Maria Papadopoulou and Marc Bormann are PhD students in Project B2 of the CRC 806 at the University of Cologne. Maria studied Forestry and Natural Environment at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her master thesis focused on the comparison of recent vegetation and pollen records in vegetation units of Northern Greece.
Pronounced changes in African climate, deserts and tropical rain forest over the last glacial cycles presumably affected human’s way out of Africa. These changes were induced by large changes in ice masses, ocean circulation and monsoon dynamics which, in turn, were triggered by variations in the Earth orbit around the sun and subsequent alteration of meridional insolation gradients.