PD Dr. Dorothée Drucker

Dorothée sampling a museum bone specimen

Room S506

Hölderlinstr. 12

72074 Tübingen


Phone: +49 (0)7071 / 29-72487

Email: dorothee.drucker[at]ifu.uni-tuebingen.de

Co-coordinator of the Graduate program EVEREST (since 2016)

Fields of Interest

→ stable isotopes tracking of palaeoenvironment and palaeodiet

→ palaeoecology of large mammals during the Late Quaternary

→ subsistence of the past hunter-gatherer populations in Eurasia

→ impact of the Late Quaternary climatic changes on the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems

 → conservation (palaeo)biology of terrestrial mammals

Curriculum Vitae

2017 - 

Research fellow, Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment, HEP-Tübingen (Germany)


Habilitation, University of Tübingen, Germany

2012 – 2017

Margaret-von-Wrangel Stipendiatin, Biogeology, University of Tübingen, Germany 

2009 – 2012

Wissenschaftliche Assistentin, Biogeology, University of Tübingen, Germany

2007 – 2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, University Tübingen, Germany

2005 – 2006

Postdoctoral Fellow, CNRS, SHS 22

2003 – 2004

Postdoctoral Fellow, Fyssen Foundation, Canadian Wildlife Service, Saskatoon, Canada

2001 – 2003

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, Univ. Montpellier 2, France

1997 – 2001

Ph.D in Biogeochemistry, University Paris 6, France


DEA” in Archaeology (MS equivalent), Université Bordeaux 3, France


Maîtrise” (B.S. equivalent) in Biology-Geology, University Paris 7, France


Publications (since 2011)

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Articles

Drucker, D.G., Naito, Y.I., Pean, S., Prat, S., Crepin, L., Chikaraishi, Y., Ohkouchi, N., Puaud, S., Laznickova-Galetova, M., Patou-Mathis, M., Yanevich, A., Bocherens, H., 2017. Isotopic analyses suggest mammoth and plant in the diet of the oldest anatomically modern humans from far southeast Europe. Scientific reports 7, 6833.


Jürgensen, J., Drucker, D.G., Stuart, A., Schneider, M., Buuveibaatar, B., Bocherens, H., 2017. Diet and habitat of the saiga antelope during the late Quaternary using stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios. Quaternary Science Reviews 160, 150-161. 


Gröcke, D.R., Sauer, P.E., Bridault, A., Drucker, D.G., Germonpré, M., Bocherens, H., 2017. Hydrogen isotopes in Late Quaternary mammal collagen from Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 11, 12-16. 


Drucker, D.G., Valentin, F., Thevenet, C., Mordant, D., Cottiaux, R., Delsate, D., Van Neer, W., 2016. Aquatic resources in human diet in the Late Mesolithic in Northern France and Luxembourg: insights from carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotope ratios. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. doi:10.1007/s12520-016-0356-6 


Immel, A., Le Cabec, A., Bonazzi, M., Herbig, A., Temming, H., Schuenemann, V. J., Bos, K.I., Lanbein, F., Harvati, K., Bridault, A., Pion, G., Julien, M.-A., Krotova, O., Conard, N.J., Münzel, S.C., Drucker, D.G., Viola, B., Hublin, J.-J., Tafforeau, P., Krause, J., 2016. Effect of X-ray irradiation on ancient DNA in sub-fossil bones-Guidelines for safe x-ray imaging. Scientific Reports 6, 32969. 


Münzel, S.C., Wolf, S., Drucker, D.G., Conard, N.J., 2016. The exploitation of mammoth in the Swabian Jura (SW-Germany) during the Aurignacian and Gravettian period. Quaternary International. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2016.08.013 


Naito, Y.I., Germonpré, M., Chikaraishi, Y., Ohkouchi, N., Drucker, D.G., Hobson, K.A., Edwards, M.A., Wißing, C., Yoneda, M., Bocherens, H., 2016. Evidence for herbivorous cave bears (Ursus spelaeus) in Goyet Cave, Belgium: implications for palaeodietary reconstruction of fossil bears using amino acid d15N approaches. Journal of Quaternary Science 31(6), 598-606. 


