Dr. Oliver Rach
Function and Responsibilities:I am Labmanager in Section 4.6 - Geomorphology and responsible for the Organic Surface Geochemistry Lab (OSGL), the Sediment Lab (SedLab) and the Physical Experimental Lab (PhyLab). In addition to the general organization of our laboratories, my major tasks are analytical method development, documentation, quality assurance and the coordination of laboratory staff.
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My scientific interests are the interactions between atmosphere, biosphere and lithosphere, especially how changes in one system can trigger, weaken or amplify processes in another (i.e. hydroclimatic changes and erosion). My research activities are focused on the investigation of climate variability (on short and long-term time scales), their causes and effects on the regional hydrological cycle and ecosystem to improve our understanding of the underlaying key mechnisms.
- Biomarkers (organic geochemistry)
- stable isotopes (d2H, d18O, d17O, d13C)
- Paleohydrology/ Paleoclimatolgy
Career:since 2015 Labmanager of Section 5.1-Geomorphology (Labs)
2014 - 2015 Labmanager of the "Basel Stable Isotope Ecology Lab" at the University of Basel (CH)
Department of Environmental Sciences
Physiological Plant Ecology (PPE) - Prof. Dr. A. Kahmen
Education:2015 PhD in organic Geochemistry - University of Potsdam
(Titel: Qualitative and quantitative estimations of hydrological changes in western
Europe during abrupt climate shifts using lipid biomarker derived stable hydrogen
2010 - 2014 PhD-Student (organic geochemistry) at the University of Potsdam
2010 Diploma in geology - University of Potsdam
(Titel: High-resolution reconstruction of climate and environmental changes during
the middle Holocene based on varved sediments of lake Meerfelder Maar)
2004 - 2010 Studies in geology at the University of Potsdam (Diplom)
High and ultra-high-resolution reconstructions of hydroclimatic and ecological changes of Late Glacial and Late Holocene key-periods on several European key-sites
Proxy and method development on compound and non-compound specific stable isotope ratios