apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth

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University of  Potsdam,
Institute of Earth and Environmental Science

apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth
Building 27, Room 1.32

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam-Golm
E-mail:
trauth@geo.uni-potsdam.de
Phone:
+49 331 977 5810
Fax:
+49 331 977 5700
apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth

 

  • Biography
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Publications

Biography

since 2011
apl. Professor of paleoclimate dynamics at the University of Potsdam
2003 - 2011
Privatdozent at the University of Potsdam
2003
Dr. rer. nat. habil. in Geosciences
since 1995
Permanent Research Scientist and Lecturer at the University of Potsdam
1995
Dr. rer. nat. in Geology, University of Kiel
1992 - 1995
DFG Stipend, University of Kiel, Graduate School
1992
Diploma in Geology, University of Karlsruhe
1984 - 1992
University of Karlsruhe: Geophysics and Geology

Research

Research Interests

My research is on terrestrial paleoclimatology and paleoecology in tectonically active regions, in particular in the area of climatically controlled environmental changes during the past five million years. In this context, I work on the impact of climate change on human evolution, the availability and quality of water resources and climatically-induced landslides, erosion processes and floods. A third aspect of my research is the reliability of climate proxies and the development of new statistical tools for environmental reconstructions. Current larger projects are the DFG-funded Suguta Valley Project (Kenya) and the Chew Bahir Project (Ethiopia) on Tectonics, Climate and Human Evolution, the DFG-funded Graduateschool on African and Asian Tectonics, Climate and Evolution and the Volkswagen Foundation-funded Masters Program Evolution Across Scales. I am also co-PI on the ICDP Hominid Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project.

Teaching

Teaching BSc, MSc and Doctoral Student Courses

I teach various lab and field courses in geosciences. See Potsdam Virtual Campus for Earth Sciences for details.

 

Shortcourses on MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences

I teach shortcourses on MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences at U Kiel, U Bremen, U Bratislava, U Ghent, UA Barcelona, BGR Hannover, UC London, U Munich, BGI Bayreuth, U Nairobi, U Köln, U Stockholm, U Amsterdam, NHM Vienna, GNS Science Wellington, Brown U Providence and U Potsdam. Please send me an email if you interested to participate or you wish to organize a course at your university.

 

Volkswagen Foundation Summer Schools in East Africa

Two consecutive summer schools in the field of geo-biosciences in East Africa in fall 2010 and 2011, including the disciplines of paleoclimatology, paleontology, paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology, structural geology and geophysics. I teach these summer schools together with colleagues from the U Nairobi and U Frankfurt. The summer schools are funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.


Publications

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Books

Trauth, M.H., Sillmann, E. (2012) MATLAB and Design Recipes for Earth Sciences: How to collect, process and present geoscientific information. Springer, 292 p., Supplementary Electronic Material, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-642-32543-4. (Link) (errata file) (Springer Extras)

Trauth, M.H. (2010) MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences – Third Edition. Springer, 336 p. and CD-ROM, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3642127618. (Link) (errata file) (Springer Extras)

Schlüter, T., with contributions by Trauth, M.H. (2008) Geological Atlas of Africa – Second Edition. With Notes on Stratigraphy, Tectonics, Economic Geology, Geohazards and Geosites of Each Country.Springer, 307 p. and CD-ROM, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-540-76324-6. (Link)

 

Five Most Significant Publications

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A., Deino, A., Junginger, A., Lesoloyia, M., Odada, E., Olago, D.O., Olaka, L., Strecker, M.R., Tiedemann, R. (2010) Human Evolution in a Variable Environment: The Amplifier Lakes of East Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 2981-2988.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M., Deino, M.A., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R. (2005) Late Cenozoic Moisture History of East Africa. Science, 309, 2051-2053.

Trauth, M.H., Deino, A., Bergner, A.G.N., Strecker, M.R. (2003) East African climate change and orbital forcing during the last 175 kyr BP. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 206, 297-313.

