Prof. Dr. Kathryn Fitzsimmons

Professor of Terrestrial Sedimentology

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Geo- und Umweltforschungszentrum (GUZ)

Universität Tübingen

Schnarrenbergstr. 94-96
72076 Tübingen


Room 3M40, GUZ


Sprechzeiten: Nach Vereinbarung

Research Interests:

Reconstructing records and rates of Quaternary palaeoenvironmental change and human-environmental interaction using luminescence dating, geomorphology, stratigraphy and sedimentology, with a focus on arid, semi-arid and loess steppe environments.

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Habilitation, Physical Geography, University of Leipzig

Addressing the challenge of reconstructing palaeoenvironments in studies of human-environmental interactions.

PhD, Quaternary geology, Australian National University

The late Quaternary history of aridity in the Strzelecki and Tirari Desert dunefields, South Australia.

BSc (Honours), Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne
Diploma of Modern Languages, German, University of Melbourne


Since 2021
Professor (W3) of Terrestrial Sedimentology, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Tübingen
Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz
Privatdozentin (Associate Professor), Institute for Geography, University of Leipzig
Junior researcher (postdoc), Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Postdoc, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University

Research Grants and Funding:

2023-2024 RGS-IBG Thesiger-Oman International Fellowship. Fitzsimmons, Ishanch, Safaraliev. (GBP 7832)

International Quaternary Association (INQUA) Network Project “WiSH: Warm Intervals in the Southern Hemisphere” (as steering group member mentoring ECR leaders). EUR 24 000.

2022-2024 DAAD-Universities Australia. Fitzsimmons, Markowska, Drysdale, Rehfeld. (EUR 17 584)
2017-2022 Max Planck Research Group, Max Planck Society. Fitzsimmons. (EUR 2 000 000)
2019-2021 Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Fitzsimmons, Fujioka, Fink, Scardia. (AUD 100 000)
2017-2020 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Sachbeihilfe. Fischer, Fitzsimmons, Vött. (EUR 258 000)
2016-2018 National Science Foundation USA. Zwyns et al. (Fitzsimmons Senior Scientist). (USD 228)
2012-2014 National Science Foundation USA. Braun, Levin (Fitzsimmons Senior Scientist). (USD 169 000)
2012-2013 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Fitzsimmons, Solongo. (EUR 8 300)

Australian Research Council Discovery Project. Shulmeister et al. (AUD 360 000)


Australian Research Council Discovery Project (ARC Postdoc declined). Stern, Fitzsimmons, Murray-Wallace. (AUD 406 462)


Max Planck Society. Iovita, Fitzsimmons, Dobos. (EUR 24 500)


Australian National University College of Science. Fitzsimmons. (AUD 8 300)


Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration. Fitzsimmons. (AUD 34 000)



2016 Hans-Bobek-Preis für Geographie. Österreichische Geographische Gesellschaft. (EUR 2 000)
2014 Albert-Maucher-Preis für Geowissenschaften. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. (EUR 10 000)
2007 Director’s Prize for Scientific Communication. Australian National University

Student Travel Prize, Australasian Quaternary Association

Community Service

2023- Vice President, INQUA Focus Group for Loess and Palaeopedology
2023 Tenure Board, Faculty of Physics and Geosciences, University of Leipzig

Mentor to female ECR, European Geosciences Union Early Career Researcher programme


Mentor to female ECRs, Athene Programme, University of Tübingen


Deputy Speaker, Geology pillar, Geosciences Department, University of Tübingen


Selection committees for University of Tübingen W3 professorships in Near-surface geophysics, Quaternary geochronology, Geology

2017-2021 Mentor to female ECRs, Minerva FemmeNet, Max Planck Society

Speaker for Max Planck Research Group Leaders, Chemistry-Physics-Technology Section, Max Planck Society.


Institute Ombudsperson, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry.


Student supervision:


2023- MSc Victoria Schwarz: Hydroclimate change in the Gariwerd/Grampians lakes, southeastern Australian dryland margins
2023- MSc Philip Liebrecht: Sedimentology of lake-margin lunettes in the Corangamite region, southeastern Australia
2023- MSc Brian-Eric Friedrichsen: Characteristics of patchy loess deposits in the Ammer valley, southern Germany

PhD Qutbudin Ishanch: Assessing the risk of sediment mobilization in Central Asian drylands in the context of climate change


MSc Michelle Siegel: Sedimentological characteristics of flashflood deposits in the Grimmbach, southwestern Germany

2018- PhD Alexandra Engström Johansson (MPI/ Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz): Palaeoclimate reconstruction in Central Asia using organic geochemistry


2023 MSc Kai Szichta: Sediment characteristics of loess deposits in the Tien Shan piedmont, Kazakhstan
2023 MSc Monica Terraza: Sedimentological characterisation of recent sediments in the river Steinlach, southern Germany
2023 MSc Phillip Gewalt: Plant vs. sediment mobility on solifluction lobes in the high Alps (jointly with Jana Eichel, Uni Utrecht)
2022 BCs Lorenz Fischer: Rermote-sensing based analysis of aeolian-fluvial interactions in the Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) basin, Australia, using open-source GIS (jointly with Christian Sommer).

