Zsófia Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger
senior research fellow
  • +36 1 309 2600 / 1355
  • +36 1 319 3137
  • ruszkiczay-rudiger.zsofia at csfk.org
  • rrzsofi at geochem.hu
  • 315. szoba
Place and date of birth
    Budapest, 1976
  • 2007. PhD Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Title of the thesis: Tectonic and climatic forcing in Quaternary landscape evolution in the Central Pannonian Basin: A quantitative, geomorphological, geochronological and structural analysis.
  • 2000. MSc, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary. Title of the thesis: Late Glacial – Holocene evolution of the southern part of the Sajó-Hernád alluvial fan, Hungary (in Hungarian).
Language knowledge
  • English, fluent (1994)
  • Spanish, fluent (1995)
Main fields of research
  • geomorphology; Quaternary research
  • geochronology: exposure age dating and erosion rate determination using in situ produced cosmogenic nuclides (3He, 10Be, 26Al)
  • structural geomorphology, neotectonics, relationship of tectonics and denudation processes and their role in the landscape evolution
  • Sample preparation laboratory for in situ produced cosmogenic nuclides
Research projects
  • Project leadership:
    • OTKA PD 83610 (2011, 2013-2016) Cosmogenic 10Be dating of Danube terraces: tectonic and climatic influence on Quaternary river incision in Hungary (3 years)
    • MTA-CNRS French-Hungarian bilateral project (NKM-96/2014 és NKM-31/2015) (2014-2015), between CEREGE and the Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research. „Chrolology of the Carpathian glaciations and Quaternary climate reconstruction using in situ produced cosmogenic Be-10 and C-14 nuclides”
    • Austrian-Hungarian bilateral project (OMAA 90öu17) (2015-2016) „Vergleich Labore fur Datierung mit kosmogenem Aluminium und Beryllium (Budapest und Wien)”
    • NKFI FK 124807 (2017-2021) ” Geochronology of glacial landforms and cave sediments in Macedonia and implications for Quaternary landscape evolution in the Central Balkan Peninsula”
    • Austrian-Hungarian bilateral project (OMAA 98öu17) (2018-2019) "Datierung von Terrassenschottern der Donau südlich des Flughafen Wiens mit kosmogenem 26Al und 10Be"
    • 19001687-ST "Suitability of cave ice deposits as an archive for past atmospheric 10Be deposition" Ionbeamcenters.eu / Radiate Transnational Access, 24 hours beamtime at Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (2019)
    • 19001688-ST "Cosmogenic 10Be exposure dating of glacial landforms and 26Al / 10Be burial dating of cave sediments in Macedonia" Ionbeamcenters.eu / Radiate Transnational Access, 144 hours beamtime at Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (2019-2020)
  • Project participation:
    • participant in Hungarian National Scientific Fund Project (OTKA) T 29798 (2000-2003) Project title: Late Miocene – Quaternary structural and landscape evolution in the Gödöllő Hills area
    • participant in OTKA T 38297 (2002-2005), Project title: Tata-Porhanyó, a middle Palaeolithic archaeological site
    • participant in the Topo-Europe, 4D Topography evolution in Europe program (2005-2007)
    • participant in OTKA F 43715 (2003-2006), Project title: Role of neotectonics in the young morphostructural evolution of the Transdanubian Range
    • participant in OTKA K 62478 (2005-2009), Project title: Effects of deflation on late Neogene to Quaternary sedimentation and landscape evolution in the Hungarian Mountain Range and its foreland.
    • participant in OTKA K 68219 (2007-2011) Project title: Complex comparison study of the Quaternary formations of the Gödöllő Hills and the Danube terraces: a morphotectonic and paleoenvironmental reconstruction study.
