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Felix Bittmann

Prof. Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Biologe


Executive Director
Head of the Department of Natural sciences

Tel.: +49 4421 915-146





Curriculum vitae


 Deputy executive director of NIhK (bi-annually changing)
2009Executive scientific director of NIhK
2006Temporary acting scientific director of NIhK
2000Deputy scientific director of NIhK and head of the Department of Natural Sciences
1999 - 2000Research associate at Brandenburg State Office for Cultural Heritage and Archaeological State Museum, head of the archaeo-biological division, Potsdam/Wünsdorf
1994 - 1998Research associate at the Institute of Palynology and Quaternary Sciences, University of Göttingen
1993 - 1994Research associate at the Institute of Prae- and Protohistory and Provincial Roman Archaeology, University of Munich
1991PhD graduation at the University of Göttingen. Topic of the thesis: Vegetation history of the middle and late Pleistocene sediments in the Neuwied Basin (Middle Rhine)
1988 - 1992PhD student at the Institute of Palynology and Quaternary Sciences, University of Göttingen
1988Diploma in botany, University of Göttingen
1981 - 1988Study of biology at the universities Freiburg/Breisgau and Göttingen


Research priorities
  • Post-glacial vegetation and climate history
  • Archaeobotany/Palaeo-ethnobotany
  • Vegetation- and crop history of South East Europe
  • Quaternary biostratigraphy


Current research topics
  • Archaeobotanical investigations of Roman Iron-Age and Early Medieval terps in North Western Germany
  • Archaeobotanical and palynological investigations on subsistence and environmental impacts of the Bronze Age settlement Fidvár, Slovakia
  • The Wadden Sea as an archive of landscape evolution, climate change and settlement history


Memberships, honorary offices, awards
  • Honorary Professor at the University of Bremen, Institute for Geography
  • Editorial-in-Chief of the scientific journal Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, Springer, Heidelberg New York
  • Editorial staff of the journal Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt, RGZM Mainz, Germany
  • Member of the advisory board „Journal of Archaeology in the Low Countries“
  • Member of the Committee of the International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany (since 2016 speaker)
  • Member of the workgroup for vegetation history of the Reinhold-Tüxen-Society Hannover (Chair 2007-2016)
  • Full member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI)
  • Member of the Roman-Germanic Commission (RGK) of the DAI (2008-2018)
  • Full member of the Subcommission Quaternary Stratigraphy of the German Stratigraphic Commission (Chair 2012-2019)
  • Member of the Starting Grants evaluation panel SH6 (The Study of the Human Past) at European Research Council (ERC) in Brussels (2010-2017)
  • Member of the scientific advisory council „Forschungs- und Erlebniszentrum (FEZ) Schöningen“ (2010-2013)
  • Member of the scientific advisory council “Grabungsstätte Schöningen”
  • Member of the scientific advisory council „Excavations in Kalkriese“
  • Member of the scientific advisory council Oldenburgische Landschaft