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Matthias Leopold

Asst/Prof Matthias Leopold

Assistant Professor
Earth and Environment, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Earth and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M087)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2769
Email
matthias.leopold@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
PhD Regensburg
Biography
Matthias Leopold is a soil geomorphologist focussing on soils as geoarchives. Frequently used methods of his studies include soil and geomorphic mapping, shallow geophysics, various laboratory methods such as XRD, XRF and others. He is based at the School of Earth & Environment within the Soil Science.
Matthias integrates knowledge from pedology and geoscience to study and to understand near surface processes at various scales and environments. Thus, he develops 2D and 3D subsurface models using geophysical methods, to characterise vertical and horizontal differences in the upper meters including soils. Portraying the complexity of the subsurface, recently known in science as the“critical zone”, allows statements about possible rooting depths, hydrological flowpaths, material composition, thickness variations of soil horizons and geomorphic layers – information highly wanted by agriculture, forestry and engineering. Adding numerical dating techniques such as OSL and radiocarbon towards stratigraphic sections, allows developing chronostratigraphic units in order to describe past landscape evolution - valuable knowledge for nowadays environmental development concepts.

Key research
Soil Science, Geomorphology, Geoarchaeology, Shallow Geophysics
Publications
peer reviewed articles & Books 2011 - 2015

LEOPOLD M, LEWIS G, DETHIER D, CAINE N, WILLIAMS M (2015): Cryosphere: Ice on Niwot Ridge and in the Green Lakes Valley, Colorado Front Range. Plant Ecology and Diversity. available online at:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17550874.2014.992489

DUSIK, J., LEOPOLD M., HECKMANN T., HAAS F., HILGER L., MORCHE D., NEUGIRG F., BECHT M. (2015):Influence of glacier advance on the development of the multipart Riffeltal rock glacier, Central Austrian AlpsEarth surfaces processes and Landforms 40/7: 965-980, DOI: 10.1002/esp.3695

MUEZEWSKI A, WARD I.A, SPOONER N, LEOPOLD M, (2014): What to make of the 'Murchison Cement'?Australian Archaeology 214: 116-123.

Leopold, M., Voelkel, J., Dethier, D.P., & Williams, M.W. (2014): Changing mountain permafrost from the 1970s to today – comparing two examples from Niwot Ridge, Colorado Front Range, USA. Annals of Geomorphology, 58 spp1: 137-157, doi:10.1127/0372-8854/2013/S-00129

LEOPOLD, M., VOELKEL, J., HUBER, J., and DETHIER, D. (2013): Subsurface architecture of the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory from electrical resistivity tomography. Earth surface proc. and andforms 38/12: 1417-1431 DOI: 10.1002/esp.3420

VOELKEL, J., GRUNERT, J., LEOPOLD, M., HUERKAMP, K., HUBER, J. & MURRAY, A. (2013): Eolian and fluvial sedimentation in the southwestern Sinai Mountains, Egypt: a record of flash floods during the late Pleistocene. Hydrology Research 44/2: 281–299 DOI:10.2166/nh.2012.172

LEOPOLD, M. & KLEBER, A. (2013): Classification issues - Discrimination Among Pleistocene Cover Beds. In: Kleber, A. & Terhorst, B. (eds): Mid latitude slope deposits (cover beds). Developments in sedimentology, 66, 24-32. Elsevier ISBN: 978-0-444-53118-6

KLEBER, A., LEOPOLD, M., VONLANTHEN, C. & VOELKEL, J. (2013): Transferring the Concept of Cover Beds. In: Kleber, A. & Terhorst, B. (eds): Mid latitude slope deposits (cover beds). Developments in sedimentology, 66, 171-228. Elsevier ISBN: 978-0-444-53118-6

WINKELBAUER, J., VOELKEL, J., LEOPOLD, M., HUERKAMP, K. & R. DEHOS (2012): The vertical distribution of Cs-137 in Bavarian forest soils. -European Journal of Forest Research 131 (5): 1585-1599. (doi:10.1007/s10342-012-0626-5)

WINKELBAUER, J., VOELKEL, J. & M. LEOPOLD (2012): A novel approach to monitoring the Cs-137 contamination of forest soils in Bavaria, Germany. - Die Erde 143 (1-2): 23-47.

