Prof. Dr. Kathryn Fitzsimmons

Professor of Terrestrial Sedimentology

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Geo- und Umweltforschungszentrum (GUZ)

Universität Tübingen

Schnarrenbergstr. 94-96
72076 Tübingen

Deutschland

Room 2O40, GUZ

+49-(0)7071-29-74783

kathryn.fitzsimmons@uni-tuebingen.de

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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Qualifications:

2016
Habilitation, Physical Geography, University of Leipzig

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

2007
PhD, Quaternary geology, Australian National University

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

2002
BSc (Honours), Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne

2001
Diploma of Modern Languages, German, University of Melbourne

Employment:

Since 2021
Professor (W3) of Terrestrial Sedimentology, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Tübingen

2016-2021
Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz

2016-2021
Privatdozentin (Associate Professor), Institute for Geography, University of Leipzig

2010-2016
Junior researcher (postdoc), Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

2007-2010
Postdoc, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University

Research Grants and Funding:

 

2017-2021 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)
2011-2013

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

2010-2013

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

2010-2012

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

2007

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

2003-2007

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

Prizes:

 

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
2007

Student Travel Prize, Australasian Quaternary Association

Graduate Student supervision:

Ongoing:

2021

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

2021 BSc Paola Kirchhof (University of Leipzig/Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)): Können Ökosystemleistungen zur Resilienz von Städten gegenüber Hitze beitragen?
2018- PhD Alexandra Engström Johansson (MPI/ Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz): Palaeoclimate reconstruction in Central Asia using organic geochemistry

Graduated:

2021

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

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
2018

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:

 

2017-2021 Charlotte Prud’homme (now University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
2018-2021

Laurent Marquer (now University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Practicum/intern supervision:

 

2020-2021 Andrea Aquino, PhD, Universitá di Pisa, Italy
2019 Yao Zhang, PhD, Lanzhou University, China
2018

Christian Laag, MSc, University of Bayreuth, Germany

2018

Kristina Reetz, MSc, University of Mainz, Germany

2018

Maike Nowatzki, MSc, University of Tübingen

2017

Yue Li, PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Editorial and review responsibilities:

 

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

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:

 

2019-2021 Speaker for Max Planck Research Group Leaders, Chemistry-Physics-Technology Section, Max Planck Society
2019

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

2014 Steering Committee Member, INTIMATE: Integrating Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial Records
2014-2015

Scientific Committee, Aeolian Deposits in Earth History Conference, Beijing

2007-2015

Executive Committee, Australasian Quaternary Association

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

Conference field trip organizer, International Association of Geomorphologists

2007

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
2005

Field trip organizer, ANU Graduate Program

Institutional Visits:

 

2021-2022

Affiliated Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany

2019 School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
2011

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
2008

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

2008

Scottish Universities’ Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), UK