Dr. Christian Ohlendorf

Position: Scientific Staff Member
Research Area: Geomorphology and Polar Research
Location: FVG M2051
Phone: 0421-218 67153
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  • Since Jan. 2002: Scientific Staff Member at GEOPOLAR (Univ. Bremen)
  • Jun. 1998 bis Dec.2001: Scientific Staff Member at EAWAG in the Department of Sedimentology (Surface Waters Research + Management) in Dübendorf (Switzerland).
  • Jul. 1993 to  Jun. 1998: Ph.D. student in the Limnogeology group of the Geological Institutet at ETH Zürich (Switzerland).
    Ph.D. thesis title: High alpine lake sediments as chronicles for regional glacier and climate history in the Upper Engadine, southeastern Switzerland. (ISBN 3-8265-4905-8)
  • Okt. 1987 to Apr. 1993: University studies of Geology-Paleontology at Georg-August Universität in Göttingen (Germany).
    Diploma thesis title: Investigations on the eutrophication and pollution history and sediment mapping of surface sediments of lake “Großer Montiggler See” (northern Italy).

Research Interests

  • Limnogeology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • XRF-scanning
  • lacustrine Geochemistry
  • research areas: Argentina, Germany, Poland

Research Projects


  • Paleoclimatology (Lecture)
  • Lab procedures in Geomorphology and paleoclimatology (Lab course)
  • Bachelorseminar (Seminar)
  • Introduction to scientific research (Exercise course)
  • Fluvial Geomorphology (Field course)


Peer reviewed publications

Kuhn K., Meima J.A., Rammlmair D. and Ohlendorf C., submitted. Chemical mapping of mine waste drill cores with Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) for mineral resource exploration. Journal of Geochemical Exploration.

Lisé-Pronovost A., St-Onge G., Gogorza C., Haberzettl T., Jouve G., Francus P., Ohlendorf C., Gebhardt C., Zolitschka B. and PASADO science team, 2015. Rock-magnetic proxies of wind intensity and dust since 51,200 cal BP from lacustrine sediments of Laguna Potrok Aike, southeastern Patagonia. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 411: 72-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2014.11.007

Oehlerich M., Mayr C., Gussone N., Hahn A., Hölzl S., Lücke A., Ohlendorf C., Rummel S., Teichert B.M.A. and Zolitschka B., 2015. Lateglacial and Holocene climatic changes in south-eastern Patagonia inferred from carbonate isotope records of Laguna Potrok Aike (Argentina). Quaternary Science Reviews 114: 189-202. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.02.006

Ohlendorf C., Wennrich V. and Enters D., 2015. Experiences with XRF-scanning of long sediment records. In: G. Rothwell and I. W. Croudace (eds.), Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research - Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores. Springer, (in press). http://post.queensu.ca/~smolj/jopl/monotitles.html

Schittek K., Kock S.T., Lücke A., Ohlendorf C., Kulemeyer J.J., Lupo L.C. and Schäbitz F., 2015. Environmental and climatic history in the NW Argentine Andes (24° S) over the last 2100 years inferred from a high-altitude peatland record. Clim. Past Discuss. 11: 2037-2076. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cpd-11-2037-2015

Hahn A., Kliem P., Oehlerich M., Ohlendorf C., Zolitschka B. and the PASADO science team, 2014. Elemental composition of the Laguna Potrok Aike sediment sequence reveals paleoclimatic changes over the past 51 ka in southern Patagonia, Argentina. Journal of Paleolimnology 52: 349-366. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10933-014-9798-y

Ohlendorf C., Fey M., Massaferro J., Haberzettl T., Laprida C., Lücke A., Maidana N., Mayr C., Oehlerich M., Ramón Mercau J., Wille M., Corbella H., St-Onge G., Schäbitz F. and Zolitschka B., 2014. Late Holocene hydrology inferred from lacustrine sediments of Laguna Cháltel (southeastern Argentina). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 411: 229-248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.06.030

Zhu J., Lücke A., Wissel H., Mayr C., Enters D., Ja Kim K., Ohlendorf C., Schäbitz F. and Zolitschka B., 2014. Climate history of the Southern Hemisphere Westerlies belt during the last glacial–interglacial transition revealed from lake water oxygen isotope reconstruction of Laguna Potrok Aike (52° S, Argentina). Climate of the Past 10: 2153-2169. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-10-2153-2014

Zhu J., Lücke A., Wissel H., Mayr C., Ohlendorf C. and Zolitschka B., 2014. Characterizing oxygen isotope variability and host water relation of modern and subfossil aquatic mosses. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 130: 212-228. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2014.01.013