Trauth, M.H., Alonso, R.A., Haselton, K.R., Hermanns, R.L., Strecker, M.R. (2000) Climate change and mass movements in the northwest Argentine Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 179/2, 243-256.

Trauth, M.H., Sarnthein, M., Arnold, M. (1997) Bioturbational mixing depth and carbon flux at the seafloor. Paleoceanography, 12, 517-526.

 

Complete List of Reviewed Publications

Dulanya, Z., Croudace, I., Reed, J.M., Trauth, M.H. (2014) Palaeolimnological reconstruction of recent environmental change in Lake Malombe (S. Malawi) using multiple proxies. Water SA, in press.

Maslin, M.A., Brierley, C.M., Milner, A.M., Shultz, S., Trauth, M.H., Wilson, K.E. (2014) East African climate pulses and early human evolution, commissioned review paper. Quaternary Science Reviews, 101, 1-17.

Trauth, M.H. (2014) A new probabilistic technique to build an age model for complex stratigraphic sequences. Quaternary Geochronology, 22, 65-71.

Junginger, A., Roller, S., Trauth, M.H. (2014) The effect of solar irradiation changes on water levels in the paleo-Lake Suguta, Northern Kenya Rift, during the late Pleistocene African Humid Period (15 - 5 ka BP). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 396, 1-16.

Junginger, A., Trauth, M.H. (2013) Hydrological constraints of paleo-Lake Suguta in the Northern Kenya Rift during the African Humid Period (15 - 5 ka BP). Global and Planetary Change, 111, 174–188.

Trauth, M.H. (2013) TURBO2: A MATLAB simulation to study the effects of bioturbation on paleoceanographic time series. Computers and Geosciences, 61, 1-10.

Walter, M.J., Trauth, M.H. (2013) A MATLAB based orientation analysis of Acheulean handaxe accumulations in Olorgesailie and Kariandusi, Kenya Rift. Journal of Human Evolution, 64, 569-581.

Dulanya, Z., Reed, J., Trauth, M.H. (2013) Mapping of shoreline shifts of lakes Malombe and Chiuta - implications of recent climatic and environmental changes. Catena, 104, 111-119.

Borchardt, S., Trauth, M.H. (2012) Remotely-sensed evapotranspiration estimates for an improved hydrological modeling of the early Holocene mega-lake Suguta, northern Kenya Rift. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 361-362, 14-20.

Förster, V., Junginger, A., Langkamp, O., Gebru, T., Asrat, A., Umer, M., Lamb, H., Wennrich, V., Rethemeyer, J., Nowaczyk, N., Trauth, M.H., SchäbitzF. (2012) Climatic change recorded in the sediments of the Chew Bahir basin, southern Ethiopia, during the last 45,000 years, Quaternary International, 274, 25-37.

Stoof-Liechsenring, K., Epp, L.E., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R. (2012) Hidden diversity in diatoms of Kenyan Lake Naivasha: a genetic approach detects temporal variation. Molecular Ecology, 21, 1918–1930.

Maslin, M.A., Pancost, R.D., Wilson, K.E., Lewis, J., Trauth, M.H. (2012) Three and half million year history of moisture availability of South West Africa: evidence from ODP Site 1085 biomarker records. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 317-318, 41-47.

Donges, J.F., Donner, R.V., Trauth, M.H., H.-J. Schellnhuber, Kurths, J. (2011) Nonlinear detection of paleoclimate-variability transitions possibly related to human evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 20423-20427.

Donges, J.F., Donner, R.V., Rehfeld, K., Marwan, N., Trauth, M.H., Kurths, J. (2011) Identification of dynamical transitions in marine palaeoclimate records by recurrence network analysis. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 18, 545-562.

Wichura, H., Bousquet, R., Oberhänsli, R., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H. (2011) The Mid-Miocene East African Plateau: a pre-rift topographic model inferred from the emplacement of the phonolitic Yatta lava flow, Kenya, Geological Society of London Special Publications, 357, 285-300 .

