Gerald Haug

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Gerald H. Haug (born 14 April 1968) is a German geologic climatologist, prize winner of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. Since 2007 he has a professorship at the ETH Zürich in Switzerland.[1] In 2015 he became director of the Climate Geochemistry Department and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz.[2] In March 2020, he became the new President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[3][4]


Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Haug graduated in Geology at the University of Karlsruhe in 1992 and received his PhD at the University of Kiel, Germany, in 1995. From 1995 to 1996 he worked as a postdoc at GEOMAR, Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. From 1996 to 1997 he had been a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Oceanography at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts,[5] United States, and became later a research assistant professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States (1997–1998). In 2000-2002, he worked as a senior assistant at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and habilitated in the Earth Sciences (2002).

Haug is signee of a protest note which points out the dangers arising from a belittlement of the climate change[6][7]

Other activities[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • with Ralf Tiedemann: Effect of the formation of the Isthmus of Panama on Atlantic Ocean thermohaline circulation. In: Nature. Vol. 393, 1998, S. 673–676, doi:10.1038/31447 (PDF)
  • with Daniel M. Sigman, Ralf Tiedemann, Thomas F. Pedersen & Michael Sarnthein: Onset of permanent stratification in the subarctic Pacific Ocean. In: Nature. Vol. 401, 1999, S. 779–782, doi:10.1038/44550 (PDF)
  • together with Ralf Tiedemann, Rainer Zahn & A. Christina Ravelo: Role of Panama uplift on oceanic freshwater balance. In: Geology. Band 29, Nr. 3, 3. Januar 2001, S. 207–210, doi:10.1130/0091-7613(2001)029<0207:ROPUOO>2.0.CO;2 (PDF).
  • with Konrad A. Hughen, Daniel M. Sigman, Larry C. Peterson & Ursula Röhl: Southward Migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone Through the Holocene. In: Science. Vol. 299, No. 5533, 2001, S. 1304–1308, doi:10.1126/science.1059725 (PDF)
  • with Daniel M. Sigman: The biological pump in the past. In: Henry Elderfield (Hrsg.): Treatise on Geochemistry. Volume 6: The Oceans and Marine Geochemistry. Elsevier, 2003, ISBN 0-08-043744-3 (PDF)
  • with Detlef Günther, Larry C. Peterson, Daniel M. Sigman, Konrad A. Hughen & Beat Aeschlimann: Climate and the Collapse of Maya Civilization. In: Science. Vol. 299, No. 5613, 2003, S. 1731–1735, doi:10.1126/science.1080444 (PDF)
  • with Andrey Ganopolski, Daniel M. Sigman, Antoni Rosell-Mele, George E. A. Swann, Ralf Tiedemann, Samuel L. Jaccard, Jörg Bollmann, Mark A. Maslin, Melanie J. Leng & Geoffrey Eglinton: North Pacific seasonality and the glaciation of North America 2.7 million years ago. In: Nature. Vol. 433, 2005, S. 821–825, doi:10.1038/nature03332 (PDF)


  1. ^ "Universitäten: Stadt für die Wissenschaft". (in German). Hamburg: Der Spiegel. 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  2. ^ "Profil Gerald H. Haug". Mainz: Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie. 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  3. ^ Gerald Haug elected President of the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, press release of December 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Müller-Jung, Joachim (2019-12-11). "Leopoldina wählt Gerald Haug: Klimaforscher wird die Nationalakademie führen". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Frankfurt. Retrieved 2019-12-12.
  5. ^ "Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution". Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  6. ^ Traufetter, Gerald (2009-11-17). "Erderwärmung: Klimaforscher protestieren gegen Institutsdirektoren". Hamburg: Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  7. ^ "Ein Limit von zwei Grad Erwärmung ist aus geowissenschaftlicher Sicht notwendig » KlimaLounge » SciLogs - Wissenschaftsblogs". KlimaLounge (in German). 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  8. ^ Board of Governors Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
  9. ^ Board of Trustees Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.
  10. ^ Scientific Advisory Board Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
  11. ^ Advisory Council Werner Siemens Foundation.
  12. ^ "DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - Albert Maucher-Preis 2001 an Gerald Haug".
  13. ^ "DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preisträger 2007".
  14. ^ "Grundlagenforschung unabdingbar".