Dr. Philipp A. Brandl

RD 4 "Dynamics of the Ocean Floor"
RU "Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems"
Marine Mineral Resources Group (MMR)

Room: 8A-109
Phone: +49 431 600-1433

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Building 8, East Shore
Wischhofstr. 1-3
24148 Kiel


Research Foci

  • Influence of magmatic systems on ore forming processes
  • Submarine volcanism along convergent and divergent margins
  • Geodynamics of porphyry-epithermal ore deposits along island arcs
  • Geological exploration of the seafloor

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Recent projects & funding

  • DOMETRAP (Dynamics of Ore MEtal TRansport in Alkaline Porphyry systems) as a subproject of the priority program 2238 DOME, including a PhD position funded through the German Research Foundation (DFG) for 36 months (02/2021-01/2024)
  • KIMERAArtificial intelligence applied to mapping of the seafloor and marine spatial planning. Funded trough the State of Schleswig-Holstein (09/2023-08/2026)
  • SO299 DynaMet (geoDYNAmics and METallogeny), chief scientist and project coordinator: 36 working days with RV Sonne includes the deployment of ROV Kiel 6000: Townsville–Singapur, 06.06.-29.07.2023)
  • SPRINTER (Spatial and temporal evolution of Plume-Ridge INTERaction and its geo- and biological impact on the Foundation Segment (Pacific-Antarctic Ridge)), co-chief scientists, recommended for cruise scheduling: 30 working days with RV Sonne including the deployment of ROV Kiel 6000

Education and Career

  • Since March 2016: Research Scientist at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • Jan – Feb 2016: Postdoctoral Feodor Lynen Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt-Fundation) at the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg­
  • Jan 2014 – Dec 2015: Postdoctoral Feodor Lynen Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt-Fundation) at the Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra
  • May – Dec 2013: Postdoc at the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg­
  • Jan 2010 – May 2013: Promotion at the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg­
    Thesis title: "The geochemistry of oceanic basalts: constraints on melting and composition of the Earth's mantle". Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Karsten M. Haase and Dr. Marcel Regelous
  • Oct 2004 – Jun 2009: Studying Geology/Palaentology at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Degree: Diplom-Geologe (equivalent to MSc.).

Science communication

Selected contributions

Scientific relevance

  • 37 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and books (seven as a first author)
  • 870 citations, h-index: 16 (Scopus, 23 January 2023)
  • German representative at InterRidge (since 2017)
  • Associate Guest Editor for Frontiers in Earth Sciences, special issue "Advances in the spatial and temporal evolution of oceanic arc-backarc systems"
  • Reviewer for Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems (G3), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (GCA), Geology, International Journal of Earth Sciences, Journal of Petrology, Lithos, National Science Centre (NCN, Poland), National Science Foundation (NSF, USA), Tectonophysics

Conferences & invited talks

  • Invited talks e.g., at Ridge Seminar Series, CEED (Uni Oslo), Macquarie University Sydney, MLU Halle-Wittenberg, WWU Münster, Uni Heidelberg
  • Numerous participations and presentations at national and international conferences and workshops incl. DMG (2010, 2018), Nordic Summerschool 2010, AGU fall meeting (2011, 2012, 2014), Goldschmidt (2011-2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), EGU (2019, 2020), IODP-ICDP Germany (2011-2013, 2016-2019), Basalt (2013), State of the Arc Meeting (2015), Gordon Research Conference on the Geochemistry of Ore Deposits (2016)
  • Co-Convener of the session "TS14.1: Celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of Marie Tharp: Seafloor mapping and ocean plate tectonics", EGU 2020 Sharing Geoscience Online
  • Co-Convener of the session "2a: InterRidge: Multidisciplinary research on oceanic Ridges", GeoBonn 2018, Bonn 2018
  • Co-Convener of the session "Submarine Volcanic Systems", Physics of Volcanoes, Kiel 2018
  • Co-Convener of the session "20d: Fluxed and stretched – Making new crust", 25th Goldschmidt Conference, Prag 2015


