Research Profile

Boris Dorschel

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Boris Dorschel is a research scientist at the University College Cork, Ireland. He graduated in geology and completed his PhD thesis on cold-water coral carbonate mounds at the University of Bremen and MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences. Since then, he has been working in collaborative research projects on the influence of environmental factors on carbonate mound development.

Research Interests

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The focus of my research is on marine geology with special emphasis on seabed and habitat mapping, cold-water coral carbonate mounds, sedimentary process on the continental margin and oceanography-continental margin interactions.

Recent advances in marine remote sensing technologies (sidescan sonar, multibeam echosounder) have made it possible to map large areas of seabed revealing complex underwater morphologies in astonishing detail. These data sets allow for high resolution studies on habitats and sedimentary processes on the seabed.

Cold-water coral carbonate mounds are biological hotspots on the continental margins. In order to understand these intriguing bio-geological structures, coral carbonate mound research addresses the complex interactions of biological, sedimentological and hydrographical processes leading to their formation. Coral mound sediments furthermore provide palaeo-archives for time intervals that are often missing from other continental margin settings.

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2010)Atlas of the Deep-water Seabed: Ireland.
Dorschel, B; Wheeler, A.J; Monteys, X.; Verbruggen, K.; (2010) Atlas of the Deep-water Seabed: Ireland. Dordrecht Heidelberg London New York: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2010)'The sediment composition and predictive mapping of facies on the Propeller Mound - A cold-water coral mound (Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic)'
Heindel, K., Titschack, J., Dorschel, B., Huvenne, V.A.I., Freiwald, A.; (2010) 'The sediment composition and predictive mapping of facies on the Propeller Mound - A cold-water coral mound (Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic)' [Details]
(2010)'The 2.6 Ma depositional sequence from the Challenger cold-water coral carbonate mound (IODP Exp. 307): sediment contributors and hydrodynamic palaeo-environments'
Thierens, M; Titschack, J; Dorschel, B; Huvenne, VAI; Wheeler, AJ; Stuut, JBW; O'Donnell, R; (2010) 'The 2.6 Ma depositional sequence from the Challenger cold-water coral carbonate mound (IODP Exp. 307): sediment contributors and hydrodynamic palaeo-environments' [Details]
(2010)'The importance of the permanent thermocline to the cold water coral carbonate mound distribution in the NE Atlantic'
White, M; Dorschel, B; (2010) 'The importance of the permanent thermocline to the cold water coral carbonate mound distribution in the NE Atlantic' [Details]
(2009)'Cold-water coral mounds in an erosive environmental setting: TOBI side-scan sonar data and ROV video footage from the northwest Porcupine Bank, NE Atlantic'
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., Huvenne, V.A.I., de Haas, H.; (2009) 'Cold-water coral mounds in an erosive environmental setting: TOBI side-scan sonar data and ROV video footage from the northwest Porcupine Bank, NE Atlantic' [Details]
(2009)'Carbonate budget of a cold-water coral mound (Challenger Mound, IODP Exp. 307)'
Titschack, J., Thierens, M., Dorschel, B., Schulbert, C., Freiwald, A., Kano, A., Takashima, C., Kawagoe, N., Li, X.; (2009) 'Carbonate budget of a cold-water coral mound (Challenger Mound, IODP Exp. 307)' [Details]
(2009)'Scleractinian cold-water corals in the Gulf of Cádiz-first clues about their spatial and temporal distribution'
Wienberg, C., Hebbeln, D., Fink, H.G., Mienis, F., Dorschel, B., Vertino, A., López Correa, M., Freiwald, A.; (2009) 'Scleractinian cold-water corals in the Gulf of Cádiz-first clues about their spatial and temporal distribution' [Details]
(2008)'Widespread occurrence of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in Irish coastal and shelf waters'
Doyle, T.K., de Haas, H., Cotton, D., Dorschel, B., Cummins, V., Houghton, J.D.R., Davenport, J., Hays, G.C.; (2008) 'Widespread occurrence of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in Irish coastal and shelf waters' [Details]
(2007)'Hydrodynamics and cold-water coral facies distribution related to recent sedimentary processes at Galway Mound west of Ireland'
Dorschel, B., Hebbeln, D., Foubert, A., White, M., Wheeler, A.J.; (2007) 'Hydrodynamics and cold-water coral facies distribution related to recent sedimentary processes at Galway Mound west of Ireland' [Details]
