Dr Sebastian Kreutzer State examination for teaching, University of Bayreuth, 2008; Diplom Geography, University of Bayreuth, 2009; Dr. rer. nat., University of Bayreuth, 2013


I am a trained geographer working in the field of geochronology and Data Science. I spent my undergraduates at the University of Bayreuth (Germany), where I obtained degrees in geography and economics. I continued in Bayreuth and completed my PhD in natural sciences in 2013. For my first postdoc, I moved to the Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen (Germany), before I joined the luminescence group at the IRAMAT-CRP2A (Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France) in 2014. I arrived at Aberystwyth University on the first day of 2020 to start my Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. 

With a strong background in geography and geomorphology, my research aims at the recognition of rapid environmental changes and their impact on ancient and modern societies. To temporally constrain events and phases, I apply luminescence dating techniques, which I try to push beyond accepted limits by developing new approaches and methods. More recently, my focus shifted towards data science in a geoscientific context of analysing and modelling chronological data. 

At Aberystwyth University, my research will be dedicated to chronological reference datasets and sites to improve the accuracy and precision of luminescence-based chronologies. For data analysis and modelling, I use the statistical programming environment R




As maintainer, I am responsible for the following R packages: 'Luminescence', 'RLumCarlo', 'RCarb', 'rxylib'.

Research Groups


Murari, MK, Kreutzer, S, King, G, Frouin, M, Tsukamoto, S, Schmidt, C, Lauer, T, Klasen, N, Richter, D, Friedrich, J, Mercier, N & Fuchs, M 2021, 'Infrared radiofluorescence (IR-RF) dating: A review', Quaternary Geochronology, vol. 64, 101155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2021.101155
Mittelstraß, D & Kreutzer, S, SR-RF: ImageJ macro for spatially resolved infrared radiofluorescence (SR-RF), 2021, Software, Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4745491
Mologni, C, Purdue, L, Audiard, B, Dubar, M, Kreutzer, S & Texier, P 2021, 'Sedimentary processes and palaeoenvironments from La Combette sequence (southeastern France): climatic insights on the Last Interglacial/Glacial transition', Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 576, 110503. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110503
Pagonis, V, Schmidt, C & Kreutzer, S 2021, 'Simulating feldspar luminescence phenomena using R', Journal of Luminescence, vol. 235, 117999. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jlumin.2021.117999
Mittelstraß, D & Kreutzer, S 2021, 'Spatially resolved infrared radiofluorescence: single-grain K-feldspar dating using CCD imaging', Geochronology, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 299-319. https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-3-299-2021
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