Epp, L., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R (2011) Molecular profiling of diatom assemblages in tropical lake sediments using taxon-specific PCR and Denaturing High Performance Liquid Chromatography (PCR-DHPLC). Molecular Ecology, 11, 842-853.

Stoof-Liechsenring, K., Junginger, A., Olaka, L.A., Tiedemann, R., Trauth, M.H. (2011) Environmental variability in Lake Naivasha, Kenya, over the last two centuries. Journal of Paleolimnology, 45, 353-367.

Olaka, L.A., Odada, E.O., Trauth, M.H., Olago, D.O. (2010) The sensitivity of East African rift lakes to climate fluctuations. Journal of Paleolimnology, 44, 629–644.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A., Deino, A., Junginger, A., Lesoloyia, M., Odada, E., Olago, D.O., Olaka, L., Strecker, M.R., Tiedemann, R. (2010) Human Evolution in a Variable Environment: The Amplifier Lakes of East Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29. 2981-3348.

Wichura, H., Bousquet, R., Oberhänsli, R., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H. (2010) Evidence for Mid-Miocene uplift of the East African Plateau. Geology, 38, 543-546.

Epp, L., Stoof, K.R., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R (2010) Historical genetics on sediment core from Kenyan lake sediments: Intraspecific genotype turnover in a tropical rotifer is related to past environmental changes. Journal of Paleolimnology, 43, 939-954.

Bergner, A.G.N., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H., Deino, A., Gasse, F., Blisniuk, P., Dühnforth, M. (2009) Tectonic versus climate influences on the evolution of the lakes in the Central Kenya Rift. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 2804-2816.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A. (2009) Comments on "Diatomaceous sediments and environmental change in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, southern Kenya Rift" by R. Bernhart Owen, Richard Potts, Anna K. Behrensmeyer and Peter Ditchfield. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 282, 145-146.

Maslin, M.A., M.H. Trauth (2009) Plio-Pleistocene East African Pulsed Climate Variability and its influence on early human evolution, in "The First Humans - Origins of the Genus Homo" (editors F. E. Grine, R. E. Leakey and J. G. Fleagle), Springer Verlag, Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, 151-158.

Trauth, M.H., Larrasoaña, J.C., Mudelsee, M. (2009) Trends, rhythms and events in Plio-Pleistocene African climate. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 399-411.

Garcin, Y., Junginger, A., Melnick, D., Olago, D.O., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H. (2009) Late Pleistocene-Holocene rise and collapse of the Lake Suguta, northern Kenya Rift. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 911-925.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R., Bergner, A.G.N., Dühnforth, M. (2007) High- and low-latitude forcing of Plio-Pleistocene African climate and human evolution. Journal of Human Evolution, 53, 475-486.

Strecker, M.R., Alonso, R.N, Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Hilley, G.E., Sobel, E.R., Trauth, M.H. (2007) Tectonics and Climate of the Southern Central Andes, Ann. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 35, 747-787.

Dühnforth, M., Bergner, A.G.N., Trauth, M.H. (2006) The hydrological budget of the Nakuru-Elmenteita basin, Central Kenya Rift, during the Early Holocene wet period. Journal of Paleolimnology, 36, 281-294.

Alonso, R.N., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Haschke, M., Hilley, G.E., Schoenbohm, L., Sobel, E.R., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H., Villanueva, A. (2006) Tectonics, Climate, and Landscape Evolution of the Southern Central Andes: the Argentine Puna Plateau and Adjacent Regions between 22 and 30°S. In: Oncken et al. (Eds.) The Andes - Active Subduction Orogeny, Frontiers in Earth Sciences, Springer, Heidelberg, 265-283.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R. (2005) Late Cenozoic Moisture History of East Africa. Science, 309, 2051-2053.