(2007)'Carbonate budget of a cold-water coral carbonate mound: Propeller Mound, Porcupine Seabight'
Dorschel, B., Hebbeln, D., Rüggeberg, A., Dullo, W.-C.; (2007) 'Carbonate budget of a cold-water coral carbonate mound: Propeller Mound, Porcupine Seabight' [Details]
(2007)'Age constraints on the origin and growth history of a deep-water coral mound in NE Atlantic drilled during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition'
Kano, A., Ferdelman, T.G., Williams, T., Henriet, J.P., Ishikawa, T., Kawagoe, N., Takashima, C., Kakizaki, N., Abe, K., Sakai, S., Browning, E.L., Li, X., Andres, M.S., Bjaerger, M., Cragg B.A., De Mol, B., Dorschel, B. Foubert, A. Frank, T.D. Fuwa, Y., Gaillot, P., Gharib, J.J., Gregg, J.M., Huvenne, V.A.I., Léonide, P., Mangelsdorf, K., Monteys, X., Novosel, I., O'Donnell, R., Rüggeberg, A., Samarkin, V.K., Sasaki, S., Spivack, A.J., Tanaka, A., Titschack, J., van Rand, D., Wheeler, A.J.; (2007) 'Age constraints on the origin and growth history of a deep-water coral mound in NE Atlantic drilled during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition' [Details]
(2007)'Environmental changes and growth history of a cold-water carbonate mound (Propeller Mound, Porcupine Seabight)'
Rüggeberg, A., Dullo, W.-C., Dorschel, B., Hebbeln, D.; (2007) 'Environmental changes and growth history of a cold-water carbonate mound (Propeller Mound, Porcupine Seabight)' [Details]
(2006)'Cold-Water Coral Mounds Revealed'
Williams, T., Kano, A., Ferdelman, T., Henriet, J.-P., Abe, K., Andres, M.S., Bjerager, M., Browning, E.L., Cragg, B.A., De Mol, B., Dorschel, B., Foubert, A.T.G., Frank, T.D., Fuwa, Y., Gaillot, P., Gharib, J.J., Gregg, J.M., Huvenne, V.A.I., Léonide, P., Li, X., Mangelsdorf, K., Tanaka, A., Monteys, X., Novosel, I., Sakai, S., Samarkin, V.A., Sasaki, K., Spivack, A.J., Takashima, C,. Titschack, J.; (2006) 'Cold-Water Coral Mounds Revealed' [Details]
(2005)'Growth and erosion of a cold-water coral covered carbonate mound in the Northeast Atlantic during the late Pleistocene and Holocene'
Dorschel, B., Hebbeln, D., Rüggeberg, A., Dullo, W.-C., Freiwald, A.; (2005) 'Growth and erosion of a cold-water coral covered carbonate mound in the Northeast Atlantic during the late Pleistocene and Holocene' [Details]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2007)European Geosciences Union General Assembly,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., de Haas, H., Huvenne, V.A.I., Monteys, X.; (2007) Sedimentary processes on the north-west Porcupine Bank: cold-water coral carbonate mounds, erosional scarps and canyons. [Poster Presentation], European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria , 15-APR-07 - 20-APR-07
(2005)IRCSET Symposium 2005,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.; (2005) Currents on Carbonate mounds. [Poster Presentation], IRCSET Symposium 2005, Dublin, Ireland , 04-NOV-05 - 04-NOV-05
(2004)ESF OMARC Meeting,
Dorischel, B., Foubert, A., Hebbeln, D.; (2004) Hydrographic forcing of cold-water corals off Ireland. [Poster Presentation], ESF OMARC Meeting, Barcelona, Spain , 11-NOV-04 - 13-NOV-04
(2004)ICP-8,
Dorschel, B., Hebbeln, D.; (2004) Are deep-water corals in the Gulf of Cadiz related to the Mediterranean Outflow Water?. [Poster Presentation], ICP-8, Biarritz, France , 05-SEP-04 - 10-SEP-04
(2003)EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly 2003,
Dorschel, B., Hebbeln, D., Rüggeberg, A., Dullo, C.; (2003) A cold-water coral carbonate mound on the decline: Propeller Mound, northern Porcupine Seabight. [Poster Presentation], EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly 2003, Nice, France , 07-APR-03 - 11-APR-03
(2002)EGS-AGU-EUG joint Assembly 2002,
Dorschel, B., Rüggeberg, A., Hebbeln, D., Dullo, C., Freiwald, A.; (2002) Temporal evolution of a carbonate mound in the NE Atlantic. [Poster Presentation], EGS-AGU-EUG joint Assembly 2002, Nice, France , 21-APR-02 - 26-APR-02
(2001)European Union of Geoscience General Assambly,
Dorschel, B., Rüggeberg, A., Hebbeln, D., Freiwald, A., Dullo C.; (2001) Sediment distribution on a carbonate mound in the Porcupine Seabight. [Poster Presentation], European Union of Geoscience General Assambly, Strasbourg, France , 08-APR-01 - 12-APR-01
(2001)Margins Meeting - International conference and annual meeting of the Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft and Geologische Vereinigung,
Dorschel, B., Rüggeberg, A., Hebbeln, D., Freiwald, A., Dullo, C.; (2001) Developing the carbonate budget of a carbonate mound in the NE Atlantic. [Oral Presentation], Margins Meeting - International conference and annual meeting of the Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft and Geologische Vereinigung, Kiel, Germany , 02-SEP-01 - 06-SEP-01
