Our group uses speleothems (e.g. stalagmites and flowstones) from caves around the globe to reconstruct climatic and environmental changes during the Quaternary period. To obtain such records, our group uses a broad array of analytical methods, including Uranium-series dating, stable isotope and trace element analysis and digital imaging.
Many of our research activities focus on the following main themes:
- Rainfall and temperature variations during the Holocene and Pleistocene.
- Impact of climate on human evolution and dispersal
- Influence of climatic fluctuations and extremes on socio-economic transformations during pre-historic and historic times
- Characterization of extreme climatic and environmental events such as megadroughts, earthquakes or major volcanic eruptions