PhD Aditi Dave (MPI/Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz): Geochronology of Central Asian loess deposits (magna cum laude)

2021 BSc Pascal Lang (University of Leipzig): Land use change and ENSO cycles at Lake George, SE Australia

BSc Paola Kirchhof (University of Leipzig/Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)): Können Ökosystemleistungen zur Resilienz von Städten gegenüber Hitze beitragen?

2021 BSc Felix Hettwer (MPI/ Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz): Palaeoclimate reconstruction based on stable isotope analyses of biogenic carbonates
2020 MSc Maike Nowatzki (MPI/ University of Tübingen): Automated cartography of aeolian landforms along the Tien Shan piedmont

PhD Nina Dörschner (MPI/University of Leiden): Chronology and environmental context of archaeological sites, Morocco

2012 PhD Anja Guhl (MPI/University of Leipzig – Cum Laude): Addressing the challenges of dating archaeological sites, Jonzac, France

Postdoc supervision:

2023- Gwynlyn Buchanan (with Tobias Lauer)
2022- Kanchan Mishra
2021- Andrea Aquino
2021-2022 Aditi Dave (now Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
2017-2021 Charlotte Prud’homme (now CRPG/CNRS and Universite de Lorraine, France)

Laurent Marquer (now University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Practicum/intern supervision:

2023 Julien Resic, MSc, Universite de Potiers, France
2020-2021 Andrea Aquino, PhD, Universitá di Pisa, Italy
2019 Yao Zhang, PhD, Lanzhou University, China

Christian Laag, MSc, University of Bayreuth, Germany


Kristina Reetz, MSc, University of Mainz, Germany


Maike Nowatzki, MSc, University of Tübingen


Yue Li, PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Editorial and review responsibilities:

Special Issue Editor, Southern hemisphere records of Late Quaternary climate change, people and dust, Journal of Quaternary Science, 2023-

Guest Associate Editor, Research Topic Environmental change in drylands: Past, present, future, Frontiers in Earth Science, 2020-2023

Associate Editor, Geological Magazine, 2021-

Associate Editor, Journal of Palaeolithic Archaeology , 2017-

Preprint Moderator, EGUsphere, 2020-

Editor, Quaternary Australasia, 2007-2015

Reviewer (journals):

Nature; Scientific Reports, Geology; Quaternary Science Reviews; Quaternary Geochronology; Journal of Quaternary Science; Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology; Quaternary Research; Quaternary International; Journal of Palaeolimnology; Frontiers in Earth Science; Journal of Archaeological Science; Journal of Human Evolution; Geochronometria; Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

Reviewer (funding):

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG); Humboldt Stiftung; National Science Foundation (NSF-USA); Australian Research Council (ARC); US-Israel Science Foundation; Czech Research Council; Kazakh Research Council; Serbian Research Council.

Leadership and administration:

2023- Vice President, INQUA Focus Group for Loess and Palaeopedology
2022-2023 University of Tübingen Professorial Leadership Programme
2022- Deputy Speaker, Geology Pillar, Geosciences Department, Tübingen University
2019-2021 Speaker for Max Planck Research Group Leaders, Chemistry-Physics-Technology Section, Max Planck Society

Conference Organiser, German/Central European Luminescence Meeting (DLED)

2014 Steering Committee Member, INTIMATE: Integrating Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial Records

Scientific Committee, Aeolian Deposits in Earth History Conference, Beijing


Executive Committee, Australasian Quaternary Association

2009-2012 Regional Coordinator, OZ-INTIMATE: Australasian Integration of Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial Records

Conference field trip organizer, International Association of Geomorphologists


Conference Organiser, Australian Luminescence Dating Workshop

2007 Conference field trip organizer, International Quaternary Association (INQUA) Conference
2005-2006 Facilitator, Canberra node meetings, Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration

Field trip organizer, ANU Graduate Program

Institutional Visits:

2023 School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia

Affiliated Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany

2019 School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Institute for Geography, University of Cologne, Germany

2009 School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy Campus), Australia

Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Aberystwyth, UK


Scottish Universities’ Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), UK

Invited seminars (selected; 58 total)

2023 Landscapes Live (online seminar series)
2022 Sedimentology Lunch, Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft - Geologische Vereinigung (DGGV)
2021 Hilgendorf Lecture, University of Tübingen
2019 School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
2019 School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
2018 School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK
2016 College de France, France
2016 Department of Geological Sciences, Michigan State University, USA
2015 School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
2015 Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany
2013 Institute for Archaeological Science, University of Tübingen, Germany
2012 Institute for Biology and Biochemistry, University of Potsdam, Germany
2011 Institute for Geography, University of Leipzig, Germany
2008 Scottish Universities’ Environmental Research Centre, UK
2006 Geological Society of Australia

Conference presentations (selected; 84 total)

2018 Steepest Descent, Vienna, Austria (plenary)
2016 International Loess Commission Conference, Eau Claire, USA (keynote)
2016 European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria (invited talk)
2013  European Society for Human Evolution, Vienna, Austria (plenary)
2011 Geological Society of America Congress, Minneapolis, USA (invited talk)
2010 Global Sand Seas Conference, Royal Geographical Society, UK (invited talk)
2010 Australasian Quaternary Association, Australia (keynote)


Journal articles


Li, G., Yan, Z., Song, Y., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Yi, S., Kang, S., E, C., Stevens, T., Lai, Z., Dave, A.K., Chen, C., Deng, Y., Yang, H., Wang, L., Zhang, X., Qin, C., Zhao, Q., Buylaert, J.-P., Lu, T., Wang, Y., Liu, X., Ling, Z., Chang, Q., Wei, H., Wang, X., Chen, F. (2024) A comprehensive dataset of luminescence chronologies and environmental proxy indices of loess-paleosol deposits across Asia. npj Climate and Atmospheric Science 7, 7,


Dave, A.K., Lisá, L., Scardia, G., Nigmatova, S., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2023) The patchwork loess of Central Asia: implications for interpreting aeolian dynamics and past climate circulation in piedmont regions. Journal of Quaternary Science 1-18. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.3493.

Fischer, L., Sommer, C., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2023) An open-source GIS approach to understanding dunefield morphologic variability at Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), central Australia. Frontiers in Earth Sciences. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2023.1196244

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Li, Zh., Xu, Zh. (2023) Environmental change in drylands: Past, present, future (Volume II) – Editorial for Research Topic. Frontiers in Earth Sciences 11. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2023.1324990

Gholami, H., Mohammadifar, A., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Li, Y., Kaskaoutis, D. (2023) Modelling land susceptibility to wind erosion hazards using LASSO regression and graph convolutional networks. Frontiers in Earth Sciences 11, 1187658. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2023.1187658.

Vinnepand, M., Fischer, P., Hambach, U., Jöris, Ö., Craig, C., Zeeden, C., Thornton, B., Tütken, T., Prud’homme, C., Schulte, P., Moine, O., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Laag, C., Lehmkuhl, F., Schirmer, W., Vött, A. (2023) What do dust sinks tell us about their sources and past environmental dynamics? – A case study for OIS 3-2 in the Middle Rhine Valley, Germany. E&G Quaternary Science Journal 72, 163-184.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Gromov, S. (2022) Northward expansion of the westerlies over glacial southeastern Australia: evidence from semi-arid lunette dunes, temperate basalt plains, and wind modelling. Frontiers in Earth Sciences 10, 921264. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2022.921264

Supporting dataset: Fitzsimmons, K.E., 2022, "Dataset for Northward expansion of westerlies over SE Australia",, Edmond, V1

Dave, A.K., Timar-Gabor, A., Scardia, G., Safaraliev, N., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2022) Variation in luminescence characteristics and paramagnetic defect centres in fine-grained quartz from a loess-paleosol sequence in Tajikistan: Implications for provenance studies in aeolian environments. Frontiers in Earth Sciences 10, 835281. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2022.835281

Dave, A.K., Timar-Gabor, A., Kabacińska, Z., Scardia, G., Safaraliev, N., Nigmatova, S., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2022) A novel proxy for tracking the provenance of dust based on E’-peroxy paramagnetic defect centres in fine-grained quartz. Geophysical Research Letters 49(10), e2021GL095007.

Li, Y., Song, Y., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Dave, A.K., Liu, Y., Zong, X., Sun, H., Liu, H., Orozbaev, R. (2022) Investigating potential links between fine.grained components in loess and westerly air-flow: evidence from East and Central Asia. Frontiers in Earth Science. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2022.901629

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Perić, Z., Nowatzki, M., Lindauer, S., Vinnepand, M., Prud’homme, C., Dave, A.K., Vött, A., Fischer, P. (2022) Luminescence sensitivity of Rhine valley loess: indicators of source variability? Quaternary 5(1), 1.

Perić, Z., Marković, S.B., Avram, A., Timar-Gabor, A., Zeeden, C., Nett, J.J., Fischer, P., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Gavrilov, M.B. (2022) Initial quartz OSL and dust mass accumulation rate investigation of the Kisiljevo loess sequence in north-eastern Serbia. Quaternary International 620, 13-23.

Vinnepand, M., Fischer, P., Zeeden, C., Schulte, P., Fiedler, S., Jöris, O., Hambach, U., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Prud’homme, C., Perić, Z., Schirmer, W., Lehmkuhl, F., Vött, M. (2022) Decoding geochemical signals of the Schwalbenberg loess-paleosol-sequences – a key to Upper Pleistocene ecosystem responses to climate changes in western Central Europe. Catena 212, 106076.

Sümegi, P., Molnár, D., Gulyás, S., Stevens, T., Makó, L., Cseh, P., Molnár, M., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Nett, J., Hlvatsky, D., Lehmkuhl, F. (2022) Comparison of high-resolution 14C and luminescence-based chronologies of the MIS 2 Madaras loess/paleosol sequence, Hungary: implications for other chronological studies. Quaternary 5, 47.


Barrows, T.T., Mills, S., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Wasson, R., Galloway, R. (2022) Low-altitude periglacial activity in southeastern Australia during the late Pleistocene. Quaternary Research.

Gholami, H., Mohammadifar, A., Malakooti, H., Ismaelpour, Y., Golzari, S., Mohammadi, F., Li, Y., Song, Y., Kaskaoutis, D.G., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Collins, A.L. (2021) Integrated modelling for mapping spatial sources of dust in central Asia – an important storm dust source in the global atmospheric system. Atmospheric Pollution Research 12, 101173.

Price, G.J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Nguyen, A.D., Zhao, J.-X., Feng, Y.-X., Sobbe, I.H., Godthelp, H., Archer, M., Hand, S.J. (2021) New ages of the world’s largest-ever marsupial: Diprotodonoptatum from Pleistocene Australia. Quaternary International 603, 64-73.

