Prof. Dr. Markus Egli

Bewegungsrekonstruktion auf einer Rutschfläche in Braunwald

Dr. Holger Gärtner

The impact of increasing frequency and intensity of drought on tree-ring growth in the Mediterranean

Dr. Paolo Cherubini

Reconstructing glaciers mass balances using high-elevation tree rings in the Central Alps

Dr. Paolo Cherubini

Tree-ring physiology: exploring the black box between genomics and wood cells

Dr. Paolo Cherubini

Tree rings and water: How and where can dendroecology help hydrological research? 

Dr. Paolo Cherubini

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