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PhD projects

I have two projects available via the ONEPlanet programme:

Interhemispheric circulation and moisture changes during the penultimate glacial-interglacial transition – insights from Indian and South Pacific stalagmites

Tracing interglacial climate and permafrost dynamics using speleothems from continental Eurasia

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Research interests

I am a palaeoclimatologist with strong affinity to caves and carbonates. My research interest includes palaeoclimatology, geothermometry, geochronology, climate-human interaction, geochemistry, continental environmental change, and human adaptation/behaviour in response to climate change.


I am head of the EnMaR (Environmental monitoring and reconstruction) research group.

I am a palaeoclimatologist with strong affinity to caves and carbonates. I use carbonate chemistry and stable isotope geochemistry as tools to reconstruct past environmental and climate conditions. Ideally I then use these reconstructions to inform archaeologists, anthropologists and other interested parties and the public about the influence that climate has on society. To this end I follow a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach and work closely with experts from a broad range of research fields.

My research is globally spread as I select sites that are best suited for the research question at hand. Among other places, I work in Germany, Siberia, India, New Zealand, and Belize.

I am currently establishing clumped isotope thermometry in our new stable isotope laboratory.

Further Information

you can find more about my current work here:

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, High resolution isotopic measurements (δ13C and δ18O) on Siberian stalagmites as potential paleoclimate proxies, University of Potsdam

1 Jun 200419 Oct 2009

Award Date: 19 Oct 2009

Research Group keywords

  • Environmental Monitoring and Reconstruction


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