Zolitschka B., Rolf C., Bittmann F., Binot F., Frechen M., Wonik T., Froitzheim N. and Ohlendorf C., 2014. Pleistocene climatic and environmental variations inferred from a terrestrial sediment record – the Rodderberg Volcanic Complex near Bonn, Germany. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 165: 407-424. http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/1860-1804/2014/0071

Buylaert J.P., Murray A.S., Gebhardt A.C., Sohbati R., Ohlendorf C., Thiel C., Wastegård S. and Zolitschka B., 2013. Luminescence dating of the PASADO core 5022-1D from Laguna Potrok Aike (Argentina) using IRSL signals from feldspar. Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 70-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.03.018

Hahn A., Kliem P., Ohlendorf C., Zolitschka B. and Rosén P., 2013. Climate induced changes as registered in inorganic and organic sediment components from Laguna Potrok Aike (Argentina) during the past 51 ka. Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 154-166. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.09.015

Kliem P., Buylaert J.P., Hahn A., Mayr C., Murray A.S., Ohlendorf C., Veres D., Wastegård S. and Zolitschka B., 2013. Magnitude, geomorphologic response and climate links of lake level oscillations at Laguna Potrok Aike, Patagonian steppe (Argentina). Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 131-146. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.08.023

Kliem P., Enters D., Hahn A., Ohlendorf C., Lisé-Pronovost A., St-Onge G., Wastegård S., Zolitschka B. and PASADO science team t., 2013. Lithology, radiocarbon chronology and sedimentological interpretation of the lacustrine record from Laguna Potrok Aike, southern Patagonia. Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 54-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.07.019

Mayr C., Lücke A., Wagner S., Wissel H., Ohlendorf C., Haberzettl T., Oehlerich M., Schäbitz F., Wille M., Zhu J. and Zolitschka B., 2013. Intensified Southern Hemisphere Westerlies regulated atmospheric CO2 during the last deglaciation. Geology 41: 831-834. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/g34335.1

Oehlerich M., Mayr C., Griesshaber E., Lücke A., Oeckler O.M., Ohlendorf C., Schmahl W.W. and Zolitschka B., 2013. Ikaite precipitation in a lacustrine environment – implications for palaeoclimatic studies using carbonates from Laguna Potrok Aike (Patagonia, Argentina). Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 46-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.05.024

Ohlendorf C., Fey M., Gebhardt C., Haberzettl T., Lücke A., Mayr C., Schäbitz F., Wille M. and Zolitschka B., 2013. Mechanisms of lake-level change at Laguna Potrok Aike (Argentina) – insights from hydrological balance calculations. Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 27-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.10.040

Schäbitz F., Wille M., Francois J.-P., Haberzettl T., Quintana F., Mayr C., Lücke A., Ohlendorf C., Mancini V., Paez M.M., Prieto A.R. and Zolitschka B., 2013. Reconstruction of palaeoprecipitation based on pollen transfer functions – the record of the last 16 ka from Laguna Potrok Aike, southern Patagonia. Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 175-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.12.006

Tylmann W., Enters D., Kinder M., Moska P., Ohlendorf C., Poręba G. and Zolitschka B., 2013. Multiple dating of varved sediments from Lake Łazduny, northern Poland: Toward an improved chronology for the last 150 years. Quaternary Geochronology 15: 98-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2012.10.001

Tylmann W., Zolitschka B., Enters D. and Ohlendorf C., 2013. Laminated lake sediments in northeast Poland: distribution, preconditions for formation and potential for paleoenvironmental investigation. Journal of Paleolimnology 50: 487-503. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10933-013-9741-7

Wastegård S., Veres D., Kliem P., Hahn A., Ohlendorf C. and Zolitschka B., 2013. Towards a late Quaternary tephrochronological framework for the southernmost part of South America – the Laguna Potrok Aike tephra record. Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 81-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.10.019

Zhu J., Lücke A., Wissel H., Müller D., Mayr C., Ohlendorf C., Zolitschka B. and the PASADO science team, 2013. The last Glacial–Interglacial transition in Patagonia, Argentina: the stable isotope record of bulk sedimentary organic matter from Laguna Potrok Aike. Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 205-218. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.05.025

Zolitschka B., Anselmetti F., Ariztegui D., Corbella H., Francus P., Lücke A., Maidana N.I., Ohlendorf C., Schäbitz F. and Wastegård S., 2013. Environment and climate of the last 51,000 years – new insights from the Potrok Aike maar lake Sediment Archive Drilling prOject (PASADO). Quaternary Science Reviews 71: 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.11.024

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