Frenzel, Peter, PD Dr.

Dr. Dipl. Geol.

Post-Doc (DFG)

Postal Address: Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Institute of Earth Sciences
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
Office: Room H310
Phone: +49 3641 948 619
Fax: +49 3641 948 622

Curriculum vitae

Peter Frenzel studied geology and palaeontology at Greifswald University where he wrote his PhD thesis about "Benthic foraminifers from the Upper Cretaceous White Chalk of Rügen" in 1998. He worked in environmental micropalaeontology during a one year PostDoc stay 1998/99 in the Laboratory of Marine Bio-indicators at Angers university (France). Peter Frenzel got a Habilitation grant from the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) in 2001 for studying Baltic Sea ostracods and foraminifers as well as teaching palaeontology and marine biology in the Institute of Aquatic Ecology at Rostock University. He moved from there to Jena University in 2005 where he got a Habilitation degree and venia legendi for geology and palaeontology in 2009. In Jena, he is working as principal investigator in micropalaeontological projects and teaches palaeontology.

Research interests


    • Micropalaeontological methods of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in Quaternary strata focused on continental systems and land-sea transition including environmental micropalaeontology and geoarchaeological micropalaeontology

      Microfossils as indicators of aquatic ecosystem evolution and monsoon dynamics on the Tibetan Plateau

      Microfossils as Late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental indicators along the coasts of South Africa

      Quaternary and Recent Ostracoda and Foraminifera from the Baltic Sea area

      Ostracoda and Foraminifera of athalassic saline lakes

      Benthic Foraminifera of the highest Upper Cretaceous from the European Chalk Sea




Research projects


Microfossils as indicators of aquatic ecosystem evolution and monsoon dynamics

part of the joint research "Lake System Response to Late Quaternary Monsoon Dynamics on the Tibetan Plateau"gefördert von der DFG innerhalb des SPP 1372 "Tibetan Plateau: Formation - Climate - Ecosystems (TiP)".
A. Schwalb (TU Braunschweig), P. Frenzel, S. Mischke (FU Berlin)
Projektmitarbeiter in Jena: Lailah Gifty Akita, Sascha Fürstenberg

Dauer: 06/2008 - 08/2014


RAIN: Mikropaläontologie: Klimaindikatoren in limnischen und marinen Sedimenten (BMBF).
P. Frenzel

Projektmitarbeiter: Stephanie Meschner

Dauer: 06/2013 - 06/2016


Microfacial, palaeontological and geochemical investigation on the genesis of the Homo erectus site of Bilzingsleben

with support of the State Thüringen (Landesgraduiertenstipendium)
T. Daniel, P. Frenzel, R. Gaupp; 05/2008-04/2010



1. Monographs and editorial work

Frenzel, P. (2000): Die benthischen Foraminiferen der Rügener Schreibkreide (Unter-Maastrichtium, NE-Deutschland). - Neue Paläontologische Abhandlungen, 3: 361 pp., 46 plts.; Dresden.

Frenzel, P. (2009): Die Ostrakoden und Foraminiferen der Ostsee und ihre Nutzung in den Geowissenschaften. - [unpublished] Habilitation thesis, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: 626 pp. 29 plts.; Jena.

Frenzel, P., Boomer, I. & Schudack, U. (eds., 2008): Ostracodology: Linking bio- and geosciences in the marine realm. - Revue de Micropaléontologie, 51 (3/4) (15th International Symposium on Ostracoda, Freie Universität Berlin): 189-348; Amsterdam etc.

Frenzel, P., Müller, U. & Arlt, G. (eds., 2002): Arbeiten aus dem Stipendienschwerpunkt "Die südliche Ostsee und ihre Küsten im Wandel" der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt. - Rostocker Meeresbiologische Beiträge, 11: 136 pp.; Rostock.

Frenzel, P., Müller, U., Feike, M. & Arlt, G. (eds., 2004): Die südliche Ostsee und ihre Küsten im Wandel II. - Rostocker Meeresbiologische Beiträge, 12: 138 pp.; Rostock.

Götze, H.-J., Schäfer, P. & Frenzel, P. (eds., 2006): Paläontologie in der Ostsee. - Meyniana, 58: 221 pp.; Kiel.

Reich, M. & Frenzel, P. (2002): Die Fauna und Flora der Rügener Schreibkreide (Maastrichtium, Ostsee). - Archiv für Geschiebekunde, 3 (2/4): 73-284, 55 plts.; Hamburg.

Sommer, U. & Frenzel, P. (eds, 2005): The Southern Baltic Sea and its coast in transition. - Aquatic Sciences, 67: 129-176; Dübendorf.

2. Publications within journals and books

Ansorge, J., Frenzel, P. & Thomas, M.(2011): Cogs, sand and beer - a palaeontological analysis of medieval ballast sand in the harbour of Wismar (Southwestern Baltic Sea Coast, Germany). - [In:] Bork, H.-R., Meller, H. & Gerlach, R. (eds.): Umweltarchäologie - Naturkatastrophen und Umweltwandel im archäologischen Befund: 161-173; Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte Halle (Saale).

Borck, D. & Frenzel, P. (2006): Micro-habitats of brackish water ostracods from Poel Island, southern Baltic Sea coast. - Senckenbergiana maritima, 36 (2): 99-107.

Engel, M, Brückner, H., Pint, A., Wellbrock, K., Ginau, A., Voss, P., Grottke, M., Klasen, N. & Frenzel, P. (2012): The early Holocene humid period in NW Saudi Arabia - sediments, microfossils and palaeohydrological modelling. - Quaternary International, 266: 131-141.

Engel, M., Brückner, H., Fürstenberg, S., Frenzel, P., Konopczak, A., Scheffers, A., Kelletat, D., May, S., Schäbitz, F. & Daut, G. (2013): A prehistoric tsunami induces long-lasting ecosystem changes on a semi-arid tropical island - the case of Boka Bartol (Bonaire, Leeward Antilles). ― Naturwissenschaften, 100 (1): 51-57.

Frenzel, P. & Boomer, I. (2005): The use of ostracods from marginal-marine, brackish waters as bioindicators of modern and Quaternary environmental change. - Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 225 (1-4): 68-92.

Frenzel, P. (1991): Die Ostracodenfauna der tieferen Teile der Ostsee-Boddengewässer Vorpommerns. - Meyniana, 43: 151-175.

Frenzel, P. (1996): Rezente Faunenverteilung in den Oberflächensedimenten des Greifswalder Boddens (südliche Ostsee/NE-Deutschland) unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Ostrakoden (Crustacea). - Senckenbergiana maritima, 27 (1/2): 11-31.

Frenzel, P. (2006a): Ökologische und aktuopaläontologische Besonderheiten im Brackwasser der Ostsee. - Meyniana, 58: 7-32.

Frenzel, P. (2006b): Organismenreste aus holozänen Sedimenten der Ostsee als Paläomilieuindikatoren. - Meyniana, 58: 97-128.

Frenzel, P., Henkel, D., Siccha, M. & Tschendel, L. (2005): Do ostracod associations reflect macrophyte communities? A case study from the brackish water of the southern Baltic Sea coast. - Aquatic Sciences, 67: 142-155.

Frenzel, P., Keyser, D. & Viehberg, F. A. (2010): An illustrated key and (palaeo)ecological primer for Recent to Postglacial Ostracoda (Crustacea) of the Baltic Sea.. - Boreas, 39: 567-575.

Frenzel, P., Matzke-Karasz, R. & Viehberg, F. A. (2006): Muschelkrebse als Zeugen der Vergangenheit. - Biologie in unserer Zeit, 36 (2): 102-108.

Frenzel, P., Schulze, I. & Pint, A. (2012): Noding of Cyprideis torosa valves (Ostracoda) - a proxy for salinity? New data from field observations and a long-term microcosm experiment. ― International Review of Hydrobiology, 97 (4): 314-329.

Frenzel, P., Tech, T. & Bartholdy, J. (2005): Checklist and annotated bibliography of Recent Foraminiferida from the German Baltic Sea coast. - Studia Geologica Polonica, 124: 67-86.

Frenzel, P., Wrozyna, C., Xie Manping, Zhu Liping & Schwalb, A., (2010): Palaeo-water depth estimation for a 600-year record from Nam Co (Tibet) using an ostracod-based transfer function. - Quaternary International, 218: 157-165.

