Aquatic Paleoecology - Prof. Dr. Oliver Heiri

Aquatic Palaeoecology specializes in the analysis of biotic remains in lake sediments using palaeoecological and geochemical approaches. This allows the reconstruction of past environmental changes (e.g. climatic change, eutrophication) and ecosystem processes (e.g. changing carbon sources for food webs, methane cycling in lakes). The aim of these studies is to assess how environments and ecosystems responded to natural and human-induced pressures in the past which, in turn, provides a basis for assessing their future response to environmental change.