Franziska Kobe (Paleontology Section, Institute of Geological Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin) got her Master Degree from the Institute of Geological Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB). She is currently a Ph.D. student with the Baikal Archaeology Project under the supervision of Professor Pavel Tarasov at FUB specialized in pollen analysis. Her Bachelor Thesis accomplished in 2016 contributes to the testing a more efficient, least time-consuming and health and environmentally-friendly standard method for pollen extraction from various soft sediments. The key results of this study have been published in a peer-reviewed journal Quaternary International (Leipe et al., 2019). As a student assistant, she took part in the multidisciplinary Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project supervised by Dr. Christian Leipe and Prof. Pavel Tarasov. For her Master Thesis she studied a sediment section from eastern Germany in order to reconstruct Lateglacial and early Holocene environments and human occupation in Brandenburg (Kobe et al., 2019. Geography, Environment, Sustainability 12(2), 132-147). In her current PhD project, she analyses pollen samples from Lateglacial and Holocene sediments of Lake Ochaul from the Cis-Baikal region, aiming to provide high-resolution vegetation and climate record for this region in combination with other environmental proxies.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Pollen analysis, Climate reconstruction, Biome reconstruction, Human-environment interactions

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