This PhD topic lies within the B1 project, which deals with the paleoenvironmental conditions during modern human migration through southeastern Europe. A multi-proxy approach combining sedimentology, geochemistry, rock magnetism and luminescence dating is applied on loess-paleosol sequences on geoarchives in Hungary, Serbia and Romania.
In spite of the extensive distribution of loess in SE Europe, information about Anatomically Modern Human occupation of these landscapes is rare. The main focus of my PhD is the exact timing of environmental change through luminescence dating. I will present my goals and plans, as well as first results of the Stalac loess profile. The Stalac loess-paleosol section is located in the Central Balkan region, which marks a transition zone between Atlantic, continental and Mediterranean climatic regions. Therefore it is potentially extraordinary sensitive to past and present climate change.
„I studied Earth Science with a specialization on geo-ecology at the University of Amsterdam. For my master thesis I reconstructed the landscape evolution of an area in the province of Murcia, Spain. The research area is located within the convergence zone of the African and Eurasian plates, which offers an interesting research environment. I think the fact that I couldn’t apply dating techniques within my master thesis led to my decision to specialize on luminescence dating here in Cologne.”
Date, Time: 02/02/2015, 16:30 h – 17:00 h
Location: Room S22, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne