Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Quaternary Microflora Section

Dr. Martina Stebich

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 Dr. Martina Stebich

Research interests


  • Vegetation dynamics and climate variability of the Quaternary
  • High resolution palynology of annually laminated lake sediments
  • Flowering intensity and pollen precipitation of recent trees and shrubs

Scientific papers (selection):

Popular scientific contributions


HÖFER, D., STEBICH, M. & KATZSCHMANN, L. (2019): Palynologische Untersuchungen zur Biostratigraphie und Paläoumwelt des Mittelpleistozäns in Thüringen. – In: 81. Tagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Norddeutscher Geologen, 11.-14. Juni 2019, Sangerhausen, Tagungsband und Exkursionsführer. – Geowissenschaftliche Mitteilungen von Thüringen, Beiheft 12: 33-35.

HERZSCHUH, U., CAO, X., LAEPPLE, T., DALLMEYER, A., TELFORD, R. J., NI, J., CHEN, F., KONG, Zh., LIU, G., LIU, K.-B., LIU, X., STEBICH, M., TANG, L., TIAN, F., WANG, Y., WISCHNEWSKI, J., XU, Q., YAN, Sh., YANG, Zh., YU, G., ZHANG, Y., ZHAO, Y. & ZHENG, Zh. (2019): Position and orientation of the westerly jet determined Holocene rainfall patterns in China. – Nature Communications 10: 2376 |

MIGRAM, J., STEBICH, M., SCHETTLER, G., HU, Y., RIOUAL, P., NOWACZYK, N., DULSKI, P., YOU, H., OPITZ, S., LIU, Q. & Liu, J. (2018): Millennial-scale East Asian monsoon variability of the last glacial deduced from annually laminated sediments from Lake Sihailongwan, N.E. China. – Quaternary Science Reviews 201: 57-76 |

ROHRMÜLLER, J., KÄMPF, H., GEIß, E., GROßMANN, J., GRUN, I., MINGRAM, J., MRLINA, J., PLESSEN, B., STEBICH, M., VERESS, C., WENDT, A. & NOWACZYK, N. (2018): Reconnaissance study of an inferred Quaternary maar structure in the western part of the Bohemian Massif near Neualbenreuth, NE-Bavaria (Germany). – International Journal of Earth Sciences 107 (4): 1381-1405 |

MISHRA, P. K., PRASAD, S., MARWAN, N., ANOOP, A., KRISHNAN, R., GAYE, B., BASAVAIAH, N., STEBICH, M., MENZEL, P. & RIEDEL, N. (2018): Contrasting pattern of hydrological changes during the past two millennia from central and northern India: Regional climate difference or anthropogenic impact? – Global and Planetary Change 161: 97-107 |

EROGLU, D., MARWAN, N., STEBICH, M. & KURTHS, J. (2018): Multiplex recurrence networks. – Physical Review E 97: 012312 |

UHL, D., KUNZMANN, L., HERTLER, C., KAHLKE, R.-D., KEILER, J.-A., KÖNIGSHOF, P., KULLMER, O., SCHAAL, S.F.K., SMITH, K.T., SOLÓRZANO KRAEMER, M.M., STEBICH, M., TIETZ, O., WILMSEN, M. (2018): Palaeontological collections of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. – In: BECK, L. A., JOGER, U. (Eds.): Paleontological collections of Germany, Austria and Switzerland - The history of life of fossil organisms at museums and universities. – 209-240; Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York |

CAO X., TIAN, F., TELFORD, R. J., NI, J., XU, Q., CHEN, F. ,LIU, X., STEBICH, M., ZHAO, Y. & HERZSCHUH, U. (2017): Impacts of the spatial extent of pollen-climate calibration-set on the absolute values, range and trends of reconstructed Holocene precipitation. – Quaternary Science Reviews 178: 37-53 |

SCHWARZ, A., TURNER, F., LAUTERBACH, S., PLESSEN, B., KRAHN, K. J., GLODNIOK, S., MISCHKE, S., STEBICH, M., WITT, R., MINGRAM, J. & SCHWALB, A. (2017): Mid- to late Holocene climate-driven regime shifts inferred from diatom, ostracod and stable isotope records from Lake Son Kol (Central Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan). – Quaternary Science Reviews 177: 340-356 |

HU, Y.-Q., MINGRAM, J., STEBICH, M. & LI, J.-F. (2016): A key for the identification of conifer stomata from N.E. China based on fluorescence microscopy. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 233: 12-21 |

