Dr. Christophe Galerne

Forschungsbereich 2: Marine Biogeochemie
FE Marine Geosysteme

Room: 8E/108
Phone: +49 431 600-2151
Email: cgalerne(at)

GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
East shore campus 
Wischhofstraße 1-3
D-24148 Kiel

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9696-205X


  • Since Dec 2019 Postdoc researcher, Marine Geosysteme, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • Sept-Nov 2019 Researcher, BGR - Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Hannover, Germany 
  • 2017-Aug 2019 Postdoc researcher, Marine Geodynamics, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • 2014-2017 Visiting scientist, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • 2013-2014 Research consultant, GeoModelling Solutions GmbH (GMS), Switzerland
  • 2012 Postodoctoral researcher, Steinman Institute, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2011-2012 Research coordinator, Transafrost Research Group, ABCJ- Geozentrum, Germany
  • 2009-2011 Postodoctoral researcher, Steinman Institute, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2008-2009 Assistant Researcher, Steinman Institute, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2004-2009 PhD, Geochemistry, Physiscis of Geological Processes (PGP), University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2003-2004 Master, Marine Geosciences, University of Brest, France

Scientific Interests and Current Projects

  • Magma emplacement in organic-rich sedimentary basins:
    • Geological driver of past-climate change
    • Modelling hydrothermal vent complex formation and dynamic constrain on live system
    • Basin degassing rate quantification
    • Characterization of paleo-analogue to anthropogenic warming
      • Study areas: Karoo Basin, Guaymas Basin, Vøring and Møre Basins
  • Modelling onshore and offshore mud volcanism
    • Process understanding and quantification
    • Risk assessment for petroleum exploration
      • Study areas: Caspian Sea, East Java
  • LIP Volcanism
    • LIP plumbing system: geochemical characterization and feeding relationships
    • Saucer-shaped sills: formation and magmatic differentiation
    • Intra-cratonic subsidence and mantle plume
    • Mantle origin and Gondwana breakup
  • Other projects:
    • Offshore CO2 sequestration
    • Volcanic Islands and seafloor dynamics


Our new paper, Galerne and Hasenclever (2019)  is out in G-Cubed.

Upcoming Invited Talks and Symposium

Invited talk at the University of Bremen, Date: 16/07/2019, Host: Prof. Wolfgang Bach. Title: Coupled Fluid-Reaction-Mechanics Model for Sill Emplacement in Organic-Rich Basins.

Speaker at the Guaymas Science Symposium 16th Sept. 2019, Scripps, San Diego


Galerne, C.Y., and Hasenclever, J., 2019. Distinct Degassing Pulses During Magma Invasion in the Stratified Karoo Basin - New Insight From Hydrothermal Fluid Modeling. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems

Collignon, M., Schmid, D.W., Galerne, C.Y., Lupi, M., Mazzini, A., 2018. Modelling of mud volcano dynamics: application to the Lusi mud eruption. Marine and Petroleum Geology.

Galerne, C.Y., Neumann, E.-R., 2014. Geochemical fingerprinting and magmatic plumbing systems. In: Breitkreuz, C., Rocchi, S. (eds) Laccoliths, sills and dykes - physical geology of shallow magmatic systems. Advances in Volcanology. doi: 10.1007/11157_2014_4

Iyer, K., Rüpke, L., Galerne, C.Y., 2013. Modeling fluid flow in sedimentary basins with sill intrusions: Implications for hydrothermal venting and climate change. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 14, doi: 10.1002/2013GC005012.

Galerne, C.Y.,Galland O., Neumann, E.-R., Planke, S., 2011. 3D relationships between sills and their feeders: evidence from geological data, geochemistry and experimental modelling. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 202, 189-199. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2011.02.006.

Neumann, E.-R., Svensen, H., Galerne, C.Y., and Planke, S., 2011. Multistage evolution of magmas in the Karoo Large Igneous Province. Journal of Petrology, 52(5), 959-984. doi:10.1093/petrology/egr011.

Galerne, C.Y., Neumann, E.-R., Aarnes, I., Planke, S., 2010. Magmatic Differentiation Processes in Saucer-Shaped Sills: Evidence from the Golden Valley Sill in the Karoo Basin, South Africa. Geosphere, v. 6, p. 163-188. doi:10.1130/GES00500.1.

Galerne, C.Y., Neumann, E.-R., Planke, S., 2008. Emplacement Mechanisms of Sill Complexes: Information from the Geochemical Architecture of the Golden Valley Sill Complex, South Africa. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 177, 425-440. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.06.004.

Galerne, C.Y., Caroff, M. Rolet J., Le Gall, B., 2006. Magma-sediment mingling in an Ordovician rift basin: The Plouézec-Plourivo half-graben, Armorican Massif, France. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 155, 164-178. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2006.03.030.