Margret C. Fuchs

PhD student

Remote Sensing Group Freiberg

Contact information

E-mail:    fuchsmatstudent [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de
Address:   Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
                  Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
                  Halsbrücker Str. 34
                  D-09599 Freiberg, Germany
                  phone: +49-(0)351-260 4419
                 c/o TU Bergakademie Freiberg
                  Institute for Applied Physics
                  Leipziger Strasse 23
                 D-09596 Freiberg (Saxony), Germany
                 room: EG.36 (Gellertbau)

                 phone: + 49 (0) 3731 39 2771 


Research interests

  • Quaternary geochronology
    - optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) techniques
    - cosmogenic nuclide (CN) techniques
  • tectonic geomorphology
  • reconstruction of palaeoenvironments
  • material analytics using luminescence spectroscopy


Current projects

Luminescence Spectroscopy for natural rocks 

  • at HIF Freiberg, Exploration, Remote Sensing Group
  • cooperation with the Institute of Applied Physics, TU Bergakademie Freiberg

CarboPerm - Carbon cycles in permafrost environments of the Siberian Arctics

  • at AWI Potsdam, Department for Periglacial Research
  • geochronology of Late Quaternary permafrost deposits
  • focus: luminescence dating techinques

R.Lum network

  • R package development for data processing in luminescence dating
  • cooperative project (DFG funded) between researchers from the Universities in Bordeaux, Cologne, Bayreuth, Aberythwyth and Research Institutes GFZ and HZDR


PhD project

TIPAGE - Neotectonics and geomorphology of the Pamir

  • Thesis: Neotectonics and evolution of drainage system based on geochronological investigations (OSL, CN) of fluvial terraces in Pamir

The Pamir owes its special attraction for geo-scientists to being among Earth’s largest intra-continental orogens and to display some of the highest uplift rates as well as to host among the most powerful river systems on the planet. The evolution of the drainage network as a proxy for the landscape’s response to tectonic signals provides a powerful tool to study neotectonics. We focus on river terraces of the local trunk river, the Panj, to estimate surface process rates and analyse their relation to tectonic forcing. We combine OSL dating and CN analysis with remote sensing tectonic geomorphology to determine the zones of active deformation in the Quaternary.


Diploma project

TU Dresden, AWI Potsdam, SAW Freiberg

  • Thesis: OSL dating of permafrost sediments from artic Siberia.


Other projects

  • The potential of luminescence techniques for dating rock glaciers, Swiss Alps
  • OSL dating of anthropogenic soil erosion near Kalkriese, Germany
  • Influence of permafrost on the luminescence signal



  • Fuchs, M.C., Kreutzer, S., Burow, C., Dietze, M., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C., Fuchs, M. (2014): Data processing in luminescence dating analyses: An exemplary workflow using the R package 'Luminescence'. Quaternary International (in press). doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.06.034.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Krbetschek, M., Szulc, A. (2014): Rates of river incision across the main tectonic units of the Pamir identified using optically stimulated luminescence dating of fluvial terraces. Geomorphology 216, 79-92. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.03.027.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Boehlert, R., Krbetschek, M., Preusser, F., Egli, M. (2013): Exploring the potential of luminescence methods for dating Alpine rock glaciers. Quaternary Geochronology 18, 17-33. doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2013.07.001.
  • Dietze, M., Kreutzer, S., Fuchs, M.C., Burow, C., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C. (2013): A practical guide to the R package Luminescence. Ancient TL 31, 11-18.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R. (2013): GEOSITES - Tectonic and climatic forcing on the rivers in Pamir. International Journal of Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s00531-013-0929-x.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Pohl, E. (2013): Tectonic and climatic forcing on the Panj river system during the Quaternary. International Journal of Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s00531-013-0916-2.
  • Bussmann, J., Stele, A., Härtling, J.W., Zielhofer, C., Fuchs, M.C. (2013): Holocene sediment dynamics in the vicinity of a roman battle field near Osnabrueck (NW-Germany). Zeitschrift fuer Geomorphologie 58, 097-117. doi: 10.1127/0372-8854/2013/S-00133.
  • Kreutzer, S., Schmidt, C., Fuchs, M.C., Dietze, M., Fischer, M., Fuchs, M. (2012): Introducing an R package for luminescence dating analysis. Ancient TL 30, 1-8.
  • Lauer, T., Bonn, R., Frechen, M., Fuchs, M.C., Trier, M., Tsukamoto, S. (2011): Geoarchaeological studies on Roman time harbour sediments in Cologne - Comparison of different OSL dating techniques. Geochronometria, DOI 10.2478/s13386-011-0020-y
  • Schirrmeister, L., Grosse, G., Schnelle, M., Fuchs, M.C., Krbetschek, M., Ulrich, M., Kunitsky, V.V., Grigoriev, M., Andreev, A., Kienast, F., Meyer, H., Babiy, O., Klimova, I., Bobrov, A., Wetterich, S., Schwamborn, G. (2011): Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental records from western Lena Delta, Arctic Siberia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 299, 175-196.
  • Schirrmeister, L., Grosse, G., Kunitsky, V.V., Fuchs, M.C., Krbetschek, M., Andreev, A.A., Herzschuh, U., Babyi, O., Siegert, C., Meyer, H., Derevyagin, A.Y., Wetterich, S. (2010): The mystery of Bunge Land (New Siberian Archipelago): Implications for its formation based on palaeoenvironmental records, geomorphology, and remote sensing. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 3598-3614.
  • Luethgens, C., Krbetschek, M., Boese, M., Fuchs, M.C. (2010): Optically stimulated luminescence dating of fluvioglacial (sandur) sediments from north-eastern Germany. Quaternary Geochronology 5, 237-243.


Conference contributions (only latest)

  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Krbetschek, M. (2013): What can we learn from fluvial incision in high mountains?
    EGU General Assembly 2013, held 7-12 April, 2013 in Vienna, Austria, p.13021                                                  
  • Fuchs, M.C., Boehlert, R., Krbetschek, M., Preusser, F., Egli, M. (2013): Exploring the potential of luminescence methods for dating Alpine rock glaciers. EGU General Assembly 2013, held 7-12 April, 2013 in Vienna, Austria, id. EGU2013-12200



  • Deutscher Arbeitskreis fuer Geomorphologie
  • Junge Geomorphologen Deutschland
  • IAMG - International Association for Mathematical Geosciences - Student Chapter Freiberg