PD Dr. Dorothée Drucker

Research Fellow

Room S534
Hölderlinstr. 12
72074 Tübingen

Phone: +49 (0)7071 / 29-72487
Email: dorothee.druckerspam ; dorothee.druckerspam 



Coordinator of the Hilgendorf Lecture series (2020-2023)

Co-coordinator of the Graduate program EVEREST (2016-2020)

Member of the Examination Board of Geoecology (2014-present)

Fields of Interest

  • stable isotopes tracking of palaeoenvironment and palaeodiet
  • palaeoecology of large mammals during the Late Quaternary
  • subsistence of the past hunter-gatherer populations in Eurasia
  • impact of the Late Quaternary climatic changes on the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems
  • conservation (palaeo)biology of terrestrial mammals

​​​​​​​Curriculum Vitae

2017 -

Research fellow, Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment, HEP-Tübingen (Germany)


Habilitation, University of Tübingen, Germany

2012 – 2017

Margaret-von-Wrangel Stipendiatin, Biogeology, University of Tübingen, Germany

2009 – 2012

Wissenschaftliche Assistentin, Biogeology, University of Tübingen, Germany

2007 – 2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, University Tübingen, Germany

2005 – 2006

Postdoctoral Fellow, CNRS, SHS 22

2003 – 2004

Postdoctoral Fellow, Fyssen Foundation, Canadian Wildlife Service, Saskatoon, Canada

2001 – 2003

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Univ. Montpellier 2, France

1997 – 2001

Ph.D in Biogeochemistry, University Paris 6, France


DEA” in Archaeology (MS equivalent), Université Bordeaux 3, France


Maîtrise” (B.S. equivalent) in Biology-Geology, University Paris 7, France

​​​​​​​Publications (since 2017)

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Articles

Drucker, D.G., 2022. Collagen Isotopic Ecology of the Mammoth Steppe. Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences 50, 395-418.

Rivals, F., Drucker, D.G., Starkovich, B.M., Russo, G., Leder, D., Terberger, T., Conard, N. Accepted. Dental wear evidence for browsing and grazing dietary traits in the giant deer from the Late Pleistocene of Central Europe. Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte.

Fellows Yates, J. ,Velsko, I.M., Aron, F., Posth, C., Hofman, C.A., Austin, R.M., Parker, C.E., Mann, A.E., Nägele, K., Weedman Arthur, K., Arthur, J.W., Bauer, C.C., Crevecoeur, I., Cupillard, C., Curtis, M.C., Dalén, L., Díaz-Zorita Bonilla, M., Díez Fernández-Lomana, J.C., Drucker, D.G., Escribano Ecrivá, E., Francken, M., Gibbon, V.E., Gonzalez Morales, M., Grande Mateu, A., Harvati, K., Henry, A.G., Humphrey, L., Menéndez, M., Mihailović, D., Peresani, M., Rodríguez Moroder, S., Roksnadic, M., Rougier, H., Sázelová, S., Stock, J.T., Straus, L.G., Svoboda, J., Teßman, B., Walker, M.J., Power, R.C., Lewis, C.M., Sankaranarayanan, K., Guschanski, K., Wrangham, R.,  Dewhirst, F.E., Salazar-Garcia, D.C, Krause, J., Herbig, A., Warinner, C. 2021. The evolution of changing ecology of the hominid oral microbiome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(20), e2021655118

Drucker, D.G., Naito, Y.I., Coromina, N., Rufí, I., Soler, N., Soler, J. 2021. Stable isotope evidence of human diet in Mediterranean context during the Last Glacial Maximum. Journal of Human Evolution 154, 102967.

Baumann, C., Pfrengle, S., Münzel, S.C., Molak, M., Feuerborn, T.R., Breidenstein, A., Reiter, E., Albrecht, G., Kind, C.-J., Verjux, C., Leduc, C., Conard, N.J., Drucker, D.G., Giemsch, L., Thalmann, O., Bocherens, H. Schuenemann, V.J. 2021. A refined proposal for the origin of dogs - The case study of Gnirshöhle, a Magdalenian cave site. Scientific Reports 11, 5137.

