Dr.Sakonvan Chawchai

Geochemistry and Paleoclimate

Email Sakonvan.C@chula.ac.th, sakonvan.chawchai@geo.su.se


  • PhD Geological Sciences, Stockholm University (2014)
  • Dipl.-Min. Diplommineraloge/-in, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany (2009)
  • BSc Geology, Chulalongkorn University (2006)

Research collaboration

Speleothem Research Group

High-precision mass spectrometry and environment change lab (HISPEC)

List of Publications


  • Chawchai, S., Liu, G., Bissen, R., Jankham, K., Paisonjumlongsri, W., Kanjanapayont, K., Chutakositkanon, V., Choowong, M., Pailoplee, S. & Wang, X., 2018. Stalagmites from western Thailand: preliminary investigations and challenges for palaeoenvironmental research, Boreas, Vol. 47, 367–376.


  • Dubois, N., Saulnier-Talbot, E’., Mills, K., Geii, P. Battarbee, R., Bennion, H., Chawchai, S., et al., 2017. First human impacts and responses of aquatic systems: a review of palaeolimnological records from around the world” The Anthropocene Review, p.2053019617740365.
  • Yamoah, K.K.A., Higham, C., Wohlfarth, B., Chabangborn, A., Chawchai, S., Schenk, F., Smittenberg, R., 2017. Societal response to monsoonal fluctuations in NE Thailand during the demise of Angkor Civilisation. The Holocene, Vol 27, Issue 10, 1455 – 1464.


  • Chawchai, S., Kylander, M., Chabangborn, A., Löwemark, L., Wohlfarth, B., 2016. Testing commonly used XRF core scanning based proxies for organic rich lake sediments and peat. Boreas. Vol. 45, Issue 1, 180–189.
  • Chawchai, S.,Yamoah, K., Smittenberg, R.,  Kurkela, J., Väliranta, M., Chabangborn, A., Blaauw, M., Fritz, S.C., Reimer, P., Wohlfarth,B., 2016.  Lake Kumphawapi revisited – The complex climatic and environmental record of a tropical wetland in NE Thailand. The Holocene. Vol. 26 no. 4, 614-626.
  • Yamoah, K.K.A., Chabangborn, A., Chawchai, S., Schenk, F., Smittenberg, R., Wohlfarth, B., 2016. A 2000-year leaf wax-based hydrogen isotope record from Southeast Asia suggests low frequency ENSO-like teleconnections on a sub-millenial timescale. Quaternary Science Reviews. Vol. 148, 44–53.
  • Wohlfarth, B., Higham, C., Yamoah, K.A., Chabangborn, A., Chawchai, S. and Smittenberg, R.H., 2016. Human adaptation to mid-to late-Holocene climate change in Northeast Thailand. The Holocene, p.0959683616645947.
  • Yamoah, K.K., Chabangborn, A., Chawchai, S., Väliranta, M., Wohlfarth, B. and Smittenberg, R.H., 2016. Large variability in n-alkane δ13 C values in Lake Pa Kho (Thailand) driven by wetland wetness and aquatic productivity. Organic Geochemistry, 97, pp.53-60.


  • Chawchai, S., Chabangborn, A., Fritz, S.C., Väliranta, M., Mörth, C-M., Blaauw, M., Reimer, P. J., Krusic, P. J., Löwemark, L., Wohlfarth, B., 2015. Hydroclimatic shifts in northeast Thailand during the last two millennia – the record of Lake Pa Kho. Quaternary Science Reviews 111, 62-71. [IF: 5.463] (Corr) (ISI) (SCI)


  • Chawchai, S., Chabangborn, A., Kylander, M., Löwemark, L., Mörth, C-M., Blaauw, M., Klubseang, W., Reimer, P.J., Fritz, S.C., Wohlfarth, B., 2013. Lake Kumphawapi – an archive of Holocene paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic changes in northeast Thailand. Quaternary Science Reviews 68, 59–75.


  • Wohlfarth, B., Klubseang, W., Inthongkaew, S., Fritz, S.C., Blaauw, M., Reimer, P.J., Chabangborn, A., Löwemark, L., Chawchai, S., 2012. Holocene environmental changes in northeast Thailand as reconstructed from a tropical wetland. Global and Planetary Change 92-93, 148-161.


  • Giere, R., Chawchai, S., Danilewsky, A., 2009. Mineralogical composition and weathering of the Sulzburg antimony deposit, Black forest. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 7, p. 330.

National Reports

  • Chawchai, S., Chabangborn, A., Kylander, M., Löwemark, L., Mörth, C-M., Blaauw, M., Klubseang, W., Reimer, P.J., Fritz, S.C., Wohlfarth, B., The Holocene climate history of Lake Kumphawapi (Report in Thai), 2012. The National Research Council of Thailand


Excursion Reports

Löwemark, L. & Chawchai, S., 2010. Cave Reconnaissance in Southern Thailand http://www.thailandcaves.shepton.org.uk/cave-bibliography


Conference presentations

  • The record of Lake Pa Kho: Hydroclimatic shifts in northeast Thailand during the last two millennia at XIX INQUA congress “Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilization” in Nagoya, Japan, 26 July – 2 August, 2015, Oral presentation.
  • Asian summer monsoon variability during the last two millennia at The European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU 2014) in Vienna, Austria, 27 April – 02 May 2014. Poster presentation
  • Monsoon variations in northeast Thailand during the last 2000 years at the INQUA Early Career Researcher Inter-congress meeting, Wollongong, Australia, 2-6 December 2013. Oral presentation.
  • Last 2000 years of environmental changes in Lake Pa Kho, Northeast Thailand at the PAGES 4th Open Science Meeting (OSM) in Goa, India, 13-16 February 2013. Poster presentation.
  • The Holocene climate history of Lake Kumphawapi northeast Thailand at CELL-50k workshop “Celibrating Environmental Leads and Lags Over the Last 50 kyr”, Budapest, Hungary, 12-15 November 2012, Oral presentation.
  • The Thailand Paleo-Monsoon Project at the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS 2011) conference, in Taipei, Taiwan, 8-12 August 2011. Poster presentation.
  • A biogenic silica record from Lake Kumphawapi, a tropical wetland in northeastern Thailand at the “5th Isotopes in Biogenic silica Meeting (Ibis 2011)”, University of Antwerp, Belgium, 4-6 April 2011. Poster presentation.
  • Mineralogical composition and weathering of the Sulzburg antimony deposit, Black forest at Portland Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, USA, 18-21 October 2009, Poster presentation.
  • Mineralogy and alteration of Sb deposits in the Black Forest, Master thesis presentation on the occasion of “Tag der Forschung on 10 July 2009” of the Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Geosciences, University of Freiburg, Germany, 10 July 2009, Oral presentation with Poster prize awards.