Dr. Tobias Sprafke

Research Associate

Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management

Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Geography
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern


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von Suchodoletz, Hans; Khosravichenar, Azra; Fütterer, Pierre; Zielhofer, Christoph; Schneider, Birgit; Sprafke, Tobias; Tinapp, Christian; Fülling, Alexander; Werther, Lukas; Stäuble, Harald; Hein, Michael; Veit, Ulrich; Ettel, Peter; Werban, Ulrike; Miera, Jan (2024). Holocene overbank sedimentation in Central Europe between natural and human drivers - The Weiße Elster River (Central Germany). Geomorphology, 449 Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.geomorph.2024.109067


Schwahn, Lea; Schulze, Tabea; Fülling, Alexander; Zeeden, Christian; Preusser, Frank; Sprafke, Tobias (2023). Multi-method study of the Middle Pleistocene loess–palaeosol sequence of Köndringen, SW Germany. E&G quaternary science journal, 72(1), pp. 1-21. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/egqsj-72-1-2023

Sprafke, Tobias (2023). Parent materials: Loess. In: Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment (Second Edition) 4 (pp. 42-47). Elsevier 10.1016/B978-0-12-822974-3.00016-1

Brönnimann, Stefan; Kernen, René; Jarosch, Klaus; Sprafke, Tobias; Schurr, Carolin; Bill, Georg (2023). Berner Orte der Geographie – Der geographische Stadtführer [Map]. In: Reihe G Grundlagenforschung (G102). Bern: Geographica Bernensia 10.4480/GB2023.G102


Schulze, Tabea; Schwahn, Lea; Fülling, Alexander; Zeeden, Christian; Preusser, Frank; Sprafke, Tobias (2022). Investigating the loess–palaeosol sequence of Bahlingen-Schönenberg (Kaiserstuhl), southwestern Germany, using a multi-methodological approach. E&G quaternary science journal, 71(2), pp. 145-162. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/egqsj-71-145-2022

Lombardo, Umberto; Arroyo-Kalin, Manuel; Schmidt, Morgan; Huisman, Hans; Lima, Helena P; de Paula Moraes, Claide; Neves, Eduardo G; Clement, Charles R; Aires da Fonseca, João; de Almeida, Fernando Ozorio; Vieira Alho, Carlos Francisco Brazão; Bronk Ramsey, Christopher; Brown, George G; Cavallini, Marta S; Lima da Costa, Marcondes; Cunha, Luís; Dos Anjos, Lúcia Helena C; Denevan, William M; Fausto, Carlos; Fernandes Caromano, Caroline; ... (2022). Evidence confirms an anthropic origin of Amazonian Dark Earths. Nature Communications, 13(1), p. 3444. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41467-022-31064-2

Petschko, Helene; Sprafke, Tobias; Peticzka, Robert; Wiesbauer, Heinz (2022). Sunken Roads and Palaeosols in Loess Areas in Lower Austria: Landform Development and Cultural Importance. In: Embleton-Hamann, Christine (ed.) Landscapes and Landforms of Austria. World Geomorphological Landscapes (pp. 179-191). Cham: Springer 10.1007/978-3-030-92815-5_11

Riedl, Doris; Roetzel, Reinhard; Pöppl, Ronald E.; Sprafke, Tobias (2022). Wachau World Heritage Site: A Diverse Riverine Landscape. In: Embleton-Hamann, Christine (ed.) Landscapes and Landforms of Austria. World Geomorphological Landscapes (pp. 163-178). Cham: Springer 10.1007/978-3-030-92815-5_10


Sprafke, Tobias (2021). A tribute to Fink (1956): On the correlation of terraces and loesses in Austria. E&G quaternary science journal, 70(2), pp. 221-224. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/egqsj-70-221-2021

Waroszewski, Jaroslaw; Pietranik, Anna; Sprafke, Tobias; Kabała, Cezary; Frechen, Manfred; Jary, Zdzisław; Kot, Aleksandra; Tsukamoto, Sumiko; Meyer-Heintze, Simon; Krawczyk, Marcin; Łabaz, Beata; Schultz, Bernhard; Erban Kochergina, Yulia V. (2021). Provenance and paleoenvironmental context of the Late Pleistocene thin aeolian silt mantles in southwestern Poland – A widespread parent material for soils. Catena, 204, p. 105377. Elsevier 10.1016/j.catena.2021.105377

Lehmkuhl, F.; Nett, J.J.; Pötter, S.; Schulte, P.; Sprafke, T.; Jary, Z.; Antoine, P.; Wacha, L.; Wolf, D.; Zerboni, A.; Hošek, J.; Marković, S.B.; Obreht, I.; Sümegi, P.; Veres, D.; Zeeden, C.; Boemke, B.; Schaubert, V.; Viehweger, J. and Hambach, U. (2021). Loess landscapes of Europe – Mapping, geomorphology, and zonal differentiation. Earth-science reviews, 215, p. 103496. Elsevier 10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103496

Händel, Marc; Thomas, Roswitha; Sprafke, Tobias; Schulte, Philipp; Brandl, Michael; Simon, Ulrich; Einwögerer, Thomas (2021). Using archaeological data and sediment parameters to review the formation of the Gravettian layers at Krems‐Wachtberg. Journal of quaternary science JQS, 36(8), pp. 1397-1413. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 10.1002/jqs.3293

Rahimzadeh, Neda; Sprafke, Tobias; Thiel, Christine; Terhorst, Birgit; Frechen, Manfred (2021). A comparison of polymineral and K-feldspar post-infrared infrared stimulated luminescence ages of loess from Franconia, southern Germany. E&G quaternary science journal, 70(1), pp. 53-71. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/egqsj-70-53-2021


Sprafke, Tobias; Schulte, Philipp; Meyer-Heintze, Simon; Händel, Marc; Einwögerer, Thomas; Simon, Ulrich; Peticzka, Robert; Schäfer, Christian; Lehmkuhl, Frank; Terhorst, Birgit (2020). Paleoenvironments from robust loess stratigraphy using high-resolution color and grain-size data of the last glacial Krems-Wachtberg record (NE Austria). Quaternary science reviews, 248, p. 106602. Elsevier 10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106602

Meyer-Heintze, Simon; Sprafke, Tobias; Krech, Martin; Beigel, Rita; Nadler, Martin; Kriens, Bernd; Wagner, Felix; Solleiro-Rebolledo, Elizabeth; Damm, Bodo; Falkenstein, Frank; Terhorst, Birgit (2020). Pedosedimentary and geoarcheological archives from clay-dominated sinkhole infillings in Middle Franconia, Germany. Catena, 195, p. 104893. Elsevier 10.1016/j.catena.2020.104893

Rodrigues, Leonor; Sprafke, Tobias; Bokatola Moyikola, Carine; Barthès, Bernard G.; Bertrand, Isabelle; Comptour, Marion; Rostain, Stéphen; Yoka, Joseph; McKey, Doyle (2020). A Congo Basin ethnographic analogue of pre-Columbian Amazonian raised fields shows the ephemeral legacy of organic matter management. Scientific reports, 10(1) Springer Nature 10.1038/s41598-020-67467-8

Zehetner, Franz; Gerzabek, Martin H.; Shellnutt, J. Gregory; Ottner, Franz; Lüthgens, Christopher; Miggins, Daniel P.; Chen, Pei-Hao; Candra, I Nyoman; Schmidt, Greta; Rechberger, Maria V.; Sprafke, Tobias (2020). Linking rock age and soil cover across four islands on the Galápagos archipelago. Journal of South American earth sciences, 99(102500), p. 102500. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jsames.2020.102500

Waroszewski, Jaroslaw; Sprafke, Tobias; Kabala, Cezary; Musztyfaga, Elżbieta; Kot, Aleksandra; Tsukamoto, Sumiko; Frechen, Manfred (2020). Chronostratigraphy of silt-dominated Pleistocene periglacial slope deposits on Mt. Ślęża (SW, Poland): Palaeoenvironmental and pedogenic significance. Catena, 190(104549), p. 104549. Elsevier 10.1016/j.catena.2020.104549

