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PD Dr. Bernhard Lucke

 

Research interests

Soil geography, soil genesis, geoarchaeology, geomorphology

2016-currently Researcher at Institute of Geography, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg (DFG eigene Stelle).
2010-2016 Academic counselor with fixed-term contract, Institute of Geographie, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg.
2009-2010 Assistant Professor at the German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan.
2006-2009 Researcher at BTU Cottbus, coordination of a DFG-Project regarding historical landscape change in Jordan.

2016 Habilitation in Physical Geography at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.

2007 PhD in Environmental and Resource Managment, BTU Cottbus.
2004-2005 Research scholar at Pennsylvania State University, USA, in the context of a Fulbright-scholarship.
2002 Diploma in Environmental Engineering, BTU Cottbus.

Submitted

With peer-review

  1. Kemnitz, H., Lucke, B., submitted. Quartz grain surfaces – a potential microarchive for sedimentation processes and parent material identification in soils of Jordan. Catena.

  2. Lucke, B., submitted. Climate, land use, and landscape change in Southern Bilad al-Sham (Northern Jordan) during the Islamic periods. Journal of Islamic Archaeology.

  3. Abu-Jaber, N., Rambeau, C., Hamarneh, C., Lucke, B. Carbonate crusts in Petra: traces of environmental and landscape change. Geoarchaeology.

Accepted

Without peer-review

  1. Vitzethum, S., Lucke, B., accepted. Comparative Analysis of a Paleosoil in Shir. A Geoarchaeological Interpretation. Jahresbericht des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts.

2018

  1. Sahwan, W., Lucke, B., Kappas, M., Bäumler, R., 2018. Assessing the spatial variability of soil surface colors in northern Jordan using satellite data from Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2. European Journal of Remote Sensing 51:1, 850-862, https://doi.org/10.1080/22797254.2018.1502624.

2017

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Vitzethum, S., Kemnitz, H., 2017. Isovolumetric replacement and aeolian deposition contributed to Terrae calcis genesis in Franconia (central Germany). SOIL Discuss., doi:10.5194/soil-2017-4.

  2. Lucke, B., 2017. Landscape trans­formations in the context of soil development, land use, and climate: a comparison of marrginal areas in Jordan, Mexico, and Germany. Relief Boden Paläoklima 26, Gebrüder Bornträger.

2016

With peer-review

  1. Cassitti, P., Lucke, B., Bugla, B., Regelous, A., Hofbauer, G., Dix, A., submitted. The archaeological survey project in Fatschenbrunn, municipality of Oberaurach, Germany – A case study for the reconstruction of past farming regimes in the late medieval and post-medieval era. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, DOI 10.1007/s10761-016-0366-1.

  2. Lucke, B., Schmidt, C., 2016. Debris flows, soil creep, and heavy rains in the Wadi Queilbeh, northern Jordan. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, supplementary issues, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1127/zfg_suppl/2016/0340.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Regelous, A., Hofbauer, G., Cavallaro, A.-M., Eiselt, K.-U., Feifer, F., Maier, C., Ruppert, H., 2016. Bodenentwicklung im Kontext der historischen Landnutzung und Geologie der Gemarkung Fatschenbrunn im Steigerwald. Mitteilungen der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft, 71-82.

  2. Lucke, B., 2016. Soil creep as factor of landscape change. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 18, EGU2016-10174.

  3. Lucke, B., 2016. Rapid landscape change in 6th century northern Jordan: interdisciplinary geoarchaeological perspectives. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 18, EGU2016-10133.

  4. Lucke, B., 2016. Soils and climate: redness and weathering as indicators of mean annual precipitation. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 18, EGU2016-10263.

  5. Lucke, B., 2016. Landscape development in the context of soil distribution in Jordan. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 18, EGU2016-10339.

2015

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Hussein, H. H., Sahwan, W., Bäumler, R., 2015. Preliminary survey of soils and sediments in the Dead Cities region, northwestern Syria. In: Riis, T. (ed.), The “Dead Cities” of Northern Syria and Their Demise. Verlag Ludwig, Kiel, 33-59.

