Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder

Reinhold Leinfelder

Geologische Wissenschaften

Fachrichtung Paläontologie


Address Malteserstrasse 74-100 - Haus C
Room C.116
D-12249 Berlin
Telephone +49(0)30 838 70285
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  • Year and Place of Birth: 1957 in Augsburg (Bavaria, Germany)
  • Nationality: German
  • High-School Graduation: Abitur, St. Anna Gymnasium, Augsburg, Fall 1975
  • Diploma-Degree: Dec. 1980: course Geology and Paleontology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (academic teachers: Profs. Herm, Hagn, Schmidt-Kittler, Fürsich, Fahlbusch, Klaus Schmidt, Huckenholz, Jagodzinski, Autrum, Bechstädt, E. Flügel and others).

    Academic Career and Affiliations

  • Spring 1981 - Autumn 1989: research fellow, post-doc, scientific assistant (~equiv. Assistant Professor) at the Institut für Geowissenschaften (Paläontologie) at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz;

    - May 1985: doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) (with "scl") at the University of Mainz
    - May 1989: Habilitation degree and venia legendi for subjects Geology and Paleontology at the University of Mainz

  • October 1989 -September 1998 University Professor (~equiv. Associate Professor) of Geology and Paleontology at the Institute of Geology und Paleontology at the University of Stuttgart (successor of Prof. Dr. Otto Geyer)

    - Chair of Examinations Board
    - Dean of Study Affairs

  • October 1998 - December 2005:

    - Full Professor, Chair of Paleontology and Historical Geology (successor of Prof. Dr. Dietrich Herm)
    - Director of Institute of Paleontology and Historical Geology (since April 2002 Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Paleontology)of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University München),
    - Director of Bavarian State Collections of Paleontology and Geology; Director of Paleontological Museum Munich, Director of Geological Museum Munich
    - Dean of Study Affairs of Geoscience Faculty at LMU (1999-2003)
  • Since 1999: Curatory member of the Werner-and-Inge-Grüter Foundation, since 2009 Vice-Chair.
  • August 2002 - December 2005: Founding member and Speaker of GeoBio-Center at LMU, Munich. (
  • August 2003 - December 2005: General Director of the Bavarian Natural History Collections (
  • September 2004 - December 2005: member of managing board of GeoZentrum LMU/TUM
  • Since 2006: Curatory member of Deutsches Museum, Munich
  • Since Jan. 2008: Corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Science (see here or here)
  • Since June 2011: Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the LMU

  • January 2006 - Dec. 2010: Director General and Professor, Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History), Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University, Berlin (
  • January 2006 - March 2011: Full Professor, chair of Invertebrate Palaeontology and Geobiology at the Humboldt-University (on leave for museum position from Jan 2006-Dec 2010).
  • January 2007 - Spring 2011: Member of the Board of Landesmuseumsverband Berlin
  • Jan 2012-Dec. 2014: Project Co-Leader and Steering Board Member of The Anthropocene Project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2013/2014
  • Since April 2012: Full Professor, chair of Invertebrate Palaeontology and Geobiology, Working Group Geobiology and Anthropocene Research, Institute of Geological Sciences, Free University, Berlin.
  • Since May 2012: Member of Expert Advisory Council for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management of the State of Berlin.
  • Sep. 2014 - 15. Sep. 2016: Founding Director of "Haus der Zukunft/Futurium gGmbH" Berlin
  • Since Sept 2012: Principal Investigator of Excellency Cluster "Image - Knowledge – Gestaltung – an Interdisciplinary Laboatory", Humboldt-University Berlin.
  • Since 2013: Active Member of the Working Group of the 'Anthropocene', International Commission on Stratigraphy, International Union of Geoscientists

Full program of lectures and courses, encompassing Earth history, Stratigraphy, Invertebrate palaeontology, geobiology, and sedimentology as well as science communication; current emphasis is on evolution, present state and futures of reef ecosystems, evolution o the Earth System, the Anthropocene, and new methods of science communication.

See also B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geological Sciences curriculae available via the FU Berlin homepage.