    • participant in the Balaton-TÉT French-Hungarian FR-32/2007 (Hungarian Science and Technological Foundation) bilateral cooperation (2008-2009), among CEREGE (Aix en Provence) MÁFI and ELTE (Budapest)
    • participant in OTKA NK 83400 (2011-2015) SourceSink Hungary - Quantification of mass transfer from mountain ranges to active sedimentary basins of Hungary: integrated source-to-sink studies
    • participant in the Balaton-TÉT French-Hungarian TÉT_11-2-2012-0005 (Hungarian Science and Technological Foundation) bilateral cooperation (2012-2013) Dating terrace horizons along the Danube valley in Hungary: a methodological study and data calibration using cosmogenic nuclides and optically stimulated luminescence
    • participant in the NKFI K 119309 project (2016-2020) „Exploring Late Pleistocene and Holocene linkages between different geomorphological domains in the SE Carpathian Basin”
    • participant in the Mecsekérc Környezetvédelmi Zrt. BAF-I-5/2016 project (2016-2017) ,,Geological survey of the Boda Claystone Formation (Agyagkő Formáció (BAF), surface study phase I/2"
    • participant in the NKFIH K 116618 számú (2016-2020) „Stratigraphy of the Pannonian Stage in southern Transdanubia” project
    • participant in the NKFIH K 134873 (2020-2024) „ From rifting to neotectonic differential motions: coupling of crustal deformation, denudation, sedimentation and deep lithospheric processes – case studies in the Pannonian Basin” project
    • participant in the OMAA 105öu4 (2020-2021) „Entwicklung einer neuen Methode zur Überprüfung der Reinheit von Quarz für kosmogene Datierungsmethoden mittels Lumineszenz” project
Study trips
  • 2005. 17-18. March. TOPO-EUROPE: 4D Topography Evolution in Europe: Uplift, Subsidence and Sea Level Rise. Exploratory workshop, Budapest
  • 2006. 12-17. June. CRONUS-EU Summer School „Applications of Cosmogenic Nuclides to Earth Surface Sciences.” Harkány, Hungary
  • 2014. International Conference Participation Award (INKP) for the participation at EGU-2014, Vienna
Membership of scientific and professional organizations
  • HUNTEK (Hungarian Tectonic Working Group)
  • CETEG (Central European Tectonic Group)
  • Stratigraphic Committee of Hungary, Quaternary Subcommittee
  • Hungarian Geological Society
  • INQUA Hungarian national Committee
  • EGU (European Geosciences Union)
  • Georeview editorial board member
  • E&G Quaternary Science Journal editorial board member
  • NKFIH Geoext commitee member (2000- )
Research grants, scholarships
  • 2000-2004. Hungarian State PhD Scholarship at the Department of Physical Geography, Eötvös University, Budapest (2+1 years)
  • 2002-2003. Marie Curie Felowship in the Eurobasin Training Centre at the Department of Isotope Geochemistry, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (9 months)
  • 2005. Visitor Research Fellowship, Research Centre for Integrated Solid Earth Sciences /ISES/, Department of Isotope Geochemistry, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (3 months)
  • 2007. EGIDE French State Scholarship at the Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory of CEREGE, CRNS, Aix en Provence, France (1 month)
  • 2008. EGIDE French State Scholarship at the Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory of CEREGE, CRNS, Aix en Provence, France (1.5 months)
  • 2009. EGIDE French State Scholarship at the Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory of CEREGE, CRNS, Aix en Provence, France (2 months)
  • 2009-2010. Zoltán Magyary Postdoctoral Fellowship (12 months)
  • 2010. EGIDE French State Scholarship at the Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory of CEREGE, CRNS, Aix en Provence, France (1 month)
  • 2010-2011, 2013-2016 János Bolyai Research Scholarship (3 years)
  • 2003. Best poster presentation, 4th Stephan Müller topical conference of the European Geosciences Union, Cheile Butii, Romania
  • 2006. Elemér Szádeczky-Kardoss publication award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1st place
  • 2015. Academic Youth Award
  • 2000-2011 Eötvös University, Budapest
  • Lectures: Physical geography of the Carpathian Basin, Geomorphology, New methodologies of Quaternary Research, Field and laboratory methods in Quaternary Research, Student fieldworks
  • 2013- Eötvös University, Budapest, Invited speaker in New methodologies of Quaternary research, Isotope geochronology and Quaternary geochronology courses
