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Frank Schlütz

Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Biologe


Research associate

Tel.: +49 4421 915-143



Curriculum vitae

since 10/2011 Research associate at NIhK
2011 Research associate at Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt/Weimar
2009 - 2011 Guest lecturer and head of Geoarchaeology at Free University Berlin
2006 - 2009 Research associate at Göttingen University
2006 Research associate at MARUM, Bremen
2003 - 2005 Research associate at Marburg University
2001 - 2003 Research associate at Göttingen University
1999 - 2000 Research grant by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
1993 - 1998 Research associate at Göttingen University
1998 Graduate PhD degree in Biology. Thesis: Palynological investigations on the Holocene history of vegetation, climate and human influence in High Asia (Nanga Parbat, Karkoram, Nianbaoyeze, Lhasa) and on the Pleistocene of China (Qinling Shan, Gaxun Nur)
1993 Graduate Diploma in Biology at the Faculty of Maths and Natural Sciences of Georg-August-University, Göttingen 
1986-1993 Study of Biology at Georg-August-University, Göttingen


Research priorities

Palaeoecology and landscape change under human impact and climate change, including Geoarchaeology, Archaeobotany, Pollen, Non-Pollen Palynomorphs (NPP) and Isotopes


Current research topics

•  WASA, Wadden Sea as an archive of landscape evolution, climate change and settlement history
Archaeobotanical and palynological auxillary investigations of the projects conducted by NIhK under the framework of  DFG Heavy Impact Programme 1630 "Harbours from the Roman Iron Age to Middle Ages"


Memberships, honorary offices, awards

German Quternary Association (DEUQUA)
Naturkundlicher Verein Egge-Weser (NEW), Beverungen
Ernst Reuter Gesellschaft, Free University Berlin



Shumilovskikh, L.S., Rodinkova, V.Y., Rodionova, A., Troshina, A., Ershova, E., Novenko, E., Zazovskaya, E., Sycheva, S.A., Kiselev, D.I., Schlütz, F., & Schneeweiß, J., 2019: Insights into the late Holocene vegetation history of the East European forest-steppe: Case study Sudzha (Kursk region, Russia). Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 397, in press.

Yu, K., Lehmkuhl, F., Schlütz, F., Diekmann, B., Mischke, S., Grunert, J., Murad, W., Nottebaum, V., Stauch, G., & Zeeden, C., 2018: Late Quaternary environments in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia: Vegetation, hydrological, and palaeoclimate evolution. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 514, 2019, 77–91.

Schlütz, F. & Shumilovskikh, L. S., 2017: Non-pollen palynomorphs notes. 1. Type HdV-368 (Podospora-type), descriptions of associated species, and the first key to related spore types. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 239, 47–54.

Meyer, M. C., Aldenderfer, M. S., Wang, Z., Hoffmann, D. L., Dahl, J. A., Degering, D., Haas, W.R., & Schlütz, F., 2017: Permanent human occupation of the central Tibetan Plateau in the early Holocene. Science, 355, 64–67.

Schlütz, F. & Bittmann, F., 2016: Dating Archaeological Cultures by Their Moats? A Case Study from the Early Bronze Age Settlement Fidvár near Vráble, SW Slovakia. Radiocarbon, 58, 331–343.

Shumilovskikh, L. S., Seeliger, M., Feuser, S., Novenko, E., Schlütz, F., & Pint, A., 2016: The harbour of Elaia. A palynological archive for human environmental interactions during the last 7500 years. Quaternary Science Reviews, 149, 167–187.

Ahlborn, M., Haberzettl, T., Wang, J., Alivernini, M., Schlütz, F., Schwarz, A., Su, Y., Frenzel, P., Daut, G., Zhu, L., & Mäusbacher, R., 2015: Sediment dynamics and hydrologic events affecting small lacustrine systems on the southern-central Tibetan Plateau - the example of TT Lake. The Holocene, 25, 508–522.

Hepp, J., Tuthorn, M., Zech, R., Mügler, I., Schlütz, F., Zech, W., & Zech, M., 2015: Reconstructing lake evaporation history and the isotopic composition of precipitation by a coupled δ18O–δ2H biomarker approach. Journal of Hydrology, 529, 622-631.

Schlütz, F., u. Bittmann, F., 2015: Archäobotanische und pollenanalytische Untersuchungen zu Subsistenz und Umwelteinfluss der bronzezeitlichen Siedlung Fidvár bei Vráble (Slowakei). Siedlungs- und Küstenforschung im südlichen Nordseegebiet, 38, 271-285.

Shumilovskikh, L. S., Schlütz, F., Achterberg, I., Kvitkina, A., Bauerochse, A., & Leuschner, H. H., 2015: Pollen as nutrient source in Holocene ombrotrophic bogs. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 221, 171-178.