Ma, J., Wanga, Y. Baryshnikov, G.F., Drucker, D.G., McGrath, K., Zhange, H., Bocherens, H., Hu, Y. 2021. The Mammuthus-Coelodonta Faunal Complex at its southeastern limit: a biogeochemical paleoecology investigation in Northeast Asia. Quaternary International 591, 93-106.

Polet, C., Drucker, D.G., Glas, C., Sabaux, C., Goffette, Q., Samsel, M., Jadin, I., Warmenbol, E., Villotte, S. 2020. Waulsort Caverne X: A new cave site with Early Mesolithic human remains in Belgium. Mesolithic Miscellany 28(2), 25-43.

Bridault, A., Binois-Roman A., Drucker, D.G., Pion G. 2020. Investigating the exploitation pattern of a newly established species, the case of the Late-Glacial roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) at La Fru (Savoie, France). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12, 229.

Wong, G.L., Starkovich, B.M., Drucker, D.G., Conard, J.C. 2020. New perspectives on human subsistence during the Magdalenian in the Swabian Jura, Germany. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12, 217.

Drucker, D.G., Ducrocq, T., F., Baumann, C., Valentin, F. 2020. Environment and human subsistence in Northern France at the Late-Glacial to early Holocene transition. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12(8), 194.

Baumann, C., Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Conard, N.J., 2020. Fox dietary ecology as a tracer of human impact on Pleistocene ecosystems. PloS ONE 15(7), e0235692

Rufí, I., Drucker, D.G., Bocherens, H., Lloveras, L., Madurell-Malapeira, J., Maroto, J., Soler, J., Soler, N. 2020. Revision of the occurrence of muskox (Ovibos moschatus Zimmermann 1780) from the Gravettian of Arbreda Cave (Serinyà, northeast of Iberian Peninsula): new insights for the study of Iberian cold-adapted faunas. Boreas 49, 858-872.

Naito, Y.I., Meleg, I.N., Robu, M., Vlaicu, M., Drucker, D.G., Wißing, C., Hofreiter, M., Barlow, A., Bocherens, H. 2020. Heavy reliance on plants for Romanian cave bears evidenced by amino acid nitrogen isotope analysis. Scientific Reports 10(1), 6612.

Rivals, F., Drucker, D.G., Weber, M.-J., Audouze, F., Enloe, J.G. 2020. Dietary traits and habitats of the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) during the Late Glacial. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12(5), 98.

Wong, G.L., Drucker, D.G., Starkovich, B.M., Conard, N.J. 2020. Latest Pleistocene paleoenvironmental reconstructions from the Swabian Jura, southwestern Germany: Evidence from Stable Isotope Analysis and Micromammal Remains. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 540, 109527.

Baumann, C., Starkovich, B.M., Drucker, D.G., Münzel, S.C., Conard, N.J., Bocherens, H. 2020. Dietary niche partitioning among Magdalenian canids in southwestern Germany and Switzerland. Quaternary Science Reviews 227, 106032.

Meadows, J. Lozovskaya, O., Bondetti, M., Drucker, D.G., Moiseyev, V. 2020. Human palaeodiet at Zamostje 2, Central Russia: results of radiocarbon and stable isotope analyses. Quaternary International 541, 89-103

Henry-Gambier, D., Rocher, P., Drucker, D., 2019. Étude et description de la sépulture de l’enfant de l’abri Labattut (vallon de Castelmerle, Sergeac, Dordogne, France). PALEO 30(1), 170-203.

Hofman‐Kamińska, E., Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Fyfe, R.M., Gumiński, W., Makowiecki, D., Pacher, M., Piličiauskienė, G., Samojlik, T., Woodbridge, J., Kowalczyk, R., 2019. Adapt or die—Response of large herbivores to environmental changes in Europe during the Holocene. Global Change Biology 25(9), 2915-2930.

Arppe, L., Karhu, J.A., Vartanyan, S., Drucker, D., Etu-Sihvola, H., Bocherens, H. 2019. Thriving or surviving? The isotopic record of the Wrangel Island woolly mammoth population. Quaternary Science Reviews 222, 105884.

