Andreas Möller, Dr. rer. nat.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Slawson Hall, room 170G
University of Kansas
1420 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613


Undergraduate and graduate education in geology/paleontology and mineralogy at the universities of Hamburg and Kiel (Germany).

Post-doctoral research and teaching fellow positions in Sydney, Mainz and Potsdam.

Native of northern Germany (Schleswig-Holstein).


Dr. rer. nat., Mineralogy, Universität Kiel

Diplom (M.Sc. equivalent), Geology/Paleontology, Universität Kiel

Vordiplom (intermediate exams), Geology/Paleontology, Universität Hamburg


I teach introductory geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochronology, several lab-based graduate level classes for the laser-ablation laboratory I direct, and independent studies for undergraduate research. I co-teach the geochemistry and tectonics seminar and the KU Geology Field Camp.

Teaching Interests

  • Petrology
  • Geochronology
  • The Way the Earth Works
  • Earth History
  • Field Camp


Dr. Möller and his students use geochronology and thermobarometry to study the history of ancient mountain belts, and the source regions and deposition ages of sediments. Google scholar profile:

Research Interests

  • Geochronology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Chronostratigraphy
  • Isotope Geochemistry


Dr. Möller is Associate Editor for MINERALOGY and PETROLOGY, he has been providing peer-reviews for more than 20 scientific journals and more than 10 different funding and scholarship agencies.

Selected Publications

Joeckel, R. Ludvigson, G. A., Möller, A. Hotton, C. L., Suarez, M. B., Suarez, C. A., Sames, B. Kirkland, J. I., & Hendrix, B. (2019). Chronostratigraphy and Terrestrial Palaeoclimatology of Berriasian-Hauterivian Strata of the Cedar Mountain Formation, Utah, USA. In , Cretaceous Climate Events and Short-Term Sea-Level Changes (eds.: M. Wagreich, M. B. Hart, B. Sames and I. O. Yilmaz) (Vol. 498). Geological Society London Special Publications. DOI:10.1144/SP498-2018-133

Oalmann, J. Duesterhoeft, E. Möller, A. & Bousquet, R. (2019). Constraining the pressure-temperature evolution and geodynamic setting of UHT granulites and migmatitic paragneisses of the Gruf Complex, Central Alps. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 108(3), 911-930.

Roberts, J. A., Olcott Marshall, A. McLean, N. M., Baker, G. S., & Möller, A. (2019). Demonstrating the impact of classroom transformation on STEM inequality in DFW rates (“D” or “F” grade or Withdraw) for first-time freshmen, females, and underrepresented minorities through a decadal study of introductory geology courses. Journal of Geoscience Education, 66(4), 304-318. DOI:10.1080/10899995.2018.1510235

Rösel, D. Zack, T. & Möller, A. (2019). Interpretation and significance of combined trace element and U-Pb isotopic data of detrital rutile - a case study from Late Ordovician sedimentary rocks of Saxo-Thuringia, Germany. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 108(1), 1-25. DOI:10.1007/s00531-0

Cioffi, C. R., Campos Neto, C. Möller, A. & Rocha, B. C. (2019). Titanite petrochronology of the southern Brasilia Orogen basement: Effects of retrograde net-transfer reactions on titanite trace element compositions. Lithos, 344(--345), 393--408. DOI:10.1016/j.lithos.2019.06

Bidgoli, T. S., Tyrrell, J. P., Möller, A. Walker, J. D., & Stockli, D. F. (2018). Conodont thermochronology of exhumed footwalls of low-angle normal faults: A pilot study in the Mormon Mountains, Tule Spring Hills, and Beaver Dam Mountains, southeastern Nevada and southwestern Utah. Chemical Geology, 495, 1-17. DOI:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.06.026

Condit, C. B., Mahan, K. H., Curtis, K. C., & Möller, A. (2018). Dating metasomatism: monazite and zircon growth during amphibolite facies albitization. Minerals, 8(5), 187. DOI:10.3390/min8050187

Rocha, B. C., Moraes, R. Möller, A. & Cioffi, C. R. (2018). Magmatic inheritance vs. UHT metamorphism: zircon petrochronology of granulites and charnockitic leucosomes of the Socorro-Guaxupé Nappe, SE Brazil. Lithos, 314-315, 16-39. DOI:10.1016/j.lithos.2018.05.014

