Dirk Frei (né Landwehr)




Technische Universität Berlin, 1993, Diplom-Geologe (M.Sc. in Geology)
Universität Georgia Augusta Göttingen, 1998, Dr. rer. nat. (Doctor of Natural Sciences)

Employment Record



Position and Responsibilities

Since 2010

Stellenbosch University

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Science & Head of ICP-MS Laboratories, Central Analytical Facility


Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Senior Advisor, Department of Petrology and Economic Geology, Head of Geochemical Laboratories


Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Senior Advisor, Department of Geological Mapping, Head of Geochemical Laboratories


GFZ Potsdam

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Experimental Petrology


University of Bristol

EU Marie-Curie Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences

Key Personal Assignments

Permanent member of the European Science Foundations (ESF) Pool of Reviewers

Regular referee for funding agencies (e.g., ESF, DFG, SA-NRF, SNFS)

Regular referee for many prestigious journals in the field of Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry and Geology

Invited speaker at national and international conferences

Selected Experience Record – Management of Research Projects

Project manager of the multi-client project “Provenance of Jurassic to Cretaceous sandstones in Northeast Greenland” (2006-2010).

Principal investigator within the EU-FP6 research project “EUROCLIMATE – CASSIOPEIA”.

Project manager of the SINDRI project “Provenance of Sediments in the Faroese Sector of the Faroer-Shetland Basin“ (2005-2010).

Scientific leader of the inorganic geochemical laboratories of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (200-2010).

Comprehensive experience from work on consultancy and research projects in several countries in Europe and Africa.



Publications Dirk Frei

Peer-reviewed articles in international journals 2013-2014:


P71. Froitzheim N., Jahn-Awe S., Frei D., Wainwright A.N., Maas R., Georgiev N., Nagel T.J. & Pleuger J. (2014): Age and composition of meta-ophiolite from the Rhodope Middle Allochthon (Satchova, Bulgaria): a test for the maximum-allochthony hypothesis of the Hellenides. Tectonics 32.

 ISSN: 1437-3254 (print); ISSN: 1437-3262 (electronic)


P70. Faure M., Rossi P., Gaché J., Melleton J., Frei D., Li X. & Lin W. (2014): Variscan orogeny in Corsica: new structural and geochronological insights, and its place in the Variscan geodynamic framework. International Journal of Earth Sciences.

 ISSN: 1437-3254 (print); ISSN: 1437-3262 (electronic)


69. Taylor J., Nicoli G., Stevens G., Frei D. & Moyen J.J. (2014): The processes that control leucosome compositions in metasedimentary granulites: Perspectives from the Southern Marginal Zone migmatites, Limpopo Belt, South Africa. Journal of Metamorphic Geology.

 ISSN: 0263-4929 (print); ISSN: 1525-1314 (electronic)


P68. Morton A.C., Frei D., Stoker M. & Ellis D. (2014): Detrital zircon age constraints on basement history on the margins of the Northern Rockall Trough. Journal of the Geological Society, Special Publications 397.12


P67. Cutts K., Stevens G., Hoffmann J.E., Buick I.S.,Frei D. & Münker C. (2014): Paleo- to Mesoarchean polymetamorphism in the Barberton Granite Greenstone Belt: constraints from U-Pb monazite and Lu-Hf garnet geochronology on the tectonic processes that shaped the belt. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America.126: 251-270.

 ISSN: 1941-8264 (print); ISSN: 1947-4253 (electronic)


P66. Gee D.G., Ladenberger A., Majka J., Be’eri-Shlevin Y., Frei D. & Thomsen T. (2014): The Baltoscandian margin detrital zircon signatures of the central Scandes. Journal of the Geological Society, Special Publications 390: 131-155.