Bergner, A.G.N., Trauth, M.H. (2004) Comparison of the hydrologic and hydrochemical evolution of Lake Naivasha (Kenya) during three highstands between 175 and 60 kyr BP. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology,  215 (1-2), 17-36.

Marwan, N., Trauth, M.H., Vuille, M., Kurths, J. (2003) Nonlinear time-series analysis on present-day and Pleistocene precipitation data from the NW Argentine Andes- Climate Dynamics, 21, 317-326.

Trauth, M.H., Bookhagen, B., Marwan, N., Strecker, M.R. (2003) Multiple landslide clusters record Quaternary climate changes in the NW Argentine Andes. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 194, 109-121.

Trauth, M.H., Deino, A., Bergner, A.G.N., Strecker, M.R. (2003) East African climate change and orbital forcing during the last 175 kyr BP. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 206, 297-313.

Trauth, M.H., Bookhagen, B., Mueller, A., Strecker, M.R. (2003) Erosion and climate change in the Santa Maria Basin, NW Argentina during the last 40,000 yrs. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 73 (1), 82-90.

Bergner, A.G.N., Trauth, M.H., Bookhagen, B. (2003) Paleoprecipitation estimates for the Lake Naivasha basin (Kenya) during the last 175 k.y. using a lake-balance model. Global and Planetary Change, 36/1-2, 117-135.

Trauth, M.H., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R. (2001) Response of the East African climate to orbital forcing during the Last Interglacial (130-117 kyr BP) and the early Last Glacial (117-60 kyr BP). Geology, 29 (6), 499-502.

Weinelt, M., Kuhnt, W., Sarnthein, M., Altenbach, A. V., Costello, O., Erlenkeuser, H., Mathiessen, J., Pflaumann, U., Simstich, J., Struck, U., Thies, A., Trauth, M.H., Vogelsang, E. (2001) Paleoceanographic proxies in the Northern North Atlantic. In: P. Schäfer, W. Ritzau, M. Schlüter, and J. Thiede (eds.) The northern North Atlantic: A changing environment, Springer Verlag, 319-352.

Bookhagen, B., Haselton, K.R., Trauth, M.H. (2001) Hydrological modelling of a Pleistocene landslide-dammed lake in the Santa Maria Basin, NW Argentina. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 169, 113-127.

Trauth, M.H., Alonso, R.A., Haselton, K.R., Hermanns, R.L., Strecker, M.R. (2000) Climate change and mass movements in the northwest Argentine Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 179/2, 243-256.

Hermanns, R, Trauth, M.H., Michael McWilliams, Strecker, M.R. (2000) Tephrochronologic constraints on temporal distribution of large landslides in NW-Argentina. Journal of Geology, 108, 35-52.

Altenbach, A.V., Pflaumann, U., Schiebel, R., Thies, A., Timm, M. and Trauth M. (1999) Scaling percentages of benthic foraminifera with flux rates of organic carbon. Journal of Foraminiferal Research, vol. 29(3) 173-185.

Trauth, M.H., Strecker, M.R., (1999), Formation of landslide-dammed lakes during a wet period between 40,000 - 25,000 yr B.P. in northwestern Argentina. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 153/1-4, 277-287.

Trauth, M.H. (1998) Noise removal from duplicate paleoceanographic time-series: The use of adaptive filtering techniques. Mathematical Geology, 30(5), 557-574.

Trauth, M.H. (1998) TURBO: a dynamic-probabilistic simulation to study the effects of bioturbation on paleoceanographic time series. Computers and Geosciences, 24(5), 433-441.

Trauth, M.H., Sarnthein, M., Arnold, M. (1997) Bioturbational mixing depth and carbon flux at the seafloor. Paleoceanography, 12, 517-526.

Trauth, M.H., Strecker, M.R. (1996) Late Pleistocene Lake-Level Fluctuations in the Naivasha Basin, Kenya. In: Johnson, T.C., Odada, E. (ed.) The Limnology, Climatology and Paleoclimatology of the East African Lakes, The International Decade for the East African Lakes (IDEAL), 549-557.