Pérez, L., Frenzel, P., Brenner, M., Escobar., J., Hoelzmann, P., Scharf, B. & Schwalb, A. (2011): Late Quaternary (24-10 ka BP) environmental history of the Neotropical lowlands inferred from ostracodes in sediments of Lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala. - Journal of Paleolimnology, 46 (1): 59-74.

Wrozyna, C., Frenzel, P., Steeb, P., Zhu Liping, Mackensen, A. & Schwalb, A. (2010): Stable isotope and ostracode species assemblage evidence for lake level changes of Nam Co, southern Tibet, during the past 600 years. - Quaternary International, 212: 2-13.

(Co)Supervised theses (2008-2013)


a) phd theses

Wrozyna, C. (2011): Ostracoda and Holocene monsoon evolution at Nam Co, Tibet. - Umweltgeologie, TU Braunschweig.


b) Diplom-, Master-, and Magister theses

Doberschütz, S. (2008): Sedimentation history of Lago Budi, Chile. - Diplom, Physische Geographie, FSU Jena. [in German]

Fürstenberg, S. (2013): Phenotypical variation in Leucocytherella sinensis (Ostracoda) - a new proxy for palaeosalinity and its application. ― Diplom, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena.

Henkel, K. (2011): Micropalaeontological and sedimentological investigations of Holocene sediments from two lakes in Central Tibet. ― Diplom, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Jaekel, K. M. (2009): Distribution of ostracods around pockmarks in lake Bodensee. - Magister, Biosciences, FSU Jena. [in German]

Langenberg, M. (2008): Postglacial environmental change in Chiemsee, Bavaria. - Diplom, Physische Geographie, FSU Jena. [in German]

Lödige, A. (2010): Palaeoenvironmental analysis of a sediment core from Nam Co, Tibet. - Diplom, Umweltgeologie, TU Braunschweig. [in German]

Meyer, J. (2012): Ecology and distribution of microfossils from aquatic sediments of the southern Tibetan Plateau. ― Master, BioGeowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Möbius, I. (2011): Multi-proxy analysis of lake sediments from Tangra Yumco, central Tibetan Plateau. - Diplom, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena

Siewert, K. (2011): Environmental Micropalaeontology at the southern Baltic Sea coast. ― Master, BioGeowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Thomas, M. (2010): Palaeoenvironmental analysis of the Pleistocene Bivalve Clays from Voigtstedt. -Diplom, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena [in German]

Vökler, D. (2009): The formation of the Bilzingsleben Hominid site and its reflection by bio-indicators (Mollusca). - Magister, Ur- und Frühgeschichte, FSU Jena. [in German]


c) Bachelor theses

Bleile, N. (2013): Micropalaeontological investigations in Taro Co, Tibetan Plateau. ― Bachelor, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Funai, B. (2010): Saline springs in the Bad Kösen area and their ostracod fauna. ― Bachelor, BioGeowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Fußmann, D. (2013): Lacustrine microbialites of the Tangra Yumco lake system, Tibetan Plateau. ― Bachelor, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Gründler, N. (2013): Biostratigraphy of Upper Cretaceous outcrops south of Sassnitz, Rügen. ― Bachelor, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Herlt, B. (2010): Bio-indicators from Basong Co, Tibet. ― Bachelor, Umweltgeologie, TU Braunschweig. [in German]

Hofmann, L. (2011): Cenomanian Foraminifera from Langenstein (Harz) and their influence onto glauconite formation. ― Bachelor, Geowissenschaften, EMAU Greifswald. [in German]

Lippold, K. (2010): Artesic deep water sources of the Thuringian Basin. ― Bachelor, BioGeowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Ropers, C. (2012): Structural, mineralogical, and geochemical investigations on chimney-like tufa mounts of the Tangra Yumco lake system, Tibetan Plateau. ― Bachelor, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Rüßbült, A. (2012): A palaeoenvironmental study on brackish water sediments from the Achterwasser, southern Baltic Sea. ― Bachelor, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Siegel, S. (2012): Palaeoenvironmental analysis of a geoarchaeological section from Dabki, NE Poland. ― Bachelor, BioGeowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]

Ulbrich, P. (2013): Sedimentation conditions of Holocene lake sediments from Tangra Yumco, Tibetan Plateau. ― Bachelor, Geowissenschaften, FSU Jena. [in German]