Selected publications of the last 5 years
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Kern, Z., Urdea, P., Madarász, B., Braucher, R., ASTER Team 2021. Limited glacial erosion during the last glaciation in mid-latitude cirques (Retezat Mts, Southern Carpathians, Romania). Geomorphology, 107719.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Z., Balázs, A., Csillag, G., Drijkoningen, G., & Fodor, L. 2020. Uplift of the Transdanubian Range, Pannonian Basin: How fast and why? Global and Planetary Change, 103263. 1-17.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Kern, Z., Temovski, M., Madarász, B., Milevski, I., Braucher, R., ASTER Team. 2020. Last deglaciation in the central Balkan Peninsula: geochronological evidence from the Jablanica Mt. (North Macedonia). Geomorphology, 351. 106985.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Csillag, G., Fodor, L., Braucher, R., Novothny, Á., Thamó-Bozsó, E., Virág, A., Pazonyi, P., Timár, G., ASTER Team 2018. Integration of new and revised chronological data to constrain the terrace evolution of the Danube River (Gerecse Hills, Pannonian Basin). Quaternary Geochronology 48, 148-170.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Braucher, R., Novothny, Á., Csillag, G., Fodor, L., Molnár, G., Madarász, B., ASTER Team. 2016. Tectonic and climatic forcing on terrace formation: coupling in situ produced 10Be depth profiles and luminescence approach, Danube River, Hungary, Central Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 131, 127-147.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Kern, Z. 2016. Permafrost or seasonal frost? - A review of paleoclimate proxies of the last glacial cycle in the East Central European lowlands. Quaternary International, 415. 241-252.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Kern, Z., Urdea, P., Braucher, R., Madarász, B., Schimmelpfennig, I., ASTER Team 2016. Revised deglaciation history of the Pietrele- Stânişoara glacial complex, Retezat Mts, Southern Carpathians, Romania. Quaternary International, 415, 216-229.
  • Sebe, K., Csillag, G., Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Fodor, L., Thamó-Bozsó, E., Müller, P., Braucher, R. 2011. Wind erosion under cold climate: A fossil periglacial mega-yardang system in Central Europe (Western Pannonian Basin, Hungary). Geomorphology, 134, pp. 470-482.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Braucher, R., Csillag, G., Fodor, L., Dunai, T.J., Bada, G., Bourlés, D., Müller, P. 2011 Dating pleistocene aeolian landforms in Hungary, Central Europe, using in situ produced cosmogenic 10Be. Quaternary Geochronology, 6, pp. 515-529.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Fodor, L., Horváth, E., Telbisz, T. 2009. Discrimination of fluvial, eolian and neotectonic features in a low hilly landscape, a DEM-based morphotectonic analysis in the Central Pannonian Basin, Hungary. Geomorphology, 104, 3-4, pp. 203-217.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Fodor, L., Horváth, E. 2007. Neotectonic and landscape evolution of the Gödöllő Hills, Central Pannonian Basin. Global and Planetary Change 58, pp. 181-196.
  • Karátson, D., Németh, K., Székely, B., Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Pécskay, Z. 2006. Incision of a river curvature due to exhumed Miocene volcanic landforms: Danube Bend, Hungary. Int. J. Earth Sci. (Geol. Rundsch) 95. (5.) pp. 929-944.
  • Fodor, L., Bada, G., Csillag, G., Horváth, E., Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Palotás, K., Síkhegyi, F., Timár, G., Cloetingh, S., Horváth, F. 2005. An outline of neotectonic structures and morphotectonics of the western and central Pannonian Basin. Tectonophysics 410. 1-4. pp. 15-41.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Dunai, T.J., Bada, G., Fodor, L., Horváth, E. 2005. Middle to late Pleistocene uplift rate of the Hungarian Mountain Range at the Danube Bend (Pannonian Basin) using in situ produced 3He. Tectonophysics, 410. 1-4. pp. 173-187.
  • Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zs., Fodor, L., Bada, G., Leél-Össy, Sz., Horváth, E., Dunai, T.J. 2005. Quantification of Quaternary vertical movements in the central Pannonian Basin: A review of chronologic data along the Danube River, Hungary. Tectonophysics, 410. 1-4. pp. 157-172.
Last update 2021.08.02.