Project Members

Gina Moseley is an Ingeborg Hochmair Professor in the Institute of Geology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She began caving at the age of 12, and then later developed an interest in cave-based research whilst studying Physical Geography at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2009, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK, in which she used stalagmites from underwater caves to construct records of sea-level change over the last half a million years. Since 2011, she has worked in the Quaternary Research Group in the University of Innsbruck. She specialises in using cave mineral deposits to improve our understanding of rapid climate change events and warm climatic periods. In 2018, she won the prestigious FWF Start Prize to fund a 6-year palaeoclimatic research project in Northeast Greenland.

Michael Ottman is working as our ICP-OES technician on the Horiba Jobin Yvon Activa. He will be analysing metals in water samples for both the Greenland Caves Project and also as part of collaborations with other members of the University of Innsbruck working on glacier waters and lake waters. In 2018, Mike received his M.Sc. from the University of Vienna, Austria, where he investigated the fate and transport of uranium in the subsurface. Prior to coming to Austria, he earned a BSc from the University of Minnesota, USA, where he also worked on projects investigating the biogeochemistry of arsenic and fungal bioremediation.


Lilian Schuster is working as a Climate Analyst within the scope of the Greenland Caves Project. Her aim is to to characterise the modern climatology of the region containing the caves using Lagrangian back trajectory modelling. At present, Lilian is enrolled as an M.Sc. student at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She received her B.Sc. in Physics with mathematical orientation from Konstanz, Germany, and has worked on an external bachelor thesis at the Andoya Space Center,  Andenes, Norway.


Jonathan Degenfelder is an assistant on the Greenland Caves project. Jonathan takes care of sample preparation, administrative duties, and updates the social media. In 2017, he received his B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and he is now working towards his M.Sc. In 2018, he completed a semester abroad as the Universidad Austral de Chile.