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Prof. Dr. Tom McCann





Institut für Geowissenschaften
Abteilung Geologie/AG Sedimentologie
Nussallee 8
DE-53115 Bonn

Raum 20B, 2.OG
Buisy - NR: 2.004
Telefon: +49 228 73-5569
Telefax: +49 228 73-9037
Email: tmccann[at]

Curriculum vitae

Wissenschaftliche Qualifikationen

1998                                                   Habilitation, Potsdam University

1990                                                   Ph.D. Geology, Leicester University (England)

1983-85                                              M.Sc. Geology, University of New Brunswick (Canada)

1978-82                                              B.A. (Moderatorship) Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)


Wissenschaftliche Karriere

since 2001                                         Professor for Sedimentology, Universität Bonn

1997-2001                                           Scientific administrator, North German Research Group, GFZ Potsdam

1993-2001                                          Research Geologist, GFZ Potsdam

1990-1993                                          Research Fellow, Universtity College Dublin (Ireland)




  • BP09 - Erd- und Lebensgeschichte
  • BW31 - Sedimentologie
  • BW52 - Marine und terrigene Sedimente


  • MG 30 - Sedimentary Facies & Facies Architecture
  • MG 31 - Sediment Basin Analysis
  • MG 32 - Basin Analysis - Theories & Case Studies
  • MG 33 - Ichnology


  • SE-Spanien/Almeria
  • Walisisches Becken
  • Sylt



  1. McCann, T. & Saintot, A. (eds) 2003. Tracing Tectonic Deformation Using the Sedimentary Record. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 208.
  2. McCann, T. (Ed.) 2008. The Geology of Central Europe. Volume I – Precambrian & Palaeozoic. Geological Society, London.
  3. McCann, T. (Ed.) 2008. The Geology of Central Europe. Volume II – Mesozoic & Cenozoic. Geological Society, London.
  4. McCann, T. & Valdivia-Manchego 2015. Geologie auf der Spur (Field Guide to Geology). Spektrum, Springer-Verlag
  5. Brunet, M.F., McCann, T. & Sobel, E. (eds) 2017. Geological Evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien Shan Range. Geological Society, London
  6. McCann, T. 2019. Pocket Guide. Geologie im Gelände. Spektrum, Springer-Verlag
  7. McCann, T. 2021. Pocket Guide to Geology in the Field. Springer-Verlag.



