Andreas Möller, Dr. rer. nat.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Slawson Hall, room 170G
University of Kansas
1420 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613


Native of northern Germany (Schleswig-Holstein).

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.


Dr. rer. nat., Mineralogy, Universität Kiel

Diplom (M.Sc. equivalent), Geology, sehr gut/top mark, Universität Kiel

Vordiplom (intermediate exams), Geology, sehr gut/top mark, Universität Hamburg


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


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:

Research Interests

  • Geochronology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Chronostratigraphy
  • Isotope Geochemistry


Dr. Möller is Associate Editor for MINERALOGY and PETROLOGY, he has been providing peer-reviews for 20 scientific journals, and 10 different funding and scholarship agencies.

Selected Publications

Rösel, D. Zack, T. & Möller, A. (2019). Interpretation and significance of combined trace element and U-Pb isotopic data of detrital rutile - a case study from Late Ordovician sedimentary rocks of Saxo-Thuringia, Germany. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 108(1), 1-25. DOI:

Condit, C. B., Mahan, K. H., Curtis, K. C., & Möller, A. (2018). Dating metasomatism: monazite and zircon growth during amphibolite facies albitization. Minerals, 8(5), 187. DOI:10.3390/min8050187

Rocha, B. C., Moraes, R. Möller, A. & Cioffi, C. R. (2018). Magmatic inheritance vs. UHT metamorphism: zircon petrochronology of granulites and charnockitic leucosomes of the Socorro-Guaxupé Nappe, SE Brazil. Lithos, 314-315, 16-39. DOI:10.1016/j.lithos.2018.05.014

Wohlgemuth-Ueberwasser, C. C., Schuessler, J. A., von Blanckenburg, F. & Möller, A. (2018). Matrix dependency of baddeleyite U-Pb geochronology by femtosecond-LA-ICP-MS and comparison with nanosecond-LA-ICP-MS. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 33, 967-974. DOI:10.1039/C7JA00403F

Staisch, L. Kelsey, H. Sherrod, B. Möller, A. Paces, J. Blakely, R. & Styron, R. (2018). Miocene–Pleistocene deformation of the Saddle Mountains: implications for seismic hazard in central Washington, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 130(3/4), 411-437. DOI:10.1130/B31783.1

Gürsu, S. Mueller, P. Sunkari, E. Möller, A. Köksal, S. Kamenov, G. D., & Göncüoğlu, M. C. (2018). Nd, Pb, Hf isotope characteristics and provenance of glacial granitic pebbles from Late Ordovician diamictites in the Taurides, S Turkey. Gondwana Research, 54, 205-216. DOI:10.1016/ .2017.1 1.003

Smith, J. J., Ludvigson, G. A., Layzell, A. Möller, A. Harlow, R. H., Turner, E. Platt, B. & Petronis, M. (2017). Discovery of Paleogene deposits of the central High Plains aquifer in the western Great Plains, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 87(8), 880-896. DOI:10.2110/jsr.2017.48

Gürsu, S. Möller, A. Usta, D. Köksal, S. Ateş, &. Göncüoğlu, M. C., & Sunkari, E. (2017). Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry U-Pb dating of detrital and magmatic zircons of glacial diamictites and pebbles in Late Ordovician sediments of the Taurides and Southeast Anatolian Authochthon Belt, Turkey: Indications for their Arabian-Nubian provenance. Journal of Geology, 125(2), 165-202. DOI:10.1086/690199

Ross, J. B., Ludvigson, G. A., Möller, A. González, L. A., & Walker, J. D. (2017). Stable isotope paleohydrology and chemostratigraphy of the Albian Wayan Formation from the wedge-top depozone, North American Western Interior Basin. Science China Earth Sciences, 60, 44-57. DOI:10.1007/s11430-016-0087-5

Rocha, B. Moraes, R. Möller, A. Cioffi, C. R., & Jercinovic, M. J. (2017). Timing of anatexis and melt crystallization in the Socorro-Guaxupé Nappe, SE Brazil: insights from trace element composition of zircon, monazite and garnet coupled to U-Pb geochronology. Lithos, 277, 337-355. DOI:10.1016/j.lithos.2016.05.020

Cioffi, C. R., Campos Neto, M. C., Möller, A. & Rocha, B. C. (2016). Paleoproterozoic continental crust generation events at 2.15 and 2.08 Ga in the basement of the southern Brasília Orogen, SE Brazil. Precambrian Research, 275, 176-196. DOI:10.1016/j.precamres.2016.01.007

Cioffi, C. R., Campos Neto, M. C., Möller, A. & Rocha, B. C. (2016). Tectonic significance of the Meso- to Neoarchean complexes in the basement of the southern Brasília Orogen. Precambrian Research, 287, 91-107. DOI:10.1016/j.precamres.2016.10.009

Hippe, K. Möller, A. von Quadt, A. Peytcheva, I. & Hammerschmidt, K. (2016). Zircon geochronology of the Koraput alkaline complex: Insights from combined geochemical and U-Pb-Hf isotope analyses, and implications for the timing of alkaline magmatism in the Eastern Ghats Belt, India. Gondwana Research, 34, 205-220. DOI:10.1016/

Gürsu, S. Möller, A. Göncüoglu, M. C., Köksal, S. Demircan, H. Toksoy-Köksal, F. Kozlu, H. & Sunal, G. (2015). Neoproterozoic marginal arc volcanism at the northern edge of the Arabian Plate, SE Turkey. Precambrian Research, 258, 208-233. DOI:10.1016/j.precamres.2014.12.017

Rösel, D. Boger, S. D., Möller, A. Oalmann, J. Gaitzsch, B. Barth, M. & Zack, T. (2014). Indo-Antarctic derived detritus on the northern margin of Gondwana: evidence for continental-scale sediment transport. Terra Nova, 26(1), 64-71. DOI:10.1111/ter.12070

Nie, J. Peng, W. Möller, A. Song, Y. Stockli, D. F., Stevens, T. Horton, B. K., Liu, S. Bird, A. Oalmann, J. Gong, H. & Fang, X. (2014). Provenance of the upper Miocene-Pliocene Red Clay deposits of the Chinese loess plateau. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 407, 35-47. DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.09.026

Selected Grants

Möller, A., (Principal), U-Pb dating of conodonts: testing a novel approach to thermochronology and chronostratigraphy, University of Kansas, $3,995, (07/01/2017 - 06/30/2018). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

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