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Curriculum vitae

Kathryn Fitzsimmons

Nationality: Australian

 

Education

2007

PhD, Quaternary Geology, Australian National University
Thesis title: The late Quaternary history of aridity in the Strzelecki and Tirari Desert dunefields, South Australia
Supervisors: Dr. John Magee, Prof. Ed Rhodes, Prof. Bob Wasson

2002

Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Melbourne
Honours thesis title: Evolution and dynamics of longitudinal dunes in the Lake Frome region, South Australia
Supervisors: Prof. Jim Bowler, Prof. Mike Sandiford

2001

Diploma of Modern Languages (German), University of Melbourne

 

Research Interests

Reconstructing human-environment interactions, and records of aridity and drought, using:

  • Luminescence dating
  • Geomorphology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Sedimentology

 

Professional Employment

2010 - present

Junior Researcher
Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Leader, Luminescence Dating Laboratory

2007 - 2010

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
Manager, Luminescence Dating Laboratory

2007

Research Assistant
Australian Research Council Network "OZPACS: Recent human impact on Australian ecosystems," Australian National University

2006 - 2007

Research Assistant
Luminescence Dating Laboratory, Research School of Earth Sciences
Australian National University

2004

Volunteer
Sunseed Desert Technology, Almería, Spain

 

Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

2014 Albert-Maucher-Preis, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council)
Prize awarded to early career researcher in earth sciences
EUR 10 000.
http://www.dfg.de/gefoerderte_projekte/wissenschaftliche_preise/maucher-preis/2014/index.jsp
2012-2014

National Science Foundation (USA) (as senior scientist)
Acheulian hominin behavior at Elandsfontein, South Africa
Chief investigators: D Braun, N Levin. Senior scientists: L Bishop, KE Fitzsimmons, A Herries, K Penkman, R Pickering, D Stynder.
USD 169 000.

2012-2013

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
International Cooperation Grant (Mongolia-Germany collaboration).
Investigators: KE Fitzsimmons, S Solongo.
EUR 8 300.

2011 - 2013

Australian Research Council Discovery Project
The last glaciation maximum climate conundrum and environmental responses of the Australian continent to altered climate states.
Investigators: JP Shulmeister, TJ Cohen, KW Kiernan, CA Woodward, TT Barrows, J Kemp, KE Fitzsimmons, DH Clark.
AUD 360 000.

2010 - 2012

Australian Research Council Discovery Project
Human responses to long term landscape and climate change in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.
Investigators: N. Stern, K.E. Fitzsimmons, C.V. Murray-Wallace
AUD 406 462.

2010 - 2012 Max Planck Society seed funding
Lower Danube Survey for Palaeolithic sites Investigators: RP Iovita, KE Fitzsimmons, A Dobos.
EUR 24 500.
2007 - 2009

Income to Luminescence Dating Laboratory, Australian National University, under my direction
AUD 136 300.

2007

Australian National University College of Science Early Career Researcher equipment grant
AUD 8 600.

2007

Director’s Prize for Scientific Communication, Australian National University

2007

Australasian Quaternary Association Student Travel Prize

2003 - 2007

Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration student research grant
AUD 34 000.

2003 - 2007

Australian Postgraduate Award
AUD 18 000 p.a.

2003 - 2007

Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration Postgraduate Scholarship
AUD 5 000 p.a.

2006

Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration Student Award

2005

International Geoscience Program IGCP500 Grant for conference attendance
USD 500

1998 - 2002

University of Melbourne Science Faculty Scholarship
AUD 3 500 p.a.

1998 - 2001

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Undergraduate Scholarship
AUD 5 000 p.a.

 

Teaching and Supervision

Undergraduate courses

  • University of Leipzig
    • Physical Geography of Australia and Oceania (lecturer)
    • Landschaftsökologie (joint lecturer)
  • University of Cologne
    • Mensch-Umwelt Interaktion im Holozän (Human-environmental interactions during the Holocene) (Joint Lecturer)
  • Australian National University
    • Stable isotope analysis and Quaternary geochronology (lecturer)
    • Earth and Marine Sciences (teaching assistant)
    • Second year geology (teaching assistant)
    • Guest lecturer, Centre for Archaeological Research

Graduate courses

  • Leipzig School of Human Origins
    • Geochronology module

Training

Graduate Teaching Program, Australian National University (2005)

Graduate student supervision

2011-               Nina Doerschner (PhD), MPI-EVA/University of Leiden
2010-2012       Anja Guhl (PhD Cum Laude), MPI-EVA/University of Leipzig
2007-2009       Tegan Kelly (PhD), Australian National University

 

Professional Service

Editor

  • Quaternary Australasia

Reviewer

  • Geology
  • Quaternary Science Reviews
  • Quaternary Geochronology
  • Journal of Quaternary Science
  • Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  • Quaternary Research
  • The Holocene
  • Geomorphology
  • Journal of Palaeolimnology
  • Journal of Human Evolution

Reviewer (funding)

  • National Science Foundation (USA)
  • Australian Research Council (Australia)
  • US-Israel Science Foundation

Reviewer (books)

  • Cambridge University Press

Visitor

2011

Luminescence Dating Laboratory, Geographical Institute, University of Cologne, Germany

2009

School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy campus), Canberra, Australia

2008

Luminescence Dating Laboratory, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom

2008

Scottish Universities’ Environmental Research Centre, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Organiser

2015-

Scientific committee member
Aeolian deposits in Earth history Conference, Beijing, China (October 2015)

2014-

Steering committee member
INTIMATE: Integration of Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial records

2009-2012

Regional coordinator
OZ INTIMATE: Australasian Integration of Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial records , International Union for Quaternary Research core program

2009-

Regional coordinator, Arid interior regional records, Australasian Integration of Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial records (OZ-INTIMATE), International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) core program

2009

International Association of Geomorphologists Conference field trip, central Australia (with Professor Gerald Nanson, Dr Gresley Wakelin-King, Dr Tim Cohen)

2007

Australian Luminescence Dating Workshop, University of Wollongong (with Dr Zenobia Jacobs)

2007

International Quaternary Association Conference field trip, central Australia (with Professor Gerald Nanson)

2005

Australian National University Graduate Program field trip, Flinders Ranges (with other postgraduate students)

2005 - 2006

Canberra Group Meetings, Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration

Representative for Australasian Quaternary Association

2009 Federation of Australian Science and Technology Societies Women in Science Workshop, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

 

Media and scientific communication

2015

Media and online interest in Lake Mungo Project
In response to Fitzsimmons et al. (2015) PLOS ONE “Climate change left Aborigines up the creek…” The Australian p.3, 18.6.2015
“Lake Mungo reveals its hidden secrets” The Age p.15, 18.6.2015
“Giant Lake Mungo was 20% bigger than we thought” Sydney Morning Herald “Wie der Mensch sich früher an den Klimawandel angepasst hat” Kurier (Austria)
Business Insider Australia; Brisbane Times; The Moyne Gazette (Australia)
Global Times, Shanghai Daily (China)

2013

Media and online interest in Lower Danube Project
In response to Fitzsimmons et al. (2013) PLoS ONE (3214 views online)
“Zeugen der Super-Eruption” Leipziger Volkszeitung, 25.7.2013
„Steinzeitliche Eruption verwüstete Südosteuropa“ Scinexx, 3.7.2013
„Katastrophaler als vermutet“ Archäologie Online, 3.7.2013
Wikipedia.de entry „Kampanischer Ignimbrit“

2012 “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften”, Stadt Leipzig
Volunteer presenter at MPI-EVA (in German)
2009 Human responses to past climate change in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area
Interview with Louise Ray, ABC Mildura-Swan Hill, 2 November 2009.
2007-2009

Radio presenter
Fuzzy Logic Science Radio Show, Canberra 2XX FM

 

Professional Membership

2015-

European Geosciences Union

2015-

Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen

2013 -

DEUQUA (German Quaternary Association)

2013 -

Arbeitskreis Geoarchäologie

2012 -

European Society for the study of Human Evolution (ESHE)

2009 -

Australian Archaeological Association

2003 -

Australasian Quaternary Association (Executive Member 2007 -)

2003 -

Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group

2003 - 2007

Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration

1998 - 2002

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

 

Research collaboration

2013 -

Prof. Z. Taimagambetov (Kazakh National Museum, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University), Dr. R.P. Iovita (Monrepos-RGZM), Dr. Mica Glantz (Colorado State University). Palaeolithic archaeology of Kazakhstan.

2012 -

Dr. D. Braun (University Cape Town/Balor University), Dr. N. Levin
(Johns Hopkins University). Excavations at Elandsfontein, South Africa.

