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Natalie Schröter
PhD student

Room: B1.019
Phone: +49 3641 57 6146
Email: nschroet@bgc-jena.mpg.de
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Molecular Biogeochemistry
Street adress: Hans-Knöll-Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany
P.O. Box: 100164, 07701 Jena, Germany


Research Interests

PhD project: Multi-proxy reconstruction of atmospheric circulation patterns and climate changes in the past


The Tibetan Plateau (TP), also referred to as the “Third Pole” indicating its significance, is a key site in climate and paleoenvironmental studies because of its sensitive reactions to climatic changes and low impact of human activities. It has a strong influence on global atmospheric circulation patterns and is affected by four different global climate systems: the Indian Ocean Summer Monsoon, the East Asian Summer Monsoon, the northern hemispheric middle latitude Westerlies and the polar air currents. A remarkable feature on the TP is the existence of numerous lakes which provide high-resolution archives for past climatic and environmental variations over geological periods. However, due to the size of the Tibetan Plateau uncertainties still exist regarding spatial and temporal variations of the monsoon system.
The goal of my PhD project is the multi-proxy reconstruction of atmospheric circulation patterns and climate changes in the past on the Tibetan Plateau. For this, I analyze Tibetan lake sediments which reflect hydrological and environmental changes controlled by climate shifts. I focus on organic biomarkers applied in combination with compound-specific isotope analysis.


Academic education

Since 07/2016
PhD fellow in the research group of Molecular Biogeochemistry, MPI-BGC, Jena
2013-2015
M.Sc. Geosciences at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

​Thesis: "Methyl chloride formation from Atacama, Antarctic and Australian soil samples"

2010-2013
B.Sc. Geosciences at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

​Thesis: "Noble gas isotopes in meteorite NWA 7325"


Further reading

Günther F, Thiele A, Biskop S, Mäusbacher R, Haberzettl T, Yao T, Gleixner G (2016): Late quaternary hydrological changes at Tangra Yumco, Tibetan Plateau: a compound-specific isotope-based quantification of lake level changes. Journal of Paleolimnology. 55, 369–382.

Günther F, Mügler I, Mäusbacher R, Daut G, Leopold K, Gerstmann U.C, Xu B, Yao T & Gleixner G (2011): Response of dD values of sedimentary n-alkanes to variations in source water isotope signals and climate proxies at lake Nam Co, Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International. 236, 82–90.

Mügler I, Gleixner G, Mäusbacher R, Daut G, Schütt B, Berking J, Schwalb A, Schwark L, Xu B, Yao T, Zhu L, Yi Ch (2010): A multi-proxy approach to reconstruct hydrological changes and Holocene climate development of Nam Co, Central Tibet. Journal of Paleolimnology. 43, 625–648.

Witt R, Günther F, Lauterbach S, Kasper T, Mäusbacher R, Yao T, Gleixner G (2016): Biogeochemical evidence for freshwater periods during the Last Glacial Maximum recordet in lake sediments from Nam Co, South-central Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Paleolimnology. 55, 67–82 .

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