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

2018 Hans-Bobek-Prize für Geographie, Österreichisch Geographische Gesellschaft (ÖGG), EUR 2000

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

Elected Ombuswoman: Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (2017-)
Editor
: Journal of Palaeolithic Archaeology (2017-), Quaternary Australasia (2007-2015)
Executive Committee: Australasian Quaternary Association (2007-2015) <
Steering Committees: INTIMATE (Integrating Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial Records; 2014-); Palaeolakes of the arid southern hemisphere INQUA Focus Group (2016-); Aeolian deposits in Earth History Conference Beijing (2015)
Mentoring:
Minerva FemmeNet (Max Planck Society; 2017-)
Professional Societies
: European Geosciences Union, Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen, DEUQUA, Arbeitskreis Geoachäologie, Arbeitskreis Geomorphologie, European Society for Human Evolution, Australasian Quaternay Association

Graduate student supervision

Current students
2019- BSc Felix Hettwer (MPI/University of Mainz): Palaeoclimate reconstruction in loess using stable isotopes in sedimentary carbonates

2019- MSc Maike Nowatzki (MPI/University of Tübingen): Automated GIS mapping of aeolian landforms in the Central Asian piedmont

2018- PhD Alexandra Engström Johansson (MPI/University of Mainz): Quantitative palaeoclimate reconstruction in Central Asian loess archives using organic geochemistry

2017- PhD Aditi Dave (MPI/University of Mainz): Geochronology and age model generation of loess archives along the Central Asian piedmont

Completed students

2018  PhD Nina Doerschner (MPI/University of Leiden): Chronology and environmental context of archaeological sites, Morocco

2012   PhD Anja Guhl (MPI/University of Leipzig): Addressing the challenges of dating archaeological sites, Jonzac, France

2010    PhD Tegan Smith (ANU/co-supervised): Palaeoenvironment and landscape evolution at Lake Mulurulu, NSW

Practicum supervision

2018   Maike Nowatzki, MSc (University of Tübingen), 3 months
2018   Kristina Reetz, MSc (University of Mainz), 3 months
2018   Christian Laag, MSc (University of Bayreuth), 6 weeks
2017   Yue Li, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences Xi’an), 5 months
2017   Johannes Albert, PhD (University of Mainz), 5 months

Teaching (overview)

•    13 years’ teaching experience at all levels (undergraduate, MSc and PhD)
•    Privatdozentin, Institut für Geographie, Universität Leipzig
•    Teaching at 6 universities and graduate schools in Australia and Germany

  • Institut für Geographie/Institut für Geowissenschaften, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
  • Institut für Geographie, Universität Leipzig
  • Leipzig School of Human Origins
  • Geographisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
  • School of Geology (later Earth and Marine Sciences), Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University

•    Teaching in both English and German