Asset Publisher


Foto: Jens Zinke

Freie Universität Berlin - Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften - Fachrichtung Paläontologie, AG Geobiologie und Anthropozänforschung


Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder
P: +49(0)30 838 70285
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften - Fachrichtung Paläontologie, AG Geobiologie und Anthropozänforschung
Malteserstr. 74-100
12249 Berlin Berlin

Zur Arbeitsgemeinschaft

The Earth's natural spheres (biosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere etc) and the Anthroposphere are not only strongly interconnected in the Anthropocene, but they act as one single megasystem. In addition, humankind has become a major geological factor, thus Earth System Research, Sustainability Research and Transition Research must be interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary. The present activity of Prof. Reinhold Leinfelder's working group has a strong focus on Anthropocene research. Reinhold Leinfelder is member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (the largest scientific body of the International Union of Geological Sciences, IUGS). Defining the lower boundary and internal stratigraphy of the Anthropocene includes the use of “technofossils” (such as particles of plastics, concrete, aluminium, fly ash, radioactive fallout, a wide set of isotope data, pollen and other stratigraphic proxies. The Anthropocene working group also includes archaeologists and environmental historians, among many other disciplines. Other activities include transformation research and new communication pathways towards Earth System compatibility.

Dr. Jens Zinke leads a paleoclimatological research group with the AG. Dr. Zinke’s research has a strong focus on geochemical studies of marine biological (massive corals) and sedimentary archives  from the tropical oceans as recorders of environmental and climate change over the past 300 years and during the Holocene. This work is motivated by the need to produce reliable, long-term baseline data of sea surface temperature, ocean currents and the hydrological cycle over the tropical/subtropical oceans and how they shape patterns of biodiversity in our oceans and adjacent coasts.

Dr. Diego Kersting leads the research on Mediterranean reefs with a special emphasis on corals of the genus Cladocora. Dr. Kersting is running a multi-year monitoring program of reef ecosystems and physical parameters in the Columbretes Islands 60km off the Spanish mainland. The research highlights the current threats to reef systems in the Mediterranean and the role of temperature extremes on coral mortalities. Dr. Kersting will start a DFG Eigene Stelle in 2018 which was recently funded.


  • Anthropocene working group of the ICS (Prof. Leinfelder)
  • Exzellenz-Cluster "Bild Wissen Gestaltung", Philosophische Fakultät III
    Humboldt-Universität (Prof. Leinfelder)
  • FU Berlin Forschungskommission “Rekonstruktion von multi-dekadischen klimatologischen Land-Ozean Wechselwirkungen zu beiden Seiten des Indischen Ozeans” (Dr. J. Zinke)
  • DAAD PPP Australien with Curtin University (Dr. J. Zinke)
  • CSRI Curtin University Sarawak grant - Environmental reconstruction and the impact of sedimentation and climate change on reef systems in the Miri Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park, Borneo, Malaysia (Dr. J. Zinke)
  • K+S grant with Curtin University Australia – Coral core geochemistry – reconstructing past water quality and its drivers for the Urala coast, Australia (Dr. J. Zinke)
  • DFG INDOPAL MoA Wildlife Conservation Kenya – Fossil corals from the archeological ruins of the Swahili culture as indicators of past climate change (Dr. M. Pfeiffer, Dr. J. Zinke)
  • DFG: The Mediterranean endangered coral Cladocora caespitosa as wide range bioindicator of recent and past climatic changes (Dr. D. Kersting, Dr. J. Zinke)



Reinhold Leinfelder

Complete list at:

Colin N. Waters, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin Summerhayes, Ian J. Fairchild, Neil L. Rose, Neil J. Loader, William Shotyk, Alejandro Cearreta, Martin J. Head, James P.M. Syvitski, Mark Williams, Michael Wagreich, Anthony D. Barnosky, An Zhisheng, Reinhold Leinfelder, Catherine Jeandel, Agnieszka Galuszka, Juliana A. Ivar do Sul, Felix Gradstein, Will Steffen, John R. McNeill, Scott Wing, Clement Poirier, Matt Edgeworth (in press, online first 30 Dec. 2017): Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the Anthropocene Series: Where and how to look for potential candidates. Earth Science Reviews. EARTH 2557, DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.12.016 (Status: accepted manuscript, check via DOI for latest version)

Leinfelder, R. (2017): "Die Erde wie eine Stiftung behandeln" - Ressourcenschutz und Rohstoffeffizienz im Anthropozän. In: DWA-BW (ed), Tagungsband 2017, Im Dialog: Phosphor-Rückgewinnung: 3. Kongress Phosphor - Ein kritischer Rohstoff mit Zukunft, pp. 11-25, Stuttgart (

Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin N. Waters, Colin P. Summerhayes, Alexander P. Wolfe, Anthony D. Barnosky, Alejandro Cearreta, Paul Crutzen, Erle Ellis, Ian J. Fairchild, Agnieszka GaÅ‚uszka, Peter Haff, Irka Hajdas, Martin J. Head, Juliana A. Assunção Ivar do Sul, Catherine Jeandel, Reinhold Leinfelder, John R. McNeill, Cath Neal, Eric Odada, Naomi Oreskes, Will Steffen, James Syvitski, Davor Vidas, Michael Wagreich, Mark Williams (2017): The Working Group on the Anthropocene: Summary of evidence and interim recommendations.- Anthropocene doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2017.09.001

Leinfelder, R. (2017): Korallenriffe im Anthropozän. - In: Der Anthropozäniker, Scilogs Spektrum, 5.Jun.2017,

Reinhold Leinfelder, Alexandra Hamann, Jens Kirstein & Marc Schleunitz (eds.) (2017): Science meets Comics.- Proceedings of the Symposium on Communicating and Designing the Future of Food in the Anthropocene. With contributions by Jaqueline Berndt, Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann, Toni Meier, Veronika Mischitz, Stephan Packard, Lukas Plank, Nick Sousanis, Katerina Teaiwa, Arnold van Huis, and the editors. 117 pp, Berlin (Ch. Bachmann publ.)(4 April 2017); Open Access version: doi: 10.5281/zenodo.556383

Waters, C.N., Zalasiewicz, J., Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M., Fairchild, I.J., Galuszka, A., Ivar do Sul, J.A., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., Odada, E., Oreskes, N., Price, S.J., Richter, D.deB., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Syvitski, J.P., Wagreich, M., Williams, M., Wing, S., Wolfe, A.P. & An Zhisheng (2016): Assessing Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) candidates for the Anthropocene.- Paper # 2914, Abstract 35th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa 27th August – 4th September 2016. see here

Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., An, Z., Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M., Ellis, E.C., Fairchild, I.J.., GaÅ‚uszka, A., Haff, P.K., Ivar do Sul, J.A., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J.R., Odada, E.., Oreskes, N., Price, S.J., Richter, D. deB., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Syvitski, J.P., Wagreich, M., Williams, M., Wing, S. & Wolfe, A.P (2016): The Anthropocene: overview of stratigraphical assessment to date.- Paper # 3966, Abstract 35th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa 27th August – 4th September 2016. see here

Leinfelder, R. (2016): Anthropozän: Die Wissenschaft im Dialog mit Politik und Gesellschaft? – Ein Zwischenbericht.- (11. July 2016)

Leinfelder, R. (2016): Es ist angerichtet - die Anthropozän-Küche.- Spektrum-Scilogs: Der Anthropozäniker, (6 June 2016)

Leinfelder, R. & Zinfert, M. (2015): Zukunftsbilder - Unsichtbare sichtbar machen. In: Zechlin, R. (ed) Wie leben? Zukunftsbilder von Malewitsch bis Fujimoto, (Ausstellungskatalog-Wilhelm Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen), S. 16-29, (also in english: Images of the Future. Making the Invisible Visible), Köln (Wienand-Verlag),ISBN 978-3-86832-303-0


Jens Zinke

Zinke, J., Gilmour, J.P., Fisher, R., Maina, J., Darling, E., Stat, M., Puotinen, M., Richards, Z., Mcclanahan, T.R., Beger, M., Moore, C., Graham, N.A.J., Feng, M., Hobbs, J.P.A., Evans, S., Field, S., Shedrawi, G., Babcock, R., Wilson, S.K. (accepted December 22nd 2017) Gradients of disturbance and environmental conditions shape coral community structure for south-eastern Indian Ocean reefs. Diversity & Distributions, DDI-2017-0348.R2.