  • 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

Selected papers (in reverse chronological order)

(for full list of science and outreach papers, other outreach activities, media contribution, list of talks etc. see )

  • Leinfelder, R. (2018, in press): Using the state of reefs for Anthropocene stratigraphy: an ecostratigraphic approach. In: Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C., Williams, M. & Summerhayes, C. (eds), The Anthropocene as a geological time unit: an analysis, Cambridge University Press.
  • Leinfelder, R. & Ivar do Sul, J. (2018, in press): The stratigraphy of plastics and their preservation in geological records. In: Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C., Williams, M. & Summerhayes, C. (eds), The Anthropocene as a geological time unit: an analysis, Cambridge University Press.
  • Leinfelder, R. (2018, in press): Nachhaltigkeitsbildung im Anthropozän - Herausforderungen und Anregungen. In: LernortLabor - Bundesverband der Schülerlabore e.V. (Hrsg), Nachhaltigkeitsbildung in Schülerlaboren, S. XX-XX, Berlin
  • Waters, C. N., Zalasiewicz, J., Summerhayes, C., Fairchild, I.J., Rose, N.L., Loader, N.J., Shotyk, W., Cearreta, A., Head, M.J., Syvitski, J.P.M., Williams, M., Wagreich, M., Barnosky, A.D., Zhisheng, A., Leinfelder, R., Jeandel, C., Gałuszka, A., Ivar do Sul, J.A., Gradstein, F., Steffen, W., McNeill, J.R., Wing, S., Poirier, C.& Edgeworth, M. (in press for 2018, 2017 online first): Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the Anthropocene Series: Where and how to look for potential candidates. Earth Science Reviews.  DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.12.016
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., Summerhayes, C.P., Wolfe, A.P., Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Crutzen, P., Ellis, E., Fairchild, I.J., Galuszka, A., Haff, P., Hajdas, I., Head, M.J., Ivar du Sul, J.A.A., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J.R., Neal, C., Odada, E., Oreskes, N., Steffen, W., Syvitski, J., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M. & Williams, M. (2017): The Working Group on the Anthropocene: Summary of evidence and interim recommendations.- Anthropocene doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2017.09.001
  • Ripple, W.J., Wolf, C., Newsome, T.M., Galetti, M., Alamgir, M., Crist, E., Mahmoud, M.I., Laurance, W.F., and 15,364 scientist signatories (incl. R. Leinfelder) from 184 countries (2017): World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice. BioScience, bix125, doi: 10.1093/biosci/bix125
  • Krausse, J., Leinfelder, R. & von Mende, J. (2017): The Anthropocene Kitchen. In: Culinary Turn. Aesthetic Practice of Cookery. Ed. by Nicolaj van der Meulen und Jörg Wiesel, pp. 39-46, Bielefeld (Transcript), open access eBook:
  • Leinfelder, R. (2017): Das Zeitalter des Anthropozäns und die Notwendigkeit der großen Transformation - Welche Rollen spielen Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht? - Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht (ZUR), 28, 5, 259-266, Nomos.
  • Leinfelder, R. (2017): "Die Erde wie eine Stiftung behandeln" - Ressourcenschutz und Rohstoffeffizienz im Anthropozän. In: DWA-BW (ed), Tagungsband 2017, Im Dialog: Phosphor-Rückgewinnung: 3. Kongress Phosphor - Ein kritischer Rohstoff mit Zukunft, pp. 11-25, Stuttgart (, download via
  • Leinfelder, R. (2017): Rohstoffmanagement im Anthropozän – Das Beispiel der Phosphate.-18 Abb., SciLogs, Der Anthropozäniker, pdf-Version (24 pp): DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34328.29447
    (Note: this paper represents an extended and fully illustrated online version of paper 159).
  • Leinfelder, R., Hamann, A., Kirstein, J. & Schleunitz, M. (eds.) (2017): Science meets Comics.- Proceedings of the Symposium on Communicating and Designing the Future of Food in the Anthropocene. With contributions by Jaqueline Berndt, Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann, Toni Meier, Veronika Mischitz, Stephan Packard, Lukas Plank, Nick Sousanis, Katerina Teaiwa, Arnold van Huis, and the editors. 117 pp, Berlin (Ch. Bachmann publ.) (4 April 2017), Print + open access ebook: doi: 10.5281/zenodo.556383