  • Postdoctoral Feodor Lynen research fellowship: 2014-2016, funded through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • PhD Stipend of the Erika Giehrl Foundation: 2012
  • Member of the Leonardo Kolleg (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

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  •  SO-267 ARCHIMEDES I (2018/19), RV Sonne
  • IODP Expedition 376 Brothers Arc Flux (2018), DV JOIDES Resolution
  • IODP Expedition 351 Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc Origins (2014), DV JOIDES Resolution
  • SO-229 VANUATU (2013), RV Sonne
  • Nordic Summerschool on magmatic plumbing systems (2010), Island
  • SO-203 WOODLARK BASIN (2009), RV Sonne
  • Circum-Arctic Structural Events (CASE) 10 (2007), Svalbard

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Fassbender, M.L., Hannington, Baxter, A.T., Diekrup, D. M.D., Stewart, M. & Brandl, P.A., (2024): Geochemical signatures of mafic volcanic rocks in modern oceanic settings and implications for Archean mafic magmatism. Economic Geology 119(2): 445-470. doi:10.5382/econgeo.5044. (Open Access)


Martin, A.J., Jamieson, J.W., de Ronde, C.E.J., Layne, G.D., Piercey, G. & Brandl, P.A.: Constraining temporal variations in metal and sulfur sources using high‑resolution mineral‑scale analysis of pyrite: evidence from the Brothers volcano, Kermadec arc, New Zealand. Mineralium Deposita (published online). doi:10.1007/s00126-023-01177-9.

Jegen, A., Dannowski, A., Schnabel, M., Barckhausen, U., Brandl, P.A., Riedel, M., Beniest, A., Heyde, I., Hannington, M.D., Sandhu, A., Werner, R. & Kopp, H.: Extension dynamics of the northern Fonualei Rift and Spreading Center and the southern Mangatolu Triple Junction in the Lau Basin at 16°S. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 24, e2022GC010550. doi:10.1029/2022GC010550 (Open Access)

Brandl, P.A., Portnyagin, M., Zeppenfeld, H., Tepley III, F.J., de Ronde, C.E.J., Timm, C., Hauff, F. and Garbe-Schönberg, D.: The origin of magmas and metals at the submarine Brothers volcano, Kermadec arc, New Zealand. Economic Geology, published online. doi:10.582/econgeo.4973

Fassbender, M.L., Hannington, M.D., Stewart, M., Brandl, P.A., Baxter, A.T. & Diekrup, D.: Geochemical signatures of felsic volcanic rocks in modern oceanic settings and implications for Archean greenstone belts. Economic Geology, published online, doi:10.5382/econgeo.4967 (Open Access)


Brandl, P.A., Beier, C., Anderson, M.O., 2022. Editorial: Advances in the spatial and temporal evolution of oceanic arc-backarc systems. Frontiers in Earth Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2022.1055168 (Open Access)

Haase, K.M., Schoenhofen, M.V., Storch, B., Beier, C., Regelous, M., Rubin, K., and Brandl, P.A.: Effects of the hydrous domain in the mantle wedge on magma formation and mixing at the Northeast Lau Spreading Centre, SW Pacific. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, published online. doi:10.1029/2021GC010066 (Open Access)

Stewart, M.S., Hannington, M.D., Emberley, J., Baxter, A.T., Kraetschell, A., Petersen, S., Brandl, P.A., Anderson, M.O., Mercier-Langevin, P., Mensing, R., Breker, K., and Fassbender, M.: A new geological map of the Lau Basin reveals crustal growth processes in arc-backarc systems. Geosphere, published online. doi: 10.1130/GES02340.1 (Open Access)


