Dr. habil. Knut Kaiser

Knut Kaiser
Dr. habil. Knut Kaiser
Building F, Room 222
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-2830
+49 331 288-2831

Function and Responsibilities:

  • Sustainability manager of GFZ
  • Representative of GFZ in the working group "Sustainability" of Helmholtz Association
  • Contributions to reporting (Helmholtz Association, State, Federal)
  • Contributions to reports, presentations and publications of the Executive Board of GFZ

Research Interests:

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


  • 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)