Heidelberg University
Institute of Earth Sciences
Im Neuenheimer Feld 236
69120 Heidelberg
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Palynology & Paleoenvironmental Dynamics


Dr. Andreas Koutsodendris






Institute of Earth Sciences

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 234

D-69120 Heidelberg





+49 (0)6221-54 6027

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Short CV:

since 02/2014

Research Associate ('Akademischer Rat'), Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University

2011 - 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Geosciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany


Doctorate in Paleoclimatology (Dr. rer. nat.), Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany


MSc in Environmental Oceanography, University of Patras, Greece


Degree in Geology, University of Patras, Greece





(as of 2/2019; * denotes ISI journals; underlined name denotes advisee first author)



[36]* Gruetzner, J., Jimenez Espejo, F.J., Lathika, N., Uenzelmann-Neben, G., Hall, I.R., Hemming S.R., LeVay, L.J., Expedition 361 Scientists (including A. Koutsodendris), 2019. A new seismic stratigraphy in the Indian-Atlantic Ocean gateways resembles major paleo-oceanographic changes of the last 7 Ma. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 20, 339-358.



[35]* Koutsodendris, A., Sachse, D., Appel, E., Herb, C., Fischer, T., Fang, X., Pross, J., 2018. Pro­lon­ged monsoonal moisture availability preconditioned glaciation of the Tibetan Plateau during the Mid-Pleistocene Transition. Geophysical Research Letters 45, 13020-13030.

[34]* Corrigendum to Sadori, L., Koutsodendris, A., Panagiotopoulos, K., Masi, A., Bertini, N., Combourieu-Nebout, N., Francke, A., Kouli, K., Kousis, I., Joannin, S., Mercuri, A.M., Peyron, O., Torri, P., Wagner, B., Zanchetta, G., Sinopoli, G., Donders, T.H., 2016. Pollen-based paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic change at Lake Ohrid (SE Europe) during the past 500 ka. Biogeosciences 13, 1423-1437.

[33]* Vakhrameeva, P., Koutsodendris, A., Wulf, S., Fletcher, W.J., Appelt, O., Knipping, M., Ger­tis­ser, R., Trieloff, M., Pross, J., 2018. The cryptotephra record of the Marine Iso­tope Stage 12 to 10 interval (460–335 ka) at Tenaghi Philippon, Greece: Exploring chro­no­lo­gi­cal markers for the Middle Pleistocene of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Qua­ter­­nary Scien­ce Reviews 200, 313-333.

[32]* Tangunan, D.N., Baumann, K.H., Just, J., LeVay, L.J., Barker, S., Brantegani, L., De Vleeschouwer, D., Hall, I.R., Hemming, S., Norris, R., Expedition 361 Shipboard Scientific Party (including A. Koutsodendris), 2018. The last 1 million years of the extinct genus Discoaster: Plio-Pleistocene environment and productivity at Site U1476 (Mozambique Channel). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 505, 187-197.

[31]* Kousis, I., Koutsodendris, A., Peyron, O., Leicher, N., Francke, A., Wagner, B., Giaccio, B., Knipping, M., Pross, J., 2018. Centennial-scale vegetation dynamics and climate variability in SE Europe during Marine Isotope Stage 11 based on a pollen record from Lake Ohrid. Quaternary Science Reviews 190, 20-38.

[30]* Wulf, S., Hardiman, M., Staff, R.A., Koutsodendris, A., Appelt, O., Blockley, S.P.E., Lowe, J.J., Man­ning, C.J., Ottolini, L., Schmitt, A.K., Smith, V.C., Tomlinson, E.L., Vakhrameeva, P., Knip­ping, M., Kotthoff, U., Milner, A.M., Müller, U.C., Christanis, K., Kalaitzidis, S., Tzedakis, C., Schmiedl, G., Pross, J., 2018. The Marine Isotope Stage 1 to 5 cryptotephra record of Te­na­ghi Philippon, Greece: Towards a detailed tephrostratigraphic framework for the Eastern Medi­ter­ranean region. Qua­ter­­nary Science Reviews 186, 236-262.  



[29] Voigt, S., Weber, Y., Frisch, K., Bartenstein, A., Hellwig, A., Petschick, R., Bahr, A., Pross, J., Koutsodendris, A., Voigt, T., Verestek, V., Appel, E., 2017. Climatically forced moisture supply, se­diment flux and pedogenesis in Miocene mudflat deposits of south-east Kazakhstan, Central Asia. The Depositional Record 3, 209-232.

[28]* Avramidis, P., Iliopoulos, G., Nikolaou, K., Kontopoulos, N., Koutsodendris, A., Wijngaarden, G., 2017. Holocene sedimentology and coastal geomorphology of Zakynthos Island: A history of a divided Mediterranean island. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 487, 340-354.