Fu, Q., Posth, C., Hajdinjak, M., Petr, M., Mallick, S., Fernandes, D., Furtwängler, A., Haak, W., Meyer, M., Mittnik, A., Nickel, B., Peltzer, A., Rohland, N., Slon, V., Talamo, S., Lazaridis, I., Lipson, M., Schiffels, S., Skoglund, P., Grifoni Cremonesi, R., Mallegni, F., Gély, B., Vacca, E., González Morales, M.R., Straus, L.G., Neugebauer-Maresch, C., Teschler-Nicola, M., Constantin, S., Teodora Moldovan, O., Benazzi, S., Peresani, M., Coppola, D., Valentin, F., Derevianko, A.P., Thevenet, C., Wehrberger, K., Grigorescu, D., Rougier, H., Crevecoeur, I., Flas, D., Semal, P., Mannino, M.A., Lari, M., Ronchitelli, A., Cupillard, C., Bocherens, H., Conard, N.J., Harvati, K., Moiseyev, V., Drucker, D.G., Svoboda, J., Richards, M.P., Caramelli, D., Pinhasi, R., Kelso, J., Patterson, N., Krause, J., Pääbo, S., Reich D., 2016. The genetic history of Ice Age Europe. Nature 534, 200-205. 


Drucker, D.G., Naito, Y.I., Jerardino, A. 2016. Aquatic resource exploitation by prehistoric humans. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6, 621-622. 


Drucker, D.G., Rosendahl, W., Van Neer, W., Weber, M.-J., Görner, I., Bocherens, H., 2016. Environment and subsistence in northwestern Europe during the Younger Dryas:  an isotopic study of the human of Rhünda (Germany). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6, 690-699. 


Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Haidle, M.N., Müller-Beck, H., Münzel, S.C., Naito, Y.I., 2016. Isotopic evidence (C, N, S) for a high aquatic dietary contribution for a Pre-Dorset muskox hunter from Umingmak (Banks Island, Canada). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6, 700-708. 


Díaz-Zorita Bonilla, M., Drucker, D.G., Richardin, P., Silva-Pinto, V., Sepúlveda, M., Bocherens, H., 2016. Marine food consumption in coastal northern Chilean (Atacama Desert) populations during the Formative Period: Implications of isotopic evidence (C, N, S) for the Neolithic process in south central Andes. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6, 768-776. 


Naito, Y.I., Bocherens, H., Chikaraishi, Y., Drucker, D.G., Wißing, C., Yoneda, M. Ohkouchi, N., 2016. An overview of methods used for the detection of aquatic resource consumption by humans: Compound-specific delta N-15 analysis of amino acids in archaeological materials. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6, 720-732. 


Posth, C., Renaud, G., Mittnik, A., Drucker, D.G., Rougier, H., Cupillard, C., Valentin, F., Thevenet, C., Furtwängler, A., Wißing, C., Francken, M., Malina, M., Bolus, M., Lari, M., Gigli, E., Capecchi, G., Crevecoeur, I., Beauval, C., Flas, D., Germonpré, M., van der Plicht, J., Cottiaux, R., Gély, B., Ronchitelli, A., Wehrberger, K., Grigorescu, D., Svoboda, J., Semal, P., Caramelli, D., Bocherens, H., Harvati, K., Conard, N.J., Haak,, W., Powell, A., Krause, J., 2016. Pleistocene Mitochondrial Genomes Suggest a Single Major Dispersal of Non-Africans and a Late Glacial Population Turnover in Europe. Current Biology 26, 1-7.


Naito, Y.I., Chikaraishi, Y., Drucker, D.G., Ohkouchi, N., Semal, P., Wißing, C., Bocherens, H., 2016. Ecological niche of Neanderthals from Spy Cave revealed by nitrogen isotopes of individual amino acids in collagen. Journal of Human Evolution 93, 82-90.


Kuitems, M., van der Plicht, J., Drucker, D.G., van Kolfschoten, T., Palstra, S.W.L., Bocherens, H., 2015. Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes of well-preserved Middle Pleistocene bone collagen from Schöningen (Germany) and their palaeoecological implications. Journal of Human Evolution, 105-113.


Immel, A., Drucker D.G., Münzel, S.C., Schünemann, V., Bonazzi, M., Herbig, A., Kind, C.-J., Krause, J., 2015. Mitochondrial genomes of Giant Deers suggest their late survival in Central Europe. Nature Scientific Reports 5, 10853.


Drucker, D.G., Vercoutère, C., Chiotti, L., Nespoulet, R., Crépin, L., Conard, N.J., Münzel, S.C., Higham, T., van der Plicht, J., Lázničková-Galetová, M., Bocherens, H. 2015. Tracking possible decline of woolly mammoth during the Gravettian in Dordogne (France) and the Ach Valley (Germany) using multi-isotope tracking (13C, 14C, 15N, 34S, 18O). Quaternary International 359-360, 304-317.


Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Germonpré, M., Lázničková-Galetová, M., Naito, Y.I., Wissing, C., Brůžek, J., Oliva, M., 2015. Reconstruction of the Gravettian food-web at Předmostí I using multi-isotopic tracking (13C, 15N, 34S) of bone collagen. Quaternary International 359-360, 211-228.


