Field work in Serengeti National Park, N-Tanzania

 

In Sep/Oct 2019 Eileen Eckmeier (University of  Munich, Geography), Stephen Rucina (National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi), Akida Meyr (Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania) and myself had the opportunity to carry out two weeks of field work in the famous Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania. Objectives for field work were to carry out sampling of rocks, soils and vegetation to decipher geological and pedological processes that might play an important role in controlling annual movements of wildebeest and other migratory species in this ecosystem.

Field work was funded by the innovationsfont@GEO grant provided by the Faculty of Geosciences,

University of Munich.  

New Article in EU Reseach

Picturing the landscape of human evolution

EU Research has published an article about my DFG research project about Paleolandscape-reconstructions of tectonically active regions in East Africa and Western North America. The full issue features further cool research projects from young scientists funded by the German Science Foundation!

New Book Chapter

 

S. Kübler, G.C.P. King, M. Devés,

R.H. Inglis, G. Bailey: 

Tectonic Geomorphology and Soil Edaphics as Controls on Animal Migrations and Human Dispersal Patterns

In: Geological Setting, Paleoenvironment and Archeology of the Read Sea (eds.; N. Rasul & C. Stewart), Jan 2019

This chapter examines the relationship between the

changing geomorphology of physical land forms in

tectonically and volcanically active regions, topography, soil nutrients, movements of large mammals, and patterns of human subsistence and dispersal in the early stages of human evolution. 

We show how the combination of topographic and soil-edaphic mapping in conjunction with the observed locations of stone-tool or fossil assemblages can highlight patterns of early human behaviour, using examples from the East African and Jordanian Rifts and the Arabian margin of the Red Sea.

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Paisley Caves, S-Oregon

New Publication in IJES

 

S. Kübler,  A. Friedrich, R.Gold,  M. Strecker,

Historical coseismic surface deformation of fluvial gravel deposits, Schafberg fault, Germany. 

International Journal of Earth Sciences, July 2017

In an exposure excavated across the Schafberg fault in the southwestern Lower Rhine Graben, south of Untermaubach, in the epicentral region of the 1756 Düren earthquake (ML  6.2), we mapped a complex deformation zone in Holocene fluvial sediments. We document evidence for at least one paleoearthquake that resulted in vertical surface displacement of 1.2 ±  0.2 m. The most recent earthquake is constrained to have occurred after 815 AD, and we cannot rule out that this fault acted as the source of the 1756 Düren event. 

New Book of the Geological Society of London

 

edited by A. Landgraf, S. Kübler, E. Hintersberger, and S. Stein, entitled: Seismicity, Fault Rupture and Earthquake Hazards in Slowly Deforming Regions

This book explores challenging issues of characterizing earthquake occurrence and assessing the resulting hazards in slowly deforming regions. It combines seismological, palaeoseismic, geomorphological, and structural investigations from intraplate settings and diffuse plate boundaries. The resulting views provide insight into the physical processes involved, which might help to improve earthquake hazard estimation. Buy book or get papers online! The introduction is open access!

You may also check out Angela's blog on paleoseismicity.org commenting on the difficulties during preparation of this special volume. It's worth a read!

New Publication in BSSA

 

R.Gold, A. Friedrich, S. Kübler, M. Salamon,

Apparent Late Quaternary Fault‐Slip Rate Increase in the Southern Lower Rhine Graben, Central Europe. 

Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, January 2017

In this investigation, we construct Quaternary slip histories for the southern Lower Rhine graben faults using new main terrace surface vertical offset measurements made from light detection and ranging (lidar)‐derived bare‐earth digital terrain models, which we synthesize with existing constraints on the offset basal contact of this fluvial deposit. 

Serengeti field gang on sampling site south of Seronera, central Serengeti National Park.

Landscape evolution and soil nutrient distribution in early human settings: using information from soil soil science, agriculture and earthquake geology to understand nutritional and topographic constrains of early human site locations

Tectonic geomorphology and paleoseismology in low-strain intraplate regions: combining field mapping and trenching with the analysis of optical and terrain remote sensing data to investigate tectonically active structures in the continental interiors

 

Coseismic rupture in unconsolidated sediments:

macro- and microscale analysis of seismically deformed gravel deposits in near-surface fault exposures

 

So far, I have worked in the western United States, East Africa and central and southern Europe.

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