[27] Hall, I.R., Hemming, S.R., LeVay, L.J., and Expedition 361 Scientists (including A. Koutsodendris), 2017. South African Climates (Agulhas LGM Density Profile). Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program 361.

[26]* Schemmel, F., Niedermeyer, E.M., Koutsodendris, A., Pross, J., Fiebig, J., Mulch, A., 2017. Paleohydrological changes in the Eastern Mediterranean region during the early Holocene recorded in plant wax n-alkane distributions and δ13CTOC – new data from Tenaghi Philippon, NE Greece. Organic Geochemistry 110, 100-109.

[25]* Wagner, B., Wilke, T., Francke, A., Albrecht, C., Baumgarten, H., Bertini, A., Combourieu-Nebout, N., Cvetkoska, A., D´Addabbo, M., Donders, T.H., Föller, K., Giaccio, B., Hauffe, T., Holtvoeth, J., Joannin, S., Jovanovska, E., Just, J., Kouli, K., Koutsodendris, A., Krastel, S., Lacey, J.H., Leicher, N., Leng, M.J., Levkov, Z., Lindhorst, K., Masi, A., Mercuri, A.M., Nomade, S., Nowaczyk, N., Panagiotopoulos, K., Peyron, O., Reed, J.M., Regattieri, E., Sadori, L., Sagnotti, L., Stelbrink, B., Sulpizio, R., Tofilovska, S., Torri, P., Vogel, H., Wagner, T., Wagner-Cremer, F., Wolff, G.A., Wonik, T., Zanchetta, G., Zhang, X.S., 2017. The environmental and evolutionary history of Lake Ohrid (FYROM/Albania): Interim results from the SCOPSCO deep drilling project. Biogeosciences 14, 2033-2054.

[24]* Koutsodendris, A., Brauer, A., Reed, J.M., Plessen, B., Friedrich, O., Hennrich, B., Zacharias, I., Pross, J., 2017. Climate variability in SE Europe since 1450 AD based on a varved sediment record from Etoliko Lagoon (western Greece). Quaternary Science Reviews 159, 63-76.



[23] Bertini, A., Sadori, L., Combourieu-Nebout, N., Donders, T.H., Kouli, K., Koutsodendris, A., Joannin, S., Masi, A., Mercuri, A.M., Panagiotopoulos, K., Peyron, O., Sinopoli, G., Torri, P., Zanchetta, G., Wagner, B., 2016. All together now: an international palynological team documents vegetation and climate changes during the last 500 kyr at Lake Ohrid (SE Europe). Alpine and Mediterranean Quaternary 29, 201-210.

[22] Hall, I.R., Hemming, S.R., LeVay, L.J., and the Expedition 361 Scientists (including A. Koutsodendris), 2016. Expedition 361 Preliminary Report: South African Climates (Agulhas LGM Density Profile). International Ocean Discovery Program.

[21]* Sadori, S., Koutsodendris, A., Panagiotopoulos, K., Masi, A., Bertini, A., Combourieu-Nebout, N., Francke, A., Kouli, K., Joannin, S., Mercuri, A.M., Peyron, O., Torri, P., Wagner, B., Zanchetta, G., Sinopoli, G., Donders, T.H., 2016. Pollen-based paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic change at Lake Ohrid (south-eastern Europe) during the past 500 ka. Biogeosciences 13, 1423-1437.

[20]* Yang, Y., Fang, X., Koutsodendris, A., Ye, C., Yang, R., Zhang, W., Liu, X., Gao, S., 2016. Exploring Quaternary paleolake evolution and climate change in the western Qaidam Basin based on the bulk carbonate geochemistry of lake sediments. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 446, 152-161.

[19]* Han, F., Rydin, C., Bolinder, K., Dupont-Nivet, G., Abels, H.A., Koutsodendris, A., Zhang, K., Hoorn, C., 2016. Steppe development on the Northern Tibetan Plateau inferred from Paleogene ephedroid pollen. Grana 55, 71-100.



[18]* Herb, C., Koutsodendris, A., Zhang, W., Appel, E., Fang, X.M., Voigt, S., Pross, J., 2015. Late Pliocene-Pleistocene humidity fluctuations in the western Qaidam Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau) revealed by an integrated magnetic-palynological record from lacustrine sediments. Quaternary Research 84, 457-466.

[17]* Pross, J., Koutsodendris, A., Christanis, K., Fischer, T., Fletcher, W.J., Hardiman, M., Kalaitzidis, S., Knipping, M., Kotthoff, U., Milner, A.M., Müller, U.C., Schmiedl, G., Siavalas, G., Tzedakis, P.C., Wulf, S., 2015. The 1.35-Ma-long terrestrial climate archive of Tenaghi Philippon, northeastern Greece: Evolution, exploration and perspectives for future research. Newsletters on Stratigraphy 48, 253-276.

