Priv.-Doz. Dr. Thor Hansteen

  Forschungsbereich 4: Dynamik des Ozeanbodens
  FE Magmatische und hydrothermale Systeme
  SFB 574

  Room: 8/E-207
  Phone: +49 431 600-2130
  Fax: +49 431 600-2924
  Email: thansteen(at)

  Wischhofstrasse 1-3
  D-24148 Kiel  

Education and career

  • Since 2003 Senior scientist at GEOMAR I Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • 2000 Habilitation at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.
  • 1994-2003 Non-tenured lecturer/ assistant professor (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent), GEOMAR, Kiel
  • 1994 Ph.D. at the University of Copenhagen. 
  • 1991-1994 Researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), GEOMAR, Kiel 
  • 1989-1991 Research fellow—Nordic Volcanological Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland (now: Nordic Volcanologic Center)
  • 1988 Norwegian Cand. Scient. degree, University of Oslo.

Scientific Interest

Petrology of magmatic systems
magma ascent and degassing
surveillance of active volcanoes /chemistry of volcanic gases
seamount geo-bio-sciences


Since 2005: Steering committee member of the international NOVAC project (Network for Observation of Volcanic and Atmospheric Change)

Since 2010: Member of the Senate Commission on Oceanography of the DFG (German Research Foundation)


Scientific Awards

  • 1989-1991 Research fellow - Nordic Volcanological Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1988 Research fellow - University of Oslo, and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • 1986 Scholarship at Vrije Universiteit, Instituut voor Aardwetenschappen, Amsterdam, Holland


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