Dr. Nicole Börner

Scientific coordination
Department Biogeochemical Integration (BGI)
Research group Model-Data Integration
+49 3641 57-6250

Main Focus

Project Coordination for AI4PEX and EEBIOMASS

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

Apr. 2024 – present

Project Manager for the AI4PEX and EEBIOMASS projects, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry

Jul. 2017 – Dec. 2023

Scientific Coordinator of the International Research Training Group “Geo-ecosystems in transtition on the Tibetan Plateau” (TransTiP), Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication, TU Braunschweig

Jan.Aug. 2013

Visiting Researcher at the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Fellowship by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Nov. 2010 – Oct. 2016

Research associate at the Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication, TU Braunschweig



Aug. 2011 – Sep. 2016

Dissertation, Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication, TU Braunschweig

Geochemistry in ostracod valves from the Tibetan Plateau: Modern and late Quaternary perspectives

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Antje Schwalb, PD Dr. Peter Frenzel; funding awarded by DFG

Oct. 2007 – May 2010

Diploma in Biology (Dipl.-Biol.), focus on Ecology, Zoology and Hydrology, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Oct. 2004 – Aug. 2007

B.Sc. in Biology, Leibniz Universität Hannover




DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) fellowship for a 6 month research stay at the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. January - June


Peer Reviewed Publications

EcheverríaGalindo, P., Rigterink, S., Massaferro, J., Pérez, L., Wünnemann, B., Hoelzmann, P., Kang, W., Börner, N., Schwarz, A., Laug, A., Peng, P., Wang, J., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2023. Chironomid (Insecta: Chironomidae) community structure response to hydrological changes in the mid1950s in lake Nam Co, Tibetan Plateau. J. Quat. Sci. doi:10.1002/jqs.3517

Rigterink, S., Echeverría-Galindo, P., Martínez-Abarca, R., Massaferro, J., Hoelzmann, P., Wünnemann, B., Laug, A., Pérez, L., Kang, W., Börner, N., Schwarz, A., Peng, P., Wang, J., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2022. Sub-fossil chironomids as indicators of hydrological changes in the shallow and high-altitude lake Shen Co, Tibetan Plateau, over the past two centuries. Journal of Limnology 81. doi:10.4081/jlimnol.2022.2077

Börner, N., Jochum, K.P., Stuhr, M., Abstein, M., Plessen, B., Frenzel, P., Wang, J., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2022. Late Quaternary changes in moisture availability and weathering intensity on the central Tibetan Plateau indicated by chemical signatures of ostracod shells. Front. Earth Sci. 10. doi:10.3389/feart.2022.826143

Anslan S., Kang W., Dulias K., Wünnemann B., Echeverría-Galindo P., Börner N., Schwarz A., Liu Y., Liu K., Künzel S., Kisand V., Rioual P., Peng P., Wang J., Zhu L., Vences M. and Schwalb A., 2022. Compatibility of diatom fossil records with sedimentary ancient DNA amplicon data: a case study in a brackish, alkaline Tibetan Lake. Front. Earth Sci. 10. doi: 10.3389/feart.2022.824656

EcheverríaGalindo P., Anslan S., Frenzel P., Künzel S., Vences M., Pérez L., Börner N., Kang W., Schwarz A., Wang J., Peng P., Zhu L. and Schwalb A., 2021. Highthroughput identification of nonmarine Ostracoda from the Tibetan Plateau: Evaluating the success of various primers on sedimentary DNA samples. Environ. DNA, 1–15. doi: 10.1002/edn3.222

Kang W., Anslan S., Börner N., Schwarz A., Schmidt R., Künzel S., Rioual P., Echeverría-Galindo P., Vences M., Wang J. and Schwalb A., 2021. Diatom metabarcoding and microscopic analyses from sediment samples at Lake Nam Co, Tibet: The effect of sample-size and bioinformatics on the identified communities. Ecol. Indic. 121, 107070. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.107070

