Since 2000, Damaris Nübling has been Professor of historical linguistics of German at the JGU, since 2015 member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz and since 2019 an executive board member of the Association for the German Language (GfdS). She is an expert in historical and contrastive linguistics, language change, gender linguistics and name research (onomastics).
In her research, she systematically develops the linguistic properties of names and always takes the cultural and socio-historical significance of the observations into account. Thus she has contributed to a tremendous development of the field of onomastics in recent years. Her book "Namen" (Names) has become a standard work in research and teaching. She has led several large externally funded projects, including the "Digital Dictionary of Surnames in Germany (DFD)" and the recently completed long-term project "Atlas of German Family Names (DFA)". Within the course of her GRC fellowship she will build on the latter and discuss the most important results of the previous seven volumes in a final volume "Kleiner Deutscher Familiennamenatlas – Entstehung, Bedeutung und Verbreitung der Familiennamen" (Small Atlas of German Family Names – Origin, Meaning and Distribution of Family Names).