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Dr Sebastian Breitenbach

Associate Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am head of the EnMaR (Environmental monitoring and reconstruction) research group.

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.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A 60–50 ka African Humid Period modulated by stadial Heinrich events HE6 and HE5a in northwestern Africa, Nutz, A., Kwiecien, O., Buylaert, J., Guihou, A., Khabouchi, I., Deschamps, P., Breitenbach, S., Poirier, P., Dietrich, P., Kabiri, L., Essafraoui, B., Bodin, S. 1 Feb 2024, In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  • Author Correction: Western Caucasus regional hydroclimate controlled by cold-season temperature variability since the Last Glacial Maximum, Wolf, A., Baker, J., Tjallingii, R., Cai, Y., Osinzev, A., Antonosyan, M., Amano, N., Johnson, K., Skiba, V., McCormack, J., Kwiecien, O., Chervyatsova, O., Dublyansky, Y., Dbar, R., Cheng, H., Breitenbach, S. 26 Mar 2024, In: Communications Earth and Environment
  • Characterising the decay of organic metal complexes in speleothem-forming cave waters, Höpker, S., Breitenbach, S., Grainger, M., Stirling, C., Hartland, A. 27 Mar 2024, In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • Climate monitoring in the Caumont cave and quarry system (northern France) reveal near oxygen isotopic equilibrium conditions for carbonate deposition, Bejarano-Arias, I., Nehme, C., Breitenbach, S., Meyer, H., Modestou, S., Mouralis, D. Jan 2024, In: International Journal of Speleology
  • Mid‐Holocene rainfall seasonality and ENSO dynamics over the south‐western Pacific, Nava‐Fernandez, C., Braun, T., Pederson, C., Fox, B., Hartland, A., Kwiecien, O., Höpker, S., Bernasconi, S., Jaggi, M., Hellstrom, J., Gázquez, F., French, A., Marwan, N., Immenhauser, A., Breitenbach, S. Feb 2024, In: The Depositional Record
  • Western Caucasus regional hydroclimate controlled by cold-season temperature variability since the Last Glacial Maximum, Wolf, A., Baker, J., Tjallingii, R., Cai, Y., Osinzev, A., Antonosyan, M., Amano, N., Johnson, K., Skiba, V., McCormack, J., Kwiecien, O., Chervyatsova, O., Dublyansky, Y., Dbar, R., Cheng, H., Breitenbach, S. 5 Feb 2024, In: Communications Earth and Environment
  • Controls on Speleothem Initial 234U/238U Ratios in a Monsoon Climate, Oster, J., Ronay, E., Sharp, W., Breitenbach, S., Furbish, D. Apr 2023, In: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
  • Deciphering local and regional hydroclimate resolves contradicting evidence on the Asian monsoon evolution, Wolf, A., Ersek, V., Braun, T., French, A., McGee, D., Bernasconi, S., Skiba, V., Griffiths, M., Johnson, K., Fohlmeister, J., Breitenbach, S., Pausata, F., Tabor, C., Longman, J., Roberts, W., Chandan, D., Peltier, W., Salzmann, U., Limbert, D., Trinh, H., Trinh, A. 14 Sep 2023, In: Nature Communications
  • Decline in seasonal predictability potentially destabilized Classic Maya societies, Braun, T., Breitenbach, S., Skiba, V., Lechleitner, F., Ray, E., Baldini, L., Polyak, V., Baldini, J., Kennett, D., Prufer, K., Marwan, N. 17 Mar 2023, In: Communications Earth and Environment
  • Defining paleoclimatic routes and opportunities for hominin dispersals across Iran, Shoaee, M., Breeze, P., Drake, N., Hashemi, S., Vahdati Nasab, H., Breitenbach, S., Stevens, T., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M. 1 Mar 2023, In: PLoS One

  • Maria Box Interglacial environmental dynamics in the permafrost region of Northern Mongolia Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Jade Margerum Regional interglacial climate and environment of continental Siberia during the past 600,000 years. Start Date: 01/10/2021

you can find more about my current work here: https://quest.pik-potsdam.de/

COPRA and other useful tools can be downloaded from: http://tocsy.pik-potsdam.de/copra.php

PhD October 19 2009


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