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Adjunct Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Imperial College London
Department of Earth Science & Engineering


Fields of interest: 
Isotope Geochemistry, Paleoceanography, Paleoclimatology

My research targets development and application of new geochemical and isotopic, tracers in paleoceanography and paleoclimate, with particular focus on radiogenic isotope systems (Ar, Sr, Nd, Hf, Pb). Although these tracers have, been widely used in solid-earth geochemistry, they represent a relatively new, but promising suite of tracers in the low-temperature environment.

My research is centered around two main goals, which are (i) the application of, radiogenic isotopes in various archives to yield records of past glaciation, weathering, ocean circulation, and climate from millennial- to million-year, time-scales, and (ii) to achieve a better understanding of the basic processes, controlling the sources, sinks and transformations of dissolved and detrital, trace elements and their isotopes in the coupled land-ocean-atmosphere system.

Some of my projects include:

  • Paired neodymium isotope and radiocarbon analyses in deep-sea corals - A novel ocean ventilation tracer
  • Reconstruction of the Antarctic ice sheets by provenance studies of ice-rafted debris
  • GEOTRACES intercalibration of Nd and Hf isotopes and REE
  • Antarctica's geological history reflected in sedimentary radiogenic isotopes
  • Development of the paired authigenic neodymium-hafnium isotope weathering tracer from marine sediments in the circum Antarctic realm


List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. in Natural Sciences
ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Diplom (M.Sc.) in Geology
Bonn, Germany
Honors & Awards: 
Storke Doherty Lectureship 2006
Lamont-Doherty Postdoctoral Fellowship 2003
IMAGES student poster prize, ICP7, Sapporo, Japan 2001

Selected Publications:

Ar-40/Ar-39 ages of hornblende grains and bulk Sm/Nd isotopes of circum-Antarctic glacio-marine sediments: Implications for sediment provenance in the Southern Ocean Roy, M.; van de Flierdt, T. V.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L. Chemical Geology Oct 15 Volume: 244 Issue: 3-4 p.: 507-519 (2007) DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.07.017
Global neodymium-hafnium isotope systematics - revisited van de Flierdt, T.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.; Roy, M.; Frank, M.; Halliday, A. N. Earth and Planetary Science Letters Jul 30 Volume: 259 Issue: 3-4 p.: 432-441 (2007) DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.05.003
Reliable extraction of a deepwater trace metal isotope signal from Fe-Mn oxyhydroxide coatings of marine sediments Gutjahr, M.; Frank, M.; Stirling, C. H.; Klemm, V.; van de Flierdt, T.; Halliday, A. N. Chemical Geology Aug 15 Volume: 242 Issue: 3-4 p.: 351-370 (2007) DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.03.021
Strontium isotope tracing of terrigenous sediment dispersal in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current: Implications for constraining frontal positions Hemming, S. R.; van de Flierdt, T.; Goldstein, S. L.; Franzese, A. M.; Roy, M.; Gastineau, G.; Landrot, G. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems Jun 13 Volume: 8 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2006gc001441
Nd and Pb isotope evolution of deep water masses in the eastern Indian Ocean during the past 33 Myr Frank, M.; Whiteley, N.; van de Flierdt, T.; Reynolds, B. C.; O'Nions, K. Chemical Geology Feb 28 Volume: 226 Issue: 3-4 p.: 264-279 (2006) DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2005.09.024
Radiogenic isotope fingerprint of Wilkes Land - Adelie Coast Bottom Water in the circum-Antarctic Ocean van de Flierdt, T.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L.; Abouchami, W. Geophysical Research Letters Jun 24 Volume: 33 Issue: 12 p.: - (2006) Doi 10.1029/2006gl026020
Temporal stability of the neodymium isotope signature of the Holocene to glacial North Atlantic van de Flierdt, T.; Robinson, L. F.; Adkins, J. F.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L. Paleoceanography Nov 25 Volume: 21 Issue: 4 p.: - (2006) Doi 10.1029/2006pa001294
Deep and bottom water export from the Southern Ocean to the Pacific over the past 38 million years van de Flierdt, T.; Frank, M.; Halliday, A. N.; Hein, J. R.; Hattendorf, B.; Gunther, D.; Kubik, P. W. Paleoceanography Mar 10 Volume: 19 Issue: 1 p.: - (2004) Doi 10.1029/2003pa000923
New constraints on the sources and behavior of neodymium and hafnium in seawater from Pacific Ocean ferromanganese crusts Van De Flierdt, T.; Frank, M.; Lee, D. C.; Halliday, A. N.; Reynolds, B. C.; Hein, J. R. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta Oct Volume: 68 Issue: 19 p.: 3827-3843 (2004)
Submarine hydrothermal trace metal input into the ocean through island arc volcanism in the Lesser Antilles Georg, B.; Frank, M.; Marbler, H.; Koschinsky, A.; van de Flierdt, T.; Bolz, V.; Kubik, P. W.; Halbach, P. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta Jun Volume: 68 Issue: 11 p.: A261-A261 (2004)
Tracing the history of submarine hydrothermal inputs and the significance of hydrothermal hafnium for the seawater budget-a combined Pb-Hf-Nd isotope approach van de Flierdt, T.; Frank, M.; Halliday, A. N.; Hein, J. R.; Hattendorf, B.; Gunther, D.; Kubik, P. W. Earth and Planetary Science Letters May 15 Volume: 222 Issue: 1 p.: 259-273 (2004) DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2004.02.025
Glacial weathering and the hafnium isotope composition of seawater van de Flierdt, T.; Frank, M.; Lee, D. C.; Halliday, A. N. Earth and Planetary Science Letters Apr 30 Volume: 198 Issue: 1-2 p.: 167-175 (2002) Pii S0012-821x(02)00521-6