Gideon Hartman is a member of the stable isotopes research group led by Prof. Mike Richards at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Gideon uses isotope methods to study the eco-physiology of plants and animals in the unique setting of the Mediterranean and arid environments of the Eastern Mediterranean. The interaction between environmental factors and the isotopic values of present day plants and herbivores are established to reconstruct past environmental conditions and the diet, foraging strategies, and mobility patterns of animals and humans. The results of these studies are applicable to a wide range of disciplines from paleoanthropology and archaeology to ecology, environmental research, and geochemisty. Applying modern data to the past also demands the investigation of special research questions designed to resolve the uncertainties associated with climate change, recent anthropogenic activity, and the organic degradation of bone, plants and soils.
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6