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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

Tobias Lauer

Post-Doctoral Researcher

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

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 344
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 399
e-mail: tobias_lauer@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Tobias Lauer is the head of the luminescence- and infrared-radiofluorescence laboratory within the Department of Human Evolution and focuses on quaternary and palaeoenvironmental research.

Tobias has a strong background in field work and already worked in various sedimentary environments (e.g. loess, fluvial regimes, coastal dunes, periglacial slope deposits)

During his PhD-thesis at the Leibniz-Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) in Hannover he specialized in luminescence dating, doing both, applied studies in quaternary research and geomorphology and also methodological work in optical dating. During a postdoctoral position at the Geographical Institute in Leipzig Tobias cooperated with dating laboratories in Freiberg and Hannover and used the luminescence dating technique for palaeoenvironmental investigations in Central Germany. After his stay at Leipzig University, Tobias went back to LIAG and worked on loess-palaeosol sequences in Northern Iran focusing on litho- and chronostratigraphical investigations of these sediment archives in Northern Iran.

In November 2015 Tobias started his position at the Department of Human Evolution where he focuses on optical dating of Paleolithic sites in Europe and Africa. Furthermore, Tobias investigates Middle Pleistocene fluvial archives in Germany and intends to better unravel the timing of the Saalian- and Elsterian glacial cycles in Europe.

Curriculum Vitae


10/2001-04/2007Studies of Geography (main subject), Geology and
Political Sciences

at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen (Germany);
Title of Diploma-thesis: “Reliefgenese, Böden und periglaziale Deckschichten an der Bauland-Odenwald Grenze” (engl. Morphogeneses, soils and periglacial slope deposits at the Bauland-Odenwald boundary);
Diploma with distinction
at the Université Aix-Marseille I,
Aix-en-Provence, France
01/2008-12/2010PhD thesis
at the Leibniz-Institute of Applied Geophysics (LIAG)
in Hannover in the working group of Prof. Manfred Frechen
Title of the thesis: Luminescence and infrared-radiofluorescence dating of fluvialdeposits from the Rhine system – methodological aspects and new insights into quaternary geochronology
May 2011PhD thesis defense
at the Geographical Institute (FU) Berlin;
„magna cum laude“
10/2010-02/2013Researcher (and Postdoctoral Researcher after finishing the PhD)
at the Geographical Institute Leipzig,
member of the working group of Prof. Christoph Zielhofer:
  • Lectures in physical geography,
  • supervising of students,
  • research in the field of quaternary sciences,
  • geochronology,
  • palaeoenvironmental studies/geomorphology and sedimentology
03/2013-10/2015Postdoctoral Researcher
at the Leibniz-Institute of Applied Geophysics
(working group of Prof. Manfred Frechen);
Involved in the research project “Northern Iranian loess and its palaeoclimatic implication”;
  • stratigraphical and sedimentological studies,
  • application of various luminescence dating techniques,
  • coordinator of a field campaign to the northern Iranian loess-plateau
Since 11/2015Postdoctoral Researcher
at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Department of Human Evolution;
Chronological and palaeoenvironmental studies on archaeological sites with focus on central- and eastern Europe; Research on the timing of Middle-Pleistocene glacial-interglacial cycles; chronology and stratigraphy of sediment archives within the typo region for the Elsterian-and Saalian glacial cycles.

Practical Experience & Lectureships at Universities

in the DFG-founded project
„Exploratories for large scale and long term functional biodiversity research“,
Soil mapping and soil sampling (Swabian Alb, south-west Germany)
10/2005-07/2007Research assistant
at the professorship for Geoecology and Quaternary Sciences of Prof. Dr. E. Bibus (Geographical Institute Tübingen)
March 2009Lectureship
at the Geographical Institute of the FU Berlin;
Course on laboratory methods in Physical Geography
May 2010Lectureship
at the Geographical Institute Leipzig;
and guidance of a 5-days field trip focusing on landscape evolution, periglacial processes, soil development and geoecology in south-west
July 2010Lectureship
at the Geographical Institute Würzburg:
Organisation and guidance of a 4-days field trip focusing on
periglacial slope deposits and soil development in south-west
October 2010 Assistance
in the organization of the conference „Arbeitskreis
guidance of an excursion focusing on surface- near quaternary deposits
(e.g. glacio-fluvial and moraine deposits of the Saalian glacial cycle)
in the Leipzig lowlands and in the Saxony-Anhalt loess region
May 2012Assistance
in the organization of the conference „Arbeitskreises
Geoarchäologie und der AG Paläopedologie“, guidance of an
excursion focusing on sediment archives in NW-Saxony (Germany)
October 2014Member
of the Scientific Committee of the international symposium on
“Loss, Soils & Climate Change in Southern Eurasia”;
Presentation of sediment archives during the conference-excursion
Sommersemester 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018Lectureship
at the Geographical Institute Giessen:
Organisation and guidance of a 4-days field trip focusing on soils, periglacial slope deposits and Quaternary and Tertiary landscape development in southwest Germany
Wintersemester 2017/2018, 2018/2019Lectureship
at the Geographical Institute Leipzig Seminar including excursion on Pleistocene sediment archives

Affilations, Reviews & Grants

  • German Quaternary Association
  • Quaternary Subcommission of the German Stratigraphic Commission
  • German Society of Geosciences
  • Deutscher Arbeitskreis für Geomorphologie
  • Secretary: Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG)

Reviewer for the following journals:

  • Quaternary Science Reviews
  • Quaternary Geochronology
  • Catena
  • Geomorphology
  • Geochronometria
  • Quaternary Science Journal
  • Austrian Journal of Earthsciences
  • Radiation Measurements
  • Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie
  • Journal of Human Evolution
  • Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  • Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology
  • Journal of Mountain Science
  • Reviewer for the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)
2019DFG reserach fellowship (about 14.000 EUR; 1.5.2019 – 31.07.2019) in cooperation with Michel Lamothe (Université du Québec, Montreal). Topic: Infrared-radiofluorescence dating of loess sediments from Alaska with independent age control.
2014DAAD grant (about 2.400 Euro)
to join the „14th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating“
in Montreal, Canada

Sessions on Conferences


International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)
Sediment archives to unravel environmental change influencing Human dispersal in the European Plain
Convenor: Tobias Lauer
Co-Convenors: Marcel Weiß, Roland Zech and Andrzej Wiśniewski

2016, 2017, 2018European Geoscience Union (EGU)
Aeolian dust: Initiator, Player, and Recorder of Environmental Change (co-organized)
Convener: Peter Knippertz 
Co-Conveners: Jan-Berend Stuut, Joanna Nield, Tobias Lauer


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 Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementary Issue: “Climatic signals in geomorphological systems. Approaches from aeolian, fluvial, colluvial, periglacial, coastal, and man-made geomorphological systems” Editorial.: Zielhofer, C., Suchodoletz, H. v., Lauer, T., Heinrich, J.