Johnson, K.E., Marsaglia, K.M., Brandl, P.A., Barth, A.P., Waldman, R.J., Ishizuka, O., Hamada, M., Gurnis, M.C. & Ruttenberg, I.: Intraoceanic submarine arc evolution recorded in a 1 km-thick reararc succession of distal volcaniclastic lobe deposits. Geosphere 17. doi:10.1130/GES02321.1. (Open Access)

Li, H., Arculus, R.J., Ishizuka, O., Hickey-Vargas, R., Yogodzinski, G., McCarthy, A., Kusano Y., Brandl, P.A., Savov, I.P., Tepley III, F.J., & Sun, W.-D.: Basalt derived from highly refractory mantle sources during early Izu-Bonin-Mariana arc development. Nature Communications 12, 1723. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21980-0. (Open Access)


Waldman, R.J., Marsaglia, K.M., Hickey-Vargas, R., Ishizuka, O., Johnson, K.E., McCarthy, A., Yogodzinski, G., Samajpati, E., Li, H., Laxton, K., Savov, I.P., Meffre, S., Arculus, R.J., Bandini, A.N., Barth, A.P., Bogus, K., Brandl, P.A., Gurnis, M. & Jiang, F.: Sedimentary and volcanic record of the nascent Izu-Bonin-Mariana arc from IODP Site U1438. GSA Bulletin (published online). doi:10.1130/B35612.1

Brandl, P.A., Hannington, M.D., Geersen, J., Petersen, S. & Gennerich, H.-H.: The submarine tectono-magmatic framework of Cu-Au endowment in the Tabar-to-Feni island chain, PNG. Ore Geology Reviews 121, invited. doi:10.1016/j.oregeorev.2020.103491. (Open Access)

Schmid, F., Kopp, H., Schnabel, M., Dannowski, A., Heyde, I., Riedel, M., Hannington, M.D., Engels, M., Beniest, A., Klaucke, I., Augustin, N., Brandl, P.A., Devey, C. (2020) Crustal structure of the Niuafo'ou microplate and Fonualei Rift and Spreading Center in the Northeastern Lau Basin, southwestern Pacific. J. Geophys. Res. 125, e2019JB019184, 1-21. doi:10.1029/2019JB019184. (Open Access)

Baxter, A.T., Hannington, M.D., Stewart, M.S., Emberley, J.M., Breker, K., Krätschell, A., Petersen, S., Brandl, P.A., Klischies, M., Mensing, R. & Anderson, M.O.: Shallow seismicity and the classification of structures in the Lau back-arc basin. G3 - Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems (published online). doi:10.1029/2020GC008924.

Hamada, M., Iwamori, H., Brandl, P.A., Ushikubo, T., Shimizu, K., Ito, M., Li, H. & Savov, I.P (2020): Temporal evolution of proto-Izu-Bonin-Mariana arc volcanism over 10 Ma: Constraints from statistical analysis of melt inclusion compositions. Journal of Petrology, egaa022 (published online). doi:10.1093/petrology/egaa022

Brandl, P.A., Schmid, F., Augustin, N., Grevemeyer, I., Arculus, R.J., Devey, C.W., Petersen, S., Stewart, M., Kopp, H. & Hannington, M.D. (2020): The 6-8 Aug 2019 eruption of 'Volcano F' in the Tofua Arc, Tonga. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 390, 106695. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2019.106695


de Ronde, C., Humphris, S.E., Hofig, T.W., Reyes, A.G., the IODP Expedition 376 Scientists (including Brandl, P.A., Cai, L., Cai, Y, Caratori Tontini, F., Deans, J.R., Farough, A., Jamieson, J.W., Kolandaivelu, K.P., Kutovaya, A., Labonté, J., Martin, A.J., Massiot, C., McDermott, J.M., McIntosh, I.M., Nozaki, T., Pellizari, V.H., Roberts, S., Rouxel, O., Schlicht, L.E.M., Seo, J.H., Straub, S.M., Strehlow, K., Takai, K., Tanner, D., Tepley III, F.J., Zhang, C.) (2019): Critical role of caldera collapse in the formation of seafloor mineralization: The case of Brothers volcano. Geology 47, 762-766. doi:10.1130/G46047.1