Biography

since 2011
apl. Professor of paleoclimate dynamics at the University of Potsdam
2003 - 2011
Privatdozent at the University of Potsdam
2003
Dr. rer. nat. habil. in Geosciences
since 1995
Permanent Research Scientist and Lecturer at the University of Potsdam
1995
Dr. rer. nat. in Geology, University of Kiel
1992 - 1995
DFG Stipend, University of Kiel, Graduate School
1992
Diploma in Geology, University of Karlsruhe
1984 - 1992
University of Karlsruhe: Geophysics and Geology

Research

Research Interests

My research is on terrestrial paleoclimatology and paleoecology in tectonically active regions, in particular in the area of climatically controlled environmental changes during the past five million years. In this context, I work on the impact of climate change on human evolution, the availability and quality of water resources and climatically-induced landslides, erosion processes and floods. A third aspect of my research is the reliability of climate proxies and the development of new statistical tools for environmental reconstructions. Current larger projects are the DFG-funded Suguta Valley Project (Kenya) and the Chew Bahir Project (Ethiopia) on Tectonics, Climate and Human Evolution, the DFG-funded Graduateschool on African and Asian Tectonics, Climate and Evolution and the Volkswagen Foundation-funded Masters Program Evolution Across Scales. I am also co-PI on the ICDP Hominid Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project.

Teaching

Teaching BSc, MSc and Doctoral Student Courses

I teach various lab and field courses in geosciences. See Potsdam Virtual Campus for Earth Sciences for details.

 

Shortcourses on MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences

I teach shortcourses on MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences at U Kiel, U Bremen, U Bratislava, U Ghent, UA Barcelona, BGR Hannover, UC London, U Munich, BGI Bayreuth, U Nairobi, U Köln, U Stockholm, U Amsterdam, NHM Vienna, GNS Science Wellington, Brown U Providence and U Potsdam. Please send me an email if you interested to participate or you wish to organize a course at your university.

 

Volkswagen Foundation Summer Schools in East Africa

Two consecutive summer schools in the field of geo-biosciences in East Africa in fall 2010 and 2011, including the disciplines of paleoclimatology, paleontology, paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology, structural geology and geophysics. I teach these summer schools together with colleagues from the U Nairobi and U Frankfurt. The summer schools are funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.


Publications

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Books

Trauth, M.H., Sillmann, E. (2012) MATLAB and Design Recipes for Earth Sciences: How to collect, process and present geoscientific information. Springer, 292 p., Supplementary Electronic Material, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-642-32543-4. (Link) (errata file) (Springer Extras)

Trauth, M.H. (2010) MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences – Third Edition. Springer, 336 p. and CD-ROM, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3642127618. (Link) (errata file) (Springer Extras)

Schlüter, T., with contributions by Trauth, M.H. (2008) Geological Atlas of Africa – Second Edition. With Notes on Stratigraphy, Tectonics, Economic Geology, Geohazards and Geosites of Each Country.Springer, 307 p. and CD-ROM, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-540-76324-6. (Link)

 

Five Most Significant Publications

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A., Deino, A., Junginger, A., Lesoloyia, M., Odada, E., Olago, D.O., Olaka, L., Strecker, M.R., Tiedemann, R. (2010) Human Evolution in a Variable Environment: The Amplifier Lakes of East Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 2981-2988.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M., Deino, M.A., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R. (2005) Late Cenozoic Moisture History of East Africa. Science, 309, 2051-2053.

Trauth, M.H., Deino, A., Bergner, A.G.N., Strecker, M.R. (2003) East African climate change and orbital forcing during the last 175 kyr BP. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 206, 297-313.

Trauth, M.H., Alonso, R.A., Haselton, K.R., Hermanns, R.L., Strecker, M.R. (2000) Climate change and mass movements in the northwest Argentine Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 179/2, 243-256.

