AGU Fall Meeting participation of our ESRs Sifan and Lea

Sifan A. Koriche and Lea Rausch presented their research at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) held in Washington, DC, from December 9 – 14, 2018. The 51st AGU Fall Meeting was largest ever, with over 28,500 people coming to the capital of the US to share their science, forge connections, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues. There were 101 countries represented, over 8000 oral presentations, 17,000 posters and 1,900 sessions.

Lea and Sifan are early stage researchers (ESRs) working under the framework of an ITN project funded by EU Horizon 2020 called PRIDE (the drivers of Pontocaspian biodiversity RIse and DEmise).

Lea gave a talk in the session “Advances in Paleoecology and Paleoclimate with Emphasis on Contextualizing Human Evolutionary History”. As part of an ecosystem, early humans played only a subordinate role in a much larger framework, consequently demanding a highly interdisciplinary approach to be able to understand the driving forces behind adaptive shifts in our evolutionary history. Within the framework of the PRIDE project, Lea is working on hominin occurrences in the Denizli Basin (Turkey) in order to assess the impact of climate and landscape dynamics on the western Anatolia region that is considered a biogeographic corridor during the Quaternary. She is working with ostracods, using them as paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic proxies, rendering them a useful tool in the field of palaeoanthropodology. 


Sifan’s poster presentation focus was on modelling of extreme Caspian Sea area change on hydroclimate processes. The research tried to address the following two questions.

  • How significant are the impacts of CS area changes on regional (CS drainage areas) hydroclimate processes?
  • How do CS area changes can affect large scale climate?

As part of an ITN project his research focus is to develop a lake basin model for Pontocaspian basin. His main activities includes investigating climate change impacts on hydrological processes and identifying the drivers of sea level change during the Quaternary period (the last 2.5 million years) using hydroclimate modelling techniques.