Dr. Michaela Ecker

Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Leader

University of Kiel, Germany

Twitter: @isotopesrule


Palaeolithic archaeology; Europe and Africa; past environments and human evolution; stable isotope research; Quaternary science; fieldwork techniques.

Social Media Editor, Open Quaternary


since 2021 Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Leader, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany.

2019 – 2021 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany.

2018 Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

2016 – 2018 Arts & Science Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada.


2012 – 2016      D.Phil, University of Oxford, UK

2006 – 2011      Magister Artium, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany

Thesis title: Two million years of environmental change: a case study from Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Thesis title: Stable isotope analyses on the fauna from Payre (Ardèche, France).


2021 – ongoing Director of fieldwork in the Kgalagadi district (KHO Project), Botswana

2017 – 2019 Director of Excavations, Pniel (Palaeolithic), South Africa.

2013 – 2019 Field director, Wonderwerk Cave (Palaeolithic), South Africa.

2008 & 2012 Field Archaeologist, Hohle Fels (Palaeolithic), Germany.

2011 & 2012 Field Archaeologist, Sibudu (Palaeolithic), South Africa.

2011 Field Archaeologist, Hoidjiespunt (Palaeolithic), South Africa.

2010 Field Archaeologist, Wadi Mushkuna (Palaeolithic), TDASP Project, Syria.

2009 Supervisor, Vogelherd Cave post-excavation laboratory (Palaeolithic), Germany.

2008 – 2009 Field Archaeologist, Schöningen (Palaeolithic and Neolithic), Germany.

2007 Staff archaeologist, Dettingen/Teck, Hessigheim and Holzgerlingen (Medieval), Germany.

2005 Field Archaeologist, Wahlheim (Roman), Germany.

2003 Field Archaeologist, Ottmarsheimer Höhe (Roman), Germany.

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