Rivals, F., Julien. M.-A., Kuitems, M., van Kolfschoten, T., Serangeli, J., Drucker, D.G., Bocherens, H., Conard, N.J., 2015. Investigation of the horse paleodiet from Schöningen 13 II-4 through dental wear and isotopic analyses and its archaeological implications. Journal of Human Evolution. 129-137.


Cupillard, C., Magny, M., Bocherens, H., Bridault, A., Bégeot, C., Bichet, V., Bossuet, G., Drucker, D.G., Gauthier, E., Jouannic, G., Millet, L., Richard, H., Rius, D., Ruffaldi, P., Walter-Simonnet, A.-V. 2015. Ecosystem and human responses to palaeoclimate changes in the Jura Mountains between 40 and 8 ka cal BP. Quaternary International 378, 40-72.


Bocherens, H., Hofman-Kamińska, E., Drucker, D.G., Schmölcke, U., Kowalczyk, R., 2015. European bison as a refugee species? Evidence from isotopic data on Early Holocene bison and other large herbivores in northern Europe. PLoS ONE 10(2), e0115090.


Drucker, D.G., Bocherens, H., Péan, S., 2014. Isotopes stables (13C, 15N) du collagène des mammouths de Mezhyrich (Epigravettien, Ukraine) : implications paléoécologiques. L’Anthropologie 118(5), 504-517.        


Bocherens, H., Bridault, A., Drucker, D.G., Hofreiter, M., Münzel, S.C., Stiller, M., van der Plicht, J. 2014. The last of its kind? Radiocarbon, ancient DNA and stable isotope evidence from a late cave bear (Ursus spelaeus ROSENMÜLLER, 1794) from Rochedane (France). Quaternary International 339-340, 179-188.


Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Madelaine, S. 2014. Evidence for a 15N positive excursion in terrestrial foodwebs at the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in South-western France: implications for early modern human palaeodiet and palaeoenvironment. Journal of Human Evolution 69, 31-43.


Péan, S., Puaud, S., Crépin, L., Prat, S., Quilès, A., van der Plicht, J., Valladas, H., Stuart, A.J., Drucker, D.G., Patou-Mathis, M., Lanoë, F., Yanevich, O. 2013. The Middle to Upper Paleolithic sequence of Buran-Kaya III (Crimea, Ukraine): new stratigraphical, paleoenvironmental and chronological results. Radiocarbon 55(3-4), 1454–1469.


Naito, Y.I., Chikaraishi, Y., Ohkouchi, N., Drucker, D.G., Bocherens, H., 2013. Nitrogen isotopic composition of collagen amino acids as an indicator of aquatic resource consumption: insights from Mesolithic and Epipalaeolithic archaeological sites in France. World Archaeology 45(3), 338-359.


Vercoutère, C., Guérin, C., Crépin, L., Richardin, P, Gandolfo, N., Vincent, J., Marsac, J., Cersoy, S., Rousselière, H., Walter, P., Brunelle, A., Nowik, W., Brissaud, D., Drucker, D.G., van der Plicht, J., Patou-Mathis, M., Vialet, A., 2013. Etude pluridisciplinaire du squelette de rhinocéros laineux, Coelodonta antiquitatis (Blumenbach, 1799), de l’Institut de Paléontologie Humaine (Paris, France). L’Anthropologie 117, 1-47.


Leduc, C., Bridault, A., Souffi, B., David, E., Drucker, D.G., 2013. Apports et limites de l’étude des vestiges fauniques à la caractérisation d’un site mésolithique de plein air à Paris : « 62 rue Henry-Farman » (15e arrondissement ; Ile-de-France). Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique française 110(2), 257-280.


Drucker, D.G., Bridault, A., Cupillard, C., 2012. Environmental context of the Magdalenian settlement in the Jura Mountains using stable isotope tracking (13C, 15N, 34S) of bone collagen from reindeer (Rangifer tarandus). Quaternary International 272-273, 322-332.


Drucker, D.G., Hobson, K.A, Münzel, S.C., Pike-Tay, A., 2012. Intra-individual variation in stable carbon (d13C) and nitrogen (d15N) isotopes in mandibles of modern caribou of Qamanirjuaq (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) and Banks Island (Rangifer tarandus pearyi): implications for tracing seasonal and temporal changes in diet. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 22: 494–504.


Julien, M.-A., Bocherens, H., Burke, A., Drucker, D.G., Patou-Mathis, M., Krotova, A., Péan, S., 2012. Were European steppe bison migratory? 18O, 13C and Sr intra-tooth isotopic variations applied to a palaeoethological reconstruction. Quaternary International 271, 106-119.