Shumilovskikh, L. S., Schlütz, F., Achterberg, I., Bauerochse, A., & Leuschner, H. H., 2015: Non-Pollen Palynomorphs from mid-holocene peat of the raised bog Borsteler Moor (Lower Saxony, Germany). Studia Quaternaria, 32, 5-18.

Stebich, M., Rehfeld, K., Schlütz, F., Tarasov, P. E., Liu, J., & Mingram, J., 2015: Holocene vegetation and climate dynamics of NE China based on the pollen record from Sihailongwan Maar Lake. Quaternary Science Reviews, 124, 275-289.

Ahlborn, M., Haberzettl, T., Wang, J., Alivernini, M., Schlütz, F., Schwarz, A., Su, Y., Frenzel, P., Daut, G., Zhu, L., & Mäusbacher, R., 2014: Sediment dynamics and hydrologic events affecting small lacustrine systems on the southern-central Tibetan Plateau - the example of TT Lake. The Holocene, 25, 508-522.

Meyer, M., Wang, Z., Schlütz, F., Hoffmann, D., May, J.-H., & Aldenderfer, M., 2014: A colluvium – travertine sedimentary succession from the Tibetan Plateau: dating and climatic significance. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 16: EGU2014-14524.

Schlütz, F., Ivanova, M., Nowaczinski, E., & Bittmann, F., 2014: Natural science results in their archaeological context – Case studies on the Early Bronze Age settlement Fidvár near Vráble, Slovakia. 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), Istanbul. Tagungsband, 374.

Schlütz, F., Nowaczinski, E., Ivanova, M., & Bittmann, F., 2014: Vom Winde verweht bis ganz lokal – Mikro- und Makroreste aus archäologischen Verfüllungen. 8. Deutscher Archäologiekongress. Berlin 6.10. - 10.10.2014. AG Boden und Archäologie (Sitzung am 9.10.2014). Tagungsband.

Shumilovskikh, L. S., & Schlütz, F., 2014: Fungal Spores as Environmental Indicators : A Case Study from the Nepal Himalaya. 6th Workshop on Non-Pollen Palynomorphs, Tallin, Estonia. June 18-20, 2014 Tallinn University, Estonia. Tagungsband.

Shumilovskikh, L. S., & Schlütz, F., 2014: Non-Pollen Palynomorphs from raised Bog Borstel (Lower Saxony, Germany). 6th Workshop on Non-Pollen Palynomorphs, Tallin, Estonia. June 18-20, 2014 Tallinn University, Estonia. Tagungsband.

Tian, F., Herzschuh, U., Mischke, S., Schlütz, F., & Tian, F., 2014: What drives the recent intensified vegetation degradation in Mongolia - Climate change or human activity? The Holocene, 24, 1206-1215.

Wang, Y., Herzschuh, U., Shumilovskikh, L. S., Mischke, S., Birks, H. J. B., Wischnewski, J., Böhner, J., Schlütz, F., Lehmkuhl, F., Diekmann, B., Wünnemann, B., & Zhang, C., 2014: Quantitative reconstruction of precipitation changes on the NE Tibetan Plateau since the Last Glacial Maximum; extending the concept of pollen source area to pollen-based climate reconstructions from large lakes. Climate of the Past, 10, 21-39.

Zech, M., Tuthorn, M., Zech, R., Schlütz, F., Zech, W., & Glaser, B., 2014: A 16-ka δ18O record of lacustrine sugar biomarkers from the High Himalaya reflects Indian Summer Monsoon variability. Journal of Paleolimnology, 51, 241-251.

Schlütz, F., & Bittmann, F., 2013: Archaeobotanical and palynological analyses on the subsistence and environmental interaction of the Early Bronze Age settlement Fidvár near Vráble, Slovakia. 16th Conference of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany. 16th IWGP, Thessaloniki, 17-22 June 2013. Tagungsband.

Schlütz, F., & Bittmann, F., 2013: Palynologisch-geoarchäologische Untersuchungen zur frühbronzezeitlichen Siedlung Fidvár bei Vráble, Slowakei. 23. Jahrestreffen des Arbeitskreises Vegetationsgeschichte in der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft, Brandenburg in Brandenburg. 13.9-16.09.2013 (Vortrag am 15.09.2013). Tagungsband.

Schlütz, F., Nowaczinski, E., & Bittmann, F., 2013: Geoarchaeological investigations on soil material from Bronze Age ditches in Slovakia. XIIth International Symposium and Field Workshop on Paleopedology (ISFWP), Kursk & Voronezh regions, Russia. Paleosols, pedosediments, and landscape morphology as environmental archives, 10-15 August, Section 3 “Paleosols and pedosediments of human habitats”. Tagungsband.

