Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Wißing

Room S505a

Hölderlinstr. 12

72074 Tübingen, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)7071 / 29-73055

 

Email: christoph.wissing@uni-tuebingen.de

Fields of Interest

My research traces signals of diet, climate, mobility and ecological dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems using the stable isotopic approach.  I am curious in how ecosystem functioning appeared during the Late Pleistocene and try to understand the ecological role of key actors like megaherbivores, Neandertals and modern humans.

  • Evolution of terrestrial ecosystems
  • Ecology of the mammoth steppe
  • Ecological niche partitioning
  • Human-ecosystem interactions
  • Late Pleistocene food webs

Scientific Activity

2016 - present

Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tübingen AG Biogeologie

2012 - 2016

Research assistant at the University of Tübingen AG Biogeologie

2010 - 2012

Research assistant at LAOP-Laboratories for Applied Organic Petrologie, Tübingen

2008 - 2010

Student assistant at the Isotope Laboratory at the University of Tübingen

2006 - 2008

Student assistant at the Lab for physical soil science at the University of Tübingen

2007

Student assistant at the Lab for pollenanalysis at the University of Tübingen

2005 - 2007

Student assistant at the Collection for paleolithic Stone- and Bonetools at the University of Tübingen

Education

2016

Dr. rer. nat. (Department of Geosciense) "Multi isotopic tracking (δ13C,δ15N, δ34S) of ancient trophic webs around the time of Neandertal replacement by anatomically modern humans in North-Western Europe"

2012 - 2016

Doctoral Student at the Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät Tübingen, Fachbereich Palaeobiology, AG Biogeologie under supervision of Prof Hervé Bocherens (Biogeologie, Tübingen) und Prof. Ronny Schönberg (Isotopengeochemie, Tübingen)

2012

Magister Artium „Geoarchäologische Untersuchungen in Germolles. Strukturgeologische, paläontologische und mikromorphologische Untersuchungen des Fundstellenkomplexes der Verpillière Höhlen und deren Umfeld in Germolles, Commune de Mellecey, Sâone-et-Loire (71)“

Teaching

University Tübingen

SS 2019

 
  •  Seminar and Lecture ”Paleoecology of terrestrial ecosystems”
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Lecture “Einführung in die Erdgeschichte”
  • Laboratory course: Praktikum "Isotopes in bones and teeth"
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Seminar "Scientific presentation"
 

WS 2018/2019

 

 

 
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Paleobiology Lecture and seminar
  • Lecture Climatologie
 

SS 2018

 
  • Laborpraktikum "Isotopes in bones and teeth"
  • Vorlesung Erdgeschichte
  • Seminar "Paleoecology of terrestrial ecosystems"
  • Seminar "wissenschaftliches Präsentieren"
  • Seminar Diet and Subsistence: Middle and Upper Pal. dietary strategies seen in stable isotopes
  • Biogeology Seminar
 

WS 2017/2018

 
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Lecture and Seminar „Palaeobiology“
 

SS 2017

 
  • Seminar ”Paleoecology of terrestrial ecosystems”
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Lecture, “Einführung in die Erdgeschichte”
  • Laboratory course: Praktikum "Isotopes in bones and teeth"
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Lecture, “Einführung in die Erdgeschichte”
  • Laboratory course: Praktikum "Isotopes in bones and teeth"
 

SS 2014

 
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Fieldwork/Mapping course: „Stratigraphisches Geländepraktikum in Tonezza, Italien“
  • Teaching Assistant for the laboratory course: “Praktikum Isotopes in bones and teeth"
  • Lecture, “Einführung in die Erdgeschichte”
  • Lecture, “Biokreisläufe“
 

WS 2013/2014

 
  • Biogeology Seminar
 

SS 2013

 
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Teaching Assistant for the laboratory course: Praktikum "Isotopes in bones and teeth"
  • Fieldwork/Mappingcourse: „ Geoökologischer Kartierkurs Voralberg, Österreich“
 

