Dr. rer. nat. Tobias Lauer

Laboratory head (Optical dating / sediment analyses)

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Geo- und Umweltforschungszentrum (GUZ)

Universität Tübingen

Schnarrenbergstr. 94-96
72076 Tübingen


Room 2I40, GUZ



tobias.lauerspam prevention@ifg.uni-tuebingen.de

Sprechzeiten: Nach Vereinbarung

Research Interests:

I am the laboratory head of the dating and sediment analyses laboratory at the GUZ (Geo- and Environmental Center) at Tübingen University (Terrestrial Sedimentology). My focus is on geochronology (specifically luminescence dating), quaternary, palaeolithic and palaeoenvironmental research.

In a DFG funded project, starting in 2023, we will investigate the characteristics and potential of a yellow stimulated feldspar luminescence signal with the aim to date Quaternary sediments.



  • German Quaternary Association
  • Quaternary Subcommission of the German Stratigraphic Commission
  • German Society of Geosciences
  • Deutscher Arbeitskreis für Geomorphologie
  • Secretary: Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG)


  • Quaternary Science Reviews
  • Quaternary Geochronology
  • Catena
  • Geomorphology
  • Geochronometria
  • Quaternary Science Journal
  • Austrian Journal of Earthsciences
  • Radiation Measurements
  • Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie
  • Journal of Human Evolution
  • Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  • Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology
  • Journal of Mountain Science
  • Reviewer for the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)


Since March 2022 Lab leader, Terrestrial Sedimentology

Geo- and Environmental Center (GUZ) - Universität Tübingen

2015 - 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher
at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Evolution

Since 2016: Head of the MPI EVA Luminescence- and Infrared-Radiofluorescence dating laboratory.

Chronological, geomorphological, sedimentological and palaeoenvironmental studies on archaeological/ quaternary sites with focus on central- and eastern Europe; Methodological work in optical dating; Research on the timing of Middle-Pleistocene glacial-interglacial cycles; Main-supervisor of a PhD-student. Lectures within the Leipzig-school of Human Origins. Lectureships at Gießen and Leipzig Universities

May 2019-July 2019: Research stipend at the Université du Québec à Montréal


Postdoctoral Researcher
at the Leibniz-Institute of Applied Geophysics
Involved in the research project “Northern Iranian loess and its palaeoclimatic implication”; chronological, stratigraphical and sedimentological studies, application of various luminescence dating techniques, coordinator of a field campaign to the northern Iranian loess-plateau


Researcher/ Postdoctoral Researcher
at the Geographical Institute Leipzig

Lectures in physical geography, supervising of students/ BA theses, research in the field of quaternary sciences, geochronology, palaeoenvironmental studies/geomorphology and sedimentology


PhD thesis
at the Leibniz-Institute of Applied Geophysics (LIAG)
in Hannover in the working group of Prof. Manfred Frechen
Title of the thesis: Luminescence and infrared-radiofluorescence dating of fluvial deposits from the Rhine system – methodological aspects and new insights into quaternary geochronology


Studies of Geography (main subject), Geology and Political Sciences  

at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen (Germany);


at the Université Aix-Marseille I, Aix-en-Provence, France



Barbieri, A., Maier, A., Lauer, T., Mischeka, C., Hattermann, M., Uthmeier, T., 2022. Post-LGM environments and foragers on the move: New data from the lower Altmühl Valley (Franconian Jura, SE Germany). Journal of Human Evolution, 173.


Winsemann, J., Hartmann, T., Lang, J., Fälber, R., Lauer, T., 2022. Depositional architecture and aggradation rates of sand-rich, supercritical alluvial fans: control by autogenic processes or high-frequency climatic oscillations? Sedimentary Geology 440.

Kirchner, A., Karaschewski, J., Schulte, P., Wunderlich, T., Lauer, T., 2022.Latest Pleistocene and Holocene Floodplain Evolution in Central Europe—Insights from the Upper Unstrut Catchment (NW-Thuringia/Germany). Geosciences 12(8):28.

Key, A., Lauer, T., Skinner, M.M., Pope, M., Bridgland, D.R., Noble, L., Proffitt, T. (2022). On the earliest Acheulean in Britain: first dates and in-situ artefacts from the MIS 15 site of Fordwich (Kent, UK). Royal Society Open Science 9, 211904.

