CV Kathryn E. Fitzsimmons


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


2014 Albert Maucher-Preis für Geowissenschaften, DFG. EUR 10 000.

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


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