Dr. Stéphane Affolter
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
FG Fleitmann

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Bernoullistrasse 30/32
4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 36 09

Dr. Stephane Affolter

Research Interest

Having an extensive background in earth and climate science, water isotopes in the hydrological cycle and their use for past climate reconstructions are my main interest. My current research focuses on the use of speleothems as climate archive containing water entrapped in micrometric size fluid inclusions, a valuable witness of past precipitation water. I developed a method to extract this water and accurately analyse its hydrogen and oxygen isotope composition using laser spectroscopy. Combined with isotope monitoring in modern precipitation and percolation water in caves, comprehensible climate and environmental reconstructions can thus be produced.

Professional Experience

since 2020Research associate, University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences, Switzerland
2019-2020Postdoc, University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences, Switzerland
2015-2019Postdoc, Technical support, High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat Foundation, Bern, Switzerland
2011- 2015PhD thesis, University of Bern, Climate and Environmental Physics and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, Bern, Switzerland
2004-2010Geologist, Karakas & Français SA, Geotechnical Engineering, Lausanne, Switzerland
2003Traineeship, Statoil, Stavanger, Norway



2011- 2015PhD of Science in Climate Sciences, Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Switzerland
1998 - 2003Diplom (MSc) in Earth Sciences, Geological Institute, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland