Dr. Thomas Kuhn - Education and Professional Experience



  • 2007: Ph.D. in Geology/Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry, Department of Geology, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
    Thesis: The evolution of the photosynthetic carbon isotope fractionation of marine phytoplankton during the Devonian to Permian time interval.
    Advisors: Prof. Dr. Michael Joachimski (Univ. of Erlangen-Nürnberg), Prof. Katherine Freeman (Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.).
  • 1999: Diplom (MSc) in Geology-Paleontology, Department of Geology, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
    Thesis: Decimeter-scale cyclic patterns in the system C-S-Fe and of δ34Spyrite in Upper Devonian - Lower Mississippian black shales of the Central Appalachian Basin (U.S.A.): a record of millennium-scale variations in depositional, early diagenetic, and biogeochemical conditions.
    Advisors: Prof. Werner Buggisch (Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg), Prof. Thomas Algeo (Univ. of Cincinnati, U.S.A.).
  • 1995: Vordiplom in Geology-Paleontology, Mineralogy, Chemistry, Botany, Department of Geology, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Professional Experience

  • Since 10/2013: Manager of Stable Isotope Laboratory, Department of Environmental Sciences, Biogeochemistry Group (Prof. Moritz Lehmann), University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 08/2011 - 09/2013: Product and Application Specialist Gas Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen, Germany.
  • 03/2008 - 07/2011: OCE Post Doctoral Fellow, CSIRO, Division Land and Water, Carbon and Nutrient Cycling Group (Dr. Evelyn Krull), Urrbrae, SA, Australia.
  • 09/2004 - 08/2007: Junior Researcher (Nachwuchswissenschaftler), HelmholtzZentrum Munich, Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Environmental Isotopes group (Willibald Stichler), Munich, Germany.
  • 11/1999 - 08/2004: PhD Student and Scientific Employee, Department of Geology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry group (Prof. Michael Joachimski), University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
  • 01-02/2001, 09-10/2001, 05-06/2002, 10/2002: Visiting PhD Student, Department of Geosciences, Isotope Biogeochemistry group (Prof. Dr. Katherine Freeman), Pennsylvania State University, State College, U.S.A.
  • 03–10/1997: Visiting graduate student, Department of Geology, Sedimentology and Sedimentary Geochemistry group (Prof. Thomas Algeo), University of Cincinnati, U.S.A. and Department of Geological Sciences, Biogeochemistry group (Prof. Lisa Pratt), Indiana University, U.S.A.


  • 03/2008 - 07/2011: Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) post doctoral fellowship, CSIRO, Division Land and Water, Australia
  • 03-10/1997: Grant from Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) for a research stay at the Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati, U.S.A.
  • 1997 - 1999: Scholarship from Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), now alumni member.
Dr. Thomas Kuhn

Dr. Thomas Kuhn

Biogeochemistry / University Basel
Bernoullistrasse 30
CH-4056 Basel
Tel. +41 (0)61 207 04 54

email: thomas.kuhn-at-unibas.ch