PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Stefan Dreibrodt

Stefan Dreibrodt

Research staff

Olshausenstrasse 100, 24106 Kiel, 1. OG hinten
Phone: +49 (0) 431 880-5578 u. 880-1502
Telefax: +49 (0) 431 880-4083

Research focus

High resolution reconstruction of the Holocene environmental history (land use, climate, soils, relief, vegetation) based on analysis of sediments (slope deposits and soils, lake sediments, alluvial sediments, archaeo-sediments) in Europe*, Asia** und the Pacific***

  • Reconstruction of Holocene paleolimnology and environmental history based on microfacies studies and geochemical measurements on annually laminated lake sediments
  • Reconstruction of Holocene soil formation and historical soil erosion on different scales (spatial: slopes, slope catchment area/ lake catchment area/ river catchment area; temporal: heavy precipitation events… Holocene; sediment budgets)
  • Geoarchaeological investigations at and around prehistoric and historic sites- reconstruction of ancient human-environment-interactions (e.g. fluxes of matter and energy in and out of prehistoric and historic sites, reconstruction of the genesis of sites)

Investigation sites in
*Germany, Bosnia-Herzegowina, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
***Easter Island (Chile)

Lecturer for students of Geography, Environmental Management, Archaeology
Supervision of Mastert-Theses and PhD-Theses related to the topic of Human-Environment-Interactions

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2016
PD Dr. rer. nat. habil.

Since 2009     
associated scientist of the DFG-Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes  (Principal Investigator)

Since 2005     
scientific assistant at the Ecology Centre / Institute for Ecosystem Research

2002 – 2005     
PhD stipendiate of the foundation Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

2000 – 2002
member of a research staff at the Institute of Soil Science at the Martin-Luther-University Halle/Wittenberg zurueck

Scientific Education

Habilitation Thesis “Holocene sediment records from Germany as indicators of landscape evolution under shifting human impact – an evaluation of the archives, chronology, processes, scales, and research perspectives” accepted, achievement of the Venia Legendi for “Physische Geographie/Geoökologie” (Physical Geography/Geoecology)

PhD Thesis „Integrative Analyse von Kolluvien und Seesedimenten zur Rekonstruktion der Bodenerosionsgeschichte im Einzugsgebiet des Belauer Sees (Schleswig-Holstein)“ (Reconstruction of Holocene soil erosion in the lake catchment area of Lake Belau based on an integrative analysis of slope deposits and lake sediments) – grade „summa cum laude“ at the University of Kiel (supervisors Prof. Dr. Bork, Prof. Dr. Dierssen, Prof. Dr. Hagedorn)

Diploma Thesis „Die Oberflächensedimente des Woseriner Sees als Umweltarchive” (The surface sediments of Lake Woserin as environmental archives)– grade „mit Auszeichnung“ (with distinction) at the University of Potsdam (supervisors Prof. Dr. Negendank, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Bork, University of Potsdam)

1993 – 2000
Studies in Physical Geography, Geology and Remote Sensing/ GIS at the University of Potsdam, Diploma, grade „mit Auszeichnung“ (with distinction)

Supplementary Activities

University didactical course

Advanced training radiation safety officer

2006 – 2007
Board Member of the Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen (VGDH)

University activities: participation in two commitees of the DFG-Graduateschool „Human Development in Landscapes“ (Evaluation of the applications of the PhD students, Evaluation of the device facilities of the clusters)

Reviews für die Journals Ecological Indicators, Geomorphology, CATENA, Quaternary International, Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart, Journal of Archaeological Science, Geodinamica Acta, Bulletin of Geography, Pedosphere, The Holocene


Publications (peer-reviewed)

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009


Feeser, I., Dörfler, W., Czymzik, M., Dreibrodt, S., 2016. A mid-Holocene annually laminated sediment sequence from Lake Woserin: the role of climate and environmental change for cultural development during the Neolithic in Northern Germany. The Holocene (available online).
doi: 10.1177/0959683615622550

Czymzik, M., Dreibrodt, S., Feeser, I., Brauer, A., 2016. Mid-Holocene humid periods reconstructed from calcite varves of the Lake Woserin sediment record (north-eastern Germany). The Holocene (available online).
doi: 10.1177/0959683615622549 top of page


Dreibrodt, S., Wiethold, J., 2015. Lake Belau and its catchment (northern Germany): A key archive of environmental history in northern central Europe since the onset of agriculture. The Holocene 25 (2), 296-322. top of page


Dreibrodt, S., Lubos, C., Lomax, J., Sipos, G., Schroedter, T., Nelle, O., 2014. Holocene landscape dynamics at the tell Arslantepe, Malatya, Turkey – Soil erosion, buried soils and settlement layers, slope and river activity in a middle Euphrates catchment. The Holocene 24 (10), 1351-1368.
doi: 10.1177/0959683614540949

Mitusov, A.V., Mitusova, O., Wendt, J., Dreibrodt, S., Bork. H.-R., 2014. Correlation of colluvial deposits with the modern land surface and the problem of slope profile description. Geomorphology, 220:30–40.
doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.05.020

Medović, A., Hofmann, R., Stankovic-Pesterac, T., Dreibrodt, S., Medovic, I., Pesterac, R., 2014. The Late Neolithic settlement mound Borđoš near Novi Bečej, Serbian Banat, in a multiregional context – Preliminary results of geophysical, geoarchaeological and archaeological research. Rad Muzeja Voivodine 56, 53–77. top of page


Dreibrodt, S., Lubos, C., Hofmann, R., Müller-Scheeßel, N., Richling, I., Nelle, O., Fuchs, M., Rassmann, K., Kujundžić-Vejzagić, Z., Bork, H.-R., Müller, J., 2013. Holocene river and slope activity in the Visoko Basin, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Climate and land use effects. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28, 559-570.

Zahrer, J., Dreibrodt, S., Brauer, A., 2013. Evidence of the North Atlantic Oscillation in varve composition and diatom assemblages from recent, annually laminated sediments of Lake Belau, northern Germany. Journal of Paleolimnology, 50, 231-244.
doi: 10.1007/s10933-013-9717-7

Dreibrodt, S., Jarecki, H., Lubos, C., Khamnueva, S., Klamm, M., Bork, H.-R., 2013. Holocene soil formation and soil erosion at a slope beneath the Neolithic earthwork Salzmünde (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). Catena, 107, 1-14.
doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2013.03.002

Mitusov, A.V., Dreibrodt, S., Mitusova, O.E., Khamnueva, S.V., Bork, H.-R., 2013. Detection of land surface memory by correlations between thickness of colluvial deposits and morphometric variables. Geomorphology, 191, 109-117.
doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.03.006

Lubos, C.C.M., Dreibrodt, S., Robin, V., Nelle, O., Khamnueva, S., Richling, I., Bultmann, B., Bork, H.-R., 2012. Settlement and environmental history of a multilayered settlement mound in Niederröblingen (central Germany) a multi-proxy approach. Journal of Archaeological Science, in press, Available online,
doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.07.022 top of page


Dörfler, W., Feeser, I., van den Bogaard, C., Dreibrodt, S., Erlenkeuser, H., Kleinmann, A., Merkt, J., Wiethold, J., 2012. A high-quality annually laminated sequence from Lake Belau, Northern Germany: Revised chronology and its implications for palynological and tephrochronological studies, The Holocene 22, 1413-1426.
doi: 10.1177/0959683612449756

Schroedter, T.M., Dreibrodt, S., Hofmann, R., Lomax, J., Müller, J., Nelle, O., 2012. Interdisciplinary interpretation of challenging archives: Charcoal assemblages in Drina Valley alluvial and colluvial sediments (Jagnilo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Quaternary International, in press, Available online,
doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.02.030  top of page