Wohlgemuth-Ueberwasser, C. C., Schuessler, J. A., von Blanckenburg, F. & Möller, A. (2018). Matrix dependency of baddeleyite U-Pb geochronology by femtosecond-LA-ICP-MS and comparison with nanosecond-LA-ICP-MS. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 33, 967-974. DOI:10.1039/C7JA00403F

Staisch, L. Kelsey, H. Sherrod, B. Möller, A. Paces, J. Blakely, R. & Styron, R. (2018). Miocene–Pleistocene deformation of the Saddle Mountains: implications for seismic hazard in central Washington, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 130(3/4), 411-437. DOI:10.1130/B31783.1

Gürsu, S. Mueller, P. Sunkari, E. Möller, A. Köksal, S. Kamenov, G. D., & Göncüoğlu, M. C. (2018). Nd, Pb, Hf isotope characteristics and provenance of glacial granitic pebbles from Late Ordovician diamictites in the Taurides, S Turkey. Gondwana Research, 54, 205-216. DOI:10.1016/ .2017.1 1.003

Smith, J. J., Ludvigson, G. A., Layzell, A. Möller, A. Harlow, R. H., Turner, E. Platt, B. & Petronis, M. (2017). Discovery of Paleogene deposits of the central High Plains aquifer in the western Great Plains, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 87(8), 880-896. DOI:10.2110/jsr.2017.48

Gürsu, S. Möller, A. Usta, D. Köksal, S. Ateş, &. Göncüoğlu, M. C., & Sunkari, E. (2017). Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry U-Pb dating of detrital and magmatic zircons of glacial diamictites and pebbles in Late Ordovician sediments of the Taurides and Southeast Anatolian Authochthon Belt, Turkey: Indications for their Arabian-Nubian provenance. Journal of Geology, 125(2), 165-202. DOI:10.1086/690199

Ross, J. B., Ludvigson, G. A., Möller, A. González, L. A., & Walker, J. D. (2017). Stable isotope paleohydrology and chemostratigraphy of the Albian Wayan Formation from the wedge-top depozone, North American Western Interior Basin. Science China Earth Sciences, 60, 44-57. DOI:10.1007/s11430-016-0087-5

Rocha, B. Moraes, R. Möller, A. Cioffi, C. R., & Jercinovic, M. J. (2017). Timing of anatexis and melt crystallization in the Socorro-Guaxupé Nappe, SE Brazil: insights from trace element composition of zircon, monazite and garnet coupled to U-Pb geochronology. Lithos, 277, 337-355. DOI:10.1016/j.lithos.2016.05.020

Cioffi, C. R., Campos Neto, M. C., Möller, A. & Rocha, B. C. (2016). Paleoproterozoic continental crust generation events at 2.15 and 2.08 Ga in the basement of the southern Brasília Orogen, SE Brazil. Precambrian Research, 275, 176-196. DOI:10.1016/j.precamres.2016.01.007

Cioffi, C. R., Campos Neto, M. C., Möller, A. & Rocha, B. C. (2016). Tectonic significance of the Meso- to Neoarchean complexes in the basement of the southern Brasília Orogen. Precambrian Research, 287, 91-107. DOI:10.1016/j.precamres.2016.10.009

Hippe, K. Möller, A. von Quadt, A. Peytcheva, I. & Hammerschmidt, K. (2016). Zircon geochronology of the Koraput alkaline complex: Insights from combined geochemical and U-Pb-Hf isotope analyses, and implications for the timing of alkaline magmatism in the Eastern Ghats Belt, India. Gondwana Research, 34, 205-220. DOI:10.1016/

Selected Presentations

Hendrix, B. Möller, A. Ludvigson, G. A., Joeckel, R. M. & Kirkland, J. I. (11/01/2015 - 11/04/2015). A new approach to date paleosols in terrestrial strata: a case study using U-Pb zircon ages for the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation of eastern Utah. GSA Annual Meeting. Baltimore, USA

Möller, A. Premo, W. R., Baumgartner, L. Siron, G. Kooijman, E. & Kelly, N. M. (10/22/2017 - 10/25/2017). A major Proterozoic terrane boundary in North America: combined O2 - Lu/Hf - U/Pb analyses on magmatic zircon. GSA Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA (USA)

Selected Grants

Selected Awards & Honors

Herbette Foundation Fellowship
University of Lausanne

Visiting Professor
Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria

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