Prof. Dr. ès sci. Antje Schwalb

Antje Schwalb

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E-Mail: Umschlag antje.schwalbtu-braunschweig.de
Telefon: fon +49 531 391 7241
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Anschrift: Institut für Geosysteme und Bioindikation
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Langer Kamp 19c
38106 Braunschweig

Curriculum Vitae

2002 Habilitation, University of Göttingen. Venia legendi in Geology/Paleontology
1992 Dr. ès Sciences, Université de Neuchâtel, Schweiz
1988-1992 Université de Neuchâtel: Dissertation in Sedimentology, Geochemistry, Mineralogy und Paleoecology
1987 Dipl.-Geol., University of Göttingen, Diploma thesis in Quaternary Geology (stratigraphy, mineral deposits, landscape)
1983-1987 University of Göttingen: Study of Geology/Paleontology

Research Interests

Environmental and paleoclimate research of lake sediments (paleoclimate, paleolimnology, paleohydrology) with regional emphasis on i.e. North Germany, Alps, Midwest USA, Yucatán (Guatemala, Mexiko), Altiplano (Chile), Patagonia (Argentinia), the Balkans (Macedonia), Tibet (China).

Teaching Experience

Since 1996 teaching in Physical Geology, Paleoecology and Paleoclimate, Quaternary Geology and Sedimentology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, the University of Göttingen, the Büro für Umweltpädagogik (environmental education), Göttingen, and the Technical University Braunschweig.
Professional Career

Since 2012 Director, Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication, TU Braunschweig  
2010-2011 Director, Institute of Environmental Geology, TU Braunschweig
2004-2008 Director, Institute of Environmental Geology, TU Braunschweig
Since 2002 University Professor, Physical Geology/Geosystems, TU Braunschweig
2001-2002 Research Associate, Institute of Environmental Geochemistry, University of Heidelberg
1999-2000 Visiting Scientist, Limnological Research Center (LRC), University of Minnesota and U.S. Geological Survey, Denver
1998-2001 Research Associate / scientific coordinator, GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam
1997-1998 Research Fellow, Institut und Museum für Geologie und Paläontologie (IMGP), University of Göttingen
1996-1997 Research Associate (IMGP) University of Göttingen
1993-1996 Research Fellow at LRC, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and Visiting Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver
1992-1993 Geologist, Service d'Archéologie du Canton de Neuchâtel
1991 Assistent, Institut de Géologie de l'Université de Neuchâtel and Geographical Institute, University of Berne
1988-1992 Doctoral student, Institut de Géologie de l'Université de Neuchâtel
1987 Geologist, Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hannover

Honors and Functions

  • Jury Member, Niedersächsischer Staatspreis (since 2019)
  • Member of the Selection Committee, Humboldt-Forschungsstipendien-Programm der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (since 2019)
  • Member International Scientific Advisory Committee, Archaeological Site Schöningen (since 2017)
  • Member Board of Trustees, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (since 2015)
  • Member Board of Trustees, VolkswagenStiftung (since 2014)
  • Council member, University Trier (2014-2018)
  • Member of the DFG statutory bodies, committees and boards: Senate, Joint Committee, ad hoc Senate Review Committee on Membership Applications, Senate Committee on Strategic Planning (2009-2015); Review Board Geology/Paleontology (2004-2009)
  • Elected member, Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (since 2012)
  • Member Board of Directors, Braunschweiger Hochschulbund (2011-2014)
  • Member Scientific Advisory Board, GeoBio-Centers, LMU Munich (since 2010)
  • Selected by AcademiaNet, Profiles of Leading Women Scientists (since 2010)
  • Founding member, German Earth Probing Consortium, GESEP e.V., Board member (2008-2012)
  • Advisory Committee, International Paleolimnology Association (2008-2015)
  • Board Member, International Association of Limnogeology (2007-2018)
  • Session Organizer (2006, 2007) and German Co-Chair (2008), German-American Frontiers of Science Symposium (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/National Academy of Sciences)
  • BMBF Junior Research Group (DEKLIM-E, 2001-2006)
  • DFG habilitation scholarship (1997-1999)
  • Scholarships by the Swiss National Science Foundation for "Chercheur Débutant" (1993-1994) and "Chercheur Avancé" (1994-1996)


American Quaternary Association, American Geophysical Union, Bund Deutscher Geologen, Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft, Geologische Vereinigung, Deutsche Quartärvereinigung, International Association of Limnogeology, International Paleolimnology Association, Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Hydrologie und Limnologie


since 2018 Series Editor Syntheses in Limnology, SpringerNature
since 2015 Editorial Board Member Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group
2012 - 2013

Guest editor Quaternary Science Reviews, special volume:
Leng, M-J., Barker, P.A., Schwalb, A., 2013. Isotopes and lakes

2008 - 2010

Guest editor Quaternary International, special volume:
Schwalb, A., Schütt, B., Fang, X., 2010. Climate evolution and Response on the Tibetan Plateau


Publications in international journals with peer review


Krahn, K.J., Wetzel, C.E., Ector., L., Schwalb, A., 2018. Achnanthidium neotropicum sp. nov., a new freshwater diatom from Lake Apastepeque in El Salvador (Central America). Phytotaxa 382, 1, 089–101, https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.382.1.4

Sylvestre, F., Schuster, M., Vogel, H., Abdheramane, M., Ariztegui, D., Salzmann, U., Schwalb, A., Waldmann, N., 2018. The Lake CHAd Deep DRILLing project (CHADRILL) – targeting ~10 million years of environmental and climate change in Africa. Sci. Dril., 24, 71–78.

Coviaga, C., Cusminsky, G., Pérez, A.P., Schwalb, A., Markgraf, V., Ariztegui, D., 2018. Paleoenvironmental changes during the last 3000 years in Lake Cari-Laufquen (Northern Patagonia, Argentina), inferred from ostracod paleoecology, petrophysical, sedimentological and geochemical data. The Holocene 28 (12), 1881–1893.

Cohuo, S., Macario-González, L., Pérez, L., Sylvestre, F., Paillès, C., Curtis, J.H., Kutterolf, S., Wojewódka, M., Zawisza, E., Szeroczyńska, K., Schwalb, A., 2018. Climate ultrastructure and aquatic community response to Heinrich Stadials (HS5a-HS1) in the continental northern Neotropics. Quaternary Science Reviews 197, 75-91, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev. 2018.07.015 0277-3791

Alivernini, M., Akita, L.G., Ahlborn, M., Börner, N., Haberzettl, T., Kasper, T., Plessen, B., Peng, P., Schwalb, A., Wang, J., Frenzel, P., 2018. Ostracod-based reconstruction of Late Quaternary lake level changes within the Tangra Yumco lake system (southern Tibetan Plateau). Journal of Quaternary Science 33, 6, 713-720, DOI: 10.1002/jqs.3047

Macario-González, L., Cohuo, S., Elías-Gutiérrez, M., Vences, M., Pérez, L., Schwalb, A., 2018. Integrative taxonomy of freshwater ostracodes (Crustacea: Ostracoda) of the Yucatán Peninsula, implications for paleoenvironmental reconstructions in the northern Neotropical region. Zoologischer Anzeiger 275, 20-36.

Costa-Böddeker, S., Thuyên, L.X., Hoelzmann, P., de Stigter, H.C., van Gaever, P., Ðức Huy, H., Schwalb, A., 2018.The hidden threat of heavy metal pollution in high sedimentation and highly dynamic environment: Assessment of metal accumulation rates in the Thi Vai Estuary, Southern Vietnam. Environmental Pollution 242, 348-356.

Franco-Gaviria, F., Caballero-Rodríguez, D., Correa-Metrio, A., Pérez, L., Schwalb, A., Cohuo, S., Macario-Gonzalez, L., 2018.  The human impact imprint on modern pollen spectra of Maya lands. Bol. Soc. Geol. Mex. 70, 1, 61-78, http://dx.doi.org/10.18268/BSGM2018v70n1a4.

Hollert, H., Seiler, T.-B., Brinkmann, M., Ouellet, J.D., Crawford, S.E., Keiter, S., Schäffer, A., Roß-Nickoll, M., Schulze, T., Brack, W., Schüth, C., Hartmann, K., Ottermanns, R., Rinke, K., Hinderer, M., Rösch, M., Schwarz, A., Wessels, M., Schwalb, A., 2018. Looking back - looking forward: A novel multi-time slice weight-of-evidence approach for defining reference conditions to assess the impact of human activities on lake systems. Science of the Total Environment 626, 1036-1046.


Schwarz, A., Turner, F., Lauterbach, S., Plessen, B., Krahn, K.J., Glodniok, S., Mischke, S., Stebich, M., Witt, R., Mingram, J., Schwalb, A., 2017. Mid- to late Holocene climate-driven regime shifts inferred from diatom, ostracod and stable isotope records from Lake Son Kol (Central Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan). Quaternary Science Reviews 177, 340–356. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.10.009.

Börner, N., De Baere, B., Francois, R., Schwalb, A., 2017. Application of flow-through time-resolved analysis (FT-TRA) to isolate the elemental composition in ostracod calcite. Anglais 467, 53–63. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.07.019.

Börner, N., De Baere, B., Akita, L.G., Francois, R., Jochum, K.P., Frenzel, P., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2017. Stable isotopes and trace elements in modern ostracod valves: Implications for reconstructing past environments on the Tibetan Plateau, China. Journal of Paleolimnology 58: 191-211. doi:110.1007/s10933-017-9971-1.

Bücker, M., Lozano García, S., Ortega Guerrero, B., Caballero, M., Pérez, L., Caballero, L., Pita de la Paz, C., Sánchez-Galindo, A., Villegas, F.J., Flores Orozco, A., Brown, E., Werne, J., Valero Garcés, B., Schwalb, A., Kemna, A., Sánchez-Alvaro, E., Launizar-Martínez, N., Valverde-Placencia, A., Garay-Jiménez, F., 2017. Geoelectrical and Electromagnetic Methods Applied to Paleolimnological Studies: Two Examples from Desiccated Lakes in the Basin of Mexico. Bol. Soc. Geol. Mex. 69, 2, 279-298.

