Susann Stolze

Susann Stolze

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Research Associate and Lab Manager, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines


  • PhD: Kiel, Germany, 2012
  • MS (Geology): Ottawa, Canada, 2004
  • MS (Biology): Greifswald, Germany, 2001

Contact Information

Stable Isotope and Environmental Laboratory
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
1516 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401


Stable isotopy; paleoenvironmental and climate reconstructions; palynology.

Research Interests

Lateglacial and Holcene palynology; reconstruction of lake-level changes, climatic oscillations and human-environment interactions with special emphasis on the Neolithic in Ireland; interpretation of multi-proxy records.


Research Statement

Active research

Late Cretaceous pollen stratigraphy in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico (in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science).

Environmental history, climate change and human development in northwest Ireland during the Neolithic (4000-2500 BC), using palynomorph analysis, geochemistry and radiocarbon dating.

Modern pollen and vegetation relationships in the Canadian Arctic as a basis for paleo interpretations (PI Emeritus Prof. Dr. H. Nichols, University of Colorado-Boulder).

Biostratigraphy on Eocene sedimentary deposits of intramontane basins, Wyoming.

Stable isotope analysis of lake sediments (15N, 13C).



Susann Stolze, Monecke, T. 2020: Neolithic land-use dynamics in northwest Ireland: Multi-proxy evidence from Lough Arrow, County Sligo. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. DOI: 10.1007/s00334-020-00792-0

Nichols, H., Susann Stolze 2017: Data descriptor: Modern pollen data from the Canadian Arctic, 1972-1973. Scientific Data, 4: article 170065. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2017.65

Spooner, I., Principato, S., Hill, N., White, H., Dunnington, D., Neily, T., Susann Stolze 2017: Late Holocene records of changing moisture regime from wetlands in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada: Implications for wetland conservation and restoration. Northeastern Naturalist, 24(3): 331-348. DOI: 10.1656/045.024.0310

Taylor, K. J., Susann Stolze, Beilman, D. W., Potito, A. P. 2017: Response of chironomids to Neolithic land-use change in north-west Ireland. Holocene, 27(6): 879-889. DOI: 10.1177/0959683616675935

Nichols, H., Susann Stolze 2016: Migration of legacy data to new media formats for long-time storage and maximum visibility: Modern pollen data from the Canadian Arctic (1972/1973). Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2: article e10269. DOI: 10.3897/rio.2.e10269

Susann Stolze 2015: Rapid determination of the pollen content in lake sediment cores as a tool in paleoenvironmental research. Journal of Paleolimnology,54(1): 161-170. DOI: 10.1007/s10933-015-9836-4

Spooner, I., Susann Stolze, Martin, B., Robichaud, A., Herman, T., Mockford, S., Caverhill, B., Mazzucchi, D., White, H. 2014: A 10,000-year record of environmental change from Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) habitat at Pleasant River Fen, Nova Scotia, Canada. Wetlands, 34(6): 1145-1158. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-014-0573-7

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