© Pickarski

Dr. Nadine Pickarski

Institute of Geology and Palaeontology – Palaeobotany
University of Münster
Heisenbergstr. 2
D-48149 Münster

                                             Tel.: +49 251 83-23933
                                             Fax: +49 251 83-21739


  • Curriculum Vitae


    2010-2013 Ph.D. in Geology and Palaeontology
    Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    DFG project (LI 582/15-1, 2): Lake Van Drilling Project ‘PALEOVAN’, a long continental record in eastern Turkey: Palaeoecological investigations on new cores obtained during the ICDP deep drilling operation in 2010.
    Title of thesis: Vegetation and climate history during the last glacial-interglacial cycles at Lake Van, eastern Anatolia
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. T. Litt
    2002-2010 Diploma (~M.Sc.) in Physical Geography (Geology, Biology)
    Universität Leipzig
    1987-1999 Friedrich Ratzel Gymnasium, Leipzig

    Professional career

    since Nov 2020 Research Assistant
    Palaeobotany Research Group, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

    Ongoing projects
    DFG project (PI 1343/1-1) Flow cytometry method for purification of fossil pollen from Lake Van varved sediments for AMS radiocarbon dating - a new approach
    DFG project (PI 1343/2-1) Paleoclimate and paleoecology of the continental Eastern Mediterranean region - High-resolution pollen analysis from Lake Van during the Middle Pleistocene (MIS 8 to 10)

    2016-2020 Research Assistant & Lecturer for Palaeobotany
    Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    2014-2016 Postdocatoral Researcher
    Steinmann-Institut, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    DFG project (LI 582/20-1, 2) Lake Van Drilling Project "PALEOVAN", a long continental record in eastern Turkey: Geochronology, palynostratigraphy and environmental response on volcanic events
    2009-2010 Student Assistant
    SFB project B4 ‚Our Way to Europe’: Climatic Evolution of the Marmara Region during the past 50,000 years

  • Research Interests

    • Continental ecosystems, steppe vegetation

    • Reconstruction of quaternary paleoenvironment: vegetation, fire regime, palaeoecology, paleoclimate, and human impact

    • Pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs, micro-charcoal analysis, stable isotope analysis, and varve chronology

    • Flow cytometry: AMS radiocarbon dating of fossil pollen

    • Long continental records as paleoclimate archives: e.g., lake sediment (Lake Van, Turkey) and loess-palaeosols (Sevkar area, Armenia)

  • Technical Expertise

    • Preparation of palynological samples
    • Transmitted-light and polarization microscope, scanning-electron microscopy,
        confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM)
    • R und RStudio
    • CharAnalysis
    • Drilling Information System
    • TILIA
    • Geological and palaeontological field work

  • Field Experience

    MARUM, ICDP-core repository, Universität Bremen, Sampling campaign Lake Van
    GFZ Potsdam, Sampling campaign Dead Sea
    Excavation of Mid-Devonian plant remains, Otto Schiffarth quarry, Lindlar
    Field assistant at Enspel, Messel, Eckfelder Maar

  • Peer-reviewed publications


    Kappenberg, A., Lehndorff, E., Pickarski, N., Litt, T., Amelung, W., 2019. Solar controls of fire events during the past 600,000 years. QSR 208:97-104.


    Langgut D., Almogi-Labin A., Bar-Matthews M., Pickarski N., Weinstein-Evron M. (2018). Evidence for a humid interval at ~56-44 ka BP in the Levant and its potential link to modern human migration out of Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 124: 75-90.


    Pickarski, N. and Litt, T. (2017). A new high-resolution pollen sequence at Lake Van, Turkey: insights into penultimate interglacial–glacial climate change on vegetation history. Climate of the Past 13: 689-710.
    Randlett, M.-È., Bechtel, A., van der Meer, M.T.J., Peterse, F., Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Kwiecien, O., Stockhecke, M., Wehrli, B., Schubert, C.J. (2017). Biomarkers in Lake Van sediments reveal dry conditions in eastern Anatolia during 110.000–10.000 years B.P.. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 18, 2: 571-583.


    Stockhecke, M., Timmermann, A., Kipfer, R., Haug, G.H., Kwiecien, O., Friedrich, T., Menviel, L., Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Anselmetti, F. S. (2016). Millennial to orbital-scale variations of drought intensity in the Eastern Mediterranean, QSR 133: 77–95.


    Pickarski, N., Kwiecien, O., Djamali, M., Litt, T. (2015). Vegetation and environmental changes during the last interglacial in eastern Anatolia (Turkey): a new high-resolution pollen record from Lake Van. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology 435: 145-158.
    Pickarski, N., Kwiecien, O., Langgut, D., Litt, T. (2015). Abrupt vegetation and climate variability of eastern Anatolia vegetation during the last glacial. Climate of the Past 11: 1491-1505.


    Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Heumann, G., Stockhecke, M., Tzedakis, P.C. (2014). A 600,000 year long continental pollen record from Lake Van, eastern Anatolia (Turkey). QSR 104: 30-41.

    Kwiecien, O., Stockhecke, M., Pickarski, N., Heumann, G., Litt, T., Sturm, M., Anselmetti, F., Kipfer, R., Haug, G.H. (2014). Dynamics of the last four glacial terminations recorded in Lake Van, Turkey. QSR 104: 42-52.

    Randlett, M.-È., Coolen, M.J.L., Stockhecke, M., Pickarski, N., Litt, T., Balkema, C., Kwiecien, O., Tomonaga, Y., Wehrli, B., Schubert, C.J. (2014). Alkenone distribution in Lake Van sediment over the last 270 ka: influence of temperature and haptophyte species composition. QSR 104: 53-62.

    Stockhecke, M., Kwiecien, O., Vigliotti, L., Anselmetti, F.S., Beer, J., Cagatay, M.N., Channell, J.E.T., Kipfer, R., Lachner, J., Litt, T., Pickarski, N., Sturm, M. (2014). Chronostratigraphy of the 600,000 year old continental record of Lake Van (Turkey). QSR 104: 8-17.

  • Peer-review service

    • Sedimentology

    • Climate of the Past

    • Journal of Quaternary Science

    • Quaternary International

    • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany