Dr. Christian Leipe

Image Credit: J. Evers

Geologische Wissenschaften

Fachrichtung Paläontologie


Address Malteserstrasse 74-100 - Haus D
Room D.023
D-12249 Berlin
Telephone +49(0)30 838 70271
Email c.leipe@fu-berlin.de
Curriculum vitae
  • since 10/2015 Scientific associate (Principal investigator DFG Research grant LE 3508/1-1) at the Institute of Geological Sciences (Paleontology), FU Berlin
  • 04/2015–09/2015 Scientific Assitant at the Institute of Geological Sciences (Paleontology), FU Berlin
  • 09/2014–03/2015 Scientific Assitant at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Berlin
  • 03/2014–08/2014 Freelance work for the Institute of Geological Sciences (Paleontology), FU Berlin (Grant from the Research Committee and the Department of Earth Sciences of the FU Berlin for the promotion of young scientists)
  • 11/2013–02/2014 Freelance work for the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Berlin
  • 06/2014 Defence of doctoral thesis ("Insights into late Quaternary vegetation and climate dynamics in Monsoon Asia obtained from numerical pollen-based reconstructions")
  • 11/2010–11/2013 Doctoral student at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Palaeontology, FU Berlin
  • 06/2007–12/2007 Thesis in Palaeoenvironmental studies: “Tracking human impact on Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) using Pollen and Chironomidae (Diptera)” during a term abroad at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 04/2007–06/2007 Intern in a Marsden Grant-funded research project at the Department of Geology, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 03/2006–06/2006 Student Assistant at the Department of Geology, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 10/2001–08/2009 Study of Geography at the Institute of Geography, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • SS 2016: "Micropalaeontology and biostratigraphy" (lecture and seminar, 2 SWS, together with Prof. P.E. Tarasov)
  • WS 2016/17: "Applied Palynology" (lecture and seminar, 4 SWS, together with Prof. P.E. Tarasov)
  • WS 2016/17: "Human environment interactions" (lecture and seminar, 4 SWS, together with Prof. P.E. Tarasov)
  • WS 2016/17: "Coring and subsampling peatlands for palaeoenvironmental analyses" (excursion)
Research interests

My main research focus is on

  • past climate and vegetation reconstruction in Monsoonal Asia using numerical approaches based on modern and fossil pollen assemblages;
  • understanding the mechanisms of spatio-temporal variabilities of the Asian monsoon system during the late Quaternary; and
  • investigating the relationships between post-glacial climate, environmental variations and early human societies in South and East Asia.

Current project
  • DFG Research grant (Temporary position for principal investigator) LE 3508/1-1
    Project title: “Postglacial climate variability at the northern limit of the East Asian monsoon and its impact on environments and humans in the Hokkaido region, northern Japan”

Completed project contributions
  • Research Assistant in the project “Jomon Culture on Hokkaido” at the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) Berlin in cooperation with the Institute of Geological Sciences (FU Berlin).
  • Research Assistant in the DFG-funded Research Unit FOR 1380: “Himalaya: Modern and Past Climates (HIMPAC)” at the Institute of Geological Sciences (FU Berlin).

Research articles
  • Leipe, C.*, Sergusheva, E.A., Müller, S., Spengler III, R.N., Goslar, T., Kato, H., Wagner, M., Weber, A.W., Tarasov, P.E., 2017. Barley (Hordeum vulgare) in the Okhotsk culture (5th–10th century AD) of northern Japan and the role of cultivated plants in hunter-gatherer economies. PLOS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174397

  • Long, T.*, Wagner, M., Demske, D., Leipe, C., Tarasov, P.E., 2016. Cannabis in Eurasia: origin of human use and Bronze Age trans-continental connections. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 26(2) 245–258. doi:10.1007/s00334-016-0579-6

  • Demske, D.,Tarasov, P.E.*, Leipe, C., Kotlia, B.S., Lalit, M.J., Long, T., 2016. Record of vegetation, climate change, human impact and retting of hemp in Garhwal Himalaya (India) during the past 4600 years. The Holocene 26(10), 1661–1675. doi:10.1177/0959683616650267

  • Müller, S., Schmidt, M., Kossler, A., Leipe, C., Irino, T., Yamamoto, M., Yonenobu, H., Goslar, T., Kato, H., Wagner, M., Weber, A.W., Tarasov, P.E.*, 2016. Palaeobotanical records from Rebun Island and their potential for improving the chronological control and understanding human–environment interactions in the Hokkaido Region, Japan. The Holocene 26(10), 1646–1660. doi:10.1177/0959683616641738

