Cornelia is interested in how catastrophic events reshape the environment, in particular how impact cratering resurfaces planetary bodies and if impact induced hydrothermal systems could be a cradle for life. She is also interested in early life on Earth and how it can be identified. Her current projects include work on shock metamorphic effects on minerals phases (including their radioisotopic clocks) and the thermal history of the Chicxulub and Rochechouart impact crater. Cornelia is also part of a study developing a stable isotope biomarker to identify the biotic origin of molecules.
impact cratering, radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry, paleoecology
Ph.D., University of Utah
M.Sc., University of Munich
B.Sc., University of Munich