Dr. Elisabeth Dietze

Elisabeth Dietze
Dr. Elisabeth Dietze

Function and Responsibilities:

Scientific interests

  • landscape evolution and palaeoclimate (e.g., northern central Europe, Tibetan Plateau)
  • palaeoenvironmental information on sediment cascades, lake level changes, and palaeofire regimes using lacustrine and terrestrial sediment archives
  • approaches from sedimentology, multivariate statistics (e.g., end-member modelling of grain size data), dating, multiple fire proxies including fire biomarkers (e.g. anhydrosugars)




  • Since 12/2012: Scientific assistant / PostDoc, GFZ Potsdam (ICLEA project)
  • 2012: Scientific assistant at the Chair of Physical Geography/Regional Geography of Central Europe, Technical University Dresden (teaching geomorphology)
  • 2008-2012: PhD-student and scientific assistant at Institute of Geographical Sciences, Free University of Berlin (TiP project)
  • 2007-2008: Scientific assistant at the Chair of Landscape Ecology, Technical University Dresden (teaching landscape ecology)
  • 2007: Scientific assistant at the Laboratory for Radio- and Environmental Chemistry, Paul-Scherrer-Institute, Villigen and University of Bern, Switzerland (analytical chemistry group)
  • 2006: Internship at CICESE, Ensenada, BC Mexico (Ciencias del mar y de la tierra)
  • 2002-2006: Student Research Assistant in Geography Department, Technical University Dresden (different projects) 
Peer-reviewed publications

Dietze, E., Słowiński, M., Zawiska, I., Veh, G., Brauer, A. (2016): Multiple drivers of Holocene lake level changes at a lowland lake in northeastern Germany. Boreas.10.1111/bor.12190.

Wündsch, M., Haberzettl, T., Kirsten, K.L., Kasper, T., Zabel, M., Dietze, E., Baade, J., Daut, G., Meschner, S., Meadows, M.E., Mäusbacher, R. (2016). Sea level and climate change at the southern Cape coast, South Africa, during the past 4.2 kyr. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 446, 295-307.

Borchers, A., Dietze, E., Kuhn, G., Esper, O., Voigt, I., Hartmann, K., Diekmann, B. (2016): Holocene ice dynamics and bottom-water formation associated with Cape Darnley polynya activity recorded in Burton Basin, East Antarctica. Marine Geophysical Research, doi:10.1007/s11001-015-9254-z

Dietze, E., Maussion, F., Ahlborn, M., Diekmann, B., Hartmann, K., Henkel, K., Kasper, T., Lockot, G., Opitz, S., Haberzettl, T. (2014). Sediment transport processes across the Tibetan Plateau inferred from robust grain size end-members in lake sediments. Climate of the Past 10, 91-106.

Kaiser, K., Küster, M., Fülling, A., Theuerkauf, M., Dietze, E., Graventein, H., Koch, P.J., Bens, O., Brauer, A., 2014. Littoral landforms and pedosedimentary sequences indicating late Holocene lake-level changes in northern central Europe — A case study from northeastern Germany. Geomorphology 216, 58-78.

Dietze, E., Wünnemann, B., Hartmann, K., Diekmann, B., Jin, H., Yang, S., Stauch, G., Lehmkuhl, F. (2013). Early to mid-Holocene lake high-stand sediments – a multiple-process archive for the north-eastern Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary Research 79, 325-336.

Dietze, E., Hartmann, K., Diekmann, B., IJmker, J., Lehmkuhl, F., Opitz, S., Stauch, G., Wünnemann, B., Borchers, A. (2012). An end-member algorithm for deciphering modern detrital processes from lake sediments of Lake Donggi Cona, NE Tibetan Plateau, China. Sedimentary Geology 243-244, 149-180.

IJmker, J., Stauch, G., Hartmann, K., Diekmann, B., Dietze, E., Opitz, S., Wünnemann, B., Lehmkuhl, F. (2012). Definition of transport processes and sedimentary deposits based on end-member mixing analysis of terrestrial sediments in the Donggi Cona lake catchment, NE Tibetan Plateau, Sedimentary Geology 281, 166-179.

IJmker, J., Stauch, G., Hartmann, K., Diekmann, B., Dietze, E., Opitz, S., Wünnemann, B., Lehmkuhl, F. (2012). Environmental conditions in the Donggi Cona lake catchment, NE Tibetan Plateau, based on factor analysis of geochemical data. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 44, 176-188.

Opitz, S., Wünnemann, B., Aichner, B., Dietze, E., Hartmann, K., Herzschuh, U., IJmker, J., Lehmkuhl, F., Li, S., Mischke, S., Plotzki, A., Stauch, G., Diekmann, B. (2012). Late glacial and Holocene development of Lake Donggi Cona, north-eastern Tibetan Plateau, inferred from sedimentological analysis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 337-338, 159-176.

Stauch, G., IJmker, J., Pötsch, S., Zhao, H., Hilgers, A., Diekmann, B., Dietze, E., Hartmann, K., Opitz, S., Wünnemann, B., Lehmkuhl, F. (2012). Aeolian sediments on the north-eastern Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary Science Reviews 57, 71-84.

Dietze, M., Muhs, S., Dietze, E. (2011). Ambiguities of relative age indicators on abandoned surfaces of arid environments. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementbände 55-3, 49 - 75.

Dietze, E., Diekmann, B., Wünnemann, B., Aichner, B., Hartmann, K., Herzschuh, U., IJmker, J., Kopsch, C., Lehmkuhl, F., Li, S., Mischke, S., Niessen, F., Opitz, S., Stauch, G. (2010). Basin morphology and seismic stratigraphy of Lake Donggi Cona, north- eastern Tibetan Plateau, China. Quaternary International 218, 131-142.


Price for best talk at the annual meeting of the AK Geomorphologie in Eichstätt, Germany, 2013

Travel Grants from PAGES and IAS (International Association of Sedimentologists) for participating in the 2nd PAGES Young Scientist and 4th PAGES Open Science Meeting in Goa, India (Feb. 2013)

Nature Geoscience Poster Award at XVIII. INQUA-Congress. Quaternary sciences – the view from the mountains. 21-27 July 2011 in Bern, Switzerland

Lohrmann Medal for excellent studies (Gesamtstudienleistung), Technische Universität Dresden, 2007