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Jeetendra Saini

PhD student (IMPRS-gBGC)

room: B1.019
phone: +49 3641 576106

email: jsaini(at)
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Academic career

Since June 2014
PhD student at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena.
Project: Merging Organic and inorganic geochemical proxies in lake sediments

PhD Project 1. Variablity of climate and Asian monsoon in NE Tibetan Plateau inferred from stable isotopes of Lake Donggi Cona

2. Development of Fatty Acid methyl esters as a proxy for compound-specific radiocarbon analysis using Tibetan lake sediments

2014 – 2016
PhD Research Project at MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena. Title of thesis: "Merging Organic and inorganic geochemical proxies in lake sediments".

2013 – 2014
MS research at IISER Kolkata India. Title of thesis: "Using n-alkane proxy to understand the fate of in-situ organic matter in Sundarban delta and its relation to delta Carbon budget".

2009 - 2014
Integrated BS-MS student with Major as Geological Sciences at Indian Institute of Science Education & Research- Kolkata,India,


Participation in international conferences

  • Poster presented at the 10th Sino-German TiP meeting in December 2014 in Berlin.
  • Poster presented at the annual meeting of European Geophysical Union (EGU-April, 2015).

Current Research Interests

I am interested in using organic biomarker proxies (e.g. n-alkanes, n-alkenes, alkenones etc) from sediments collected from lake Donggi Cona in Tibetan Plateau for paleoclimatic and Asian Monsoon reconstruction of late glacial and Holocene period. I focus on compound specific Isotope (C, H) analysis, to trace Asian Monsoon Intensity, its spatial and temporal extension in the past. Additionally, I am working on compound specific radiocarbon dating for lake sediments. Furthermore I will be working on combining data from North and Southern part of Tibetan Plateau for paleoclimatic reconstruction..

Study Area

Tibetan Plateau

Peer-reviewed publications:


  • Saini J., Günther F., Aichner B., Mischke S., Herzschuh U., Zhang C., Mäusbacher R., Gleixner G.. Climate variability in the past ~19,000 yr in NE Tibetan Plateau inferred from biomarker and stable isotope records of Lake Donggi Cona. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2016

Outreach and Other Activities

PhD Student Representative at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, 2015-2016

Event organizing member Exhib event of National Science Fest, Inquivesta 2011 at IISER-Kolkata India.

Core member of Student Science Club at school till 12th standard.

Secretory and Convayner of Chess Club of IISER-K.

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