Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Thomas Raab

Head of Chair

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
Chair of Geopedology and Landscape Development
Siemens-Halske-Ring 8
D-03013 Cottbus

LG 4A, room 3.17

T +49 (0) 355 69 4226
F +49 (0) 355 69 3346



Curriculum Vitae

  • July 1995
    Diploma (Dipl.-Geogr. Univ.) in Geography (first-class honours), University of Regensburg, Germany
    Thesis: Effects of fertilisation on the heavy metal content of forest soils – Studies on a long-term experiment in the Bavarian Forest 
  • June 1999
    PhD [Dr. phil.] Geography (summa cum laude), University of Regensburg, Germany
    Thesis: Wuermian glaciation in the Arber area, Bavaria, Germany
  • July 2005
    Postdoctoral lecture qualification [Habilitation] Geography University of Regensburg, Germany
    Professorial dissertation: Detection and evaluation of landscape change in (pre-)historic mining areas – Examples from East Bavaria, Germany
  • August 1995 - March 1999
    Instructor/ Researcher (Physical Geography and Soil Science)
    Institute of Geography, Department of Landscape Ecology and Soil Science, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • April 1999 - March 2001
    Postdoctoral Researcher (Soil Science)
    Institute of Geography, Department of Soil Science, University of Jena, Germany
  • April 2001 - September 2005
    Assistant Professor (Physical Geography and Soil Science)
    Institute of History, Department of Pre- and Protohistory, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • October 2005 - March 2007
    Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Provisional Head of Department
    Institute of Geography, Department of Physical Geography, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • April 2007 - July 2007
    Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer (Soil Science)
    Chair of Soil Protection and Recultivation, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering, Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus, Germany
  • July 2007 - August 2010
    Visiting Professor of Geopedology and Landscape Development
    Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering, BTU Cottbus, Germany
  • July 2009 - April 2014
    Member of the Comission for Research and Young Academics of the BTU Cottbus
  • April 2010 - December 2014
    Head of the International Graduate School (IGS) at BTU Cottbus
  • since August 2010
    Full Professor of Geopedology and Landscape Development
    Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering, BTU Cottbus, Germany
  • February 2011 - June 2013
    Member of the Academic Senate of the BTU Cottbus, Germany
  • June 2013 - Juni 2016
    Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • since February 2015
    Director of the Graduate Research School (GRS) at BTU CS
General Research Interests
  • Soil Science

  • Geomorphology

  • Geoarchaeology

  • Geoecology
Specific Research Interests
  • Holocene soil development / Soils and sediments as archives of landscape development

  • Glacial geology and glacial geomorphology

  • Pleistocene periglacial and glacial sediments in the mid latitudes

  • Human-induced landscape change

  • Environmental impact of historic and prehistoric mining

  • Field portable soil analyses and soil contamination
Selected Publications
  • Raab, T., Raab, A., Nicolay, A., Takla, M., Hirsch, F., Rösler, H., Bauriegel, A., 2016. Opencast mines in South Brandenburg (Germany)-archives of Late Quaternary landscape development and human-induced land use changes. Archaeol Anthropol Sci,8, 453-466,  doi:10.1007/s12520-015-0227-6.
  • Sut, M., Repmann, F., Raab, T., 2014. Stability of Prussian Blue in soils of a former Manufactured Gas Plant site. Soil and Sediment Contamination 23, 504-522, doi: 10.1080/15320383.2014.839626
  • Raab, T., Krümmelbein, J., Schneider, A., Gerwin, W., Maurer, T., Naeth, M., 2012. Initial Ecosystem Processes as Key Factors of Landscape Development-A Review. Physical Geography, 33(4), 305-343, doi: 10.2747/0272-3646.33.4.305.
  • Raab, T., Hürkamp, K. & Völkel, J. (2010): Stratigraphy and chronology of late Quaternary floodplain sediments in a historic mining area, Vils River Valley, East Bavaria, Germany - Physical Geography 28: 357-384, doi: 0.2747/0272-3646.31.4.357
  • Hürkamp, K., Raab, T. & Völkel, J. (2009): Lead Pollution of Floodplain Soils in a Historic Mining Area - Age, Distribution and Binding Forms. - Water, Air and Soil Pollution 201: 331-345. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11270-008-9948-9
  • Raab, T. & Völkel, J. (2003): Late Pleistocene glaciation of the Kleiner Arbersee area in the Bavarian Forest, south Germany. - Quaternary Science Reviews 22: 581-593. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0277-3791(02)00090-2

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