Sahwan, Wahib; Lucke, Bernhard; Sprafke, Tobias; Vanselow, Kim A.; Bäumler, Rupert (2020). Relationships between spectral features, iron oxides and colours of surface soils in northern Jordan. European journal of soil science, 72(1), pp. 80-97. Wiley 10.1111/ejss.12986

Lüthgens, Christopher; Sauer, Daniela; Zech, Michael; Briant, Becky; Brown, Eleanor; Dietze, Elisabeth; Fuchs, Markus; Klasen, Nicole; Lukas, Sven; May, Jan-Hendrik; Meister, Julia; Reimann, Tony; Rixhon, Gilles; Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zsófia; Salcher, Bernhard; Sprafke, Tobias; Unkel, Ingmar; von Suchodoletz, Hans; Zeeden, Christian (2020). Editorial: E&G Quaternary Science Journal – a community-based open-access journal. E&G quaternary science journal, 68(2), pp. 243-244. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/egqsj-68-243-2020


Waroszewski, Jaroslaw; Sprafke, Tobias; Kabała, Cezary; Kobierski, Mirosław; Kierczak, Jakub; Musztyfaga, Elżbieta; Loba, Aleksandra; Mazurek, Ryszard; Łabaz, Beata (2019). Tracking textural, mineralogical and geochemical signatures in soils developed from basalt-derived materials covered with loess sediments (SW Poland). Geoderma, 337, pp. 983-997. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.11.008

Lemann, Tatenda; Sprafke, Tobias; Bachmann, Felicitas; Prasuhn, V.; Schwilch, Gudrun (2019). The effect of the Dyker on infiltration, soil erosion, and waterlogging on conventionally farmed potato fields in the Swiss Plateau. Catena, 174, pp. 130-141. Elsevier 10.1016/j.catena.2018.10.038


Schulte, Philipp; Sprafke, Tobias; Rodrigues, Leonor; Fitzsimmons, Kathryn E. (2018). Are fixed grain size ratios useful proxies for loess sedimentation dynamics? Experiences from Remizovka, Kazakhstan. Aeolian research, 31, pp. 131-140. Elsevier 10.1016/j.aeolia.2017.09.002

Meyer-Heintze, Simon; Sprafke, Tobias; Schulte, Philipp; Terhorst, Birgit; Lomax, Johanna; Fuchs, Markus; Lehmkuhl, Frank; Neugebauer-Maresch, Christine; Einwögerer, Thomas; Händel, Marc; Simon, Ulrich; Solís Castillo, Berenice (2018). The MIS 3/2 transition in a new loess profile at Krems-Wachtberg East – A multi-methodological approach. Quaternary international, 464, pp. 370-385. Elsevier 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.11.048

Sprafke, Tobias; Fitzsimmons, Kathryn E.; Grützner, Christoph; Elliot, Austin; Marquer, Laurent; Nigmatova, Saida (2018). Reevaluation of Late Pleistocene loess profiles at Remizovka (Kazakhstan) indicates the significance of topography in evaluating terrestrial paleoclimate records. Quaternary Research, 89(03), pp. 674-690. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/qua.2017.103

Bittmann, Felix; Börner, Andreas; Doppler, Gerhard; Ellwanger, Dietrich; Hoselmann, Christian; Katzschmann, Lutz; Sprafke, Tobias; Strahl, Jaqueline; Wansa, Stefan; Wielandt-Schuster, Ulrike; Subkommission Quartär, der Deutschen Stratigra (2018). The Quaternary in the Stratigraphic Table of Germany 2016. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 169(2), pp. 295-306. Schweizerbart 10.1127/zdgg/2018/0123