WS 2012/ 2013

 
  • Biogeology Seminar
  • Course „Klimatologie“
 

SS 2012

 
  • Lecture "Einführung in die Erdgeschichte/Biokreisläufe"
  • Teaching Assistant for the laboratory internship
 

SS 2011

 
  • Teaching Assistant for the laboratory internship
 

Field Work

2014

Jaskinia Perspektywiczna (Cave Site Poland, Early Upper Paleolithic)

2010

Germolles (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Neolithic, France)

2009

Germolles (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Neolithic, France)

2009

Hohlenstein/Stadel (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Epipaleolithic, Germany)

2008

Hohlenstein/Stadel (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Epipaleolithic, Germany)

2008

Schwäbisch Gmünd (recovery of human remains, medieval times, Germany)

2007

Germolles (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Neolithic, France)

2006

Vogelherd (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Epipaleolithic, Germany)

2006

Germolles (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Neolithic, France)

2005

Hohle Fels/Schelklingen (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Epipaleolithic, Germany)

2005

Vogelherd (Cave Site, Middle Paleolithic to Epipaleolithic, Germany)

2004

Rottenburg Siebenlinden (Open Air Site, Mesolithic, Germany

2004

Azé (Open Air Site, Upper Paleolithic, France)

2003

Rottenburg Siebenlinden (Open Air Site, Mesolithic, Germany)

2003

Azé (Open Air Site, Upper Paleolithic, France)

2002

Azé (Open Air Site, Upper Paleolithic, France)

2001

Bilzingsleben (Open Air Site, Lower Paleolithic, Germany)

Publications

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

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.

Naito, Y.I., Chikaraishi, Y., Drucker, D.G., Ohkouchi, N., Semal, P., Wißing, C., Bocherens, H. Reply to “Comment on “Ecological niche of Neanderthals from Spy Cave revealed by nitrogen isotopes of individual amino acids incollagen.” [J. Hum. Evol. 93 (2016) 82e90]” [J. Hum. Evol. 117 (2018) 53e55]. Journal of Human Evolution 117, 56-60, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.09.00810.1016/j.jhevol.2016.01.00910.1016/j.jhevol.2017.05.006 (2018).

Posth, C., Wißing, C., Kitagawa, K., Pagani, L., van Holstein, L., Racimo, F., Wehrberger, K., Conard, N.J., Kind, K.J., Bocherens, H., Krause, J. Deeply divergent archaic mitochondrial genome provides lower time boundary for African gene flow into Neanderthals. Nature Communications 8, 16046 doi: 10.1038/ncomms16046 (2017).

Trautmann, B., Wißing, C., Bonilla, M.D.Z., Bis-Worch, C., Bocherens, H., 2017. Reconstruction of Socioeconomic Status in the Medieval (14th-15th century) Population of Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) based on Growth, Development and Diet. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, in press

Naito, Y.I., Germonpré, M., Chikaraishi, Y., Ohkouchi, N., Drucker, D.G., Hobson, K.A., Edwards, M.A., Wißing, C., Bocherens, H., 2016. Evidence for herbivorous cave bears (Ursus spelaeus) in Goyet Cave, Belgium: implications for palaeodietary reconstruction of fossil bears using amino acid δ15N approaches. Journal of Quaternary Science.

Rougier, H., Crevecoeur, I., Beauval, C., Posth, C., Flas, D., Wißing, C., Furtwängler, A., Germonpré, M., Gómez-Olivencia, A., Semal, P., van der Plicht, J., Bocherens, H., Krause, J., 2016. Neandertal cannibalism and Neandertal bones used as tools in Northern Europe. Scientific reports 6, 29005.

Naito, Y.I., Chikaraishi, Y., Drucker, D.G., Ohkouchi, N., Semal, P., Wißing, C., Bocherens, H., 2016. Ecological niche of Neanderthals from Spy Cave revealed by nitrogen isotopes of individual amino acids in collagen. Journal of Human Evolution 93, 82-90.