Lubos, C.C.M., Dreibrodt, S., Nelle, O., Klamm, M., Friederich, S., Meller, H., Nadeau, M-R., Grootes, P.M., Fuchs, M., Bork, H.-R., 2011. A multilayered prehistoric settlement structure (Tell?) at Niederröblingen, Germany and its Implications. Journal of Archaeological Science 38,5, 1101-1110.
doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.12.005

Dotterweich, M., Dreibrodt, S.: Past land use and soil erosion processes in central Europe. PAGES NEWS 19/2,
http://www.pages-igbp.org/products/2011-03-28-16-23-06/370-pages-news-vol-19-no2 top of page


Dreibrodt, S., Lomax, J., Nelle O., Lubos, C., Fischer, P., Mitusov, A., Reiss, S., Radtke, U., Nadeau, M., Meiert Grootes, P., Bork, H.-R.: Are mid latitude slopes sensitive to climatic oscillations? – Implications from an Early Holocene sequence of slope deposits and buried soils from Eastern Germany. Geomorphology (in press).
doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.05.015

Nelle, O., Dreibrodt, S., Dannath, Y.: Combining pollen and charcoal: evaluating Holocene vegetation composition and dynamics. Journal of Archaeological Science (in press).
doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.02.010 top of page


Dreibrodt, S., Nelle, O., Lütjens, I., Mitusov, A., Clausen, I., Bork, H.-R.: Investigations on buried soils and colluvial layers around Bronze Age burial mounds at Bornhöved (Northern Germany) – An approach to test the hypothesis of “landscape openness” by the incidence of colluviation, The Holocene, 19, 3, 487-497.

Reiß, S., Dreibrodt, S., Lubos, C., Bork, H.-R.: Land use history and historical soil erosion at Albersdorf (northern Germany) – ceased agricultural land use after the pre-historical period. Catena, 77, 107-118.
doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2008.11.001

Dreibrodt, S., Lubos, C., Terhorst, B., Damm, B., Bork, H.-R.: Historical soil erosion by water in Germany – Scales and Archives, Chronology, Research Perspectives. A Review. Quaternary International (in press).
doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2009.06.014

Mitusov, A., Mitusova, O., Pustovoytov, K., Lubos, C., Dreibrodt, S., Bork, H.-R.: Palaeoclimatic Indicators in Soils under Archaeological Monuments in the Eurasian Steppe. – a Review. The Holocene, 19, 8, 1153-1160.
doi: 10.1177/0959683609345076

Bork, H.-R., Dahlke, C., Dreibrodt, S., Kranz, A.: Soil and Human Impact. Nova Acta Leopoldina 98: 63-78. top of page

Buchkapitel und sonstige Publikationen

Kirleis, W., Dreibrodt, S., 2016, The Natural Steppe Background: Forest, Forest Steppe, or Steppe Environment. In: Müller, J., Rasmmann, K., Videiko, M. (eds.), Trypilla Mega-Sites and European Prehistory: 4100-3400 BCE, European Association of Archaeologists, Routledge Taylor and Francis, New York, pp. 171-180.


Dreibrodt, S., Jarecki, H., Klamm, M., Lubos, C., Bork, H.-R.: Landnutzung und Landschaftsveränderung durch den Menschen in Mitteleuropa – Die Zerstörung von Teilen des Erdwerkes bei Salzmünde durch Bodenerosion, AISA (Archäologie in Sachsen-Anhalt)-Sonderband Salzmünde (im Druck).
Lubos, C., Dreibrodt, S., Stofflicher Aufbau der Tellschichten von Niederröblingen, in: Meller, H., (ed.) Archäologie in Sachsen-Anhalt- Sonderband 14: A71 - Niederröblingen, pp. 43-46.


Bork, H.-R., Dreibrodt, S., Mieth, A.: Wandel der Ökosysteme der Erde unter dem Einfluss des Menschen. Terra Nostra 2009/2: 51-55.


Bork, H.-R., Beyer, A., Dreibrodt, S.: Bodendegradation. Ausmaß, Ursachen und Folgen. Geographie und Schule 30/175, 4-7. top of page