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Dr Sebastian Breitenbach

Associate Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am a palaeoclimatologist with strong affinity to caves and carbonates. I use carbonate chemistry and stable isotope geochemistry as tools to reconstruct past environmental and climate conditions. Ideally I then use these reconstructions to inform archaeologists, anthropologists and other interested parties and the public about the influence that climate has on society. To this end I follow a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach and work closely with experts from a broad range of research fields.

My research is globally spread as I select sites that are best suited for the research question at hand. Among other places, I work in Germany, Siberia, India, New Zealand, and Belize.

I am currently establishing clumped isotope thermometry in our new stable isotope laboratory.

Sebastian Breitenbach

I am a palaeoclimatologist with strong affinity to caves and carbonates. My research interest includes palaeoclimatology, geothermometry, geochronology, climate-human interaction, geochemistry, continental environmental change, and human adaptation/behaviour in response to climate change.

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  • A simplified isotope dilution approach for the U–Pb dating of speleogenic and other low-232Th carbonates by multi-collector ICP-MS, Mason, A., Vaks, A., Breitenbach, S., Hooker, J., Henderson, G. 17 Jan 2022, In: Geochronology
  • Drought-Induced Civil Conflict Among the Ancient Maya, Kennett, D., Masson, M., Lope, C., Serafin, S., George, R., Spencer, T., Hoggarth, J., Culleton, B., Harper, T., Prufer, K., Milbrath, S., Russell, B., González, E., McCool, W., Aquino, V., Paris, E., Curtis, J., Marwan, N., Zhang, M., Asmerom, Y., Polyak, V., Carolin, S., James, D., Mason, A., Henderson, G., Brenner, M., Baldini, J., Breitenbach, S., Hodell, D. 19 Jul 2022, In: Nature Communications
  • Effects of organic matter complexation on partitioning of transition metals into calcite: Cave-analogue crystal growth experiments, Lindeman, I., Hansen, M., Scholz, D., Breitenbach, S., Hartland, A. 15 Jan 2022, In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • Linked fire activity and climate whiplash in California during the early Holocene, Homann, J., Oster, J., de Wet, C., Breitenbach, S., Hoffmann, T. 23 Nov 2022, In: Nature Communications
  • Paleolithic occupation of arid Central Asia in the Middle Pleistocene, Finestone, E., Breeze, P., Breitenbach, S., Drake, N., Bergmann, L., Maksudov, F., Muhammadiyev, A., Scott, P., Cai, Y., Khatsenovich, A., Rybin, E., Nehrke, G., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M. 21 Oct 2022, In: PLoS One
  • Protracted Indian monsoon droughts of the past millennium and their societal impacts, Kathayat, G., Sinha, A., Breitenbach, S., Tan, L., Spötl, C., Li, H., Dong, X., Zhang, H., Ning, Y., Allan, R., Damodaran, V., Edwards, R., Cheng, H. 27 Sep 2022, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Sampling rate-corrected analysis of irregularly sampled time series, Braun, T., Fernandez, C., Eroglu, D., Hartland, A., Breitenbach, S., Marwan, N. 28 Feb 2022, In: Physical Review E
  • Speleological and environmental history of Lida Ajer cave, western Sumatra, Louys, J., Duval, M., Price, G., Westaway, K., Zaim, Y., Rizal, Y., Puspaningrum, M., Trihascaryo, A., Breitenbach, S., Kwiecien, O., Cai, Y., Higgins, P., Albers, P., de Vos, J., Roberts, P. 7 Mar 2022, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • What we talk about when we talk about seasonality – A transdisciplinary review, Kwiecien, O., Braun, T., Brunello, C., Faulkner, P., Hausmann, N., Helle, G., Hoggarth, J., Ionita, M., Jazwa, C., Kelmelis, S., Marwan, N., Nava Fernandez, C., Nehme, C., Opel, T., Oster, J., Perşoiu, A., Petrie, C., Prufer, K., Saarni, S., Wolf, A., Breitenbach, S. 1 Feb 2022, In: Earth-Science Reviews
  • Archaeological and environmental cave records in the Gobi-Altai Mountains, Mongolia, Vanwezer, N., Breitenbach, S., Gázquez, F., Louys, J., Kononov, A., Sokol'nikov, D., Erdenedalai, A., Burguet-Coca, A., Picin, A., Cueva Temprana, A., Sánchez-Martínez, J., Taylor, W., Boivin, N., Jamsranjav, B., Petraglia, M. 10 Jun 2021, In: Quaternary International

Jade Robinson Regional interglacial climate and environment of continental Siberia during the past 600,000 years. Start Date: 01/10/2021

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