Heidelberg University
Institute of Earth Sciences

Im Neuenheimer Feld 236
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 54-8206
Fax: +49 6221 54-4805


Isotope Geology and Petrology

Dr. Christian BergemannNo Photo Available


Institute of Earth Sciences

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 236

D-69120 Heidelberg

Room: 402
+49 6221 54-6021
+49 6221 54-4805 (secretariat)



Research interests and projects


  • Hydrothermal fluid activity and mineralization (dating of brittle-ductile tectonics; pressure-temperature and (fluid) chemical conditions; mainly European Alps)
  • Magma evolution in the continental crust, including volcanism and (partial) melting (South/Central America, Bohemian Massif, Namibia)



Academic career and professional employment

Since 09/2019 Substitute Lecturer, Heidelberg University
Since 04/2019 Guest Researcher, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
04/2018 – 03/2019 Postdoctoral Researcher, Natural History Museum of Geneva
04/2013 – 10/2017 PhD, University of Geneva
10/2010 – 03/2013 MSc, University of Hamburg
10/2007 – 09/2010 BSc, University of Hamburg



Stipends / Awards

2016 Travel grant of the Fondation Ernst et Lucie Schmidheiny, Geneva; for conference participations
2010 – 2012 Fellowship of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
2010 Award for the highest Bsc Geosciences final degree at the University of Hamburg



Current teaching


2019/2020 Winter Semester:   

  • Thin-section microscopy II (BS)



Invited talks


  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (2019)
  • Swiss Geoscience Meeting (2016)







Emmanuelle Ricchi, Christian A. Bergemann, Edwin Gnos, Alfons Berger, Daniela Rubatto, Martin J. Whitehouse and Franz Walter (2020). Cenozoic deformation in the Tauern Window (Eastern Alps, Austria) constrained by in-situ Th-Pb dating of fissure monazite. Solid Earth 11, 437-467


Christian A. Bergemann, Edwin Gnos, Alfons Berger, Martin Whitehouse und Emilie Janots (2020). Dating tectonic activity in the Lepontine Dome and Rhone-Simplon Fault regions through hydrothermal monazite-(Ce). Solid Earth 11, 199-222




Christian A. Bergemann, Edwin Gnos, and Martin J. Whitehouse (2019). Insights into the tectonic history of the Western Alps through dating of fissure monazite in the Mont Blanc and Aiguilles Rouges massifs. Tectonophysics 750, 203-212


Emmanuelle Ricchi, Christian A. Bergemann, Edwin Gnos, Alfons Berger, Daniela Rubatto and Martin J. Whitehouse (2019). Constraining deformation phases in the Aar Massif and the Gotthard Nappe (Switzerland) using Th-Pb crystallization ages of fissure monazite-(Ce). Lithos 342-343, 223-238




Christian A. Bergemann, Edwin Gnos, Alfons Berger, Martin J. Whitehouse, Josef Mullis, Franz Walter and Hans-Peter Bojar (2018). Constraining long-term fault activity in the brittle domain through in situ dating of hydrothermal monazite. Terra Nova 30, 440-446




Christian Bergemann, Edwin Gnos, Alfons Berger, Martin Whitehouse, Philip Wehrens, Josef Mullis, Thomas Pettke and Emilie Janots (2017). Th-Pb dating of cleft monazite and its implications for shear zone activity: An example from the Grimsel area, Switzerland. Tectonics 36, 671-689




Edwin Gnos, Emilie Janots, Alfons Berger, Martin Whitehouse, Franz Walter, Thomas Pettke and Christian Bergemann (2015). Age of cleft monazites in the eastern Tauern Window: Constraints on crystallization conditions of hydrothermal monazite. Swiss Journal of Geosciences 108, 55-74




Christian Bergemann, Stefan Jung, Jasper Berndt, Andreas Stracke and Folkmar Hauff (2014). Generation of magnesian, high-K alkali-calcic granites and granodiorites from amphibolitic continental crust in the Damara orogen, Namibia. Lithos 198-199, 217-233


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