Paleontology and Historical Geology

Dr. Lars Reuning

Senior lecturer

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 10, R. 414
Phone: +49 431 880-2880


since 12/2018     Akademischer Oberrat (tenured faculty position), CAU Kiel


2012 - 11/2018    Akademischer Oberrat (tenured faculty position), RWTH Aachen


2009 – 2012        Akademischer Rat (tenured faculty position), RWTH Aachen


2011 – 2012        Paternal leave (six month) 


2009                    Paternal leave (two month)


2005-2009           Scientific staff, RWTH Aachen


04/2005               Visiting Lecturer, St. Petersburg State University, Russia


2001-2005           Ph.D.-student, GEOMAR, Kiel


1995 – 2001        Study of Geology, Marburg University and Leicester University (UK)


Projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) can be found here: GEPRIS


  • Leupold, Maike; Pfeiffer, Miriam; Watanabe, Takaaki K.; Reuning, Lars; Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter; Shen, Chuan-Chou; Brummer, Geert-Jan A. (2021): El Niño–Southern Oscillation and internal sea surface temperature variability in the tropical Indian Ocean since 1675. In: Clim. Past 17 (1), S. 151–170. DOI: 10.5194/cp-17-151-2021
  • Deik, Hanaa; Reuning, Lars; Courtillat, Margot; Petrick, Benjamin; Bassetti, Maria‐Angela (2021): The sedimentary record of Quaternary glacial to interglacial sea‐level change on a subtropical carbonate ramp: Southwest Shelf of Australia. In: Sedimentology 68 (2), S. 593–608. DOI: 10.1111/sed.12793.
  • Courtillat, Margot; Hallenberger, Maximilian; Bassetti, Maria-Angela; Aubert, Dominique; Jeandel, Catherine; Reuning, Lars et al. (2020): New Record of Dust Input and Provenance During Glacial Periods in Western Australia Shelf (IODP Expedition 356, Site U1461) from the Middle to Late Pleistocene. In: Atmosphere 11 (11), S. 1251. DOI: 10.3390/atmos11111251.
  • Leupold, Maike; Pfeiffer, Miriam; Watanabe, Takaaki K.; Reuning, Lars; Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter; Shen, Chuan-Chou; Brummer, Geert-Jan A. (2021): El Niño–Southern Oscillation and internal sea surface temperature variability in the tropical Indian Ocean since 1675. In: Clim. Past 17 (1), S. 151–170. DOI: 10.5194/cp-17-151-2021.
  • Xia Z., Horitab J., L.Reuning , M.Bialik , Z.Hua ,N.D.Waldmann ,C.Liu ,W.Li ,“Extracting Mg isotope signatures of ancient seawater from marine halite: A reconnaissance“

  • Smodej J., L.Lemmen, L.Reuning, T.Hiller, N.Klitzsch, S.Claes and P.A.Kukla(2020), „Nano- to Millimeter Scale Morphology of Connected and Isolated Porosity in the Permo-Triassic Khuff Formation of OmanGeosciences,10(1), 7;

  • Hallenberger M.,L. Reuning, St.J.Gallagher,St.Back,T.Ishiwa,Beth A.Christensen,K.Bogus (2019)“Increased fluvial runoff terminated inorganic aragonite precipitation on the Northwest Shelf of Australia during the early Holocene“Scientific Reports9, Articlenumber:18356

  • Pfeiffer M. ,L. Reuning, J. Zinke,D. Garbe‐Schönberg, M. Leupold and W.C.Dullo(2019), „20th Century δ18O Seawater and Salinity Variations Reconstructed From Paired δ18O and Sr/Ca Measurements of a La Reunion Coral“First published:22 November 2019/

  • Becker S.,L.Reuning, J.E.Amthor and P.A.Kukla(2019), „Diagenetic Processes and Reservoir Heterogeneity in Salt-Encased Microbial Carbonate Reservoirs (Late Neoproterozoic, Oman)“Volume2019|Article ID5647857|19pages|

