Elias Wölfer

Elias Wölfer

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster - Planetology

Doctoral Student

My scientific interest is focused on understanding the early evolution of the protoplanetary disk and the formation of terrestrial planets, using high-precision isotope measurements of meteorites and terrestrial samples. Currently, my main research focus lies on the accretion of (moderately) volatile elements onto planetary bodies in the inner Solar System and their geochemical behavior during differentiation. Planetary bodies are generally characterized by a depletion in (moderately) volatile elements relative to primitive Solar System objects (e.g., comets and carbonaceous chondrites), however, it is matter of debate, whether this depletion mainly originates from nebular processes or from large-scale degassing of planetesimals. During my PhD studies I intend to shed new light on this issue, and particularly to improve the understanding of the timing and the processes responsible for the volatile depletion of the terrestrial planets. Beyond planetary science, I have a passion for geography and maps, as well as football, cycling, and hiking.