Costa-Böddeker, S., Hoelzmann, P., Thuyên, L.X., Huy, H.D., Nguyen, H.A., Richter, O., Schwalb, A., 2017. Ecological risk assessment of a coastal zone in Southern Vietnam: Spatial distribution and content of heavy metals in water and surface sediments of the Thi Vai Estuary and Can Gio Mangrove Forest. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 114, 2, 1141-1151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.10.046

Costa-Böddeker, S., Thuyên, L.X., Schwarz, A., Huy, H.D., Schwalb, A., 2017. Diatom Assemblages in Surface Sediments Along Nutrient and Salinity Gradients of Thi Vai Estuary and Can Gio Mangrove Forest, Southern Vietnam. Estuaries and Coasts, 40, 2, 479-492, DOI 10.1007/s12237-016-0170-5

Ramos, L., Cusminsky, G., Schwalb, A., Alperin, M., 2017. Morphotypes of the lacustrine ostracod Limnocythere rionegroensis Cusminsky & Whatley from Patagonia, Argentina, shaped by aquatic environments. Hydrobiologia 786, 1, 137–148 DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-2870-z.

Cohuo, S., Macario-González, L., Pérez, L., Schwalb, A., 2017. Overview of Neotropical-Caribbean freshwater ostracode fauna (Crustacea, Ostracoda): identifying areas of endemism and assessing biogeographical affinities. Hydrobiologia 786, 1, 5–21, DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-2747-1.


Wojewódka, M., Zawisza, E., Cohuo, S., Macario-González, L., Schwalb, A., Zawiska, I., Pérez, L., 2016. Ecology of Cladocera species from Central America based on subfossil assemblages. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 7, 2, 145-156, DOI: 10.4081/aiol.2016.6266

Kutterolf, S., Schindlbeck, J.C., Anselmetti, F.A., Ariztegui, D., Brenner, M., Curtis, J., Schmid, D., Hodell, D.A., Mueller, A., Pérez, L., Schwalb, A., Frische, M., Wang, K.-L., 2016. A 400-ka tephrochronological framework for Central America from Lake Petén Itzá (Guatemala) sediments. Quaternary Science Reviews 150, 200-220.

Matter, A., Mahjoub, A., Neubert, E., Preusser, F., Schwalb, A., Szidat, S., Wulf, G., 2016. Reactivation of the Pleistocene trans-Arabian Wadi ad Dawasir fluvial system (Saudi Arabia) during the Holocene humid phase. Geomorphology 270, 88-101.


Zhu, L., Lü, X., Wang, J., Peng, P., Kasper, T., Daut, G., Haberzettl, T., Frenzel, P., Li, Q., Yang, R., Schwalb, A., Mäusbacher, R., 2015. Climate change on the Tibetan Plateau in response to shifting atmospheric circulation since the LGM. Scientific Reports 5:13318, DOI: 10.1038/srep13318

Ramos, L.Y., Alperin, M., Pérez, A.P., Coviaga, C.A., Schwalb, A., Cusminsky, G.C., 2015. Eucypris fontana (Graf, 1931) (Crustacea, Ostracoda) in permanent environments of Patagonia Argentina: A geometric morphometric approach. Annales de Limnologie 51, 2, 125-138.


Turner, F., Pott, R., Schwarz, A., Schwalb, A., 2014. Response of Pediastrum in German floodplain lakes to Late Glacial climate changes. J. Paleolimnol. 52, 4, 293-310, DOI 10.1007/s10933-014-9794-2

Lorenschat, J., Pérez, L., Correa-Metrio, A., Brenner, M., v. Bramann, U., Schwalb, A., 2014. Diversity and Spatial Distribution of Extant Freshwater Ostracodes (Crustacea) in Ancient Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania). Diversity 6, 524-550; doi:10.3390/d6030524

Lorenschat, J., Zhang, X., Anselmetti, F.S., Reed, J.M., Wessels, M., Schwalb, A., 2014. Recent anthropogenic impact in ancient Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania): a palaeolimnological approach. J. Paleolimnol. 52, 3, 139–154, DOI 10.1007/s10933-014-9783-5.

Lauterbach, S., Witt, R., Plessen, B., Dulski, P., Prasad, S., Mingram, J., Gleixner, G., Hettler-Riedel, S., Stebich, M., Schnetger, B., Schwalb, A. & Schwarz, A., 2014. Climatic imprint of the mid-latitude Westerlies in the Central Tian Shan of Kyrgyzstan and teleconnections to North Atlantic during the last 6000 years. The Holocene. DOI: 10.1177/0959683614534741

Yang, Q., Jochum, K.P., Stoll, B., Weis, U., Börner, N., Schwalb, A., Frenzel, P., Scholz, D., Doberschütz, S., Haberzettl, T., Gleixner, G., Mäusbacher, R., Zhu, L., Andreae, M.O., 2014. Trace element variability in single ostracod valves as a proxy for hydrochemical change in Nam Co, central Tibet, during the Holocene. Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimatol., Palaeoecol. 399, 225-235. DOI 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.01.014

Doberschütz, S., Frenzel, P., Haberzettl, T., Kasper, T., Wang, J., Zhu, L., Daut, G., Schwalb, A., Mäusbacher, R., 2014. Monsoonal forcing of Holocene paleoenvironmental change on the central Tibetan Plateau inferred using a sediment record from Lake Nam Co (Xizang, China). J. Paleolimnology 51:253–266. DOI: 10.1007/s10933-013-9702-1


Börner, N., De Baere, B., Yang, Q., Jochum, K.P., Frenzel, P., Andreae, M.O., Schwalb, A., 2013. Ostracod shell chemistry as proxy for paleoenvironmental change. Quaternary International 313-314, 17-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.09.041

Lorenschat, J., Schwalb, A., 2013. Autecology of the extant ostracod fauna of Lake Ohrid and adjacent waters - A key to paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Belgian Journal of Zoology 143, 1, 42-68.