Prud’homme, C., Scardia, G., Vonhof, H., Guinoiseau, D., Nigmatova, S., Fiebig, J., Gerdes, A., Janssen, R., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2021) Central Asian modulation of northern hemisphere moisture transfer over the Late Cenozoic. Communications Earth and Environment 2, 106.

Fischer, P., Jöris, O., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Vinnepand, M., Prud’homme, C., Schulte, P., Hatté, C., Hambach, U., Lindauer, S., Zeeden, C., Perić, Z., Lehmkuhl, F., Wunderlich, T., Wilken, D., Schirmer, W., Vött, A. (2021) The loess-palaeosol sequences of the Schwalbenberg (Middle Rhine Valley, Germany): Millennial-scale terrestrial ecosystem responses to last interglacial/glacial cycle climatic changes. Catena 196, 104913.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Dobos, A., Probst, M., Iovita, R. (2020) Thinking outside the box at open-air archaeological contexts: examples from loess landscapes in southeast Romania. Frontiers in Earth Sciences 8, 561207.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Nowatzki, M., Dave, A.K., Harder, H. (2020) Intersections between wind regimes, topography and sediment supply: Perspectives from aeolian landforms in Central Asia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 540, 109531.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Nowatzki, M., Dave, A.K., Harder, H. (2020) Corrigendum to “Intersections between wind regimes, topography and sediment supply: Perspectives from aeolian landforms in Central Asia”. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 552, 109795.

Barrows, T.T., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Mills, S., Tumney, J., Pappin, D., Stern, N. (2020) Late Pleistocene lake level history of Lake Mungo, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews 238, 106338.

Peti, L., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Hopkins, J.L., Nilsson, A., Fujioka, T., Fink, D., Mifsud, C., Christl, M., Muscheler, R., Augustinus, P.C. (2020) Development of a multi-method chronology spanning the Last Glacial Interval from Orakei maar lake, Auckland, New Zealand. Geochronology 2, 367-410.

Li, Y., Song, Y., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Chen, X., Prud’homme, C., Zong, X. (2020) Origin of loess deposits in the North Tien Shan piedmont, Central Asia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 559, 109972.

Timar-Gabor, A., Chruscinska, A., Benzid, K., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Begy, R., Bailey, M. (2020) Bleaching studies on Al-hole ([AlO4/h]0) electron spin resonance signals in sedimentary quartz. Radiation Measurements 130, 106221.

Vinnepand, M., Fischer, P., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Thornton, B., Fiedler, S., Vött, A. (2020) Combining inorganic and organic carbon stable isotope signatures in the Schwalbenberg loess-palaeosol sequence near Remagen (Middle Rhine valley, Germany). Frontiers in Earth Science 8, 276.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Stern, N., Spry, C. (2019) Holocene and recent aeolian reactivation of the Willandra Lakes lunettes, semi-arid southeastern Australia. The Holocene 29(4), 616-621.

Zwyns, N., Paine, C.H., Tsedendorj, B., Talamo, S., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Gantumur, A., Guunii, L., Davakhuu, O., Flas, D., Dogandzić, T., Doerschner, N., Welker, F., Gillam, J.C., Noyer, J.B., Bakhtiary, R.S., Allshouse, A.F., Smith, K.N., Khatsenovich, A.M., Rybin, E.P., Byambaa, G., Hublin, J.-J. (2019) The northern route for human dispersal in Central and Northeast Asia: new evidence from the site of Tolbor-16, Mongolia. Scientific Reports 9, 11759.

Doerschner, N., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Blasco, R., Finlayson, G., Rodriguez-Vidal, J., Rosell, J., Hublin, J.-J., Finlayson, C. (2019) Chronology of the late Pleistocene archaeological sequence at Vanguard Cave, Gibraltar: insights from quartz single and multiple grain luminescence dating. Quaternary International 501B, 289-302.

Dave, A., Courty, M.A., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Singhvi, A.K. (2019) Revisiting the contemporaneity of a mighty river and the Harappans: archaeological, stratigraphic and chronometric constraints. Quaternary Geochronology 49, 230-235.

Smalley, I., Marshall, J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Whalley, W.B., Ngambi, S. (2019) Desert loess: a selection of relevant topics. Geologos 25(1), 75-86.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Sprafke, T. Zielhofer, C., Guenter, C., Deom, J.-M., Sala, R., Iovita, R. (2018) Loess accumulation in the Tian Shan piedmont: implications for palaeoenvironmental change in arid Central Asia. Quaternary International 469A, 30-43.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., McLaren, S., Smalley, I. (2018) The first loess map and related topics: contributions by twenty significant women loess scholars. Open Geosciences 10, 311-322.

Li, Y., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Chen, X., Wang, Q., Sun, H., Zhang, Z. (2018) New evidence for the provenance and formation of loess deposits in the Ili Basin, Arid Central Asia. Aeolian Research 35, 1-8.

Li, Y., Song, Y., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Chang, H., Orozbaev, R., Li, X. (2018) Aeolian dust dispersal patterns since the last glacial period in eastern Central Asia: insights from a loess-paleosol sequence in the Ili Basin. Climate of the Past 14, 271-286.