  • Hamann, A., Baganz, C.R., Kirstein, J., Schleunitz, M.-A., Habermann, T. & Leinfelder, R. (2017): Mehlwurmburger oder vegane Eier? Essen im Anthropozän. Lehrerhandreichung zum Sachcomic Die Anthropozän-Küche. Matooke, Bienenstich und eine Prise Phosphor – in zehn Speisen um die Welt, 108 S., mit Illustrationen von Riikka Laakso, Faezeh Shakoori Dizaji. Emil Sommerfeldt &Jay Daniel Wright. Berlin (mint wissen Verlag), 110 S., Berlin (Mint Wissen Verlag), ISBN 978-3-946979-02-9 . Online pdf-version via
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., Wolfe,
 A.P, Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M.,
 Erle C. Ellis, Fairchild, I.J., Felix M. Gradstein, Grinevald, J., Haff, P., Head, M.J., Var do Sul, J., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J.R., Oreskes, N.,
 Poirier, C., Revkin, A., , Richter deB.D.Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Syvitski, J.P.M., Vidas, D.,
 Wagreich, M., Wing, S., & Williams, M. (2017, in press): Making the case for a formal Anthropocene Epoch: an analysis of ongoing critiques.- Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 50(2), 205-226, Online First DOI: 10.1127/nos/2017/0385 22 Mrch 2017.
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Steffen, W., Leinfelder, R., Williams, M. & Waters, C.N. (2017): Petrifying earth processes.- In: Clark, Nigel (ed), Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene. Theory, Culture & Society (Sage Journals), Online first 13.2.2017, 0-20 pp, DOI: 10.1177/0263276417690587
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Williams, M., Waters, C.N., Barnosky, A.D., Palmesino, J., Rönnskog, A.-S., Edgeworth, M., Neal, C., Cearreta, A., Ellis, E.C., Grinevald, J., Haff, P., Ivar do Sul, J.A., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J.R., Odada, E., Oreskes, N., Price, S.J., Revkin, A., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Vidas, D., Wing, S., Wolfe, A.P. (2016, online first): Scale and diversity of the physical technosphere: A geological perspective.- The Anthropocene Review, 1-14, doi:10.1177/2053019616677743 (printed version ca. May 2017).
  • Steffen, W.; Leinfelder, R., Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., Williams, M., Summerhayes, C., Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Crutzen, P., Edgeworth, M., Ellis, E.C., Ian J Fairchild, Galuszka, A., Grinevald, J., Haywood, A., Ivar do Sul, J.A., Jeandel, C., McNeill, J.R., Odada, E., Oreskes, N., Revkin, A., Richter, D. deB., Syvitski, J.P.M., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M., Scott L Wing, Wolfe, A.P.& Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber (2016): Stratigraphic and Earth System Approaches to Defining the Anthropocene.- Earth's Future, 4 (8), 324-345, DOI:10.1002/2016EF000379 (publ. Jul 20, 2016)
  • Williams, M., Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C. N., Edgeworth, M., Bennett, C., Barnosky, A. D., Ellis, E.C., Ellis, M. A., Cearreta, A., Haff, P. K., Ivar do Sul, J. A., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J. R., Odada, E., Oreskes, N., Revkin, A., Richter, D. deB., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Syvitski, J. P., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M., Wing, S. L., Wolfe, A. P. & Zhisheng, A. (2016): The Anthropocene: a conspicuous stratigraphical signal of anthropogenic changes in production and consumption across the biosphere.- Earth’s Future, 4, 34-53 (Wiley) doi: 10.1002/2015EF000339
  • Leinfelder, R., Hamann, A., Kirstein, J. & Schleunitz, M. (eds.)(2016): Eating Anthropocene. Curd Rice, Bienenstich and a Pinch of Phosphorus – Around the World in Ten Dishes.- Illustrated by Illustratoren José Aguiar, Sarnath Banerjee, Zineb Benjelloun, Joëlle Ebongue, Martin Ernstsen, Sophie Goldstein, Samuel Jaramillo, Sylvain Mazas, Ulrich Scheel, Maki Shimizu, Ruohan Wang, Martyna Žalalytė, translated by Julie Hadedorn & Jonathan Lutes,248 p., Springer-Verlag (Berlin, Heidelberg). ISBN 978-3-662-50402-4