Schlütz, F., & Shumilovskikh, L. S., 2013: On the relation of Potamomyces armatisporus to the fossil form-type Mediaverrunites and its taxonomical and ecological implications. Fungal Ecology, 6, 309-315.

Bebermeier, W., Schlütz, F., & Goren, A., 2012: Ancient and modern landscape along the Qaracay and the Masavera valleys – first results. Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Iran und Turan, 44, 145-154.

Fast, M., Schlöffel, M., & Schlütz, F., 2012: Medieval Latrine Sediments as an Environmental Archive. In: W. Bebermeier, E. Kaiser, R. Hebenstreit & K. Jan (Eds.), Landscape Archaeology Conference 2012 (LAC 2012). Final Programme and Abstract Book, 120-121.

Felauer, T., Schlütz, F., Murad, W., Mischke, S., & Lehmkuhl, F., 2012: Late Quaternary climate and landscape evolution in arid Central Asia: a multiproxy study of lake archive Bayan Tohomin Nuur, Gobi desert, southern Mongolia. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 48, 125-135.

Schlütz, F., & Bittmann, F., 2012: Archäobotanische und pollenanalytische Untersuchungen zur Subsistenz und zum Umwelteinfluss der bronzezeitlichen Siedlung Fidvár, Slowakei. Treffen des Arbeitskreises Archäobotanik der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft, Villa Borg. 10.-13. Mai 2012. Tagungsband.

Schlütz, F., & Zech, W., 2012: Climate change in the central Himalaya during the late Quaternary. XVIII INQUA Congress, 21st–27th July, 2011, Bern, Switzerland. Quaternary International, 279–280, 435.

Shumilovskikh, L. S., Tarasov, P., Arz, H. W., Fleitmann, D., Marret, F., Nowaczyk, N., Plessen, B., Schlütz, F., & Behling, H., 2012: Vegetation and environmental dynamics in the southern Black Sea region since 18 kyr BP derived from the marine core 22-GC3. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 337-338, 177-193.

Lehmkuhl, F., Hilgers, A., Fries, S., Hülle, D., Schlütz, F., Shumilovskikh, L. S., Felauer, T., & Protze, J., 2011: Holocene geomorphological processes and soil development as indicator for environmental change around Karakorum, Upper Orkhon Valley (Central Mongolia). Catena, 87, 31-44.

Müller-Scheeßel, N., Gauß, R., Bittmann, F., & Schlütz, F., 2011: Izvještaj o arheološkim, geo'zičkim i palinološkim prospekcijama na Kupreškom polju/Bosna i Hercegovina 2009–2011. godine. Jahrbuch Zentrum für Balkanforschung/Godišnjak Centra za balkanološka ispitivanja, 40, 63-89.

Dupont, L. M., Schlütz, F., Ewah, C., Jennerjahn, T. C., Paul, A., & Behling, H., 2010: Two-step vegetation response to enhanced precipitation in Northeast Brazil during Heinrich event 1. Global Change Biology, 16, 1647-1660.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Kaiser, K., Reudenbach, C., Behrendes, L., La Duo, & Schlütz, F., 2009: How old is pastoralism in Tibet? An ecological approach to the making of a Tibetan landscape. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 276, 130-147.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., & Schlütz, F., 2009: Early human impact in the forest ecotone of southern High Asia (Hindu Kush, Himalaya). Quaternary Research, 71, 255-265.

Schlütz, F., & Lehmkuhl, F., 2009: Holocene climatic change and the nomadic Anthropocene in Eastern Tibet: palynological and geomorphological results from the Nianbaoyeze Mountains. Quaternary ScienceReviews, 28, 1449-1471.

Kaiser, K., Miehe, G., Barthelmes, A., Ehrmann, O., Scharf, A., Schult, M., Schlütz, F., & Adamczyk, S., 2008: Turf-bearing topsoils on the central Tibetan Plateau, China: Pedology, botany, geochronology. Catena, 73, 300-311.

Schlütz, F., Dulamsuren, C., Wieckowska, M., Mühlenberg, M., & Hauck, M., 2008: Late Holocene vegetation history suggests natural origin of steppes in the northern Mongolian mountain taiga. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 261, 203-217.

Jahns, S., Dupont, L. M., Behling, H., Bittmann, F., & Schlütz, F., 2007: A thankful tribute to Hans-Jürgen Beug on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 16, 73-75.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Schlütz, F., & Lehmkuhl, F., 2007: Wie natürlich ist die Vegetation der Hochweiden Osttibets? Geographische Rundschau, 11, 28-34.

Miehe, G., Schlütz, F., Miehe, S., Opgenoorth, L., Cermak, J., Samiya, R., Jäger, E. J., & Wesche, K., 2007: Mountain forest islands and Holocene environmental changes in Central Asia: A case study from the southern Gobi Altay, Mongolia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 250, 150-166.