  1. McCann, T. & Pickerill, R.K. 1986. The trace fossil Yakutatia emersoni from the Cretaceous Kodiak Formation of Alaska. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 23: 262-269.
  2. McCann, T. & Pickerill, R.K. 1988. Flysch trace fossils from the Cretaceous Kodiak Formation of Alaska. Journal of Paleontology, 62: 330-348.
  3. McCann, T. & Pickering, K.T. 1989. Palaeocurrent evidence of a northern structural high to the Welsh Basin during the Late Llandovery. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 146: 211-212.
  4. McCann, T. & Pickerill, R.K. 1989. An additional note on Spirocosmorhaphe Seilacher, 1989. Journal of Paleontology, 63: 702-703.
  5. McCann, T. 1989. The ichnogenus Desmograpton fuchsi from the Silurian of Wales - first record from the Palaeozoic. Journal of Paleontology, 63: 950-953.
  6. McCann, T. 1990. Distribution of Ordovician-Silurian ichnofossil assemblages in Wales - implications for Phanerozoic ichnofaunas. Lethaia, 23: 243-255.
  7. Price, S. & McCann, T. 1990. Environmental significance of Arenicolites ichnosp. in Pliocene lake deposits of southwest Turkey. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, 11: 687-694.
  8. McCann, T. & Pickering, K.T. 1990. Discussion on the palaeocurrent evidence of a northern structural high to the Welsh Basin during the Late Llandovery (Reply to Loydell, Cave & Hains, James and Smith). Journal of the Geological Society, London, 147: 885-891.
  9. McCann, T. 1991. Petrological and geochemical determination of provenance in the southern Welsh Basin. In Morton, A.C., Todd, S.P. & Haughton, P.D.W. (eds) Developments in Sedimentary Provenance Studies. Geological Society Special Publication, 57: 215-230.
  10. McCann, T. & Pickerill, R.K. 1992. Petrology and provenance of the Cretaceous Kodiak Formation, Alaska. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 29: 373-377.
  11. McCann, T. 1992. The stratigraphy of the Ordovician rocks around Cardigan, Wales. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 49: 57-65.
  12. McCann, T. 1993. A Nereites ichnofacies from the Lower Palaeozoic Welsh Basin. Ichnos, 3: 39-56.
  13. McCann, T. & Shannon, P.M. 1993. Lower Cretaceous seismic stratigraphy and fault movement in the Celtic Sea Basin, Ireland. First Break., 11: 335-344.
  14. Howard, C., Korstgard, J.A., McCann, T., O'Reilly, B., Rønø-Clausen, O., Shannon, P.M., Walsh, J.J. & Watterson, J. 1994. Systematics of faults and fault arrays. In: Helbig, K., (ed.) Modelling the earth for oil exploration. Pergamon Press, 205-316.
  15. McCann, T. & Shannon, P.M. 1994. Mesozoic reactivation of Variscan faulting in the North Celtic Sea Basin, Ireland. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 11: 94-103.
  16. McCann, T., Shannon, P.M. & Moore, J.G. 1995. Fault styles in the Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland - Tectonic and sedimentary controls. Petroleum Geology of Offshore Ireland. Geological Society, Special Publication 93: 371-383.
  17. McCann, T., Shannon, P.M. & Moore, J.G. 1995. Fault patterns in the Cretaceous and Tertiary (end syn-rift, thermal subsidence) succession of the Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland. Journal of Structural Geology, 17: 201-204.
  18. McCann, T. 1996. The North Celtic Sea Reflector - a possible Caledonian basement structure, offshore southern Ireland. Tectonophysics 266: 361-377.
  19. Benek, R., Kramer, W., McCann, T., Scheck, M., Negendank, J.F.W., Korich, D., Huebscher, H.-D., Tobschall, H.J. & Bayer, U. 1996. Permo-Carboniferous magmatism and related subsidence of the NE German Basin. Tectonophysics 266: 379-404.
  20. McCann, T. 1996. Silurian facies in northeast Germany. Zeitschrift der Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft. 147: 209-219.
  21. McCann, T. 1996. The PrePermian of the Northeast German Basin. Geological Journal. 31: 159-177
  22. McCann, T. 1998. Sandstone petrography and provenance of the Rotliegend of the NE German Basin. Sedimentary Geology 116: 177-198.
  23. McCann, T. 1998. Rotliegend prospectivity in the NE German Basin. Petroleum Geoscience 4: 17-27.
  24. McCann, T. 1998. Lower Palaeozoic evolution of the NE German Basin/Baltica borderland. Geological Magazine. 135: 129-142.
  25. DEKORP-BASIN Research Group (McCann & Krawczyk - Corresponding Authors) 1999. The deep structure of the Northeast German Basin: New DEKORP-BASIN '96 deep-profiling results. Geology, 27: 55-58.
