Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf


Dr. Margret Fuchs

Luminescence spectroscopy and dating of natural minerals

Phone:+49 351 260 4476
Email: m.fuchsAthzdr.de
AddressChemnitzer Str. 40
09599 Freiberg

Research interests

  • Luminescence spectroscopy with focus on rare earth elements (REE) 
    • Determining spectral characteristics of REE for typical matrix minerals
    • Development of data processing routines for REE identification
  • Geochronology in earth sciences to quantify surface process rates and reconstruct paleo-environments
    • Luminescence dating in high mountains and arctic/permafrost environments
    • Development of data processing routines in luminescence dating



  • Sulaymonova, V.A., Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Möckel, R., Merchel, S., Rudolph, M., Krbetschek, M.R. (2018): Feldspar flotation as a quartz-purification method in cosmogenic nuclide dating: A case study of fluvial sediments from the Pamir, MethodsX, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mex.2018.06.014.


  • Kreutzer, S., Burow, C., Dietze, D., Fuchs, M.C., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C. (2017): Software in the context of luminescence dating: status, concepts and suggestions exemplified by the R package Luminescence. Ancient TL 35 (2), 1-11.

  • Ashastina, K., Schirrmeister, L., Fuchs, M.C., Kienast, F. (2017): Palaeoclimate characteristics in interior Siberia of MIS 6-2: First insights from the Batagay permafrost mega-thaw slump in the Yana Highlands. Clim. Past 13, 795-818.

  • Opel, T., Wetterich, S., Meyer, H., Dereviagin, A.Y., Fuchs, M.C., Schirrmeister, L. (2017): Groundice stable isotopes and cryostratigraphy reflect late Quaternary palaeoclimate in the Northeast Siberian Arctic (Oyogos Yar coast, Dmitry Laptev Strait). Clim. Past 13, 587-611.

  • Schirrmeister, L., Schwamborn, G., Overduin, P.P., Strauss, J., Fuchs, M.C., Grigoriev, M., Yakshina, I., Rethemeyer, J., Dietze, E., Wetterich, S. (2017): Yedoma Ice Complex of the Buor Khaya Peninsula (southern Laptev Sea). Biogeosciences 14, 1261-1283.


  • Burow, C., Kreutzer, S., Dietze, M., Fuchs, M.C., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C., Brückner, H. (2016): RLumShiny - A graphical user interface for the R Package Luminescence. Ancient TL 34 (2), 22-32.
  • Schirrmeister, L., Meyer, H., Andreev, A., Wetterich, S., Kienast, F., Bobrov, A., Fuchs, M.C., Sierralta, M., Herzschuh, U. (2016): Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental records from the Chatanika River valley near Fairbanks (Alaska). Quaternary Science Reviews 147, 259-278.
  • Dietze, M., Kreutzer, S., Burow, C., Fuchs, M.C., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C. (2016): The abanico plot: Visualising chronometric data with individual standard errors, Quaternary Geochronology 31, 12-18.


  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Merchel, S., Pohl, E., Sulaymonova, V.A., Andermann, C., Rugel, G. (2015): Denudation rates across the Pamir based on 10Be concentrations in fluvial sediments: dominance oftopographic over climatic factors. Earth Surf. Dynam., 3, 423–439.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Kreutzer, S., Burow, C., Dietze, M., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C., Fuchs, M. (2015): Data processing in luminescence dating analyses: An exemplary workflow using the R package 'Luminescence'. Quaternary International 362, 8-13. 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.

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