Lukic, T., Bjelajac, D., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Markovic, S.B., Basarin, B., Mladan, D., Micic, T., Schaetzl, R.J., Gavrilov, M.B., Milanovic, M., Sipos, G., Mezosi, G., Knezevic-Lukic, N., Milincic, M., Letal, A., Samaradzic, I. (2018) Factors triggering landslide occurrence on the Zemun loess plateau, Belgrade area, Serbia. Environmental Earth Sciences 77, paper 519.

Schaetzl, R.J., Bettis, E.A., Crouvi, O., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Grimley, D.A., Hambach, U., Lehmkuhl, F., Marković, S.B., Mason, J.A., Owczarek, P., Roberts, H.M., Rousseau, D.-D., Stevens, T., Vandenberghe, J., Zarate, M., Veres, D., Yang, S., Zech, M., Conroy, J.L., Dave, A.K., Faust, D., Hao, Q., Obreht, I., Prud’homme, C., Smalley, I., Tripaldi, A., Zeeden, C., Zech, R. (2018) Approaches and challenges to the study of loess. Quaternary Research 89, 563-618.

Schulte, P., Sprafke, T., Rodrigues, L., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2018) Are fixed grain size ratios useful proxies for loess sedimentation dynamics? Experiences from Remizovka, Kazakhstan. Aeolian Research 31B, 131-140.

Sprafke, T., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Grützner, C., Elliot, A., Marquer, L., Nigmatova, S. (2018) Reevaluation of Late Pleistocene loess profiles at Remizovka (Kazakhstan) indicates the significance of topography in evaluating terrestrial paleoclimate records. Quaternary Research 89, 674-690.

Zeeden, C., Hambach, U., Veres, D., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Obreht, I., Boesken, J., Schulte, P., Lehmkuhl, F. (2018) Millennial-scale climate oscillations recorded in the Lower Danube loess: high resolution correlative age models constrained by Campanian Ignimbrite tephra and luminescence dating. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 509, 164-181.

Zielhofer, C., Wellbrock, K., al-Souliman, A.S., von Grafenstein, M., Schneider, B., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Stele, A., Lauer, T., von Suchodoletz, H., Al-Khalifa, H., Grottker, M., Gebel, H.G.K. (2018) Climate forcing and shifts in water management on the northwest Arabian Peninsula (mid-Holocene Rasif wetlands, Saudi Arabia). Quaternary International 473A, 120-140.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2017) Reconstructing palaeoenvironments on desert margins: new perspectives from Eurasian loess and Australian dry lake shorelines. Quaternary Science Reviews 171, 1-19.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Iovita, R.P., Sprafke, T., Glantz, M., Talamo, S., Horton, K., Beeton, T., Alipova, A., Bekseitov, G., Ospanov, Y., Deom, J.-M., Sala, R., Taimagambetov, Zh. (2017) A chronological framework connecting the early Upper Palaeolithic across the Central Asian piedmont. Journal of Human Evolution 113, 107-126.

Ackerley, D., Reeves, J., Barr, C., Bostock, H., Fitzsimmons, K., Fletcher, M.-S., Gouramanis, C., McGregor, H., Mooney, S., Phipps, S., Tibby, J., and Tyler, J. (2017) Evaluation of PMIP2 and PMIP3 simulations of mid-Holocene climate in the Indo-Pacific, Australasian and Southern Ocean regions, Climate of the Past 13, 1661-1684.

Reid, M.A., Thoms, M.C., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Chilcott, S. (2017) Sedimentation in dryland river waterholes: a threat to aquatic refugia? Marine and Freshwater Research 68(4), 668-685.


Doerschner, N., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Ditchfield, P., McLaren, S.J., Steele, T.E., Zielhofer, C., McPherron, S., Bouzouggar, A., Hublin, J.-J. (2016) A new chronology for Rhafas, Morocco, spanning the North African Middle Stone Age through to the Neolithic. PLOS ONE 11(9): e0162280.

Shulmeister, J., Kemp, J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Gontz, A. (2016) Wind regimes during the last glacial maximum and early Holocene: evidence from Little Llangothlin Lagoon, New England Tableland, eastern Australia. Climate of the Past 12, 1435-1444.

Steele, T.E., Mackay, A., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Igreja, M., Marwick, B., Orton, J., Schwortz, S., Stahlschmidt, M. (2016) Varsche Rivier 003: A Middle and Later Stone Age site with Still Bay and Howiesons Poort assemblages in southern Namaqualand, South Africa. Paleoanthropology 2016:100-163.

Doerschner, N., Hernandez, M., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2016) Sources of variability in single grain dose recovery experiments: insights from Moroccan and Australian samples. Ancient TL 34(1), 14-25.

Marković, S.B., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Sprafke, T., Hambach, U., Gavrilović, D., Smalley, I.J., Stevens, T., Lehmkuhl, F., Obreht, I., Zeeden, C., Jović, V., Svirčev, Z., Gavrilov, M.B., Bešlin, M. (2016) The History of Danube Loess research. Quaternary International 399, 86-99.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Stern, N., Murray-Wallace, C.V., Truscott, W., Pop, C. (2015) The Mungo mega-lake event, semi-arid Australia: non-linear descent into the last ice age, implications for human behavior. PLOS ONE 10(6), e0127008.

