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Dr. Knut Kaiser

Staff Scientific Executive Board

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building F, room 355
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-2830
Fax: +49 331 288-2831
e-mail: knut.kaiser(at)


About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

Coordination of some GFZ committees

Research Interests:

  • Palaeopedology, Soil geography
  • Geomorphology, Palaeohydrology
  • Interplay between humans and environment
  • Geoarchaeology


  • since 2010 Researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences 
  • 2008-2010 Researcher at the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
  • 2003-2008 Researcher at the Faculty of Geography, Marburg University
  • 1996-2002 Researcher at the Geographical Institute, Greifswald University


  • 2008 Habilitation in Geography (Dr. rer. nat. habil.), University of Marburg (“Soils and terrestrial sediments as indicators of Holocene environmental changes on the Tibetan Plateau”)
  • 2001 Dissertation in Physical Geography (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Greifswald („Late Pleistocene to early Holocene basin development in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/northern Germany – Investigations on stratigraphy, geomorphology and geoarchaeology; in German)
  • 1996 Diploma in Geography (Dipl.-Geogr.), University of Greifswald („Palaeohydrological and geomorphological investigations on the Holocene landscape development in the Müritz National Park, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/northern Germany“; in German)