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Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel



Doctoral research student

Christian Heymann (Germany, 1980)

Dipl.-Geol. in Geology

Doctoral research student Christian Heymann, Dipl.-Geol.
PhD project
The Enviromental History of Lake Stymphalia (NE-Peloponnese, Greece)
The project deals with the relationship of the different cultures inhabiting the karst valley of Stymphalia, i.a. the Mycenaeans, the Classic Greek, the Romans, to their natural environments. The aim is an integral environmental history of the Stymphalia area, which can be divided in two structural fields: firstly, the scientific research of lake archives by means of sedimentological and geochemical (e.g. X-ray fluorescence) methods to decipher the local and regional palaeohydrological and -climatic pattern (Late Glacial to present), secondly, the scholarly study of archaeological findings and historical sources to establish the linkage between cultural development (human activity) and climate history in the mountain valley of Stymphalia and surrounding areas.
Research interests Proxy-based reconstructions of paleoclimate and paleoenvironment, natural versus anthropogenic change of the environment, cultural/environmental history of Europe, North Africa and the Near East, geoarcheology of the circum-Mediterranean region, carbonate sedimentology, sedimentary geology, sequence stratigraphy, petroleum geology.

Since February 2010
Member of the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at the Christian- Albrechts-University Kiel.

July - August 2008
Participation in the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology:“ Past Climate Reconstruction and Modelling Techniques”, University of Urbino, Italy.

September 2007
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany. Diploma (M.Sc. equivalent) in Geology with focus on Sedimentary Geology. Thesis: “Inner Ramp Dolomites: Facies, Sequence and Poroperm Analysis of a Reservoir Analog (Trigonodus-Dolomit, Reusten-Rottenburg area, SW-Germany)”. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Aigner.

September 2003 - May 2004
University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA. Exchange student at the Department of Geology and Geophysics and the College of Engineering and Mines.

April 2001 - August 2003 and June 2004 - September 2006
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany. Studies in geosciences (i.a., sedimentary geology, micropaleontology, geoarcheology).

Work experience

January 2008 - June 2009
Project scientist at the Geological-Paleontological Institute of the University of Hamburg (Research Group Micropaleontology).

Research assistant at the Institute for Geosciences, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany (Research Group Sedimentary Geology).

August 2005 - October 2005
Internship at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar- and Marine Research Bremerhaven, Germany (Marine Geology and Paleontology Section).

2002 - 2004
Research assistant at the Theological Centre for Scientific Culture, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany.

2002 - 2003 and 2006
Research assistant at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar- and Marine Research Bremerhaven, Germany (Marine Geology and Paleontology Section and Biology Section).

Research assistant at the Institute for Geosciences, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany (Research Group Paleontology).

Selected publications submitted
Heymann, C., Nelle, O., Dörfler, W., Zagana, H., Nowaczyk, N., Unkel, I., 2013?. Late Glacial to mid- Holocene Palaeoclimate Development of the Eastern Mediterranean Region Inferred from the Sediment Sequence of Lake Stymphalia (NE-Peloponnese, Greece). Quaternary International (submitted).

Unkel, I., Heymann, C., Nelle, O., Zagana, E., 2012. Climatic Influence on Lake Stymphalia during the last 15.000 years. IN: Lambrakis, N., Stournaras, G., and Katsanou, K. (Eds.), Advances in the Research of Aquatic Environments, vol. 1, Springer. (published)

Koehrer, B. S., Heymann, C., Prousa, F., and Aigner, T.: Multiple Scale Facies and Reservoir Quality Variations within a Dolomite Body - Outcrop Analog Study from the Middle Triassic, SW German Basin. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 27 (2), 386-411.


Since 2006
Associate member of the “American Association of Petroleum Geologists“, Tulsa, USA.

2002 - 2003
Elected student member of the Geosciences Faculty Council, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany

2001 - 2003
Student member of the structural commission, study commission, as well as appointments commitee for a professorship at the Department of Geosciences, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.

Since 2001
Member of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften“, Hannover, Germany.