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Dr. Nadine Pickarski

Dr. Nadine Pickarski_27.03.2019  


Contact information

Nußallee 8
Room :     1.014
Phone:     +49 (0)228 73-3531
E-mail:     pickarski [at]


Research interest

  • Reconstruction of quaternary paleoenvironment: vegetation, fire regime, palaeoecology, paleoclimate, and human impact
  • Pollen and Non-pollen palynomorphs, micro-charcoal, isotope analyses, and varve chronology
  • Flow cytometry: AMS radiocarbon dating of fossil pollen
  • Long continental records as paleoclimate archives: e.g., Lake sediment (Lake Van,Turkey) and Loess-paleosols (Sevkar area, Armenia)

Ongoing projects

  • DFG project / SPP 1006 'Flow cytometry method for purification of fossil pollen from Lake Van varved sediments for AMS radiocarbon dating - a new approach'


  • 2014-2016 'Lake Van Drilling Project 'PALEOVAN', a long continental record in eastern Turkey: Geochronology, palynostratigraphy, and environmental response on volcanic events'
  • 2010-2013 'Lake Van Drilling Project 'PALEOVAN', a long continental record in eastern Turkey: Paleoecological inverstigations on new cores obtained during the ICDP deep drilling operation in 2010'

Short CV

  • Current: Teaching Assistant and Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut für Geowissenschaften und Meteorologie, Abt. Paläontologie, Universität Bonn
  • 2014-2016 Postdoctoral Reseacher, Steinmann-Institut, Universität Bonn: Universität Bonn: DFG project " Lake Van Drilling Project PALEOVAN, a long continental record in eastern Turkey: Geochronology, palynostratigraphy and environmental response on volcanic events"
  • 2010-2013 Ph.D. Student, Steinmann-Institut, Universität Bonn: DFG project “Lake Van Drilling Project PALEOVAN, a long continental record in eastern Turkey: Paleoecological investigations on new cores obtained during the ICDP depp drilling operation in 2010”.
  • 2002-2010 Study of Geography, Biology, and Geology; Universität Leipzig, degree: Dipl.-Geogr., Diploma Thesis: „Vegetations- und Klimarekonstruktion an Sedimenten des Vansees (Anatolien) in der Hellenistischen Periode und der Römerzeit“.

Selected publications




  • Langgut D., Almogi-Labin A., Bar-Matthews M., Pickarski N., Weinstein-Evron M. (2018). Evidence for a humid interval at ~56-44 ka BP in the Levant and its potential link to modern human migration out of Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 124: 75-90.


  • Pickarski, N. and Litt, T. (2017). A new high-resolution pollen sequence at Lake Van, Turkey: insights into penultimate interglacial–glacial climate change on vegetation history. Climate of the Past 13: 689-710.
  • Randlett, M.-È., Bechtel, A., van der Meer, M.T.J., Peterse, F., Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Kwiecien, O., Stockhecke, M., Wehrli, B., Schubert, C.J. (2017). Biomarkers in Lake Van sediments reveal dry conditions in eastern Anatolia during 110.000–10.000 years B.P.. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 18, 2: 571-583.


  • Stockhecke, M., Timmermann, A., Kipfer, R., Haug, G.H., Kwiecien, O., Friedrich, T., Menviel, L., Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Anselmetti, F. S. (2016). Millennial to orbital-scale variations of drought intensity in the Eastern Mediterranean, QSR 133: 77–95.


  • Pickarski, N., Kwiecien, O., Djamali, M., Litt, T. (2015). Vegetation and environmental changes during the last interglacial in eastern Anatolia (Turkey): a new high-resolution pollen record from Lake Van. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology 435: 145-158.
  • Pickarski, N., Kwiecien, O., Langgut, D., Litt, T. (2015). Abrupt vegetation and climate variability of eastern Anatolia vegetation during the last glacial. Climate of the Past 11: 1491-1505.


  • Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Heumann, G., Stockhecke, M., Tzedakis, P.C. (2014). A 600,000 year long continental pollen record from Lake Van, eastern Anatolia (Turkey). QSR 104: 30-41.
  • Kwiecien, O., Stockhecke, M., Pickarski, N., Heumann, G., Litt, T., Sturm, M., Anselmetti, F., Kipfer, R., Haug, G.H. (2014). Dynamics of the last four glacial terminations recorded in Lake Van, Turkey. QSR 104: 42-52.
  • Randlett, M.-È., Coolen, M.J.L., Stockhecke, M., Pickarski, N., Litt, T., Balkema, C., Kwiecien, O., Tomonaga, Y., Wehrli, B., Schubert, C.J. (2014). Alkenone distribution in Lake Van sediment over the last 270 ka: influence of temperature and haptophyte species composition. QSR 104: 53-62.
  • Stockhecke, M., Kwiecien, O., Vigliotti, L., Anselmetti, F.S., Beer, J., Cagatay, M.N., Channell, J.E.T., Kipfer, R., Lachner, J., Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Sturm, M. (2014). Chronostratigraphy of the 600,000 year old continental record of Lake Van (Turkey). QSR 104: 8-17.


  • Lecture in 'Fossil Record of Paleobotany' (B.Sc. level)
  • Lecture in 'Terrestrial Paleoecology, Paleobotany, and Paleolimnology' (M.Sc. level)
  • Seminar in 'Special Paleobotany' (B.Sc. level)
  • Seminar in 'Historical Geology' (B.Sc. level)
  • 'Research Seminar in Paleobotany' (B.Sc./M.Sc. level)