 ISBN: 978-1-86239-377-6; ISSN: 0305-8719


P65. Majka J., Be’eri-Shlevin Y., Gee D.G., Czerny J., Frei D. & Ladenberger A. (2014): Torellian (c. 640 Ma) metamorphic overprint of the Tonian (c. 959 Ma) basement in the Caledonides of southwestern Svalbard. Geological Magazine.

 ISSN : 0016-7568(print); ISSN: 1469-5081 (electronic)


P64. Evuk D., Franz G., Frei D. & Lucassen F. (2014): The Neoproterozoic evolution of the central-eastern Bayuda Desert (Sudan). Precambrian Research 240: 108-125.

 ISSN: 0301-9268


P63. VanSchijndel V., Cornell D.H., Frei D., Simonsen S.L. & Whitehouse M.J. (2014): Crustal evolution of the Rehoboth Province from Archean to Mesoproterozoic times: Insights from the Rehoboth Basement Inlier. Precambrian Research 240: 22-36.

 ISSN: 0301-9268




P62. Köksal S., Toksoy-Köksal F., Göncüoglu M.C., Möller A., Gerdes A. & Frei D. (2013): 3.8 Ga zircons sampled by Neogene ignimbrite eruptions in Central Anatolia: Comment. Geology 41: e307.

 ISSN: 0091-7613 (print); ISSN: 1943-2682 (electronic)


P61. Chalapathi Rao N.V., Lehmann B., Belousova E., Frei D. & Mainkar D. (2013) Petrology, bulk-rock geochemistry, indicator mineral composition, and zircon U-Pb geochronology of the end-Cretaceous diamondiferous Mainpur orangeites, Bastar craton, Central India. In Proceedings of the 10th International Kimberlite Conference Volume 1: 93-121 (Pearson D.G., Grütter H.S., Harris J.W., Kjarsgaard B.A., O’Brien H., Rao N.V.C. & Sparks S., eds.).Special Issue of the Journal of the Geological Society of India.

 ISBN: 978-81-322-1173-0


P60. Hetzel R., Dunkl I., Haider V., Strobl M., von Eynatten H., Ding L. & Frei D. (2013): Peneplain formation in southern Tibet predates the India-Asia collision and plateau uplift: Reply. Geology 41: e297-e298.

 ISSN: 0091-7613 (print); ISSN: 1943-2682 (electronic)


P59. Lorenz H., Gee D.G., Korago E., Kovaleva G., McClelland G., Gilotti J.A.& Frei D. (2013): Detrital zircon geochronology of Paleozoic Novaya Zemlya – a key to understanding the basement of the Barents Shelf. Terra Nova.25: 4496-503.

 ISSN : 0954-4879(print); ISSN: 1365-3121 (electronic)


P58. Morton A., Hounslow M.W. & Frei D. (2013): Heavy-mineral, mineral-chemical and zircon-age constraints on the provenance of Triassic sandstones from the Devon coast, southern Britain. Geologos 19: 67-85.

 ISSN: 1426-8981 (print); ISSN: 2080-6574 (electronic)


P57. Haider V., Dunkl I., von Eynatten H., Ding L., Frei D. & Zhang L. (2013): Cretaceous to Cenozoic evolution of the northern Lhasa Terrane and the Early Paleogene development of peneplains at Nam Co, Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 70: 79-98.

 ISSN: 1367-9120


P56. Decou A., von Eynatten H., Dunkl I., Frei D. & Wörner G. (2013): Late Eocene to Early Miocene Andean uplift inferred from detrital zircon fission track and U-Pb dating of Cenozoic forearc sediments (15-18°S). Journal of South American Earth Sciences 45: 6-23.

 ISSN: 0895-9811


P55. Kőksal S., Toksoy-Kőksal F., Gőncüoglu M.C., Mőller A., Gerdes A. & Frei D. (2013): Crustal source of the Late Cretaceous Satansari monzonite stock (central Anatolia-Turkey) and its significance for the Alpine geodynamic evolution. Journal of Geodynamics 65: 82-93.

 ISSN: 0264-3707