Sven Brömme

Lüdecke Group

Main Focus

Stable isotopes are key to decipher information about past times that are otherwise inaccessible to us today. Past research already accomplished a profound understanding of climate factors that influence the fractionation of these isotopes in various materials. I hold firsthand experience in reconstructing climate from various archives like stalagmites, tree rings and seashells. As a new tool, mineral-bound nitrogen isotopes in modern and fossil tooth enamel, reflects diet of animals, including trophic information. The main goal of my PhD will be the better understanding of intra- and inter tooth variability as well as weaning effects in modern and fossil tooth enamel. My research includes fieldwork in Gorongosa Nationalpark (Mozambique) and stable isotope analysis of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. Modern tooth enamel samples are complemented by vegetation and soil samples from selected locations to achieve a better understanding of the influences of diet to tooth enamel.

Curriculum Vitae

Sven Brömme (PhD-candidate)


2022 – present

PhD candidate, Emmy Noether Group for Hominin Meat Consumption at the Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry Mainz, Germany. “Ground-truthing of nitrogen isotope analyses in fossil and modern enamel, including inter- and intra-tooth variability.” (Supervisors: Dr. T. Lüdecke & Prof. T. Tütken)

2017 – 2022

Student assistant at the inorganic mass spectrometry laboratory, Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany (Head: Dr. H. Vonhof)

2020 – 2022

Master of Science Climate and Environmental Change, Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany, "Application of annual-resolution stable isotope measurements in late-glacial Swiss pine trees to trace the climatic imprint of the “Laacher See” eruption.

2017 2020

Bachelor of Science Geography, Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany,  "Annual δ13C and δ18O values from a stalagmite of the Cloșani Cave (SW Romania)”

2013 2017

Bachelor of Science Geosciences Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany

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