CV Kathryn E. Fitzsimmons

Education

2016 Habilitation, Faculty for Physics and Geosciences, University of Leipzig, Dissertation title: Addressing the challenge of reconstructing palaeoenvironments in studies of human-environmental interactions

2003 - 2007 PhD, Quaternary Geology, Australian National University (ANU), Thesis title: The late Quaternary history of aridity in the Strzelecki and Tirari Desert dunefields, South Australia

1998 - 2002 Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Melbourne

1998 - 2001 Diploma of Modern Languages (German), University of Melbourne

Professional Experience

Dec 2016 - Max Planck Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany

2010 – 2016 Junior Researcher, Luminescence dating group leader, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2007 – 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Luminescence Dating Laboratory Manager, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2007 Research Assistant, Australian Research Council Network “OZPACS: Recent human impact on Australian ecosystems”, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2006 – 2007 Research Assistant, Luminescence Dating Laboratory, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2004 Full time volunteer, Sunseed Desert Technology, Almería, Spain

Prizes

2014 Albert Maucher-Preis für Geowissenschaften, DFG. EUR 10 000. www.dfg.de/gefoerderte_projekte/wissenschaftliche_preise/maucher-preis/2014/index.jsp

2007 Director’s Prize for Scientific Communication, Australian National University

2007 Student Travel Prize, Australasian Quaternary Association

2006 Student Award, Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments & Mineral Exploration

Professional Service

Editor: Quaternary Australasia (2007-2015)
Executive Committee: Australasian Quaternary Association (2007-2015) <
Steering Committee: INTIMATE (Integrating Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial Records; 2014-); Aeolian deposits in Earth History Conference Beijing (2015)
Professional Societies: European Geosciences Union, Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen, DEUQUA, Arbeitskreis Geoachäologie, European Society for Human Evolution, Australasian Quaternay Association

Teaching

2016- Privatdozentin, Institut für Geographie, Universität Leipzig, Germany

2012-2015 Institut für Geographie, Universität Leipzig, Germany “Landschaftsökologie” (1 semester), “Physical Geography of Australasia” (5 semesters)

2010-2015 Leipzig School of Human Origins, Leipzig, Germany “Quaternary geochronology: methods and applications” (4 block courses)

2013 Geographisches Institut, Universität Köln, Germany “Mensch-Umwelt Interaktion im Holozän” (1 semester)

2009 Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University

2005-2006 School of Geology (later School of Earth and Marine Sciences/Research School of Earth Sciences), Australian National University “Introduction to Earth Sciences” (2 semesters), “Introduction to Marine Sciences” (1 semester)

2005 Graduate Teaching Program, Australian National University