Nebel, O., Sossi, P.A., Foden, J., Bénard, A., Brandl, P.A., Stammeier, J.A., Lupton, J., Richter, M. & Arculus, R.J. (2018): Iron isotope variability in ocean floor lavas and mantle sources in the Lau back-arc basin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 241, 150-163. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2018.08.046

Beier, C., Brandl, P.A., Lima, S.M. & Haase, K.M. (2018): Tectonic control on the genesis of magmas in the New Hebrides arc (Vanuatu). Lithos 312-313, 290-307. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2018.05.011

Beier, C., Haase, K.M. & Brandl, P.A. (2018): Melting and Mantle Sources in the Azores. In: U. Kueppers and C. Beier (eds.), Volcanoes of the Azores, Active Volcanoes of the World, Springer, Berlin. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-32226-6_11

Ishizuka, O., Hickey-Vargas, R., Arculus, R.J., Yogodzinski, G.M., Savov, I.P., Kusano, Y., McCarthy, A., Brandl, P.A. & Sudo, M. (2018): Age of Izu–Bonin–Mariana arc basement. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 481, 80–90 (Open Access)doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.023


Lima, S.M., Haase, K.M., Beier, C., Regelous, R., Brandl, P.A., Hauff, F. & Krumm, S. (2017): Magmatic evolution and source variations at the Nifonea Ridge (New Hebrides Island Arc). Journal of Petrology 58, 473-494.  doi:10.1093/petrology/egx023

Beier, C., Haase, K.M., Brandl, P.A. & Krumm, S.H. (2017): Primitive andesites from the Taupo volcanic zone formed by magma mixing. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 172:33 doi:10.1007/s00410-017-1354-0

Brandl, P.A., Hamada, M., Arculus, R.J., Johnson, K., Marsaglia, K.M., Savov, I.P., Ishizuka, O., & Li, H. (2017): The arc arises: The links between volcanic output, arc evolution and melt composition. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 461, 73-84 (Open Access).  doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.12.027


Arculus, R.J., Ishizuka, O., Bogus, K.A., Gurnis, M., Hickey-Vargas, R., Aljahdali, M.H., Bandini, A.N., Barth, A.P., Brandl, P.A., Drab, L., do Monte Guerra, R., Hamada, M., Jiang, F., Kanayama, K., Kender, S., Kusano, Y., Li, H., Loudin, L.C., Maffione, M., Marsaglia, K.M., McCarthy, A., Meffre, S., Morris, A., Neuhaus, M., Savov, I.P., Sena, C., Tepley III, F.J., van der Land, C., Yogodzinski, G.M., & Zhang, Z. (2016): Reply to 'Unclear causes for subduction'. Nature Geoscience 9, 338-339. doi:10.1038/ngeo2704

Haase, K.M., Brandl, P.A., Devey, C.W., Hauff, F., Melchert, B., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Kokfelt, T.F. & Paulick, H. (2016): Compositional variation and 226Ra-230Th model ages of axial lavas from the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 8°48'S. G3 - Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 17, 199-218.  doi:10.1002/2015GC006016

Brandl, P.A., Regelous, M., Beier, C., O’Neill, H.St.C., Nebel, O. & Haase, K.M. (2016): The timescales of magma evolution at mid-ocean ridges. Invited review article, Lithos 240-243, 49-68.  doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2015.10.020


Kemner, F., Haase, K.M., Beier, C., Krumm, S.H. & Brandl, P.A. (2015): Formation of andesite melts and Ca-rich plagioclase in the submarine Monowai Volcanic System, Kermadec Arc. G3 - Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 16, 4130-4152. doi:10.1002/2015GC005884