Weiss, M., Hein, M., Urban, B., Stahlschmidt, M.C., Heinrich, M., Hilbert, Y.H., Power, R.C., Suchodoletz, H., Terberger, T., Böhner, U., Klimscha, F., Veil, S., Breest, K., Schmidt, J., Colarossi, D., Tucci, M., Frechen, M., Tanner, D.C., Lauer, T. (2022). Neanderthals in changing environments from MIS 5 to early MIS 4 in northern Central Europe – Integrating archaeological, (chrono)stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental evidence at the site of Lichtenberg. Quaternary Science Reviews 284, 107519.


Murari, M.K., Kreutzer, S., Frouin, M., Friedrich, J., Lauer, T., Klasen, N., Schmidt, C., Tsukamoto, S., Richter, D., Mercier, N. & Fuchs, M. (2021). Infrared Radiofluorescence (IR-RF): An inter-lab comparison. Geochronometria.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/geochr-2021-0007

Pederzani, S. C., Britton, K., Aldeias, V., Bourgon, N., Fewlass, H., Lauer, T., McPherron, S. P., Rezek, Z., Sirakov, N., Smith, G. M., Spasov, R., Tran, N.-H., Tsanova, T., & Hublin, J.-J. (2021). Subarctic climate for the earliest Homo sapiens in Europe. Science Advances, 7(39): abi4642.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abi4642

Hein, M., Urban, B., Tanner, D. C., Buness, A. H., Tucci, M., Hoelzmann, P., Dietel, S., Kaniecki, M., Schultz, J., Kasper, T., Suchodoletz, H., Schwalb, A., Weiss, M., & Lauer, T. (2021). Eemian landscape response to climatic shifts and evidence for northerly Neanderthal occupation at a palaeolake margin in Northern Germany (advance online). Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, esp.5219.

Cordier, S., Kalicki, T., Lauer, T., Rixhon, G., & van Balen, R. (2021). Twenty-five years of FLAG activity: Concepts, foci, trends in research. Geomorphology, 373: 107443.

Malinsky-Buller, A., Glauberman, P., Ollivier, V., Lauer, T., Timms, R., Frahm, E., Brittingham, A., Triller, B., Kindler, L., Knul, M. V., Krakovsky, M., Joannin, S., Hren, M. T., Bellier, O., Clark, A. A., Blockley, S. P. E., Arakelyan, D., Marreiros, J., Paixaco, E., Calandra, I., Ghukasyan, R., Nora, D., Nir, N., Adigyozalyan, A., Haydosyan, H., & Gasparyan, B. (2021). Short-term occupations at high elevation during the Middle Paleolithic at Kalavan 2 (Republic of Armenia). PLoS One, 16: e0245700. 

Murari, M. K., Kreutzer, S., King, G., Frouin, M., Tsukamoto, S., Schmidt, C., Lauer, T., Klasen, N., Richter, D., Friedrich, J., Mercier, N., & Fuchs, M. (2021). Infrared radiofluorescence (IR-RF) dating: A review. Quaternary Geochronology, 64: 101155.


Lauer, T., Weiss, M., Bernhardt, W., Heinrich, S., Rappsilber, I., Stahlschmidt, M. C., von Suchodoletz, H., & Wansa, S. (2020). The Middle Pleistocene fluvial sequence at Uichteritz, central Germany: Chronological framework, paleoenvironmental history and early human presence during MIS 11. Geomorphology, 354: 107016.

Faust, D., Kreutzer, S., Trigui, Y., Pachtmann, M., Mettig, G., Bouaziz, M., Recio Espejo, J. M., Diaz del Olmo, F., Schmidt, C., Lauer, T., Rezek, Z., Fülling, A., & Meszner, S. (2020). New findings of Middle Stone Age lithic artifacts from the Matmata loess region in southern Tunisia. E&G Quaternary Science Journal, 69(1), 55-58. 

Flašarová, K., Strouhalová, B., Šefrna, L., Verrecchia, E., Lauer, T., Juřičková, L., Kolařík, P., & Ložek, V. (2020). Multiproxy evidence of middle and Late Pleistocene environmental changes in the loess-paleosol sequence of Bůhzdař (Czech Republic). Quaternary International, 552, 4-14.

Hein, M., Weiss, M., Otcherednoy, A., & Lauer, T. (2020). Luminescence chronology of the key-Middle Paleolithic site Khotylevo I (Western Russia) - Implications for the timing of occupation, site formation and landscape evolution. Quaternary Science Advances, 2: 100008.


