Heidelberg University
Institute of Earth Sciences
Im Neuenheimer Feld 236
69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 54-8291
Fax: +49 6221 54-5503


Palynology & Paleoenvironmental Dynamics

Dr. Daniela Müller






Institute of Earth Sciences

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 234

D-69120 Heidelberg




+49 (0)6221-54 6053



Research profile:

The overarching goal of my research is to contribute to a better understanding of short-term environmental change during the late Pleistocene and Holocene. To this end, I analyze both terrestrial and marine sedimentary archives with a broad variety of sedimentological and geochemical techniques; tephrochronological methods are used for dating and synchronization.
An important aspect of my research is deciphering early human-climate interactions, with a focus on the eastern Mediterranean region. Whereas the rise of East Mediterranean civilizations is relatively well documented through the archeological record, the influence of climatic and environmental change on their evolution, and their environmental impact on terrestrial and marine ecosystems, have remained relatively poorly constrained.


Short CV:


Since 04/2023

Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University


07/2022 – 03/2023

Postdoctoral researcher, GFZ Potsdam

Research focus: cryptotephrochronology of lacustrine and marine sites in the Baltic Realm


04/2018 – 06/2022

PhD in Paleoclimatology (Dr. rer. nat.), GFZ Potsdam and Institute of Geosciences, University of Potsdam

Title of PhD thesis: Abrupt climate changes and extreme events in two different varved lake sediment records


12/2017 – 03/2018

Research Assistant, GFZ Potsdam



MSc in Geosciences (specialisation Geology), University of Potsdam



BSc in Geosciences, University of Potsdam



Field Work / Scientific Expeditions


Lake Głęboczek field work, northern Poland (trap exchange)



Lake Gościąż coring campaign, central Poland (lake sediment coring)



Dead Sea sampling campaign, Eastern Mediterranean (outcrop sediment sampling)


Other experience

2018 INTIMATE summer school, Xonrupt-Longemer, Vosges, France



2019 INQUA travel grant for the 20th INQUA Congress, Dublin




(04/2023; * denotes ISI journals)



[5]* Müller, D., Neugebauer, I., Ben Dor, Y., Enzel, Y., Schwab, M.J., Tjallingii, R., & Brauer, A. 2022: Phases of stability during major hydroclimate change ending the Last Glacial in the Levant. Scientific Reports 12, 6052.

[4]* Płóciennik, M., Zawiska, I., Rzodkiewicz, M., Noryśkiewicz, A. M., Słowiński, M., Müller, D., Brauer, A., Antczak-Orlewska, O., Kramkowski, M., Peyron, O., Nevalainen, L., Luoto, T. P., Kotrys, B., Seppä, H., Bidaurreta, J.C., Rudna, M., Mielczarek, M., Zawisza, E., Janowska, E. & Błaszkiewicz, M. 2022: Climatic and hydrological variability as a driver of the Lake Gościąż biota during the Younger Dryas. Catena 212, 106049.



[3]* Neugebauer, I., Müller, D., Schwab, M. J., Blockley, S., Lane, C. S., Wulf, S., Appelt, O. & Brauer, A. 2021: Cryptotephras in the Lateglacial ICDP Dead Sea sediment record and their implications for chronology. Boreas 50, 844-861.

[2]* Müller, D., Tjallingii, R., Płóciennik, M., Luoto, T. P., Kotrys, B., Plessen, B., Ramisch, A., Schwab, M. J., Błaszkiewicz, M., Słowiński, M. & Brauer, A. 2021: New insights into lake responses to rapid climate change: the Younger Dryas in Lake Gościąż, central Poland. Boreas 50, 535–555.

[1]* Bonk, A., Müller, D., Ramisch, A., Kramkowski, M. A., Noryśkiewicz, A. M., Sekudewicz, I., Gąsiorowski, M., Luberda-Durnaś, K., Słowiński, M., Schwab, M., Tjallingii, R., Brauer, A. & Błaszkiewicz, M. 2021: Varve microfacies and chronology from a new sediment record of Lake Gościąż (Poland). Quaternary Science Reviews 251, 106715.

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