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First Name
Last Name
Rachel Carson Center / LMU Munich
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environmental history, early modern Europe, climate history, historical climatology, weather history, history of geology, earthquakes, volcanoes, history of science, history of knowledge, social media, digital humanities
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About Me

I’m a historian working on environmental history, early modern and modern history, as well as geology. In July 2020, I successfully defended my dissertation in history and geology at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich / LMU Munich in Germany. My doctoral project analyzed the Icelandic Laki fissure eruption of 1783/1784 and its physical, emotional, and intellectual repercussions on the northern hemisphere. Katrin received a fellowship from the Andrea von Braun Foundation, which supports interdisciplinary research. She also is the social media editor for the Climate History Network and and the Envirotech Communications Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Recent Publications

A full list of my publications can be found here.


Some recent publications are:

Kleemann, Katrin. Encyclopedia of the Environment, “The Laki Fissure Eruption, 1783-1784.” Grenoble: Encyclopedia of the Environment, 2020. Online ISSN 2555-0950. 

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

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 Environment and Society.

Kleemann, Katrin. “Volcanoes, Climate Change, and Society: History and Future Prospects.” Blog, 23 November 2017.

Kleemann, Katrin. “Speculating About the Weather: The Unusual Dry Fog of 1783.” NiCHE – Network in Canadian History and Environment | Nouvelle initiative Canadienne en histoire de l’environnement, The Otter, 2 October 2017.

Kleemann, Katrin. “Snapshot: Where Geology Meets Early Modern History. A Millstone Quarry in Upper Bavaria.” Seeing the Woods, 19 June 2017.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Germany, Western Europe, the North Atlantic, Iceland, North America
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Science, Technology