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. Stefanie Kaboth

Stefanie Kaboth 2





Institute of Earth Sciences

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 234

D-69120 Heidelberg





+49 (0)6221-54 6059

+49 (0)6221-54 5503













Research Profile:

The overarching goal of my research is to contribute to a better understanding of the evolution of the "earth system", with special consideration of the interplay between low- and high-latitude climate processes as well as marine and terrestrial teleconnections. Such an understanding allows to constrain future scenarios of an increasingly anthropogenically influenced world. In this regard, my post-doctoral work at Heidelberg University aims to investigate potential links between abrupt environmental change during the Holocene and the socioeconomic evolution of early civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean region. This project will rely on newly recovered sediment archives recovered during expedition M144 of the research vessel "Meteor" in winter 2017/2018.

During my previous research projects at National Taiwan University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Utrecht University I have focused on the reconstruction of (i) East Asian Monsoonal variability in the South China Sea during the Plio-Pleistocene, (ii) North Atlantic Deep Water variability during the Late Pleistocene in the outer Labrador Sea, and (iii) Mediterranean Outflow Water variability in the Gulf of Cadiz and its impact on the North Atlantic hydrography throughout the past 2.6 million years. 

On-going research projects:

  • Eastern Mediterranean paleoclimate and ecosystems during the rise of early civilizations 
  • Mediterranean climate as pacemaker for North Atlantic climate variability
  • Global Monsoon variability during the Plio-Pleistocene
  • Arctic Ocean paleoceanography
  • Astrochronology
  • Labrador Sea influence on North Atlantic deep-water formation

Short CV:

03/2017 - 02/2018

Post-doctoral researcher within the research group of Profs. L. Löwemark and K-Y. Wei, Department of Earth Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei

11/2016 - 12/2016

Post-doctoral researcher at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, in collaboration with Profs. A. de Vernal and C. Hillaire-Marcel 

09/2012 - 09/2016

PhD in Paleoclimatology; Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in the research group of Prof. L. Lourens
Title of PhD Thesis: “Deciphering the paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic evolution of the Gulf of Cádiz during the past 2.6 Million Years

03/2010 - 08/2012

Research assistant in the Arctic Workgroup, Department of Marine Geology and Palaeontology, at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Marine and Polar Research (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany

10/2004 - 12/2011

Diplom (MSc) in Geoecology; Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Title of Diploma Thesis: “Documentation of glacial-interglacial variations in the deep-water environment in sediment cores of the Amerasian Basin (Central Arctic Ocean)"



(as of 7/2018)

Peer-reviewed journals:

Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Zeeden, C., Toucanne, S., Eynaud, F., Jiménez-Espejo, F., Röhl, U., Fried­rich, O., Pross, J., Löwemark, L., Lourens, L.J., 2018. Continuous monsoonal forcing of Eu­­ro­pe­­an ice-sheet dynamics during the Late Quaternary. Geophysical Research Letters 45, 7066-7074.

Zeeden, C., Kaboth, S., Hilgen, F., Laskar, J., 2018. Taner filter settings and automatic correlation optimisation for cyclostratigraphic studies. Computers & Geosciences 119, 18-28.

Bahr, A., Kaboth, S., Hodell, D., Zeeden, C., Fiebig, J., Friedrich, O., 2018. Oceanic heat pulses fueling moisture transport towards continental Europe across the mid-Pleistocene transition. Quaternary Science Reviews 179, 48–58. 

Kaboth, S., de Boer, B., Bahr, A., Zeeden, C., Lourens, L.J., 2017. Mediterranean Outflow Water dynamics during the past ~570 kyr: Regional and global implications. Paleoceanography 32, 634–647.

Kaboth, S., Grunert, P., and Lourens, L., 2017. Mediterranean Outflow Water variability during the Early Pleistocene. Climate of the Past 13, 1023–1035. 

Kaboth, S., Bahr, A., Reichart, G.J., Jacobs B., Lourens L., 2016. New insights into upper MOW variability over the last 150 kyr from IODP 339 Site U1386 in the Gulf of Cadiz. Marine Geology 377, 136–145.

Bahr, A., Kaboth, S., Jiménez-Espejo, F.J., Sierro, F.J., Voelker, A.H.L., Lourens, L., Röhl, U., Reichart, G.J., Escutia, C., Hernández-Molina, F.J., Pross, J., Friedrich, O., 2015. Persistent monsoonal forcing of Mediterranean Outflow Water dynamics during the late Pleistocene. Geology 43, 951–954.


Other publications and contributions to cruise reports:

Kaminski, M., Niessen, F., Bazhenova, E., De La Guardia, L., Coakley, B., de Vernal, A., Eagles, G., Eisermann, H., Forwick, M., Gebhardt, C., Geissler, W., Horner, T., Jensen, L., Jin, H., Jokat, W., Kaboth, S., Kimmel, B., Kolling, H., Kopsch, C., Kudriavtseva, A., Matthiessen, J., Nam, S. I., Petersen, F., Prim, A., Riefstahl, F., Sauermilch, I., Schreck, M., Spielhagen, R. F., Stein, R. and Stolle, C., 2015. Modern agglutinated Foraminifera from the Hovgaard Ridge, Fram Strait, west of Spitzbergen: Evidence for a deep bottom current. Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae 85, 309–320.

Stein, R., et al. (including S. Kaboth), 2015. The expedition PS87 of the Research Vessel Polarstern to the Arctic Ocean in 2014, Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung. Reports on polar and marine research, Bremerhaven, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research 688, 273 p.

Zeeden, C., Kaboth, S., 2014. Interactive comment on “A major change in North At-lantic deep water circulation during the Early Pleistocene transition 1.6 million years ago” by N. Khélifi and M. Frank. Climate of the Past Discussions 9, C3179–C3182.

Sahling, H., Bergès, B., Boelmann, J., Dimmler, W., Geprägs, P., Glockzin, M., Kaboth, S., Nowald, N., Pape, T., Römer, M., dos Santos F., Christian, S., Tomczyk, M., 2012. R/V Heincke Cruise report HE-387. Gas emissions at the Svalbard continental margin. Longyearbyen – Bremerhaven, 20. August - 16 September 2012. Berichte aus dem MARUM und dem Fachbereich Geowissenschaften der Universität Bremen 291, 170 pp. 

Lucassen, M., et al. (including S. Kaboth), 2012. The expedition of the research vessel "Polarstern" to the Antarctic in 2012 (ANT-XXVIII/4), Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung. Reports on polar and marine research, Bremerhaven, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research 652, 89 p. 

Klages, M., et al. (including S. Kaboth), 2012. The expedition of the research vessel "Polarstern" to the Arctic in 2011 (ARK-XXVI/2), Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung. Reports on polar and marine research, Bremerhaven, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research 645, 56 p. 



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