Archives are collections of information. Geoarchives are collected information about earlier geological ages. Fossils, minerals, gas and liquid inclusions in rocks or ice provide information about the special features of the earth thousands or millions of years ago. Dr. Christian Zeeden of the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) in Hanover used such geoarchives to better understand the geological time scale of the last ten million years. For this purpose, Zeeden examined various rocks, their composition and searched for recurring patterns. For this and other scientific work in the field of stratigraphy, Zeeden has been awarded the prestigious "Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award" of the stratigraphy/ sedimentology/ palaeontology division. In his yet short scientific career, Zeeden is distinguished above all by one thing: Versatility. The EGU emphasizes the large number of scientific publications as well as the large number of international collaborations that distinguish Zeeden's work. But his work is above all thematically versatile. Where many researchers specialize either in marine or terrestrial sediments, Zeeden wants to draw information from both. The EGU will award this and other prizes at its annual conference in Vienna between 7 and 12 April 2019.
When asked where his thirst for knowledge comes from, Zeeden laughs. "It’s crazy. It all started with an extracurricular course about fossils in school. It was inspiring to hold plants and animals in my hands that are millions of years old. Zeeden retained this fascination during his studies of geo-ecology and geology at the Universities of Bayreuth and Dunedin (New Zealand), during his doctorate in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and at his post-doctoral positions at the RWTH Aachen University and at IMCCE, Observatoire in Paris. "The award encourages me to live up to this recognition in the future," says Zeeden. He is working at LIAG in Hanover and is investigating geophysical borehole data as geoarchives. In the long term he wants to better understand the complexity of terrestrial sediment systems. He already has an idea how to tackle this question.
The "Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award" is one of several awards presented annually by the EGU. It is one of the most important European prizes that young scientists can receive. The awarding EGU is an association of European and international geoscientists who have set themselves the goal of promoting their subject and enabling the more than 17,000 members from 106 countries to exchange and network.