Academic career

  • Since 2019.03: Head of collections & research, and curator of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum) in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2018.10 – 2019.03: W2-Professor of Geochemistry (interim), Ludwig-Maximillian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany
  • 2015.3 – 2018.8: Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellow at ETH Zurich (group of Prof. Maria Schönbächler)
  • 2014.3 – 2015.3: Post-doc at CRPG-CNRS Nancy (with Prof. Bernard Marty)
  • 2011.6 – 2014.2: Post-doc at Lund University (with Prof. Birger Schmitz / Carl Alwmark)
  • 2007.4 – 2011.5: Graduate student at Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich (main supervisor of PhD thesis: Prof. Rainer Wieler; thesis defense: 31.03.2011)
  • 2001.9 – 2006.8: Undergraduate student of Physics (1 year), then Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich

Grants & Awards

  • 2016: Recipient of the Paul Niggli medal by the Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology
  • 2014: Ambizione Fellowship from Swiss National Science Foundation
  • 2013: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (1 year, declined)
  • 2013: Grant from the Lund University strategy group for synchrotron light studies (6 months; together with C. Alwmark)
  • 2013: Visiting Scholarship. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA
  • 2012: Breakthrough Science Project Grant from Swedish Research Council (Co-applicant together with B. Schmitz; contributing main idea)
  • 2012: Visiting Scholarship. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA
  • 2011: Fellowship for Prospective Researchers from Swiss National Science Foundation (2 years)

Students & Teaching

  • Global Geochemical Cycles (Master, full term), FT 2018, LMU Munich
  • Geochronological Methods (Master, full term), FT 2018, LMU Munich
  • Geochemie (Bachelor, full term), FT 2018, LMU Munich (in German)
  • Main supervisor to former PhD student Amy Plant (ETH Zurich; 2015-2018)
  • Co-supervisor to PhD students Sanna Holm (Lund University; PhD defended successfully on December 2nd, 2016) and My Riebe (ETH Zurich; PhD defended successfully on March 3rd, 2016)
  • Introduction to the Solar System, planet formation and meteorites (Master, part term), FT 2012, Lund University
  • Our Origins in Deep Time (Introductory 2h lecture for prospective students of Geosciences), FT 2012, Lund University
  • Supervisor of two Bachelor of Science student projects at ETH Zurich (2009)
  • Astrophysics Practicum (Bachelor), ETH Zurich (2007, 2008 and 2009): Cosmic-ray exposure-age dating with meteorites

Instrument experience

  • Ultra-high sensitivity noble gas mass spectrometry (ETH Zurich, CH)
  • SEM-EDS (Lund University, SE, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA)
  • Synchrotron Radiation X-Ray-Tomography (Paul Scherrer Institute, CH)
  • Micro-CT scanning (Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA)
  • DMA (Direct Mercury Analyzer)(CRPG CNRS Nancy, FR)
  • FIB (Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, D; Argonne National Laboratory, USA; Lund Nanolab, SE)
  • NanoSIMS (Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, D)
  • MC-ICP-MS (ETH Zurich, CH; CRPG CNRS Nancy, FR)

Invited talks & Seminars

  • Upcoming: 4. November 2020: Kinderuniversität Winterthur (E. Dumont). Meteoriten – Steine aus dem Weltall (in German)
  • Upcoming: 13. May 2020: Astronomische Gesellschaft St.Gallen (M. Schmidt). Meteoriten (in German).
  • 24. September 2019: DBI-Fachforum Energiespeicher, Berlin (M. Henel). Energie- und Gasnutzung im Weltall (in German)
  • 11. March 2019: Naturforschende Gesellschaft Schaffhausen (D. Hänggi). Rohstoffabbau im Weltall (in German)
  • 29. November 2018: focusTerra (U. Kastrup, G. Grün). Kollision im Weltall (in German)
  • 6. November 2018: Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Seminar Volcanology, Petrology & Geofabrics (U. Küppers, D. Dingwell): Extraterrestrial chromite in sediments: tracer of a violent past
  • 1. September 2018: Lange Nacht der Museen Zürich – focusTerra (U. Kastrup, G. Grün). Kollision im Weltall (in German)
  • 17. May 2017: SEG Student Chapter ETH (S. Rouwendaal): Asteroid Mining
  • 9. March 2017: Jahrestagung der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft St. Gallen (T. Bürgin): Der Grosse Knall oder wie die Erde zu ihrem Mond kam (in German)
  • 26. Januar 2017: Fachtagung “Energie Umwelt Zukunft”, Leipzig: Der Weltraum – Energielieferant der Zukunft? (in German)
  • 1. December 2016: Workshop: Impact Cratering and Beyond (C. Alwmark, S. Alwmark-Holm): A tale of clusters: No resolvable periodicity in the terrestrial impact cratering record
  • 18. November 2016: Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2016, Invited Talk (C. Heinrich, A. Gilli, S. Pilet): Meteorites and micrometeorites from sediments – identification and characterization using noble gases
  • 27. October 2016: Cosmochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Exoplanets: how we finally learned that planets are common
  • 24. May 2016: Sächsischer Rohstofftag 2016, Dresden Extraterrestrischer Bergbau – reale Aufgabe oder Science Fiction? (in German)
  • 11. February 2016: Cosmochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Basic Orbital Mechanics and the Delivery of Meteorites
  • 6. January 2016: Seminar series “BodenSchätzeWerte”, focusTerra, ETH Zurich (B. Gutbrodt & G. Grün): Weltraumrohstoffe – Illusion oder Zukunftsperspektive? (in German)
  • 19. August 2015: Goldschmidt 2015, Invited talk (T. Magna): Hg isotopes at the K-Pg boundary
  • 7. May 2015: Isochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Looking for Veritas: Recovering extraterrestrial dust from an asteroid collision in the Miocene
  • 24. November 2014: Séminaire interne, CRPG CNRS Nancy, France (E. Füri): Cosmic-ray exposure ages of Hayabusa grains
  • 21. May 2014: Seminar Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland (I. Leya): Sampling the Kuiper belt
  • 20. Feburary 2014: Isochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Do nuclear decay rates really decrease with increasing distance from the sun? What meteorites can tell us
  • 11. December 2013: Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (U. Ott): He, Ne analysis in tiny extraterrestrial samples: From Ordovician fossil (micro)meteorites to Hayabusa
  • 22. November 2013: CRPG CNRS Nancy (B. Marty): Was Theia an icy object? Isotopic constraints on the Giant Impact
  • 30. January 2013: Isochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Determining the petrologic type of a fossil meteorite: how, and why
  • 8. November 2012: C3 Seminar Series Talk, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (F. Cisela): The how and why of determining the petrologic types of fossil meteorites
  • 28. April 2012: 4th German Meteorite Colloquium, Kiel, Germany (R. Bartoschewitz). Fossile Meteoriten und der Mutterkörper der L Chondriten
  • 8. December 2011: Lund Astronomy Seminar, Lund, Sweden (A. Johanson). Tracing Collisions: How meteorites help us understand the formation of the Moon, the dynamics of asteroid families and the evolution of life
  • 6. October 2011: Lund Geology Seminar, Lund, Sweden (V. Vajda). Light Noble Gases …and some interesting things to do with them in cosmochemistry & meteoritics

Memberships & Service

Member of the Meteoritical Society (since 2007), the European Association of Geochemistry (since 2015), and the Europlanet Society (since 2019).

Membership Committee of the Meteoritical Society (2017 – 2019).

Editor of, a website listing all known meteorites with “photographic” orbits (2017 – present).

Reviewer for Nature Geoscience, Nature Communications, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Geochemical Journal, the National Geographic Society and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.