Dominik Hennhoefer

Dominik Hennhoefer

Dr. Dominik Hennhoefer

Office: Ruwais 3-214 (SAN Campus)

Telephone: +971 (0)2 607 6241

Email: dominik.hennhoefer@ku.ac.ae


Dr. Dominik Hennhoefer is Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences since 2019. He received a Diplom degree in Geology from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and was awarded Doctor of Science in Geology and Palaeontology from Heidelberg University (Germany). Before joining the Petroleum Institute (Abu Dhabi) as Research Teaching Associate, he was Lecturer of Sedimentology at Heidelberg University.


His research interests generally lie in carbonate sediments and build-ups and their stratigraphical and palaeoenvironmental interpretation. His current research focuses on the chronostratigraphy and geochemistry of marine sediments in the Jurassic and Cretaceous systems (201–66 million years ago), and climatic reconstructions of the past 15,000 years on speleothems.


Dr. Dominik Hennhoefer is an active member of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS), the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and the Geochemical Society. He further serves as the UAE National Correspondent of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS).

  • 2013   Doctor of Science (Geology/Palaeontology), Heidelberg University, GER
  • 2010   Diplom (Geology), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, GER
  • PGEG 221 – Introduction to Geology and Geophysics
  • PGEG 230 – Geological Maps
  • PGEG 311 – Sedimentary Petrology
  • PGEG 321 – Structural Geology
  • Mesozoic carbonate sediments
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions of climatic changes
  • Geochemical signals in sediments
  • Invertebrate palaeontology
  • 3D visualisations of sedimentary and biogenic structures

Active Research Projects

  • Carbonate sedimentology and geochemistry during climatic turnovers in the Jurassic and Cretaceous systems on the Arabian Plate (KU-FSU)
  • Prehistoric human and faunal evidence of late Pleistocene-early Holocene age in submerged caves of the Yucatan peninsula, State of Quintana Roo, southern Mexico (funded by DFG)
  • D. Hennhoefer, A. Al Suwaidi, Steuber T. (in press): The onset of Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 on the Arabian Shelf – mechanisms between organic matter deposition, sea level, and palaeoceanography (Shilaif Basin, United Arab Emirates). Newsletters on Stratigraphy.
  • D. Hennhoefer, A. Al Suwaidi, C. Bottini, E. Helja, T. Steuber (2019): Albian to Turonian stable isotope record from the Shilaif Basin (UAE) and its regional and global correlation. Sedimentology, Vol. 66, 536-555.
  • P. Zell, W. Stinnesbeck, D. Hennhoefer, A. Al Suwaidi, G. Gruber, N. Schorndorf (2019): Repeated turnovers in Gulf of Mexico faunal assemblages of the Late Jurassic: correlation with cold water ingressions. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 91, 1-7.
  • A. Tajika, C. Naglik, N. Morimoto, Pascual-Cebrian, D. Hennhoefer, C. Klug (2015): Empirical 3D model of the conch of the Middle Jurassic Ammonite microconch Normannites: its buoyancy, the physical effects of its mature modifications and speculations on their function. Historical Biology, Vol. 27/2, 1-11.
  • D. Hennhoefer, E. Pascual-Cebrian, T. Korbar, W. Stinnesbeck, S. Götz (2014): Radiolitid rudist colonisation strategies and biostrome development in moderate-energy inner-platform environments (Campanian, Brač Island, Croatia). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol. 403, 80-87.
  • E. Pascual-Cebrian, D. Hennhoefer, S. Götz (2013): Three-dimensional morphometry of polyconitid rudist bivalves based on grinding tomography. Facies, Vol. 59, 347-358.
  • E. Pascual-Cebrian, D. Hennhoefer, S. Götz (2013): High resolution and true colour grinding tomography of rudist bivalves, exemplified with the taxonomic revision of Mathesia darderi (Astre). Caribbean Journal of Earth Science, Vol. 45, 35-46.
  • S. Kiel, S. Götz, E. Pascual-Cebrian, D. Hennhoefer (2012): Partially fossilized digestive systems in 23 million year old wood-boring bivalves. Journal of Molluscan Studies, Vol. 78/4, 349-356.
  • D. Hennhoefer, S. Götz, S. Mitchell (2012): Paleobiology of a Biradiolites mooretownensis rudist lithosome – seasonality, reproductive cyclicity and population dynamics. Lethaia, Vol. 45/3, 450-461.

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