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-Bahr

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:

Since 04/2019

Postdoctoral Researcher within the Paleoclimate Dynamics group of Prof. M. Trauth, Institute of Geosciences, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

04/2018 – 03/2019

Postdoctoral Researcher within the Palynology & Paleoenvironmental Dynamics group of Prof. J. Pross, Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

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 09/2022)

Peer-reviewed journals:



Zhong, Y., Shi , X., Yang, H., Wilson, D.J., Hein, J.R., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Lu, Z., Clift, P.D., Yan, Q., Lohmann, G., Liu, J., González, F.J., Jiang, X., Jiang, Z., Liu, Q., 2022, Humidification of Central Asia and equatorward shifts of westerly wind since the late Pliocene. Communications Earth & Environment, accepted.

Foerster, V., Asrat, A., Ramsey, C.B., Brown, E.T., Chapot, M.S., Deino, A., Duesing, W., Grove, M., Hahn, A., Junginger, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Lane, C.S., Opitz, S., Noren, A., Roberts, H.M., Stockhecke, M., Tiedemann, R., Vidal, C.M., Vogelsang, R., Cohen, A.S., Lamb, H.F., Schaebitz, F., Trauth, M.H., 2022, Pleistocene climate variability in eastern Africa influenced hominin evolution. Nature Geoscience, accepted;

Süfke, F., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Wei, K.-Y., Chuang, C.-K., Gutjahr, M., Pross, J., Friedrich, O., 2022, Intensification of Asian dust storms during the Mid-Pliocene Warm Period (3.25–2.96 Ma) documented in a sediment core from the South China Sea. Quaternary Science Reviews 292, 107669.

Kaboth-Bahr, S., Mudelsee, M., 2022, The multifaceted history of the Walker Circulation during the Plio-Pleistocene. Quaternary Science Reviews 286, 107529.

Gosling, W.D, Scerri, E.M.L., Kaboth-Bahr, S., 2022, The climate and vegetation backdrop to hominin evolution in Africa. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 377, 20200483.

Moal-Darrigade, P., Ducassou, E., Giraudeau, J., Bahr, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Hanquiez, V., Perello, M.-C., 2022, MOW strengthening and contourite development over two analog climate cycles (MIS 12–11 and MIS 2–1) in the Gulf of Cadíz: An impact on North Atlantic climate during deglaciation V and MIS 11? Global and Planetary Change 208, 103721.



Bahr, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Jaeschke, A., Chiessi, C., Cruz, F., Carvalho, L., Rethemeyer, J., Schefuß, E., Geppert, P., Albuquerque, A.L., Pross, J., Friedrich, O., 2021, Late Holocene Precipitation Fluctuations in South America Triggered by Variability of the North Atlantic Overturning Circulation. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 36, e2021PA004223.

Bahr, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Karas, C., 2021, The opening and closure of oceanic seaways during the Cenozoic: pacemaker of global climate change? Geological Society, London, Special Publications 523.

Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Yamoah, K.A., Chuang, C.-K., Li, H.-C., Su, C.-C., Wei, K.-Y., 2021, Rapid humidity changes across the Northern South China Sea during the last~ 40 kyrs. Marine Geology 440, 106579.

Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Stepanek, C., Catunda, M.C.A., Karas, C., Ziegler, M., García-Gallardo, A., Grunert, P., 2021, Mediterranean heat injection to the North Atlantic delayed the intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciations. Communications Earth & Environment, 2, 1-9.

Duesing, W., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Asrat, A., Cohen, A.S., Foerster, V., Schaebitz, F., Trauth, M.H., 2021, Changes in the cyclicity and variability of the eastern African paleoclimate over the last 620 kyrs. Quaternary Science Reviews 273, 107219.

Trauth, M.H., Asrat, A., Berner, N., Bibi, F., Foerster, V., Grove, M., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Maslin, M.A., Mudelsee, M. and Schäbitz, F., 2021. Northern Hemisphere Glaciation, African climate and human evolution. Quaternary Science Reviews 268, 107095.

Schaebitz, F., Asrat, A., Lamb, H.F., Cohen, A.S., Foerster, V., Duesing, W., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Opitz, S., Viehberg, F.A., Vogelsang, R., Dean, J., Leng, M.L., Junginger, A., Ramsey, C.B., Chapot, M.S., Deino, A., Lane, C.S., Roberts, H.M., Vidal, C., Tiedemann, R., Trauth, M.H., Hydroclimate changes in eastern Africa over the past 200,000 years may have influenced early human dispersal. Communications Earth & Environment 2, 1-10.

Catunda, M.C.A., Bahr, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Zhang, X., Foukal, N.P., Friedrich, O., 2021, Subsurface heat channel drove sea surface warming in the high-latitude North Atlantic during the Mid-Pleistocene Transition. Geophysical Research Letters 48, e2020GL091899.

Kaboth-Bahr, S., Gosling, W.D., Vogelsang, R., Bahr, A., Scerri, E.M.L, Asrat, A., Cohen, A.S., Düsing, W., Foerster, V.E., Lamb, H.F., Maslin, M.A., Roberts, H.M., Schäbitz, F., Trauth, M.H., 2021, Paleo-ENSO influence on African environments and early modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118, e2018277118.

Lin, T.-W., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Yamoah, K., Bahr, A., Burra, G., Chang, Y.-P., Dietze, E., Li, H.-C., Su, C.-C., Yam, R.S.W., Löwemark, L., 2021. East Asian winter monsoon variation during the last 3,000 years as recorded in a subtropical mountain lake, northeastern Taiwan. The Holocene, 09596836211019094.

Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Zeeden, C., Yamoah, K.A., Lone, M., Chuang, C.-K., Löwemark, L., Wei, K.-Y., 2021. A tale of shifting relations: East Asian summer and winter monsoon variability during the Holocene. Scientific Reports 11, 6938.

Trauth, M.H., Asrat, A., Cohen, A.S., Duesing, W., Foerster, V., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Kraemer, K.H., Lamb, H.F., Marwan, N., Maslin, M.A., Schäbitz, F., 2021. Recurring types of variability and transitions in the ~620 kyr record of climate change from the Chew Bahir basin, southern Ethiopia. Quaternary Science Reviews 266, 106777.

Allstädt, F.J., Koutsodendris, A., Appel, E., Rösler, W., Reichgelt, T., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Prokopenko, A.A. and Pross, J., 2021. Late Pliocene to early Pleistocene climate dynamics in western North America based on a new pollen record from paleo-Lake Idaho, Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 101, 177–195.

Yamoaha, K.A., Chabangbornb, A., Chawchaib, S., Fritz, S., Löwemark, L., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Reimer, P.J., Smittenberg, R.H., Wohlfarthg, B., 2021. A muted El-Niño-like condition during late-MIS-3. Quaternary Science Reviews 254, 106782.

Koutsodendris, A., Nakajima, K., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Berke, M.A., Franzese, A.M., Hall, I.R., Hemming, S.R., Just, J., LeVay, L.J., Pross, J., Robinson, R., and IODP Expedition 361 scientists, 2021. A Plio-Pleistocene (c. 0-4 Ma) cyclostratigraphy for IODP Site U1478 (Mozambique Channel, SW Indian Ocean): Exploring an offshore record of paleoclimate and ecosystem variability in SE Africa. Newsletters on Stratigraphy 54, 159-181.



Kaboth-Bahr, S., Koutsodendris, A., Lu, Y., Nakajima, K., Zeeden, C., Appel, E., Fang, X., Rösler, W., Firedrich, O., Pross, J., 2020. A late Pliocene to early Pleistocene (3.3–2.1 Ma) orbital chronology for the Qaidam Basin paleolake (NE Tibetan Plateau) based on the SG-1b drillcore record. Newsletters on Stratigraphy 43, 479 – 496.

Lu, Y., Dewald, N., Koutsodendris, A., Kaboth‐Bahr, S., Rösler, W., Fang, X., Pross, J., Appel, E. and Friedrich, O., 2020. Sedimentological Evidence for Pronounced Glacial‐Interglacial Climate Fluctuations in NE Tibet in the Latest Pliocene to Early Pleistocene. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 35, e2020PA003864.

Vogt-Vincent, N., Lippold, J., Kaboth-Bahr, S. and Blaser, P., 2020. Ice-rafted debris as a source of non-conservative behaviour for the εNd palaeotracer: insights from a simple model. Geo-Marine Letters 40, 325–340.

Blaser, P., Gutjahr, M., Pöppelmeier, F., Frank, M., Kaboth-Bahr, S. and Lippold, J., 2020. Labrador Sea bottom water provenance and REE exchange during the past 35,000 years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 542, 116299.

Zeeden, C., Obreht, I., Veres, D., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Hošek, J., Marković, S.B., Bösken, J., Lehmkuhl, F., Rolf, C. and Hambach, U., 2020. Smoothed millennial-scale palaeoclimatic reference data as unconventional comparison targets: Application to European loess records. Scientific Reports 10, 1-13.

Bahr, A., Kolber, G., Kaboth‐Bahr, S., Reinhardt, L., Friedrich, O. and Pross, J., 2020. Mega‐monsoon variability during the late Triassic: Re‐assessing the role of orbital forcing in the deposition of playa sediments in the Germanic Basin. Sedimentology 67, 951-970.



O'Regan, M., Coxall, H.K., Cronin, T.M., Gyllencreutz, R., Jakobsson, M., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Löwemark, L., Wiers, S. and West, G., 2019. Stratigraphic Occurrences of Sub-Polar Planktonic Foraminifera in Pleistocene Sediments on the Lomonosov Ridge, Arctic Ocean. Frontiers in Earth Science 7, 71.

Kaboth-Bahr, S., Denis, V., Su, C.-C., O'Regan, M., Gyllencreutz, R., Jakobsson, M., Löwemark, L., 2019. Deciphering ~45.000 years of Arctic Ocean lithostratigraphic variability through multivariate statistical analysis. Quaternary International 514, 141-151.



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

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

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



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 and Paleoclimatology 32, 634–647.

Kaboth, S., Grunert, P., 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. and 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., and 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:

Pross, J., Bahr, A., Berke, M., Blum, M., Brzelinski, S., Campos, H., Catunda, M.C., Evers, F., Ka­both, S., Kotthoff, U., Koutsodendris, A., Krengel, T., Lange, D., Lippold, J., Mächtle, B., Manta, K., Mai­cher, D., Norris, R.D., Pöppelmeier, F., Ravani, A., Schulz, H., Süfke, F., Sugla, R., Vakhrameeva, P., Vannacci, M., Otte, F., Raeke, A., 2021. Eastern Mediterranean pa­leo­climate and ecosystems dur­ing the rise of early civilizations, Cruise No. M144, December 27, 2017 – January 18, 2018, Hera­k­lion (Gree­ce) – Catania (Italy). METEOR-Berichte M144, 1, 1-40.

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. 



Editor: Email
Latest Revision: 2022-09-27
zum Seitenanfang/up