  26. McCann, T. 1999. The tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Carboniferous foreland basin of NE Germany. Tectonophysics, 313: 119-144.
  27. McCann, T. 1999. Middle to Upper Devonian basin evolution in northeastern Germany. Geologie en Mijnbouw, 78: 57-71.
  28. Van Wees, J.-D., Stephenson, R.A., Ziegler, P.A., Bayer, U., McCann, T., Dadlez, R., Gaupp, R., Narkiewicz, M., Bitzer, F. & Scheck, M. 2000. On the origin of the Southern Permian Basin, Central Europe. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 17: 43-59.
  29. McCann, T., Krawczyk, C.M. & Rieke, H. 2000. Integrated basin analysis - an example from the upper Rotliegend of the NE German Basin. Erdöl Erdgas Kohle, 116: 261-266.
  30. Kossow, D., Krawczyk, C.M., McCann, T., Strecker, M. & Negendank, J.F.W. 2000. Evolution of salt structures in NE Germany. Geologische Rundschau
  31. McCann, T. & Krawczyk, C.M. 2000. The Trans-European Fault - A critical reassessment. Geological Magazine.
  32. Rieke, H., Kossow, D., McCann, T. & Krawczyk, C. 2001. Tectono-sedimentary evolution of the northernmost margin of the NE German Basin between uppermost Carboniferous and Late Permian (Rotliegend). Geological Journal, 36: 19-38.
  33. McCann, T., Saintot, A., Chalot-Prat, F., Alekseev, A., Kitchka, A., Fokin, P. & Stephenson, R. 2003. Devonian-Carboniferous evolution of the southern margin of the Donbass Foldbelt area, Ukraine. In: McCann, T. & Saintot, A. (Eds) Tracing Tectonic Deformation Using the Sedimentary Record. Geological Society Special Publication 208.
  34. McCann, T. & Saintot, A. 2003. Tracing tectonic deformation using the sediementary record: An overview. In: McCann, T. & Saintot, A. (Eds) Tracing Tectonic Deformation Using the Sedimentary Record. Geological Society London, Special Publication 208.
  35. McCann, T., Pascal, C., Timmerman, M.J., Krywiec, P., López-Gómez, J., Wetzel, A., Krawczyk, C.M., Rieke, H. & Lamarche, J. 2006. Post-Variscan (End Carboniferous-Early Permian) basin evolution in Western and Central Europe. In: Gee, D. & Stephenson, R.A. (eds) EUROPROBE. Geological Society London, Memoir.
  36. Saintot, A., Brunet, M.F., Yakovlev, F., Sébrier, M., Stephenson, R., Ershov, A., Chalot-Prat, F. & McCann, T. 2006. The Mesozoic-Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Greater Caucasus. In: Gee, D.G. & Stephenson, R.A. (eds) European Lithosphere Dynamics. Geological Society, Memoir, 32, 277-289.
  37. Al-Juboury, A.I. & McCann, T. 2008. The Middle Miocene Fatha (Lower Fars) Formation of Iraq. GeoArabia, 13, 141-174.
  38. McCann, T. 2008. Introduction & Overview. In: McCann, T. (ed.) The Geology of Central Europe. Geological Society, London,1-20.
  39. Krawczyk, C.M. & McCann, T. et. al. 2008. Caledonian Tectonics. In: McCann, T. (ed.) The Geology of Central Europe. Geological Society, London,103-154.
  40. McCann, T. et al. 2008. Carboniferous. In: McCann, T. (ed.) The Geology of Central Europe. Geological Society, London,411-529.
  41. McCann, T. et al. 2008. Permian. In: McCann, T. (ed.) The Geology of Central Europe. Geological Society, London,531-597.
  42. Al-Juboury, A.I., Ghazal, M.M. & McCann, T. 2009. Detrital chromian spinels from Miocene to Recent sediments of northern Iraq: Provenance implications. Journal of Geosciences, Czech Geological Survey, 54, 289-300.
  43. Al Juboury, A.I., McCann, T. & Ghazal, M.M. 2009. Provenance of Miocene sandstones in northern Iraq: constraints from framework petrography, bulk-rock geochemistry and mineral chemistry. Russian Geology and Geophysics, 50, 517-534.
  44. McCann, T. 2010: Chenier plain sedimentation in the Palaeo-age lignite-rich successions of the Surat area, Gujarat, western India. - Z. dt. Ges. Geowiss., 161:335-351.
  45. Siemes, A., McCann, T. & Fischer, A. 2010. Palaeogene alluvial-volcaniclastic deposits in the Mesta Basin (SW Bulgaria): stratigraphy and basin evolution. Geological Magazine, 147, 321-338.
  46. McCann, T., Chalot-Prat, F. & Saintot, A. 2010. The Early Mesozoic evolution of the Western Greater Caucasus (Russia): Triassic-Jurassic sedimentary and magmatic history. In: Sosson, M., Kaymakci, N., Stephenson, R.A., Starostenko, V. & Bergerat, F. (eds) Sedimentary Basin Tectonics from the Black Sea and Caucasus to the Arabian Platform. Journal of the Geological Society, London, Special Publication 340, 181-238.
  47. Giannetti, A. & McCann, T. 2010. The Upper Paleocene of the Zumaya section (Northern Spain): Review of the ichnological content and preliminary palaeoecological interpretation. Ichnos, 17, 137-161.
  48. McCann, T., Siemes, A., Fischer, A., Ebinghaus, A. & Temme, A. 2010. Sediment fill and fault activity in the Mesta Basin (SW Bulgaria). Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Monatshefte, 258, 365-379.
  49. Aufgebauer, A. & McCann, T. 2010. The Messinian to Pliocene transition in the Sorbas Basin (Almería, SE Spain) – depositional facies during the salinity crisis. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Monatshefte, 259, 177-195.
  50. Rust, J., Singh, H., Rana, R., McCann, T., Singh, L., Anderson, K., Sarkar, N., Nascimbene, P., Gerdes, F., Thomas, J., Solorzano-Kraemer, M., Williams, C., Engel, M., Sahni, A. & Grimaldi, D. 2010. Biogeographic and evolutionary implications of a diverse paleobiota in amber from the Early Eocene of India. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 18360-18365.
  51. Al-Juboury, A.I., McCann, T., Jones, B., Hutton, A. & Al-Hadidy, A.H. 2010. Depositional and burial history controls on the diagenetic evolution of interbedded sandstones and shale: Application on the Ordovician Khabour Formation, western Iraq. Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of Oil and Gas Basins, 4, 45-63.
  52. Rahman, M.J.J., McCann, T., Abdullah, R. & Yeasmin, R. 2011. Sandstone diagenesis of the Neogene Surma Group from the Shahbazpur Gas Field, Southern Bengal Basin, Bangladesh. Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 104, 114-126.
  53. Rahman, M.J.J. & McCann, T. 2011. Diagenetic history of the Surma Group sandstones (Miocene) in the Surma Basin, Bangladesh. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. Doi:10.1016/j.jseas2011.09.019
  54. Ebinghaus, A., McCann, T. & Augustsson, C. 2012. Facies and provenance analysis of Paleogene-age alluvial conglomerates from the northern part of the Mesta Basin, SW Bulgaria. Geological Journal, 47, 409-425.
  55. McCann, T. & Arbues, P. 2012. Deep-marine sandstone provenance, Ainsa Basin, Southern Pyrenees, Spain. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften. 185-201.
  56. McCann, T., Nurtaev, B., Kharin, V. & Valdivia-Manchego, M. 2013. Ordovician-Carboniferous tectono-sedimentary evolution of the North Nuratau region, Uzbekistan (Westernmost Tien Shan). Tectonophysics, 590, 196-213.
  57. Nurtaev, B., Kharin, V., McCann, T. & Valdivia-Manchego, M. 2013. The North Nuratau Fault Zone, Uzbekistan – Structure and evolution of a Palaeozoic Suture Zone. Journal of Geodynamics, 64, 1-14.
  58. Pohl, F. & McCann, T. 2013. Architecture and depositional development of the Eocene deep-marine Morillo and Coscojuela Formations, Ainsa Basin, Spain. Geological Journal. DOI: 10.1002/gj.2511
  59. Al-Juboury, A.I. & McCann, T. 2013. Petrological and geochemical interpretation of Triassic-Jurassic boundary sections from northern Iraq. Geological Journal. DOI: 10.1002/gj.2537
  60. Rütters, S. & McCann, T. 2013. Geochemical characterization of the Eocene-age Ainsa Basin succession, Southern Pyrenees, Spain: implications for provenance, tectonic setting and palaeoclimate. Zeitschrift der deutsche geologische Gesellschaft, 165, 209-228.
  61. Biber, J.L. & McCann, T. 2014. Peperite development in a Miocene-age carbonate succession, Cabo de Gata volcanic area (Aqua Amarga/Carboneras basins), SE Spain – the Bréche Rouge revisited. Zeitschrift der deutsche geologische Gesellschaft, 165, 229-246.
  62. Mueller, P. & McCann, T. 2014. Ichnology of the Miocene Jaraba Formation, Almazán Basin, NE Spain – Morphological characteristics and paleoenvironmental implications of distinct continental trace fossils. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie-Abhandlungen, 274, 55-71.
  63. Rahman, J.J., Sayem, A.S.M. & McCann, T. 2014. Geochemistry and provenance of the Miocene sandstones of the Surma Group from the Sitapahar anticline, Southeastern Bengal Basin, Bangladesh. Journal of the Geological Society of India, 83, 447-456.
  64. McCann, T. 2017.The Cretaceous of the South Kyzylkum and Nuratau region, Western Tien Shan, Central Uzbekistan. In: Brunet, M.F., McCann, T. & Sobel, E. (eds) Geological Evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien Shan Range. Geological Society, London, 427, 439-489.
  65. McCann, T. 2017. The Jurassic of the Western Tien Shan: the Central Kyzylkum Region, Uzbekistan. In: Brunet, M.F., McCann, T. & Sobel, E. (eds) Geological Evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien Shan Range. Geological Society, London, 427, 411-437.
