Modelling African Quaternary Climate and Vegetation Change

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Prof. Martin Claussen
Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, University of Hamburg, KlimaCampus Hamburg

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.

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IRTG Alumni Doerte Weig dances her PhD!

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Dance your phd

Running for the 6th consecutive year, “Dance your Ph.D.” is a Science sponsored contest that challenges scientists to present the outcome of their doctoral research by means of dancing. In other words, contestants are urged to use their bodies “to convey the essence of scientific research”.

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Schistosomiasis – a health risk for travelers

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Dr. med. Burkhard Rieke Facharzt für Innere Medizin, Tropenmedizin

Dr. med. Burkhard Rieke
Facharzt für Innere Medizin, Tropenmedizin

In the first CRC Lecture of the winter term 2013/14, Dr. med. Burkhard Rieke will speak about schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), a parasitic disease commonly found in Africa. Freshwater snails are the vectors (intermediary agents) of the parasitic trematodes (Schistosoma sp.), which can infect humans exposed to contaminated water. Several CRC projects are running in Africa and their project members are often exposed to water that might be contaminated by infected freshwater snails.

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