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Dr. Stefan Mulitza

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MARUM Director


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MARUM (Pavillon) 0130

Dr.  Stefan Mulitza

Research Topics

  • Late Quaternary history of ocean circulation
  • Land-ocean interactions
  • Stable isotopes in foraminifera
  • Anthropocene
  • Data information systems & paleoclimatic synthesis tools

Selected Publications

Maier E, Zhang X, Abelmann A, Gersonde R, Mulitza S, Werner M, Meheust M, Ren J, Chapligin B, Meyer H, Stein R, Tiedemann R, Lohmann G (2018) North Pacific freshwater events linked to changes in glacial ocean circulation. Nature 559, 241-245, doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0276-y

Collins JA, Prange M, Caley T, Gimeno L, Beckmann B, Mulitza S, Skonieczny C, Roche D, Schefuss E (2017) Rapid termination of the African Humid Period triggered by northern high-latitude cooling. Nature Communications 8, doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01454-y

Mulitza S, Chiessi CM, Schefuß E, Lippold J, Wichmann D, Antz B, Mackensen A, Paul A, Prange M, Rehfeld K, Werner M, Bickert T, Frank N, Kuhnert H, Lynch-Stieglitz J, Portilho-Ramos RC, Sawakuchi AO, Schulz M, Schwenk T, Tiedemann R, Vahlenkamp M, Zhang Y (2017) Synchronous and proportional deglacial changes in Atlantic meridional overturning and northeast Brazilian precipitation, Paleoceanography, 32, doi:10.1002/ 2017PA003084

Howe JNW, Piotrowski AM, Noble TL, Mulitza S, Chiessi CM, Bayon G (2016) North Atlantic Deep Water Production during the Last Glacial Maximum. Nature Communications 7, doi:10.1038/ncomms11765

Lynch-Stieglitz, J, Schmidt, MW, Henry, LG, Curry, WB, Skinner, LC, Mulitza, S, Zhang, R, Chang, P (2014) Muted change in Atlantic overturning circulation over some glacial-aged Heinrich events. Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo2045

Collins, JA, Schefuß, E, Heslop, D, Mulitza, S, Prange, M, Zabel, M, Tjallingii, R, Dokken, TM, Huang, E, Mackensen, A, Schulz, M, Tian, J, Zarriess, M & Wefer, G (2011) Interhemispheric symmetry of the tropical African rainbelt over the past 23,000 years. Nature Geoscience, 3, doi: 10.1038/NGEO1039

Mulitza, S, Heslop, D, Pittauerova, D, Fischer, HW, Meyer, I, Stuut, JB, Zabel, M, Mollenhauer, G, Collins, JA, Kuhnert, H, Schulz, M (2010) Increase in African dust flux at the onset of commercial agriculture in the Sahel region. Nature 466, 226-228, doi:10.1038/nature09213

Complete Publication List



PalMod - From the last interglacial to the Anthropocene: Modelling a completeglacial cycle (WP3.1: Paleodata synthesis tools and concepts, BMBF)

NA-LINK - Linking past and present in the North Atlantic (Expedition with RV Maria S. Merian MSM39, Summer 2014)

REKLIM (Topic 8: Rapid climate change derived from proxy data (Helmholtz) (info)

AMADEUS - Response of Amazon sedimentation to deforestation, land use and climate variability (Expedition RV Maria S. Merian MSM20/3, Spring 2012) (info)

Changes in large-scale overturning circulation: present and past (MARUM Project OC1, DFG)


Past4Future - A Collaborative Project under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. (info)

RETRO - Response of tropical Atlantic surface and intermediate waters to changes in the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (ESF-Project within EuroMARC)

DAMOCLES - Detecting Holocene changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation: Integration of Proxy Data and Climate Simulations (SPP, DFG)

Quantifying the potential bias of planktonic foraminifera-based temperature reconstructions using a numerical foraminifera-assemblage mode (Projekt im Rahmen von EUROPROX, International Graduate College, DFG)

Glacial to Holocene history of the tropical rainbelt (MARUM Project OC2, DFG)


Chief Scientist:
METEOR M65/1 (info)
MARIA S. MERIAN MSM20/3 (info)

Scientific Crew Member
RV METEOR: M15, M23, M38, M46, M49, M57, M75
RV MARION DUFRESNE: MD 167 RETRO (Co-Chief Scientist)


Courses (Master of Marine Geoscience, University of Bremen)
  • Abrupt Climate Changes (info)
  • Marine Ecosystems as Environmental Indicators (info)