Drucker, D.G., Madelaine, S., Morala, A., 2011. Les derniers rennes de Dordogne : nouvelles données chronologiques et environnementales par l’étude isotopique du collagène (13C, 14C, 15N). Paléo 22, 85-100.


Drucker, D.G., Bridault, A., Cupillard, C., Hujic, A., Bocherens, H., 2011. Evolution of habitat and environment of red deer (Cervus elaphus) during the Late-glacial and early Holocene in eastern France (French Jura and the western Alps) using multi-isotope analysis (ä13C, ä15N, ä18O, ä34S) of archaeological remains. Quaternary International 245: 268-278.


Drucker, D.G., Kind, C.-J., Stephan, E., 2011. Chronological and ethological information on the early Holocene reindeer in NW Europe using radiocarbon and stable isotope analysis: case study from southern Germany. Quaternary International. 245: 218-224.


Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Bonjean, D., Bridault, A., Conard, N.J., Cupillard, C., Germonpré, M., Höneisen, M., Münzel, S.C., Napierrala, H., Patou-Mathis, M., Stephan, E., Uerpmann, H.-P., Ziegler, R., 2011. Isotopic evidence for dietary ecology of cave lion (Panthera spelaea) in North-western Europe: prey choice, competition and implications for extinction. Quaternary International 245: 249-261.


Bocherens, H., Drucker, D.G., Taubald, H., 2011. Preservation of bone collagen sulphur isotopic compositions in an early Holocene river-bank archaeological site. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 310: 32-38. 


Prat, S., Péan, S.C., Crépin, L., Drucker, D.G., Puaud, S.J., Valladas, H., Lázničková-Galetová, M., van der Plicht, J., Yanevitch, A., 2011. The Oldest Anatomically Modern Humans from Far Southeast Europe: Direct Dating, Culture and Behavior. PLoS ONE 6(6), e20834.


Contributions to Books

Bocherens, H., Drucker, D., 2013. Stable isotopes in terrestrial teeth and bones. In: Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, 2nd Edition, S. Elias (ed.), Amsterdam, Elsevier, vol. 1, 304-314.


Drucker D.G., Bocherens H., 2009. Carbon stable isotopes of mammal bones as tracers of canopy development and habitat use in temperate and boreal contexts. In : Forest Canopies: Forest Production, Ecosystem Health and Climate Conditions, J.D. Creighton et P.J. Roney (eds.), Hauppauge, NY, Nova Science Publishers, p. 103-109.


Edited Volumes

Vercoutère, C., Crépin, L., Drucker, D.G., Chiotti, L., Henry-Gambier, D., Nespoulet, R., 2014. Deer (Rangifer tarandus and Cervus elaphus) remains from the final Gravettian of the abri Pataud and their importance to humans. In: Deer and People: Past, Present and Future, K. Baker, R. Carden, R. Madgwick (eds.), Oxford, Oxbow Books, Windgather Press, 145-158. 


Drucker, D.G., 2014. Étude biogéochimique du collagène de mammifères fossiles de l’abri Gandil (Tarn-et-Garonne). In: L’abri Gandil à Bruniquel (Tarn-et-Garonne) : un complement magdalénien du temps de Lascaux, E. Ladier (ed.), Préhistoire du sud-ouest, Supplément n°13, 79-84. 


Münzel, S.C., Wolf, S., Drucker, D.G., Conard, N.J., 2014. The Exploitation of Mammoth in the Swabian Jura (SW-Germany) during the Aurignacian and Gravettian Periods. Proceedings of the VIth International Conference on Mammoths and their Relatives. Scientific Annals, School of Geology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, Special Volume 101: YYY-ZZZ. 


Souffi, B., Marti, F., Chaussé, C., Bridault, A., David, E., Drucker, D.G., Gosselin, R., Granai, S., Griselin, S., Hamon, C., Leduc, C., Valentin, F., Vanhaeren, M., 2013. Mesolithic occupations on the edge of the Seine Valley: spatial organization and function of the site of Paris of 62 rue Farman, Paris (15th arrondissement). In: Mesolithic palethnography research on open-air sites between Loire and Neckar. Séances de la Société Préhistorique française 2-1, 13-36. 


Henry-Gambier, D., Nespoulet, R., Chiotti, L., Drucker, D., Lenoble, A., 2013. Chapitre 4 - Datations. In: Le Gravettien final de l’abri Pataud (Dordogne, France). Fouilles et études 2005-2009, R. Nespoulet, L. Chiotti, Henry-Gambier (eds.). BAR International Series 2458, 43-50.