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Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr


Geologische Wissenschaften

Fachrichtung Paläontologie

Professorin für Paläoklimatologie

Malteserstrasse 74-100, Haus D
Room D.022
12249 Berlin

Office hours

According to the arrangement.


Selection of publications

Urpferdchen – im Galopp durch tropischen Dschungel?
Leibniz-Institut zur Analyse des Biodiversitätswandels (2022)
Vortrag + Diskussion mit Dr. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr, Amir Andikfar und Jonas Lauströer

Heizt das Mittelmeer den Atlantik auf?: Weitreichende Wechselwirkungen in der Tiefsee
DER TAGESSPIEGEL, Jan Kixmüller, 2021

How El Niño climate phenomena helped create humanity
INDEPENDENT, David Schlüssel, 2021

Popcorn und Schneckenhäuser
Portal Wissen 2020,Nr.1;68-71

Jobkonzept Paläoklimatologie
Radio Potsdam (2019)
Gespräch mit Dr. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr und Prof. Dr. Björn Steinrötter

Klimakarussell.Heiss-Kalte Fernbeziehung
Forschungsmagazin „Ruperto Carola“ Nr. 13 (2018): Heiß & Kalt

Since 04/2023

Juniorprofessor at Freie Universität Berlin

04/2019 03/2023

post-doctoral researcher within the research group of Profs. M.H. Trauth, Institute of Geosciences, University of Potsdam

04/2018 - 03/2019

post-doctoral researcher, Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University

03/2017 - 03/2018

Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei

11/2016 - 12/2016

Post-doctoral researcher, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

09/2012 - 09/2016

PhD in Paleoclimatology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

10/2004 - 12/2011

Diplom (MSc) in Geoecology; Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

The overall goal of my research is to contribute to a better understanding of the temporal evolution of "System Earth", with particular emphasis on the interplay of low and high latitude climate processes and linkages between marine and terrestrial climate systems. Such an understanding will enable the assessment of future scenarios of an increasingly anthropogenically influenced world. These insights are gained through the use of state-of-the-art methods from the disciplines of paleontology, sedimentology, and geochemistry.

Current research topics:

  • Europe's Water Crisis – Earth history as a Model for a sustainable Water Future?
  • Deciphering the link between climatic changes in Africa and human evolution
  • Global monsoon variability during the last 5 million years - an analog for future climate change?


Peer-reviewed Journals:


  • Vaucher, R., Zeeden, C., Hsieh, A.I., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Lin, A.T., Horng, C.-S., Dashtgard, S.E., 2023, Hydroclimate dynamics during the Plio-Pleistocene transition in the northwest Pacific realm. Global and Planetary Change 223, 104088.
  •  Koutsodendris, A., Dakos, V., Fletcher, W.J. Knipping, M., Kotthoff, U., Milner, A.M., Müller, U.C., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Kern, O.A., Kolb, L., Vakhrameeva, P., Wulf, S., Christanis, K., Schmiedl, G., Pross, J., 2023, Atmospheric CO2 forcing on Mediterranean biomes during the past 500 kyrs. Nature Communications 14, 1664.
  • Lin, T.W., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Yamoah, K.A., Su, C.-C., Wang, L.-C., Wang, P.-L., Löwemark, L., 2023, Disentangling the impact of anthropogenic and natural processes on the environment in a subtropical subalpine lake catchment in northeastern Taiwan over the past 150 years. Science of The Total Environment 866, 161300.
  • Wang, X., Zhong, Y., Clift, P. D., Feng, Y., Wilson, D. J., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Gong, X., Zhao, D., Chen, Z., Zhang, Y., Tian, Y., Liu, Y., Liu, X., Liu, J., Xia, W., Yang, H., Cao, W., Liu, Q., 2023, Interactions between depositional regime and climate proxies in the northern South China Sea since the Last Glacial Maximum. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 38, e2022PA004591.


  • Zhong, Y., Shi , X., Yang, H., Wilson, D.J., Hein, J.R., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Lu, Z., Clift, P.D., Yan, Q., Lohmann, G., Liu, J., González, F.J., Jiang, X., Jiang, Z., Liu, Q., 2022, Humidification of Central Asia and equatorward shifts of westerly wind since the late Pliocene. Communications Earth & Environment 3, 274.
  • Foerster, V., Asrat, A., Ramsey, C.B., Brown, E.T., Chapot, M.S., Deino, A., Duesing, W., Grove, M., Hahn, A., Junginger, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Lane, C.S., Opitz, S., Noren, A., Roberts, H.M., Stockhecke, M., Tiedemann, R., Vidal, C.M., Vogelsang, R., Cohen, A.S., Lamb, H.F., Schaebitz, F., Trauth, M.H., 2022, Pleistocene climate variability in eastern Africa influenced hominin evolution. Nature Geoscience 15, 805–811.
  • Süfke, F., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Wei, K.-Y., Chuang, C.-K., Gutjahr, M., Pross, J., Friedrich, O., 2022, Intensification of Asian dust storms during the Mid-Pliocene Warm Period (3.25–2.96 Ma) documented in a sediment core from the South China Sea. Quaternary Science Reviews 292, 107669.
  • Kaboth-Bahr, S., Mudelsee, M., 2022, The multifaceted history of the Walker Circulation during the Plio-Pleistocene. Quaternary Science Reviews 286, 107529.
  • Gosling, W.D, Scerri, E.M.L., Kaboth-Bahr, S., 2022, The climate and vegetation backdrop to hominin evolution in Africa. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 377, 20200483.
  • Moal-Darrigade, P., Ducassou, E., Giraudeau, J., Bahr, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Hanquiez, V., Perello, M.-C., 2022, MOW strengthening and contourite development over two analog climate cycles (MIS 12–11 and MIS 2–1) in the Gulf of Cadíz: An impact on North Atlantic climate during deglaciation V and MIS 11?, Global and Planetary Change 208, 103721.