Pérez, L., Lorenschat, J., Massaferro, J., Pailles, C., Sylvestre, F., Hollwedel, W., Brandorff, G.-O., Brenner, M., Islebe, G., Socorro Lozano, M., Scharf, B., Schwalb, A., 2013. Bioindicators of climate and trophic state in lowland and highland aquatic ecosystems of the northern Neotropics. International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation Revista de Biologia Tropical 61, 2, 603-644.

Leng, M.J., Barker, P.A., Schwalb, A., 2013. Isotopes and lakes. Quaternary Science Reviews 66, 1-3. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.01.003

Schwalb, A., Dean, W.E., Güde, H., Hanisch, S., Sobek, S., Wessels, M., 2013. Benthic ostracode d13C as sensor for early Holocene establishment of modern circulation patterns in Central Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 66, 112-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.10.032

Pérez, L., Curtis, J., Brenner, M., Hodell, D., Escobar, J., Lozano, S., Schwalb, A., 2013. Stable isotopes (d18O & d13C) of multiple ostracode species in a large Neotropical lake as indicators of past changes in hydrology. Quaternary Science Reviews 66, 96-111. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.10.044

Turner, F., Tolksdorf, J.F., Viehberg, F.A., Schwalb, A., Kaiser, K., Bittmann, F., von Bramann, U., Pott, R., Staesche, U., Breest, K., Veil, S., 2013. Lateglacial/early Holocene fluvial reactions of the Jeetzel river (Elbe valley, Northern-Germany) to abrupt climatic and environmental changes. Quaternary Science Reviews 60, 91-109, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.10.037


Brown, E.T., Werne, J.P., Lozano-García, S., Canallero-Miranda, M., Ortega-Guerrero, B., Cabral Cano, E., Valero Garcés, B., Schwalb, A., 2012. Scientific Drilling in the Basin of Mexico to Evaluate Climate History, Hydrological Resources, and Seismic and Volcanic Hazards. Scientific Drilling 14, 72-75. DOI:10.2204/iodp.sd.14.12.2012

 Wrozyna, C. Frenzel, P., Daut, G., Mäusbacher, R., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2012. Holocene lake level changes of Lake Nam Co, Tibetan Plateau, deduced from ostracode assemblage and d18O and d 13C signatures of their valves. In Horne, D.J., Holmes, J.A., Viehberg, F.A. (eds.), Ostracoda as proxies for Quaternary climate change. Developments in Quaternary Science. Vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-53636-5.00016-0

Jochum, K.P., Scholz, D., Stoll, B., Weis, U., Wilson, S.A., Yang, Q., Schwalb, A., Börner, N.,Jacob, D.E., Andreae, M.O., 2012. Accurate trace element analysis of speleothems and biogenic calcium carbonates by LA-ICP-MS. Chemical Geology 318–319, 31–44. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.05.009

Buhay, W.M., Wolfe, B.B., Schwalb, A., 2012. Lakewater Paleothermometry from Deep Lake, Minnesota during the deglacial-Holocene transition from combined d18O analyses of authigenic carbonate and aquatic cellulose. Quaternary International 260, 76-82. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.11.034

Escobar, J., Hodell, D.A., Brenner, M., Curtis, J.H., Gilli, A., Müller, A.D., Anselmetti, F.S., Ariztegui, D., Grzesik, D.A., Pérez, L., Schwalb, A., Guilderson, T.J., 2012. A ~43-ka record of paleoenvironmental change in the Central American lowlands inferred from stable isotopes of lacustrine ostracods. Quaternary Svience Reviews 37, 92-104. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.01.020


Rosenberg, T., Preusser, F., Fleitmann, D., Schwalb, A., Penkman, K., Schmid, T.W., Al-Shanti, M.A., Kadi, K., Matter, A. 2011. Humid Periods in Southern Arabia: Windows of Opportunity for Modern Human Dispersal. Geology 39, 12: 1115–1118. doi: 10.1130/G32281.1

Pueyo, J.J., Sáez, A., Giralt, S., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Moreno A., Bao R., Schwalb, A., Klosowska, B. and Taberner, C., 2011. Carbonate and organic matter sedimentation and isotopic signatures in Lake Chungará, Chilean Altiplano, during the last 12.3 kyr. Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol. 307, 339-355, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.05.036.

