Dr. Anja Eichler


Paul Scherrer Institut
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI

We investigate chemical trace species in ice cores such as major ions, trace elements, and water stable isotope ratios using a variety of analytical methods (e.g. IC, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, WS-CRDS). My work is specialized on the implementation of new analytical devices and the improvement of established analytical methods for ice core analyses and for the chemical analytical service at the PSI. The main focus of my research is processing and evaluation of ice core data using sophisticated statistical tools in order to reconstruct the climate and atmospheric pollution in mid- and low latitude regions to place recent changes into a longer-term context.
  • Study of chemistry in Dresden and Darmstadt (Germany), degree in analytical and physical chemistry with thesis on "Investigation of Iron gall ink using TXRF and SEM" at the Technical University Darmstadt.
  • PhD at the University of Bern (2000) on ‘"Deposition of trace species in firn and ice of alpine glaciers’".
  • Postdoc (Marie-Heim Vögtlin fellowship from Swiss National Science Foundation) at the Laboratory of Radiochemistry and Environmental Chemistry on ‘"Investigation of the climate and atmospheric pollution during the past millennium in the Siberian Altai’".
  • Since 2008 staff scientist at the Analytical Chemistry Group.
  • Trachsel, J.C.; Avak, S.A.; Edebeli, J.; Bartels-Rausch, T.; Schneebeli, M.; Bruetsch, S.; Eichler, A. Microscale rearrangement of ammonium induced by snow metamorphism, Front. Earth Sci. 7, 194, doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00194 (2019).
  • Avak, S.A.; Trachsel, J.C.; Edebeli, J.; Bruetsch, S.; Bartels-Rausch, T.; Schneebeli, M.; Schwikowski, M.; Eichler, A. Melt‐induced fractionation of major ions and trace elements in an Alpine snowpack, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surface 124, doi.org/10.1029/2019JF005026 (2019).
  • Avak, S.A.; Schwikowski, M.; Eichler, A. Impact and implications of meltwater percolation on trace element records observed in a high-Alpine ice core. J. Glac. 64, 877-886 (2018).
  • Eichler, A.; Gramlich, G.; Kellerhals, T.; Tobler, L.; Rehren, Th.; Schwikowski, M. Ice-core evidence of earliest extensive copper metallurgy in the Andes 2700 years ago, Nature Sci. Rep. 7, 41855 (2017).
  • Eyrikh, S.; Eichler, A.; Tobler, L.; Gramlich, G.; Malygina, N.; Papina, T.; Schwikowski, M. A 320-year ice-core record of atmospheric Hg pollution in the Altai, Central Asia. Environ. Sci. & Tech. 51, 11597-11606 (2017).
  • Eichler, A.; Gramlich, G.; Kellerhals, T.; Tobler, L.; Schwikowski, M. Pb pollution from leaded gasoline in South America in the context of a 2000-year metallurgical history. Sci. Adv. 1; e1400196 (2015).
  • Eichler, A.; Tobler, L.; Eyrikh, S.; Gramlich, G.; Malygina, N.; Papina, T.; Schwikowski, M. Ice-core based assessment of historical anthropogenic heavy metal (Cd, Cu, Sb, Zn) emissions in the Soviet Union. Environ. Sci. & Tech. 48, 2635-2642 (2014).
  • Eichler, A.; Tobler, L.; Eyrikh, S.; Gramlich, G.; Malygina, N.; Papina, T.; Schwikowski, M. Three Centuries of Eastern European and Altai Lead Emissions Recorded in a Belukha Ice Core. Environ. Sci. & Tech. 46(8), 4323 – 4330 (2012).
  • Eichler, A.; Tinner, W.; Brütsch, S.; Olivier, S.; Papina, T.; Schwikowski, M. An ice-core based history of Siberian forest fires since AD 1250. Quat. Sci. Rev. 30, 1027-1034 (2011).
  • Eichler, A.; Oliver, S.; Henderson, K.; Laube, A.; Beer, J.; Papina, T.; Gäggeler, H.W.; Schwikowski, M. Temperature response in the Altai region lags solar forcing. Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, L01808, doi:10.1029/2008GL035930 (2009).






All publications: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0206-7463