Schlütz, F., & Lehmkuhl, F., 2007: Climatic change in the Russian Altai, southern Siberia, based on palynological and geomorphological results, with implications for climatic teleconnections and human history since the middle Holocene. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 16, 101-118.

Schlütz, F., Miehe, G., & Lehmkuhl, F., 2007: Zur Geschichte des größten alpinen Ökosystems der Erde: Palynologische Untersuchungen zu den Kobresia-Matten SE-Tibets. Berichte der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft, 19, 23-36.

Kaiser, K., Miehe, G., Schoch, W. H., Zander, A., & Schlütz, F., 2006: Relief, soil and lost forests: Late Holocene environmental changes in southern Tibet under human impact. In: Eitel, B. (Eds.), Holocene landscape development and geoarchaeological research. Borntraeger, Berlin, Stuttgart. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementband, 142, 149-173.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Schlütz, F., Kaiser, K., & La Duo, 2006: Palaeoecological and experimental evidence of former forests and woodlands in the treeless desert pastures of Southern Tibet (Lhasa, A.R. Xizang, China). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 242, 54-67.

Schlütz, F., & Zech, W., 2004: Palynological investigations on vegetation and climate change in the Late Quaternary of Lake Rukche area, Gorkha Himal, Central Nepal. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 13, 81-90.

Grüger, E., Schlütz, F., u. Henrich, W. A., 2003: Vegetations- und siedlungsgeschichtliche Untersuchungen am Trentelmoor bei Peine. Beiträge zur Naturkunde Niedersachsens, 56, 175-192.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Schlütz, F., u. Schmidt, J., 2003: Sind Igelheiden die zonale natürliche Vegetation altweltlicher Hochgebirgshalbwüsten? Vegetationskundliche, zoogeographische und palynologische Befunde aus dem tibetischen Nepal - Himalaya. In: M. Hartmann u. H. Baumbach (Hrsg.), Biodiversität und Naturausstattung im Himalaya, 7-22.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., u. Schlütz, F., 2002: Vegetationskundliche und palynologische Befunde aus dem Muktinath-Tal (Tibetischer Himalaya, Tibet). Vegetation and pollen records from the Muktinath Valley (Tibetan Himalaya, Nepal): A contribution to the environmental history of the Old World's mountain semi-deserts. Erdkunde, 56, 268-285.

Schlütz, F., 2002: Palynologische Untersuchungen zum Landschaftswandel im Altai und Überlegungen zu dessen Einfluss auf die Geschichte der Völker Eurasiens. Terra Nostra, 6, 322-328.

Schlütz, F., 2000: Palynological investigations in the Turgen-Kharkhiraa mountains, Mongolian Altay. Berliner geowissenschaftliche Abhandlungen A: Geologie und Paläontologie, 205, 85-90.

Schlütz, F., 1999: Palynologische Untersuchungen über die holozäne Vegetations-, Klima- und Siedlungsgeschichte in Hochasien (Nanga Parbat, Karakorum, Nianbaoyeze, Lhasa) und das Pleistozän in China (Qinling-Gebirge, Gaxun Nur). Dissertationes Botanicae, 315, 1-183.

Schlütz, F., 1998: Einbeck Negenborner Weg. Pollenanalytische Untersuchungen. Ein Beitrag zur Vegetationsgeschichte der Stadt Einbeck im Mittelalter. In: A. Heege (Hrsg.), Einbeck, Negenborner Weg. I: Naturwissenschaftliche Studien zu einer Töpferei des 12. und frühen 13. Jahrhunderts. Keramiktechnologie, Paläoethnobotanik, Pollenanalyse, Archäozoologie. Oldenburg, 169-174.

Schlütz, F., 1998: Vegetationsgeschichtliche Untersuchungen in Hochasien. 2. Zum Holozän des Karakorum und zum letzten Glazial im Qinling Shan. Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen, 142, 147-152.

Schlütz, F., 1997: Beiträge zur Vegetations- und Siedlungsgeschichte im Wesertal bei Höxter-Corvey. Ausgrabungen und Funde in Westfalen-Lippe, 9, 55-72.

Schlütz, F., 1996: Ein kurzer Beitrag über palynologische Untersuchungen im Wesertal bei Höxter-Corvey. In: B. Gerken (Hrsg.), Wo lebten Pflanzen und Tiere in der Naturlandschaft und der früheren Kulturlandschaft Europas? Natur- und Kulturlandschaft, 1, 187-189.

Schlütz, F., 1995: Zur holozänen Vegetationsgeschichte im Gebiet des Nianbaoyeze an der Grenze der Provinzen Qinghai und Sichuan. Göttinger Geographische Abhandlungen, 102, 185-200.

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