Summer School 2018 on Earth Surface Dynamics, Part 1

The VolkswagenFoundation funds a series of two summer schools entitled “Earth Surface Dynamics – Understanding Processes at the Earth’s Vulnerable Skin” led by apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth, together with nine instructors from Germany, United Kingdom, and Ethiopia. The application is now open, the deadline is 1 October 2017. Download the summer school 2018 flyer.

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New Article about the Chew Bahir Drilling Project in University Magazin Portal Wissen

In the latest issue of the U Potsdam’s magazine Portal Wissen includes two articles about the Chew Bahir Drilling Project. The first of these articles is about my involvement in the project, the possible link between climate and evolution, the drilling operations in the Chew Bahir and subsequent laboratory work and time series analyses. The second article is about ancient DNA analyses of the Chew Bahir drill cores performed by my collaborators Michael Hofreiter and Ralph Tiedemann.

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NEXUS – Earth System Dynamics at the University of Potsdam

The terrestrial Earth Surface System (ESS) is driven by geological, biological, and climatic forces. They form a complex system of closely coupled processes and feedbacks that are not yet sufficiently understood. Knowledge of these interactions is essential because the Earth’s surface is the foundation for all human activity and its dynamics impact all facets of life, habitability, and sustainability.

Through the U Potsdam’s research initiative NEXUS: Earth Surface Dynamics the renowned earth, environmental, life and data sciences of the Potsdam-Berlin area will intensify existing collaboration and liaise with new partners to form a network to understand Earth-Surface processes. U Potsdam’s science campus Golm will be the center of NEXUS providing modern infrastructure and a concentration of interdisciplinary expertise. Source: S. Schneider, U Potsdam.