Zinke, J., Reuning, L., Pfeiffer, M., Wassenburg, J.A., Hardman, E., Jhangeer-Khan, R., Davies, G.R., Ng, C.K.C., Kroon, D. (2016) A sea surface temperature reconstruction for the southern Indian Ocean trade wind belt from corals in Rodrigues Island (19S, 63E). Biogeosciences 13,  5827-5847.

Hoell, A., Funk, C., Zinke, J., Harrison, L. (2016). Modulation of the Southern Africa precipitation response to the El Niño Southern Oscillation by the subtropical Indian Ocean Dipole. Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-00016-03220-00386.

Zinke, J., Hoell, A., Lough, J., Feng, M., Kuret, A., Clarke, H., Ricca, V., McCulloch, M.T. (2015) Coral record of southeastern Indian Ocean marine heatwaves with intensified Western Pacific temperature gradient. Nature Communications 6, doi: 10.1038/ncomms9562.

Smodej, J., Reuning, L., Wollenberg, U., Zinke, J., Pfeiffer, M., Kukla, P. A. (2015) 2D-X-Ray Diffraction as a Tool for the Rapid, Non-destructive Detection of low Calcite Quantities in Aragonitic Corals. Geochem., Geophys., Geosyst., 16, doi:10.1002/2015GC006009.

Tierney, J. E., N. J. Abram, K. J. Anchukaitis, M. N. Evans, C. Giry, H. Kilbourne, C. P. Saenger, H. Wu, J. Zinke (2015) Tropical sea-surface temperatures for the past 450 years reconstructed from coral archives. Paleoceanography 30, doi:10.102/ 2014PA002717.

Zinke, J., Loveday, B., Reason, C., Dullo, W.-C., Kroon, D. (2014) Madagascar corals track sea surface temperature variability in the Agulhas Current core region over the past 334 years. Scientific Reports 4, 4393; DOI:10.1038/srep04393.

Zinke, J., Rountrey, A., Feng, M., Xie, S.P., Dissard, D., Rankenburg, K., Lough, J. and McCulloch, M.T. (2014) Corals record long-term Leeuwin Current variability during Ningaloo Niño/Niña since 1795. Nature Communications 5, 3607, doi:10.1038/ncomms4607.

Zinke, J., Pfeiffer, M., Park, W., Schneider, B., Reuning, L., Dullo, W.-Chr., Camoin, G. F., Mamgini, A., Schroeder-Ritzrau, A., Garbe-Schönberg, D. and Davies, G. R. (2014) Seychelles coral record of changes in sea surface temperature bimodality in the western Indian Ocean from the Mid-Holocene to the present. Climate Dynamics 43 (3), 689-708.

Maina, J., de Moel, H., Vermaat, J., Bruggemann, H. J., Guillaume, MMM, Grove, C. A., Madin, J., Mertz-Kraus, R., Zinke, J. (2012) Linking coral river runoff proxies with climate variability, hudrology and land-use in Madagascar catchments. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64, 2047-2059.


Diego Kersting

Hereu B, Kersting DK. Diseases of coralline algae in the Mediterranean Sea (2016). Coral Reefs. DOI 10.1007/s00338‐016‐1428‐x.

Kersting DK, Cebrian E, Casado C, Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Linares C (2015) Experimental evidence of the synergistic effects of warming and invasive algae on a temperate reef‐builder coral. Scientific Reports 5:18635.

