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Dr. Nadine Pickarski

Naddine Pickarski  


Contact information

Nußallee 8 (Container)
Raum 109
Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-3095
E-Mail: pickarski [at]

Research interest

  • Quaternary lacustrine sediments: palynology, palaeoecology, paleoclimate
  • Mechanism of abrupt climate changes / Dansgaard-Oeschger Events
  • Climate and environmental changes of past interglacial-glacial cycles
  • Continental climate research
  • Near East, Lake Van, Dead Sea, Mediterranean region 

Ongoing projects

  • ‘PALEOVAN’, International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) Environmental response to climate and vegetation events in NE Anatolia (Turkey).
  • Lake Van Drilling Project “PALEOVAN”, a long continental record in eastern Turkey: Geochronology, palynostratigraphy and environmental response on volcanic events.

Selected publications


  • 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., and Anselmetti, F. S. (2016). Millennial to orbital-scale variations of drought intensity in the Eastern Mediterranean, Quaternary Science Review, 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. (2015b). 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. Quaternary Science Reviews. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.07.001
  • 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., Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Schmincke, H.-U., Çağatay, N. (2014) Chronology of the 600 ka old long continental record of Lake Van: climatostratigraphic synchronization and dating. QSR 104, 8-17.