Cusminsky, G., Schwalb, A., Pérez, A., Pineda, D., Viehberg, F., Whatley, R., Markgraf, V.,Gilli, A., Ariztegui, D., Anselmetti, F., 2011. Late Quaternary environmental changes in Patagonia  as inferred from lacustrine fossil and extant ostracodes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 103, 397-408.

Correa-Metrio, A., Bush, M.B., Pérez, L., Schwalb, A., Cabrera, K.R., 2011. Pollen Distribution along climatic and biogeographic gradients in northern Central America. The Holocene, 21(4), 681-692 DOI: 10.1177/0959683610391321.

Pérez, L., Frenzel, P., Brenner, M., Escobar, J., Hoelzmann, P., Scharf, B., Schwalb, A., 2011. Late Quaternary (24-10 ka BP) environmental history of the Neotropical lowlands inferred from ostracodes in sediments of Lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala. J. Paleolim. 46: 59-74. DOI 10.1007/s10933-011-9514-0.

Pérez, L.,  Bugja, R., Lorenschat, J., Brenner, M., Curtis, J., Hoelzmann, P., Islebe, G., Scharf, B., Schwalb, A., 2011. Aquatic ecosystems of the YP (Mexico), Belize and Guatemala. Hydrobiología 661 (1), 407-433, DOI 10.1007/s10750-010-0552-9.

2006 – 2010

Pérez, L., Bugja, R., Massaferro, J., Steeb, P., van Geldern, R., Frenzel, P., Brenner, M., Scharf, B., Schwalb, A., 2010. Post-Columbian environmental history of Lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala. Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas 27, Issue 3, 2010, Pages 490-507.

Pérez, L., Lorenschat, J., Brenner, M., Scharf, B., Schwalb, A., 2010. Extant freshwaterostracodes (Crustacea: Ostracoda) from Lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala. International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation 58, 3, 871-895.

Zhu, L., Xie, M., Peng, P., Wang, J., Frenzel, P., Wrozyna, C., Schwalb, A., 2010. Ostracod-based Environmental Reconstruction of Nam Co Lake on the Tibetan Plateau. Hydrobiologia 648, 157–174 DOI: 10.1007/s10750-010-0149-3

Schwalb, A., Dean, W., Fritz, S.C., Geiss, C.E., Kromer, B., 2010. Centennial eolian cyclicity in the Great Plains, USA: A dominant climate pattern of wind transport over the past 4000 years? Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 2325-2339. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.06.007

Schwalb, A., Schütt, B., Fang, X., 2010. Climate evolution and environmental response on the Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International 218, 1-2. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2010.02.017

Frenzel, P., Wrozyna, C., Xie, M., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2010. Palaeo-water depth estimation for a 600-year record from Nam Co (Tibet) using an ostracod-based transfer function. Quaternary International 218, 157–165. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2009.06.010

Keil, A., Schütt, B., Berking, J., Mügler, I., Schwalb, A., Steeb, P., 2010. Modern hydrological basin- and catchment characteristics of Lake Nam Co, South-Central Tibet. Quaternary International 218, 118–130. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2009.02.022

Schütt, B., Berking, J., Frechen, M., Frenzel, P., Schwalb, A., Wrozyna, C., 2010. Late Quaternary transition from lacustrine to a fluvio-lacustrine environment in the north-western Nam Co, Tibetan Plateau, China. Quaternary International 218, 104-117. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2009.05.009

Hoelzmann, P., Schwalb, A., Roberts, N., Burgess, A., 2010. Hydrological Response of an East-Saharan Palaeolake (NW-Sudan) to Early Holocene Climate. The Holocene 20, 4,   537-549. doi:10.1177/0959683609356584

Mügler, I., Gleixner, G., Günther, F., Mäusbacher, R., Daut, Schütt, B., Berking, J., Schwalb, A., Schwark, L., Xu, B., Yao, T., Zhu, L., Yi, C., 2010. A multi-proxy approach to reconstruct hydrological changes and Holocene climate development of Nam Co, Central Tibet. J. Paleolim. 43, 625–648. DOI 10.1007/s10933-009-9357-0.

Pérez, L., Lorenschat, J., Bugja, R., Brenner, M., Scharf, B., Schwalb, A., 2010. Distribution, diversity and ecology of modern freshwater ostracodes (Crustacea), and hydrochemical characteristics of Lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala. Journal of Limnology 69, 1, 146-159, DOI: 10.3274/JL10-69-1-14.

Wrozyna, C., Frenzel, P., Mackensen, A., Steeb, P., van Geldern, R., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2010. Stable isotope and ostracode species association evidence for lake level changes of Nam Co, southern Tibet, during the past 600 years. Quaternary International 212, 2-13. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2008.12.010

Kempf, O., Blisniuk, P.M., Wang, S., Fang, X., Wrozyna, C., Schwalb, A., 2009. Sedimentology, sedimentary petrology, and paleoecology of the Zada Basin, SW-Tibet: A monsoon-driven long-term fluvio-lacustrine archive from the late Neogene? Sedimentary Geology 222, 27–41.

Wrozyna, C., Frenzel, P., Xie, M., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2009. A taxonomical and ecological overview of Recent and Holocene ostracodes of the Nam Co region, southern Tibet. Quaternary Sciences (in China) 29, 4, 665-677.

