• paleoclimate
  • vegetation dynamics
  • plant-climate-interaction
  • cyclicities (Milankovitch, sub-Milankovitch and solar cycles)
  • multi-proxy environmental reconstructions
  • regional impact of global palaeoclimatic changes
  • seasonal climatic evolution during the Neogene


Scientific publications

Kern, A.K., Harzhauser, M., Reuter, M., Kroh, A., Piller, W.E., 2013. The Miocene coastal vegetation of southwestern India and its climatic significance. Palaeoworld 22 (NECLIME special issue), 119–132. doi: 10.1016/j.palwor.2013.10.001

Kern, A.K., Harzhauser, M., Soliman, A., Piller, W.E., Mandic, O., 2013. High resolution analysis of Upper Miocene lake deposits: Evidence for the influence of Gleissberg-band-solar forcing. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 370, 167–183. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.12.005 [open access]

Kern, A.K., Harzhauser, M., Piller, W.E., Mandic, O., Soliman, A., 2012. Strong evidence for the influence of solar cycles on a Late Miocene lake system revealed by biotic and abiotic proxies. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 329–330, 124–136. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.02.023 [open access

Kern, A.K., Harzhauser, M., Soliman, A., Piller, W.E., Gross, M., 2012. Precipitation driven decadal scale decline and recovery of wetlands of Lake Pannon during the Tortonian. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 317–318, 1–12. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.11.021 [open access]

Kern, A., Harzhauser, M., Mandic, O., Roetzel, R., Ćorić, S., Bruch, A.A., Zuschin, M., 2010. Millenial-scale vegetation dynamics in an estuary at the onset of the Miocene Climatic Optimum. In: Mosbrugger, V., Utescher, T. (Eds.), 2nd NECLIME Synthesis Volume - The Neogene of Eurasia: spatial gradients and temporal trends. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 304, 247–261. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.07.014

Kern, A., 2010. A Pleistocene palynological assemblage from the Lukundol Formation (Kathmandu Basin, Nepal). Annals of the Natural History Museum Vienna 112A, 111–168.

Harzhauser, M., Mandic, O., Kern, A.K., Piller, W.E., Neubauer, T.A., Albrecht, C., Wilke, T., 2013. Explosive demographic expansion by dreissenid bivalves as a possible result of astronomical forcing. Biogeosciences 10, 8423–8431. doi: 10.5194/bg-10-8423-2013

Rasser, M.W., Bechly, G., Böttcher, R., Ebner, M., Heizmann, E.P.J., Höltke, O., Joachim, C., Kern, A.K., Kovar-Eder, J., Nebelsick, J.H., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Schoch, R.R., Schweigert, G., Ziegler, R., 2013. The Randeck Maar: Palaeoenvironment and habitat differentiation of a Miocene lacustrine system. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 392, p.426–453. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.09.025

Reuter, M., Kern, A.K., Harzhauser, M., Kroh, A., Piller, W.E., 2013. Global warming and South Indian monsoon rainfall? Lessons from the Mid-Miocene. Gondwana Research 23, 1172–1177. doi: 10.1016/ [open access]

Soliman, A., Feist-Burkhardt, S., Harzhauser, M., Kern, A.K., Piller, W.E.,2013. Mendicodinium mataschenensis: a new endemic dinoflagellate cyst from the early Tortonian of Lake Pannon (Austria). Palynology 37, 35–47. doi: 10.1080/01916122.2012.662180

Harzhauser, M., Mandic, O., Latal, C., Kern, A., 2011. Stable isotope composition of the Miocene Dinaride Lake System deduced from its endemic mollusc fauna. Hydrobiologia 682, 2–46. doi: 10.1007/s10750-011-0618-3.

Harzhauser, M., Kern, A., Soliman, A., Minati, K, Piller, W.E., Danielopol, D. Zuschin, M., 2008. Centennial- to decadal-scale environmental shifts in and around Lake Pannon (Vienna Basin) related to a major Late Miocene lake-level rise. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 270, 102–168. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2008.09.003

All my publications are available at researchgate and academia


Popular science (in German)

Harzhauser, M., Kern, A. 2010. Auf der Suche nach „fossilen“ Sonnenzyklen. Universum, 9, Das Naturhistorische, Autumn 2010, 80–81.

Harzhauser, M. Kern, A. 2009. Die Bernsteinküste Indiens. Universum, 9, NHMW, 13.

Newsletter contributions

Kern, A.K., Harzhauser, M., Soliman, A., Piller, W.E., 2010. Detecting solar cycles and high-frequency vegetation dynamics in the European Miocene. American Association of Paleobotany - The Palynological Society Newsletter, 43, 21–22.

Kern, A.K., Harzhauser, M., Soliman, A., Piller, W.E., 2010. Neue hochauflösende Untersuchungen über den Zusammenhang von Vegetation, Klima und Sonnenzyklen im späten Miozän. Rundbrief des Arbeitskreises für Paläobotanik und Palynologie (Working Group of Paleobotany and Palynology in Germany), 2010/12, 3–7.

Newspaper interviews (in German)

Kern, A.K., 2009. Pollen zeigen Klima vor 16 Mio. Jahren. Interview in pressetext news agency.


  • Since 2012 - Scientific trainee at the Paleontological Department of the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart (Germany) - working on varved sequences from a Early/Middle Miocene maar lake (Randeck Maar); contributing palynology, varve count statistics, paleoclimate, geochemistry
  • Since 2009 webmaster of NECLIME (Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia)
  • 2009–2012 - Project researcher at the Natural History Museum Vienna at the FWF project P 21414-B16 (Austrian Science Fund)
    “Millennial- to centennial-scale vegetation dynamics and surface water productivity during the Late Miocene in and around Lake Pannon” 
    Project leader:  Priv.-Doz Dr. Mathias Harzhauser (Natural History Museum Vienna) and Prof. Dr. Werner E. Piller (University of Graz)
  • 2009–2012 Ph.D. at the Karl Franzens University Graz (Geobiology/Paleoecology) 
    Ph.D. thesis “Millennial- to centennial-scale vegetation dynamics in relation to other environmental proxies during the Miocene in and around the Paratethyian Sea and Lake Pannon” 
    Supervisors: Mathias Harzhauser (NHM Vienna) and Werner E. Piller (Karl Franzens University Graz)
  • 2003–2009 M.Sc. at the University of Vienna (Biology/Paleobiology)
    Master thesis “Palynological Investigation on Plio/Pleistocene Sediments of the Lukundol Formation, Kathmandu Basin, Nepal” Supervisor: Reinhard Zetter