Diethard SandersDiethard Sanders


phone: +43 512 507-54206
fax: +43 512 507-54399




Curriculum Vitae

Study of geology at the University of Innsbruck ( M. Sc. thesis) on the alteration of limestone associated with MVT-type lead-zinc mineralization (advisor: Prof. Rainer Brandner).

In 1993 Community Service.

In 1994 Ph. D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich on the Late Cretaceous-Miocene development and sequence stratigraphy of the Maiella carbonate platform margin, Central Italy (advisors: Prof. Daniel Bernoulli, Prof. Gregor Eberli, Dr. Maria Mutti).

Since october 1994 assistant at the Institute of Geology and Paleontology, University of Innsbruck.

Research project "Sequence Stratigraphy, Basin Development and Alpine Tectonics of the Upper Cretaceous of Brandenberg (Austrian Science Fund, completed 1999),

Habilitation in June 2000: "Upper Cretaceous rudist formations of the Eastern Alps: Stratigraphy, sedimentology and models of development."

Current research interests

  • Physical stratigraphy (sequence stratigraphy)
  • Taphonomy and palaeoecology of bioconstructions
  • Terrestrial carbonates

Present research projects

  • 'Catastrophic rockslides in the Alps' (Co-proponent, together with Marc Ostermann)
  • 'Lower Permian cyclic sediments and reef mounds of the Carnic Alps and in New Mexico


  • History of Earth and evolution of life
  • Sedimentary facies and environments
  • Sedimentary facies and environments, 2
  • Principles of stratigraphy
  • Physical stratigraphy
  • Sequence stratigraphy
  • Carbonate sequence stratigraphy
  • Field mapping
  • Palaeontological interpretation of thin sections
  • Carbonate sedimentology
  • Environment and sediments
  • Depositional systems
  • Basin development
  • Principles of palaeoclimatology and palaeoceanography
  • Geomorphology for geologists
  • Guided field excursions (Alps, Apennines, Florida-Bahamas, Pyrenees)
  • Seminars: Global Change, Recent Tropical Carbonates, Palaeoclimate indicators
  • Sedimentary records and palaeoceanography (together with Michael Sarnthein)
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