  • Leinfelder, R. (2016) Das Haus der Zukunft (Berlin) als Ort der Partizipation.- In: Popp, R., Fischer, N., Heiskanen-Schüttler, M., Holz, J. & Uhl, A. (ed.), Einblicke, Ausblicke, Weitblicke. Aktuelle Perspektiven der Zukunftsforschung, S. 74-93, Berlin, Wien etc. (LIT-Verlag), ISBN 978-3-643-90663-2
  • Leinfelder, R. & Haum,R. (2016): Die Reise ins Anthropozän.- In: Sommer, Jörg & Müller, Matthias (Hrsg.), Unter 2 Grad? Was der Weltklimavertrag wirklich bringt, 133-141, Stuttgart (Hirzel-Verlag, 320 S.).
  • Leinfelder, R. & Haum, R. (2016): Ozeane.- In: Kersten, J. (ed): Inwastement. Abfall in Umwelt und Gesellschaft. S. 153-179. Transcript-Verlag, Bielefeld. ISBN 978-3-8376-3050-3 (print), ISBN 978-3-8394-3050-7 (ebook; DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4525.4160 )
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., Var do Sul, J., Corcoran, P.L., Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M., Gałuszka, A., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., J.R. McNeill, Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Wagreich, M., Williams, M., Wolfe, A.P., & Yonan, Y. (2016): The geological cycle of plastics and their use as a stratigraphic indicator of the Anthropocene.- Anthropocene, 13, 4–17, (Elsevier)
  • Waters, C.N., Zalasiewicz, J., Summerhayes, C., Barnosky, A.D., Poirier, V., Galuszka, A., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M., Ellis, E.C., Ellis, M., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., J. R. McNeill, Richter, D. deB., Steffen, W., Syvitski, J., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M., Williams, M., Zhisheng, A., Grinevald, J., Odada, E., Oreskes, N. & Wolfe, A.P. (2016): The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene.- Science, 8 January 2016: Vol. 351 no. 6269 DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2622
  • Leinfelder, R. (2015): „Wir haben die Verantwortung, den Schaden wieder gutzumachen“ (Interview). In: Der Menschenplanet. Aufbruch ins Anthropozän. Sonderbroschüre der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, S. 9-10. (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5093.8967)
  • Leinfelder, R. & Zinfert, M. (2015): Zukunftsbilder - Unsichtbare sichtbar machen. In: Zechlin, R. (ed), Wie leben? Zukunftsbilder von Malewitsch bis Fujimoto, (Wilhelm Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen), S. 16-29, (also in english: Images of the Future. Making the Invisible Visible), Wienand-Verlag,ISBN 978-3-86832-303-0 ,  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4558.7288
  • Leinfelder, R., Hamann, A. & Kirstein, J. (2015): Wissenschaftliche Sachcomics: Multimodale Bildsprache, partizipative Wissensgenerierung und raumzeitliche Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten.- in: Bredekamp, H. & Schäffner, W. (Hrsg.)(2015): Haare hören - Strukturen wissen - Räume agieren. Berichte aus dem Interdisziplinären Labor Bild-Wissen-Gestaltung, S. 45-59, Bielefeld (transcript-Verlag). ISBN 978-3-8376-3272-9. Op.Acc:
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M., Ellis, E.C., Galuszka, A., Gibbard, P.L., Grinevald, J., Hajdas, I., Var do Sul, J., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J.R., Poirier, C., Revkin, A., Richter, D. deB., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Syvitski, J.P.M., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M., Williams, M. & Wolfe, A.P.(2015): Colonization of the Americas, ‘Little Ice Age’ climate, and bomb- produced carbon: Their role in defining the Anthropocene.- The Anthropocene Review, August 2015 2: 117-127, first published on May 29, 2015 doi:10.1177/2053019615587056
  • Zalasiewicz, J., also on behalf of Waters, C.N., Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M., Ellis, E.C., Galuszka, A., Gibbard, P.L., Grinevald, J., Hajdas, I., Var do Sul, J., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J.R., Poirier, C., Revkin, A., Richter, D. deB., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Syvitski, J.P.M., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M., Williams, M. & Wolfe, A.P.(2015): Disputed start dates for the Anthropocene.- Nature, 520, p. 436, (23 April 2015), doi:10.1038/520436b
