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About me:

I am an intellectually interested scientist working in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, geochemistry, food science and more. My professional method is the analysis of stable isotopes from organic and inorganic materials. During my doctoral and post-doctoral academic studies I have learned about ancient diets and mobility patterns across the world. My academic publications have been printed in high impact journals. I am an associated researcher at The University of British Columbia and the Max-Planck institute for evolutionary anthropology. Currently I am part of the team at imprint analytics as project manager and senior research laboratory analyst and working on authenticity and origin of food samples, fuels, consumer goods and medical tools. My private interests are focussing on meditative practices and the intellectual-philosophical understanding of the world around us. Recently I finished articles on the nature of our being in the world (Dasein) for general audiences. In the near future I would like to expand these studies and compile a literary and philosophical essay collection. Furthermore I am enjoying climbing with my family and other related adventure in our rural landscape.

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Short CV:

since 2014

Senior Research Analyst at Imprint Analytics GmbH, Austria

Project manager in R&D

2011 to 2014

Stipend of the German Science Foundation - DFG (post-doctoral fellow) at The University of British Columbia - Department of Anthropology

2009 to 2011

Postdoctoral fellow of the Max-Planck Society - Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology - Department of Human Evolution

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academic publication:

recent peer-review publications:

Nehlich O, Oelze V, Jay M, Conrad M, Stäuble H, Teegen W-R, Richards MP (2014) Sulphur isotope ratios of multi-period archaeological skeletal remains from central Germany: A dietary and mobility study. Anthropologie (BRNO) 52(1): 15-33.
( doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.12.002)

Bollongino R, Nehlich O, Richards MP, Orschiedt J, Thomas MG, Sell C, Fajkosova Z, Powell A, Burger J (2013) 2,000 years of parallel societies in Stone Age Central Europe. Science 342(6157): 479-481.
( doi:10.1126/science.1245049 )

Nehlich O, Barrett J, Richards MP (2013) Sulphur isotope evidence of bone collagen for changing feeding ecology of modern and mediaeval cod. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 27(20): 2255-2262.
( doi:10.1002/rcm.6682 )

Nehlich O, Fuller BT, Marquez-Grant N, Richards MP (2012) Investigation of Diachronic Dietary Patterns on the Islands of Ibiza and Formentera, Spain: Evidence from Sulphur Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149(1): 115-124.
( doi:10.1002/ajpa.22104)

Nehlich O, Fuller BT, Smith C, Jay M, Mora A, Nicholson RA, Richards MP (2011) Application of sulphur isotope ratios to examine weaning patterns and freshwater fish consumption in Roman Oxfordshire, U.K.. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75(17): 4963-4977.
( doi:10.1016/j.gca.2011.06.009 )

Nehlich O, Boric D, Stefanovic S, Richards MP (2010) Sulphur isotope evidence for freshwater fish consumption: A case study from the Danube Gorges, SE Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science 37(5): 1131-1139.
( doi:10.1016/j.jas.2009.12.013 )

Nehlich O and Richards MP (2009) Establishing collagen quality criteria for sulphur isotope analysis of archaeological bone collagen. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 1(1): 59-75.
(open access: http://www.springerlink.com; doi:10.1007/s12520-009-0003-6 )

non-review publications:

Oschiedt J, Bollongino R, Nehlich O, Gröning F, Burger J (2014) Parallelgesellschaften? Paläogenetik und stabile Isotopen an mesolithischen und neolithischen Menschenresten aus der Blätterhöhle. Archäologische Informationen 37: 23-31.

Orschiedt J, Bollongino R, Nehlich O, Burger J (2013) Parallelgesellschaften? Die letzten Jäger und Sammler Mitteleuropas aus der Blätterhöhle. Archäologie in Westfalen-Lippe 1/2014: 43-45.

Nehlich O (2014) Ernährung in der Steinzeit. Biochemische Ergebnisse zur Ernährung der Menschen in der Vergangenheit. In: Eiszeitjäger. Leben im Paradies? Europa vor 15.000 Jahren. Exhibition Catalogue, LVR LandesMuseumBonn, 230-235.

Nehlich O, Schade-Lindig S (2010/2013) Migration und Mobilität in der Bandkeramik ─ Multi-Isotopenanalyse an Menschen und Tieren aus Bad Nauheim─Nieder-Mörlen (Hessen). Fundberichte aus Hessen 50: 69-91.

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philosophical essays:

2. Platz im Essaywettbewerb der Zeitschriften ‚Glanz & Elend– Literatur und Zeitkritik und Lichtwolf – Zeitschrift trotz Philosophie zu der Frage: „Warum gibt es etwas und nicht vielmehr nichts?” mit dem Beitrag „Das Zen des Daseins”

Essays

A Theory of Dasein – a theoretical thought-experiment.

The scientific knowledge has gained exponentially in the last centuries and since the times of Galileo and Newton the individual knowledge has spezialised and diversified. Our understanding of this technical wisdom is mainly partially and therefore not holistic. ...

A pragmatic theory of natural phenomena

This manuscript attempts to describe a consistent theory of the world around and within us and tries coherently to eliminate classic differences between matter, organic life and mind. It sketches the arch from elementary particles to the higher minds of humans ...

Communication within the Dasein

“...the open-air newborn not only exchanges blood communion for breathing, but also masters a post-uterine use of the voice.”
(P. Sloterdijk 2011. Spheres. Volume I:
Bubbles. Microspherology. Edition Semiotext(e): Los Angeles.)


Communication is the mean for exchange of energy. We use communication for contacting, instructing and distributing information. The process starts with the sender, who produces the content of the message and codes it into a specific language. ...

Craft Essays

Knowledge is energy

We know that matter is formed by energy. We do not know what kind of energy. We know that subatomic particles are energy fields. We know that these particles are emerging atoms and we know that the atoms of the elements are producing matter. ...