Dr. Andreas Moeller

Andreas Moller
  • Chair of Graduate Admission for Geology
  • Department of Geology


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, the home state of Eutin, the sister city of Lawrence, KS).


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: https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=PCgPcVsAAAAJ&hl=en


I teach introductory geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochronology, several lab-based graduate level classes for the laser-ablation ICP-MS 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

Selected Publications

Gürsu, S., Möller, A., Inglis, J., Göncüoğlu, M., Hefferan, K., Köksal, F., Kücük, A., Köksal, S. (2023). Tracing the protoliths of the garnet amphibolites and retrogressed eclogites in the Central Menderes Massif, Turkey: New data from LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon and rutile geochronology. GSA Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1130/B36339.1.
Campbell, C., Mueller, M., Taylor, M., Ocakoğlu, F., Moeller, A., Metais, G., Coster, P., Beard, K., Licht, A. (2023). The geodynamic implications of passive margin subduction in Northwest Turkey. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: G3. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GC010481.
Joeckel, R., Suarez, C., Mclean, N., Moeller, A., Ludvigson, G., Suarez, M., Kirkland, J., Andrew, J., Kiessling, S., Hatzell, G. (2023). Berriasian–Valanginian geochronology and carbon-isotope stratigraphy of the Yellow Cat Member, Cedar Mountain Formation, Eastern Utah, USA. Geosciences - Volume 13. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences13020032.
Mohammadi, S., Hollenbach, A., Goldstein, R., Moeller, A., Burberry, C. (2022). Timing of hydrothermal fluid flow events in South-Central Kansas, North-Central Oklahoma, and Tri-State Mineral District. Midcontinent Geoscience - Volume 3.
Gürsu, S., Köksal, S., Möller, A., Kamenov, G., Cemal Göncüoğlu, M., Hefferan, K., Mueller, P., Kozlu, H. (2022). Combined U-Pb ages and Lu-Hf systematics of detrital zircons from Early Cambrian Gondwanan siliciclastic rocks in S Turkey: Provenance and correlations with coeval successions in peri-Gondwanan terranes. Gondwana Research - Volume 107. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.GR.2022.04.010.
Joeckel, R., Ludvigson, G., Möller, A., Hotton, C., Suarez, M., Suarez, C., Sames, B., Kirkland, J., Hendrix, B. (2020). Chronostratigraphy and Terrestrial Palaeoclimatology of Berriasian–Hauterivian Strata of the Cedar Mountain Formation, Utah, USA. Geological Society, London, Special Publications - Issue 1 | Volume 498. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP498-2018-133.
Joeckel, R., Ludvigson, G., Möller, A., Hotton, C., Suarez, M., Suarez, C., Sames, B., Kirkland, J., Hendrix, B. (2019). Moeller, Andreas. Chronostratigraphy and Terrestrial Palaeoclimatology of Berriasian-Hauterivian Strata of the Cedar Mountain Formation, Utah, USA. Cretaceous Climate Events and Short-Term Sea-Level Changes (eds.: M. Wagreich, M. B. Hart, B. Sames and I. O. Yilmaz). Geological Society London Special Publications.
Cioffi, C., Campos Neto, M., Möller, A., Rocha, B. (2019). Titanite petrochronology of the southern Brasília Orogen basement: Effects of retrograde net-transfer reactions on titanite trace element compositions. Lithos - Volume 344-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.LITHOS.2019.06.035.
Harley, S., Kelly, N., Möller, A. (2007). Zircon behaviour and the thermal histories of mountain chains. Elements - Volume 3. https://doi.org/10.2113/gselements.3.1.25.
Möller, A., O'Brien, P., Kennedy, A., Kröner, A. (2003). Moeller, Andreas. Linking growth episodes of zircon and metamorphic textures to zircon chemistry: an example from the ultrahigh-temperature granulites of Rogaland (SW Norway). Geochronology: Linking the Isotopic Record with Petrology and Textures, D. Vance, W. Müller, I.M. Villa (eds) . Geological Society of London.
Möller, A., O'Brien, P., Kennedy, A., Kröner, A. (2002). Polyphase zircon in ultrahigh-temperature granulites (Rogaland, SW Norway): constraints for Pb diffusion in zircon. Journal of metamorphic Geology - Volume 20.
Möller, A., Mezger, K., Schenk, V. (2000). U-Pb dating of metamorphic minerals: Pan-African metamorphism and prolonged slow cooling of high-pressure granulites in Tanzania, East Africa. Precambrian Research - Volume 104.
Möller, A., Isenbeck-Schröter, M., Döring, U., Schröter, J., Mattheß, G. (1993). Experimental approach and simulation of the retention processes limiting orthoposphate transport in groundwater. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology - Volume 14.

Selected Presentations

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. Location: Baltimore, USA. (11-01-2015).
A major Proterozoic terrane boundary in North America: combined O2 - Lu/Hf - U/Pb analyses on magmatic zircon - GSA Annual Meeting. Location: Seattle, WA (USA). (10-22-2017).
Monazite and garnet U-Pb dating reveals amphibolite facies metamorphism in Central Colorado as Mesoproterozoic - GSA Connects Annual Meeting. Location: Denver, CO. (10-12-2022).
Improving the age constraints on Cretaceous carbon isotope excursions: a combined U-Pb dating approach using paleosol cryptotephra and pedogenic carbonates - GSA Annual Meeting. Location: Portland, OR. (10-13-2021).
Is DZ driving you(r) MAD? Volcanogenic zircon in mature paleosols better determine the maximum age of deposition - Goldschmidt 2019. Location: Barcelona, Spain. (8-19-2019).


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.