Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Julia Gottschalk

Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 10, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-3040

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Information about Prof. Dr. Julia Gottschalk


Julia Gottschalk completed her undergraduate studies in Geosciences at the University of Bremen, which included a study period abroad at the State University in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After finishing her Master's degree in Marine Geosciences at the University of Bremen in 2011, she received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and moved to the University of Cambridge (UK) in order to complete her PhD on oceanic mechanisms governing atmospheric CO2 variations in the past at the Godwin Laboratory for Palaeoclimate Research in the Earth Sciences Department in 2015. She has performed post-doctoral research projects at the Oeschger Center for Climate Change at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University of the City of New York, USA - the latter through a DFG Global Research Fellowship. Since September 2020, Julia Gottschalk is professor for marine geology and paleoceanography at the Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University. She is a full member of Kiel University’s research priority area KMS.

Research questions

Julia Gottschalk is a paleoceanographer and marine geologist studying climate variability and marine carbon cycling on sub-millennial to orbital timescales throughout the Cenozoic Era. Her motivation is to unravel how Earth Sciences can contribute toward solutions to modern climate change, and to provide basic research that will ensure the success of this broader goal. For instance, paleoclimate research topics with socioeconomic relevance such as ice sheet stability, sea level rise, and ecosystem change require fundamental research on proxy validation, development and calibration, as well as mechanistic studies of modern ecological, physical and chemical ocean processes, and climate processes under a variety of boundary conditions in the past. Julia Gottschalk is engaged in these research topics by making use of siliciclastic material and microfossils obtained from marine sediment cores, which are one of the most valuable climate archives.


Major research questions are:

  • What are the natural ocean drivers of atmospheric carbon dioxide changes in the past?
  • What has driven abrupt climate variability in the past, locally and globally?
  • How did polar ice sheets impact the ocean's hydrography and biogeochemistry?
  • How does the climate system operate under warmer-than-present climate conditions, both in the past and future?
  • How can numerical model simulations and paleo-climate proxy data be combined for robust paleoclimate assessments?
Current Research

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