The Diatom Flora of Lake Kinneret (Israel) – Palaeolimnological evidence for Holocene climate change and human impact in the southeastern Mediterranean

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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).

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Presenting in English

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“How often have you sat through a presentation and felt bored, uninspired or even confused? Delivering a great presentation can be a challenge – especially if English is your second language.  In your career as an academic or researcher giving presentations is a major and important part of your role. With this one and half day presentation skills workshop you will pick up some tips on how to improve your presentation style and practice in a constructive environment”

Lesley-Anne Weiling
Write English

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Lesley-Anne Weiling is a native English speaker and comes from Ireland.  She is a partner in Write English, a Cologne based business specializing in helping people improve their English communication skills in both writing and presenting.
She graduated from Queens University Belfast and began her career in the IT industry in London.  Working in the high pressure environment of sales and marketing Lesley-Anne experienced first hand the value of good presentation skills.  As a senior manager, she often had to give presentations to multicultural teams and large audiences. Her role involved mentoring junior team members and coaching them to deliver successful presentations.

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Quantitative Palynology

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Dr. Petr Kuneš
 (Charles University, Prague) will offer a course on quantitative palynology during his stay in Cologne:

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Dr. Petr Kuneš (Charles University, Prague)

Suggested topics covered by the course (R-project):

  • Basic statistics and multivariate data analysis in palynology/assemblage data: rate of change analysis, rarefaction, indirect ordination (PCA, DCA), direct ordination (RDA, DCCA – applied in Canoco program)
  • Quantitative vegetation reconstruction using pollen data: Theory behind and application of the ERV model (calculation of pollen productivity estimates) and Landscape Reconstruction Algorithm (REVEALS and LOVE models to reconstruct regional and local vegetation estimates)
  • Application of modern analogue technique to assemblage data, reconstructing climate, transfer functions

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Long-term woodland dynamics in Central-Eastern Europe – coevolution of natural and anthropogenic forces

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Dr. Petr Kuneš
Charles University, Prague

Forests have undergone gradual change since their formation after the end of the glacial. Until today, these forests have been influenced by humans for at least eight millennia being gradually transformed into today’s agriculture landscape. However, to the simple disappearance of woodland we have to account with various forest management regimes, which profoundly altered woodlands’ structure and species composition. Continue reading

Climate dynamics, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem variability in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmiedl
University of Hamburg

The eastern Mediterranean Sea (EMS) responds sensitively to orbital and suborbital climate variability and related hydrological changes of the adjacent continents. Recurrent deposition of organic-rich sediment layers (sapropels) is caused by complex interactions between climatic and biogeochemical processes. Disentangling these influences is therefore important for Mediterranean palaeo-studies but also to understand climate links between the EMS and the African Monsoon system. Sapropels are diagnostic of anoxic deep-water phases, which have been attributed to deep-water stagnation, enhanced biological production, or both.

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Volcanism in the Eastern Carpathians and first insights into the geochemical record of Mohos crater

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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.

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Quantitative climate reconstructions using plant remains: assumptions, pitfalls and solutions

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PD Dr. Norbert Kühl
Steinmann Institute
University of Bonn

Botanical fossils have long been appreciated and used as proxy data for quantitative climate reconstructions because of the close relationship between plant occurrence and climate. In fact, plant fossils have been in use for quantitative climate reconstructions for about a century now. Over time, increasingly sophisticated methods have been developed for successfully transferring pollen and macro fossil data into climatic information.

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Vegetation history of northwest Turkey and the southern Levant since the Last Glacial

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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.

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