Linares C, Vidal M, Canals M, Kersting DK, Amblas D, Aspillaga E, Cebrian E, Delgado‐Huertas A, Díaz D, Garrabou J, Hereu B, Navarro L, Teixidó N, Ballesteros E (2015) Persistent natural acidification drives major distribution shifts in marine benthic ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences 282:20150587.

Capdevila P, Linares C, Aspillaga E, Navarro L, Kersting DK, Hereu B (2015) Recruitment patterns in the Mediterranean deep‐water alga Cystoseira zosteroides. Marine Biology 162: 1165‐1174.

Kersting DK, Teixidó N, Linares C (2014) Recruitment and mortality of the temperate coral Cladocora caespitosa: implications for the recovery of endangered populations. Coral Reefs 33: 403‐407.

Kersting DK, Ballesteros E, De Caralt S, Linares C (2014) Invasive macrophytes in a marine reserve (Columbretes Islands, NW Mediterranean): spread dynamics and interactions with the endemic scleractinian coral Cladocora caespitosa. Biological Invasions 16: 1599‐1610.

Kersting DK, Casado C, López‐Legentil S, Linares C (2013) Unexpected patterns in the sexual reproduction of the Mediterranean scleractinian coral Cladocora caespitosa. Marine Ecology Progress Series 486: 165‐171.

Kersting DK, Bensoussan N, Linares C (2013) Long‐term responses of the endemic reef‐builder Cladocora caespitosa to Mediterranean warming. Plos ONE 8: e70820.

Kersting DK, Linares C (2012) Cladocora caespitosa bioconstructions in the Columbretes Islands Marine Reserve (Spain, NW Mediterranean): distribution, size structure and growth. Marine Ecology 33: 427‐436.


Georg Heiss

Seemann J., González C.T., Carballo-Bolaños R., Berry K., Heiss G.A., Struck U., Leinfelder R.R. (2013) Assessing the ecological effects of human impacts on coral reefs in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, doi:10.1007/s10661-013-3490-y

Leinfelder RR, Seemann J, Heiss G.A., Struck U (2012) Could ‘ecosystem atavisms’ help reefs to adapt to the Anthropocene? Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 9-13 July 2012:ICRS2012_2012B_2012

Heiss, G. A., Dullo, W.-Chr., Joachimski, M. M., Reijmer, J. J. G. & Schuhmacher, H. (1999) Increased seasonality in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, recorded in the oxygen isotope record of a Porites lutea coral. Senckenbergiana maritima, 30(1/2), 17-26.

Heiss, G.A., Camoin, G.F., Eisenhauer, A., Wischow, D., Dullo, W.-Chr. and Hansen, B. (1997): Stable isotope and Sr/Ca signals in corals from the Indian Ocean.- Proceedings of the 8th International Coral Reef Symposium: 1713-1718.

Heiss G.A., Dullo W.-Chr. (1997): Stable isotope record from recent and fossil Porites sp. in the northern Red Sea.- Coral Research Bulletin, 5: 161-169.

Heiss, G.A. (1996): Variation in annual band width of Porites sp. from Aqaba, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.- Bulletin of Marine Science, 59/2: 393-403.

Heiss, G.A. (1995): Carbonate production by scleractinian corals at Aqaba, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.- Facies, 33: 19-34. [doi:10.1007/BF02537443]

Heiss, G.A. and Dullo, W.-Chr. (1995): Carbonate production recorded in coral growth rates. In: Dullo, W.-Chr. et al. (eds.): Factors controlling Holocene reef growth: An interdisciplinary approach.- Facies, 32: 157-161. read the abstract [doi:10.1007/BF02536867]

Heiss, G.A. (1994): Coral reefs in the Red Sea: Growth, production and stable isotopes.- GEOMAR Report, 34: 1-143.->read the summary

Heiss, G.A., Dullo, W.-Chr. and Reijmer, J.J.G. (1993): Short- and long-term growth history of massive Porites sp. from Aqaba (Red Sea).- Senckenbergiana maritima, 23/4/6: 135-141.