Dr. Martin Theuerkauf


  • quantitative landcover reconstruction from pollen data
  • high resolution spatial and temporal landcover reconstructions
  • lake level reconstructions
  • modeling with pollen data
  • Lehre:
    • contribution to courses in "Quaternary Palynology" and the lecture series "History of the cultural landscape"

    Beruflicher Werdegang

    • Dezember 2017-Februar 2018 PI of the ROPES-Medi project for calculating pollen productivity estimates for Mediterranean plant taxa using the ROPES approach
    • Since February 2017 Research assistant in the BaltRAP project, based in the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, University of Greifswald
    • 2012-2016 Research assistant in the ICLEA virtual institute, based at the Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Greifswald.
    • 2011 Research Assistant Niedersächsisches Institut für historische Küstenforschung (NIhK), Wilhelmshaven. 
    • 2010  Research Assistant Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne 
    • 2007-2010  Ph.D. student with Prof. Hans Joosten, Department of Peatland science andPalaeoecology, University of Greifswald
    • 2006 Research Assistant, Staatliches Amt für Geologie und Umwelt Sachsen 


    • June 2014: Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.) “Fine scaled vegetation patterns 
    • July 2013 An INTIMATE Example summer school at Hämelsee/Germany
    • August 2009 Questing Summer School on palaeofire reconstructions, University of Franche-Comté (France)
    • 2003 / 2004 Marie-Curie-Fellow with John Birks, University of Bergen/Norway, including field course in the high mountain station of Finse and course “Stable isotopes and environmental change” at University college London
    • 2002 Diploma in the Department of Peatland sciences and Palaeoecology, University of Greifswald
    • 1999 / 2000 Massaryk-University Brno (Czech Republic), Erasmus student at the Institute of Botany
    • 1995-2002 Studies of Biology with in specialization Landscape ecology and nature conservation, Zoology and Geography at the Universities of Rostock and Greifswald  


    Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

    • Theuerkauf, M., Couwenberg, J. (2018): ROPES reveals past land cover and pollen productivity estimates from single pollen records. Frontiers in Earth Science 6, 14. DOI:  10.3389/feart.2018.00014.
    • Theuerkauf, M., Couwenberg, J. (2017): The extended downscaling approach: A new R-tool for pollen-based reconstruction of vegetation patterns. The Holocene 27(8): 1252–1258. DOI: doi.org/10.1177/0959683616683256.
    • Dräger, N., Theuerkauf, M., Szeroczynska, K., Wulf, S., Tjallingii, R., Plessen, B., Kienel, U., Brauer, A. (2017): Varve microfacies and varve preservation record of climate change and human impact for the last 6000 years at Lake Tiefer See (NE Germany). Holocene, 27, 3, pp. 450-464. DOI: doi.org/10.1177/0959683616660173
    • de Klerk, P., Theuerkauf, M., Joosten, H. (2017) Vegetation, recent pollen deposition, and distribution of some non-pollen palynomorphs in a degrading ice-wedge polygon mire complex near Pokhodsk (NE Siberia), including size-frequency analyses of pollen attributable to Betula. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 238: 122–143: doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2016.11.015.
    • Mrotzek A., Couwenberg J., Theuerkauf M., Joosten H. (2017) MARCO POLO - A new and simple tool for pollen-based stand-scale vegetation reconstruction. The Holocene 27(3): 321–330: doi:10.1177/0959683616660171
    • Mariani, M., Connor, S.E., Theuerkauf, M., Kuneš, P., Fletcher, M-S. (2016): Testing quantitative pollendispersal models in animal-pollinated vegetation mosaics: an example from temperate Tasmania, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews 154: 214-225.
    • Theuerkauf, M., Couwenberg, J., Kuparinen, A. and Liebscher, V. (2016) A matter of dispersal: REVEALSinR introduces state-of-the-art dispersal models to quantitative vegetation reconstruction. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany   25: 541–553. 
    • Müller, F., Bergmann, M., Dannowski, R., Dippner, J.W., Gnauck, A., Haase, P., Jochimsen, M.C., Kasprzak, P., Kröncke, I., Kümmerlin, R., Küster, M., Lischeid, G., Meesenburg, H., Merz, C., Millat, G., Müller, J., Padisák, J., Schimming, C.G., Schubert, H., Schult, M., Selmeczy, G., Shatwell, T., Stoll, S., Schwabe, M., Soltwedel, T., Straile, D. and Theuerkauf, M. (2015) Assessing resilience in long-term ecological data sets. Ecological Indicators, 65: 10–43, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.10.066.
    • Theuerkauf, M., Dräger, N., Kienel, U., Kuparinen, A. and Brauer, A. (2015): Effects of changes in landmanagement practices on pollen productivity of open vegetation during the last century derived from varved lake sediments. The Holocene 25: 733-744. 
    • De Klerk, P., Teltewskoi, A., Theuerkauf, M. & Joosten, H. (2014): Vegetation patterns, pollen deposition and distribution of non-pollen palynomorphs in an ice-wedge polygon near Kytalyk (NE Siberia), with some remarks on Arctic pollen morphology. Polar Biology 37: 1393-1412.
    • Jabłońska, E., Falkowski, T., Chormański, J., Jarzombkowski, F., Kłosowski, S., Okruszko, T., Pawlikowski, P., Theuerkauf, M., Wassen, M. J., Kotowski, W. (2014): Understanding the Long Term Ecosystem Stability of a Fen Mire by Analyzing Subsurface Geology, Eco-Hydrology and Nutrient Stoichiometry – Case Study of the Rospuda Valley (NE Poland). Wetland 34: 815-828.
    • Kaiser, K., Küster, M., Fülling, A., Theuerkauf, M., Dietze, E., Graventein, H., Koch, P. J., Bens, O., Brauer, A. (2014): Littoral landforms and pedosedimentary sequences indicating late Holocene lake-level changes in northern central Europe – a case study from north-eastern Germany. Geomorphology 216: 58-78. 
    • Theuerkauf, M., Bos, J.A.A., Jahns, S., Janke, W., Kuparinen, A., Stebich, M., Joosten, H. (2014): Corylus expansion and persistent openness in the early Holocene vegetation of northern central Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 90: 183-198.
    • Bramham-Law, C. W. F., Theuerkauf, M., Lane, C. S., Mangerud, J. (2013): New findings regarding the Saksunarvatn Ash in Germany. Journal of Quaternary Science 28: 1099-1417.
    • Davis, B.A.S., Zanon, M., Collins, P., Mauri, A., et al. (2013): The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) project. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 22: 521–530. 
    • Ramezani, E., Marvie Mohadjer M. R., Knapp, H.-D., Theuerkauf, M., Manthey, M., Joosten, H. (2013): Pollen–vegetation relationships in the central Caspian (Hyrcanian) forests of northern Iran. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 189: 38-49.
    • Theuerkauf, M., Kuparinen, A. & Joosten, H. (2013): Pollen productivity estimates strongly depend on assumed pollen dispersal. The Holocene 23: 14–24. 
    • Barthelmes, A., de Klerk, P., Prager, A., Theuerkauf, M., Unterseher, M. & Joosten, H. (2012) Expanding NPP analysis to eutrophic and forested sites: significance of NPPs in a Holocene wood peat section (NE Germany). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 186: 22-37.
    • Nielsen, A. B., Giesecke, T., Theuerkauf, M., Feeser, I., Behre, K.-E., Beug, H.-J., Chen, S.-H., Christiansen, J., Dörfler, W., Endtmann, E., Jahns, S., De Klerk, P., Kühl, N., Latałowa, M., Odgaard, B. V., Rasmussen, P., Stockholm, J. R., Voigt, R., Wiethold, J., Wolters, S. (2012): Quantitative reconstructions of changes in regional openness in north-central Europe reveal new insights into old questions. Quaternary Science Reviews 47: 131–149.
    • Prager, A., Theuerkauf, M., Couwenberg, J., Barthelmes, A., Aptroot, A. & Joosten, H. (2012): Pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs as tools for identifying alder carr deposits: A surface sample study from NE-Germany. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 186: 38-57.
    • Theuerkauf, M. & Joosten, H. (2012): Younger Dryas cold stage vegetation patterns of central Europe - climate, soil and relief controls. Boreas 41: 391–407. 
    • De Klerk, P., Donner, N., Joosten, H., Minke, M., Seifert, N., Karpov, N. S. & Theuerkauf, M. (2009): Vegetation patterns, recent pollen deposition and distribution of non-pollen palynomorphs in a polygon mire near Chokurdakh (NE Yakutia, NE Siberia). Boreas 38: 39-58.
    • Theuerkauf, M. & Joosten, H. 2009: Substrate dependency of Lateglacial forests in north-east Germany: untangling vegetation patterns, ecological amplitudes and pollen dispersal in the past by downscaling regional pollen. Journal of Biogeography 36: 942-953.
    • De Klerk, P., Janke, W., Kühn, P. & Theuerkauf, M. (2008): Environmental impact of the Laacher See eruption at a large distance from the volcano: Integrated palaeoecological studies from Vorpommern (NE Germany). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 270: 196-214.
    • Kaiser, K., Barthelmes, A., Czakó Pap, S., Hilgers, A., Janke, W., Kühn, P. & Theuerkauf, M. (2006): A Lateglacial palaeosol cover in the Altdarss area, southern Baltic Sea coast (northeast Germany): investigations on pedology, geochronology and botany. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 85: 197 – 220.
    • Prager, A., Barthelmes, A., Theuerkauf, M. & Joosten, H. (2006): Non-pollen palynomorphs from modern Alder carrs and their potential for interpreting microfossil data from peat. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 141: 7 – 31.
    • Theuerkauf, M. (2003): Die Vegetation NO-Deutschlands vor und nach dem Ausbruch des Laacher See-Vulkans (12880 cal. BP). Greifswalder Geographische Arbeiten 29: 143-189.