Where we worked or took part in


Our department implements reconstructions of vegetation cover and climate via pollen analysis, anatomical appraisal of wood and macro-botanical material.

Ongoing projects:

South America

  • Pleistocene and Holocene environmental changes in neotropical ecosystems with a focus on Amazon rainforest (PhD-student B. Wang since 2019)

  • Impacts of Climate, Sea Level Changes and Humans on Coastal Vegetation in Northeastern Brazil during the Late Quaternary (PhD-student Alves de Moraes since 2018)

  • Holocene vegetation dynamics and disturbance regimes in north Patagonia, Argentina (40 degrees South) (PhD-student Alvarez Barra until 2020)

  • Holocene vegetation and disturbance dynamics in Araucaria araucana forests of southern South America: towards a scientific basis for conservation (PhD-student R. Moreno until 2019)

  • Asia

  • Environmental changes and way of life in Central Oman during the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC. (>2024)

  • Studies on Holocene vegetation-, fire-, climate- and human history - comparing multi-site evidence from the forest-steppe biomes in Mongolian Altai, Tosontsengel and Orkhon Valley (2020>)

  • Putting the carbon back into peat (Dr. Hapsari 2018>)

  • Neogene vegetation history in north China with a palynological perspective and and its response to the major geological and environmental events (PhD-student Jian Wang 2019>)

  • Long-term vegetation dynamics along altitudinal and longitudinal gradients in the Hyrcanian forest region (northern Iran) (PhD-student Homami Totmaj 2018>)

  • EFForTS-CRC990 - A01 - Long-term vegetation dynamics, plant phenology and plant-pollinator interactions in rainforest and rainforest transformations in central Sumatra (Dr. Setyaningsih 2016 >)

  • Using the biological and chemical diversity in Iranian honey for successful beekeeping and bee care (Dr. Khansaritoreh >2020)

  • Economic revival of Iranian licorice (ERIL), from farm to market (>2018)

  • Studies on vegetation, fire, climate and human history in the mid- to late Holocene. A contribution to protection and management of the forest-steppe biome in the Mongolian Altai (>2019)

  • Coastal wetlands of Indonesia (>2018)

  • Africa

  • Calibrated pollen-based reconstruction of East African vegetation and landscape change ~ 250,000 yr Lake Challa sediment record (Dr. van der Plas >2022)

  • Untersuchungen zur spätquatären Umweltdynamik (Vegetation, Klima, Böden, Feuer und anthropogener Einfluss) am Mt. Kilimanjaro (>2017)

  • Multi-proxy micropaleontological studies on Holocene climate change and biodiversity history in Western Desert, Egypt (>2015)

  • Europe

  • Dynamics of Mid-latitude/Mediterranean climate during the last 150 ka: Black Sea /Northern Anatolian Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions

  • Germany

  • Human impact and environmental changes as reflected in the central sediment of the cirque lakes in the Northern Black Forest

  • Dendrochronology in Northern Germany

  • Dendroökologische Untersuchungen von Grubenhölzern am "Rammelsberg" bei Goslar und der Grube "Roter Bär" bei St. Andreasberg. Ein Beitrag der Montanarchäologie im Harz zur Erschließung eines Bergbau- und Umweltarchivs