Xie, M., Zhu, L., Peng, P., Wang, J., Wang, Y., Schwalb, A., 2009. Ostracod assemblages and their environmental significance from the lake core of the Nam Co on the Tibetan Plateau 8.4 ka BP. Journal of Geographical . Volume 19, 4, 387-402.

Wrozyna, C., Frenzel, P., Steeb, P., Zhu, L., Schwalb, A., 2009. Recent lacustrine Ostracoda And a first transfer function for palaeo-water depth estimation in Nam Co, southern Tibetan Plateau. Revista Española de Micropaleontología 41, 1-2, 1-20.

Glassmeier, K.-H., Richter, O., Vogt, J., Möbus, P., Schwalb, A., 2009. The Sun, geomagnetic   polarity transitions, and possible biospheric effects: review and illustrating model. International Journal of Astrobiology, 8 (3), 1-13, doi:10.1017/S1473550409990073.

Hanisch, S., Wessels, M., Niessen, F., Schwalb, A., 2009. Late Quaternary lake response to climate change and anthropogenic impact: biomarker evidence from Lake Constance sediments. J. Paleolim. 41, 393-406.

Wagner, B., Lotter, A.F., Nowaczyk, N., Reed, J.M., Schwalb, A., Sulpizio, R., Valsecchi, V.,Wessels, M., Zanchetta, G., 2009. A 40,000-year record of environmental change from ancient Lake Ohrid (Albania and Macedonia). J. Paleolim. 41, 407–430.

Lin, X., Zhu, L., Wang, Y., Wang, J., Xie, M., Ju, J., Mäusbacher, R., Schwalb, A., 2008. Environmental changes reflected by n-alkanes of lake core in Nam Co on the Tibetan Plateau since 8.4 ka B.P. Chinese Science Bulletin 53, 19, 3051-3057.

Zhu, L.,  Wang, J.,  Lin, X., Ju, J.,  Xie, M., Wu, Y., Li, M., Mäusbacher, R., Schwalb, A., Daut,G.,  2008. Environmental changes reflected from the core sediments since 8.4 ka in Nam Co, central Tibet of China. The Holocene 18, 5, 831-839.

Valero-Garcés, B., Moreno, A., Navas, A., Mata, P., Machín, J., Delgado Huertas, A., González Sampériz, P., Schwalb, A., Morellón, M., Edwards, L., 2008. The Taravilla Lake and Tufa Deposits (Central Iberian Range, Spain) as paleohydrological and paleoclimatic indicators. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclim. Palaeoecol. 259, 2-3, 136-156.

Wagner, B., Reicherter, K., Daut, G., Wessels, M., Matzinger, A., Schwalb, A., Spirkovski, Z., Sanxhaku, M., 2008. The potential of Lake Ohrid for long-term paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclim. Palaeoecol. 259, 2-3, 341-356.

Kober, B., Schwalb, A., Schettler, G., Wessels, M., 2007. Constraints on paleowater dissolved loads and on catchment weathering over the past 16 ka from 87Sr/86Sr ratios and Ca /Mg/Sr chemistry of freshwater ostracode tests in sediments of Lake Constance, Central Europe. Chemical Geology 240, 361-376.

Stevens, L.R., Ito, E., Schwalb, A., Wright, H.E. Jr., 2006. Timing of atmospheric precipitationin the Zagros Mountains inferred from a multi-proxy record from Lake Mirabad, Iran. Quaternary Research 66, 494-500.

Valero-Garcés, B.L., González-Sampériz, P., Navas, A., Machín, J., Mata, P., Delgado-Huertas, A., Bao, R., Moreno Caballud, A., Carrión, J.S., Schwalb, A., González-Barrios, A., 2006. Human Impact since Medieval times and Recent Ecological Restoration in a Mediterranean Lake: The Laguna Zoñar, Southern Spain. J. Paleolim. 35, 3, 441-465.


Cusminsky, G.C., Pérez, P.A., Schwalb, A., Whatley, R., 2005. Recent Lacustrine Ostracods from Patagonia, Argentina. Revista Española de Micropaleontología 37 (3): 432-450.

Schirmer, W., Bos, J.A.A., Dambeck, R., Hinderer, M., Preston, N., Schulte, A., Schwalb, A., Wessels, M., 2005. Holocene fluviatile processes and valley history in the river Rhine catchment. Erdkunde 59: 199-216.

Markgraf, V., Bradbury, P.J., Schwalb, A., Burns, S.J., Stern, C., Ariztegui, D., Gilli, A., Anselmetti, F., Stine, S., Maidana, N., 2003. Reconstructing Holocene limnological and paleoenvironmental changes in Patagonia: Paleoclimatic history of Lago Cardiel, Argentina (49°S). The Holocene 13, 4: 581-591.

Schwalb, A., 2003. Lacustrine ostracodes as stable isotope recorders of late-glacial and holocene environmental dynamics and climate. J. Paleolim. 29, 3: 265-351.

Valero-Garcés, B.L., Delgado-Huertas, A., Navas, A. Edwards, L., Schwalb, A., Ratto, N., 2003. Patterns of regional hydrological variability in western Altiplano (18-26°S) lakes during the last 500 years. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclim. Palaeoecol. 194: 319-338.

