DFG-Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies





Mission Statement




Continuing Education







Dr. Yannick Garcin

Universität Potsdam
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24
Haus 27, Raum 2.26
D-14476 Golm

Phone: +49 331 977 5837
Fax: +49 331 977 5700

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Research interests

My research focuses on present-day and past behaviors of the tropical climates (i.e., Monsoon, Intertropical Convergence Zone, ENSO and Indian Ocean dynamics). I am particularly interested in the East Africa climatic variability and its impact on the ecosystems. I work on different timescales: 10-1 to 106 years and I’m currently involved in lake-sediment studies (e.g., the analysis of the complex interactions between vegetation, catchment processes and lake sedimentation).


Alexander von Humboldt research fellow in Geosciences at the University of Potsdam.

PhD Thesis: ‘Interactions between erosion, lake hydrology and vegetation in tropical regions: an example from the Lake Masoko basin (Tanzania) during the last 45,000 years’, Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement (CEREGE), Université Paul Cézanne (Marseille, France).

Summer 2005
1 month onboard the Marion Dufresne Research Vessel to recover long sediment cores offshore Indonesia, Papua New-Guinea and Australia (Oceanographic campaign PECTEN-IMAGES: Past Equatorial Climate: Tracking El Niño).

Summer 2002
4 months at TOTALFINAELF (Carbonate Exploration Team, Pau) for a modeling training with the aim to reconstruct the 3D structure of oil fields offshore Libya.

MSc Thesis: ‘Evolution of the Provence platform (Southeast France) from the Pliensbachian up to the Aalelian: tectonic, climatic and carbonate production crisis’, Reefs and Carbonate Platforms Team, Université de Provence (Marseille, France).

Papers published in referred journals

Garcin, Y., 2008, Comment on “Abrupt change in tropical African climate linked to the bipolar seesaw over the past 55,000 years” by E. T. Brown, T. C. Johnson, C. A. Scholz, A. S. Cohen, and J. W. King (2007): Geophysical Research Letters, in press.

Vincens, A., Garcin, Y., and Buchet, G., 2007, Influence of rainfall seasonality on African lowland vegetation during the Late Quaternary: pollen evidence from Lake Masoko, Tanzania: Journal of Biogeography, v. 34, p. 1274-1288, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2007.01706.x.

Garcin, Y., Vincens, A., Williamson, D., Buchet, G., and Guiot, J., 2007, Abrupt resumption of the African Monsoon at the Younger Dryas-Holocene climatic transition: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 26, p. 690-704, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.10.014.

Garcin, Y., Williamson, D., Bergonzini, L., Radakovitch, O., Vincens, A., Buchet, G., Guiot, J., Brewer, S., Mathé, P. E., and Majule, A., 2007, Solar and anthropogenic imprints on Lake Masoko (southern Tanzania) during the last 500 years: Journal of Paleolimnology, v. 37, p. 475-490, doi:10.1007/s10933-006-9033-6.

Garcin, Y., Vincens, A., Williamson, D., Guiot, J., and Buchet, G., 2006, Wet phases in tropical Southern Africa during the last glacial period: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 33, L07703, doi:10.1029/2005GL025531.

Garcin, Y., Williamson, D., Taieb, M., Vincens, A., Mathé, P. E., and Majule, A., 2006, Centennial to millennial changes in maar-lake deposition during the last 45,000 years in tropical Southern Africa (Lake Masoko, Tanzania): Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 239, p. 334-354, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2006.02.002.

Delalande, M., Bergonzini, L., Beal, F., Garcin, Y., Majule, A., and Williamson, D., 2005, Contribution to the detection of Lake Masoko (Tanzania) groundwater outflow: isotopic evidence (O-18, D): Hydrological Sciences Journal-Journal Des Sciences Hydrologiques, v. 50, p. 867-880, doi:10.1623/hysj.2005.50.5.867.


Garcin, Y., Junginger, A., Trauth, M.H., Melnick, D., Strecker, M.R., Olago, D.O., Maslin, M., Major climatic changes in equatorial East Africa during the late Pleistocene and Holocene: reconstruction from paleo-shorelines in the Suguta Valley, northern Kenya Rift, EGU, Vienna, 13-18 April 2008.

Garcin, Y., Trauth, M. H., Salty puddles and megalakes, the two faces of tropical lakes, EGU, Vienna, 15-20 April 2007.

Trauth, M. H., Maslin, M., Deino, A., Strecker, M., Bergner, A., Duehnforth, M., Garcin, Y., High- and low-latitude forcing of Plio-Pleistocene East African climate and human evolution, EGU, Vienna, 15-20 April 2007.

Marwan, N., Junginger, A., Trauth, M., Bergner, A., Garcin, Y., Recurrence in climate variability – a comparison of modern climate data from Nakuru, Kenya, with Early Holocene palaeo-climate records, EGU, Vienna, 15-20 April 2007.

Williamson, D., Garcin, Y., Mathé, P. E., Majule, A., Vincens, A., Bergonzini, L., Guiot, J., Gwambene, B., Farjon, P., Taieb, M., Vadeboin, F., Kajula, S., Decobert, M., A control of seasonality on volcanic ash soil weathering and erosion, EGU, Vienna, 02-07 April 2006.

Garcin, Y., Williamson, D., Vincens, A., Guiot, J., Mathé, P. E., Changements hydrologiques multi-décennaux à millénaires en Afrique sud-tropicale (Lac Masoko, Tanzanie) durant les derniers 45 000 ans, 10ème Congrès Français de Sédimentologie (ASF), Presqu'île de Giens, 11-13 October 2005.

Garcin, Y., Williamson, D., Majule, A., Guiot, J., Taieb, M., Vincens, A., Decadal to millennial hydrological changes in Southern Equatorial Africa (Lake Masoko, Tanzania) during the last 45,000 years, EGU, Vienna, 25-29 April 2005.