Fullagar, R., Hayes, E., Stephenson, B., Field, J., Matheson, C., Stern, N., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2015) The scale of seed grinding at Lake Mungo. Archaeology in Oceania 50, 177-179.

Solongo, S., Ochir, A., Tengis, S., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Hublin, J.-J. (2015) Luminescence dating of mortar and terracotta from a Royal Tomb at Ulaankhermiin Shoroon Bumbagar, Mongolia. Science and Technology of Archaeological Research 1, 1-8. STAR2015122054892315Y.0000000004.

Sajo, I., Kovacs, J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Jager, V., Lengyel, G., Viola, B., Talamo, S., Hublin, J.-J. (2015) Core-shell processing of natural pigment: Upper Palaeolithic red ochre from Lovas, Hungary. PLOS ONE 10(7), e0131762.

Fullagar, R., Hayes, E., Stephenson, B., Field, J., Matheson, C., Stern, N., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2015) Evidence for Pleistocene seed grinding at Lake Mungo, southeastern Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 50, 3-19.

Marković, S.B., Stevens, T., Kukla, G.J., Hambach, U., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Gibbard, P., Buggle, B., Zech, M., Guo, Z., Hau, Q., O’Hara Dhand, K., Smalley, I., Újvári, G., Sümegi, P., Timar-Gabor, A., Veres, D., Sirocko, F., Jary, Z., Svensson, A., Jović, V., Kovács, J., Zvirčev, Z., Vasiljević, D.A. (2015) The Danube loess stratigraphy – new steps towards a pan-European loess stratigraphic model. Earth Science Reviews 148, 228-258.

Horne, D., Lees, B., Cupper, M., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2015) Revisiting the development of the Princess Charlotte Bay chenier plain: results and broader implications for chenier plain studies. Marine Geology 364, 12-20.


Career break: 10 months in 2014, maternity leave

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Hambach, U. (2014) Loess accumulation during the last glacial maximum: evidence from Urluia, southeastern Romania. Quaternary International 334-335, 74-85.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Stern, N., Murray-Wallace, C.V. (2014) Depositional history and archaeology of the central Lake Mungo lunette, Willandra Lakes, southeast Australia. Journal of Archaeological Science 41, 349-364.

Iovita, R.P., Doboş, A., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Probst, M., Hambach, U., Petculescu, A., Robu, M., Vlaicu, M. (2014) Geoarchaeological prospection in the loess steppe: preliminary results from the Lower Danube Survey for Palaeolithic sites (LoDanS). Quaternary International 351, 98-114.

Anechitei-Deacu, V., Timar-Gabor, A., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Veres, D., Hambach, U. (2014) Multi-method luminescence investigations on quartz grains of different sizes extracted from a loess section in Southeast Romania interbedding the Campanian Ignimbrite ash layer. Geochronometria 41, 1-14.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Hambach, U., Veres, D., Iovita, R. (2013) The Campanian Ignimbrite eruption: new data on volcanic ash dispersal and its potential impact on human evolution. PLOS ONE 8, e65839.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Cohen, T.J., Hesse, P.P., Jansen, J., Nanson, G.C., May, J.-H., Barrows, T.T., Haberlah, D., Hilgers, A., Kelly, T., Larsen, J., Lomax, J., Treble, P. (2013) Late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental change in the Australian drylands: a synthesis. Quaternary Science Reviews 74, 78-96.

Petherick, L., Bostock, H., Cohen, T.J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Tibby, J., Moss, P., Barrows, T.T., Reeves, J., Kemp, J., Jansen, J., Nanson, G., De Deckker, P., Fletcher, M., Dosseto, A., OZ-INTIMATE members. (2013) Climatic records over the past 30 ka from temperate Australia – a synthesis from the OZ-INTIMATE workgroup. Quaternary Science Reviews 74, 58-77.

Reeves, J.M., Bostock, H.C., Ayliffe, L.K., Barrows, T.T., De Deckker, P., Devriendt, L.S., Dunbar, G.B., Drysdale, R.N., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Gagan, M.K., Griffiths, M.L., Haberle, S.G., Jansen, J.D., Krause, C.E., Lewis, S., McGregor, H.V., Mooney, S.D., Moss, P., Nanson, G., Purcell, A., van der Kaars, S (2013) Palaeoenvironmental change in tropical Australasia over the last 30,000 years – A synthesis by the OZ-INTIMATE group. Quaternary Science Reviews 74, 97-114.

Reeves, J.M., Barrows, T.T., Cohen, T.J., Kiem, A.S., Bostock, H.C., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Krause, C., Petherick, L., Phipps, S., OZ-INTIMATE members. (2013) Global climate variability recorded in marine and terrestrial archives in the Australian region over the last 35 ka: an OZ-INTIMATE compilation. Quaternary Science Reviews 74, 21-34.

Braun, D.R., Levin, N.E., Stynder, D., Herries, A.I.H., Archer, W., Forrest, F., Roberts, D.L., Bishop, L.C., Matthews, T., Lehmann, S.B., Pickering, R., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2013) Pleistocene hominin occupation of the Western Cape of South Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 82, 145-166.