VOELKEL, J., MURRAY, A., LEOPOLD, M. & K. HUERKAMP (2012): Colluvial filling of a glacial bypass channel near Lake Chiemsee (Stöttham) and its function as geoarchive. - Annals of Geomorphology 56(3): 371-386.

LEOPOLD, M.,WILLIAMS, M., VÖLKEL, J., DETHIER, D. & CAINE T.N. (2011): Internal structure of the Green Lake Rock Glacier, Colorado US. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 22/2: 107-119.


HUERKAMP, K., VOELKEL, J., HEINE, K., BENS, O., LEOPOLD, M. & J. WINKELBAUER (2011): Late Quaternary Environmental Changes from Aeolian and Fluvial Geoarchives in the Southwestern Kalahari, South Africa: Implications for Past African Climate Dynamics. - South African Journal of Geology, 114 (2). (doi: 10.2113/gssajg.114.2.145)

LEOPOLD, M., VÖLKEL, J., DETHIER, D. ,HUBER, J. & STEFFENS, M. (2011): Characteristics of a paleosol
and its implication for the Critical Zone development, Rocky Mountain Front Range of Colorado, USA. Applied Geochemistry, 26: 72-75.

WINKELBAUER, J., VÖLKEL, J., LEOPOLD, M. & N. BERNT (2011): Methods of surveying the thickness of organic layers using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) - An example from the Northern Alps, area of
Garmisch-Partenkirchen. European Journal of Forest Research, 130[5]: 799-812.

VÖLKEL, J., LEOPOLD, M., DÖTTERL, S., SCHNEIDER, A., HÜRKAMP, K. & A. HILGERS (2011):
Origin and age of the Lower Bavarian sand-dunes landscape around Abensberg and Siegenburg. -
Annals of Geomorphology 55/4: 515-536.

VÖLKEL, J., HUBER, J. & LEOPOLD, M. (2011): Significance of slope sediments layering on physical characteristics and interflow within the Critical Zone – Examples from the Colorado Front Range, USA. Applied Geochemistry, 26: 143-145.

BEFUS, K.M., SHEEHAN, A.F., LEOPOLD, M., ANDERSON, S.P. & ANDERSON, R.S (2011): Seismic
constraints on critical zone architecture, Boulder Creek Watershed, Colorado. Vadose Zone, 10: 1-13 doi:10.2136/vzj2010.0108

LEOPOLD, M., HUERKAMP, K., VOELKEL, J. & SCHMOTZ, K. (2011): Sedimentology and pedogenesis at a
Neolithic ring ditch system in Bavaria, Germany. Quaternary International, 243[2]:293-304.

LEOPOLD, M., GANNAWAY, E., VÖLKEL, J., HAAS, F., BECHT, M., HECKMANN, T.,WESTPHAL, M. & ZIMMER,
G. (2011): Geophysical prospection of a bronze foundry at the southern slope of the Acropolis at
Athens, Greece. Archaeological Prospection, 18: 27–41.

LEOPOLD, M. (2011): Buried soils and surfaces, a key archive for Geoarchaeology. FECHNER, K.,
DEVOS, J., LEOPOLD, M. & VÖLKEL, J. (eds.): Archaeology, Soil- and Life-Sciences Applied to
Enclosures and Fields. BAR international Series, 2222: 1-7.

Languages
English
German
French (basic)
Memberships
International

Critical Zone Exploration Network (CZEN)
International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
European Association for Archaeology (EAA)

National (Germany)

Working group for Geomorphology (AK Geomorphologie)
German Soil Science Society (DGB)
Working group for Soil-Geography (AK BOGEO)
Working group for research in Central Europe mid hills (AK VMFZE).
Working group for Geoarchaeology
Previous positions
Senior Scientist at the
Technical Univerity Munich TUM
Science Center Weihenstephan
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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