Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983 – 1987
    Studied geology and palaeontology at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1988 – 1992
    PhD thesis, Institut de Géologie de l'Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Additional training in aquatic ecology (EAWAG and University of Zurich, Switzerland), environmental and palaeoclimate research (University of Bern, Switzerland), marine biology and geology (Senckenberg at the Sea Research Institute, Wilhelmshaven, Germany)

Selected publications

  • Schwalb, A. et al: Centennial eolian cyclicity in the Great Plains, USA: A dominant climate pattern of wind transport over the past 4000 years? In: Quaternary Science Reviews 2010. Doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.06.007, in press.

  • Pérez, L. et al: Distribution, diversity and ecology of modern freshwater ostracodes (Crustacea), and hydrochemical characteristics of Lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala. In: Journal of Limnology 69(1), 2010. pp. 146-159. Doi: 10.3274/JL10-69-1-14.

  • Frenzel, P. et al: Palaeo-water depth estimation for a 600- years record from Nam Co (Tibet) using an ostracod-based transfer function. In: Quaternary International, Quaternary International 218, 2010. pp. 157-165. Doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2009.06.010.

  • Schwalb, A.: Lacustrine ostracodes as stable isotope recorders of late-glacial and holocene environmental dynamics and climate. In: Journal of Paleolimnology 29(3), 2003. pp. 265-351.

  • Schwalb, A., Burns, S.J., Kelts, K.: Holocene environments from stable isotope stratigraphy of ostracodes and authigenic carbonates in Chilean Altiplano lakes. In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 148, 1999. pp. 153-168.

Selected projects

  • Ostracodes from ancient Lake Ohrid sediments as indicators of past environments: A coupled ecological and molecular–genetic approach with deep-time perspective (DFG-SPP-ICDP, Schw 671/11-1), 2009 – 2011

  • Microfossils as indicators of aquatic ecosystem evolution and monsoon dynamics (DFG-SPP 1371 "Tibetan Plateau: Formation-Climate Ecosystems", Schw 671/8-1), 2008 – 2011

  • Interdisciplinary geoscientific and archaeological studies of the amber finds at the Federmesser site of Weitsche in the rural district of Lüchow-Dannenberg, Germany (Lower-Saxon Ministry of Science and Culture, funding to Veil, Pott, Schwalb, Kaiser, Bittmann), 2007 – 2010

  • Palaeoclimate and palaeoecology of the northern lowland Neotropics, Phase I and II: Limnological survey of modern aquatic environments and palaeoclimate reconstructions from fossil species assemblages recovered by the Lago Petén Itzá Scientific Drilling Project, PISDP (DFG SPP-ICDP, Schw 671/3), 2005 – 2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG); steering committee for general research funding, senate committee on Research Prospects, ad hoc committee to evaluate applications for membership, since 2009

  • International advisory committee, International Paleolimnology Association, since 2008

  • Member of the DFG senate commission on joint research in earth science, since 2008

  • Member of the executive committee, International Association of Limnogeology, since 2007

  • Session organizer, 2006/2007, and German co-chair, 2008, German–American Frontiers of Science Symposium (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation/National Academy of Sciences)

  • Member of the DFG review board for geology/palaeontology, 2004 – 2009

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Licensed swimming coach (Swimmers' Association of Lower Saxony, Germany: swim-team leader, 1980; German Sport Federation: special training leader, 1983) and German Swimmers' Association: referee, 1981; Swiss Swimmers' Association: referee's title, 1991

  • Teaching and coaching experience for various swimming clubs, handicapped children and university recreational sports in Germany and Switzerland, 1980 – 1992


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