2011-

Dr. T. Steele (UC Davis), Dr. A. Mackay (ANU)
Palaeolithic archaeology of the Western Cape, South Africa.

2010 -

Dr. R.P. Iovita (Monrepos-RGZM), Dr. U. Hambach (University of Bayreuth), Dr. A. Dobos (IAVP Bucharest), Dr. R. Dobrescu (IAVP Bucharest)
The Lower Danube Survey for Paleolithic Sites

2010 -

Dr. N. Stern (La Trobe University), Prof. C. Murray-Wallace (University of Wollongong)
Human-environment interactions in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Australia.

2008 -

Dr. M. Reid (University of New England)
Fluvial ecosystem change in southeastern Australia.

2008 -

Dr. L. Wallis (University of Queensland), Mr. I. Moffat (ANU)
Human colonisation of northern Australia.

2008 -

Mr. D. Horne (University of New South Wales @ ADFA)
Holocene sea level change in northern Australia.

2007 -

Dr. N. Stern (La Trobe University), Prof. R. Grün (ANU), Dr. T.T. Barrows (University of Exeter)
Human-environment interactions in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Australia.

2007 -

Dr. T.T. Barrows (University of Exeter)
High resolution geochronology and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in the southeastern Australian highlands and Australian semi-arid zone.

2009 - 2011

Dr. H. Timmers, Mr. J. Warner (University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy)
Radioactive system disequilibrium for luminescence dating.

2007 - 2011

Prof. J.M. Bowler (University of Melbourne), Prof. P. Veth (ANU), Prof. M. Smith (National Museum of Australia), Dr, J.W. Magee (ANU), Prof. N. Spooner (University of Adelaide)
Human-environment interactions at Mulan, northwestern Australia.

2007 - 2010

Dr. A. Keene, Mr. M. Cheetham (Southern Cross University)
Fluvial geomorphology in eastern Australia.

2007 - 2009

Prof. P. De Deckker, Mr. N. Darrenougue (ANU)
High resolution palaeoenvironmental records from Blanche Cave in southeastern Australia.

 

Field experience

2013-

Prof. Z. Taimagambetov (Kazakh National Museum), Dr. R.P. Iovita (Monrepos-RGZM), Dr. M. Glantz (Colorado State University)
Palaeolithic archaeology of Kazakhstan.

2013-

Dr. J. Kemp (Griffith University)
Geomorphic history of the Riverine Plain and upper Murray-Darling Basin.

2011-

Dr. T. Steele (UC Davis), Dr. A. Mackay (ANU), Dr. D. Braun (GWU), Dr. N. Levin (Johns Hopkins University)
Palaeolithic archaeology of the Western Cape, South Africa.

2011 -

Dr. A. Bouzouggar (Morocco), Ms. N. Dörschner (MPI-EVA)
Geochronology of Palaeolithic sites in Morocco.

2010 -

Dobrogea, southeastern Romania. With Dr RP Iovita (RGZM Mainz), Dr U Hambach (University of Bayreuth), Dr A Dobos (IAVP Bucharest).

2009 -

Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Australia. With Dr. N. Stern, (La Trobe University), Prof. C. Murray-Wallace (University of Wollongong).

2007 - 2009

Southeastern Australian sites for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction (Lake George, Cooma, Black Mountain, western Victoria). Projects with Dr. T.T. Barrows (University of Exeter).

2007

Lake Mulurulu, Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Australia. With Ms. T. Kelly, Prof. R. Grün (ANU).

2007

Spring Creek megafauna site, Victoria, Australia. With Dr. N. Porch (ANU).

2003 - 2006

Strzelecki and Tirari Deserts, Australia, PhD research. With Dr. J.W. Magee (ANU).

 

Training and Safety

2010,
2012,
2013

First Aid Certificate (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz)

2009

Occupational health and safety committee member, Research School of Earth Sciences (ANU)
Corrosives Course (ANU)
Quarantine Approved Person (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service)
Hydrofluoric acid safety and first aid course (University of New South Wales)

2008

Chemical Safety Course (ANU)
Radiation Safety Course (ANU)
Laser Safety Course (ANU)

2007

Quarantine Approved Person (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service)

2006

Graduate Course Award in Scientific Communication (ANU)
Graduate Course Award in Information Literacy (ANU)
Senior First Aid Certificate (Parasol EMT)

 

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