The Quaternary Macroflora Section was founded in 2008 in the course of an expansion of the palaeo-botanical research in Weimar. Botanical macro-remains provide detailed information on the local vegetation, environments and climate of the past. Macrofossil studies are therefore an essential tool in palaeoecological studies, especially when combined with palynological analyses, which provide a picture of the regional vegetation at a finer temporal resolution.
The main focus of current research is the reconstruction of vegetation and environmental dynamics in Central Europe and in the non-glaciated regions of the Arctic during both cold and warm stages of the Quaternary. The study of plant macro-remains is also contributing information on possible causes of biotic depauperation during the latest warming about 11,000 years ago.
The projects carried out in this section are included in the Senckenberg field Biodiversity and Climate.