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Habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification), University of Tübingen, Germany, 2006 Title of thesis: Aquifer characterisation and modelling: Process-based approaches focusing on karst aquifers (unpublished)

Doctorate, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2001
Title of thesis: Characterisation of karst systems by simulating aquifer genesis and spring responses: Model development and application to gypsum karst. Tübinger Geowissenschaftliche Arbeiten, C60. 122 pp.
Available at: http://tobias-lib.uni-tuebingen.de/volltexte/2002/558/

Diplom (university degree issued after final examination) in geoecology, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1998
Title of thesis: Groundwater model for the Lahr region - flow and transport conditions in the area of the former NATO airport (in German, unpublished)  



Professor of Hydrogeology, University of Graz, Austria, 2006-present

Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Applied Geoscience, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2001-2005

Research Assistant, Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, KS, USA, June-August 2001

Postgraduate Researcher, Center for Applied Geoscience, University of Tübingen, Germany, 1998-2001

Research Assistant at the Institute of Geography and Geoecology, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1995-1997

Internship with the TGU GmbH, Koblenz, Germany, October-December 1996

Internship with the environmental department of the city of Luzern, Switzerland, July-September 1994

15 months of compulsory community service at a school for mentally disabled pupils, Fellbach, Germany, 1990-1991  


Interests and Expertise

Groundwater modelling and hydrological modelling

Hydrogeological and soil-physical subsurface characterisation techniques

Hydrogeology of fractured and karstified aquifers

Groundwater recharge and vadose zone flow

Impact of climate change on groundwater



Selected Professional Activities

Member of Committee on Geo-/Hydro-Sciences, Östereichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW), 2012-present

Member of Scientific Advisory Council, Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA), 2012-2016

Member of Advisory Council, Fachsektion Hydrogeologie in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (FH-DGG), 2010-2014

Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal, 2010-2012

Chair of Subdivision Groundwater, European Geoscience Union (EGU), 2009-2013

Editor, Central European Journal of Geosciences, 2008-2013

Member of Editorial Board, Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2007-present

Member of Advisory Council, Tübinger Gesellschaft für Angewandte Geowissenschaften (TGAG), 2005-2007

Associate Editor, Ground Water, 2004-present

Associate Editor, Grundwasser, 2003-present


Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.

Steffen Birk

Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Steffen Birk Institut für Erdwissenschaften
Telefon:+43 316 380 - 5583

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