Trauth, M.H., Sarnthein, M., Arnold, M. (1997) Bioturbational mixing depth and carbon flux at the seafloor. Paleoceanography, 12, 517-526.

 

Complete List of Reviewed Publications

Dulanya, Z., Croudace, I., Reed, J.M., Trauth, M.H. (2014) Palaeolimnological reconstruction of recent environmental change in Lake Malombe (S. Malawi) using multiple proxies. Water SA, in press.

Maslin, M.A., Brierley, C.M., Milner, A.M., Shultz, S., Trauth, M.H., Wilson, K.E. (2014) East African climate pulses and early human evolution, commissioned review paper. Quaternary Science Reviews, 101, 1-17.

Trauth, M.H. (2014) A new probabilistic technique to build an age model for complex stratigraphic sequences. Quaternary Geochronology, 22, 65-71.

Junginger, A., Roller, S., Trauth, M.H. (2014) The effect of solar irradiation changes on water levels in the paleo-Lake Suguta, Northern Kenya Rift, during the late Pleistocene African Humid Period (15 - 5 ka BP). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 396, 1-16.

Junginger, A., Trauth, M.H. (2013) Hydrological constraints of paleo-Lake Suguta in the Northern Kenya Rift during the African Humid Period (15 - 5 ka BP). Global and Planetary Change, 111, 174–188.

Trauth, M.H. (2013) TURBO2: A MATLAB simulation to study the effects of bioturbation on paleoceanographic time series. Computers and Geosciences, 61, 1-10.

Walter, M.J., Trauth, M.H. (2013) A MATLAB based orientation analysis of Acheulean handaxe accumulations in Olorgesailie and Kariandusi, Kenya Rift. Journal of Human Evolution, 64, 569-581.

Dulanya, Z., Reed, J., Trauth, M.H. (2013) Mapping of shoreline shifts of lakes Malombe and Chiuta - implications of recent climatic and environmental changes. Catena, 104, 111-119.

Borchardt, S., Trauth, M.H. (2012) Remotely-sensed evapotranspiration estimates for an improved hydrological modeling of the early Holocene mega-lake Suguta, northern Kenya Rift. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 361-362, 14-20.

Förster, V., Junginger, A., Langkamp, O., Gebru, T., Asrat, A., Umer, M., Lamb, H., Wennrich, V., Rethemeyer, J., Nowaczyk, N., Trauth, M.H., SchäbitzF. (2012) Climatic change recorded in the sediments of the Chew Bahir basin, southern Ethiopia, during the last 45,000 years, Quaternary International, 274, 25-37.

Stoof-Liechsenring, K., Epp, L.E., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R. (2012) Hidden diversity in diatoms of Kenyan Lake Naivasha: a genetic approach detects temporal variation. Molecular Ecology, 21, 1918–1930.

Maslin, M.A., Pancost, R.D., Wilson, K.E., Lewis, J., Trauth, M.H. (2012) Three and half million year history of moisture availability of South West Africa: evidence from ODP Site 1085 biomarker records. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 317-318, 41-47.

Donges, J.F., Donner, R.V., Trauth, M.H., H.-J. Schellnhuber, Kurths, J. (2011) Nonlinear detection of paleoclimate-variability transitions possibly related to human evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 20423-20427.

Donges, J.F., Donner, R.V., Rehfeld, K., Marwan, N., Trauth, M.H., Kurths, J. (2011) Identification of dynamical transitions in marine palaeoclimate records by recurrence network analysis. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 18, 545-562.

Wichura, H., Bousquet, R., Oberhänsli, R., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H. (2011) The Mid-Miocene East African Plateau: a pre-rift topographic model inferred from the emplacement of the phonolitic Yatta lava flow, Kenya, Geological Society of London Special Publications, 357, 285-300 .