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., Williams, M., Barnosky, A.D., Cerreata, A., Crutzen, P., Ellis, E., Ellis, M.E., Fairchild, I.J., Grinevald, J., Haff, P.K., Hajdas, I., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J., Odada, E.O., Poirier, C., Richter, D., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Syvitski, J.P.M., Vidas, D., Wagreich, M., Wing, S.L., Wolfe, A.P., An, Zisheng & Oreskes, N. (2015): When did the Anthropocene begin? A mid-twentieth century boundary is stratigraphically optimal. Quaternary International, 383 (2015), 196-203.
    Online first 12.1.2015,
  • Leinfelder, R. (2015): »Die Zukunft war früher auch besser« Neue Herausforderungen für die Wissenschaft und ihre Kommunikation. In: Möllers, N., Schwägerl, C. & Trischler, H.(eds), Willkommen im Anthropozän. Unsere Verantwortung für die Zukunft der Erde, S. 96-102, Deutsches Museum Verlag, München.
  • Schwägerl, C. & Leinfelder, R. (2014): Die menschgemachte Erde.- Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, 5 (2), 233-240, Weimar.
  • Leinfelder, R. (2014): Das Haus der Zukunft (Berlin) als Ort der Partizipation.- Der Anthropozäniker, SciLogs, Spektrum der Wissenschaften-Verlag (20 S., 24 Abb.), (pdf-Version) DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2720.5920
  • Hamann, A., Leinfelder, R., Trischler, H. & Wagenbreth, H. (Hrsg)(2014): Anthropozän. 30 Meilensteine auf dem Weg in ein neues Erzeitalter. Eine Comic-Anthologie. In Kooperation mit einer Illustratorenklasse der Universität der Künste Berlin. 80 S. Verlag Deutsches Museum, München. ISBN 978-3-940396-45-7, €14,95
  • EASAC WG Sustainable Biofuels (Tegnér, L., Báldi, A., Beschkov, V., Drenckhahn, D., Gaberscik, Glatzel, G., Halada, L, Kampars, V., Leinfelder, R., Michiels, L., Morgante, M., Nedbal, L., Ozolincius, R., Raila, A., Thauer, R., Holmes, J. & Murlis, J.)(2013): The current status of biofuels in the European Union, their environmental impacts and future prospects. 37 p. EASAC policy report 19. European Academies of Science Advisory Council, Halle.
    Auch online unter
  • Leinfelder, R. R. (2013): Ausblick: Darwins Erbe für die Zukunft, in: Wrede, P. & WREDE, S. (eds), Charles Darwin Die Entstehung der Arten, kommentierte und illustrierte Ausgabe, S. 538-545, Weinheim (Wiley-VCH Verlag)
  • Hamann, A., Zea-Schmidt, C., Leinfelder, R. (Hrsg.) (2013): Die Große Transformation. Klima – Kriegen wir die Kurve? Graphic Interviews mit dem WBGU (Graphik Hartmann, J., Hülsmann, J., Nippoldt, R. et al.; in Kooperation mit dem WBGU), 144 S., Verlag Jacoby & Stuart, Berlin) Webseite zum Buch:
  • Berry, K.L.E., Seemann, J., Dellwig, O.,  Struck, U., Wild, C. & Leinfelder, R.R. (2013): Sources and spatial distribution of heavy metals in scleractinian coral tissues and sediments from the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-013-3238-8 (published online first May 2013).
  • Leinfelder, R. (2013): Assuming Responsibility for the Anthropocene: Challenges and Opportunities in Education.- In: Trischler, H. (ed.), Anthropocene - Envisioning the Future of the Age of Humans, RCC-Perspectives, 2/2013, 9-18, Rachel Carson Center, Munich. Auch online via
  • Leinfelder, R. (2013): Verantwortung für das Anthropozän übernehmen. Ein Auftrag für neuartige Bildungskonzepte. In: Vogt, M., Ostheimer, J. & Uekötter, F. (Hg), Wo steht die Umweltethik? Argumentationsmuster im Wandel.- Beiträge zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, Bd. 5., S. 283-311, Metropolis Verlag, Marburg.
  • WBGU (Schellnhuber, H.J., Messner, D., Leggewie, C., Leinfelder, R., Nakicenovic, N., Rahmstorf, S., Schlacke, S., Schmid, J. & Schubert, R.)(2013): World in Transition – Governing the Marine Heritage.- Flagship Report, German Advisory Council on Global Change, 362 p. (WBGU Berlin). Also online via