  1. Kemnitz, H., Lucke, B., 2015. Quartz grain surface analysis – micro world on a quartz grain. An example from Red Mediterranean Soils in northern Jordan. In: Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M. (eds.), Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen, 111-118.

  1. Buggle, B., Wiesenberg, G., Eglington, T., Lucke, B., 2015. Molecular proxies in Late Holocene soils and sediments of Jordan – Principles, Potentials and Perspectives. In: Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M. (eds.), Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen, 163-182.

  1. Lucke, B., Schmidt, U., Krumm, S., 2015. Comparing geochemical properties of soils on carbonate rock With bedrock residue, using aqua regia dissolution, portable PXRF, and stationary XRF: some methodical considerations. In: Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M. (eds.), Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen, 99-109.

  1. Lucke, B., Schmidt, U., 2015. Grain size analysis of soils in semi-arid regions: With or Without calcium carbonate removal, and which device should be chosen? In: Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M. (eds.), Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen, 83-96.

  1. Lucke, B., Sprafke, T., 2015. Correlation of soil color, redness ratings, and weathering indices of Terrae Calcis along a precipitation gradient in northern Jordan. In: Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M. (eds.), Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen, 53-68.

  1. Lucke, B., Müller, A., 2015. Air photos as tool to trace mass movements in Wadi Queilbeh from 1978 – 2009 as compared to Wadi Ziqlab in the context of record levels of daily rainfall in Jordan. In: Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M. (eds.), Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen, 23-32.

  1. Ziadat, F., Taylor, J., Brewer, T., Lucke, B., 2015. Soil maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as information sources: pitfalls, limitations, detection and correction of errors. In: Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M. (eds.), Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen, 1-12.

  1. Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M. (eds.), 2015. Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., & Schörner, G. (2015): Soil development in the context of historical land use of northern Jordan. Mitteilungen der DBG. http://eprints.dbges.de/1126/ [27.11.2015]

2014

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Kemnitz, H., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M., 2014. Red Mediterranean Soils in Jordan: new insights in their origin, genesis, and role as environmental archives. Catena 112, 4-24.

    Without peer-review

  2. Lucke, B., 2014. Rapid landscape change in 6th century Jordan: driven by climate or man-made? Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 16, EGU2014-5967.

  3. Lucke, B., Kemnitz, H., 2014. Red Mediterranean Soils in the Levant: archives of landscape change. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 16, EGU2014-6107.

  4. Buggle, B., Wiesenberg, G., Eglington, T., Lucke, B., 2014. Molekulare Marker im geoarchäologischen Kontext – Eine Pilotstudie an späthlozänen Böden und Sedimenten in Jordanien. Book of abstracts, annual meeting of the working groups Geoarchaeology and Paleo­pedology, 29.-31.05.14. in Aachen, 14.

2013

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Nikolskii, I., Bäumler, R., 2013. Soils in Semi-Arid Regions: The Past as Key for the Future. In: Shahid, S., Tahal, F., Abdelfattah, M. (eds.), Developments in Soil Classification, Land Use Planning and Policy Implications: Innovative Thinking of Soil Inventory for Land Use Planning and Management of Land Resources. Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht, 269-284.

  2. Lucke, B., Ziadat, F., Taimeh, A., 2013. The Soils of Jordan. In: Ababsa, M. (ed.), Atlas of Jordan. History, Territories and Society. Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Beirut, 72-76.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., 2013. Landschaftswandel der Levante im Kontext von Talverfüllungen und Landnutzung. In: Raab, T., Hirsch, F., Raab, A., Schopper, F., Freytag, K. (eds.), Tagungsband und Exkursionsführer, Arbeitskreis Geoarchäologie Jahrestagung 02. – 04.05.2013, Geopedology and Landscape Development Research Series Vol. 02, BTU Cottbus, 28.

2012

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Shunnaq, M., Walker, B., Shiyab, A., Muheisen, Z., Sabahba, H., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M., 2012. Questioning Transjordan’s Historic Desertification: a Critical Review of the Paradigm of ‘Empty Lands’. Levant 44/1, 101-126.

  2. Lucke, B., Kemnitz, H., Bäumler, R., 2012. Evidence for isovolumetric replacement in Terrae Rossae of Jordan. Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica Mexicana 64/1, 21-35.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Shunnaq, M., Walker, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M., 2012. Climate and landscape change in 6th century Jordan. In: Tinapp, C., and Zielhofer, C. (eds.), Bodenarchive im geoarchäologischen Kontext, Book of abstracts, joint meeting of working group Geoarchaeology and working group Paleopedology in Leipzig, 17. – 20.05.2012, zimodruck Leipzig, 29.

  2. Lucke, B., Kemnitz, H., Bäumler, R., 2012. Metasomatism in Terra Rossa genesis. In: Tinapp, C., and Zielhofer, C. (eds.), Bodenarchive im geoarchäologischen Kontext, Book of abstracts, joint meeting of working group Geoarchaeology and working group Paleopedology in Leipzig, 17. – 20.05.2012, zimodruck Leipzig, 61.

2011

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., 2011. Demise of the Decapolis: past and present desertification in the context of soil development, land use, and climate. ARAM: The Decapolis, Proceedings of the ARAM Twenty Fifth International Conference 2008 at Oxford University, ARAM periodical by the ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Volume 23, No. 1&2, Peeters Publishers, Leuven, 585-599.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Kemnitz, H., Bäumler, R., 2011. Isovolumetric replacement in Terrae Rossae of Jordan. In: Sauer, D., Jahn, R., Stahr, K. (eds.), Proceedings, Conference Landscapes & Soils through Time, Universität Hohenheim, 28.07. – 01.08.2013, published online https://ppsg2011.uni-hohenheim.de/fileadmin/einrichtungen/ppsg2011/ConferenceProceedings.pdf, 8-9.

2010

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Nikolskii, I., Helbron, H., Palekov, D., 2010. Some Examples of Development in the Desert Belts. In: Issar, A. (ed.), Progressive Development: To mitigate the negative impact of global warming on the semi arid regions. Springer, Heidelberg, 89-92.

  2. Lucke, B., Nikolskii, I., Helbron, H., Palekov, D., 2010. Sustainability in the Deserts? In: Issar, A. (ed.), Progressive Development: To mitigate the negative impact of global warming on the semi arid regions. Springer, Heidelberg, 93-94.

  3. Lucke, B., Nikolskii, I., Helbron, H., Palekov, D., 2010. The Potential of Progressive Development. In: Issar, A. (ed.), Progressive Development: To mitigate the negative impact of global warming on the semi arid regions. Springer, Heidelberg, 95-96.

  4. Lucke, B., Nikolskii, I., Helbron, H., Palekov, D., 2010. The Feasibility of Progressive Development. In: Issar, A. (ed.), Progressive Development: To mitigate the negative impact of global warming on the semi arid regions. Springer, Heidelberg, 97-102.

  5. Lucke, B., Nikolskii, I., Helbron, H., Palekov, D., 2010. The Socio-Economic Framework: What Can be Learned from Earlier Failures? In: Issar, A. (ed.), Progressive Development: To mitigate the negative impact of global warming on the semi arid regions. Springer, Heidelberg, 115-119.

  6. Nikolskii, I., Lucke, B., Helbron, H., Palekov, D., 2010. Discussion and Conclusion: Progressive Development and Strategic Environmental Assessment. In: Issar, A. (ed.), Progressive Development: To mitigate the negative impact of global warming on the semi arid regions. Springer, Heidelberg, 131-133.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., 2010. Landscape Change and settlement in northern Jordan. Book of abstracts, Broadening Horizons 3, 3rd Conference of Young Researchers Working in the Ancient Near East, 19-21 July 2010.