STEBICH, M., REHFELD, K., SCHLÜTZ, F., TARASOV, P. E., LIU, J. & MINGRAM, J. (2015): Corrigendum to “Holocene vegetation and climate dynamics of NE China based on the pollen record from Sihailongwan Maar Lake” [Quat. Sci. Rev. 124 (2015) 275e289]. – Quaternary Science Reviews 126: 278 |

STEBICH, M., REHFELD, K., SCHLÜTZ, F., TARASOV, P. E., LIU, J. & MINGRAM, J. (2015): Holocene vegetation and climate dynamics of NE China based on the pollen record from Sihailongwan Maar Lake. – Quaternary Science Reviews 124: 275-289 |

SARKAR, S., PRASAD, S., WILKES, H., RIEDEL, N., STEBICH, M., BASAVAIAH, N.& SACHSE, D. (2015): Monsoon source shifts during the drying mid-Holocene: Biomarker isotope based evidence from the core ‘monsoon zone’ (CMZ) of India. – Quaternary Science Reviews 123: 144-157 |

RIEDEL, N., STEBICH, M., ANOOP, A., BASAVAIAH, N., MENZEL, P., PRASAD, S., SACHSE, D., SARKAR, S. & WIESNER, M. (2015): Modern pollen vegetation relationships in a dry deciduous monsoon forest: A case study from Lonar Crater Lake, central India. – Quaternary International 371: 268-279 |

THEUERKAUF, M., BOS, J. A. A., JAHNS, S., JANKE, W., KUPARINEN, A., STEBICH, M. & JOOSTEN, H. (2014): Corylus expansion and persistent openness in the early Holocene vegetation of northern central Europe. – Quaternary Science Reviews 90: 183-198 |

LAUTERBACH, S., WITT, R., PLESSEN, B., DULSKI, P., PRASAD, S., MINGRAM, J., GLEIXNER, G., HETTLER-RIEDEL, S., STEBICH, M., SCHNETGER, B., SCHWALB, A. & SCHWARZ, A. (2014): Climatic imprint of the mid-latitude Westerlies in the Central Tian Shan of Kyrgyzstan and teleconnections to North Atlantic climate variability during the last 6000 years. – The Holocene 24 (8): 970-984 |

PRASAD, S., ANOOP, A., RIEDEL, N., SARKAR, S., MENZEL, P., BASAVAIAH, N., KRISHNAN, R., FULLER, D., PLESSEN, B., GAYE, B., RÖHL, U., WILKES, H., SACHSE, D., SAWANT, R., WIESNER, M. G. & STEBICH, M. (2014): Prolonged monsoon droughts and links to Indo-Pacific warm pool: A Holocene record from Lonar Lake, central India. – Earth and Planetary Science Letters 391: 171-182 |

MENZEL, PH., GAYE, B., MISHRA, P. K., ANOOP, A., BASAVAIAH, N., MARWAN, N., PLESSEN, B., PRASAD, S., RIEDEL, N., STEBICH, M. & WIESNER, M. G. (2014): Linking Holocene drying trends from Lonar Lake in monsoonal central India to North Atlantic cooling events. – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 410: 164-178 |

SARKAR, S., WILKES, H., PRASAD, S., BRAUER, A., RIEDEL, N., STEBICH, M., BASAVAIAH, N. & SACHSE, D. (2014): Spatial heterogeneity in lipid biomarker distributions in the catchment and sediments of a crater lake in central India. – Organic Geochemistry 66: 125-136 |

MAUL, L. C., STEBICH, M., FRENZEL, P., HAMBACH, U., HENKEL, T., KATZSCHMANN, L., KIENAST, F., MENG, S., PENKMAN, K., ROLF, C., THOMAS, M. & KAHLKE, R.-D. (2013): Age and palaeoenvironment of the enigmatic Arternian Interglacial - evidence from the Muschelton at Voigtstedt/Hackelsberg (Thuringia, Central Germany). – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 386: 68-85 |

MENZEL PH., GAYE, B., WIESNER, M. G., PRASAD, S., STEBICH, M., DAS, B. K., ANOOP, A., RIEDEL, N. & BASAVAIAH, N. (2013): Influence of bottom water anoxia on nitrogen isotopic ratios and amino acid contributions of recent sediments from small eutrophic Lonar Lake, central India. – Limnology and  Oceanography  58 (3): 1061-1074 |

STEBICH, M., MINGRAM, J., MOSCHEN, R., THIELE, A. & SCHRÖDER, C. (2011): Comments on "Anti-phase oscillation of Asian monsoons during the Younger Dryas period: Evidence from peat cellulose ?13C of Hani, Northeast China" by B. Hong, Y.T. Hong, Q.H. Lin, Yasuyuki Shibata, Masao Uchida, Y.X. Zhu, X.T. Leng, Y. Wang and C.C. Cai [Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 297 (2010) 214-222]. – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 310 (3/4): 464-470 |

