Bernhard Buhs is a PhD student in the D1 Project – Analysis of Migration Processes due to Environmental Conditions between 40.000 and 14.000 a B.P. in the Rhine-Meuse Area.
The Altmuehlian of Southern Germany is a Middle Palaeolithic archaeological industry that contain knapped-stone leaf point artifacts. These industries are commonly dated to the end of the Middle Paleolithic and are regularly invoked in discussions concerning the disappearance of Neanderthals and appearance of Homo sapiens at about 40.000 B.P.
Erik J. Schaffernicht is a PhD candidate in meteorology at the Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology of the University of Cologne, Germany.
He is member of the project Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions Using a Computational Regional Environmental Modelling System (Project E6) of the Collaborative Research Centre 806 (CRC806), Our Way to Europe.
The Chew Bahir basin is located in southern Ethiopia. It is a tectonic graben, which is part of the East African Rift System (EARS). Its position close to the Omo Valley, which is considered to be the source region of the anatomically modern human (AMH), makes it an interesting target for interdisciplinary research.
11,000 years ago, at the beginning of the Holocene, today’s hyper-arid Sahara desert was dotted with large and small lakes, savannah and grassland and in some regions even humid tropical forest. Due to a strengthened African monsoon triggered by strong orbital forcing i.e. summer insolation, more humid conditions compared to today, prevailed in Northern and Central Africa.
I am a member of the CRC 806 in project B3 as research assistant since 2011. Since September 2013 I am working on my PhD (funded by the German National Academic Foundation), in which I am analyzing changes of fossil diatom communities during the Holocene in sediment cores from Lake Kinneret (Israel; Southeastern Mediterranean) and Laguna de Medina (Spain, Western Mediterranean).
Maria Papadopoulou is a PhD student in the CRC project B2. She studied Forestry and Natural Environment at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, ownes a master in Palynology and Palaeobotany from the same institute and started her PhD project in January 2014 at the University of Cologne.
Marc Bormann is a PhD student in the CRC project B2 “Climatic and Environmental History of the Balkans During the Last Glacial Cycle”. He studied Geography, Geology and Soil Science at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn. In his PhD project, starting in January 2014, he investigates a sediment record from the Mohos crater in the Eastern Romanian Carpathians using a multiproxy approach.
Andrea Miebach is a PhD student in the CRC project B3. She studied biology at the University of Bonn and started her PhD project in October 2013. The key task of the B3 project is to reveal environmental conditions during times of human dispersal in the southern part of the eastern trajectory. Here, long and high-resolution continental records are rare. The study of pollen and other palynomorphs give us the opportunity not only to investigate how the vegetation looked like, but it also gives us insights into climate conditions and human occupation.