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Prof. Dr.

Gerald H. Haug

Year of election: 2012
Section: Earth Sciences
City: Zurich
Country: Switzerland
CV Gerald Haug - Deutsch (pdf)


Gerald Haug's main research interests involve climate change on 'geologic' to annual timescales, paleoceanography, limnogeology, and global biogeochemical cycling. Periods of interest include times of climatic extremes in Earth history, such as the Pliocene climatic ‘optimum’, the late Plio-Pleistocene ice ages, and the rapid climate changes that have occurred over the last glacial cycle and during the Holocene.

To explore possible mechanisms for such major changes in the environmental conditions on Earth, he uses diverse geochemical and sedimentological methods, including light stable isotopes, biomarkers, and high-resolution analytical techniques.


  • seit 2015 Direktor der Abteilung Klimageochemie und Wissenschaftliches Mitglied am Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie in Mainz
  • seit 2007 Professor für Klimageologie an der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Schweiz
  • 2007 Gastprofessur an der Universität Potsdam
  • 2003-2007  Professor an der Universität Potsdam und Leitung der Abteilung Klimadynamik und    Sedimente am Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ)
  • 2002 Habilitation an der ETH Zürich, Schweiz
  • 2000-2002 Adjunct Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA
  • 2000-2002 Oberassistenz an der ETH Zürich, Schweiz
  • 1998-1999 Research Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, USA
  • 1997-1998 Postdoktorand, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA
  • 1996-1997 Visiting Scientist, Department of Oceanography, University of British Columbia (UBC),   Vancouver, Canada
  • 1995-1997 Postdoktorand, GEOMAR, Center for Marine Geosciences, Kiel
  • 1995 Promotion am Geologischen Institut der Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
  • 1992 Diplom in Geologie, Universität Karlsruhe


  • seit 2010 DFG-Projekt „Palaeoclimate reconstructions on various timescales using stalagmites from Meghalaya, NE India, and applying U/Th dating, stable isotopes and element studies”, Teilprojekt zu DFG- FOR 1380
  • 2005-2011 Beteiligt am DFG-Projekt „Decadal to centennial-scale climate variability during the Holocene and Late Glacial based on long CALYPSO cores off southern and subtropical Chile”
  • 2005-2011 Beteiligt am DFG-Projekt „Decadal to centennial-scale climate variability during the Holocene and Late Glacial based on long CALYPSO cores off southern and subtropical Chile”
  • 2005-2008 DFG-Projekt „Tropical Climate Dynamics during the past Glacial/Interglacial Cycle in (sub)annual resolution (Cariaco Basin and Mexican Lakes)”
  • 2003-2007 Sprecher des Programms „Climate Variability and the Human Habitat“, Helmholtz-Zentrum GFZ (Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam), FZJ (Forschungszentrum Jülich) und UFZ (Umweltforschungszentrum Halle/Leipzig)
  • 1996-1999 Beteiligt am DFG-Projekt „Hydrographie und Wassermassenzirkulation in der Karibik während des Neogens und Auswirkungen auf die globale thermohaline Zirkulation: Hochauflösende Zeitreihen von ODP Leg 165 (Caribbean Ocean History)“

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • seit 2012 Mitglied der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina
  • 2010 Max Rössler-Preis der ETH Zürich
  • seit 2008 Mitglied der Academia Europaea, London
  • 2007 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 2001 Albert Maucher-Preis für Geowissenschaften der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft




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