Jasper Wassenburg

Young Scientist Fellow of IBS & Research Professor of PNU

Email: jasper.wassenburg@pusan.ac.kr

Phone: +82-51-510-7862

Research Interests
  • Speleothem oxygen isotope records in the East Asian Monsoon region and their climatic interpretation
  • Processes affecting East Asian Monsoon rainfall isotope composition
  • Speleothem fluid inclusion isotope analysis
  • Isotope enabled climate modeling
  • Drivers of trace element variability in calcite and aragonite speleothems
  • Holocene North Atlantic Oscillation variability, reconstructions and its non-stationary character


2013 Ph.D. Natural Sciences, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
2008 M.Sc. Geosciences, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005 B.Sc. Physical Geography, Quaternary Geology, Hydro Geology, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Work Experience

2017 2020 Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
2013 2017 Postdoc, University of Mainz, Germany
2009 2013 Research assistant, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
2008 2009 Research assistent, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

2021-present Young Scientist Fellow of the IBS
2017-2020 Postdoc stipend, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (3 years)
2014-2017 DFG grant for temporary position as Principal Investigator (3 years)


  1. Wassenburg, J.A., Riechelmann, S., Schröder-Ritzrau, A., Richter, D.K., Immenhauser, A., Terente, M., Constantin, S., Niedermayr, A., Scholz, D., 2020. Calcite Mg and Sr distribution coefficients in cave environments: implications for interpreting prior calcite precipitation in speleothems. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 269, 581-596.
  2. Riechelmann, D.F.C., Riechelmann, S., Wassenburg, J.A., Fohlmeister, J., Schöne, B.R., Jochum, K.P., Richter, D.K., Scholz, D., 2020. High-Resolution Proxy Records From Two Simultaneously Grown Stalagmites From Zoolithencave (Southeastern Germany) and their Potential for Palaeoclimate Reconstruction. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 21, e2019GC008755
  3. de Graaf, S., Vonhof, H.B., Weissbach, T., Wassenburg, J.A., Levy, E.J., Kluge, T., Haug, G.H., 2020. A comparison of IRMS and CRDS techniques for isotope analysis of fluid inclusion water. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 34, e8837.
  4. Budsky, A., Wassenburg, J.A., Mertz-Kraus, R., Spötl, C., Jochum, K.P., Gibert, L., Scholz, D., 2019. Western Mediterranean climate response to Dansgaard/Oeschger events: new insights from speleothem records. Geophys. Res. Lett. 46.
  5. Ait Brahim, Y., Wassenburg, J.A., Sha, L., Cruz, F.W., Deininger, M., Sifeddine, A., Bouchaou, L., Spötl, C., Edwards, R.L., Cheng, H., 2019. North Atlantic ice-rafting, ocean and atmospheric circulation during the Holocene:: Insights from Western Mediterranean speleothems. Geophys. Res. Lett. 46, 7614-7623.
  6. Sha, L., Ait Brahim, Y., Wassenburg, J.A., Yin, J., Peros, M., Cruz, F.W., Cai, Y., Li, H., Du, W., Zhang, H., Edwards, R.L., Cheng, H., 2019. How Far North Did the African Monsoon Fringe Expand During the African Humid Period? Insights From Southwest Moroccan Speleothems. Geophys. Res. Lett. 46, 14093-14102.
  7. Budsky, A., Scholz, D., Wassenburg, J.A., Mertz-Kraus, R., Spötl, C., Riechelmann, D.F.C., Gibert, L., Johchum, K.P., Andreae, M.O., 2019a. Speleothem δ13C record suggests enhanced spring/summer drought in south-eastern Spain between 9.7 and 7.8 ka – A circum-Western Mediterranean anomaly? The Holocene 29, 7, 1113-1133
  8. Jochum, K.P., Garbe-Schönberg, D., Veter, M., Stoll, B., Weis, U., Weber, M., Lugli, F., Jentzen, A., Schiebel, R., Wassenburg, J.A., Jacob, D.E., Haug, G.H., 2019. Nano-powdered calcium carbonate reference materials- a significant progress for microanalysis? Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research. doi: 10.1111/ggr.12292
  9. Ait Brahim, Y., Wassenburg, J.A., Cruz, F.W., Sifeddine, A., Scholz, D., Bouchaou, L., Dassié, E.P., Jochum, K.P., Edwards, R.L., Cheng, H., 2018. Multi-decadal to centennial hydro-climate variability and linkage to solar forcing in the Western Mediterranean during the last 1000 years. Sci Rep-Uk 8, 17446.
