Bachelor, Magister and Master thesis performed in the Working Group “Biogeology”

In progress

Jeremias Glöggler (Geowissenschaften): Paleoecology of Eocene crocodilians. MSc (H. Bocherens & M. Rabi)

Freya Riedel (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Morphological and isotopic analysis of five Roman-time equids from Heddesheim (D. Drucker, B. Starkovitch & N. Conard)



Moritz Baumeister (Geoökologie): Characterization of sandy substrates in the Namib fog desert in terms of hydrology and habitat conditions. BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Ebner)

Lisa Merkens (Geoökologie): Modelling the distribution of the Pleistocene Mammoth Steppe vegetation based on the bioclimatic limits of modern analogues. MSc (H. Bocherens & T. Hickler)

Sanah Shaikh (Geowissenschaften): Isotopic paleoecology of bovids and Cervids from Southeast Asia. MSc (H. Bocherens & K. Suraprasit)

Benjamin Stocker (Geoökologie): Simulation experiments for assessment of fog harvest efficiency of leaves versus artificial objects - Impact of dimension, arrangement and surface structure. BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Ebner)



Raija Heikklia (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Untangling human-reindeer relationships in Little Ice Age (17-19th Century) Fennoscandia using a multi-istope (δ13C, δ15N, δ34S) approach. MSc (C. Spiteri, D. Drucker, A.K. Salmi)

Ruth Rey (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Deciphering biogenic and diagenetic isotopic signals of Pleistocene proboscideans. MSc (H. Bocherens & C. Miller)

Michael Usselmann (Geoökologie): Die hydrologischen Eigneschaften mitteleuropäischer Laubmoose mit Bezug auf die Morphologie und den Lebensraum. BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Ebner)



Paula Eisnecker (Geoökologie): The influence of a moss cover on gable roofs on microclimate and the water cycle. BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Ebner)

Felix Gschwender (Geoökologie): Adaptation of Stipagrostis sabulicola to life in the Namib Desert. BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Ebner)

Mauricio Marciales Daza (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Diet Reconstruction through Carbon and Nitrogen Stable Isotope Analysis: the Bronze Age Population at the Biniadris Cave (Menorca, Spain). MSc (M. Diaz-Zorita Bonilla & C Spiteri)

Jorge Meza Paggi (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Oxygen Isotope Variability among Modern Fauna from the Lower Guadalquivir Valley, Spain: Implications for Achaeological Applications in Mediterranean. MSc (M. Diaz-Zorita Bonilla & C Spiteri)

Lydia Papkalla (Geowissenschaften): Determining the diet and ecology of Canis lupus using stable isotope analysis. MSc (H. Bocherens & H. Ansorge)

Samuel Stern (Geowissenschaften): Isotope tracking of Messel (Eocene) and Schöningen Pleistocene fauna. MSc (H. Bocherens & D. Drucker)



Sophie Habinger (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Camels in the Roman Empire: A new approach to life history and mobility of camels using stable carbon and oxygen isotopes. MSc (H. Bocherens, C. Spiteri & B. Starkovich) < see joint conference presentation > < see joint article >

Natascha Seitz (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Isotopische Herkunftanalyse einer Merowingerzeitlichen Gräberfeldpopulation (Altenburger Steige). MSc (J. Wahl & H. Bocherens)



Raffaela Bianco (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Genetic analysis of a late Hun-Age burial from Budapest, Hungary. MSc (J. Krause & H. Bocherens)

Giuseppe Briatico (Archeologia, Sapienza Università di Roma): Il caso di studio di Melka Kunture (Etiopia), tra ~1.6 Ma e ~0.7 Ma. Lo studio degli isotopi stabili (13C, 18O) come contributo per la ricostruzione della dieta di Hippopotamus cf. amphibius e dei caratteri paleoambientali. MA (M. Mussi & H. Bocherens)

Simon Ring (Geowissenschaften): Palaeoecology of ungulates in the Eocene site of Geiseltal. BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Rabi) <see resulting joint article and joint conference presentation >

Daniela Schlosser (Geoökologie): Mikrofazies in Böden (Dungsporen, Pollen und Kohlepartikel) als Indikatoren zur Ökologischen Charakterisierung von Standorten im Ammertal. BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Ebner)

Samuel Stern (Geowissenschaften): Isotopic tracking (C, O) of large herbivorous mammal paleoecology in Eocene Myanmar. BSc (H. Bocherens & C. Wißing) < see joint conference presentation >

Monice Tim (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Bioarchaeological analysis and social structure of the Bronze Age population of Biniadrís Cave (Menorca, Spain). MSc (K. Harvati & M. Diaz-Zorita Bonilla)



Alex Bertacchi (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Zooarchaeology and Isotopic biogeochemistry of late Pleistocene large mammals in Sigerstein. MSc (N. Conard, H. Bocherens & B. Starkovich)

Kim Bleher (Geowissenschaften): Das Chondrocranium von Zamenis longissiums (Serpentes, Colubridae) bei einer Schädellange von 9,19 mm. BSc (H. Bocherens & I. Werneburg)

Dobereiner Chala-Aldana (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Mobility in the early Holocene high-altitude Andean site of Cuncaicha using C, O and Sr stable isotopes. MSc (H. Bocherens & C. Miller) <see resulting joint article and joint conference presentation >

Sophia von Haller (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Diet in the early Holocene high-altitude Andean site of Cuncaicha using C and N stable isotopes. MSc (K. Harvati & D. Drucker) <see resulting joint conference presentation >

