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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 bones for isotopic studies. These systems can each provide unique insights to different aspects of cremated remains. I have an extensive background in the application of isotope systems as a tool to answer scientific questions, developed during my master’s and bachelor's studies in Geosciences at the University of Cologne. 

There, I utilized multiple isotope systematics (Re-Os, Ru, K, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, Rb-Sr) to analyze mantle derived rocks with a primary research interest in the formation and evolution of our planet. My research to date 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. 

Key Publications:

„Re-Os and highly siderophile element systematics of Archean komatiites from Kambalda (W-Australia)” Gerritzen, C., Fischer-Gödde, M., Becker, H., Münker, C., Tusch, J., Smithies, H., Gleissner, P. In: Goldschmidt Conference (2020)

“Potassium isotope systematics of the LL4 chondrite Hamlet: Implications for chondrule formation and alteration.” Koefoed, P., Pravdivtseva, O., Chen, H., Gerritzen, C., Thiemens, M.M., Wang, K. In: Meteoritics & planetary science, 55, 8 (2020)