  • Leinfelder, R.R., Seemann, J., Heiss, G.A., & Struck, U. (2012): Could ‘Ecosystem Atavisms’ Help Reefs to Adapt to the Anthropocene?- Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 9-13 July 2012 2B Coral reefs: is the past the key to the future? Online publication: or
  • Seemann, J., Carballo-Bolaños, R., Berry, K.L., González, C.T., Richter, C. & Leinfelder, R.R. (2012): Importance of heterotrophic adaptations of corals to maintain energy reserves.- Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 9-13 July 2012 19A Human impacts on coral reef. Online Publication: or
  • Leinfelder, R. (2012): Paul Joseph Crutzen, The „Anthropocene.- In: Leggewie, C., Zifonun, D., Lang, A., Siepmann, M. & Hoppen, J. (Hg.), Schlüsselwerke der Kulturwissenschaften, Edition Kulturwissenschaft, Band 7, S. 257-260. Transscript-Verlag, Bielefeld.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (2012): Darwin, Biodiversität und dann? - In: Die Themen und Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts im Kontext der Naturkundemuseen, Natur im Museum, Mitteilungen der Fachgruppe Naturwissenschaftliche Museen im Deutschen Museumsbund, 2/2012, S. 58-72, Berlin (Deutscher Museumsbund).
  • Graf, B., Leinfelder, R. & Trischler, H. (2012): Forschen: Museen als Orte des Wissensproduktion.- In: Graf, B. & Rodekamp, V. (eds): Museen zwischen Qualität und Relevanz. Denkschrift zur Lage der Museen, S. 103-114, Berliner Schriften zur Museumsforschung, Band 30, Berlin (G+H Verlag).
  • Leinfelder, R. & Xylander, W.E.R. (2012): Naturwissenschaftliche Museen und Museen für Naturkunde.- In: Graf, B. & Rodekamp, V. (eds): Museen zwischen Qualität und Relevanz. Denkschrift zur Lage der Museen, S. 357-366, Berliner Schriften zur Museumsforschung, Band 30, Berlin (G+H Verlag).
  • WBGU (Schellnhuber, H.J., Messner, D., Leggewie, C., Leinfelder, R., Nakicenovic, N., Rahmstorf, S., Schlacke, S., Schmid, J. & Schubert, R.) (2011): World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability.- Flagship Report, German Advisory Councal on Global Change (WBGU), Berlin.
  • Bayrhuber, H., Faber, A. & Leinfelder, R. (eds)(2011): Darwin und kein Ende? Kontroversen zu Evolution und Schöpfung.- 240 S., Seelze (Kallmeier in Verb. mit Klett u. Friedrich Verlag)
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (2010): Vom Handeln zum Wissen – das Museum zum Mitmachen.- In: Damaschun, F., Hackethal, S., Landsberg, H. & Leinfelder, R. (eds.)(2010): Klasse, Ordnung, Art. 200 Jahre Museum für Naturkunde, S. 62-67, Rangsdorf (Basilisken-Presse)
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (2010): Wir sind kein reiner Zufall! Evolution und Kreationismus. In: Gerhardt, V. (ed.): Faszination Leben, S. 125-149. Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum, Paderborn (Wilhelm Fink-Verlag), ISBN 978-3-7705-5032-6)
  • Leinfelder, R. (2009): Palaeontologia Quo Vadis? – Zur Situation und Zukunft der paläontologischen Forschung.- In: Kohring, R. Riedel, F. & Zobel, K. (eds.), Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Helmut Keupp, Berliner paläobiologische Abhandlungen, 10, 229-243, Berlin.
  • WBGU (Schellnhuber, H.J., Messner, D., Leggewie, C., Leinfelder, R., Nakicenovic, N., Rahmstorf, S., Schlacke, S., Schmid, J. & Schubert, R.) (2009): Bioenergy Factsheet.- German Advisory Council on Global Change, Factsheet No. 1/2009, 4 p., Berlin.
  • WBGU (Schellnhuber, H.J., Messner, D., Leggewie, C., Leinfelder, R., Nakicenovic, N., Rahmstorf, S., Schlacke, S., Schmid, J. & Schubert, R.) (2009): Climate Change: Why 2°C? - German Advisory Council on Global Change, Factsheet No. 2/2009, 4 p., Berlin.
  • WBGU (Schellnhuber, H.-J., Messner, D., Leggewie, C., Leinfelder, R.R., Nakicenovic, N., Rahmstorf, S., Schlacke, S., Schmid, J. & Schubert, R.) (2009): Solving the climate dilemma: The budget approach.- Special Report, 58 P., German Advisory Councal on Global Change (WBGU), Berlin. (also available online:
  • Pieńkowski, (G.), Schudack, M.E., Bosák, P., Enay, R., Feldman-Olszewska, A., Golonka, J., Gutowski, J., Herngreen, G.F.W., Jordan, P., Krobicki, M., Lathuiliere, B., Leinfelder, R.R., Michalík, J., Mönnig, E., Noe-Nygaard, N., Pálfy, J., Pint, A., Rasser, M.W., Reisdorf, A.G., Schmid, D.U., Schweigert, G., Surlyk, F., Wetzel, A. & Wong, T.E. (2008): Jurassic. – In: T. McCann (ed.), The Geology of Central Europe, Volume 2 - Mesozoic and Cenozoic, p. 823 – 922, The Geological Society of America.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (2007): Sammeln, Forschen und Vermitteln – Zwischen allen Stühlen oder einmalige Chance? Das Beispiel der großen naturkundlichen Forschungsmuseen in Deutschland.- Museumskunde, 72 (2/07), S. 33-40.
  • Hägele, D., Leinfelder, R., Grau, J., Burmeister, E.-G. & Struck, U. (2006): Oncoids from the river Alz (southern Germany): Tiny ecosystems in a phosphorus-limited environment.- Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 237, 378-995 (Elsevier), and online: doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2005.12.016 (since 6. March 2006), see:
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (2006): Archaeopteryx – the lost evidence.- Science, Letters, 13.4.06, vol. 312, 197-198. (auch online unter
  • Nose, M., Schmid, D.U., Leinfelder, R.R. (2006): Significance of microbialites, calcimicrobes, and calcareous algae in reefal framework formation from the Silurian of Gotland, Sweden.- Sedimentary Geology, 192, 243-265. online: doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2006.04.009
  • Leinfelder, R.R., Schlagintweit, F., Werner, W., Ebli, O., Nose, M., Schmid, D.U. & Hughes, G.W. (2005): Significance of stromatoporoids in Jurassic reefs and carbonate platforms. Concepts and implications., Facies, 51, 287-325. (siehe auch DOI: 10.1007/s10347-005-0055-8)
  • Nose, M., Leinfelder, R.R. & Werner, W. (eds) (2005): Korallen und Stromatoporen des Silur und Devon – Taxonomie und Faziesanalysen ausgewählter mitteleuropäischer Lokalitäten.- Zitteliana, Ser. B., 25, 1-254.
  • Mancini, E.A., Llinás, J.C., Parcell, W.C., Aurell, M., Bádenas, B., Leinfelder, R.R. & Benson, D.J. (2004): Upper Jurassic Thrombolite Reservoir Play, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico.- American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Bull, 88, (11), 1573–1602, Tulsa
  • Zühlke, R. , Bouaouda, M-S. , Ouajhain, B., Bechstädt, T. & Leinfelder , R. (2004): Quantitative Meso-/Cenozoic Development of the Eastern Central Atlantic Continental Shelf, Western High Atlas, Morocco.- Marine and Petroleum Geology, 21, 225-276, Amsterdam.
  • Olivier, N., Hantzpergue, P., Gaillard, C., Pittet, B., Leinfelder, R.R., Schmid, D.U. & Werner, W.W. (2003): Microbialite morphology, structure and growth: a model of the Upper Jurassic reefs of the Chay Peninsula (Western France).- Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 193, 383-404.
  • Leinfelder, R.R., Schmid. D.U., Nose, M. & Werner, W. (2002): Jurassic reef patterns - The expression of a changing globe.- In Flügel, E., Kiessling W. & Golonka, J. (eds), Phanerozoic Reef Patterns, SEPM Sp.P. 72, pp. 465-520, Tulsa.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (2001): Jurassic Reef Ecosystems.- In: Stanley, G.D.jr. (ed), The History and Sedimentology of Ancient Reef Systems, Topics in Geobiology Series, Vol. 17, pp. 251-309, Kluwer/Plenum Press, New York.
  • Schmid, D.U., Leinfelder, R.R. & Nose, M. (2001): Growth dynamics and ecology of Upper Jurassic mounds, with comparisons to Mid-Palaeozoic mounds.- In: Haywick, D. & Kopaska-Merkel, D. (eds.): Carbonate Mudmounds.- Sedimentary Geology, 145, 343-376, Amsterdam.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. & Schmid, D.U. (2000): Mesozoic Reefal Thrombolites and other Microbolites.- In: Riding, R. (ed.): Microbial Sediments, pp. 289-294, .Berlin (Springer).
  • Leinfelder, R.R. & Nose, M. (1999): Increasing complexity - decreasing flexibility. A different perspective of reef evolution through time.- Profil, 17, 135-147, Stuttgart.
