DFG-Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies





Mission Statement




Continuing Education







Prof. Dr. Gerald H. Haug

ETH Zürich
Geologisches Institut
CAB E 76
Universitätstrasse 6
8092 Zürich

Phone ++41 (0) 44 632 86 10

Research interests

Climate and Societies
Late Neogene climate change
Ocean and Lake Biogeochemistry


Habilitation, ETH Zürich, "Late Cenozoic Paleoceanography and Climate"

Dr. rer. nat. , Universität Kiel, "Paleoceanography and sedimentation history in the northwest Pacific during the last 6 million years (ODP-Site 882)"

Diplom in Geology, Universität Karlsruhe "The volcano-tectonic evolution of the northern Chyulu Hills, South Kenya"

Professional Experience

Professor, University of Potsdam

Section Head 'Climate Dyamics and Sediments', Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam(GFZ); Program theme speaker 'Climate Variability and the Human Habitat' for German Helmholtz Centers GFZ, FZJ, and UFZ

Adjunct Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Oberassistent, ETH Zürich

Research Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Post-Doctoral Guest Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Visiting Scientist, Department of Oceanography, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada

Postdoctoral Research Associate, GEOMAR, Center for Marine Geosciences, Kiel, Germany

Ph.D. Student at the Geological Institute, University of Kiel, Germany


Albert Maucher Award for Earth Sciences (2001)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis (2007)

Selected Publications

Gergana Yancheva, Norbert R. Nowaczyk, Jens Mingram, Peter Dulski, Georg Schettler, Jörg F. W. Negendank, Jiaqi Liu, Daniel M. Sigman, Larry C. Peterson & Gerald H. Haug. Influence of the intertropical convergence zone on the East Asian monsoon. Nature, 445, 7123 2007. 74-77 p.

Jaccard, S.L., Haug, G.H., Sigman, D.M., Pedersen, T.F., Thierstein, H.R., Röhl. U. Glacial/interglacial changes in Subarctic North Pacific stratification. Science 308, 1003-1006 (2005)

Haug, G.H., Ganopolski, A., Sigman, D.M., Rosell-Mele, A., Swann, G.E.A., Tiedemann, R., Jaccard, S.L., Bollmann, J., Maslin, M.A., Leng, M.J., and Eglinton, G. North Pacific seasonality and the glaciation of North America 2.7 million years ago. Nature, doi:10.1038, 1-5 (2005). Billups, K. Snow maker for the ice ages, News and Views.

Sigman, D.M., Jaccard, S. & Haug, G.H. Polar ocean stratification in a cold climate. Nature 428, 59-63 (2004). Francois, R. Cool stratification. News and Views.

Stott, L.D., Cannariato, K., Thunell, R., Haug, G.H., Koutavas, A. & Lund, S. Century-Scale Modulation of the Tropical Oceans Salinity Gradient. Nature 431, 56-59 (2004).

Haug, G.H., Günther, D., Peterson, L.C., Sigman, D.M., Hughen, K.A. & Aeschlimann, B. Climate and the Collapse of Maya Civilzation. Science 299, 1731-1735 (2003).

Sigman, D.M. and Haug, G.H. The biological pump in the past. Elsevier Treatise on Geochemistry (bookchapter, published Dec. 2003).

Haug, G.H., Hughen, K.A., Peterson, L.C., Sigman, D.M. & Röhl, U. Southward migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone through the Holocene. Science 293, 1304-1308 (2001).

Haug, G.H., Tiedemann, R., Zahn, R. & Ravelo, A.C. Role of Panama uplift on oceanic freshwater balance. Geology 29, 207-210 (2001).

Peterson, L.C., Haug G.H., Hughen, K.A. & Röhl, U. Rapid changes in marine and terrestrial climate in the tropical Atlantic during the last glacial. Science 290, 1947-1951 (2000).

Haug, G.H. , Sigman, D.M., Tiedemann, R., Pedersen, T.F. & Sarnthein, M. Onset of permanent stratification in the subarctic Pacific. Nature 401, 779-782 (1999).

Driscoll, N.W. & Haug, G.H. A short circuit in the ocean's thermohaline circulation: A cause for northern hemisphere glaciation? Science 282, 5388, 436-438 (1998).

Haug, G.H., Pedersen, T.F., Sigman, D.M., Calvert, S.E., Nielsen, B. & Peterson, L. Glacial/interglacial variations in production and nitrogen fixation in the Cariaco Basin during the last 580 ka. Paleoceanography 13, 5, 427-432 (1998).

Haug, G.H. & Tiedemann, R. Effect of the formation of the Isthmus of Panama on Atlantic Ocean thermohaline circulation. Nature 393, 673-676 (1998).


Biomarkers and their Stable Isotope Composition (δ13C, D/H) as Recorders of Ancient Ecosystems and Changes in the Hydrological Cycle
Cariaco Basin Climate Record
Abrupt Climate Change in Tropical and Subtropical Latitudes
North Pacific Paleoceanography
Oceanic gateways: The Central American Seaway
High resolution climatic variability through the last 180 ka, Tswaing Lake