  2. Lucke, B., 2010. Landscape and Settlement Patterns in Northern Jordan. Book of abstracts, ICHAJ XI – Changes and Challenges, Paris, 7-12 June 2010, 41.

  3. Lucke, B., 2010. The mechanisms of Holocene landscape changes in the Near East. Book of abstracts, 7ICAANE, 12-16 April 2010.

2009

With peer-review

  1. Kafafi, Z., Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., 2009. Environment and Architectural Change at the Neolithic Site ‘Ain Ghazal. Neo-Lithics 1/09, 24-33.

  2. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., Bäumler, R., 2009. Desertification in Jordan in the Light of Paleosols and Past Environmental Change. In: Gabriels, D., Cornelis, W., Eyletters, M., Hollebosch, P. (eds.), Combating Desertification. Assessment, Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies, UNESCO Chair of Eremology and Belgian Development Cooperation, Ghent, 64-73.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., 2009. Predicting the Impact of Climate Change in Semi-Arid Regions. Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, Newsletter of the Faculty of Archeaology and Anthropology 29, 25-27.

2008

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., al-Saad, Z., Schmidt, M., Bäumler, R., Lorenz, S.-O., Udluft, P., Heußner, K.-U., Walker, B., 2008. Soils and Land Use in the Decapolis Region (Northern Jordan). Implications for Landscape Development and the Impact of Climate Change. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 124/2, 171-188.

  2. Lucke, B., Nikolskii, I., Schmidt, M., Bäumler, R., Nowaczyk, N., al-Saad, Z., 2008. The impact of drought in the light of changing soil properties. In: Sánchez, J. (ed.), Droughts: Causes, Effects, and Predictions, Nova Science Publishers, New York, 69-102.

  3. Pietsch, D., Lucke, B., 2008. Soil substrate classification and the FAO and World Reference Base systems: examples from Yemen and Jordan. European Journal of Soil Science 59, 824-834.

  4. Lucke, B., 2008. Wasser oder Boden – welches war der Schlüssel für die Blüte der Dekapolis-Region? Cura Aquarum in Jordanien, Schriften der DWhG, Band 12, 177-188.

  5. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., al-Saad, Z., Bäumler, R., 2008. Water Systems of the Decapolis (Northern Jordan) and their Relation to the Landscape during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. In: E. Hermon (ed.), L’eau comme patrimoine. De la Méditerranée à l’Amérique du Nord. Québec, Collection “Patrimoine en mouvement”, Presses de l’Université Laval, 223-236.

    Without peer-review

  6. Lucke, B., Schmidt M., Bäumler R., 2008. Böden, Sedimente und Paläoböden als Archive der Auswirkungen von Klimaveränderungen. 5. Marktredwitzer Bodenschutztage – Boden und Klima im Wandel. Stadt Marktredwitz, 60-65.

  7. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., Bäumler, R., 2008. Paleosols and “debris” in Jordan – neglected archives of environmental change? Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 10, EGU2008-A-01223.

  8. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., Bäumler, R., 2008. Does land use or climate dominate desertification in the Levant? A critical re-examination from Northern Jordan. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 10, EGU2008-A-01219.

  9. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., Bäumler, R., 2008. Paleosols in Jordan as indicators for the timing and character of environmental change. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 10, EGU2008-A-01217.

  10. Lucke, B., 2008. Demise of the Decapolis. Past and Present Desertification in the Context of Soil Development, Land Use, and Climate. Verlag Dr. Mueller, Saarbrücken. First published online in 2007, dissertation at BTU Cottbus, http://se6.kobv.de:8000/btu/volltexte/2007/343/ (URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:kobv:co1-opus-3431).

2007

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., 2007. Soils and Paleosols at Ba’ja. Neo-Lithis 02/07, 43-50.

  2. Walker, B., Kenney, E., Holzweg, L., Caroll, L., Boulogne, S., Lucke, B., 2007. Village Life in Mamluk and Ottoman Hubras and Saham: Northern Jordan Project-Report on the 2006 Season. Annuals of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 52, 429-470.