Gretzinger, J., Molak, M., Reiter, E., Pfrengle, S., Urban, C., Neukamm, J.  Blant, M., Conard, N.J., Cupillard, C., Dimitrijević, V., Drucker D.G., Hofman-Kamińska, E., Kowalczyk, R., Krajcarz, M.T., Krajcarz, M., Münzel, S.C., Peresani, M., Romandini, M., Rufí, I., Soler, J., Terlato, G., Krause, J., Bocherens, H., Schuenemann, V.J. 2019. Large-scale mitogenomic analysis of the phylogeography of the Late Pleistocene cave bear. Scientific Reports 9:10700.

Krajcarz, M.T., Krajcarz, M., Drucker, D.G., Bocherens, H. 2019. Prey-to-fox isotopic enrichment of 34S in bone collagen: Implications for palaeoecological studies. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 33, 1311-1317.

Bons, P.D., Bauer, C.C., Bocherens, H., de Riese, T., Drucker, D.G., Francken, M., Menéndez, L., Uhl, A., van Milligen, B.P., Wißing, C., 2019. Out of Africa by spontaneous migration waves. PloS ONE 14(4), e0201998.

Etu-Sihvola, H., Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Junno, A., Mannermaa, K., Oinonen, M., Uusitalo, J., Arppe, L., 2019. The dIANA database – Resource for isotopic paleodietary research in the Baltic Sea area. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24, 1003-1013.

Wißing, C., Rougier, H., Baumann, C., Comeyne, A., Crevecoeur, I., Drucker, D.G., Gaudzinski-Windheuser, S., Germonpré, M., Gómez-Olivencia, A., Krause, J. Matthies, T., Naito, Y.I., Posth, C., Semal, P., Street, M., Bocherens, H., 2019. Stable isotopes reveal patterns of diet and mobility in last Neandertals and first modern humans in Europe. Scientific Reports 9(1), 4433.

Drucker, D.G., Stevens, R.E., Germonpré, M., Sablin, M.V., Péan, S., Bocherens, H., 2018. Collagen stable isotopes provide insights into the end of the mammoth steppe in the central East European plains during the Epigravettian. Quaternary Research 90, 457-469.

Drucker, D.G., Valentin, F., Thevenet, C., Mordant, D., Cottiaux, R., Delsate, D., Van Neer, W., 2018. Aquatic resources in human diet in the Late Mesolithic in Northern France and Luxembourg: insights from carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotope ratios. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10(2), 351-368. doi:10.1007/s12520-016-0356-6.

Naito, Y.I., Chikaraishi, Y., Drucker, D.G., Ohkouchi, N., Semal, P., Wißing, C., Bocherens, H., 2018. Reply to" Comment on" Ecological niche of Neanderthals from Spy Cave revealed by nitrogen isotopes of individual amino acids in collagen."[J. Hum. Evol. 93 (2016) 82-90]"[J. Hum. Evol. 117 (2018) 53-55]. Journal of Human Evolution 117, 56-60.

Hofman-Kaminska, E., Bocherens, H., Borowik, T., Drucker, D.G., Kowalczyk, R., 2018. Stable isotope signatures of large herbivore foraging habits across Europe. PLoS ONE 13(1): e0190723.

Mathieson, I., Alpaslan Roodenberg, S., Szécsényi-Nagy, A., Rohland, N., Mallick, S., Broomandkhoshbacht, N., Cheronet, O., Fernandes, D., Ferry, M., Gamarra, B., Haak, W., Harney, E., Michel, M., Nägele, K., Novak, M., Olade, I., Oppenheimer, J., Patterson, N., Posth, C., Sirak, K., Stewardson, K., Vai, S., Alexandrov, S., Alt, K.W., Andreescu, R., Ash, A., Atanassova, N., Bacvarov, K., Bocherens, H., Bolus, M., Boroneant, A., Boyadzhiev, Y., Budnik, A., Burmaz, J., Chohadzhiev, S., Conard, N.J., Cottiaux, R., Cupillard, C., Drucker, D., Elenski, N., Francken, M., Galabova, B., Ganetovski, G., Gely, B., Hajdu, T., Harvati, K., Higham, T., Iliev, S., Janković, I., Karavanić, I., Kennett, D.J., Kozak, A., Krause-Kyora, B., Krauß, R., Labuda, D., Lari M., Lazar, C., Leppek, M., Leshtakov, K., Lo Vetro, D., Los, D., Malina, M., Martini, F., McSweeney, K., Mellar, H., Mende, B.G., Menđušić, M., Mirea, P., Moiseyev, V., Papathanasiou, A., Petrova, V., Simalcsik A., Sineo, L., Šlaus, M., Slavchev, V., Stanev, P., Szeniczey, T., Talamo, S., Thevenet, C., Valentin, F., Vassiliev, S., Veljanovska, F., Venelinova, S., Veselovskaya, E., Viola, B., Virag, C., Zaninović, J., Zäuner S., Stockhammer, P.W., Catalano, G., Caramelli, D., Zarina, G., Gaydarska, B., Lillie, M., Nikitin, A.G., Potekhina, I., Boric, D., Bonsall, C., Krause, J., Pinhasi, R., Reich, D., 2018. The Genomic History of Southeastern Europe. Nature 555: 197-210.

