Adi Torfstein

Adi  Torfstein
Room 16 South

Curriculum Vitae

The overarching aim of my research is to reconstruct past climate changes and better understand the mechanisms driving them. My main focus is on geochemical processes and their timescales in marine and lacustrine environments.

Main interests: Isotope geochemistry of marine and lacustrine sediments, paleoclimate, paleoceanography, geochronology, sediment provenance.


Current and recent projects 


Red Sea

  • Sediment traps in the Gulf of Aqaba: high resolution time series of particulate fluxes and biogeochemical processes
  • Late Quaternary history of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba 

U-series disequilibrium

  • U-series disequilibrium in fine terrigenous material in the Red Sea
  • Comminution dating of terrigenous material in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica
  • U-Th-Pa dating systematics of "dirty carbonates"

Dead Sea

  • The chronostratigraphy of the Dead Sea lacustrine deposits during the last 200 kyrs
  • Provenance and weathering patterns of sediments in the Dead Sea basin
  • The sources and evolution of sulfur in the Dead Sea basin

Helium Isotopes

  • Helium isotopes in the Dead Sea Transform
  • Extraterrestrial Helium in Interplanetary Dust Particles (IDPs) in North Equatorial Pacific pelagic clays
  • Re-evaluation of export production in the Southern Ocean during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)

Research oppertunitiesIndividuals interested in undergraduate or graduate research, are encouraged to contact me.

Individuals interested in a postdoctoral study can look here or contact me with their research interests.




Deployment of McLane PARFLUX-II sediment trap in the Gulf of Aqaba: