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Dr. Iuliana Vasiliev

Research Associate
Member of Research Group 'Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment Dynamics'


Research interests

Key words: time-control, proxies, isotopes on molecular biomarkers, Paratethys & Mediterranean, Carpathians Foredeep, Miocene – Pliocene rocks

My research interest focuses on well dated recordings of paleoenvironmental changes occurring in (restricted) marine water basins during the geological past. My PhD research tackled the ‘conditio sine qua non’ of Earth Sciences: the age control. I was using an integrated stratigraphy approach (magnetostratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy, 40Ar/39Ar dating), resulting in the revised time-scale for the Paratethys domain (the ancient sea of Eurasia). I identified magnetofossil greigite uniquely produced by magnetotactic bacteria, as essential component for reliable magnetostratigraphic dating in fresh-brackish water systems. An important topic was to quantify the paleoenvironmental changes within the Dacian basin determining 87Sr/86Sr ratios as proxy for continental water input. Subsequently, I took another step by using organic geochemistry as another working tool. The d13C and dD ratios of molecular biomarkers (n-alkanes and alkenones) measured at multiple locations gave excellent results. I found out that, at the end of the Miocene, the Black Sea was subject to severe drought with extreme evaporation taking place that led to its water level draw. To summarize, I am scientifically tailored to a multidisciplinary approach. I took the chance of developing extended fieldwork experience (in Romania, Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Serbia, etc) that, by now, is matched by equally sized laboratory practice.



PhD (2006), Earth Sciences, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
M.Sc. (2002), Geology/Geophysics, University of Bucharest, Romania
B.Sc. (2001), Geology/Geophysics, University of Bucharest, Romania  


International (refereed) journals

·       Van Baak, C.G.C., Krijgsman, W., Magyar, I, Sztanó, O., Golovina, L., Grothe, A., Hoyle, T., Mandic, O., Patina, I., Popov, S., Radionova, E., Stoica, M., Vasiliev, I. (2017) Earth-Science Reviews. Paratethys response to the Messinian salinity crisis, 172, 193-223, doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.07.015.

·       Vasiliev, I., Mezger, E.M., Lugli, S., Reichart, G.J, Manzi, V., Roveri, M. (2017) Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, How dry was the Mediterranean during the Messinian Salinity Crisis?, 471, 120-133.

·       van Baak, C.G.C., Vasiliev, I., Palcu, D.V., Dekkers, M.J. and Krijgsman, W. (2016). A greigite-based magnetostratigraphic time frame for the Late Miocene to Recent DSDP Leg 42B cores from the Black Sea. Frontiers in Earth Sciences 4:60. doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00060.

·       Van Baak, C.G.C., Radionova, E.P., Golovina, L.A., Raffi, I., Kuiper, K.F., Vasiliev, I., Krijgsman, W. (2016). Objective utilization of data from DSDP Site 380 (Black Sea), Terra Nova, 28, 230-231.

·       Van Baak, C.G.C., Radionova, E.P., Golovina, L.A., Raffi, I., Kuiper, K.F., Vasiliev, I., Krijgsman, W. (2015). Messinian events in the Black Sea, Terra Nova, 27, 433-441.

·       Vasiliev, I., Reichart, G.J., Grothe, A., Sinninghe-Damsté, J., Krijgsman, W., Sangiorgi, F., van Roij, L. (2015) Recurrent phases of drought in the Miocene of the Black Sea region,  Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 423, 18-31.

·       Chang, L.,  Vasiliev, I., van Baak, C. Krijgsman, W., Dekkers, M.J,  Roberts, A.P., Fitz Gerald, J.D. van Hoesel, A., Winklhofer, M. (2014) Identification and environmental interpretation of diagenetic and biogenic greigite in sediments: a lesson from the Messinian Black Sea, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, 3612-3627.

·       Grothe, G., Sangiorgi, F., Mulders, Y.R., Vasiliev, I., Reichart, G.J., Brinkhuis, H., Stoica, M., Krijgsman, W. (2014) Black Sea desiccation during the Messinian Salinity Crisis: fact or fiction? Geology, 42(7), 563-566. doi:10.1130/G35503.1.

·       Vasiliev, I., Reichart, G.J., Krijgsman, W. (2013). Impact of the Messinian Salinity Crisis on Black Sea hydrology – Insights from hydrogen isotopes on molecular biomarkers, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 362, 272-282.

·       ter Borgh. M., Vasiliev, I., Stoica, M., Kneževiæ, S., Matenco, L., Krijgsman, W., Rundic, L., Cloeting, S. (2013). The isolation of the Pannonian basin (Central Paratethys): new constraints from magnetostratigraphy and biostratigraphy, Global Planetary Change, 103, 99-118.

·       Van Baak, C.G.C., Vasiliev, I., Stoica, M., Kuiper, K., Forte, A.M., Aliyeva, E., Krijgsman, W. (2013). A magnetostratigraphic time frame for the Plio-Pleistocene transgressions in the South Caspian Basin, Azerbaijan. Global Planetary Change, doi: 10.1016/j.glopacha.2012.05.004., 103, 119-134.

·       Stoica, M., Lazar, I., Krijgsman, W., Vasiliev, I., Jipa, D., Floroiu, A. (2013). Paleoenvironmental evolution of the East Carpathians foredeep during late Miocene-early Pliocene (Dacian Basin; Romania). Global Planetary Change, 103.

·       Filipescu, S., Wanek, F., Miclea, A., de Leeuw, A., Vasiliev, I. (2011). Micropaleontological response to the changing environment across the Sarmatian Pannonian boundary in the Transylvanian Basin (Oarba de Mures section, Romania). Geologica Carpathica, 62, 91-102.

·       Vasiliev I., Iosifidi A.G., Khramov A.N., Krijgsman W., Kuiper, K.F., Langereis C.G., Popov V.V., Stoica M., Tomsha V.A., Yudin S.V. (2011). Magnetostratigraphy and radiometric dating of upper Miocene - lower Pliocene sedimentary successions of the Black Sea Basin (Taman Peninsula, Russia), Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 310, 163-175.

·       Joannin, S., Cornée, J.J., Münch, Ph., Fornari, M., Vasiliev, I., Krijgsman, W., Nahapetyan, S., Gabryelian, Y., Ollivier, V., Roiron, P., Chataîgnier, Ch. (2010). Early Pleistocene climatic cycles in continental deposits of the Lesser Caucasus of Armenia inferred from palynology, magnetostratigraphy, and 40Ar/39Ar dating, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 291, 149-158.

·       Krijgsman, W., Stoica, M., Vasiliev, I., Popov, V.V. (2010). Rise and fall of the Paratethys Sea during the Messinian Salinity Crisis, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 290, 183-191.

·       Vasiliev, I., Reichart, G.J., Davies, G., Krijgsman, W., Stoica, M. (2010). Strontium isotope ratios of the Eastern Paratethys during the Mio-Pliocene transition; Implications for interbasinal connectivity, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 292, 123-131.

·       Vasiliev, I., de Leeuw, A., Filipescu, S., Krijgsman, W., Kuiper, K., Stoica, M., Briceag, A. (2010). The age of the Sarmatian-Pannonian transition in the Transylvanian Basin (Central Paratethys), Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 297, 54-69.

·       Vasiliev, I., Maþenco, L., Krijgsman, W. (2009). The syn- and post-collisional evolution of the Carpathian foredeep (Romania): New constraints from anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility and paleostress analyses. Tectonophysics, 407, 457-465.

·       Vasiliev, I., Franke, C. Meeldijk, Dekkers M. J., Langereis, C. G., Krijgsman, W. (2008). Putative greigite magnetofossils from the Pliocene epoch, Nature Geoscience, 1(11), 782-786.

·       Vasiliev, I., Bakraè, K., Kovaèiæ, M., Abdu;-Aziz, H., Krijgsman, W. (2008). Palaeomagnetic results from the Sarmatian/Pannonian Boundary in North-Eastern Croatia (Vranovic Section, Nasice Quarry), Geologica Croatica, 60(2), 151-163.

