Dr. rer. nat. Clemens von Scheffer

Clemens von Scheffer

Research staff

Olshausenstraße 75, 24118 Kiel, Raum: R 124
Phone: +49 431 880-5233

Research interests

  • Peatlands
  • Paleoclimate and environment
  • Geochemistry
  • Dating methods and age-depth modelling
  • Anthropogenic impact, land use, pollution


2016 – July 2019
PhD, binational doctoral degree between Kiel University and Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT), France.
Member of “Sciences de l'Univers, de l'Environnement et de l'Espace“ (SDU2E, Toulouse) and “Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes” (GSHDL), Kiel)
Dissertation: Holocene human impact, climate and environment in the northern Central Alps: a geochemical approach on mountain peatlands

September 2014 – February 2015
Laboratory work for the master thesis at Ecolab (INP Toulouse, France) supported by a PROMOS scholarship.

2011 – 2015
M.Sc in Geosciences at Kiel University. Thesis: Geochemical evolution of the atmospheric inputs into a peat bog of Southern-Chile.

2012 – 2013
Two ERASMUS semesters at the INP Toulouse (ENSAT, ENSIACET, ENSEEIHT). Master 2 «Hydrologie, Hydrochimie, Sol, Environnement». Thesis on the inorganic geochemistry of a peat bog of Tierra del Fuego, inferring dust flux, palaeoclimatic and -environmental conditions from late Pleistocene to mid Holocene

2008 – 2011
B.Sc. in Geosciences at Kiel University. Thesis: Validation and sensitivity analysis of a numerical model based on a long term NAPL dissolution test on laboratory scale.

Work experience

Since January 2020
ROOTS postdoc, teaching in physical geography

April – September 2019
Institute for Natural Resource Conservation, successful grant proposal preparation for “DAAD” funding of double degree Master program between UAM Poznan and Kiel.

August – September 2015
Sensatec Gmbh in Kiel, Soil & groundwater remediation, microbiology.

February – May 2013
Internship at Ecolab (INP Toulouse, France). Sample preparation, Wet digestion, ICP-MS, ICP-OES of peat and soil samples

2011 – 2014
Student research assistant, clean laboratory (marine bio- and isotope geochemistry), GEOMAR, Kiel.

February – March 2011
Internship at Sensatec Gmbh in Kiel, Soil & groundwater remediation, microbiology.

April – July 2007
Internship at KSB solutions Gmbh in Bremen, Hydraulic systems.

Peer-reviewed Publications

De Vleeschouwer, F., Baron, S., Cloy, J.M., Enrico, M., Ettler, V., Fagel, N., Kempter, H., Kylander, M., Li, C., Longman, J., Martinez-Cortizas, A., Marx, S., Mattielli, N., Mighall, T., Nieminen, T.M., Piotrowska, N., Pontevedra-Pombal, X., Pratte, S., Renson, V., Shotyk, W., Shuttleworth, E., Sikorski, J., Stromsoe, N., Talbot, J., von Scheffer, C., Weiss, D., Zaccone, C., Le Roux, G., 2020. Comment on: “A novel approach to peatlands as archives of total cumulative spatial pollution loads from atmospheric deposition of airborne elements complementary to EMEP data: Priority pollutants (Pb, Cd, Hg)” by Ewa Miszczak, Sebastian Stefaniak, Adam Michczyński, Eiliv Steinnes and Irena Twardowska. Science of the Total Environment, 737, 138699.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138699

Schrautzer, J., Beiser, A., Bork, H.-R., Christ, L., El-Balti, N., Martens, T., Kempke, M., von Scheffer, C., Unkel, I. (2019). Classification, ecological characterization and development of montane mires (Kleinwalsertal, Austria). Phytocoenologia - International Journal for Vegetation Survey and Classification, 49(3), 263-285.
DOI: 10.1127/phyto/2019/0307

von Scheffer, C., Lange, A., De Vleeschouwer, F., Schrautzer, J., & Unkel, I. (2019). 6200 years of human activities and environmental change in the northern central Alps. E&G Quaternary Science Journal, 68(1), 13–28.
DOI: 10.5194/egqsj-68-13-2019

Vanneste, H., De Vleeschouwer, F., Martínez-Cortizas, A., von Scheffer, C., Piotrowska, N., Coronato, A., & Le Roux, G. (2015). Late-glacial elevated dust deposition linked to westerly wind shifts in southern South America. Scientific reports, 5, Nature Publishing Group.
DOI: 10.1038/srep11670

Conference contributions

von Scheffer, C. (2019). Human impact, climate and environment in the Holocene: reconstructing the past with portable XRF in mountain peatlands of the Northern Central Alps. Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, Kiel.

von Scheffer, C., Lange, A., Unkel, I., De Vleeschouwer, F., Schrautzer, J. (2018). From prehistory to modern times: the roles of climate and anthropogenic factors in landscape- and environmental change in the northern Central Alps (Kleinwalsertal, Austria). Central European Conference on Geomorphology and Quaternary Sciences, Giessen.

von Scheffer, C., Lange, A., Unkel, I., De Vleeschouwer, F., Schrautzer, J. (2018). Kleinwalser Valley: small mire – large history. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Österreich.

Pratte, S., Bao, K., De Vleeschouwer, F., Li, C., von Scheffer, C. (2018). A Holocene Geochemical Peat Record for Paleodust Tracing in NE China. Goldschmidt, Boston, USA.

Pratte, S., Bao, K., De Vleeschouwer, F., von Scheffer, C. (2018). Li C., A Holocene Geochemical Peat Record for Paleodust Tracing in Northeastern China. AGU, Washington DC, USA.

von Scheffer, C., Unkel, I., De Vleeschouwer, F. (2017). Environment, Climate and Human Impact in the Central Alps since the last deglaciation: Small-scale mires as sedimentological and geochemical archives. PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting, Zaragoza, Spanien.

De Vleeschouwer, F., Vanneste, H., Bertrand, S., Piotrowska, N., Coronato, A., Roland, T. (2016). von Scheffer, C., Fuegian Peatlands: Recorders of environmental change. Southern Connection Congress VIII, Punta Arenas, Argentinien.

De Vleeschouwer, Roland, T., F., Piotrowska, N., Vanneste, H., Bertrand, S., Mauquoy, D., Blaauw, M., von Scheffer, C., Le Roux, G. (2016). Refining the Holocene tephra stratigraphy of Southern South America. 12th international Conference Methods of absolute chronology, Gliwice, Polen.

Le Roux G., Mazier, F., Claustres, A., Enrico, M., Cuvier, A., von Scheffer, C., Galop, D., Heimburger, L.-E., Van Beek, P., Souhaut, M., Baron, S., Sonke, J., De Vleeschouwer, F. (2016). Dating the Anthropocene in peat archives, 12th international Conference Methods of absolute chronology, Gliwice, Polen.

Unkel, I., Warnk, T., von Scheffer, C. (2016). Climate, Environment and Human Impact in the Silvretta region since the last deglaciation, AK Geoarchäologie, Tübingen, Deutschland.


Université franco-allemande/Deutsch-französische Hochschule (DFH-UFA): cotutelle grant for mobility and expenses

DAAD/Campus-France: (PPP – Projekte des personenbezogenen Austauschs/PHC procope), mobility France – Germany.

INP Toulouse: Soutien à la mobilité internationale 2016 (SMI),

DAAD: PROMOS scholarship, six months stay at EcoLab, Toulouse