  • Bahr, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Jaeschke, A., Chiessi, C., Cruz, F., Carvalho, L., Rethemeyer, J., Schefuß, E., Geppert, P., Albuquerque, A.L., Pross, J., Friedrich, O., 2021, Late Holocene Precipitation Fluctuations in South America Triggered by Variability of the North Atlantic Overturning Circulation. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 36, e2021PA004223.
  • Bahr, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Karas, C., 2021, The opening and closure of oceanic seaways during the Cenozoic: pacemaker of global climate change?, Geological Society London, Special Publications 523.
  • Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Yamoah, K.A., Chuang, C.-K., Li, H.-C., Su, C.-C., Wei, K.-Y., 2021, Rapid humidity changes across the Northern South China Sea during the last~ 40 kyrs, Marine Geology 440, 106579.
  • Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Stepanek, C., Catunda, M.C.A., Karas, C., Ziegler, M., García-Gallardo, A., Grunert, P., 2021, Mediterranean heat injection to the North Atlantic delayed the intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciations. Communications Earth & Environment 2, 1-9.
  • Duesing, W., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Asrat, A., Cohen, A.S., Foerster, V., Schaebitz, F., Trauth, M.H., 2021, Changes in the cyclicity and variability of the eastern African paleoclimate over the last 620 kyrs. Quaternary Science Reviews 273, 107219.
  • Trauth, M.H., Asrat, A., Berner, N., Bibi, F., Foerster, V., Grove, M., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Maslin, M.A., Mudelsee, M., Schaebitz, F., 2021, Northern Hemisphere Glaciation, African Climate and Human Evolution. Quaternary Science Reviews 268, 107095.
  • Schaebitz, F., Asrat, A., Lamb, H.F., Cohen, A.S., Foerster, V., Duesing, W., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Opitz, S., Viehberg, F.A., Vogelsang, R., Dean, J., Leng, M.L., Junginger, A., Ramsey, C.B., Chapot, M.S., Deino, A., Lane, C.S., Roberts, H.M., Vidal, C., Tiedemann, R., Trauth, M.H., 2021, Hydroclimate changes in eastern Africa over the past 200,000 years may have influenced early human dispersal. Communications Earth & Environment 2, 1-10.
  • Catunda, M.C.A., Bahr, A., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Zhang, X., Foukal, N.P., Friedrich, O., 2021, Subsurface heat channel drove sea surface warming in the high-latitude North Atlantic during the Mid-Pleistocene Transition. Geophysical Research Letters 48, e2020GL091899.
  • Kaboth-Bahr, S., Gosling, W.D., Vogelsang, R., Bahr, A., Scerri, E.M.L, Asrat, A., Cohen, A.S., Düsing, W., Foerster, V.E., Lamb, H.F., Maslin, M.A., Roberts, H.M., Schäbitz, F., Trauth, M.H., 2021, Paleo-ENSO influence on African environments and early modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118, e2018277118.
  • Lin, T.-W., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Yamoah, K., Bahr, A., Burra, G., Chang, Y.-P., Dietze, E., Li, H.-C., Su, C.-C., Yam, R.S.W., Löwemark, L., 2021, East Asian winter monsoon variation during the last 3,000 years as recorded in a subtropical mountain lake, northeastern Taiwan. The Holocene, 09596836211019094.
  • Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Zeeden, C., Yamoah, K.A., Lone, M., Chuang, C.-K., Löwemark, L., Wei, K.-Y., 2021, A tale of shifting relations: East Asian summer and winter monsoon variability during the Holocene. Scientific Reports 11, 6938.
  • Trauth, M.H., Asrat, A., Cohen, A.S., Duesing, W., Foerster, V., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Kraemer, K.H., Lamb, H.F., Marwan, N., Maslin, M.A., Schäbitz, F., 2020, Recurring types of variability and transitions in the ~620 kyr record of climate change from the Chew Bahir basin, southern Ethiopia, Quaternary Science Reviews, 266, 106777.
  • Allstädt, F.J., Koutsodendris, A., Appel, E., Rösler, W., Reichgelt, T., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Prokopenko, A.A. and Pross, J., 2021, Late Pliocene to early Pleistocene climate dynamics in western North America based on a new pollen record from paleo-Lake Idaho, Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 101, 177–195.
  • Yamoaha, K.A., Chabangbornb, A., Chawchaib, S., Fritz, S., Löwemark, L., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Reimer, P.J., Smittenberg, R.H., Wohlfarthg, B., 2020, A muted El-Niño-like condition during late-MIS-3. Quaternary Science Reviews, 254, 106782.
  • Koutsodendris, A., Nakajima, K., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Berke, M.A., Franzese, A.M., Hall, I.R., Hemming, S.R., Just, J., LeVay, L.J., Pross, J., Robinson, R., and IODP Expedition 361 scientists, 2021, A Plio-Pleistocene (c. 0-4 Ma) cyclostratigraphy for IODP Site U1478 (Mozambique Channel, SW Indian Ocean): Exploring an offshore record of paleoclimate and ecosystem variability in SE Africa. Newsletters on Stratigraphy 54, 159-181.