Moroni, A., Boschian, G., Crezzini, J., Montanari-Canini, G., Marciani, G., Capecchi, G., Arrighi, S., Aureli, D., Berto, C., Freguglia, M., Araujo, A., Scaramucci, S., Hublin, J.-J., Lauer, T., Benazzi, S., Parenti, F., Bonato, M., Ricci, S., Talamo, S., Segre, A. G., Boschin, F., & Spagnolo, V. (2019). Late Neandertals in central Italy. High-resolution chronicles from Grotta dei Santi (Monte Argentario - Tuscany). Quaternary Science Reviews, 217, 130-151. 

von Suchodoletz, H., Tinapp, C., Lauer, T., Glaser, B., Stäuble, H., Kühn, P., & Zielhofer, C. (2019). Distribution of Chernozems and Phaeozems in Central Germany during the Neolithic period. Quaternary International, 511, 166-184.

Wiśniewski, A., Lauer, T., Chłoń, M., Pyżewicz, K., Weiss, M., Badura, J., Kalicki, T., & Zarzecka-Szubińska, K. (2019). Looking for provisioning places of shaped tools of the late Neanderthals: Astudy of a Micoquian open-air site, Pietraszyn 49a (southwestern Poland) = À la recherche des lieux d’approvisionnement en outils des derniers néandertaliens: étude d’un site micoquien de plein air, Pietraszyn 49a (Sud-Ouest de la Pologne). Comptes Rendus Palevol, 18(3), 367-389.


Lang, J., Lauer, T., & Winsemann, J. (2018). New age constraints for the Saalian glaciation in northern central Europe: Implications for the extent of ice sheets and related proglacial lake systems. Quaternary Science Reviews, 180, 240-259.

Lauer, T., & Weiss, M. (2018). Timing of the Saalian- and Elsterian glacial cycles and the implications for Middle – Pleistocene hominin presence in central Europe. Scientific Reports, 8: 5111.

Vlaminck, S., Kehl, M., Rolf, C., Franz, S. O., Lauer, T., Lehndorff, E., Frechen, M., & Khormali, F. (2018). Late Pleistocene dust dynamics and pedogenesis in Southern Eurasia – Detailed insights from the loess profile Toshan (NE Iran). Quaternary Science Reviews, 180, 75-95.

Weiss, M., Lauer, T., Wimmer, R., & Pop, C. (2018). The variability of the Keilmesser-Concept: A case study from central Germany. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology, 1(3), 202-246.

Zielhofer, C., Wellbrock, K., al-Souliman, A. S., von Grafenstein, M., Schneider, B., Fitzsimmons, K., Stele, A., Lauer, T., von Suchodoletz, 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, 473, Part A, 120-140.


Lauer, T., Frechen, M., & Fischer, P. (2017). Luminescence dating of the Lower Middle Terrace site at Brühl, southern Lower Rhine Embayment – a first dating approach. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 168(1), 105-114.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1127/zdgg/2017/0109

Lauer, T., Frechen, M., Vlaminck, S., Kehl, M., Lehndorff, E., Shahriari, A., & Khormali, F. (2017). Luminescence-chronology of the loess palaeosol sequence Toshan, Northern Iran: A highly resolved climate archive for the last glacial-interglacial cycle. Quaternary International, 429(Part B), 3-12.

Lauer, T., Vlaminck, S., Frechen, M., Rolf, C., Kehl, M., Sharifi, J., Lehndorff, E., & Khormali, F. (2017). The Agh Band loess-palaeosol sequence – A terrestrial archive for climatic shifts during the last and penultimate glacial–interglacial cycles in a semiarid region in northern Iran. Quaternary International, 429(Part B), 13-30.

Tsukamoto, S., Kondo, R., Lauer, T., & Jain, M. (2017). Pulsed IRSL: A stable and fast bleaching luminescence signal from feldspar for dating Quaternary sediments. Quaternary Geochronology, 41, 26-36.

Vliet-Lanoë, B. V., Lauer, T., Meurisse-Fort, M., Gosselin, G., & Frechen, M. (2017). Late Holocene coastal dune activity along the Dover Strait, Northern France: Insights into Middle Ages and Little Ice Age coastal dynamics constrained by optically stimulated luminescence dating. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften = German Journal of Geology, 168(1), 53-66. 
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1127/zdgg/2016/0043

Wang, X., Wei, H., Khormali, F., Taheri, M., Kehl, M., Frechen, M., Lauer, T., & Chen, F. (2017). Grain-size distribution of Pleistocene loess deposits in northern Iran and its palaeoclimatic implications. Quaternary International, 429(Part B), 41-51.

