Prof. Dr. Eileen Eckmeier

Eileen Eckmeier


Olshausenstrasse 75, 24118 Kiel, Raum: 107
Phone: +49 431 880-6868

Research interests

  • Soil Geography and Geoarchaeology
  • Human-environment interactions in the Holocene: Soils as a resource for and archive of human activity on different spatial and temporal scales
  • Changes in soil properties induced by land use and climate change, and analysis of the underlying processes (soil formation – soil degradation)
  • Current investigation areas: European and Asian loess and steppe landscapes, especially in Central Europe, Russia and the Middle East, the Alps, and the African savannah (Serengeti)

Professional experience

04/2021 –  
Full Professor, Geoarchaeology and Environmental Risks. Institute for Ecosystem Research, Kiel University.

03/2016 – 03/2021    
Professor, Soil Geography. Department of Geography, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich.

07/2013 – 02/2016    
Senior researcher. Department of Geography, Physical Geography and Geoecology, RWTH Aachen University.

06/2010 – 06/2013    
Postdoctoral researcher. Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, Soil Science and Soil Ecology, University of Bonn.

04/2009 – 04/2010    
Postdoctoral researcher. Radiocarbon Laboratory, Kimmel Center of Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

10/2007 – 03/2009    
Postdoctoral researcher and teaching assignment. Department of Geography and Department of Pre- and Protohistory of the Institute of History, University of Zurich.

08 – 09/2007, 10 – 12/2005    
Visiting researcher. CSIRO Land & Water and University of Adelaide, Australia.

Dr. sc. nat. (PhD), University of Zurich, Switzerland. Thesis: Detecting prehistoric fire-based farming using biogeochemical markers.

05/2003 – 08/2007    
Research associate. Department of Geography, Soil Science & Biogeography, University of Zurich.

Diploma in Geography. University of Cologne; Minor subjects: Soil Science, Prehistoric Archaeology, History


  • Researcher-ID: M-8524-2015
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