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Department of Human Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 350
fax: +49 (0341) 3550 - 399

e-mail: streiber@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Ulrike Wacker

Research Associate

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Evolution
Deutscher Platz 6 04103 Leipzig
Germany

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 358
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 399
e-mail: ulrike_wacker@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

 

 

Research Interests

Ulrike Wacker is a geologist in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Her work focusses on geochemistry and proxy-development of geochemical techniques which can be used for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. In current studies she investigates paleoclimate developments in an archaeological context using traditional and non-traditional stable isotopes. She, furthermore, studies the chemical preservation state of fossil material and diagenetic processes during sedimentation and rock formation.

As a PhD student and a postdoctoral fellow she was mainly involved in the setup of carbonate clumped isotope analysis in the department of Earth Sciences at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. She was applying traditional isotope and clumped isotope analyses to both biogenic and abiogenic carbonate and apatite minerals. Previous studies comprised methodological developments and calibrations of the carbonate and apatite clumped isotope paleothermometer. She, furthermore, applied multi-proxy approaches to sedimentary components of rocks of various epochs of the Earths’ history for paleoclimate studies and reconstructions of the isotopic composition of ancient seawater, as well as to decipher diagenesis.

Ulrike is specialized in isotope ratio gas mass spectrometry (IRMS) for clumped isotope analysis of carbonate and apatite, as well as traditional stable isotope analysis including C, O, N of carbonate, apatite and organic matter.