(2010)Irish Quaternary Association Autumn Symposium,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., Monteys, X., Verbruggen, K.; (2010) Canyons, Channels, Seamounts, Escarpments, Mounds and Ploughmarks: An Atlas of the Irish Deep-Water Seabed. [Oral Presentation], Irish Quaternary Association Autumn Symposium, Dublin, Ireland , 26-NOV-10 - 26-NOV-10
(2010)Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., Monteys, X., Verbruggen, K.; (2010) An Atlas of the deep-water seabed: Ireland - A product of the Irish National Seabed Survey. [Oral Presentation], Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference, Cork, Ireland , 01-SEP-10 - 03-SEP-10
(2008)51st Irish Geological Research Meeting,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., de Haas, H., Monteys, X.; (2008) Cold-water coral carbonate mounds Provinces in the Irish waters: distribution and characteristics. [Oral Presentation], 51st Irish Geological Research Meeting, Dublin, Ireland , 29-FEB-08 - 02-MAR-08
(2008)Internaitional Deep-Sea Coral Symposium, ISDSC4,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., de Haas, H., Monteys, X.; (2008) Cold-water coral carbonate mounds in the NE Atlantic: distribution, characteristics and volumes. [Oral Presentation], Internaitional Deep-Sea Coral Symposium, ISDSC4, Wellington, New Zealand , 01-DEC-08 - 05-DEC-08
(2007)AGU Fall Meeting,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., Monteys, X.; (2007) The Distribution and Appearance of Cold-Water Coral Carbonate Mounds and Mound-Like Structures in the NE Atlantic: pre-site appraisal for CARBONATE drilling. [Oral Presentation], AGU Fall Meeting, San Fracisco, USA , 10-DEC-07 - 14-DEC-07
(2007)50th Irish Geological Research Meeting,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., Monteys, X., Huvenne, V., de Haas, H.; (2007) Sedimentary processes on the north-west Porcupine Bank: cold-water coral carbonate mounds and erosional scarps. [Oral Presentation], 50th Irish Geological Research Meeting, Coleraine, UK , 23-FEB-07 - 25-FEB-07
(2007)MESH workshop, Marine Institute,
Dorschel, B.; (2007) Deep marine sampling: Strategies, Devices and Techniques - an Overview. [Oral Presentation], MESH workshop, Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland , 30-JAN-07 - 30-JAN-07
(2006)European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2006,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., de Haas, H., Huvenne, V.A.I.; (2006) Current induced seabed features along the eastern Rockall Trough, NE Atlantic: an interpretation of TOBI side-scan sonar imagery. [Oral Presentation], European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2006, Vienna, Austria , 02-APR-06 - 07-APR-06
(2006)49th Irish Geological Research Meeting,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A.J., O'Donnell, R., IODP307 Expedition Scientific Party; (2006) IODP in Irish waters: drilling to base of a carbonate mound. [Oral Presentation], 49th Irish Geological Research Meeting, Cork, Ireland , 24-FEB-06 - 26-FEB-06
(2005)IRCSET Symposium 2005,
Dorschel, B., Wheeler, A. J.; (2005) Coral Reefs in Irish Waters. [Oral Presentation], IRCSET Symposium 2005, Dublin, Ireland , 04-NOV-05 - 04-NOV-05
(2005)3rd International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals,
Dorschel, B., Hebbeln, D., Foubert, A., White, M., IODP Expedition 307 scientific party; (2005) The influence of bottom currents and cold-water corals on mound growth on the Irish continental margin - the recent situation and initial results from IODP Expedition 307. [Oral Presentation], 3rd International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals, Miami, USA , 28-NOV-05 - 02-DEC-05
(2005)IODP Expedition 307 Pre-cruise workshop,
Dorschel, B.; (2005) IODP Expedition 307 - Carbonate Mounds in the Porcupine Seabight. [Oral Presentation], IODP Expedition 307 Pre-cruise workshop, Dublin, Ireland , 26-APR-05 - 27-APR-05
(2003)2nd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals,
Dorschel, B., Hebbeln, D., Rüggeberg, A., Dullo, C.; (2003) A cold-water coral carbonate mound on the decline: Propeller Mound, northern Porcupine Seabight. [Oral Presentation], 2nd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals, Erlangen, Germany , 08-SEP-03 - 13-SEP-03

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ER3003 Earth, Air and Water Interactions
The study of the mass and energy exchanges operating in the primary Earth systems of the oceans, atmosphere and lithosphere. The module includes - treatment of ocean surface movements (e.g. waves, surges, tides, currents) and circulation, together with the links to atmospheric functioning; ocean water and geochemical cycles, sediment flows; ocean water composition and properties; ocean basin formation and links to the lithosphere - geomorphological processes of the continental margins.

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