  • Abe, C., Leipe, C.*, Tarasov, P.E., Müller, S., Wagner, M., 2016. Spatio-temporal distribution of hunter–gatherer archaeological sites in the Hokkaido region (northern Japan): An overview. The Holocene 26(10), 1627–1645. doi:10.1177/0959683616641745

  • Hosner, D., Wagner, M.*, Tarasov, P.E., Chen, X., Leipe, C., 2016. Spatiotemporal distribution patterns of archaeological sites in China during the Neolithic and Bronze Age: An overview. The Holocene 26(10), 1576–1593. doi:10.1177/0959683616641743

  • Schmidt, M.*, Tarasov, P.E., Hoelzmann, P., Meyer, H., Leipe, C., 2016. Diatoms from Lake Kushu: A pilot study to test the potential of a Late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental archive from Rebun Island (Hokkaido Region, Japan). Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 122, 106–122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jseaes.2016.03.005

  • Leipe, C.*, Nakagawa, T., Gotanda, K., Müller, S., Tarasov, P.E., 2015. Late Quaternary vegetation and climate dynamics at the northern limit of the East Asian summer monsoon and its regional and global-scale controls. Quaternary Science Reviews 116, 57–71.
  • Taft, L.*, Mischke, S., Wiechert, U., Leipe, C., Rajabov, I., Riedel, F., 2014. Oxygen and carbon isotope ratios in Radix (Gastropoda) shells indicate changes of glacial melt-water flux and temperature since 4,200 cal yr BP at Lake Karakul, eastern Pamirs (Tajikistan). Journal of Paleolimnology 52(1–2), 27–41.
  • Riedel, F.*, Henderson, A.C.G., Heußner, K.-U., Kaufmann, G., Kossler, A., Leipe, C., Shemang, E., Taft, L., 2014. Dynamics of a Kalahari long-lived mega-lake system: hydromorphological and limnological changes in the Makgadikgadi Basin (Botswana) during the terminal 50 ka. Hydrobiologia 739(1), 25–53.
  • Leipe, C.*, Demske, D., Tarasov, P.E., Wünnemann, B., Riedel, F., HIMPAC Project Members, 2014. Potential of pollen and non-pollen palynomorph records from Tso Moriri (Trans-Himalaya, NW India) for reconstructing Holocene limnology and human–environmental interactions. Quaternary International 348, 113–129.
  • Leipe, C.*, Demske, D., Tarasov, P.E., HIMPAC Project Members, 2014. A Holocene pollen record from the northwestern Himalayan lake Tso Moriri: Implications for palaeoclimatic and archaeological research. Quaternary International 348, 93–112.
  • Tarasov, P.E.*, Andreev, A.A., Anderson, P.M., Lozhkin, A.V., Leipe, C., Haltia, E., Nowaczyk, N.R., Wennrich, V., Brigham-Grette, J., Melles, M., 2013. A pollen-based biome reconstruction over the last 3.562 million years in the Far East Russian Arctic – new insights into climate-vegetation relationships at the regional scale. Climate of the Past 9(6), 2759–2775.
  • Leipe, C.*, Kito, N., Sakaguchi, Y., Tarasov, P.E., 2013. Vegetation and climate history of northern Japan inferred from the 5500-year pollen record from the Oshima Peninsula, SW Hokkaido. Quaternary International 290–291, 151–163.
  • Tarasov, P.E.*, Müller, S., Zech, M., Andreeva, D., Diekmann, D., Leipe, C., 2013. Last glacial vegetation reconstructions in the extreme-continental eastern Asia: Potentials of pollen and n-alkane biomarker analyses. Quaternary International 290–291, 253–263.
  • Wagner, M.*, Tarasov, P., Hosner, D., Fleck, A., Ehrich, R., Chen, X., Leipe, C., 2013. Mapping of the spatial and temporal distribution of archaeological sites of northern China during the Neolithic and Bronze Age. Quaternary International 290–291, 344–357.

* Corresponding author

Conference and meeting contributions
  • Leipe, C., Demske, D., Tarasov, P.E., Wünnemann, B., Riedel, F. and HIMPAC-Members, 2015. New Evidence for Climate Influence on the Evolution of the Harappan Civilisation from Palynological Records from the high-alpine Lake Tso Moriri (NW Himalayas). Talk at the conference "The Introduction and Intensification of Agriculture in Central Eurasia: The Exception to the Rule or the Exception That Proves the Rule?", 19 - 22 Mar 2015, Berlin, Germany.
  • Leipe, C., Kito, N., Nakagawa, T., Tarasov, P.E., 2011. Surface pollen spectra from monsoonal Asia and its application for quantitative reconstruction of Holocene vegetation and climate. Talk at the “Bridging Eurasia” 3rd International Workshop, Berlin, Germany.
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