Dr. Chris Baumann

Postdoctoral researcher
Powerful Plant Project

AG Biogeologie, Room S523
Hölderlinstrasse 12
D-72070 Tübingen
+49 (0) 7071 29-78900
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Research focus

•    Ecology of Pleistocene faunal communities in Europe
•    Trophic and ecological niche partitioning of carnivores 
•    Anthropogenic impact on animal’s niches and resulting behavioral changes
•    Early symbiotic relationships between humans and animals, such as (paleo-)synanthropism and domestication

Methods & Expertise

•    Carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur stable isotopes from collagen and hair
•    Carbon and oxygen from carbonates
•    Advanced statistical (isotope) data processing with R
•    Bayesian statistics

Curriculum vitae

Since 2023 Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geoscience (University Tübingen) and the University of Glasgow (UK, Powerful Plants: EPSRC grant. No. EP/X025160/1)
2022 - 2023 Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geosciences and Geography (Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, Finland; Academy of Finland project no. 341622)
2020 - 2021 Research associate in the laboratories of the Biogeology Research Group
2017 - 2020 PhD student at the University of Tübingen, Archaeological Sciences, Zooarchaeology, division under Prof. Dr. Nicholas Conard and Prof. Dr. Hervé Bocherens
2014 -2016 M.Sc. in Archaeological Sciences - Zooarchaeology, University of Tübingen, Germany
2011 - 2014 Self-employed taxidermist, specialized on bone preparation and mounting
2007 - 2011 B.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Jena, Germany


Lectures (L) and Seminars (S)


S Säugetiere im Freiland (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Biology) 2022
S + L Faunistic-Floristic monitor. methods (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Biology) 2018 – 2023
S + L Collection management (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Geoscience) 2015 – 2019
S Domestication as a research concept (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Geoscience) 2017 – 2018 
S Microfauna in archaeological context    (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Geoscience)  2016 – 2018

Practical courses (P) and zoological excursions (E)


P Isotopes in bones and teeth (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Geoscience)  2020 – 2022  
E Säugetiere im Freiland (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Biology)  2018 – 2022
E Vertebraten II (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Biology)   2017 – 2018
P Leather processing with bone tools (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Geoscience) 2015
Supervising of Bachelor (B) and Master (M) theses  
M Theoni Panagiotopoulou (Uni Tübingen, Dep. of Geoscience, Scientific Archaeology: Archaeometry)                 2023


Hussain, S.T. & Baumann, C. (2024): The human side of biodiversity - coevolution of the human niche, palaeo-synanthropy and ecosystem complexity in the deep human past. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 379: 20230021.

Krajcarz, M.J., Baca, M., Baumann, C., Bocherens, H., Popović, D., Sudoł-Procyk, M., Krajcarz, M. (2023): New insights into Late Pleistocene cave hyena paleoecology and population history – biomolecular study of bone accumulation from Perspektywiczna Cave, Poland. Radiocarbon. DOI: 10.1017/RDC.2023.89.

Baumann, C., Hussain, S.T., Roblíčková, M., Riede, F., Mannino, M. Bocherens, H. (2023): Evidence for hunter-gatherer impacts on raven diet and ecology in the Early Gravettian of Southern Moravia. Nature Ecolology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-023-02107-8.

Furtwängler, A., Baumann, C., Majander, K., Wilkin, S., Tomoum, N., Rühli, F., Jaeggi, A., Eppenberger, P., Bender, N., Schuenemann, V.J. (2023): The Mummy Explorer – a self-regulated open-access online teaching tool. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. DOI: 10.1093/emph/eoad009

Baumann, C. (2023): The paleo-synanthropic niche: a first attempt to define animal’s adaptation to a human-made micro-environment in the Late Pleistocene. Archaeol Anthropol Sci 15, 63. DOI: 10.1007/s12520-023-01764-x

Bergström, A., Stanton, D.W.G., Talon, U.H., Frantz, L., Sinding, M-H. S., Ersmark, E., Pfrengle, S., Cassatt-Johnstone, M., Lebrasseur, O., Linus Girdland-Flink, L., Fernandes, D.M., Ollivier, M., Gopalakrishnan, S., Westbury, M. V., Ramos-Madrigal, J., Feuerborn, T.R., Reiter, E., Gretzinger, J., Münzel, S.C., Swali, P., Conard, N.J., Carøe, C., Haile, J., Linderholm, A., Androsov, S., Baumann, C., Benecke, N., Bocherens, H., Carden, R.F., Drucker, D.G., Fedorov, S., Gasparik, M., Germonpré, M., Grigoriev, S., Groves, P., Hertwig, S.T., Ivanova, V.V., Janssens, L., Jennings, R.P., Kasparov, A.K., Kirrilova, I.V., Kurmaniyazov, I, Kuzmin, Y.V., Kosintsev, P.A., Lázničková-Galetová, M., Leduc, C., Nikolskiy, P., Nussbaumer, M., O'Drisceoil, C., Outram, A., Pavlova, E.Y., Perri, A.R., Pilot, M., Pitulko, V.V., Plotnikov, V., Protopopov, A., Rehazek, A, Sablin, M., Storå, J., Verjux, C., Zaibert, V.F., Zazula, G., Hansen, A., Willerslev, E., Leonard, J.A., Götherström, A., Pinhasi, R., Schuenemann, V.J., Hofreiter, M., Gilbert, M.T.P., Shapiro, B., Larson, G., Krause, J., Dalén, L. & Skoglund, P. (2022): Gray wolf genomic history reveals a dual ancestry of dogs. Nature 607, 313–320. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04824-9

Baumann, C., Pfrengle, S., Münzel, S.C., Molak, M., Feuerborn, T., 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.

Baumann, C., Wong, G.L., Starkovich, B.M., Münzel, S.C. & Conard, N.J. (2020): The role of foxes in the Upper Palaeolithic economies of the Swabian Jura (Germany). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12 (208). DOI: 10.1007/s12520-020-01173-4.

Drucker, D.G., Bridault, A., Baumann, C., Ducrocq, T. & Valentin, F. (2020): Environment and human subsistence in Northern France at the Late-Glacial to early Holocene transition. Archaeol Anthropol Sci 12(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. 

Krajcarz, M., Krajcarz, M.T., Bacac, M., Baumann, C., Makowiecki, D., van Neer, W., Noryśkiewicz, A.M., Popović, D., Sudoł-Procyk, M., Tomek, T., Wach, B., Wilczyński, J., Wojenka, M. & Bocherens, H. (2020): Ancestors of domestic cats in Neolithic Central Europe: Isotopic evidence of a synanthropic diet. PNAS, 201918884.

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.

Wißing, C., Rougier, H., Baumann, C., Comeyne, A., Crevecoeur, I., Drucker, D.G., Gaudzinski-Windheuser, S., Germonpre, M., Gomez-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 the last Neandertals and first modern humans in Europe. Scientific Reports 9, 4433.

Baumann, C. & Gornetzki, K. (2017): Postcranial differences in sex and species of pine marten (Martes martes L., 1758) and beech marten (Martes foina Erxl., 1777). Palaeodiversity 10, 7 – 23.