Brandl, P.A., Genske, F.S., Beier, C., Haase, K.M., Sprung P. & Krumm S.H. (2015): Magmatic evidence for carbonate metasomatism in the lithospheric mantle underneath the Ohře (Eger) Rift. Journal of Petrology 56, 1743-1774.  doi:10.1093/petrology/egv052

Arculus, R.J., Ishizuka, O., Bogus, K.A., Gurnis, M., Hickey-Vargas, R., Aljahdali, M.H., Bandini, A.N., Barth, A.P., Brandl, P.A., Drab, L., do Monte Guerra, R., Hamada, M., Jiang, F., Kanayama, K., Kender, S., Kusano, Y., Li, H., Loudin, L.C., Maffione, M., Marsaglia, K.M., McCarthy, A., Meffre, S., Morris, A., Neuhaus, M., Savov, I.P., Sena, C., Tepley III, F.J., van der Land, C., Yogodzinski, G.M., & Zhang, Z. (2015): A record of spontaneous subduction initiation in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana arc. Nature Geoscience 8, 728-733.  doi:10.1038/ngeo2515

Straub,S.M., Gomez-Tuena, A., Bindemann, I.N., Bolge, L.L., Brandl, P.A., Espinasa-Perena, R., Solari, L., Stuart, F.M., Vannucchi, P., & Zellmer, G.F. (2015): Crustal recycling by subduction erosion in the central Mexican Volcanic Belt. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 166, 29-52.  doi:10.1016/j.gca.2015.06.001


Regelous, M., Haase, K.M., Freund, S., Keith, M., Weinzierl, C., Beier, C., Brandl, P.A., Endres, T. & Schmidt, H. (2014): Formation of the Troodos Ophiolite at a triple junction: evidence from trace elements in volcanic glass. Chemical Geology 386, 66-79.  doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.08.006

Nichols, A.R.L., Beier, C., Brandl, P.A., Buchs, D.M. & Krumm, S.H. (2014): Geochemistry of volcanic glasses from the Louisville Seamount Trail (IODP Expedition 330): Implications for eruption environments and mantle melting. G3 - Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 15, 1718-1738.  doi:10.1002/2013GC005086


Brandl, P.A., Regelous, M., Beier, C. & Haase, K.M. (2013): High mantle temperatures following rifting caused by continental insulation. Nature Geoscience 6, 391-394. doi:10.1038/ngeo1758

Genske, F.S., Beier, C., Haase, K.M., Turner, S.P., Krumm, S. & Brandl, P.A. (2013): Oxygen isotopes in the Azores islands: Crustal assimilation recorded in olivine. Geology 41, 491-494. doi:10.1130/G33911.1

Beier, C., Mata, J., Stöckhert, F., Mattielli, N., Brandl, P.A., Madureira, P., Genske, F.S., Martins, S., Madeira, J. & Haase, K.M. (2013): Geochemical evidence for melting of carbonated peridotite on Santa Maria Island, Azores. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 165, 823-841.  doi:10.1007/s00410-012-0837-2

Lehnert, O., Stouge, S. & Brandl, P.A.: Conodont biostratigraphy in the Early to Middle Ordovician strata of the Oslobreen Group in Ny Friesland, Svalbard. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (German Journal of Geosciences) 164, 149-172.  doi:10.1127/1860-1804/2013/0003

2012 and earlier

Brandl, P.A., Beier, C., Regelous, M., Abouchami, W., Haase, K.M., Garbe-Schönberg, D. & Galer, S.J.G. (2012): Volcanism on the flanks of the East Pacific Rise: quantitative constraints on mantle heterogeneity and melting processes. Chemical Geology 289-299, 41-56.  doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.12.015

Haase, K.M., Regelous, M., Duncan, R.A., Brandl, P.A., Stroncik, N. & Grevemeyer, I. (2011): Insights into mantle composition and mantle melting beneath mid-ocean ridges from post-spreading volcanism on the fossil Galapagos Rise. G3 - Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 12, Q0AC11.  doi:10.1029/2010GC003482

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