Lydia Papkalla (Geowissenschaften): Palaeoecology of the extinct ground sloth Mylodon darwinii in the Lateglacial of southern Patagonia using carbon isotopes in collagen and bioapatite. BSc (H. Bocherens & D. Drucker)

Peter Weidenbach (Geoökologie): Biodiversitäts- und Turnoveranalyse der Großsäugerfauna im Miozän Mitteleuropas. MSc (H. Bocherens & M. Böhme)



Christof Balles (Geowissenschaften): Carbon, nitrogen and oxygen stable isotopes of recent mammals from Argentina as environmental tracers. MSc (H. Bocherens & Y. Oelmann)

Chris Baumann (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): The archaeology and palaeoecology of red and arctic foxes during the late Pleistocene in the Ach Valley of southwestern Germany. MSc (N. Conard & H. Bocherens) <see poster>

Laura Bäumler (Geoökologie): Measuring the water-use efficiency along a precipitation gradient and in a long-term rain-manipulation experiment in Israel, with different water levels in the greenhouse for Biscutella didyma via stable carbon isotopes. BSc (K. Tielbörger & H. Bocherens) <see resulting joint article >

Andrea Durst (Geowissenschaften): Intra-skeletal variations of carbon and oxygen isotopes in modern carnivores: Implications for fossil studies. MSc (H. Bocherens & H. Taubald)

Tatiana Feuerborn (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): A genetic study of archaeological canids. MSc (V. Scheunemann, J. Krause & H. Bocherens)

Sebastian Scharnowski (Geowissenschaften): Stable Isotope Study on modern Argentinian mammals: Characterisation of Diet and Trophic level In different Vegetational environments. MSc (H. Bocherens & D. Drucker)



Julia Appel (Biologie): Reconstruction of the habitat preference of the wild horse (Equus ferus) in Europe during the Holocene using stable isotopes (13C/12C, 15N/14N). MSc (N. Michiels & H. Bocherens)

Stefan Besemer (Geowissenschaften): Diagenesis of (duro-)dentin: the potential of carbonate isotopic tracers (δ13C, δ18O) for the reconstruction of Pleistocene Xenarthran paleobiology. MSc (H. Bocherens & H. Taubald)

Marcel Daubner (Geowissenschaften): Morphological and morphometrical analysis of horn cores from the primitive bovid Tethytragus stehlini. BSc (M. Böhme & H. Bocherens)

James Fellows Yates (Naturwissenschaftliches Archäologie): Reconstructing the Late Pleistocene population history of Central European Mammuthus primigenius. MSc (J. Krause & D. Drucker) <see resulting joint article >

Jonathan Jürgensen (Geowissenschaften): Conservation palaeobiology of an endangered species: the Saiga Antelope. A palaeoecological reconstruction. MSc (H. Bocherens & D. Drucker)  <see resulting joint article>

Moritz Laufer (Geoökologie): Reconstruction of the ecological niche of large ungulates during the Neolithic using carbon stable isotopes in ancient bones. BSc (H. Bocherens & D. Drucker)

Julia Wollhaib (Geoökologie): Evaluation of the habitat preference of Eurasian elk (Alces aces), European bison (Bison bonasus), aurochs (Bos primigenius), alpine ibex (Capra ibex), tarpan (Equus sp.), northern chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) and brown bear (Ursus arctic) in Germany based on early Holocene data in order to predict future potential habitat. MSc (H. Bocherens & M. Förschler)


Matthias Schneider (Geowissenschaften): The potential of δ13C, δ15N, δ34S to track the origin of modern saiga antelopes and their information of modern and paleoecology. MSc (D. Drucker & Y. Oelmann) <see resulting joint article>


Stefanie Bauriedl (Geowissenschaften): The fate of Neotropical mammals: a survey of carbon isotopes of herbivorous mammals from South America and the significance of diet reconstruction for the Great American Biotic interchange. MSc (H. Bocherens & M. Böhme) <see resulting joint conference presentation >

Martin Cotte (Geowissenschaften): Palaeoecology of Pleistocene bison using stable isotopes (13C, 15N, 18O). MSc (H. Bocherens & M. Böhme)

Andrea Durst (Geowissenschaften): Evaluation of fossil proboscidean teeth from Staniantsi, Bulgaria, using stable isotope analysis as a proxy for autecology and climate. BSc (M. Böhme & H. Bocherens)


Martin Cotte (Geowissenschaften): Understanding the effects of lactation and dormancy on cave bears (Ursus spelaeus) from Goyet (Belgium) using stable isotopes. BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Kučera)

Michaela Ecker (Urgeschichte): Stable isotope analyses on the fauna from Payre (Ardèche, France). M.A. (H. Bocherens & N. Conard) <see resulting joint article>

Max Schmid (Biologie): Determining the water use efficiency of three plant species after 9 years of rain manipulation in Israel using the carbon isotope composition. BSc (K. Tielbörger & H. Bocherens)


Marie-Léonie Bohlen (Geoökologie): Bear trophic ecology in Alberta, Canada: use of stable isotope tracking (13C/12C, 15N/14N). BSc (H. Bocherens & M. Kučera)

Sophie Meier (Geoökologie): Detection of diet and habitat of caribou herds (Rangifer tarandus) in North America by dint of stable carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) isotopes. BSc (H. Bocherens & H. Schulz, supervision by D. Drucker)

Carina Zell (Geoökologie): Consideration of biogenous carbon sequestration in the scope of life cycle assessment. BSc (H. Bocherens & K. Sedlbauer) <see resulting joint article>