Sören Wilke

Sören Wilke

Dr. rer. nat. Earth Science

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Sören Wilke is a geoscientist and mineralogist working as a project engineer at Mull und Partner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH. His focus areas include the more complex aspects of hydrogeochemical interdependencies in contaminated soils and groundwater bodies as well as modelling the geological geometries controlling contaminant flows.


  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Geologic 3D-Modelling
  • Geostatistics


  • Dr. rer. nat. in Mineralogy, 2016

    Leibniz Universität Hannover

  • MSc in Geosciences, 2013

    Leibniz Universität Hannover

  • BSc in Geosciences, 2010

    Leibniz Universität Hannover




Soil/Water Contamination


Spatial Data Management




Project Engineer

Mull und Partner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

Nov 2021 – Present Hannover
Responsibilities include:

  • Design and management of soil/groundwater decontamination projects
  • Modelling (Hydrologic Flow, Geology, Hydrochemistry)
  • Geostatistics

Project Engineer

AKVO GmbH (formerly known as Jungk Consult)

Sep 2017 – Oct 2021 Berlin
Responsibilities include:

  • Design and analysis of groundwater monitorings
  • Modelling (Geology, Hydrochemistry, Time series)
  • Geostatistics

Production Engineer

Kreuzer Rohstoffhandel

May 2017 – Aug 2017 Salzgitter
Management of local production plant. Quality control of produced refractory mineral products.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Laboratoire Géosciences Environnement Toulouse

Sep 2016 – Apr 2017 Toulouse
Scientific research on the topic of ressource geology using applied techniques of experimental petrology.

Research Associate

Institut für Mineralogie der Leibniz Universität Hannover

May 2013 – Jul 2016 Hannover
Scientific research on the topic magma geochemistry and geobarometry.

Recent Posts

Groundwater Drawdown Calculations - Steady State

Preface Well, hello there. It’s been some time. I’ve often thought about doing another post, but life, parenting, moving, having a dayjob - happens. Anyway, the toddler is asleep, I’m on holiday, let’s talk about groundwater calculations!

Adapting Machine Learning Algorithms for Spatial Interpolation

Preface If you have been following my blog, you already know that a topic to which I devout quite a lot of time and thought both here and in my day job is spatial interpolation: the art of generalizing from a few localized samples to the regional structure of a feature.

Tips and Tricks for dealing with geo(logical) data in R

Preface Making maps is an essential (in fact, often the essential) part of working with spatial data. Your analysis is only as good as your ability to communicate the results to the decision makers.

Modeling the solubility of minerals in water with PHREEQC from R

Preface When working with contaminated groundwater, complex interactions between different solutes and sometimes the aquifer geology itself can lead to a plethora of reactions, potentially creating additional or even completely new problems, when it comes to remediation.

Kriging with R: Exploring gstat

Back in June I wrote a post about the basics of geospatial interpolation in R that, according to Twitter, resonated with a lot of people. It appears that there is a need for detailed tutorials on how to apply geospatial algorithms to real world data (at least in R).

Recent Publications

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Rhyolite-MELTS vs DERP – Reply to Comment by Gualda et al. on ‘The Effect of Anorthite Content and Water on Quartz–Feldspar Cotectic Compositions in the Rhyolitic System and Implications for Geobarometry’ by Wilke et al. (2017), Journal of Petrology, 58, No. 4, 789–818

Gualda et al. (2018) applied rhyolite-MELTS and DERP to several case studies and noted that DERP has a lower precision and yields distributions of estimated pressures that are significantly different from other geobarometers based on the H2O–CO2 of glass inclusions and amphibole geobarometry. In an attempt to clarify the discrepancy between rhyolite-MELT and DERP, Gualda et al. (2018) describe several problems with DERP. In the following sections we address the critical points mentioned in the comment of Gualda et al. (2018).

The Effect of Anorthite Content and Water on Quartz–Feldspar Cotectic Compositions in the Rhyolitic System and Implications for Geobarometry

The position of the cotectic curve separating quartz and feldspar stability fields in the rhyolite system Qz–Ab–Or(–An–H2O) depends on pressure, making it a potential geobarometer applicable to high-silica volcanic products if melt water contents (H2Omelt) are known.

The system quartz-albite-orthoclase-anorthite-H2O as a geobarometer: experimental calibration and application to rhyolites of the Snake River Plain, Yellowstone, USA

Developement of a geobarometer based on the experimental investigation of phase stabilities of various tectosilicates and application to thyolites of the Yellowstone Snake River Plain.

A Practical Method for Accurate Measurement of Trace Level Fluorine in Mg‐ and Fe‐Bearing Minerals and Glasses Using Electron Probe Microanalysis

In this study, we developed a protocol using a W‐Si multi‐layered pseudocrystal for measuring accurately trace level F in both minerals and glasses.

Experimental investigation of the effect of Ca, Fe and Ti on cotectic compositions of the rhyolitic system

The effect of the normative anorthite content on the position of cotectic curves in the Qz–Ab–Or–An system has been investigated at 200 MPa and a water activity of 0.5.