Lisa Kapper


Contact:

klkapper@gmail.com, lisa.kapper@igeofisica.unam.mx


Group:

Geomagnetismo y Geofísica Ambiental


Position:

Posdoctoral fellowship

Scientific interests and experience:


My research experience revolves around the reconstruction of the Earth’s magnetic field,
specifically, its variation of intensity and direction over different time scales. One of my current
research goals in the area of archeomagnetism is the investigation of the geomagnetic field
fluctuation over the past millennia in West Africa. Archeological artifacts are able to record the
ancient geomagnetic field signal at the specific location at the time of their last heating. The
samples I am investigating are iron furnaces with an age between 700-1700 AD. My second
research focus is in the area of paleomagnetism, which covers much larger time scales and
different kinds of samples. In this field I am reconstructing the geomagnetic field during the
Cretaceous (90 and 125 Ma) in Latin America using dikes and volcanic rocks. Furthermore, I am
participating in a project in the field of environmental magnetism, which has the focus on
uncovering the contamination in Mexico City using magnetic methods. Besides these main
research themes, I am interested in testing novel techniques to measure archeo- and
paleointensities, as well as different materials as recorders of the geomagnetic field. A new focus
in my research is geomagnetic field modeling on a global scale in order to understand better the
South Atlantic Anomaly and its connection with the current dipole decay.

Higher education:


Oct. 2010 – Jun. 2014 PhD in Geophysics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Sep. 2001 – Jun. 2009 Studies of Physics at Technical University Graz, Austria (TU Graz) and
Master Thesis at Wegener Center, University Graz, Austria (UNI Graz)
Research employment:
Feb. 2017 – present Postdoctoral Fellowship in environmental magnetism at UNAM Mexico,
Campus Morelia, Mexico. Project title: System for monitoring heavy metal
contamination in urban dust in Mexico City
Sep. 2014 – Jan. 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship in paleomagnetism at UNAM Mexico, Campus
Morelia, Mexico. Project title: Variation of the geomagnetic dipolar moment during the
Cretaceous
Apr. 2014 – Aug. 2014 Doctoral assistant at University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Schweizer
Nationalfonds


Publications:


+ Kapper, L., Bautista, F., Goguitchaichvili, A., , Morales, J., in preparation. Environmental
magnetism in urban areas: a review
+ Kapper, L., Panovska, S., Hellio, G., Sanchez, S., Garcia Ruiz, R., Cejudo Ruiz, R.,
Goguitchaichvili, A., Morales, J., in preparation. A preliminary archeointensity paleosecular
variation curve for West Africa for the past 2000 years
+ Kapper, L., Donadini, F., Serneels, V., Tema, E., Goguichaichvili, A., Morales, J., 2017.
Reconstructing the Geomagnetic Field in West Africa: First Absolute Intensity Results from
Burkina Faso; Scientific Reports, 7, 45225
+ Kapper, L., Morales, J., Calvo-Rathert, M., Goguitchaichvili, A., Mejia, V., Caccavari, A.,
Nivia Guevara, A., Cejudo Ruiz, R., 2017. A paleointensity study of Cretaceous volcanic rocks
from the Western Cordillera, Colombia. Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica, 1-26
+ Cervantes Solano, M., Kapper, L., Gogichaishvili, A., Ruiz-Martínez, V.C., Rosas Elguera, J.,
Morales, J., Maciel Peña, R., Cejudo Ruiz, R., 2017. A detailed paleomagnetic and rock-
magnetic investigation around Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary: The Autlan (Western Mexico)
volcanic sequence revisited. Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica, 1-16.
+ Donadini, F., Serneels, V., Kapper, L., El Kateb, A., 2015. Directional changes of the
geomagnetic field in West Africa: Insights from the metallurgical site of Korsimoro. Earth
Planet. Sci. Lett., 430, 349–355
+ Carrancho, Á., Gogichaishvili, A., Kapper, L., Morales, J., Soler Arechalde, A. M., and Tema,
E. (in alphabetic order), 2015. Geomagnetic applications in archeology: state of the art and
recent advances, In: New Developments in Paleomagnetism Research: The Story of the Earth’s
Past Magnetic Field, Nova Science Publisher, Editors: Lev V. Eppelbaum, pp.64
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F., and Hirt, A.M., 2015. Holocene archeointensities from mid
European ceramics, slags, burned sediments and cherts, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 241, 21–36
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F., M. Mauvilly, S. Panovska and Hirt, A.M., 2014. New directional
archaeomagnetic data of burned cave sediments from Switzerland and geomagnetic field
variations in Central Europe, Geophys. J. Int., 198, 1208–1221
+ Kapper, K.L., 2014. Earth paleofield over the past 8000 years over the Alpine region, PhD
thesis, defense on January 17, 2014
+ Kapper, K.L., Anesin, D., Donadini, F., Angelucci, D.E., Cavulli, F., Pedrotti, A., and Hirt,
A.M., 2014. Linking site formation processes to magnetic properties. Rock- and archeomagnetic
analysis of the combustion levels at Riparo Gaban (Italy), J. Archaeol. Sci., 41, 836–855.

