About us

Research in the General Geology group, led by Tenure-Track Professor Nevena Andrić Tomašević, focuses on how tectonics, magmatism, climate and surface processes interact to influence sedimentary basins and their associate mountain ranges. In particular we are interested in:

  • The influence of geodynamic processes on location, timing and rates of sediment accumulation.
  • Source to sink relations in sedimentary basins associated with hydrothermal systems.
  • Disentangling and quantifying tectonic and climatic controls on erosion, transport and deposition.

To investigate these topics, we use a range of tools and techniques including field observations, analytical measurements, basin analysis and numerical models.

Our research has broad implications on the sustainable use of sedimentary basins for underground resources like drinking water, raw materials and pore-space to produce and store energy.

For more information, check out our ongoing projects and open positions.

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Abstract GeoSaxonia
Sedimentary Basins across time: past, present and towards a sustained future

Nevena Andrić-Tomašević, from our research group, Katharina Methner (Univ. Leipzig), Stefanie Tofelde (Univ. Berlin) and Domenico Ravidà (Univ. Göttingen) are hosting a session at GeoSaxonia 2024 (23-26. September).

Conveners invite contributions that aim towards integrating sedimentology, paleontology, structural geology and/or modelling techniques. If this is of interest to you, please submit an abstract (→ https://www.geosaxonia2024.de/call-for-abstracts.html) until May 6th and do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Session 8G description: Sedimentary basins are critical archives for understanding the Earth’s surface response to environmental disturbances, including climate changes, and serve as the primary field for reconstructing Earth’s evolution throughout geological time. Moreover, they offer insights into the mechanisms controlling natural hazards, pollutant transport across the land, the genesis and preservation of natural resources, as well as potential gas/waste storage sites and geothermal reservoirs. Therefore, understanding the processes operating in sedimentary systems is pivotal to effectively address societal challenges such as global warming, natural resources management, energy transition and security by providing a scientific basis for sustainable development strategies.
Here, we invite contributions that utilize multi-disciplinary approaches to investigate and characterize sedimentary successions aiming to retrieve insights about (1) the evolution of depositional environments and the impacts of environmental perturbations – such as changes in climates or tectonic settings – on their development across various temporal and spatial scales; (2) the drivers, magnitudes and frequencies of natural hazards such as mass wasting processes; (3) the quantification of the rates of erosion, sediment transport and deposition. Contributions are welcome from field observations, subsurface studies, proxy reconstructions, as well as physical and numerical modelling that take a holistic approach to understanding the evolution of marine and terrestrial sedimentary systems as recorders of changes in climate, ecosystems and/or tectonics/geodynamics.

GeoSaxonia 2024
Publication - Andrić-Tomašević et al. (2023b)
Publication - Andrić-Tomašević et al. (2023b)

We are pleased to let you know that our article Tectonically induced travertine deposition in the Middle Miocene Levač intramountain basin (Central Serbia) (doi: 10.1111/sed.13171) is now available online, containing full bibliographic details.

This work is a collaboration between Nevena Andrić-Tomašević from our research group, Vladimir Simić (Univ. Belgrade), Dragana Životić (Univ. Belgrade), Nenad Nikolić (Univ. Belgrade), Aleksandra Pavlović (Serbia Zijin Copper), Tobias Kluge (KIT) and Aratz Beranoaguirre (KIT), Jeroen Smit (Univ. Bochum), and Achim Bechtel (MontaUniv. Leoben).

Publication - Andrić-Tomašević et al. (2023b)
Welcome Robert
Welcome M.Sc. Robert Šamarija

We welcome our new PhD Student Robert Šamarija.

Robert received his Master-Degree from the Faculty of Science at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). In his Master-Thesis he studied the carbonate platform margin to foreland basin development in the Pre-Karst Unit of the Internal Dinarides.

His Doctoral Thesis will combine U-Pb dating, sedimentological mapping and analysis of fossil material from selected sites to investigate the role of topographic uplift in the development of arid vs humid conditions and fauna distribution across the Dinarides during the Miocene Climatic Optimum (MCO).

M.Sc. Robert Šamarija webpage