  • Petrick B.F., L. Reuning, A. Martinez-Garcia(2019),"Distribution of Glycerol Dialkyl Glycerol Tetraethers (GDGTs) in Microbial Mats from Holocene and Miocene Sabkha Sediments" ,Front. Earth Science. | doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.003
  • Deik H., L. Reuning, B. Petrick and H. Takayanagi (2019). “Hardened faecal pellets as a significant component in deep water, subtropical marine environments.” The Depositional Record 5(2): 348-361. 
  • Smodej, J., L. Reuning, S. Becker and P. A. Kukla (2019). “Micro- and nano-pores in intrasalt, microbialite-dominated carbonate reservoirs, Ara Group, South-Oman Salt Basin.” Marine and Petroleum Geology 104: 389-403
  • Ishiwa, T., Y. Yokoyama, L. Reuning, C. M. McHugh, D. De Vleeschouwer and S. J. Gallagher (2019). “Australian Summer Monsoon variability in the past 14,000 years revealed by IODP Expedition 356 sediments.” Progress in Earth and Planetary Science 6(17): doi:10.1186/s40645-019-0262
  • Gallagher, S. J., L. Reuning, T. Himmler, J. Henderiks, D. De Vleeschouwer, J. Groeneveld, A. R. Lari, C. S. Fulthorpe, K. Bogus and S. Expedition 356 Shipboard (2018). "The enigma of rare Quaternary oolites in the Indian and Pacific Oceans: A result of global oceanographic physicochemical conditions or a sampling bias?" Quaternary Science Reviews 200: 114-122.
  • Hallenberger, M., L. Reuning and J. Schoenherr (2018). "Dedolomitization Potential of Fluids from Gypsum-to-Anhydrite Conversion: Mass Balance Constraints from the Late Permian Zechstein-2-Carbonates in NW Germany." Geofluids. doi:10.1155/2018/1784821
  • Rinke-Hardekopf, L., L. Reuning, J. Bourget and S. Back (2018). "Syn-sedimentary deformation as a mechanism for the initiation of submarine gullies on a carbonate platform to slope transition, Browse Basin, Australian North West Shelf." Marine and Petroleum Geology 91: 622-630.
  • Schoenherr, J., L. Reuning, M. Hallenberger, V. Luders, L. Lemmens, B. C. Biehl, A. Lewin, M. Leupold, K. Wimmers and C. J. Strohmenger (2018). "Dedolomitization: review and case study of uncommon mesogenetic formation conditions." Earth-Science Reviews 185: 780-805.
  • Strozyk, F., L. Reuning, S. Back and P.A. Kukla. (2018). “Giant pockmark formation from Cretaceous hydrocarbon expulsion in the westernmost Lower Saxony Basin, Netherlands.” In: Kilhams, B., Kukla, P. A., Mazur, S., Mckie, T., Mijnlieff, H. F. and Van Ojik, K. (Eds.) Mesozoic Resource Potential in the Southern Permian Basin. GSL Special Publications 469 (1): 519-536.
  • Utami, D. A., L. Reuning and S. Y. Cahyarini (2018). "Satellite- and field-based facies mapping of isolated carbonate platforms from the Kepulauan Seribu Complex, Indonesia." Depositional Record 4(2): 255-273.
  • De Vleeschouwer, D., A. G. Dunlea, G. Auer, C. H. Anderson, H. Brumsack, A. de Loach, M. Gurnis, Y. Huh, T. Ishiwa, K. Jang, M. A. Kominz, Ch. März, B. Schnetger, R. W. Murray, H. Pälike and Expedition 356 Shipboard Scientist including L. Reuning (2017). “Quantifying K, U, and Th contents ofmarine sediments using shipboardnatural gamma radiation spectra measured on DV JOIDES Resolution.” Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 18: 1053–1064. doi:10.1002/2016GC00671
  • Belde, J., S. Back, J. Bourget and L. Reuning (2017). "Oligocene and Miocene Carbonate Platform Development in the Browse Basin, Australian Northwest Shelf." Journal of Sedimentary Research 87(8): 795-816.
  • Belde, J., L. Reuning and S. Back (2017). "Bottom currents and sediment waves on a shallow carbonate shelf, Northern Carnarvon Basin, Australia." Continental Shelf Research 138: 142-153.