Guhl, A., Bertran, P., Zielhofer, C., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2013) Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of sand-filled wedge structures and their alluvial host sediment from Jonzac, Southwest France. Boreas 42, 317-332.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Marković, S.B., Hambach, U. (2012) Pleistocene environmental dynamics recorded in the loess of the middle and lower Danube basin. Quaternary Science Reviews 41, 104-118.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Miller, G.H., Spooner, N.A., Magee, J.W. (2012) Aridity in the monsoon zone as indicated by desert dune formation in the Gregory Lakes basin, northwestern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 59(4), 469-478.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Barrows, T.T. (2012) Late Pleistocene aeolian reactivation downwind of the Naracoorte East range, South Australia. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie 56(2), 225-237.

Iovita, R.P., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Dobos, A., Hambach, U., Hilgers, A., Zander, A. (2012) Dealul Guran: evidence for Lower Paleolithic occupation of the Lower Danube loess steppe. Antiquity 86, 973-989.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2011) An assessment of the luminescence sensitivity of Australian quartz with respect to sediment history. Geochronometria 38(3), 199-208.

Warner, J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Reynolds, E.M., Gladkis, L.G., Timmers, H. (2011) Exploration of activity measurements and equilibrium checks for sediment dating using thick-window germanium detectors. Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry 1336, 213-218.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Barrows, T.T. (2010) Holocene hydrologic variability in temperate southeastern Australia: An example from Lake George, New South Wales. The Holocene 20(4), 585-597.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Rhodes, E.J., Barrows, T.T. (2010) OSL dating of southeast Australian quartz: A preliminary assessment of luminescence characteristics and behaviour. Quaternary Geochronology 5, 91-95.

Cheetham, M.D., Keene, A.F., Erskine, W.D., Bush, R.T., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Jacobsen, G.E., Fallon, S.J. (2010) Resolving the Holocene alluvial record in south-eastern Australia using luminescence and radiocarbon techniques. Journal of Quaternary Science 25(7), 1160-1168.

Cheetham, M.D., Bush, R.T., Keene, A.F., Erskine, W.D., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2010) Longitudinal variation in the late Quaternary terrace sequences of Widden Brook, southeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 57, 97-109.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Magee, J.W., Amos, K.J. (2009) Characterisation of aeolian sediments from the Strzelecki and Tirari Deserts, Australia: Implications for reconstructing palaeoenvironmental conditions. Sedimentary Geology 218, 61-73.

Darrenougue, N., De Deckker, P., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Norman, M.D., Reed, E., van der Kaars, S., Fallon, S. (2009) A 40,000 year record of aeolian sedimentation in Blanche Cave, Naracoorte, South Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews 28, 2600-2615.

Veth, P., Smith, M., Bowler, J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Williams, A., Hiscock, P. (2009) Excavations at Parnkupirti, Lake Gregory, Great Sandy Desert: OSL ages for occupation before the Last Glacial Maximum. Australian Archaeology 69, 1-10.


Career break: 6 months in 2008, rehabilitation following car accident

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Telfer, M.W. (2008) Complexities in the preservation and interpretation of late Quaternary dune records: Examples from the Tirari Desert, Australia and the southwestern Kalahari, South Africa. Chungará 40, 295-308.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Rhodes, E., Magee, J., Barrows, T.T. (2007) The timing of linear dune activity in the Strzelecki and Tirari Deserts, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews 26, 2598–2616.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Bowler, J., Rhodes, E., Magee, J. (2007) Relationships between desert dunes during the late Quaternary in the Lake Frome region, Strzelecki Desert, Australia. Journal of Quaternary Science 22(5), 549-558.

Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2007) Morphologic variability in the linear dunefields of the Strzelecki and Tirari Deserts, Australia. Geomorphology 91(1-2), 146-160.

Fitzsimmons, K.E., Gell, P., Bickford, S., Barrows, T.T., Mooney, S., Denham, T., OZPACS Contributors (2007) The OZPACS database: A resource for understanding recent impacts on Australian ecosystems. Quaternary Australasia 24(3), 2-6.


Clarke, J.D.A., Persaud, R., Rupert, S., Bishop, M., Brown, A., Clarke, A., Clarke, J.P., Clarke, R., Cutler, N., Dawson, S., Fitzsimmons, K.E., et al. (2006) A multi-goal Mars analogue expedition (Expedition Two) to the Arkaroola region, Australia. In Clarke, J.D.A. (ed) Mars Analog Research, American Astronautical Society Science & Technology Series 111, 3-15.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2005) A day in the dunes: Quaternary aeolian landscapes east of Lake Frome, South Australia. In: Aikman, A., Lilly, K., Celerier, J., Kovacs, I., Estermann, G. (Eds) An excursion guide to the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Journal of the Virtual Explorer 20, Paper 5.

Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2005) Oases in the desert: Mound springs and their role in desert hydrology. In: Aikman, A., Lilly, K., Celerier, J., Kovacs, I., and Estermann, G. (Eds) An excursion guide to the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Journal of the Virtual Explorer 20, Paper 11.

Celerier, J. and Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2005) Introduction to the Flinders Ranges. In: Aikman, A., Lilly, K., Celerier, J., Kovacs, I., and Estermann, G. (Eds) An excursion guide to the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Journal of the Virtual Explorer 20, Paper 1.

