Jan Schimmelmann

Full name: Jan P. Schimmelmann

Education & Certifications

  • Bremen University, Bremen, Germany;
    • Expected Graduation 07/2018;
    • Master of Science in Physical Geography, Environmental History;
    • Studies include: Climatology, Archaeobotany, Lacustrine Environmental Archives;
    • Thesis: Environmental Significance of Central Vietnamese Maar Sediment
  • Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA, 12/2014, Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Pelham-Ball Memorial Paramedic Program, Bloomington, Indiana, USA (3/2009 – 5/2010) EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician) Certification

Honors & Languages

  • Dean’s List: Ball State University, Indiana, USA, Spring 2013, Summer 2014
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
  • Language Skills: English and German. Dual citizenship: United States of America, Germany


Vietnam Fieldwork, Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Led field work, created a lightweight and inexpensive sediment coring device for use in remote regions and in developing countries. Materials for its construction are readily available in Vietnam. Images from field work in a 21-meter deep maar lake in Vietnam are available here: http://eosvnu.net/projects/paleoclimate/.
  • Measured radon environmental geohazards based in caves and home basements.

Field Geologist, EnviroForensics, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 3/2015 – 07/2016

  • Tasks included field work crew oversight with communication to management on progress, findings and extensive field reporting based primarily on tetrachloroethylene contaminant throughout the state of Indiana.
  • Groundwater data (collection of depths to create flow maps, creation of plume mapping based on physical and chemical properties collected on site).
  • Soil properties (sediment mapping based on physical characteristics for the creation of favorable pathway maps for eventual remediation based on groundwater plume flow).
  • Vapor Intrusion (VI) information from collection of outdoor canisters, indoor canisters, soil gas ports, as well as installation of sub-foundation ports.
  • Installation and oversight of permanent forensic instruments from groundwater wells networks, VI ports for sub-foundation indoors and outdoors, soil gas ports. Installations were at times in close proximity with underground and overhead utilities.
  • Office work involved data analysis, tabulation of findings, and subsequent creation of site reports for submission to government officials.
  • Promoted to Staff Geologist shortly before enrolling in M.Sc. program at the University of Bremen.


  1. Nguyễn-Văn, H., D. Nguyễn-Thùy, J.P. Schimmelmann, et al. (2017) Exploring the paleoenvironmental potential of laminated maar sediment in central Vietnam: An archive of regional paleo-flooding? PAGES Zaragoza 2017, 5th Open Science Meeting 325 in: http://pastglobalchanges.org/osm2017/downloads/osm-abstract-book-zaragoza-2017.pdf
  2. Schimmelmann, J.P., H. Nguyễn-Văn, D. Nguyễn-Thùy, A. Schimmelmann, A.E.K. Ojala, B. Zolitschka, N. Nguyễn-Ánh (in review) Monsoon-related rainfall recorded by mineral-rich flood layers in Vietnamese maar sediment. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2018, 8-13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria.
  3. Schimmelmann, A., H. Nguyễn-Văn, D. Nguyễn-Thùy, J.P. Schimmelmann, et al. (in press) Maar sediment in central Vietnam Highland near Pleiku: An archive of regional monsoon intensity? 7th International Maar Conference, 21-25 May, Olot, Spain, 2018.

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