  • Baumeister, J.G. & Leinfelder, R.R. (1998): Constructional Morphology of three Upper Jurassic Echinoids. Palaeontology, 41(2), 203-219.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. & Wilson, R.C.L. (1998): Third order Sequences in an Upper Jurassic Rift-Related Second Order Sequence, Central Lusitanian Basin, Portugal. In: Mesozioc-Cenozoic Sequence Stratigraphy of European Basins (P.-C. de Graciansky, J. Hardenbol, T .Jacquin, & P. Vail, eds.), SEPM, Sp. Publ., 60, 507-525, Tulsa
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (1997): Coral reefs and carbonate platforms within a siliciclastic setting: General aspects and examples from the Late Jurassic of Portugal.- Proc. 8th Int. Coral Reef Symp., 2, 1737-1742, Panama City. (Auch online unter
  • Schweigert, G., Seegis, D.B., Fels, A. & Leinfelder, R.R. (1997): New internally structured decapod microcoprolites from Germany (Late Triassic/Early Miocene), Southern Spain (Early/Middle Jurassic) and Portugal (Late Jurassic): Taxonomy, palaeoecology and evolutionary implications.- Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 71, 51-69, Stuttgart.
  • Greb, L, Saric, B., Seyfried, H., Broszonn, T., Brauch, S., Gugau, G., Wiltschko, C. & Leinfelder, R. (1996): Ökologie und Sedimentologie eines rezenten Rampensystems an der Karibikküste von Panamá.- Profil, 10: 1-168, Stuttgart
  • Schmid, D.U. & Leinfelder, R.R. (1996): The Jurassic Lithocodium aggregatum - Troglotella incrustans foraminiferal consortium.-Palaeontology, 39, 21-52, Oxford.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. & Keupp, H. (1995): Upper Jurassic mudmounds: Allochthonous sedimentation versus autochthonous carbonate production.- In: Neuweiler, F. & Reitner, J. (coord.), Mudmounds: A polygenetic spectrum of fine-grained carbonate buildups.- Facies, 32, 17-26, Erlangen.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (1994): Distribution of Jurassic reef types: A mirror of structural and environmental changes during breakup of Pangea.- In: Beauchamp, B., Embry, A.F. & Glass, D. (eds.), Pangea: Global Environments and Resources, Can. Soc. Petrol. Geol., Mem., 17, 677-700, Calgary.
  • Leinfelder, R.R., Krautter, M., Laternser, R., Nose, M., Schmid, D.U., Schweigert, G., Werner, W., Keupp, H., Brugger, H., Herrmann, R., Rehfeld-Kiefer, U., Schroeder, J.H., Reinhold, C., Koch, R., Zeiss, A., Schweizer, V., Christmann, H., Menges, G. & Luterbacher, H.-P. (1994): The origin of Jurassic reefs. Current research developments and results (ed. & coord. Leinfelder, R.R).- Facies, 31, 1-56., Erlangen.
  • Leinfelder, R. R. (1994): Karbonatplattformen und Korallenriffe innerhalb siliziklastischer Sedimentationsbereiche (Oberjura, Lusitanisches Becken, Portugal).- Profil, 6, 1-207, Stuttgart (Inst. Geol. Pal. Univ.).
  • Leinfelder, R.R., Nose, M., Schmid, D.U. & Werner, W. (1993): Microbial crusts of the Late Jurassic: composition, palaeoecological significance and importance in reef construction.- Facies, 29, 195-230 (Spec. vol. "Microbial Carbonates "), Erlangen.
  • Leinfelder, R. & Seyfried, H. (1993): Sea level change - a philosophical approach.- Geol. Rdsch., 82, 159-172, Berlin.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. (1992): A modern-type Kimmeridgian reef (Ota Limestone, Portugal): Implications for Jurassic reef models.- Facies, 26, 11-34, Erlangen.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. & Hartkopf-Fröder, C. (1990): In situ accretion mechanism of concavo-convex lacustrine oncoids ("swallow-nests") from the Oligocene of the Mainz Basin (Rhineland, West Germany).- Sedimentology, 37, 287-301, Oxford.
  • Ellis,P.M., Wilson, R.C.L. & Leinfelder, R.R. (1990): Controls on Upper Jurassic carbonate build-up development in the Lusitanian Basin, Portugal.- Int. Ass. Sediment., Spec. Publ., 9, 169-202, Tulsa.
  • Keupp, H., Koch, R. & Leinfelder, R.R. (1990): Steuerungsprozesse der Entwicklung von Oberjura-Spongiolithen Süddeutschlands: Kenntnisstand, Probleme und Perspektiven.- Facies, 23, 141-174, Erlangen.
  • Leinfelder, R.R. & Wilson, R.C.L. (1989): Seismic and sedimentologic features of Oxfordian - Kimmeridgian syn-rift sediments on the eastern margin of the Lusitanian Basin.- Geol. Rdsch, 78, 81-104, Stuttgart.