Book sections


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2019) Applications in aeolian environments. In: Bateman, M., Bailiff, I. (eds) Handbook of Luminescence Dating. Whittles Publishing, Caithness, pp. 110-152.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2014) Transverse dune (category). In: Kereszturi, A., Hargitai, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms. Springer, Chapter 381.

Cardinale, M., Hargitai, H., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2014) Dune. In: Kereszturi, A., Hargitai, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms. Springer, Chapter 163.

Radebaugh, J., Sharma, P., Korteniemi, J., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2014) Linear dune. In: Kereszturi, A., Hargitai, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms. Springer, Chapter 460.


Stern, N., Tumney, J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Kajewski, P. (2013) Strategies for investigating human responses to changes in landscape and climate at Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes, southeast Australia. In: Frankel, D., Webb, J.M., Lawrence, S. (eds) Archaeology in environment and technology: Intersections and Transformations. Routledge, 31-50.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2010) Constraining the timing of soil formation in linear dunes: A case study from the Strzelecki and Tirari Deserts, central Australia. Online vignette supporting: Bierman, P. and Montgomery, D. (Eds.) Key concepts in Geomorphology. W.H. Freeman, Vermont.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2009) Linear dune formation: Longitudinal elongation or local wind rifting? An example from the Strzelecki Desert, central Australia. Online vignette supporting: Bierman, P. and Montgomery, D. (Eds.) Key concepts in Geomorphology. W.H. Freeman, Vermont.

Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2009) Regional trends in desert dune morphology and orientation: Examples from the Australian deserts. Online vignette supporting: Bierman, P. and Montgomery, D. (Eds.) Key concepts in Geomorphology. W.H. Freeman, Vermont.

Other peer-reviewed papers


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2006) Regional landform patterns in the Strzelecki Desert dunefield: dune migration and mobility at large scales. Regolith 2006 – Consolidation and dispersion of ideas. Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME), Perth, pp.95-99.

McQueen, K.G., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2006) Getting those papers written and published. Regolith 2006 – Consolidation and dispersion of ideas. CRC LEME, Perth, pp.236-241.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2005) From little things big things grow: Reconstructing past environments from Quaternary desert dune sediments and stratigraphy. In: Roach, I.C. (ed) Regolith 2005: Ten years of CRC LEME. CRC LEME, pp. 102-106.

Rhodes, E., Chappell, J., Fujioka, T., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Magee, J., Aubert, M., Hewitt, D. (2005) The history of aridity in Australia: Chronological developments. In: Roach, I.C. (ed) Regolith 2005 – Ten years of CRC LEME. CRC LEME, pp. 265-268.


Rhodes, E., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Magee, J., Chappell, J., Miller, G., Spooner, N. (2004) The history of aridity in Australia: Preliminary chronological data. In: Roach, I.C. (ed) Proceedings of the CRC LEME Regional Regolith Symposia. CRC LEME, pp. 299-302.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2003) Longitudinal and transverse dunes of the Lake Eyre basin. In: Roach, I.C. (ed) Advances in Regolith, CRC LEME Regolith Symposia. CRC LEME, pp. 126-130.

Other reports


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Dave, A.K., Engström Johansson, A., Marquer, L., Prud’homme, C., Scardia, G., Safaraliev, N. (2018) Palaeoclimate perspectives from the Silk Road: a field campaign in southern Tajikistan. Quaternary Australasia 35(2), 11-14.

Reetz, K., Dave, A.K., Engström Johansson, A., Marquer, L., Prud’homme, C., Scardia, G., Safaraliev, N., Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2018) Paläoklima Perspektiven von der Seidenstraße: Eine Feld Kampagne im Süden von Tadschikistan. Rundbrief Geographie des Verbands für Geographie an deutschsprachigen Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen (VGDH), 276.


Fitzsimmons, K.E., Prud’homme, C., Albert, J., Dave, A.K. (2017) Hanging off cliffs in Central Asia (A field campaign in southern Kazakhstan). Quaternary Australasia 34(2), 17-19.

Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2017) Tales from Central Asia. Max Planck Institute for Chemistry Newsletter, July 2017, 4-7.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2016) Report on International Symposium on Aeolian Deposits in Earth History, INQUA Loess Focus Group meeting, Beijing, China. Quaternary Australasia 33(1), 20-22.

Braun, D., Levin, N.E., Stynder, D., Pickering, R., Forrest, F., Roberts, D.L., Matthews, T., Lehmann, S.B., Patterson, D.B., Herries, A.I.H., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Bishop, L.C., Archer, W. (2016) The context of hominin behavior at Elandsfontein in the mid-Pleistocene. Quaternary International 404, 206.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2015) Book review for “Geoarchaeology of Aboriginal landscapes in semi-arid Australia”, Holdaway, S., Fanning, P. Quaternary Australasia 32(1), 40-41.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2012) Icons of the Australasian Quaternary. Quaternary Australasia 29(2), 14-27.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2011) Book review for “Australian Landscapes”, Bishop, P., Pillans, B. (Eds.). Quaternary Australasia 28(2), 28.


Iovita, R.P., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Hambach, U., Doboş, A., Dobrescu, R. (2010) Lower Danube survey for Paleolithic sites. Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany; 47pp.


Fitzsimmons, K.E. (2009) Women in Science in Australia: A workshop to discuss a new report commissioned by the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS). Quaternary Australasia 26, 10-12.