Volker Thiel received a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 1997. For many years he has been doing geobiological research, with a focus on using organic molecules to explore (palaeo-)environments and biogeochemical processes. He is also continuously interested in the formation and turnover of methane, and in proxies to reconstruct these processes in modern and ancient settings. Since 2002, he is working in the Geobiology Group as a professor of Organic Geochemistry.

Short curriculum
• Since 2002: Professor of Biogeochemistry, University of Göttingen
• 2000-2002: Habilitation fellowship, German Research Foundation (University of Hamburg)
• 1998-2000: Research fellowship, German Research Foundation (University of Hamburg)
• 1998: Postdoctoral fellow (University of Göttingen / University of Hamburg)
• 1993-1997: Doctoral fellow (Free University of Berlin / University of Hamburg)
• 1993: Diploma in Geology / Palaeontology (study at the Technical University of Braunschweig and the University of Hamburg)

• B.ÖSM.221: Biogeochemical lab practical
• B.Geo.107: Maps and Profiles - Geological mapping
• B.ÖSM.105.2: Maps and Profiles - Geological mapping
• B.Geo.109.3: Biogeochemistry
• B.Geo.210: Bachelor-Project
• M.Geo.114.1: Biogeochemistry
• M.Geo.114.2: Lab course Biogeochemistry
• M.Geo.103.2: Global change: proxies and biosignatures
• M.Geo.105.2: Masters seminar with lecture

Community Service
• Study program officer, Bachelor program Ecosystem Management
• Confidant of the Faculty of Geoscience and Geography
• Head of the examination board, B.Sc./M.Sc. Geoscience, B.Sc. Ecosystem Management