  • Kaboth-Bahr, S., Koutsodendris, A., Lu, Y., Nakajima, K., Zeeden, C., Appel, E., Fang, X., Rösler, W., Firedrich, O., Pross, J., 2020, A late Pliocene to early Pleistocene (3.3–2.1 Ma) orbital chronology for the Qaidam Basin paleolake (NE Tibetan Plateau) based on the SG-1b drillcore record. Newsletters on Stratigraphy 43, 479 – 496.
  • Lu, Y., Dewald, N., Koutsodendris, A., Kaboth‐Bahr, S., Rösler, W., Fang, X., Pross, J., Appel, E. and Friedrich, O., 2020. Sedimentological Evidence for Pronounced Glacial‐Interglacial Climate Fluctuations in NE Tibet in the Latest Pliocene to Early Pleistocene. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 35, e2020PA003864.
  • Vogt-Vincent, N., Lippold, J., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Blaser, P., 2020. Ice-rafted debris as a source of non-conservative behaviour for the εNd palaeotracer: insights from a simple model. Geo-Marine Letters 40, 325–340.
  • Blaser, P., Gutjahr, M., Pöppelmeier, F., Frank, M., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Lippold, J., 2020. Labrador Sea bottom water provenance and REE exchange during the past 35,000 years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 542, 116299.
  • Zeeden, C., Obreht, I., Veres, D., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Hošek, J., Marković, S.B., Bösken, J., Lehmkuhl, F., Rolf, C., Hambach, U., 2020, Smoothed millennial-scale palaeoclimatic reference data as unconventional comparison targets: Application to European loess records. Scientific Reports 10, 1-13.
  • Bahr, A., Kolber, G., Kaboth‐Bahr, S., Reinhardt, L., Friedrich, O., Pross, J., 2020, Mega‐monsoon variability during the late Triassic: Re‐assessing the role of orbital forcing in the deposition of playa sediments in the Germanic Basin. Sedimentology 67, 951-970.
  • [2019]
  • O'Regan, M., Coxall, H.K., Cronin, T.M., Gyllencreutz, R., Jakobsson, M., Kaboth-Bahr, S., Löwemark, L., Wiers, S., West, G., 2019, Stratigraphic Occurrences of Sub-Polar Planktonic Foraminifera in Pleistocene Sediments on the Lomonosov Ridge, Arctic Ocean. Frontiers in Earth Science, 7, 71.
  • Kaboth-Bahr, S., Denis, V., Su, C.-C., O'Regan, M., Gyllencreutz, R., Jakobsson, M., Löwemark, L., 2019, Deciphering ~45.000 years of Arctic Ocean lithostratigraphic variability through multivariate statistical analysis. Quaternary International 514, 141-151.


  • Kaboth-Bahr, S., Bahr, A., Zeeden, C., Toucanne, S., Eynaud, F., Jiménez-Espejo, F., Röhl, U., Friedrich, O., Pross, J., Löwemark, J., Lourens, L.J., 2018, Monsoonal forcing of European ice-sheet dynamics during the Late Quaternary. Geophysical Research Letters 45, 7066-7074.
  • Bahr, A., Kaboth, S., Hodell, D., Zeeden, C., Fiebig, J. and Friedrich, O., 2018. Oceanic heat pulses fueling moisture transport towards continental Europe across the mid-Pleistocene transition. Quaternary Science Reviews, 179, 48-58.
  • Zeeden, C., Kaboth, S., Hilgen, F., Laskar, J., 2018. Taner filter settings and automatic correlation optimisation for cyclostratigraphic studies. Computers & Geosciences 119, 18-28.


  • Kaboth, S., de Boer, B., Bahr, A., Zeeden, C., Lourens, L.J., 2017, Mediterranean Outflow Water dynamics during the past ~570 kyr: Regional and global implications. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 32, 634–647.
  • Kaboth, S., Grunert, P., Lourens, L., 2017, Mediterranean Outflow Water variability during the Early Pleistocene. Climate of the Past 13, 1023–1035.


  • Kaboth, S., Bahr, A., Reichart, G.J., Jacobs B. and Lourens L., 2016, New insights into upper MOW variability over the last 150 kyr from IODP 339 Site U1386 in the Gulf of Cadiz. Marine Geology 377, 136-145.


  • Bahr, A., Kaboth, S., Jiménez-Espejo, F.J., Sierro, F.J., Voelker, A.H.L., Lourens, L., Röhl, U., Reichart, G.J., Escutia, C., Hernández-Molina, F.J., Pross, J., and Friedrich, O., 2015, Persistent monsoonal forcing of Mediterranean Outflow Water dynamics during the late Pleistocene. Geology 43, 951–954.


  • anthropogenic
  • climate processes
  • climate systems
  • geochemistry
  • geoecology
  • geological era
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Hydroclimate dynamics
  • monsoon variabilities
  • paleoclimatology
  • paleontology
  • Pleistocene climate
  • sedimentology
  • system earth
  • water crisis
  • water future