·       Vasiliev, I., Dekkers, M.J., Krijgsman, W., Franke, C., Langereis, C.G. and Mullender, T.A.T. (2007). Early diagenetic greigite as a recorder of the palaeomagnetic signal in Miocene–Pliocene sedimentary rocks of the Carpathian foredeep (Romania), Geophysical Journal International, 171, 613-629.

·       Panaiotu, C.E., Vasiliev, I., Panaiotu, C.G., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G. (2007). Provenance analysis as a key to orogenic exhumation: a case study from the East Carpathians (Romania), Terra Nova, 19, 120-126.

·       Stoica, M., Lazar, I., Vasiliev, I., Krijgsman, W. (2007). Mollusc assemblages of the Pontian and Dacian deposits from the Topolog-Arges area (southern Carpathian foredeep - Romania), Geobios, 40, 391-405.

·       Cornée, J.J., Münch, P., Quillévéré, F., Moissette, P., Vasiliev, I., Krijgsman, W., Verati, C., Lécuyer, C. (2006). Timing of Late Pliocene to Middle Pleistocene tectonic events in Rhodes (Greece) inferred from magneto- biostratigraphy and 40Ar/39Ar dating of a volcaniclastic layer, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 250, 281-291.

·       Dupont-Nivet, G., Vasiliev, I., Langereis, C.G., Krijgsman, W., Panaiotu, C. (2005). Neogene tectonic evolution of the southern and eastern Carpathians constrained by paleomagnetism, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 236, 374–387.

·       Vasiliev, I., Krijgsman, W., Stoica, M. Cor G. Langereis (2005). Mio-Pliocene magnetostratigraphy in the southern Carpathian foredeep and Mediterranean – Paratethys correlations, Terra Nova, 17, 376–384.

·       Vasiliev, I., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G., Panaiotu, C.E., Maþenco, L., Bertotti, G. (2004). Towards an astrochronological framework for the eastern Paratethys Mio-Pliocene sedimentary sequences of the Focsani basin (Romania), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 227, 231-247.

·       Cloetingh, S., Horváth, F., Dinu, C., Stephenson, R.A., Bertotti, G., Bada, G., Garcia-Castellanos, D. D., Andriessen, P.A.M., Wortel, M.J.R., Spakman, W., Mocanu, V., Langereis, C.G., Krijgsman, W., Fokkema, J.T., Drijkoningen, G., Ambrosius, B.A.C., Neubauer, F., Fodor, L., Dunai, T., Willingshofer, E., Nador, A., Leever, K., Tarapoanca, M., Panea, I., Vasiliev, I. & TECTOP Working, Group (2003). Probing Tectonic Topography in the Aftermath of Continental Convergence in Central Europe, EOS, Trans. AGU, 84(10), 89-96.

National (refereed) journals

·       Floroiu, A., Stoica, M., Vasiliev, I. and Krijgsman, W., (2011). Maeotian/Pontian ostracods in the Badislava – Topolog Area. Geo-Eco-Marina, 17, 237-244.

PhD Thesis

·       Vasiliev, I. (2006). A new chronology for the Dacian Basin (Romania). Consequences for the kinematic and paleoenvironmental evolution of the Paratethys region. (PhD thesis Utrecht University), Geologica Ultraiectina, 267, 193 pp.


2016 – Present     Research Scientist, Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (BiK-F), Frankfurt, Germany
2015 – Present     Director of DACIAN project at Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, Bucharest University, Romania
2013 – 2015          Guest Research Scientist affiliated to Utrecht University, Organic Geochemistry Laboratory and Paleomagnetic Laboratory, The Netherlands
2009 – 2013          Post-Doctoral Researcher (VENI personal Grant), Utrecht University, Organic Geochemistry Laboratory, The Netherlands
2009 – 2009          Post-Doctoral Researcher, Utrecht University, Paleomagnetic Laboratory, The Netherlands
2006 – 2009          Post-Doctoral Researcher, Paleomagnetic Laboratory, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
2002                      Seismic interpreter, Schlumberger, Bucharest, Romania
2000 – 2002    Seismic interpretation junior researchers at Bucharest University, Romania