KLEINEN, T., TARASOV, P., BROVKIN, V., ANDREEV, A. & STEBICH, M. (2011): Comparison of modeled and reconstructed changes in forest cover through the past 8000 years: Eurasian perspective. – The Holocene 21 (5): 723-734 |

MRLINA, J., KÄMPF, H., KRONER, C., MINGRAM, J., STEBICH, M., BRAUER, A., GEISSLER, W. H., KALLMEYER, J., MATTHES, H. & SEIDL, M. (2009): First Quaternary maar structure of the Bohemian Massif, Central Europe – findings of combined geophysical and geological surveys. – Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 182 (1/2): 97-112 |

STEBICH, M., MINGRAM, J., HAN, J. & LIU, J. (2009): Late Pleistocene spread of (cool-)temperate forests in Northeast China and climate changes synchronous with the North Atlantic region. – Global and Planetary Change 65 (1/2): 56-70 |

PARPLIES, J., LÜCKE, A., VOS, H., MINGRAM, J., STEBICH, M., RADTKE, U., HAN, J. & SCHLESER, G. H. (2008): Late glacial environment and climate development in northeastern China derived from geochemical and isotopic investigations of the varved sediment record from Lake Sihailongwan (Jilin Province). – Journal of Paleolimnology 40 (1): 471-487 |

STEBICH, M., ARLT, J. & MINGRAM, J. (2007): Late Quaternary vegetation history of Northeast China – Recent progress in the palynological investigations of Sihailongwan maar lake. – Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 259: 181-190; Stuttgart.

SCHETTLER, G., SCHWAB, M. J. & STEBICH, M. (2007): A 700-year record of climate change based on geochemical and palynological data from varved sediments (Lac Pavin, France). – Chemical Geology 240: 11-35 |

SCHETTLER G., LIU, Q., MINGRAM, J., STEBICH M. & DULSKI, P. (2006): East-Asian monsoon variability between 15 000 and 2 000 cal. yr BP recorded in varved sediments of Lake Sihailongwan (northeastern China, Long Gang volcanic field). – The Holocene 16 (8): 143-157 |

STEBICH, M., BRÜCHMANN, C., KULBE, T. & NEGENDANK, J. F. W. (2005): Vegetation history, human impact and climate change during the last 700 years recorded in annually laminated Sediments of Lac Pavin, France. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 133 (1/2): 115-133 |

STEBICH, M., BRÜCHMANN, C. & MINGRAM, J. (2004): Late Quaternary Vegetation history of north-eastem China - preliminary results of palaeobotanical studies from annually laminated maar lake sediments. - In: MAUL, L. C., & KAHLKE, R.-D. (Eds) (2004): Late Neogene and Quaternary biodiversity and evolution: Regional developments and interregional correlations. Conference Volume. 18th International Senckenberg Conference. VI International Palaeontological Colloquium in Weimar. Weimar (Germany), 25th - 30th April, 2004. – Terra Nostra 2004 (2): 239-241; Berlin.

STEBICH, M. & SCHNEIDER, H. (2002): Bedeutende Fossilvorkommen des Quartärs in Thüringen. Teil 1: Mikro- und Makrofloren. - In: KAHLKE, R.-D. & WUNDERLICH, J. (Hrsg.): Tertiär und Quartär in Thüringen. – Beiträge zur Geologie von Thüringen, N. F. 9: 119-144.

ACKSEL, D., SCHWAB, M.J., STEBICH, M., BRÜCHMANN, C. & NEGENDANK, J. F. W. (2002): Erstes vollständiges See-Sedimentprofil aus dem Lac Pavin - Chronologische und paläoklimatische Informationen. – Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft 21: 59.

BRÜCHMANN, C., KULBE, T., STEBICH, M. & NEGENDANK, J. F. W. (2002): Sedimentologische und mikrostratigraphische Untersuchungen der Laminae des Maarsees Lac Pavin, Auvergne/Frankreich. – Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft 21: 87.

KAHLKE, R.-D., MAUL, L. C., MEYRICK, R. A., STEBICH, M. & GRASSELT, T. (2002): The Quaternary from the late Middle to Upper Pleistocene site of Weimar-Ehringsdorf. - In: MEYRICK, R.A. & SCHREVE, D.C. (Eds): The Quaternary of Central Germany (Thuringia and surroundings). Field Guide. – 163-178; Quaternary Research Association, London.