Lehmkuhl, Frank; Bösken, Janina; Hošek, Jan; Sprafke, Tobias; Marković, Slobodan B.; Obreht, Igor; Hambach, Ulrich; Sümegi, Pál; Thiemann, Arne; Steffens, Stefanie; Lindner, Heiko; Veres, Daniel; Zeeden, Christian (2018). Loess distribution and related Quaternary sediments in the Carpathian Basin. Journal of maps, 14(2), pp. 661-670. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/17445647.2018.1526720

Fitzsimmons, Kathryn E.; Sprafke, Tobias; Zielhofer, Christoph; Günter, Christina; Deom, Jean-Marc; Sala, Renato; Iovita, Radu (2018). Loess accumulation in the Tian Shan piedmont: Implications for palaeoenvironmental change in arid Central Asia. Quaternary international, 469, pp. 30-43. Elsevier 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.07.041


Waroszewski, Jaroslaw; Sprafke, Tobias; Kabala, Cezary; Musztyfaga, Elżbieta; Łabaz, Beata; Woźniczka, Przemysław (2017). Aeolian silt contribution to soils on mountain slopes (Mt. Ślęża, southwest Poland). Quaternary Research, 89(03), pp. 702-717. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/qua.2017.76

Fitzsimmons, Kathryn E.; Iovita, Radu; Sprafke, Tobias; Glantz, Michelle; Talamo, Sahra; Horton, Katharine; Beeton, Tyler; Alipova, Saya; Bekseitov, Galymzhan; Ospanov, Yerbolat; Deom, Jean-Marc; Sala, Renato; Taimagambetov, Zhaken (2017). A chronological framework connecting the early Upper Palaeolithic across the Central Asian piedmont. Journal of human evolution, 113, pp. 107-126. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.07.006


Sprafke, Tobias; Obreht, Igor (2016). Loess: Rock, sediment or soil – What is missing for its definition? Quaternary international, 399, pp. 198-207. Elsevier 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.03.033

Marković, Slobodan B.; Fitzsimmons, Kathryn E.; Sprafke, Tobias; Gavrilović, Darko; Smalley, Ian J.; Jović, Vidojko; Svirčev, Zorica; Gavrilov, Milivoj B.; Bešlin, Milivoj (2016). The history of Danube loess research. Quaternary international, 399, pp. 86-99. Elsevier 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.09.071


Terhorst, Birgit; Sedov, Sergey; Sprafke, Tobias; Peticzka, Robert; Meyer-Heintze, Simon; Kühn, Peter; Solleiro Rebolledo, Elizabeth (2015). Austrian MIS 3/2 loess–palaeosol records—Key sites along a west–east transect. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 418, pp. 43-56. Elsevier 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.10.020


Sprafke, Tobias; Thiel, Christine; Terhorst, Birgit (2014). From micromorphology to palaeoenvironment: The MIS 10 to MIS 5 record in Paudorf (Lower Austria). Catena, 117, pp. 60-72. Elsevier 10.1016/j.catena.2013.06.024


Sprafke, Tobias; Terhorst, Birgit; Peticzka, Robert; Thiel, Christine (2013). Paudorf locus typicus (Lower Austria) revisited - the potential of the classic loess outcrop for Middle to Late Pleistocene landscape reconstructions. Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart E&G / Quaternary science journal, 62(1), pp. 59-72. Geozon Science Media 10.3285/eg.62.1.06


Terhorst, Birgit; Thiel, Christine; Peticzka, Robert; Sprafke, Tobias; Frechen, Manfred; Fladerer, Florian A.; Roetzel, Reinhard; Neugebauer-Maresch, Christine (2011). Casting new light on the chronology of the loess/paleosol sequences in Lower Austria. E&G quaternary science journal, 60(2-3), pp. 270-277. Copernicus Publications 10.3285/eg.60.2-3.04

Thiel, Christine; Buylaert, Jan-Pieter; Murray, Andrew S.; Terhorst, Birgit; Tsukamoto, Sumiko; Frechen, Manfred; Sprafke, Tobias (2011). Investigating the chronostratigraphy of prominent palaeosols in Lower Austria using post-IR IRSL dating. E&G quaternary science journal, 60(1), pp. 137-152. Copernicus Publications 10.3285/eg.60.1.10