Prof. em. Dr. rer. nat. Wolf-Christian Dullo

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

FE Paleoceanography
Research Division 1: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics

Wischhofstrasse 1-3. D-24148 Kiel

E-Mail: cdullo(at)

Personal Data

  • Date of birth: April 24th, 1954
  • Place of birth: Nürnberg
  • Citizenship: German

Research Interests

  • Reefs in time and space
  • Tropical coral reefs
  • Sealevel carbonate production
  • Coral sclerochronology
  • Cold water coral reefs and oceanography
  • Upwelling systems and ocean minim. zones
  • Insitu observation
  • Instrumentation of physical and chemical parameters

Education & Carreer

Diploma in Geology, Petrography and Paleontology, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nürnberg

Degree "Dr. rer. nat." in Geology/Paleontology, (magna cum laude), University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Habilitation Geology/Paleontology, University Erlangen-Nürnberg

1988 - 1989
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Paleontology, University Erlangen-Nürnberg

1989 - 1990
Visiting Professorship, Historical Geology, University of Heidelberg

Associate Professor, Institute of Paleontology, University Erlangen-Nürnberg

1991 - 2002
Professor (C3) of Paleoceanography, Research Centre GEOMAR at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

Appointment chair in Paleontology, University Erlangen; declined

2002 - 2020
Professor (C4) of Paleoceanography at GEOMAR / IFM-GEOMAR

Appointment General Director at Museum für Naturkunde Berlin; declined

Research stays abroad

1/1996 – 3/1996 CEREGE
Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement, Aix en Provence

2/2004 – 5/2004 CEREGE
Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement, Aix en Provence


Leibniz Award of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Elected Member of the German Academy of Sciences LEOPOLDINA

Award "Norddeutscher Wissenschaftspreis 2015"



1993 - 2021
Board Member  German Geological Society (DGGV) and Editor-in-Chief  International Journal of Earth Sciences

Since 1998
Member Editorial Board Facies

2001 - 2020
Chairman Board Annette Barthelt-Stiftung e.V.

Since 2001
Chairman Board "Bildungsstiftung Schleswig-Holstein"

2001 - 2007
Committee Member Senatskommission für Ozeanographie DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

2002 - 2020
German Representative of CIESM Commission Internationale pour l'éxploration scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée

2002 - 2021
Chairman Board "Deutsches Meeresmuseum", Stralsund

Since 2002
(Founding-) Member  of "Maritimes Forum Kiel"

2003 - 2011
Committee Member of  Humboldt- and Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

2003 - 2018
Chairman of "Verein zur Förderung der GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung e. V."

2004 - 2010
Member of DFG Committee for Scientific Libraries and Information Systems

2008 - 2016
Member and Speaker of DFG Review Board 314

2012 - 2019
Chairman International Advisory Board ZMT   Bremen

Since 2017
Member selection committee "Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize" / DFG


GEOMAR activities

1996 - 1999
Vice Director of Research Centre GEOMAR, Kiel

1997 - 2014
Head of Research Unit "Paleoceanography", GEOMAR / IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel

1999 - 2003
Director of Research Centre GEOMAR, Kiel

2007 - 2019

2012 - 2020
Spokesperson HOSST Helmholtz Research School for Ocean System Science and Technology

Selected Publications

Dullo, W.-Chr., Pfaffl, F.A. (2019): “The theory of undercurrent from the Austrian alpine geologist Otto Ampferer (1875-1947): first conceptual ideas on the way to plate tectonics” Can. J. Earth Sci. 00:1-6(0000)

Tamborrino, L., Wienberg, C., Titschack, J., Wintersteller, P., Mienis F., Schröder-Ritzrau, A., Freiwald, A., Covadonga, O., Dullo, W.-Chr., Haberkern, J., Hebbeln, D. (2019): “Mid-Holocene extinction of cold-water corals on the Namibian shelf steered by the Benguela oxygen minimum zone” Geology (2019),

Dullo, W.-Chr., Pfaffl, F.A. (2018): Hans Conrad Escher von der Linth, Geognost, Member of Parliament, Architect and Constructor of the Linthkanal; International Journal of Earth Sciences, October 2018, Volume 107(7), pp 2639-2644;

von Reumont, J., Hetzinger, S., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Manfrino, C., Dullo, W.-Chr., (2018): Tracking interannual to multidecadal-scale climate variability in the Altlantic Warm Pool using central Caribbean coral data; Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 33(4), pp. 395-411,

Pfeiffer, M., Zinke, J., Dullo, W.-Chr., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Latif, M., Weber, M.E. (2017): Indian Ocean corals reveal crucial role of World War II bias for twentieth century warming estimates; Scientific Reports, 7 (1), art. no. 14434; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-14352-6.

