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CV - Dominik Fleitmann


Curriculum Vitae - Dominik Fleitmann

Postal Address:               Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel

Phone / E-mail :              +41 61 207 6112 /


Date of birth:                  15 September 1969

Place of birth:                 Göttingen, Germany

Citizenship:                    German

Marital status:                 married to Elda Fleitmann (née Thöni), 3 children



2001        Ph.D. in Geology, University  of Bern, Switzerland

1997        Diploma in Geology, University of Göttingen, Germany



2012 - 2019      Chair in Palaeoclimatology and Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, UK

2018                 Associate Director, Institute of Basic Science Center for Climate Physics, Busan, South Korea (declined offer)

2006 - 2012      SNF-Professor (Associate Professor), Institute of Geological Sciences University of Bern, Switzerland

2005 - 2006      Senior postdoctoral researcher, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, USA

2003 - 2005      Postdoctoral research scholar, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, USA

2001 - 2003      Postdoctoral research scientist, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland

1997 - 2001      Ph.D. student, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland

1994 - 1997      Graduate research assistant, Institute and Museum for Geology and Palaeontology, University of Göttingen, Germany



​2009                 Editor’s Choice (2009). “Dates in a Cave”. Science, 326, 503

2007                 Editor’s Choice (2007). “Washing soils away”. Science, 315, 1339

2002                 Award for “Best Research in Yemen”, Yemeni Scientific Research Foundation, Sana'a, Yemen

2002                 Travel award of the IGBP poster session, Swiss Global Change Day 2002, Bern, Switzerland

2001                 Poster award, EURESCO Conference "Achieving climate predictability using paleoclimate data", Castelvecchio, Italy

2000                 Outstanding Student Poster Award, American Geophysical Union, AGU 2000 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California



2018                  DFG Reviewer of Clusters of Excellence Funding Line, Cologne, Germany

2017 - 2019       Director of Centre for Past Climate Change, University of Reading, UK

2017 - 2018       Member of the Scientific Committee of the 9th Int. Symposium on Eastern Mediterranean Geology (ISEMG), Turkey, 2018

2016 - 2019       Programme Director MSc. Environmental Archaeology, University of Reading, UK.

2016                  Reviewer of DFG Collaborative Research Centres proposal

2015 - 2018       Archaeology panel member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council South, West and Wales DTP

2015 - 2016       Co-coordinator  Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “Our Changing Climate: Past, Present and Future”

2014                  Interim Director of Postgraduate Research Studies Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, UK

2014                  Panel Chair, Workshop on “Mediterranean Holocene Climate and Human Societies”, April 2014, Costa Navarino, Greece

2014 - 2017       Committee member PAGES Euro_Med2k working group

2012 - 2015      Steering Committee Member of the Centre for Past Climate Change (CPCC), University of Reading, UK

2013                  Organizer of PAGES Euro_Med2k workshop, University of Reading, Reading, UK

2012 - 2015      Director of the Scientific Archaeology Research Group (SARG), University of Reading, Reading, UK

2012 - 2016      Steering Committee Member of the Walker Institute, University of Reading, UK

2012                 Contributing author to Chapter 5 “Information from Paleoclimate Archives”, 5th AR IPCC                   

2011 - present  Editor “Climate of the Past”

2011                 Co-Editor PAGES Newsletter on “The Medieval Climate Anomaly”, PAGES Newsletter, 2011

2009                 Member of the scientific committee, 62nd Geological Congress of Turkey, 13.-17.04.2009, Ankara, Turkey

2008                 Editor PAGES Newsletter on “Advances in Speleothem Research”, PAGES Newsletter Vol. 16, No. 3, August 2008

2007 - present  Member of the scientific advisory board, Climate Risk Analysis  (

2007 - 2011      Member of the public relation group at the Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland

2006                 Contributing author to Chapter 5 “Palaeoclimate”. In Climate Change 2007, 4th AR IPCC




Articles -Science, Nature, Nature Geoscience, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Scientific Reports, Antiquity, Climate Dynamics, Coral Reefs, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Earth-Science Reviews, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Geology, Climate Dynamics, Geophysical Research Letters, Global and Planetary Change, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Quaternary International, Quaternary Research, Quaternary Science Reviews, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, Paleoceanography, Journal of Hydrology, International Journal of Earth Sciences, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences


Proposals- - Austrian Science Fund, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Leverhulme Trust, Research Foundation-Flanders (Belgium), National Science Foundation (USA), Eurofleets, NBW Netherlands, AXA, National Science Center Poland




2020                 Turkey

2016                 Iran/Iraq-Kurdistan                   2001                 Oman

2015                 Turkey                                      2000                 Yemen (Socotra)

2013                 Iraqi-Kurdistan                         1999                 Oman and Yemen

2010                 Turkey                                      1998                 Oman

2010                 Saudi Arabia                            1997                 Oman

2009                 Turkey                                      1997                 RV SONNE, So 121

2008                 Turkey                                      1996                 Bermuda Island

2007                 Turkey                                      1996                 RV METEOR, M35/2

2005                 Turkey                                      1995                 RV METEOR, M31/3

2004                 Chile and Argentina                 1995                 RV METEOR, M31/2

2002                 Yemen (Socotra)                      1995                 RV METEOR, M31/1

2001                 Saudi Arabia                            1994                 Lake Constance



2015 - present               European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)

2009 - present               Swiss Quaternary Society (CH-Quat)

1998 - present               American Geophysical Union (AGU)

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