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Carina Gerritzen


In my research as a doctoral candidate at the Vrije Univertiseit Brussels I will test new isotopic proxies for the study of calcined bone (Sr, Nd, & Pb),  as well as re-evaluate the potential of charred bone for isotopic studies.  I developed an extensive background in the understanding and application of isotope systems as a tool to answer scientific questions during my master’s in Geosciences at the University of Cologne.

In my master’s and bachelor’s studies at the university of cologne I have applied multiple isotope systematics (Re-Os, Ru, K, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, Rb-Sr) to analyze mantle derived rocks with the main research interest in the formation and evolution of our planet. My research so far has shown that the smallest things can tell the most interesting stories. I am very excited to use my laboratory experience to fill gaps in history and to synthesize my geological experience with archeological questions. 


  • MSc Geosciences, University of Cologne, Germany
  • BSc Geosciences, University of Cologne, Germany

Key Research Interests

  • New approaches in isotope
  • Analyses cremation and funerary rituals
  • Reconstruction of history (planetary as well as human) through geochemical analyses 

Main Publications

  • Gerritzen, C., Fischer-Gödde, M., Becker, H., Münker, C., Tusch, J., Smithies, H., Gleissner, P., Re-Os and highly siderophile element systematics of Archean komatiites from Kambalda (W-Australia),  Goldschmidt Conference (2020) 
  • Koefoed, P., Pravdivtseva, O., Chen, H., Gerritzen, C., Thiemens, M.M., Wang, K., Potassium isotope systematics of the LL4 chondrite Hamlet: Implications for chondrule formation and alteration, Meteoritics & planetary science, 55, 8 (2020) 

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