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Dr. Katrin Kleemann


"The German Maritime Museum allows me to reconstruct maritime knowledge production using historical documents and objects in an international and interdisciplinary environment."

Current position


Field of research
History of the German Naval Observatory, maritime knowledge production in the field of oceanography and meteorology, German colonial history in a global context, international networking of marine research

Modern and contemporary history, history of science, history of technology, environmental history, global history

Research project
The History of the German Naval Observatory and its Successor Institutions: Maritime Knowledge Production in the 19th and 20th Centuries


Photo: DSM/ Helena Grebe

Dr. Katrin Kleemann





Curriculum Vitae

Since 2021

Research associate at the German Maritime Museum


Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)


Research assistant at the Chair of Economic, Social and Environmental History at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg



Visiting Scholar at Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich


Lecturer for the Junior Year in Munich Program at LMU Munich and Wayne State University (Michigan, USA)


Doctoral studies in Modern and Contemporary History (major) and Geology (minor) at LMU Munich and member of the PhD program "Environment and Society" at the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich; PhD thesis on "A Mist Connection: The Laki Eruption and Its Legacy".


Research assistant at the Environment & Society Portal, LMU Munich


Student Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin


Study of Early Modern History at the Free University of Berlin, Degree: Master of Arts


Studied History and European Ethnology at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, degree: Bachelor of Arts 

Scientific publications (selection)

Degroot, Dagomar, Kevin Anchukaitis, Martin Bauch, Jakob Burnham, Fred Carnegy, Jianxin Cui, Kathryn de Luna, Piotr Guzowski, George Hambrecht, Heli Huhtamaa, Adam Izdebski, Katrin Kleemann, Emma Moesswilde, Naresh Neupane, Timothy Newfield, Qing Pei, Elena Xoplaki, and Natale Zappia. “Towards a Rigorous Understanding of Societal Responses to Climate Change.” In Nature 591 (2021): 539-550.

Kleemann, Katrin. “Living in the Time of a Subsurface Revolution: The 1783 Calabrian Earthquake Sequence.” Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia (Summer 2019), no. 30. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

Kleemann, Katrin. “Telling Stories of a Changed Climate: The Laki Fissure Eruption and the Interdisciplinar- ity of Climate History,” edited by Katrin Kleemann and Jeroen Oomen, RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2019, no. 4, 33–42.

Kleemann, Katrin. “‘Moby Dick’ in the Rhine: How a Beluga Whale Raised Awareness of Water Pollution in West Germany.” Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia (Spring 2018), no. 6. Rachel Carson Center for Envi- ronment and Society.


Collected volumes

Kleemann, Katrin, ed. “Ecopolis München 2019.” Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions 2020, no. 2. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

Kleemann, Katrin, and Jeroen Oomen, eds. “Communicating the Climate: From Knowing Change to Changing Knowledge,” RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2019, no. 4.

Awards (selection)

2021: Lectureship for the course "Gender and Environment in History, 1700-2021", funded as a gender equality measure in the Structure and Development Plan of the Faculty of Humanities of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg 

2021: Finalist for the 2020 World History Association (WHA) Dissertation Award.

2021: Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellowship for archival research at the John Carter Brown Library, USA

2020-2021: Envirotech Communications Fellowship

2019: Winner of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Research Grant for the year 2019.

2018-2019: PhD scholarship for interdisciplinary research by the Andrea von Braun Foundation. 

2017: First prize of the jury in the photo competition of the GraduateCenter of the LMU Munich on the topic "My research object".


Committee work

2020-2021: Envirotech Communications Fellow

Since 2019: Member of the IT Committee der American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)

Since 2018: Board member of the Journal „Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History“ and Curator of the „Disaster Histories“ Collection

2017-2019: Elected Speaker of the PhD Program "Environment and Society", Rachel Carson Center.

Since 2016: Social Media Editor for the Climate History Network and


Climate History Network


European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)

Past Global Changes (PAGES)

Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e.V.

Volcanoes in Climate and Society (VICS)

Opening hours

Cog hall: Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

how to reach us

Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum
Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
D-27568 Bremerhaven


T. +49 471 482 07 0

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