  66. Prinz, L., McCann, T., Schäfer, A., Asmus, S. & Lokay, P. 2017. The geometry, distribution and development of sand bodies in the Miocene-age Frimmersdorf Seam (Garzweiler open-cast mine), Lower Rhine Basin, Germany: Implications for seam exploitation. Geological Magazine
  67. Prinz, L., Schäfer, A., McCann, T., Utescher, T., Lokay, P. & Asmus, S. 2017. Facies analysis and depositional model of the Serravallian-age Neurath Sand, Lower Rhine Basin (W Germany). Geologie en
  68. Rütters, S. & McCann, T. 2017. The ichnoassemblages of the Abad Member (Tortonian-Messinian), Vera Basin, SE Spain: implications for the regional tectonic and palaeogeographic evolution. Geological Magazine.
  69. Brunet, M.-F., Sobel, E. & McCann, T. 2017. The sedimentary basins of Central Asia - An introduction. In: Brunet, M.F., McCann, T. & Sobel, E. (eds) Geological Evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien Shan Range. Geological Society, London, 427, 1-17.
  70. Grigowski, E. & McCann, T. 2017. Spheroids in Early Devonian roofing slates, Mayen, Germany, Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Monatsheft, 286, 125-140.
  71. Rahman, M.J.J., Xiao, W., McCann, T. & Songjian, A. 2017. Provenance of the Neogene Surma Group from the Chittagong Tripura Fold Belt, southeast Bengal Basin, Bangladesh: Constraints from whole-rock geochemistry and detrital zircon U-Pb ages. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 148, 277-293.
  72. McCann, T., Amaru, I., Drews, E.-L., Gunatilake, T., Knauf, C.J., Rick, F., Roohnikan, D., Schaumann, R.M. & Tillmann, S. 2018. The hunter and the hunted - first description of a jackal-like predator and associated bird and gazelle tracks from the Post-Messinian of the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain. Zeitschrift der deutsche geologische Gesellschaft,169, 47-71.
  73. Grigowski, E. & McCann, T. 2019. Sedimentological and geochemical constraints on the provenance and stratigraphy of the Lower Devonian "Moselschiefer" (southern Laurussian margin). Zeitschrift der deutsche geologische Gesellschaft,170, 181-201.
  74. Prinz, L. & McCann, T. 2020. Sand injectites: from source to emplacement - an example from the Miocene aggge Frimmersdorf Seam, Garzweiler Open-cast Mine, Lower Rhine Embayment. In: Silcock, S., Huuse, M., Bowman, M., Hurst, A. & Cobain, S. (eds) Subsurface Sand Remobilization and Injection. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 493
  75. Omar, N., McCann, T., Aj-Juboury, A.I., Franz, S.O. 2020. Petrography and geochemistry of the Middle-Upper Jurassic Banik section, northernmost Iraq - Implications for palaeoredox, evaporitic and diagenetic conditions. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Abhandlungen 297, 125-152.
  76. Al Juboury, A.I., Hussain, S.H,, McCann, T. & Aghwan, T.A. 2020. Clay mineral diagenesis and red bed colouration: An SEM study of the Gercus Formation (Middle Eocene), northern Iraq. Geological Journal 20, 1-21.
  77. Schaumann, R.M., Capperucci, R.M., Bungenstock, F., McCann, T., Enters, D., Wehrmann, A. & Bartholomä, A. 2021. The Middle Pleistocene to early Holocene subsurface geology of the Norderney tidal basin: new insights from core data and high-resolution sub-bottom profiling (Central Wadden Sea, southern North Sea). Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 100.
  78. Koch, H. & McCann, T. 2021. Petrological characterisation and provenance of the shelf to deep-marine sandstones from the Neogene-age Tabernas Basin, SE Spain. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 171,521-550.
  79. Grigowski, E. & McCann, T. 2021. Palaeogeography of the Rhenish Slate Mountain region during the Early Devonian. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften172, 47-62.
  80. Omar, N., McCann, T., Al-Juboury, A.I. & Suárez-Ruiz, I. 2021. Solid bitumen in shales from the Middle to Upper Jurassic Sargelu and Naokelekan Formations of northernmost Iraq: implications for reservoir characterization. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 14.
  81. McCann, T. 2021. Oldhamia from the Oligocene/Miocene-age deep-marine Algeciras Unit, Campo de Gibraltar Complex, southeast Spain: First record of this characteristic Lower Palaeozoic (mainly Cambrian) ichnofossil from younger strata . Ichnos in press
  82. Prinz, L., McCann, T. & Lokay, P. 2021. Sand-Injektionen in der Niederrheinischen Bucht. Archäologie im Rheinland. In press