Laug A., Haberzettl T., Pannes A., Schwarz A., Turner F., Wang J., Engels S., Rigterink S., Börner N., Ahlborn M., Ju J. and Schwalb A., 2021. Holocene paleoenvironmental change inferred from two sediment cores collected in the Tibetan lake Taro Co. J. Paleolimnol., 1–16. doi: 10.1007/s10933-021-00198-6

Laug A., Turner F., Engels S., Wang J., Haberzettl T., Ju J., Yu S., Kou Q., Börner N. and Schwalb A. (2020). Is there a common threshold to subfossil chironomid assemblages at 16 m water depth? Evidence from the Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Limnology 79(3). doi: 10.4081/jlimnol.2020.1964

Alivernini, M., Akita, L.G., Ahlborn, M., Börner, N., Haberzettl, T., Kasper, T., Plessen, B., Peng, P., Schwalb, A., Wang, J., Frenzel, P., 2018. Ostracod-based reconstruction of Late Quaternary lake level changes within the Tangra Yumco lake system (southern Tibetan Plateau). Journal of Quaternary Science 33 (6), 713–720. doi: 10.1002/jqs.3047

Alivernini, M., Lai, Z., Frenzel, P., Fürstenberg, S., Wang, J., Guo, Y., Peng, P., Haberzettl, T., Börner, N., Mischke, S., 2018. Late quaternary lake level changes of Taro Co and neighbouring lakes, southwestern Tibetan Plateau, based on OSL dating and ostracod analysis. Global and Planetary Change 166, 1–18. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2018.03.016

Börner, N., De Baere, B., Francois, R., Schwalb, A., 2017. Application of flow-through time-resolved analysis (FT-TRA) to isolate the elemental composition in ostracod calcite. Chemical Geology 467, 53-63. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.07.019

Börner, N., De Baere, B., Akita, L.G., Francois, R., Jochum, K.P., Frenzel, P., Zhu, L. and A. Schwalb, 2017. Stable isotopes and trace elements in modern ostracod valves: Implications for reconstructing past environments on the Tibetan Plateau, China. Journal of Paleolimnology 58(2), 191-211. doi: 10.1007/s10933-017-9971-1

Akita, L.G., Frenzel, P., Börner, N., Peng, P., Wang, J., 2016. Spatial distribution and ecology of the Recent Ostracoda from Tangra Yumco and adjacent waters on the southern Tibetan Plateau: a key to palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Limnologica - Ecology and Management of Inland Waters 59, 21-43. doi: 10.1016/j.limno.2016.03.005

Yang, Q., Jochum, K.P., Stoll, B., Weis, U., Börner, N., Schwalb, A., Frenzel, P., Scholz, D., Doberschütz, S., Haberzettl, T., Gleixner, G., Mäusbacher, R., Zhu, L. and M.O. Andreae, 2014. Trace element variability in single ostracod valves as a proxy for hydrochemical change in Nam Co, central Tibet, during the Holocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 399, 225-235. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.01.014

Börner, N., De Baere, B., Yang, Q., Jochum, K. P., Frenzel, P., Andreae M. O. and A. Schwalb, 2013. Ostracod shell chemistry as proxy for paleoenvironmental change. Quaternary International 313-314, 17-37. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.09.041

Jochum, K. P., Scholz, D., Stoll, B., Weis, U., Wilson, S. A., Yang, Q., Schwalb A., Börner, N., Jacob, D. E. and M. O. Andreae, 2012. Accurate trace element analysis of speleothems and biogenic calcium carbonates by LAICPMS. Chemical Geology 318-319: 31-44. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.05.009

Other Publications

Rupp, H., Turner, F., Laug, A., Naumann, K., Perez, L., Krahn, K., Börner, N., Schwarz, A., Veil, S., and A. Schwalb, 2019. Zur Landschaftsgeschichte der Jeetzel-Niederung vom Ende der letzten kaltzeit bis in die gegenwart. Hannoversches Wendland. Band 19, 2016/2019, 7-36.

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