Naito, Y.I., Chikaraishi, Y., Drucker, D.G., Ohkouchi, N., Semal, P., Wißing, C., Bocherens, H., 2018. Reply to “Comment on “Ecological niche of Neanderthals from Spy Cave revealed by nitrogen isotopes of individual amino acids in collagen.” (Journal of Human Evolution 93: 82-90.). Journal of Human Evolution.117: 56-60.

Schnitzler, A., Granado, J., Putelat, O., Arbogast, R.-M., Drucker, D.G., Eberhard, A., Schmutz, A., Klaefiger, Y., Lang, G., Salzburger, W., Schibler, J., Schlumbaum, A., Bocherens, H., 2018. Genetic diversity, genetic structure and diet of ancient and contemporary red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) from north-eastern France. PLoS ONE 13(1): e0189278

Drucker, D.G., Naito, Y.I., Péan, S.C., Prat, S., Crépin, L., Patou-Mathis, M., Chikaraishi, Y., Ohkouchi, N., Puaud, S., Lázničková-Galetova, M., Yanevich, A., Bocherens, H., 2017. Isotopic analyses suggest mammoth and plant in the diet of the oldest anatomically modern humans from far southeast Europe. Scientific Reports 7: 6833

Fellows Yates, J.A., Drucker, D.G., Reiter, E., Heumos, S., Welker, F., Münzel, S.C., Wojtal, P., Lázničková-Galetová, M., Conard, N.J., Herbig, A., Bocherens, H., Krause, J., 2017. Central European woolly mammoth population dynamics: Insights from Late Pleistocene mitochondrial genomes. Scientific Reports 7:17714

Gröcke, D.R., Sauer, P.E., Bridault, A., Drucker, D.G., Germonpré, M., Bocherens, H., 2017. Hydrogen isotopes in Late Quaternary mammal collagen from Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 11, 12-16.

Jürgensen, J., Drucker, D.G., Stuart, A., Schneider, M., Buuveibaatar, B., Bocherens, H., 2017. Diet and habitat of the saiga antelope during the late Quaternary using stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios. Quaternary Science Reviews 160, 150-161.

Contributions to Books

Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G. 2021. Isotopic insights on the ecological interactions between humans and woolly mammoths during the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic in Europe. In: Human-elephant interactions: from past to present, G.E. Konidaris, R. Barkai, V. Tourloukis, K. Harvati (eds.), Tübingen, Tübingen University Press, 249-262.

Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Rivals, F. 2018. L’alimentation et l’environnement (micro-usure et isotopes). In: Catalogue de l’exposition “Mémoires de Mammouths”, Musée national de Préhistoire Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, pp. 35-39.

Edited Volumes

Reinhard, J., Huber, R., Drucker, D., Müller, W., 2019. Von Irrtümern, Übersehenem und moderner Analytik. Neue Erkenntnisse zu den spätglazialen Elchknochen von Zug-Gartenstadt, Tugium 35, 129-138.

Drucker, D.G., Furtwängler, A., Schünemann, V., Huber, R., Reinhard, J. 2018. Durchleuchtet und analysiert Ein Update zur Genetik, Isotopie und Radiografie des «letzten Zuger Mammuts», Zug, Tugium 34, 123-131.