Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Quaternary Large Mammal Section

Prof. Dr. Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke


phone +49 (0) 3643 - 49309 3330
fax +49 (0) 3643 - 49309 3352


 Prof. Dr. Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke

Research interests


  • Morphology, evolution, systematics, taxonomy and biogeography of Plio-/Pleistocene large mammals of the northern hemisphere
  • Stratigraphy of Plio-/Pleistocene mammal faunas
  • Evolutionary history of Eurasian cold-adapted large mammal faunas
  • Excavation and geologic-taphonomic investigation of Plio-/Pleistocene vertebrate faunas


Curriculum vitae 


study of geology and palaeontology at Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald (Baltic Sea area)


Diploma degree (Dipl.-Geol.) Diploma topic: Late Pleistocene glaciation history of the Isle of Rügen (southern Baltic Sea)


scientific assistant at the Institute of Quaternary Palaeontology Weimar, leader of excavation and research projects


PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) at Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Greifswald. PhD topic: Fossil European hippopotamids (summa cum laude)

1990, 1991

research stays in North and Northeast China


director in charge of the Institute of Quaternary Palaeontology, Weimar

since 1991  

head of the excavation of the Lower Pleistocene carcass field of Untermassfeld / Southern Thuringia and other field and research projects


research trips to Eastern Siberia and the Siberian Arctic


head of the Quaternary Palaeontology Department, Institute of Geosciences, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena


habilitation at Christian Albrechts University, Kiel (Dr. habil., palaeontology and geology). Topic: Evolutionary history of cold-adapted large mammal faunas in Eurasia during the Plio-/Pleistocene


lectureships at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena


“Visiting Scientist“ at the Hot Springs Mammoth Site, South Dakota, USA

since 1998  

research trips and participations in projects in Georgia

since 2000  

head of the Research Station of Quaternary Palaeontology at the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung


leader of a Quaternary palaeontological reconnaissance expedition to southern Yemen (Hadhramout)


participation in Cerpolex/Mammuthus 2001 polar expedition (Tajmyr peninsula, Siberian Arctic)


preparation of the move of the Weimar institute to a new location, reorganisation and employment of new staff


co-organisation of the 18th International Senckenberg Conference “Late Neogene and Quaternary biodiversity and evolution: Regional developments and interregional correlations”


reorganisation of 10 Quaternary palaeontological collections in Weimar


professorate for Quaternary Palaeontology at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena


Hanns Christian Schroeder-Hohenwarth Award of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung