Major research interests

  • 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.

  • Cenozoic snails
    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).

 


Our academic staff and their research focuses

Prof. Dr. Frank Riedel
Scientific research:

  • Environmental Change
  • Ancient Lakes
  • Molluscs

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder
Scientific research:

  • 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


Prof. Dr. Helmut Keupp

Prof. Dr. Helmut Keupp
Scientific research:

  • Invertebraten
  • Mikropaläontologie des Meso-Känozoikum (Coccolithen, kalkige Dinoflagellaten)
  • Cephalopoden des Phanerozoikum (Schwerpunkt Ammoniten)
  • Riffbildende Organismen des Meso-Känozoikum (Schwämme und mikrobielle Karbonatkruste)
  • Evolutionsökologie
  • Marine Paläoökologie
  • Biostratigraphie (Nannoplankton)
  • Geochemie (Stabile Isotopen)
  • Sedimentologie (Fazies-Analyse)
  • Biologische Methoden (DNA-Analyse, Biosystems Interactions)

Dr. Georg Heiss

Dr. Georg Heiss
Scientific research:

  • 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
  • Paleoceanography
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleoecology
  • Sedimentology

Prof. Dr. Pavel E. Tarasov
Scientific research:

  • Climate Reconstruction
  • Vegetation
  • Palynology
  • Pollen Analysis
  • Arctic
  • Climate Change
  • Climatology
  • Geochemistry
  • Palaeoclimate
  • Paleoclimate
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Polar Research
  • Quaternary


Dieter Demske

Dr. Dieter Demske
Scientific research:

  • Paläobotanik
  • Pollenanalyse


Theo Engeser

Dr. Theo Engeser
Scientific research:

  • Mollusca
  • Cephalopoda
  • Biodiversität
  • Evolution
  • Invertebraten-Taxonomie
  • Paläobiogeographie
  • Invertebraten (Phanerozoikum)

Joachim Gründel

Dr. habil Joachim Gründel
Scientific research:

  • Jura - Gastropoden (Taxonomie, Philogenie, Paläogeographie)

Dr. Manja Hethke
Scientific research:

  • A multiproxy approach to studying lake ecosystems in the Mesozoic

Jens Kirstein
Scientific research:

  • Sedimentology
  • Carbonate Weathering (Carbon Cycle)
  • Anthropocene Research (Geofluxes)

PD Dr. Annette Kossler

PD Dr. Annette Kossler
Scientific research:

  • Quaternary Geosciences
  • Freshwater organisms (molluscs, ostracods, diatoms, chironomids etc.)
  • Karpology (seeds & fruits, plant macrofossils)
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Environmental reconstructions

Christian Leipe

Dr. Christian Leipe
Scientific research:

  • Palynological studies in order to reconstruct palaeovegetation and to understand monsoon variabilities during the Holocene in northwestern India. This task is conducted as part of the DFG Research Unit "Himalayas: Modern and Past Climates (HIMPAC)"

Dr. Tengwen Long
Scientific research

  • Understanding past environmental change and human-environment interactions using palaeoecological methods
  • Application of GIS and statistical methods in Earth science
  • Human ecology, palaeoethnobotany, and geographical links in Neolithic and Bronze-age Eurasia

Carolina Müller
Scientific research:

      • environmental and climate change
      • Holoceneclimate- and human-induced vegetation cover fluctuations in central and southern China

Gregor Radtke
Scientific research:

  • palaeobiology of ammonoids
  • ultrastructural investigations of the ammonoid shell and its phylogenetic implications

Mathias Ricking
Scientific research

  • Development of sampling equipment for water, porewater and sediment samples
  • Analysis of environmental samples from point and diffuse sources for organic and inorganic compounds, contaminant identification in combination with ecotoxicological analysis, ecological risk assessment
  • Analysis of marine microplastics within the Expedition-MED and MP in urban ecosystems

Mareike Schmidt
Scientific research:

  • palaeobiology of ammonoids
  • ultrastructural investigations of the ammonoid shell and its phylogenetic implications

Dr. Ulla Schudack

Dr. Ulla Schudack
Scientific research:

  • Mikropaläontologie (Ostracoda)
  • Biogeographie
  • Biodiversität
  • Biostratigraphie
  • Jura und Kreide
  • Paläoökologie
  • Systematik

Franziska Slotta

Franziska Slotta
Scientific research:

  • Dendrochronologie
  • Dendroklimatologie


Dr. Michael Steiner

Dr. Michael Steiner
Scientific research:

  • Mikrofossilien
  • Paläozoikum
  • Kambrium
  • Präkambrium
  • Invertebraten
  • Algen
  • Mikroben
  • Taphonomie
  • Fossil-Lagerstätten
  • fossile Embryos


Dr. Jens Zinke
Scientific research:

  • Geochemical proxies in coral carbonate
  • Indian Ocean climate change
  • Global climate teleconnections
  • Human impact on coral reefs
  • Coral Reefs and Climate Change