+ Kapper, K.L., 2009. Scale sensitive analysis of regional climate models, Master thesis
Conference talks:
+ Kapper, K.L., Serneels, V., Donadini, F., Tema, E., Gogichaishvili, A., Morales, J., Cejudo
Ruiz, R., First archeointensities obtained from iron kilns from Burkina Faso, West Africa, for the
period 700-1700 AD. RAUGM 2016, 30 Octubre – 4 Noviembre, 2016, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
+ Kapper, K.L., Calvo-Rathert, M., Cejudo Ruiz, R., Sanchez Bettucci, L., Irurzun, A.,
Carrancho, Á., Gogichaishvili, A., Morales, J., Sinito, A., Gogorza, C., Mejia, V., Nivia
Guevara, A., Paleomagnetic and –intensity investigation of Cretaceous igneous rocks: New
contributions from Colombia and Paraguay. RAUGM 2016, 30 Octubre – 4 Noviembre, 2016,
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
+ Kapper, K.L., Serneels, V., Donadini F., Tema, E., Goguichashvili, A., Morales, J.,
Archeointensity and archeodirectional determinations from ancient iron kilns located in West
Africa, 4th Bienal Latinmag Meeting 2015, Nov. 23–27, Sao Paulo, Brasil
+ Kapper, K.L., El campo geomagnético durante los últimos 8000 años en Europa Central,
IGUM Meeting 2015, Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM, Campus Morelia, Mexico
+ Kapper, K.L., First archeomagnetic results from four types of ancient kilns excavated in
Burkina Faso, IGEF Meeting 2015, “10 años de investigaciones geofísicas en Michoacán”,
Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
+ Kapper, K.L., Serneels, V., Donadini, F., Hirt, A. and Tema, E., First archeomagnetic results
from four types of ancient kilns excavated in Burkina Faso 14th Castle meeting, 2014, Portugal
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F., Hirt, A. and Mauvilly, M., Archeomagnetism at Arconciel,
Fribourg Meeting with Archeologists, 2013, Switzerland
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F., Hirt, A., Anesin, D., Angelucci, D.E., Cavulli, F. and Pedrotti, A.,
Linking magnetic properties with archaeologic records: reconstruction of the mid-Holocene
geomagnetic field, 13 th Castle Meeting, 2012, Slovakia.
+ Kapper, K.L., Dynamics of the extratropical response to tropical heating, Second Split
Workshop in Atmospheric Physics and Oceanography, 201, Croatia


Poster presentations:


+ Kapper, K.L., Calvo-Rathert M., Cejudo Ruiz, R., Sanchez Bettucci, L., Goguichashvili, A.,
Morales, J., Irurzun, A., Carrancho, A., Mejia, V., Nivia Guevara, A., Sinito, A., A detailed
paleomagnetic investigation of Cretaceous igneous rocks: New contribution from Colombia and
Paraguay, European Geosciences Union (EGU), Vienna, Austria, 17 – 22 April, 2016
+ Kapper, K.L., Morales, J., Goguichashvili, A., Mejia, V., Calvo-Rathert M., Nivia Guevara,
A., Multispecimen paleointensity determination from Cretaceous Caribbean igneous province,
4th Bienal Latinmag Meeting 2015, Nov. 23–27, Sao Paulo, Brasil
+ Kapper, K.L., Calvo-Rathert M., Ruiz, R.C., Sanchez, L., Irurzun, A., Carrancho, Á,
Goguichashvili, A., Morales, J., Sinito, A., Preliminary paleomagnetic survey of Cretaceous
dykes from Eastern Paraguay, 4 th Bienal Latinmag Meeting 2015, Nov. 23–27, Sao Paulo, Brasil
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F. and Hirt, A., Archeointensities directions of central European
artifacts from Holocene AGU 2013, San Francisco, USA, 9–13 December, 2013
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F. and Hirt, A., Geomagnetic field reconstruction during the mid-
Holocene using burned anthropogenic archaeological artifacts from central Europe, CH-QUAT
Annual Meeting, Basel, Switzerland, 26 January, 2013
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F. and Hirt, A., Geomagnetic field reconstruction during the mid-

Holocene using burned anthropogenic archaeological artifacts from central Europe, 13th
Symposium of SEDI, Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior (SEDI), Leeds, United Kingdom, 1 – 6
July, 2012
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F. and Hirt, A., Rock- and archeomagnetic study on central European
artifacts for characterizing the geomagnetic field evolution during mid-Holocene, 9th Swiss
Geosciences Meeting (SGM), Zurich, Switzerland, 9 – 11 November, 2011
+ Kapper, K.L., Donadini, F. and Hirt, A., Rock- and archeomagnetic characterization of burnt
sediments to investigate geomagnetic field evolution during the mid-Holocene, European
Geosciences Union (EGU), Vienna, Austria, 3 – 8 April, 2011
+ Kapper, K.L., Truhetz, H. and Gobiet, A., Determination of the effective resolution of regional
climate models, ESA Summerschool on Earth Observation, Frascati, Italy, 2 –13 August, 2010
+ Kapper, K.L., Truhetz, H. and Gobiet, A., Determination of the effective resolution by spectral
analysis, European Geosciences Union (EGU), Vienna, Austria, 2 – 7 May, 2010
+ Kapper, K.L., Truhetz, H. and Gobiet, A., Determination of the effective resolution of regional
climate models, 11th Climate Day, Vienna, Austria, 11 – 12 March, 2010

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