Florian Ott

Department of Archaeology
+49 3641 686-720

Main Focus

Florian Ott’s scientific focus is the investigation of (palaeo)lake sediments as environmental and climate archives to reconstruct natural climate variability. In his research he explores the influences of abrupt climate changes during the past and their impact on the human habitat. His main research expertise are:

  • Annually laminated (varved) lake sediments as continuous, seasonally resolved, environmental and climate archives
  • Multiple dating techniques (varve-, 14C-, tephrochronology) and their combination with Bayesian statistic approaches
  • Combination of sedimentology (e.g. micro-facies analyses) and geochemistry (e.g. µ-XRF element scanning, stable isotopes)
  • Monitoring of recent sedimentoligical, limnological and hydrological processes in lakes and lake catchments

As a researcher in the Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena he works on palaeolake sediments from Saudi Arabia within the Palaeodeserts project. The main aim is the combination of state of the art geochronological, sedimentological and geochemical analyses for comprehensive palaeoclimate and –environment reconstructions. Geoarchives will be further combined with archaeolgical findings to gain detailed information on past human-environment relations. 

Curriculum Vitae

Florian Ott received a Diploma in Physical Geography at the University of Greifswald in 2011. From 2011 to 2016 he worked at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ Potsdam) in the section “Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution“ where he investigated varved lake sediments from different sites within Europe. Main focus of his work was the reconstruction of past environmental and climate conditions within the frame of the projects ICLEA (Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analyses) and REKLIM (Regional Climate Change).

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