M. Sc. Theresa Grunwald

PhD Student
M. Sc. Theresa Grunwald
Building F, Room 451
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

I am a Ph.D student in the STEEPclim project, reconstructing the spatiotemporal evolution of the hydrological cycle in central and eastern europe during the Younger Dryas period.
I extract and analyze biomarkers in lacustrine sediment cores from Lake Steißlingen in southern Germany and Lake Czechowski in northern Poland.
Further I installed and maintain an automated sediment trap in Lake Steißlingen, to uncover the mechanism behind terestrial and aquatic biomarker proxy formation and deposition.

Research Interests:

- stable isotopes in ecology and geochemestry
- isotope mixing models
- biomarker proxies and pathways
- paleoclimatology


05/2015 – 01/2016
Master Thesis Leibniz Institut for Zoo- and Wildlife Studies
"A diet composition study of Canis lupus and Sus scrofa using stable isotope analysis"
11/2014 - 02/2015
Internship at the Alfred Wegner Institut for Polar- and Marine Research
11/2014 - 02/2015
Project at the Bremerhaven University of applied science/Biologische Anstalt Helgoland
“Algea compounds as a source for growth media of R. baltica”
09/2012 - 05/2013
Bachelor Thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
„Production of triacylglycerols and fatty acids with an arabinose metabolizing strain of Rhodococcus opacus PD630”


07/2016 - now          PhD Geo Science,    GFZ Potsdam, University of Potsdam
10/2013 - 03/2016   Master Biotechnologie,  Bremerhaven University of applied science 
03/2010 - 04/2013   Bachelor Biotechnologie, Beuth, University of applied science, Berlin


  • Winner of Famelab Berlin/Brandenburg 2016

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