Dean, W.E., Schwalb, A., 2002. The lacustrine carbon cycle as illuminated by the waters and sediments of two hydrologically distinct hardwater lakes in Northwestern Minnesota. J. Sedimentary Research 72, 3: 416-431.

Schwalb, A., Dean, W.E., 2002. Reconstruction of hydrological changes and response to effective moisture variations from North-Central USA lake sediments. Quaternary Science Reviews 21: 1541-1554.

Schwalb, A., Burns, S.J., Cusminsky, G., Kelts, K., Markgraf, V., Patagonian Lake Drilling Team, 2002. Assemblage diversity and isotopic signals of modern ostracodes and host waters from Patagonia, Argentina. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclim. Palaeoecol. 187: 323-339.

Laerdal, T., Schwalb, A., Filippi, M.L., Musielewicz, S.B., 2002. In memory of Kerry Kelts, personal report. Sedimentary Geology 148: 1-2.

Dean, W.E., Schwalb, A., 2002. The lacustrine carbon cycle as illuminated by the waters and sediments of two hydrologically distinct hardwater lakes in Northwestern Minnesota. J. Sedimentary Research 72, 3: 416-431.

Griffiths, H.I., Schwalb, A., Stevens, L.R., 2001. Environmental change in NW Iran: the Holocene Ostracod Fauna of Lake Mirabad. The Holocene. 11: 755-762.


Dean, W.E., Schwalb, A., 2000. Holocene environmental and climatic change in the Northern Great Plains as recorded in the geochemistry of sediments in Pickerel Lake, South Dakota. Quaternary International 67: 5-20.

Schwalb, A., Burns, S.J., Kelts, K., 1999. Holocene environments from stable isotope stratigraphy of ostracodes and authigenic carbonates in Chilean Altiplano lakes. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclim. Palaeoecol. 148: 153-168.

Schwalb, A., Hadorn, P., Thew, N., Straub, F., 1998. Evidence for Late-Glacial and Holocene environmental changes from subfossil assemblages and sediments of Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland.Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclim. Palaeoecol. 140:307-323.

Schwalb, A., Dean, W.E., 1998. Stable isotopes and sediments from Pickerel Lake, South Dakota, USA: a 12 kyr record of environmental changes. J.Paleolimnology 20: 15-30.

Valero-Garcés, B.L., Grosjean, M., Schwalb, A., Geyh, M., Messerli, B., Kelts, K., 1996. Limnogeology of Laguna Miscanti: evidence for mid to late Holocene moisture changes in the Atacama Altiplano (Northern Chile). J. Paleolimnology 16: 1-21.


Schwalb, A., Locke, S.M., Dean, W.E, 1995. Ostracode δ18O and δ13C evidence of Holocene environmental changes in the sediments of two Minnesota lakes. J. Paleolimnology 14: 281-296.

Schwalb, A., Lister, G.S., Kelts, K., 1994. Ostracode δ18O- and δ13C-signatures of hydrological and climatic changes affecting Lake Neuchâtel (Switzerland) since the Late Pleistocene. J. Paleolimnology 11: 3-17.

Book chapters

Valero-Garcés, B.L., Navas, A., Mata, P., Delgado-Huertas, A., Machín, J., González-Sampériz, P., Moreno Caballud, A., Schwalb, A., Ariztegui, D., Schnellmann, M., Bao, R., González-Barrios, A., 2003. Sedimentary Facies Analyses in lacustrine cores: from Initial Core Descriptions to Detailed Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions. A case study from Zoñar Lake (Cordoba province, Spain). In: B.L. Valero-Garcés (ed), Limnogeology in Spain: A Tribute to Kerry Kelts: 385-414.

Valero-Garcés, B.L., Grosjean, M., Schwalb, A., Kelts, K., Messerli, B., 2000. Late Quaternary lacustrine deposition in the Chilean Altiplano (18° - 28° S). In: E.H. Gierlowski-Kordesch K.R. Kelts, (eds), Global Geological Records of Lake Basins 2, Lake Basins through Space and Time, AAPG Studies in Geology 46: 625-635.

Other papers

Lozano-García, S., Brown. E.T., Ortega, B., Caballero, M., Werne, J., Fawcett, P.J., Schwalb, A., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Schnurrenberger, D., O´Grady, R., Stockhecke, M., Steinman, B., Cabral-Cano, E., Caballero, C., Sosa-Nájera, S., Soler, A.M., Pérez, L., Noren, A., Myrbo, A., Bücker, M., Wattrus, N., Arciniega, A., Wonik, T., Watt, S., Kumar, D., Acosta, C., Martínez, I., Cossio, R., Ferland, T., Vergara-Huerta, F., 2017. Perforación profunda en el lago de Chalco: reporte técnico. Bol. Soc. Geol. Mex. 69, 2, 299-311.

Schwalb, A., 2017. Migration des Menschen aus geowissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Jahrbuch 2016, 83-85.

Schwalb, A., 2014. Klima- und Umweltberichte aus der Tiefe von Seen. Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Jahrbuch 2013, 100-103.