[16]* Koutsodendris, A., Brauer, A., Zacharias, I., Putyrskaya, V., Klemt, E., Sangiorgi, F., Pross, J., 2015. Ecosystem response to human- and climate-induced environmental stress on an anoxic coastal lagoon (Etoliko, Greece) since 1930 AD. Journal of Paleolimnology 53, 255-270.

[15]* Yang, Y., Fang, X., Li, M., Galy, A., Koutsodendris, A., Zhang, W., 2015. Paleoenvironmental implications of uranium concentrations in lacustrine calcareous clastic-evaporite deposits in the western Qaidam Basin. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 417, 422-431.

[14]* Herb, C., Appel, E., Voigt, S., Koutsodendris, A., Pross, J., Zhang, W., Fang, X., 2015. Orbitally tuned age model for the late Pliocene-Pleistocene lacustrine succession of drill core SG-1 from the western Qaidam (NE Tibetan Plateau). Geophysical Journal International 200, 35-51.



[13]* Koutsodendris, A., Pross, J., Zahn, R., 2014. Exceptional Agulhas leakage prolonged interglacial warmth during MIS 11c in Europe. Paleoceanography 29, 1062-1071.



[12]* Herb, C., Zhang, W., Koutsodendris, A., Appel, E., Fang, X., Pross, J., 2013. Environmental implications of the magnetic record in Pleistocene lacustrine sediments of the Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International 313/314, 218-229.

[11]* Fletcher, W.J., Müller, U.C., Koutsodendris, A., Christanis, K., Pross, J., 2013. A centennial-scale record of vegetation and climate variability from 312 to 240 ka (Marine Isotope Stages 9c-a, 8 and 7a) from Tenaghi Philippon, NE Greece. Quaternary Science Reviews 78, 108-125.

[10]* Regnery, J., Püttmann, W., Koutsodendris, A., Mulch, A., Pross, J., 2013. Comparison of the the paleoclimatic significance of higher land plant biomarker concentrations and pollen data: A case study of lake sediments from the Holsteinian interglacial. Organic Geochemistry 61, 73-84.

[9]* Koutsodendris, A., Lotter, A.F., Kirilova, E., Brauer, A., Pross, J., 2013. Evolution of a Holsteinian (MIS 11) paleolake ecosystem based on a 12-kyr-long diatom record from Dethlingen (northern Germany). Boreas 42, 714-728.

[8]* Contreras, L., Pross, J., Bijl, P.K., Koutsodendris, A., Raine, J.I., van de Schootbrugge, B., Brinkhuis, H., 2013. Early to middle Eocene vegetation dynamics at the Wilkes Land Margin (East Antarctica). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 197, 119-142.



[7]* Koutsodendris, A., Pross, J., Müller, U.C., Brauer, A., Fletcher, W.J., Kühl, N., Kirilova, E., Verhagen, F.T.M., Lücke, A., Lotter, A.F., 2012. A short-term climate oscillation during the Holsteinian interglacial (MIS 11c): An analogy to the 8.2 ka climatic event? Global and Planetary Change 92, 224-235.



[6]* Kotthoff, U., Koutsodendris, A., Pross, J., Schmiedl, G., Bornemann, A., Marino, G., Peyron, O., Schiebel, R., 2011. Impact of Lateglacial cold events on the northern Aegean region reconstructed from marine and terrestrial proxy data. Journal of Quaternary Science 26, 86-96.

[5]* Koutsodendris, A., Brauer, A., Pälike, H., Müller, U.C., Dulski, P., Lotter, A.F., Pross, J., 2011. Sub-decadal- to decadal-scale climate cyclicity during the Holsteinian interglacial (MIS 11) evidenced in annually laminated sediments. Climate of the Past 7, 987-999.



[4]* Koutsodendris, A., Müller, U.C., Pross, J., Brauer, A., Kotthoff, U., Lotter, A.F., 2010. Vegetation dynamics and climate variability during the Holsteinian interglacial based on a pollen record from Dethlingen (northern Germany). Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 3298-3307.

[3] Pross, J., Müller, U.C., Koutsodendris, A., 2010. Der Weg ins Eishaus: Klima und Umweltdynamik im östlichen Mittelmeerraum während der vergangenen 1,4 Millionen Jahre. Natur und Museum 140, 228-229.



[2]* Koutsodendris, A., Papatheodorou G., Kougiourouki O., Georgiadis M., 2008. Benthic marine litter in four Gulfs in Greece, Eastern Mediterranean; Abundance, composition and source identification. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 77, 501-512.



[1] Margaritoulis, D., Koutsodendris, A., Panagopoulou, A., 2007. Fisheries interactions with marine turtles. In: State of Hellenic Fisheries. Papacostantinou C., Zenetos A., Vassilopoulou V., Tserpes G. (Eds.), Hellenic Center of Marine Research (HCMR) Publications, p. 279-286.

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