Katharina Methner

Phone: 069 7542 1815


 Fieldwork USA 

Dr. Katharina Methner

Research Associate


Research interests
Stable isotope based paleoaltimetry and paleoclimate reconstructions
• Geochemical reconstructions of fluid flow in fault zones
• Carbonate clumped isotope (Δ47) thermometry
• Stable isotope geochemistry (δD, δ18O, δ13C)
• North American Cordilleran geology

My primary research interest is the reconstruction of paleoaltimetry and paleoclimate using traditional stable and clumped isotope geochemistry.

During my thesis I focused on the topographic evolution and the climate dynamics of the Early Cenozoic North American Cordillera through integrated geochronology, sedimentology, stable isotope, and clumped isotope thermometry studies.

Current projects involve Miocene paleoclimate reconstruction of the western US and of the European Alps.

Methner K.,
A. Mulch, J. Fiebig, U. Wacker, A. Gerdes, S.A. Graham, C.P. Chamberlain (2016) Rapid middle Eocene temperature change in western North America. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 450, 132-139, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.05.053.
Methner K., J. Fiebig, U. Wacker, P. Umhoefer, C. Page Chamberlain, A. Mulch (2016) Eo-Oligocene proto-Cascades topography revealed by clumped (Δ47) and oxygen isotope (δ18O) geochemistry (Chumstick Basin, WA, USA). Tectonics 35(3), 546-564, doi:10.1002/2015TC003984.
Enkelmann, E., Ehlers, T.A., Merli, G., Methner, K. (2015) Thermal and exhumation history of the Eocene Chumstick Basin, Washington State, USA. Tectonics 34(5), 951-969, doi:10.1002/2014TC003767.
Fiebig, J., Hofmann, S., Löffler, N., Lüdecke, T., Methner, K., Wacker, U. (2015) Slight pressure imbalances can affect accuracy and precision of dual inlet-based clumped isotope analysis. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 1-17, doi:10.1080/10256016.2015.1010531.
Methner, K., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Wells, M., Cosca, M., Gottardi, R., Gébelin, A., Chamberlain, C.P. (2015) Eocene and Miocene extension, meteoric fluid infiltration and core complex formation in the Great Basin (Raft River Mountains, Utah). Tectonics 34, doi:10.1002/2014TC00376647.
Mulch, A., Chamberlain, C.P., Cosca, M.A., Teyssier, C., Methner, K., Hren, M.T., Graham, S.A. (2015) Rapid change in western North American high-elevation rainfall patterns during the Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum (MECO). American Journal of Science, 315, 317-336. doi: 10.2475/04.2015.02

Tutorial “Tektonik und Klima” (lecture of Prof A. Mulch)
Supervision Bsc. theses

Short CV
Research Associate, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre
2016: PhD, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
PhD thesis: “Recovering Eocene paleotopography and paleoclimate of the North American Cordillera through integrated stable isotope and clumped isotope analyses”
2010 – 2016: PhD candidate at BiK-F/Goethe Universität Frankfurt
2010: Diploma, Leibniz University of Hannover
Diploma thesis: "Fluid flow and detachment kinematics of a Cordilleran detachment zone"
2004 – 2010: Study in Geosciences, Leibniz University of Hannover and University of Bern, Switzerland