  3. Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., Schmidt, M., al-Saad, Z., 2007. Landscape Transformation in the Decapolis Region (Northern Jordan) – A Critical Re-examination of a Paradigm. In: Ooghe, B., Verhoeven, G. (eds.), Broadening Horizons, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Landscape Study, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 30-49.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., 2007. Past and Present Desertification in the Context of Climate Change – a Case Study from Jordan. Forum der Forschung, BTU Cottbus, 85-88.

  2. Lucke, B., 2007. Der Niedergang der Dekapolis-Region (Nordjordanien) – Ergebnis von Naturkatastrophen und Klimwandel? In: Leopold, M., Völkel, J., Tagungsband der 3. Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreis für Geoarchäologie im Verband der deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG) und der Gesellschaft für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (GNAA), 10.-12.05.2007, Regensburg, online: http://www.akgeoarchaeologie.de/download/Abstracts.pdf, 5.

2006

With peer-review

  1. Schmidt, M., Lucke, B., Bäumler, R., al-Saad, Z., al-Qudah, B., Hutcheon, A., 2006. The Decapolis region (Northern Jordan) as historical example of desertification? Evidence from soil development and distribution. Quaternary International 151, Special Issue I, Dark nature: responses of humans and ecosystems to rapid environmental changes, 74-86.

  1. Al-Saad, Z., Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., Bäumler, R., 2006. The Past as a Key for the Future: Mutual Dependencies of Land Use, Soil Development, Climate and Settlement. In: Shouval, H., Dweik, H. (eds.), Water for Life in the Middle East, al-Jerashi press, Jerusalem, Vol. 1, 403-420.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., al-Saad, Z., Bäumler, R., 2006. Water Systems of the Decapolis (Northern Jordan) and their Relation to the Landscape during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. Prés-actes, colloque international: La gestion intégrée de l’eau dans l’histoire environnementale – savoirs traditionnels et pratiques modernes, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada, 27.-29.10.2006, 275-279.

  1. Lucke, B., 2006. Review of Issar, A., Zohar, M., 2004, Climate Change – Environment and Civilization in the Middle East, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, in: Journal of Archaeological Science 33, 887-888.

2005

With peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., al-Saad, Z., Bens, O., Hüttl, R.F., 2005. The Abandonment of the Decapolis Region in Northern Jordan – Forced by Environmental Change? Quaternary International 135, Special issue: Geochronology and Environmental Reconstruction: a Tribute to Glenn A. Goodfriend, 65-81.

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., Bäumler, R., al-Saad, Z., 2005. Die Dekapolis-Region (Nordjordanien) als Beispiel für historische Desertifikation? Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 107 (1), 379-380.

2004

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., Schmidt, M., al-Saad, Z., Bäumler, R., 2004. The Decapolis Region (Northern Jordan) as historical example of desertification. Mutual dependencies of land use, climate, soil genesis and settlement history. Extended abstract, first joint meeting of IGCP 490 and ICSU, http://atlas-conferences.com/c/a/m/u/06.htm.

2003

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., 2003. The Abandonment of the Decapolis and the Question of Environmental Change. Occident & Orient, Newsletter of the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology in Amman, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2003, 14-16.

2002

Without peer-review

  1. Lucke, B., 2002. Abila’s Abandonment. Anthology of Scientific Publications & Research Papers, RPR 14, Chair of Environmental Planning, BTU Cottbus, Cottbus.