  • Christensen, B. A., W. Renema, J. Henderiks, D. De Vleeschouwer, J. Groeneveld, I. S. Castaneda, L. Reuning, K. Bogus, G. Auer, T. Ishiwa, C. M. McHugh, S. J. Gallagher, C. S. Fulthorpe and I. E. Scientists (2017). "Indonesian Throughflow drove Australian climate from humid Pliocene to arid Pleistocene." Geophysical Research Letters 44(13): 6914-6925.
  • Deik, H., L. Reuning and M. Pfeiffer (2017). "Orbital scale variation of primary productivity in the central equatorial Indian Ocean (Maldives) during the early Pliocene." Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 480: 33-41.
  • Groeneveld, J., J. Henderiks, W. Renema, C. M. McHugh, D. De Vleeschouwer, B. A. Christensen, C. S. Fulthorpe, L. Reuning, S. J. Gallagher, K. Bogus, G. Auer, T. Ishiwa and S. Expedition (2017). "Australian shelf sediments reveal shifts in Miocene Southern Hemisphere westerlies." Science Advances 3(5). doi:10.1126/sciadv.1602567
  • Li, S. Y., L. Reuning, G. Marquart Y. Wang and P. Y. Zhao (2017). "Numerical model of halite precipitation in porous sedimentary rocks adjacent to salt diapirs." Journal of Geophysics and Engineering 14(5): 1160-1166.
  • Strozyk, F., L. Reuning, M. Scheck-Wenderoth and D. C. Tanner (2017). “The Tectonic History of the Zechstein Basin in the Netherlands and Germany.” In: Soto, J. I., Flinch, J., Tari, G. (Eds.), Permo-Triassic Salt Provinces of Europe, North Africa and the Atlantic Margins: Tectonics and Hydrocarbon Potential, Amsterdam, Elsevier: 221—241.
  • Biehl, B. C., L. Reuning, J. Schoenherr, A. Lewin, M. Leupold and P. A. Kukla (2016). "Do CO2-charged fluids contribute to secondary porosity creation in deeply buried carbonates?" Marine and Petroleum Geology 76: 176-186.
  • Biehl, B. C., L. Reuning, J. Schoenherr, V. Luders and P. A. Kukla (2016). "Impacts of hydrothermal dolomitization and thermochemical sulfate reduction on secondary porosity creation in deeply buried carbonates: A case study from the Lower Saxony Basin, northwest Germany." AAPG Bulletin 100(4): 597-621.
  • Zinke, J., L. Reuning, M. Pfeiffer, J. A. Wassenburg, E. Hardman, R. Jhangeer-Khan, G. R. Davies, C. K. C. Ng and D. Kroon (2016). "A sea surface temperature reconstruction for the southern Indian Ocean trade wind belt from corals in Rodrigues Island (19 degrees S, 63 degrees E)." Biogeosciences 13(20): 5827-5847.
  • Rosleff-Soerensen, B., L. Reuning, S. Back and P. A. Kukla (2016). "The response of a basin-scale Miocene barrier reef system to long-term, strong subsidence on a passive continental margin, Barcoo Sub-basin, Australian North West Shelf." Basin Research 28(1): 103-123.
  • Belde, J., S. Back and L. Reuning (2015). "Three-dimensional seismic analysis of sediment waves and related geomorphological features on a carbonate shelf exposed to large amplitude internal waves, Browse Basin region, Australia." Sedimentology 62(1): 87-109.
  • Smodej, J., L. Reuning, U. Wollenberg, J. Zinke, M. Pfeiffer and P. A. Kukla (2015). "Two-dimensional X-ray diffraction as a tool for the rapid, nondestructive detection of low calcite quantities in aragonitic corals." Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 16(10): 3778-3788.
  • Zinke, J., M. Pfeiffer, W. Park, B. Schneider, L. Reuning, W. C. Dullo, G. F. Camoin, A. Mangini, A. Schroeder-Ritzrau, D. Garbe-Schonberg and G. R. Davies (2014). "Seychelles coral record of changes in sea surface temperature bimodality in the western Indian Ocean from the Mid-Holocene to the present." Climate Dynamics 43(3-4): 689-708.
  • Masoumi, S., L. Reuning, S. Back, A. Sandrin and P. A. Kukla (2014). "Buried pockmarks on the Top Chalk surface of the Danish North Sea and their potential significance for interpreting palaeocirculation patterns." International Journal of Earth Sciences 103(2): 563-578.