STEBICH, M. (2002): Armleuchteralgen - filigrane Gesteinsbildner in Karstgewässern. – Natur und Museum 132 (6): 220-221.

STEBICH, M. & SCHNEIDER, H. (2002): The Quaternary micro- and macro floras of Thuringia (Central Germany). - In: MEYRICK, R. A. & SCHREVE, D. C. (Eds): The Quaternary of Central Germany (Thuringia & Surroundings), Field Guide. – 9-29; Quaternary Research Association, London.

LITT, T., BRAUER, A., GOSLAR, T., MERKT, J., BALAGA, K., MÜLLER, H., RALSKA-JASIEWICZOWA, M., STEBICH, M. & NEGENDANK, J. F. W. (2001): Correlation and synchronisation of Lateglacial continental sequences in northern central Europe based on annually-laminated lacustrine Sediments. – Quaternary Science Reviews 20 (11): 1233-1240 |

BRAUER, A., ENDRES, C., GÜNTER, C., LITT, T., STEBICH, M. & NEGENDANK, J. F. W. (1999): High resolution Sediment and Vegetation responses to Younger Dryas climate change in varved lake Sediments from Meerfelder Maar, Germany. – Quaternary Science Reviews 18 (3): 321-329 |

LITT, T., BRAUER, A., GOSLAR, T., MERKT, J., BALAGA, K., MÜLLER, H., RALSKA-JASIEWICZOWA, M., STEBICH, M. & NEGENDANK, J. F. W. (1999): Correlation and Synchronisation of Lateglacial continental sequences in northern central Europe based on varved limnic Sediments. – Terra Nostra 1999 (10): 58-63.

LITT, T. & STEBICH, M. (1999): Bio- and chronostratigraphy of the Lateglacial in the Eifel region, Germany. – Quaternary International 61: 5-16 |

STEBICH, M. (1999): Palynologische Untersuchungen zur Vegetationsgeschichte des Weichsel-Spätglazial und Frühholozän an jährlich geschichteten Sedimenten des Meerfelder Maares (Eifel). – Dissertationes Botanicae 320: 1-127.

LITT, T., STEBICH, M. & BRAUER, A. (1998): Bio- and chronostratigraphy of the Lateglacial in the Eitel region based on varved Sediments. - Terra Nostra 1998 (6): 82-88; Berlin.

LITT, T., FRÜCHTL, M., KUBITZ, B. & STEBICH, M. (1997): Jungquartäre Floren in den Eifelmaaren. - In: Exkursionsführer 67. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft. – Terra Nostra 1997 (7): 54-62.

LITT, T., FRÜCHTL, M., KUBITZ, B. & STEBICH, M. (1997): Palaeobotanical investigations. – Terra Nostra 1997 (8): 25-29.

STEBICH, M. & LITT, T. (1997): Das Georgenfelder Hochmoor - ein Archiv für Vegetations-, Siedlungs- und Bergbaugeschichte. -- Leipziger Geowissenschaften 5: 209-216.  


KIENAST, F., KAHLKE, R.-D., KEILER, J.-A., STEBICH, M. & WILDE, V. (2012): Weimarer quartärbotanische Sammlungen in neuem Domizil. – Senckenberg - natur • forschung • museum 142 (9/10): 324-327.

KAHLKE, R.-D., KIENAST, F., MAUL, L. C. & STEBICH, M. (2009): Neuaufstellung der quartärpaläontologischen Sammlungen. – Natur und Museum 139 (5/6): 196-201.

STEBICH, M. (2002): Armleuchteralgen - filigrane Gesteinsbildner in Karstgewässern. -- Natur und Museum 132 (6): 220-221.


Curriculum vitae 


born in Großenhain


studied biology at University of Leipzig, Germany (major subjects: systematic-taxonomic botany, plant physiology, ecology, geology)


Diploma degree (Dipl.-biol.), Diploma topic: Holocene vegetation history of the raised bog “Georgenfelder Hochmoor” (Erzgebirge mountain range, Germany)


PhD student / scientific associate at the Institute of Palaeontology in Bonn, Germany, as part of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Priority Programme "Changes in the Geo-Biosphere"


PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) at University of Bonn, Germany. PhD topic: Weichselian Late Glacial Vegetation history and palaeoclimatology of the Meerfelder Maar (Eifel region) as inferred from palaeobotanical studies of annually laminated lake sediments

since 2000

head of the Quaternary Microflora Section of Senckenberg Research Station of Quaternary Palaeontology in Weimar.