Dullo, W.-Chr., Flögel, S. und Rüggeberg, A. (2017): Water Mass Measurements Around Benthic Communities: A Comparative Study Between Yo-Yo Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) Casts and High-Resolution Time Series Data Acquisition of Bottom Waters from the Pagès Escarpment in the Southern Bay of Biscay. In: Diversity in Coastal Marine Sciences., ed. by Finkl, C. W. und Makowski, C.. Coastal Research Library, 23 . Springer, Cham, pp. 181-200. ISBN 978-3-319-57577-3 DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-57577-3_11.

Johanson, A.N., Flögel, S., Dullo, W.-Chr., Linke, P., Hasselbring, W. (2017): Modeling polyp activity of Paragorgia arborea using supervised learning; Ecological Informatics, Volume 39, Pages 109-118.

Dullo, W.-Chr. and Pfaffl, F.A. (2016): Wolfgang Schott (1905-1989): The founder of quantitative paleoceanography; International Journal of Earth Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s00531-016-1356-6.

Hetzinger, S., Pfeiffer, M., Dullo, W.-Chr., Zinke, J. and Garbe-Schönberg, D. (2016): A change in coral extension rates and stable isotopes after El Niño-induced coral bleaching and regional stress events; Scientific Reports, 6 (32879). DOI 10.1038/srep32879.

Rüggeberg, A., Flögel, S., Dullo, W.-Chr., Raddatz, J. and Liebetrau, V. (2016): Paleoseawater density reconstruction and its implication for cold-water coral carbonate mounds in the northeast Atlantic through time; Paleoceanography, 31 (3). pp. 365-379. DOI 10.1002/2015PA002859.

Glogowski, S., Dullo, W.-Chr., Feldens, P., von Reumont, J., Hühnerbach, V., Krastel, S., Wynn, R. B. and Flögel, S. (2015): The Eugen Seibold coral mounds offshore western Morocco: oceanographic and bathymetric steering of a newly discovered cold-water coral province, Geo-Marine Letters, 35 (4). pp. 257-269. DOI 10.1007/s00367-015-0405-7.

Zinke, J., Loveday, B.R., Reason, C.J.C., Dullo, W.-Chr. & Kroon, D. (2014): Madagascar corals track sea surface temperature variability in the Agulhas Current core region over the past 334 years. Nature Scientific Reports, 4. p. 4393.DOI 10.1038/srep04393.

Flögel, S., Dullo, W.-Chr., Pfannkuche, O., Kiriakoulakis, K. & Rüggeberg, A. (2014): Geochemical and physical constraints for the occurrence of living cold-water corals. Deep-Sea Research Part II: Tropical Studies in Oceanography, Volume 99, Pages 19-26. January 2014.

Raddatz, J., Liebetrau, V., Rüggeberg, A., Hathorne, E. Krabbenhöft, A., Eisenhauer, A., Böhm, F., Vollstaedt, H., Fietzke, J., Dullo, W.-Chr. et al. (2013): Stable Sr-isotope, Sr/Ca, Mg/Ca, Li/Ca and Mg/Li ratios in the scleractinian cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa - Elsevier, Chemical Geology, Vol. 352, P. 143-152, DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.06.13

Dullo, W.-Chr. & Schönlaub, H.-P. (2012): Larger benthic foraminifera (fusulinids) in petrogenetic frequencies: The Paleozoic treasure of the Carnic Alps. International Journal of Earth Science, 101(7), pp. 1875-1876

Flögel, S., Parkin, G., Pollard, D., Dullo, W.-Chr. et al. (2011): Simulating zonal scale shifts in the partitioning of surface and subsurface freshwater flow in response to increasing pCO(2). – CLIMATE DYNAMICS, Volume 37, Issue:7-8, Pages 1565-1573, DOI:10.1007/s00382-010-0929-5

Hübscher, C., Dullo, W.-Chr., S. Flögel, J. Titschak and J. Schönfeld (2010): Contourite drift evolution and related coral growth in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and its gateways. International Journal of Earth Science., 99(1):191-206. DOI 10.1007/s00531-010-0558-6.

Cahyarini, S.Y., Pfeiffer, M. & Dullo, W.-Chr. (2009): Improving SST reconstructions from coral Sr/Ca records: multiple corals from Tahiti (French Polynesia). - Int. J. Earth Sci. (Geol. Rundsch), 98:31-40. doi: 10.1007/s00531-008-0323-2.

Dullo, W.-Chr., S. Flögel and A. Rüggeberg (2008) Cold-water coral growth in relation to the hydrography of the Celtic and Nordic European continental margin. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 371: 165-176.

Rein, B., Lückge, A., Reinhard, L., Sirocko, F., Wolf, A., Dullo, W.-Chr. (2005): El Niño variability off Peru during the last 20,000 Years. - Paleoceanography 20, PA4003, doi: 10.1029/2004PA001099.

Böhm, F., Joachimski, M.M., Dullo, W.-Chr., Eisenhauer, A., Lehnert, H., Reitner, J. & Wörheide, G. (2000): Oxygen isotope fractionation in marine aragonite of coralline sponges. – Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 64/10, 1695-1703.

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