Dr. Andreas Möller

Andreas Möller
  • Associate Professor
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Geology

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Department Phone:
Slawson Hall, room #170G
University of Kansas
1420 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


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).


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

Research interests:

  • Geochronology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Chronostratigraphy
  • Isotope Geochemistry


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

Joeckel, R.M., G. A. Ludvigson, A. Möller, C. L. Hotton, M. B. Suarez, C. A. Suarez, B. Sames, J. I. Kirkland, and B. Hendrix. “Chronostratigraphy and Terrestrial Palaeoclimatology of Berriasian-Hauterivian Strata of the Cedar Mountain Formation, Utah, USA.” Book Chapters. In Cretaceous Climate Events and Short-Term Sea-Level Changes (Eds.: M. Wagreich, M. B. Hart, B. Sames and I. O. Yilmaz), Vol. 498. Geological Society London Special Publications, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP498-2018-133.
Oalmann, Jeffrey, Erik Duesterhoeft, Andreas Möller, and Romain Bousquet. “Constraining the Pressure-Temperature Evolution and Geodynamic Setting of UHT Granulites and Migmatitic Paragneisses of the Gruf Complex, Central Alps.” Journal Articles. International Journal of Earth Sciences 108, no. 3 (2019): 911–30.
Roberts, Jennifer A., Alison Olcott Marshall, Noah M. McLean, Gregory S. Baker, and Andreas Möller. “Demonstrating the Impact of Classroom Transformation on STEM Inequality in DFW Rates (‘D’ or ‘F’ Grade or Withdraw) for First-Time Freshmen, Females, and Underrepresented Minorities through a Decadal Study of Introductory Geology Courses.” Journal Articles. Journal of Geoscience Education 66, no. 4 (2019): 304–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/10899995.2018.1510235.
Rösel, Delia, Thomas Zack, and Andreas Möller. “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.” Journal Articles. International Journal of Earth Sciences 108, no. 1 (2019): 1–25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00531-0.
Cioffi, Caue Rodrigues, Mario da Costa Campos Neto, Andreas Möller, and Brenda Chung Rocha. “Titanite Petrochronology of the Southern Brasilia Orogen Basement: Effects of Retrograde Net-Transfer Reactions on Titanite Trace Element Compositions.” Journal Articles. Lithos 344, no. 345 (2019): 393--408. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2019.06.
Bidgoli, T. S., J. P. Tyrrell, A. Möller, J. D. Walker, and D. F. Stockli. “Conodont Thermochronology of Exhumed Footwalls of Low-Angle Normal Faults: A Pilot Study in the Mormon Mountains, Tule Spring Hills, and Beaver Dam Mountains, Southeastern Nevada and Southwestern Utah.” Journal Articles. Chemical Geology 495 (June 2, 2018): 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.06.026.
Rocha, B. C., R. Moraes, A. Möller, and C. R. Cioffi. “Magmatic Inheritance vs. UHT Metamorphism: Zircon Petrochronology of Granulites and Charnockitic Leucosomes of the Socorro-Guaxupé Nappe, SE Brazil.” Journal Articles. Lithos 314–315 (18, 2018): 16–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2018.05.014.
Condit, C. B., K. H. Mahan, K. C. Curtis, and A. Möller. “Dating Metasomatism: Monazite and Zircon Growth during Amphibolite Facies Albitization.” Journal Articles. Minerals 8, no. 5 (April 29, 2018): 187. https://doi.org/10.3390/min8050187.
Wohlgemuth-Ueberwasser, C. C., J. A. Schuessler, F. von Blanckenburg, and A. Möller. “Matrix Dependency of Baddeleyite U-Pb Geochronology by Femtosecond-LA-ICP-MS and Comparison with Nanosecond-LA-ICP-MS.” Journal Articles. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 33 (March 20, 2018): 967–74. https://doi.org/10.1039/C7JA00403F.
Staisch, Lydia, Harvey Kelsey, Brian Sherrod, Andreas Möller, James Paces, Richard Blakely, and Richard Styron. “Miocene–Pleistocene Deformation of the Saddle Mountains: Implications for Seismic Hazard in Central Washington, USA.” Journal Articles. Geological Society of America Bulletin 130, no. 3/4 (March 2018): 411–37. https://doi.org/10.1130/B31783.1.
Gürsu, S., P. Mueller, E. Sunkari, A. Möller, S. Köksal  , G. D. Kamenov, and M. C. Göncüoğlu. “Nd, Pb, Hf Isotope Characteristics and Provenance of Glacial Granitic Pebbles from Late Ordovician Diamictites in the Taurides, S Turkey.” Journal Articles. Gondwana Research 54 (February 2018): 205–16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr .2017.1 1.003.
Smith, Jon J., Greg A. Ludvigson, Anthony Layzell, Andreas Möller, Russell H. Harlow, Elijah Turner, Brian Platt, and Michael Petronis. “Discovery of Paleogene Deposits of the Central High Plains Aquifer in the Western Great Plains, USA.” Journal Articles. Journal of Sedimentary Research 87, no. 8 (July 2017): 880–96. https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2017.48.
Rocha, B., R. Moraes, A. Möller, C.  R. Cioffi, and M.  J. Jercinovic. “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.” Journal Articles. Lithos 277 (April 2017): 337–55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2016.05.020.
Gürsu, S., A. Möller, D. Usta, S. Köksal  , Ş. Ateş  , M. C. Göncüoğlu, and E. Sunkari. “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 Articles. Journal of Geology 125, no. 2 (March 2017): 165–202. https://doi.org/10.1086/690199.
Ross, J.  B., G.  A. Ludvigson, A. Möller, L. A. González, and J. D. Walker. “Stable Isotope Paleohydrology and Chemostratigraphy of the Albian Wayan Formation from the Wedge-Top Depozone, North American Western Interior Basin.” Journal Articles. Science China Earth Sciences 60 (January 2017): 44–57. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11430-016-0087-5.
Cioffi, C.  R., M.  C. Campos Neto, A. Möller, and B. C. Rocha. “Paleoproterozoic Continental Crust Generation Events at 2.15 and 2.08 Ga in the Basement of the Southern Brasília Orogen, SE Brazil.” Journal Articles. Precambrian Research 275 (January 17, 2016): 176–96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2016.01.007.
Cioffi, Caue R., Mario da Costa Campos Neto, Andreas Möller, and Brenda C. Rocha. “Tectonic Significance of the Meso- to Neoarchean Complexes in the Basement of the Southern Brasília Orogen.” Journal Articles. Precambrian Research 287 (2016): 91–107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2016.10.009.
Hippe, K., A. Möller, A. von Quadt, I. Peytcheva, and K. Hammerschmidt. “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.” Journal Articles. Gondwana Research 34 (2016): 205–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2015.02.021.
Harley, S. L., N. Kelly, and A. Möller. “Zircon Behaviour and the Thermal Histories of Mountain Chains.” Journal Articles. Elements 3 (2007): 25–30. https://doi.org/10.2113/gselements.3.1.25.

Selected Presentations

Möller, A., Premo, W. R., Baumgartner, L., Siron, G., Kooijman, E., & Kelly, N. M. (10/22/2017 - 10/25/2017). A major Proterozoic terrane boundary in North America: combined O2 - Lu/Hf - U/Pb analyses on magmatic zircon. GSA Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA (USA)
Hendrix, B., Möller, A., Ludvigson, G. A., Joeckel, R. M., & Kirkland, J. I. (11/1/2015 - 11/4/2015). 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. Baltimore, USA

Awards & Honors

Visiting Professor
Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria
Herbette Foundation Fellowship
University of Lausanne


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.