Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil Bernhard Eitel

University professor of physical geography

Current Occupation
Rector of Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg

Fields of Expertise
Scientific research in the fields of geomorphology, geoecology, the Quaternary period, soil geography, geoarchaeology and dryland areas



Curriculum Vitae

Dr. rer. nat. habil.
Bernhard Günter Heinrich EITEL

University professor
Born in Karlsruhe in 1959
Heidelberg University
Department of Geography/Physical Geography
Laboratory for Geomorphology and Geoecology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 348, 69120 Heidelberg


since 01/10/2001 Full professor at the Chair of Physical Geography
Head of the Department of Geography
Heidelberg University
01/05/1995 Appointment as professor of physical geography
University of Passau
18/05/1994 Habilitation at the University of Stuttgart

Title of thesis: "Calcium-rich cover sediments and calcrete generations in Namibia: Origin and mobilisation of calcium carbonate"

1989-1995 Academic staff member
Department of Geography at the University of Stuttgart
1989 PhD (passed with distinction) at the University of Stuttgart
Department of Geography
Faculty of Geography and Biology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. W. D. Blümel (Department of Geography, University of Stuttgart)
Title of thesis: "Morphogenesis in the southern Kraichgau region with special reference to Tertiary and Pleistocene cover sediments. A contribution to the landscape history of south-west Germany"
1980 -1986 Studies in geography and German language and literature at the University of Karlsruhe


Focus on the fields of

-geomorphology: relief development, geomorphological processes esp. materials transport in dryland areas, glacial geomorphology
-geoecology: desertification, landscape degradation, anthropogenic geo-morphodynamics, evaluation of geoecological resources
-Quaternary research: prehistoric climates, climate development, cover sediment research, (palaeo-)environmental research, landscape ecological change, landscape history
-soil geography: soil distribution and use, pedogenesis in relation to recent and prehistoric erosion processes, soils as geoecological archives
-geoarchaeology: Man and the environment in the Holocene
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Latest Revision: 2013-04-21