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Dr. Niklas Meinicke





+49 421 218-65986



GEO, 2240

Niklas Meinicke

Research interests

I am a paleoceanographer utilizing various proxy methods to decipher past ocean and climate conditions recorded in marine sediments. My main focus lies on the reconstruction of past warm climate conditions during the Cenozoic using clumped isotope thermometry.

Proxy development:

  • Calibration of the clumped isotope thermometer in foraminifera as a tool for paleoceanography

Paleoceanographic applications:

  • Combination and evaluation of different proxies in Cenozoic sediment records
  • Plio-Pleistocene temperature evolution of the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool
  • Late Oligocene deep-sea temperatures and 𝛿18O seawater composition

Academic experience

Since 2020 Postdoctoral researcher, MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany
2020 Ph.D. Marine Geochemistry, University of Bergen, Norway
2015 M.Sc. Marine Geosciences, Kiel University, Germany
2012 B.Sc. Geosciences, Kiel University, Germany


Meinicke, N., Reimi, M. A., Ravelo, A. C., & Meckler, A. N., 2021. Coupled Mg/Ca and Clumped Isotope Measurements Indicate Lack of Substantial Mixed Layer Cooling in the Western Pacific Warm Pool During the Last ∼5 Million Years. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36(8). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020pa004115

Bernasconi, S. M., Daëron, M., Bergmann, K. D., Bonifacie, M., Meckler, A. N., Affek, H. P., ... Ziegler, M., 2021. InterCarb: A Community Effort to Improve Interlaboratory Standardization of the Carbonate Clumped Isotope Thermometer Using Carbonate Standards. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 22(5), e2020GC009588. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GC009588

Meinicke, N., Ho, S.L., Hannisdal, B., Nürnberg, D., Tripati, A., Schiebel, R. and Meckler, A.N., 2020. A robust calibration of the clumped isotopes to temperature relationship for foraminifers. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 270, 160-183.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2019.11.022

Piasecki, A., Bernasconi, S.M., Grauel, A.L., Hannisdal, B., Ho, S.L., Leutert, T.J., Marchitto, T.M., Meinicke, N., Tisserand, A. and Meckler, N., 2019. Application of clumped isotope thermometry to benthic foraminifera. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 20, 2082-2090. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GC007961

Rosenthal, Y., Holbourn, A.E., Kulhanek, D.K., and the Expedition 363 Scientists, 2018. Western Pacific Warm Pool. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 363: College Station, TX (International Ocean Discovery Program). https://doi.org/10.14379/iodp.proc.363.2018.

Rosenthal, Y., Holbourn, A.E., Kulhanek, D.K., and the Expedition 363 Scientists, 2017. Expedition 363 Preliminary Report: Western Pacific Warm Pool. International Ocean Discovery Program. https://doi.org/10.14379/iodp.pr.363.2017.