Soil geography: Soil genesis in the context of climate, parent material, land use, and aeolian deposition; role as archive for environmental changes

Geoarchaeology: Landscape changes in the archaeological-historical context: modelling of process dynamics

Geomorphology: Dynamics of landscape change in the context of different climate zones and extreme events (earthquakes, heavy rains)

Landscape ecology: Evaluation of land use strategies in the context of empirical models of reconstructed historic landscape changes

Terra calcis genesis: Formation of Terra rossa and Terra fusca and their interpretation as environmental archives

Climate reconstruction: Landscape and vegetation changes as documented by soils and sediments

 

Projects:

  • DFG project: Holocene landscape change in the southern Levant in the context of dust deposition and land use (led by PD Dr. Bernhard Lucke, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Hendrik Bruins (Sede Boker) und Nizar Abu-Jaber (Madaba)
  • DFG project, co-funded by FWF: Historical land use and landscape change in the Decapolis region, northern Jordan (in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Bethany Walker (Bonn) und Prof. Dr. Schörner (Wien).
  • Project funded by the Ministry of Science: Climate change and society in south Morocco (in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Georg Glasze, PD Dr. Thomas Schmitt, and Dr. Kim Vanselow; cooperation partner in Morocco: Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir)
  • Paleosols in Mexico as archives of climate change
  • Evaluation of TerraSar-X Satellite images: Geoarchaeology in northern Jordan: reconstructing ancient land use in the Decapolis region (in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun, Erlangen, and Prof. Dr. Günther Schörner, Wien)
  • Participation in the “Northern Jordan Project” led by Prof. Dr. Bethany Walker (Bonn)
  • Evaluation of Terra calcis genesis
  • Soil geography in Jordan, in particular the role of aeolian deposition for soil genesis

 

 

Graduation thesis: early Holocene landscape evolution in southern Jordan

At the end of the ice age, larger sediment packages were deposited in southern Jordan, where soil development took place in the early Holocene. The latter could be a potential climate archive for assumed more humid conditions than today. However, it is not certain whether it was really moister or whether altered deposition conditions (e.g., more snow) that had a significant impact on sedimentation.

The thesis aims to answer these questions with a limited set of 15 samples from Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene profiles.

Graduation thesis: tree growth and ecology in Jordan

There are Mediterranean oaks and juniper in Jordan which are potentially suited as archives of climate and environmental changes, but only few studies were carried out so far. This is partly due to difficult and hard wood, and the rugged terrain. From earlier field work, there are already approximately 60 cores from junipers and 30 from oaks available, which could be studied in the dendrochronological laboratory. In addition, there are possibilities to spend a semester abroad in Jordan (possibly with support of a full stipend). Such a time in Jordan could be used to collaborate with the Yarmouk Forest Reserve and shed more light on questions such as the regional dominance of certain oak types, the effects of browsing, and the probably important role of the geology for the presence of trees.

 

Graduation thesis: sediments in ancient terraces of the southern Levant

Sediments in ancient terraces in the Negev and southern Jordan are currently evaluated in the framework of a running research project. These terraces catched not only runoff water, but also sediments, and were gradually built higher during the time of use. Most of the sediments seem of aeolian origin and the terraces thus resemble a potential archive of environmental change in the region. In addition, it is still disputed whether the main purpose was agriculture – this seems likely considering the enormous work spent for their construction, but should be corrobated by respective lab analyses.

Interested and engaged students can participate in field research and potentially combine a semester abroad in Jordan, Israel or Palestine with their thesis. In addition, additional methods can be learned at our partner universities – this is optional, but possible. In case of interest please contact Bernhard Lucke or Rupert Bäumler as soon as possible.

 

Graduation thesis: sediments in cisterns in the southern Levant

Sediments in ancient terraces in the Negev and southern Jordan are currently evaluated in the framework of a running research project. These terraces catched not only runoff water, but also sediments, and were gradually built higher during the time of use. Most of the sediments seem of aeolian origin and the terraces thus resemble a potential archive of environmental change in the region. In addition, it is still disputed whether the main purpose was agriculture – this seems likely considering the enormous work spent for their construction, but should be corrobated by respective lab analyses.

Interested and engaged students can participate in field research and potentially combine a semester abroad in Jordan, Israel or Palestine with their thesis. In addition, additional methods can be learned at our partner universities – this is optional, but possible. In case of interest please contact Bernhard Lucke or Rupert Bäumler as soon as possible.