Epp, L., Stoof-Leichsenring, K.R., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R (2011) Molecular profiling of diatom assemblages in tropical lake sediments using taxon-specific PCR and Denaturing High Performance Liquid Chromatography (PCR-DHPLC). Molecular Ecology, 11, 842-853.

Stoof-Liechsenring, K., Junginger, A., Olaka, L.A., Tiedemann, R., Trauth, M.H. (2011) Environmental variability in Lake Naivasha, Kenya, over the last two centuries. Journal of Paleolimnology, 45, 353-367.

Olaka, L.A., Odada, E.O., Trauth, M.H., Olago, D.O. (2010) The sensitivity of East African rift lakes to climate fluctuations. Journal of Paleolimnology, 44, 629–644.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A., Deino, A., Junginger, A., Lesoloyia, M., Odada, E., Olago, D.O., Olaka, L., Strecker, M.R., Tiedemann, R. (2010) Human Evolution in a Variable Environment: The Amplifier Lakes of East Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29. 2981-3348.

Wichura, H., Bousquet, R., Oberhänsli, R., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H. (2010) Evidence for Mid-Miocene uplift of the East African Plateau. Geology, 38, 543-546.

Epp, L., Stoof, K.R., Trauth, M.H., Tiedemann, R (2010) Historical genetics on sediment core from Kenyan lake sediments: Intraspecific genotype turnover in a tropical rotifer is related to past environmental changes. Journal of Paleolimnology, 43, 939-954.

Bergner, A.G.N., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H., Deino, A., Gasse, F., Blisniuk, P., Dühnforth, M. (2009) Tectonic versus climate influences on the evolution of the lakes in the Central Kenya Rift. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 2804-2816.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A. (2009) Comments on "Diatomaceous sediments and environmental change in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, southern Kenya Rift" by R. Bernhart Owen, Richard Potts, Anna K. Behrensmeyer and Peter Ditchfield. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 282, 145-146.

Maslin, M.A., M.H. Trauth (2009) Plio-Pleistocene East African Pulsed Climate Variability and its influence on early human evolution, in "The First Humans - Origins of the Genus Homo" (editors F. E. Grine, R. E. Leakey and J. G. Fleagle), Springer Verlag, Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, 151-158.

Trauth, M.H., Larrasoaña, J.C., Mudelsee, M. (2009) Trends, rhythms and events in Plio-Pleistocene African climate. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 399-411.

Garcin, Y., Junginger, A., Melnick, D., Olago, D.O., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H. (2009) Late Pleistocene-Holocene rise and collapse of the Lake Suguta, northern Kenya Rift. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 911-925.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R., Bergner, A.G.N., Dühnforth, M. (2007) High- and low-latitude forcing of Plio-Pleistocene African climate and human evolution. Journal of Human Evolution, 53, 475-486.

Strecker, M.R., Alonso, R.N, Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Hilley, G.E., Sobel, E.R., Trauth, M.H. (2007) Tectonics and Climate of the Southern Central Andes, Ann. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 35, 747-787.

Dühnforth, M., Bergner, A.G.N., Trauth, M.H. (2006) The hydrological budget of the Nakuru-Elmenteita basin, Central Kenya Rift, during the Early Holocene wet period. Journal of Paleolimnology, 36, 281-294.

Alonso, R.N., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Haschke, M., Hilley, G.E., Schoenbohm, L., Sobel, E.R., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H., Villanueva, A. (2006) Tectonics, Climate, and Landscape Evolution of the Southern Central Andes: the Argentine Puna Plateau and Adjacent Regions between 22 and 30°S. In: Oncken et al. (Eds.) The Andes - Active Subduction Orogeny, Frontiers in Earth Sciences, Springer, Heidelberg, 265-283.

Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M.A., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R. (2005) Late Cenozoic Moisture History of East Africa. Science, 309, 2051-2053.

Bergner, A.G.N., Trauth, M.H. (2004) Comparison of the hydrologic and hydrochemical evolution of Lake Naivasha (Kenya) during three highstands between 175 and 60 kyr BP. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology,  215 (1-2), 17-36.

