DFG-Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies





Mission Statement




Continuing Education







Dr. Ulrike Kienel

Leibniz Center for Surface Process
and Climate Studies at Universität Potsdam
GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam
Section 3.3
Telegrafenberg, C 428
D-14473 Potsdam Germany

Phone: ++49 (0) 331 288 1380
Fax: ++49 (0) 331 288 1302

Research interests

Environmental dynamics from the perspective of lakes.
Late Quaternary human/climate interactions.
High-resolution indicators: varve microfacies, element chemistry
Complementary indicators: stable isotopes of carbonates and geochemistry of organic matter


Eifel maar lakes
The diatom-based varve micro-facies, Lake Holzmaar
Tropical climate dynamics (Cariaco Basin and Mexican Lakes)


Dr. rer. nat. Free University Berlin : 'Development of calcareous nannofossils and calcareous dinoflagellate cysts at the K/T-boundary'.

Diploma in Geology/Paleontology, "Ernst Moritz Arndt" University Greifswald : 'Stratigraphy of the White Chalk of the Isle of Ruegen (Lower Maastrichtian) by means of calcareous nannofossils'.

Professional Experience

Post-doctoral Research Associate, University Potsdam, Leibniz Center, 'Tropical climate dynamics (Cariaco Basin and Mexican Lakes)" continued (funded by Leibniz Award 2007: Gerald Haug).

Post-doctoral Research Associate, GFZ-Potsdam Project: 'Tropical climate dynamics during the past Glacial/Interglacial in (sub)annual resolution (Cariaco Basin and Mexican Lakes)' (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG within the IODP/ODP Priority program).

09/2002- 08/2005
Post-doctoral Research Associate, GFZ-Potsdam Project: 'The diatom-based varve micro-facies - a quantitative integral expression of natural climate oscillations and human influence' (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG).

Post-doctoral Research Associate,GFZ-Potsdam (Project KIHZ 'Natural climate variations from 10,000 years to the present day').

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Alfred-Wegener-Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Research Unit Potsdam: Ice core project 'Severnaya Zemlya 2000', (Expedition: 30 March - 25 May).

Post-doctoral Research Associate, University Potsdam, Coordination of paleolimnology projects.

Visiting scientist, Centre d' études nordiques (CEN), Université Laval (Research grant, German Research Foundation, DFG)

1995- 1998
Post-Doctoral Research Associate Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Research Unit Potsdam
(Diatom-based paleoclimate reconstruction from lacustrine sediments (Younger Pleistocene and Holocene) from Siberia, Greenland and Antarctica).

Research Associate Free University Berlin

Ph.D. student Free University Berlin (Research grant of the Berlin Senate).

Selected Publications

Kienel U., Schwab M. and Schettler G. 2005. Distinguishing climatic from direct anthropogenic influences during the past 400 years in varved sediments from Lake Holzmaar (Eifel, Germany). Journal of Paleolimnology 33:327-347.

Kumke T., Schoonderwaldt A. and Kienel U. 2005. Spatial variability of sedimentological properties in a large Siberian lake. Aquatic Science 67: 86-96.

Kumke T., Kienel U., Weckström J., Korhola A. and Hubberten H.-W. 2004. Inferred Holocene palaeotemperatures from diatoms at Lake Lama, Central Siberia. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 36: 626-636.

Kumke T., Hense A., Schölzel C., Andreev A.A., Brüchmann C., Gebhardt C., Helle G., Kienel U., Kühl N., Neumann F. and Schleser G. 2004. Transfer functions for paleoclimate reconstructions - applications. In: Fischer H., Kumke T., Lohmann G., Flöser G., Miller H., von Storch H. and Negendank J.F.W. (eds), The climate in historical times - Towards a synthesis of Holocene proxy data and climate models. Springer Verlag, Berlin, pp. 245-262.

Kienel U. (2003) Den Kalender einer Seegeschichte unter das Mikroskop genommen. Mikrokosmos 92:321-329.

Kienel U., Kumke T. (2002) Combining ordination techniques and geostatistics to determine the patterns of diatom distributions at Lake Lama (Central Siberia). Journal of Paleolimnology 28:181-194.

Kienel U. (1999) Late Weichselian to Holocene diatom succession in a sediments core from Lama Lake (NE Norilsk) and presumed ecological implications. In: Kassens H et al. (eds) Land-Ocean Systems in the Siberian Arctic: Dynamics and History. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, pp 377-405.

Kienel U., Siegert C., Hahne J. (1999) Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental reconstruction from a permafrost sequence (Northsiberian Lowland, SE Taymyr Peninsula) - a multidisciplinary case study. Boreas 28:181-193.

Kienel U., Rehfeld U., Bellas S.M. (1995) The Miocene Blue Clay Formation of the Maltese Islands: Sequence-stratigraphic and paleoceanographic implications based on calcareous nannofossil stratigraphy. Berliner geowissenschaftliche Abhandlungen (E) 16:533-557.