Paleobiology of the cephalopods
Our primary focus is on the paleobiology and phylogeny of nautiloids, ammonoids and coleoids [Video: "First observations of a snail-like body pattern in juvenile [Sepia bandensis (Cephalopoda: Sepiidae)]
Calcareous dinoflagellate cysts
We study the phylogeny of "calcispheres" and their contribution to paleo-oceanographic issues.
Ostracods and charophytes
We focus on applied research in the fields of biostratigraphy, biogeography, paleoecology and climatology.
Reef evolution and ecology
Sea-level fluctuations during Earth's history, evolution of Mesozoic marginal basins, formation of microbial carbonate rocks, interdisciplinary Anthropocene studies.
Upper Cretaceous stratigraphy and oceanography
Stratigraphy and paleoecology of Upper Cretaceous shelf seas.
Research on their systematics and phylogeny as well as their application primarily in the context of paleoclimate and human history.
Ancient lakes and climate history
Research on evolution and climate history relating to several ancient lakes (e.g. Lake Baikal) and Early Cenozoic ecosystems in general. Focus on Central Asia (e.g. the Tibetan Plateau) as well as other regions of the Earth. We study many different groups of fossils (but mainly molluscs).
Spores and pollen (palynology)
Reconstruction of Late Quaternary vegetation and climate, focusing on Central Asia and Siberia.
Taphonomy of fossil lagerstätten
We study fossil sites where organisms – including soft parts – are unusually well preserved. The present focus is on the Cambrian of China (Chengjiang).
- Reef Evolution through Time
- Local, Regional and Global Control of Jurassic Reef and Carbonate Platform Growth
- Growth of Modern Reefs in "stressed" settings
- Comparison of Mid-Palaeozoic and Jurassic Reefal and nonreefal benthic communities
- Constructional morphology and taxonomy of invertebrates (corals, echinoids, bivalves etc.)
- Marine and Terrestrial Microbial Systems, Calcareous Algae, enigmatic microorganisms and non-reefal biosedimentology
- Basin analysis of the Jurassic of the Lusitanian Basin, west-central Portugal
- Quantitative Basin Modelling: Factors controlling carbonate ramps and platforms in differing plate tectonic settings
- Progress in Methodologies
- Museology, Pedagogics, Public Understanding of Research
- Crossover of Science and Humanities
- Anthropocene Research - Towards a sustainable use of the World
- Mikropaläontologie des Meso-Känozoikum (Coccolithen, kalkige Dinoflagellaten)
- Cephalopoden des Phanerozoikum (Schwerpunkt Ammoniten)
- Riffbildende Organismen des Meso-Känozoikum (Schwämme und mikrobielle Karbonatkruste)
- Marine Paläoökologie
- Biostratigraphie (Nannoplankton)
- Geochemie (Stabile Isotopen)
- Sedimentologie (Fazies-Analyse)
- Biologische Methoden (DNA-Analyse, Biosystems Interactions)
- Biogeoscience Coral Reefs:
- Use of proxies (growth rates, carbonate production, stable isotopes) in corals to reconstruct environmental change in the Holocene and Anthropocene
- Effects of climate change on reef ecosystems
- Human impact, marine conservation, volunteer involvement in science
- Climate Reconstruction
- Pollen Analysis
- Climate Change
- Polar Research
- Invertebraten (Phanerozoikum)
- Jura - Gastropoden (Taxonomie, Philogenie, Paläogeographie)