Marwan, N., Trauth, M.H., Vuille, M., Kurths, J. (2003) Nonlinear time-series analysis on present-day and Pleistocene precipitation data from the NW Argentine Andes- Climate Dynamics, 21, 317-326.

Trauth, M.H., Bookhagen, B., Marwan, N., Strecker, M.R. (2003) Multiple landslide clusters record Quaternary climate changes in the NW Argentine Andes. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 194, 109-121.

Trauth, M.H., Deino, A., Bergner, A.G.N., Strecker, M.R. (2003) East African climate change and orbital forcing during the last 175 kyr BP. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 206, 297-313.

Trauth, M.H., Bookhagen, B., Mueller, A., Strecker, M.R. (2003) Erosion and climate change in the Santa Maria Basin, NW Argentina during the last 40,000 yrs. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 73 (1), 82-90.

Bergner, A.G.N., Trauth, M.H., Bookhagen, B. (2003) Paleoprecipitation estimates for the Lake Naivasha basin (Kenya) during the last 175 k.y. using a lake-balance model. Global and Planetary Change, 36/1-2, 117-135.

Trauth, M.H., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R. (2001) Response of the East African climate to orbital forcing during the Last Interglacial (130-117 kyr BP) and the early Last Glacial (117-60 kyr BP). Geology, 29 (6), 499-502.

Weinelt, M., Kuhnt, W., Sarnthein, M., Altenbach, A. V., Costello, O., Erlenkeuser, H., Mathiessen, J., Pflaumann, U., Simstich, J., Struck, U., Thies, A., Trauth, M.H., Vogelsang, E. (2001) Paleoceanographic proxies in the Northern North Atlantic. In: P. Schäfer, W. Ritzau, M. Schlüter, and J. Thiede (eds.) The northern North Atlantic: A changing environment, Springer Verlag, 319-352.

Bookhagen, B., Haselton, K.R., Trauth, M.H. (2001) Hydrological modelling of a Pleistocene landslide-dammed lake in the Santa Maria Basin, NW Argentina. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 169, 113-127.

Trauth, M.H., Alonso, R.A., Haselton, K.R., Hermanns, R.L., Strecker, M.R. (2000) Climate change and mass movements in the northwest Argentine Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 179/2, 243-256.

Hermanns, R, Trauth, M.H., Michael McWilliams, Strecker, M.R. (2000) Tephrochronologic constraints on temporal distribution of large landslides in NW-Argentina. Journal of Geology, 108, 35-52.

Altenbach, A.V., Pflaumann, U., Schiebel, R., Thies, A., Timm, M. and Trauth M. (1999) Scaling percentages of benthic foraminifera with flux rates of organic carbon. Journal of Foraminiferal Research, vol. 29(3) 173-185.

Trauth, M.H., Strecker, M.R., (1999), Formation of landslide-dammed lakes during a wet period between 40,000 - 25,000 yr B.P. in northwestern Argentina. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 153/1-4, 277-287.

Trauth, M.H. (1998) Noise removal from duplicate paleoceanographic time-series: The use of adaptive filtering techniques. Mathematical Geology, 30(5), 557-574.

Trauth, M.H. (1998) TURBO: a dynamic-probabilistic simulation to study the effects of bioturbation on paleoceanographic time series. Computers and Geosciences, 24(5), 433-441.

Trauth, M.H., Sarnthein, M., Arnold, M. (1997) Bioturbational mixing depth and carbon flux at the seafloor. Paleoceanography, 12, 517-526.

Trauth, M.H., Strecker, M.R. (1996) Late Pleistocene Lake-Level Fluctuations in the Naivasha Basin, Kenya. In: Johnson, T.C., Odada, E. (ed.) The Limnology, Climatology and Paleoclimatology of the East African Lakes, The International Decade for the East African Lakes (IDEAL), 549-557.