Posth, C., Renaud, G., Mittnik, A., Drucker, Dorothée G., Rougier, H., Cupillard, C., Valentin, F., Thevenet, C., Furtwängler, A., Wißing, C., Francken, M., Malina, M., Bolus, M., Lari, M., Gigli, E., Capecchi, G., Crevecoeur, I., Beauval, C., Flas, D., Germonpré, M., van der Plicht, J., Cottiaux, R., Gély, B., Ronchitelli, A., Wehrberger, K., Grigourescu, D., Svoboda, J., Semal, P., Caramelli, D., Bocherens, H., Harvati, K., Conard, Nicholas J., Haak, W., Powell, A., Krause, J., 2016. Pleistocene Mitochondrial Genomes Suggest a Single Major Dispersal of Non-Africans and a Late Glacial Population Turnover in Europe. Current Biology.

Wißing, C., Rougier, H., Crevecoeur, I., Germonpré, M., Naito, Y.I., Semal, P., Bocherens, H., 2016. Isotopic evidence for dietary ecology of late Neandertals in North-Western Europe. Quaternary International 411, 327-345.

Naito, Y.I., Bocherens, H., Chikaraishi, Y., Drucker, D.G., Wißing, C., Yoneda, M., Ohkouchi, N., 2015. An overview of methods used for the detection of aquatic resource consumption by humans: Compound-specific delta N-15 analysis of amino acids in archaeological materials. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

Wißing, C., Matzerath, S., Turner, E., Bocherens, H., 2015. Paleoecological and climatic implications of stable isotope results from late Pleistocene bone collagen, Ziegeleigrube Coenen, Germany. Quaternary Research 84, 96-105.

Bocherens, H., Drucker, D., Wißing, C., 2014. Die Mammutsteppe. Isotopenuntersuchungen in einem vergangenen Ökosystem. Natur – Forschung – Museum 144 (7/8) 2014, 226–231.

Bocherens, H., Drucker, D., Germonpré, M., Láznicková-Galetová, M., Naito, Y., Wißing, C., Brůžek, J., Oliva, M., 2015. Reconstruction of the Gravettian food-web at Předmostí I using isotopic tracking of bone collagen. Quaternary International 359-360

Matzerath, S., Turner, E., Fischer, P., van der Plicht, J., Bocherens, H., Wißing, C., Kels, H., Interdisziplinäre Forschungen zu eiszeitlichen Großsäugern aus der Ziegeleigrube Coenen, Kreis Düren. Archäologie im Rheinland 2012, 67–69.

Wißing, C. (2012) Geoarchäologische Untersuchungen in Germolles. Strukturgeologische, paläontologische und mikromorphologische Untersuchungen des Fundstellenkomplexes der Verpillière Höhlen und deren Umfeld in Germolles, Commune de Mellecey, Sâone-et-Loire (71), Frankreich Magisterarbeit an der Universität Tübingen.

Bons, P., Wißing, C., (2009) Aspects of the local geological structure in connection with the palaeolithic cave sites in Germolles (Commune de Mellecey, France) in Floss, H. (2009). Rapport de fouille programmée. Lieu-dit: Les Grottes de La Verpillière I et II à Germolles. Commune: Mellecey, Saône-et-Loire (71).

Wißing, C., Miller, C. (2009) Analyse micromorphologique du Niveau GH 2 de la Verpillière II, Fouille 2008 in Floss, H. (2009). Rapport de fouille programmée. Lieu-dit: Les Grottes de La Verpillière I et II à Germolles. Commune: Mellecey, Saône-et-Loire (71).

Floss, H. 2005, unter Mitarbeit von Lingnau, M., Napierala, H., Pasianotto N., Wißing, C., Prospections systématiques aux alentours des sites paléolithiques de Rizerolles à Azé. In: G.A.M. (Hrsg.), 1954-2004, Résultats des dernières recherches archéologiques en Mâconnais, Mâcon, 16-21.