Zielhofer, C., Fletcher, W. J., Mischke, S., De Batist, M., Campbell, J. F. E., Joannin, S., Tjallingii, R., El Hamouti, N., Junginger, A., Stele, A., Bussmann, J., Schneider, B., Lauer, T., Spitzer, K., Strupler, M., Brachert, T., & Mikdad, A. (2017). Atlantic forcing of Western Mediterranean winter rain minima during the last 12,000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews, 157, 29-51.


Vlaminck, S., Kehl, M., Lauer, T., Shahriari, A., Sharifi, J., Eckmeier, E., Lehndorff, E., Khormali, F., & Frechen, M. (2016). Loess-soil sequence at Toshan (Northern Iran): Insights into late Pleistocene climate change. Quaternary International, 399, 122-135.


Lauer, T. (2015). Radioluminescence (RL). In W. J. Rink, & J. W. Thompson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods (pp. 685-685). New York [u.a.]: Springer.


Kreutzer, S., Lauer, T., Meszner, S., Krbetschek, M., Faust, D., & Fuchs, M. (2014). Chronology of the Quaternary profile Zeuchfeld in Saxony-Anhalt / Germany: A preliminary luminescence dating study. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementary Issues, 58(1), 5-26.
DOI: https://www.schweizerbart.de/papers/zfg_suppl/detail/58/81990/Chronology_of_the_Quaternary_profile_Zeuchfeld_in_?af=crossref

Lauer, T., Von Suchodoletz, H., Vollmann, H., Meszner, S., Frechen, M., Tinapp, C., Goldmann, L., Müller, S., & Zielhofer, C. (2014). Landscape aridification in Central Germany during the late Weichselian Pleniglacial – results from the Zauschwitz loess site in western Saxony. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementary Issues, 58(1), 27-50.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0372-8854/2013/S-00163


Cordier, S., Harmand, D., Lauer, T., Voinchet, P., Bahain, J.-J., & Frechen, M. (2012). Geochronological reconstruction of the Pleistocene evolution of the Sarre valley (France and Germany) using OSL and ESR dating techniques. Geomorphology, 165–166, 91-106.

Cordier, S., Lauer, T., Harmand, D., Frechen, M., & Brkojewitch, G. (2012). Fluvial response to climatic and anthropogenic forcing in the Moselle drainage basin (NE France) during historical periods: evidence from OSL dating. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 37(11), 1167-1175.

Lauer, T., Krbetschek, M., Mauz, B., & Frechen, M. (2012). Yellow stimulated luminescence from potassium feldspar: Observations on its suitability for dating. Radiation Measurements, 47(10), 974-980.


Lauer, T., Frechen, M., Klostermann, J., Krbetschek, M., Schollmayer, G., & Tsukamoto, S. (2011). Luminescence dating of Last Glacial and Early Holocene fluvial deposits from the Lower Rhine: Methodological aspects and chronological framework. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 162(1), 47-61.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1127/1860-1804/2011/0162-0047

Lauer, T., Krbetschek, M., Frechen, M., Tsukamoto, S., Hoselmann, C., & Weidenfeller, M. (2011). Geoarchaeological studies on Roman time harbour sediments in Cologne: comparison of different OSL dating techniques. Geochronometria, 38(4), 341-349.
DOI: https://www.sciendo.com/article/10.2478/s13386-011-0020-y

Lauer, T., Krbetschek, M., Frechen, M., Tsukamoto, S., Hoselmann, C., & Weidenfeller, M. (2011). Infrared radiofluorescence (IR-RF) dating of middle pleistocene fluvial archives of the Heidelberg Basin (Southwest Germany). Geochronometria, 38(1), 23-33.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/s13386-011-0006-9

Lüthgens, C., Böse, M., Lauer, T., Krbetschek, M., Strahl, J., & Wenske, D. (2011). Timing of the last interglacial in Northern Europe derived from Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating of a terrestrial Saalian–Eemian–Weichselian sedimentary sequence in NE-Germany. Quaternary International, 241(1–2), 79-96.


Lauer, T., Frechen, M., Hoselmann, C., & Tsukamoto, S. (2010). Fluvial aggradation phases in the Upper Rhine Graben: New insights by quartz OSL dating. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association,121(2), 154-161.