  10. Weber, M., Wassenburg, J.A., Jochum, K.P., Breitenbach, S.F.M., Oster, J., Scholz, D., 2017. Sr-isotope analysis of speleothems by LA-MC-ICP-MS: High temporal resolution and fast data acquisition. Chem. Geol. 468, 63-74.
  11. Ait Brahim, Y., Cheng, H., Sifeddine, A., Wassenburg, J.A., Cruz, F.W., Khodri, M., Sha, L., Pérez-Zanón, N., Beraaouz, E.H., Apaéstegui, J., Guyot, J.-L., Jochum, K.P., Bouchaou, L., 2017. Speleothem records decadal to multidecadal hydroclimate variations in southwestern Morocco during the last millennium. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 476, 1-10.
  12. Wassenburg, J.A., Dietrich, S., Fietzke, J., Fohlmeister, J., Jochum, K.P., Scholz, D., Richter, D.K., Sabaoui, A., Spötl, C., Lohmann, G., Andreae, M.O., Immenhauser, A., 2016a. Reorganization of the North Atlantic Oscillation during Early Holocene deglaciation. Nat. Geosci. 9, 602-605.
  13. Wassenburg, J.A., Scholz, D., Jochum, K.P., Cheng, H., Oster, J., Immenhauser, A., Richter, D.K., Häger, T., Jamieson, R.A., Baldini, J.U.L., Hoffmann, D., Breitenbach, S.F.M., 2016. Determination of aragonite trace element partition coefficients from speleothem calcite-aragonite transitions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 190, 347-367.
  14. Cheng, H., Spötl, C., Breitenbach, S.F.M., Sinha, A., Wassenburg, J.A., Jochum, K.P., Scholz, D., Li, X., Yi, L., Peng, Y., Lv, Y., Zhang, P., Votintseva, A., Loginov, V., Ning, Y., Kathayat, G., Edwards, R.L., 2016. Climate variability of central Asia on orbital to millennial timescales. Sci Rep-Uk 6.
  15. Jamieson, R.A., Baldini, J.U.L., Brett, M.J., Taylor, J., Ridley, H.E., Ottley, C.J., Prufer, K.M., Wassenburg, J.A., Scholz, D., Breitenbach, S.F.M., 2016. Intra- and inter-annual uranium concentration variability in a Belizean stalagmite controlled by prior aragonite precipitation: a new tool for reconstructing hydro-climate using aragonitic speleothems. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 190, 332-346.
  16. Zinke, J., Reuning, L., Pfeiffer, M., Wassenburg, J.A., Hardman, E., Jhangeer-Khan, R., Davies, G.R., Ng, C.K.C., Kroon, D., 2016. A sea surface temperature reconstruction for the southern Indian Ocean trade wind belt from corals in Rodrigues Island (19°S, 63°E). Biogesociences 13, 5827-5847.
  17. Riechelmann, S., Schröder-Ritzrau, A., Wassenburg, J.A., Schreuer, J., Richter, D.K., Riechelmann, D.F.C., Terente, M., Constantin, S., Mangini, A., Immenhauser, A., 2014. Physicochemical characteristics of drip waters: Influence on mineralogy and crystal morphology of recent cave carbonate precipitates. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 145, 13-29.
  18. Wassenburg, J.A., Immenhauser, A., Richter, D.K., Niedermayr, A., Riechelmann, S., Fietzke, J., Scholz, D., Jochum, K.P., Fohlmeister, J., Schröder-Ritzrau, A., Sabaoui, A., Riechelmann, D.F.C., Schneider, L., Esper, J., 2013. Moroccan speleothem and tree ring records suggest a variable positive state of the North Atlantic Oscillation during the Medieval Warm Period. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 375, 291-302.
  19. Wassenburg, J.A., Immenhauser, A., Richter, D.K., Jochum, K.P., Fietzke, J., Deininger, M., Goos, M., Scholz, D., Sabaoui, A., 2012. Climate and cave control on Pleistocene/Holocene calcite-to- aragonite transitions in speleothems from Morocco: elemental and isotopic evidence. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 92, 23-47.
  20. Riechelmann, S., Buhl, D., Schröder-Ritzrau, A., Riechelmann, D.F.C., Richter, D.K., Vonhof, H.B., Wassenburg, J.A., Geske, A., Spötl, C., Immenhauser, A., 2012. The magnesium isotope record of cave carbonate archives. Clim. Past. 8, 1849-1867.
  21. Perry, C.T., Smithers, S.G., Roche, R.C., Wassenburg, J., 2011. Recurrent patterns of coral community and sediment facies development through successive phases of Holocene inner-shelf reef growth and decline. Mar. Geol. 289, 60-71.