  • Biehl, B. C., L. Reuning, F. Strozyk and P. A. Kukla (2014). "Origin and deformation of intra-salt sulphate layers: an example from the Dutch Zechstein (Late Permian)." International Journal of Earth Sciences 103(3): 697-712.
  • Rosleff-Soerensen, B., L. Reuning, S. Back and P. Kukla (2012). "Seismic geomorphology and growth architecture of a Miocene barrier reef, Browse Basin, NW-Australia." Marine and Petroleum Geology 29(1): 233-254.
  • Li S., S. Abe, L. Reuning, S. Becker, J. L. Urai and P.A. Kukla (2012). "Numerical modelling of the displacement and deformation of embedded rock bodies during salt tectonics: A case study from the South Oman Salt Basin.” In: Alsop I. (Ed.), Salt Tectonics, Sediments and Prospectivity, GSL Special Publications 363 (1): 503-520.
  • Müther D., S. Back, L. Reuning, P. Kukla and F. Lehmkuhl (2012). "Middle Pleistocene landforms in the Danish Sector of the southern North Sea imaged on 3D seismic data" In: Huuse, M., Redfern, J., LeHeron, D. P., Dixon, R. J., Moscariello,A. and Craig, J. (Eds.) GlaciogenicReservoirs and Hydrocarbon Systems., Salt Tectonics, Sediments and Prospectivity, GSL Special Publications 368 (1): 111-127.
  • Kukla, P. A., L. Reuning, S. Becker, J. L. Urai and J. Schoenherr (2011). "Distribution and mechanisms of overpressure generation and deflation in the late Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian South Oman Salt Basin." Geofluids 11(4): 349-361.
  • Back, S., H. Van Gent, L. Reuning, J. Grotsch, J. Niederau and P. Kukla (2011). "3D seismic geomorphology and sedimentology of the Chalk Group, southern Danish North Sea." Journal of the Geological Society 168(2): 393-405.
  • Reuning, L., J. Schoenherr, A. Heimann, J. L. Urai, R. Littke, P. A. Kukla and Z. Rawahi (2009). "Constraints on the diagenesis, stratigraphy and internal dynamics of the surface-piercing salt domes in the Ghaba Salt Basin (Oman): A comparison to the Ara Group in the South Oman Salt Basin." Geoarabia 14(3): 83-120.
  • Schoenherr, J., L. Reuning, P. A. Kukla, R. Littke, J. L. Urai, M. Siemann and Z. Rawahi (2009). "Halite cementation and carbonate diagenesis of intra-salt reservoirs from the Late Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian Ara Group (South Oman Salt Basin)." Sedimentology 56(2): 567-589.
  • Groeneveld, J., D. Nurnberg, R. Tiedemann, G. J. Reichart, S. Steph, L. Reuning, D. Crudeli and P. Mason (2008). "Foraminiferal Mg/Ca increase in the Caribbean during the pliocene: Western Atlantic Warm Pool formation, salinity influence, or diagenetic overprint?" Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 9.
  • Reuning, L., J. J. G. Reijmer, C. Betzler, A. Timmermann and S. Steph (2006). "Sub-Milankovitch cycles in periplatform carbonates from the early Pliocene Great Bahama Bank." Paleoceanography 21(1).
  • Steph, S., R. Tiedemann, M. Prange, J. Groeneveld, D. Nürnberg, L. Reuning, M. Schulz and G. H. Haug (2006). "Changes in Caribbean surface hydrography during the Pliocene shoaling of the Central American Seaway." Paleoceanography 21(4).
  • Reuning, L., J. J. G. Reijmer and E. Mattioli (2006). "Aragonite cycles: diagenesis caught in the act." Sedimentology 53(4): 849-866.
  • Reuning, L., J. J. G. Reijmer, C. Betzler, P. Swart and T. Bauch (2005). "The use of paleoceanographic proxies in carbonate periplatform settings-opportunities and pitfalls." Sedimentary Geology 175(1-4): 131-152.
  • Reuning, L., J. J. G. Reijmer and C. Betzler (2002). "Sedimentation cycles and their diagenesis on the slope of a Miocene carbonate ramp (Bahamas, ODP Leg 166)." Marine Geology 185(1-2): 121-142.