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Thomas Steuber

Thomas Steuber

Professor, Department of Earth Sciences


Telephone: +971 (0)2 607 5599
Email: thomas.steuber@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Thomas Steuber is currently Professor in the Earth Science Department of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi. Previously, he joined the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, in 2005 from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, where he served as Hochschuldozent (Associate Professor) and Acting Chair of Sedimentology and Isotope Geology from 1999 – 2005. From 1996 – 1999, while at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, he was holding the prestigious Heisenberg-Fellowship of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), after an appointment as Hochschulassistent (Assistant Professor) at the University of Cologne, Germany. He earned his PhD from the University of Cologne in 1989 with a thesis on the biostratigraphy, sedimentology, and isotope geochemistry of Triassic sedimentary rocks in Beotia, Greece.
His research interests are in the sedimentology and paleontology of Cretaceous carbonate platforms, the chemostratigraphy of carbonate sedimentary systems, and in the application of geochemistry, specifically isotope geochemistry, to Earth system science.
Dr. Thomas Steuber has published more than 65 papers in refereed journals and more than 190 conference abstracts and proceedings. His current h-index (in 2017) is 23 (Web of Science) and 28 (Google Scholar), respectively. He serves as a reviewer for numerous highly-ranked journals in his area of expertise, and as a reviewer for various national research funding agencies.
He was the main supervisor of four PhD students, served on 16 PhD committees as external or internal examiner, and supervised eight MSc theses.

  • Doctor of Science (Geology), University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  • PGEG220 Geology of the Middle East
  • PGEG221 Introduction to Geology and Geophysics
  • PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology
  • PGEG397 Field Petroleum Geology
  • PGEG451 Environmental Geology
  • PGEG490/491 Petroleum Systems Project

‘Late Jurassic – Early Cretaceous unconventional and tight reservoirs’ (co-PI)

Research Interests:

  • Sedimentology and paleontology of Cretaceous carbonate platforms;
  • Chemostratigraphy, geochemical diagenesis of carbonates;
  • Environmental isotope geochemistry;

Steuber, T., Scott, R.W., Mitchell, S.F. and Skelton, P.W. “Stratigraphy and diversity dynamcis of Jurassic-Cretaceous Hippuritida (rudist bivalves).” Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology Online, no. 81, Part N, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 26C, 1-17, University of Kansas, Lawrence; (2016).

Al-Suwaidi, A., Steuber, T. and Suarez M. “The Triassic-Jurassic boundary even from an equatorial carbonate platform (Ghalilah Formation, United Arab Emirates).” Journal of the Geological Society, London, 173: 949-953; (2016).

McArthur, J., Steuber, T., Page, K.N. and Landman, N. “Sr-isotope stratigraphy: Assigning time in the Campanian, Pliensbachian, Toarcian, and Valanginian.” Journal of Geology, 124: 569-586; (2016).

Bodin, S., Meissner, P., Janssen, N.M.M., Steuber, T. and Muttelose, J. “Large igneous provinces and organic carbon burial: Controls on global temperature and continental weathering during the Early Cretaceous.” Global and Planetary Change, 133: 238-253; (2015).

Steuber, T. and Schlüter, M. “Strontium-isotope stratigraphy of Upper Cretaceous rudist bivalves: Biozones, evolutionary patterns and sea-level change calibrated to numerical ages.“ Earth-Science Reviews, 114: 42-60; (2012).

Kaiser, S.I., Becker, R.T., Steuber, T., and Aboussalam, S.Z. “Climate-controlled mass extinctions, facies, and sea-level changes around the Devonian–Carboniferous boundary in the eastern Anti-Atlas (SE Morocco).” Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 310: 340-364; (2011).

van der Kooij, B., Immenhauser, A., Steuber, T., Bahamonde, J.R. and Merino Tome, O. “Controlling factors of volumetrically important marine carbonate cementation in deep slope settings.” Sedimentology, 57: 1491-1525; (2010).

Strohmenger, C.J., Steuber, T., Ghani, A., Barwick, D.G., Al-Mazrooei, S.H.A. and Al-Zaabi, N.O. “Sedimentology and chemostratigraphy of Shu’aiba depositional sequences (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates).” In: Van Buchem, F.S.P., Al-Husseini, M.I., Maurer, F., and Droste, H.J. (Eds.), Aptian Stratigraphy and Petroleum Habitat of the Eastern Arabian Plate, GeoArabia, Special Publication 4, vol. 2: 341-365; (2010).

Lokier, S. and Steuber, T. “Large scale intertidal polygonal features of the Abu Dhabi coastline.” Sedimentology, 56: 609-621; (2009).

Mutterlose, J., Pauly, S. and Steuber, T. “Temperature controlled deposition of early Cretaceous (Barremian – early Aptian) black shales in an epicontinental sea.” Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 273: 330-345; (2009).

Steuber, T., Oezer, S., Schlüter, M. and Sari, B. “Description of Paracaprinula syriaca Piveteau, and a revised age for ophiolite obduction on the African-Arabian Plate in southeastern Turkey.” Cretaceous Research, 30: 41-48; (2009).

Lokier, S. and Steuber, T. “Quantification of carbonate ramp sedimentation and progradation rates for the late Holocene Abu Dhabi shoreline.” Journal of Sedimentary Research, 78: 423-431; (2008).

Schlüter, M., Steuber, T. and Parente, M. “Chronostratigraphy of Campanian-Maastrichtian platform carbonates and rudist asociations of Salento (Apulia, Italy).” Cretaceous Research, 29: 100-114; (2008).

Schlüter, M., Steuber, T., Parente, M. and Mutterlose, J. “Evolution of a Maastrichtian – Paleocene tropial shallow-water carbonate platform (Qalhat, NE Oman).” Facies, 54: 513-527; (2008).

van der Kooij, B., Immenhauser, A., Steuber, T., Hagmaier, M., Bahamonde, J.R., Samankassou, E. and Merino Tomé, O. “Marine red staining of a Pennsylvanian carbonate slope: environmental and oceanographic significance.” Journal of Sedimentary Research, 77: 1026-1045; (2007).

Kaiser, S.I., Steuber, T., Becker, R.T. and Joachimski, M.M. “Geochemical evidence for major environmental change at the Devonian–Carboniferous boundary mass – extinction.” Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 240: 146-160; (2006).

Steuber, T. and Buhl, D. “Calcium-isotope fractionation in modern and ancient marine carbonates”. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70: 5507-5521; (2006).

Steuber, T. and Rauch, M. “Evolution of the Mg/Ca ratio of Cretaceous seawater – Implications from the composition of biological low-Mg calcite.” Marine Geology, 217: 199-213; (2005).

Steuber, T., Rauch, M., Masse, J.-P., Graaf, J. and Malkoč, M. “Low-latitude seasonality of Cretaceous temperatures in warm and cold episodes.” Nature, 437: 1341-1344; (2005).

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