Veil, S., Kelm, H.-J., Schwalb, A., Turner, F., 2013.  Ein Bernsteinvorkommen im Elbe-Urstromtal zwischen Hitzacker und Gartow – Rohstoffquelle für die späteiszeitlichen Jäger und Sammler von Weitsche und Grabow? Die Kunde, Zeitschrift für niedersächsische Archäologie Neue Folge 62, 9-20.

Isenbeck-Schröter, M., Hartmann, J., Hezel, D.C., Leiß, B., Schwalb, A., Westphal, H., 2010. Geowissenschaftliche Forschungslandschaft und geowissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs. In: Senatskommission für Geowissenschaftliche Gemeinschaftsforschung der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (ed.), Dynamische Erde - Zukunftsaufgaben der Geowissenschaften, Strategieschrift. MARUM, Universität Bremen, p. 311-350.

Pérez, L., Lorenschat, J., Brenner, M., Scharf, B., Schwalb, A., 2012. Non-marine ostracodes (Crustacea) of Guatemala. In: E.B. Cano, J.C. Schuster (eds.) Biodiversidad de Guatemala. Vol. 2, 121-131.

Scharf, B., Schwalb, A., Kempf, O., Pérez, L., 2009. Zur tagesperiodischen Wanderung der Larven der Büschelmücken Chaoborus cristallinus (Diptera) im Großen Heiligen Meer bei Osnabrück. Abhandlungen aus dem Westfälischen Museum für Naturkunde, 71 (4): 323-332.

Schwalb, A., Steeb, P., Wrozyna, C., Mäusbacher, R., Daut, G., Wallner, J., Kroemer, E., Gleixner, G., Mügler, I., Sachse, D., Mosbrugger, V., Schütt, B. & Berking, J., 2008. The Top of the World as Climate Sensor. German Research, Magazine of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 2/2008: 4-7.

Pérez, L., G. Alfaro, M. Palmieri, M. Dix, M. Maldonado, G. Islebe, B. Scharf, Schwalb, A. y el equipo científico del proyecto paleoambiental Petén Itzá, 2008. Paleoclima y paleoecología de las tierras bajas del norte de los neotrópicos: investigación limnológica y extracción de sedimentos del lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala. Revista de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, No. 16.

Schwalb, A., Steeb, P., Wrozyna, C., Mäusbacher, R., Daut, G., Wallner, J., Kroemer, E., Gleixner, G., Mügler, I., Sachse, D., Mosbrugger, V., Schütt, B., Berking, J., 2007. Das Dach der Welt als Klimasensor. Das Magazin der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2/2007, 4-7.

Zhu, L., Wang, J., Lin, X., Ju, J., Xie, M., Li, M., Wu, Y., Daut, G., Mäusbacher, R., Schwalb, A., 2007. Environmental changes reflected by core sediments since 8.4 ka in Nam Co, Central Tibet of China. Quaternary Sciences 27, 4: 588-597 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Schwalb, A., Hoelzmann, P., 2005. Holocene paleohydrology of arid regions: Examples from the Northern Chilean Altiplano and the Eastern Sahara. Zbl. Geol. Paläont. Teil I Heft 1/2: 87-101.

Locke, S.M., Schwalb, A., 1997. Sediment Stratigraphy and Paleolimnological Characteristics Of Williams and Shingobee Lakes. In T.C. Winter (ed.), Hydrological and Biogeochemical Research in the Shingobee River Headwaters Area, North-Central Minnesota. USGS Water Resources Investigations Report 96-4215: 187-192.

Grosjean, M., Messerli, B., Ammann, C., Geyh, M., Graf, K., Jenny, B., Kammer, K., Nuñez, L.A., Schreier, H., Schotterer, U., Schwalb, A., Valero-Garcés, B., Vuille, M., 1995. Holocene Environmental Changes in the Atacama Altiplano and Paleoclimatic Implications. Bull. Inst. fr. Études andines 24 (3): 585-594.

Wohlfarth, B., Schwalb, A., Schneider, A.-M., 1993. Seen- und Flussgeschichte im Westschweizer Seeland zwischen 5000 und 12000 Jahren vor heute. Mitt. Naturf. Ges. Bern 50: 45-59.

Academic research papers

Habilitation thesis (University of Göttingen, 2001):
Lacustrine ostracodes as stable isotope recorders of Late-Glacial and Holocene environmental dynamics and climate. Fakultät für Geowissenschaften, Universität Göttingen: 101 pp, 42 figs., 2 pl.

Thèse de Doctorat (Université de Neuchâtel, 1992):
Die Sedimente des Lac de Neuchâtel (Schweiz): Rekonstruktion spät- und postglazialer Klima- und Umweltveränderungen. Thèse de doctorat, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Neuchâtel: 138 pp, 47 figs., 50 tables.

Diploma thesis (University of Göttingen, 1987):
Das Quartär des Öring (Landkreis Lüchow-Dannenberg): Stratigraphie, Lagerstätten und Landschaft. Unveröff. Diplomarbeit, Fachbereich Geowissenschaften, Universität Göttingen: 83 pp, 13 figs., 6 tables, 6 maps; Göttingen.

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