Gerald Haug

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Gerald Haug
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Photo by Carsten Costard for Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie.
Alma materUniversity of Karlsruhe,
AwardsGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
Scientific career
FieldsGeology, Climatology
InstitutionsETH Zürich
Doctoral studentsNele Meckler

Gerald H. Haug (born 14 April 1968 in Karlsruhe, Germany) is a German geologic climatologist, prize winner of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and 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] and since March 2020, he became the new President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

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 Haug 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). From 2000 to 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 ignoring climate change.[6][7]

Haug initiated the construction of the research sail yacht S/Y Eugen Seibold and coordinates the research.[8]

Other activities[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Haug, Gerald H.; Tiedemann, Ralf (1998). "Effect of the formation of the Isthmus of Panama on Atlantic Ocean thermohaline circulation". Nature. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 393 (6686): 673–676. Bibcode:1998Natur.393..673H. doi:10.1038/31447. ISSN 0028-0836. S2CID 4421505.
  • Haug, Gerald H.; Sigman, Daniel M.; Tiedemann, Ralf; Pedersen, Thomas F.; Sarnthein, Michael (1999). "Onset of permanent stratification in the subarctic Pacific Ocean". Nature. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 401 (6755): 779–782. Bibcode:1999Natur.401..779H. doi:10.1038/44550. ISSN 0028-0836. S2CID 4413377.
  • Haug, Gerald H.; Tiedemann, Ralf; Zahn, Rainer; Ravelo, A. Christina (2001). "Role of Panama uplift on oceanic freshwater balance". Geology. Geological Society of America. 29 (3): 207. Bibcode:2001Geo....29..207H. doi:10.1130/0091-7613(2001)029<0207:ropuoo>;2. ISSN 0091-7613.
  • Haug, Gerald H.; Hughen, Konrad A.; Sigman, Daniel M.; Peterson, Larry C.; Röhl, Ursula (17 August 2001). "Southward Migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone Through the Holocene". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 293 (5533): 1304–1308. Bibcode:2001Sci...293.1304H. doi:10.1126/science.1059725. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 11509727. S2CID 24591761.
  • 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)
  • Haug, Gerald H.; Günther, Detlef; Peterson, Larry C.; Sigman, Daniel M.; Hughen, Konrad A.; Aeschlimann, Beat (14 March 2003). "Climate and the Collapse of Maya Civilization". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 299 (5613): 1731–1735. Bibcode:2003Sci...299.1731H. doi:10.1126/science.1080444. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 12637744. S2CID 128596188.
  • Haug, Gerald H.; Ganopolski, Andrey; Sigman, Daniel M.; Rosell-Mele, Antoni; Swann, George E. A.; Tiedemann, Ralf; Jaccard, Samuel L.; Bollmann, Jörg; Maslin, Mark A.; Leng, Melanie J.; Eglinton, Geoffrey (2005). "North Pacific seasonality and the glaciation of North America 2.7 million years ago". Nature. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 433 (7028): 821–825. Bibcode:2005Natur.433..821H. doi:10.1038/nature03332. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 15729332. S2CID 24116155.


  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. ^ Claus Reissig: Der Ozean, der Professor und die Yacht. Frankfurter Allgemeine, January 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Board of Trustees Deutscher Zukunftspreis.
  10. ^ Board of Governors Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
  11. ^ Supervisory Board Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
  12. ^ Board of Trustees Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics.
  13. ^ Board of Trustees Archived 2020-02-20 at the Wayback Machine Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.
  14. ^ Scientific Advisory Board Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
  15. ^ Advisory Council Werner Siemens Foundation.
  16. ^ "DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – Albert Maucher-Preis 2001 an Gerald Haug".
  17. ^ "DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preisträger 2007".
  18. ^ "Grundlagenforschung unabdingbar".