Dr. Manja Hethke

Dr. Manja Hethke
Image Credit: Jan Evers

Geologische Wissenschaften

Fachrichtung Paläontologie

Lecturer

Address
Malteserstrasse 74-100, Haus D
Room D.034
D-12249 Berlin

Professional career

  • Current position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2015-2016 Lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2015 Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme (CASP), Cambridge, UK; Project: North Atlantic Margins Evolution (NAME)
  • 2009-2014 University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

 

Education and degrees held

  • 2014 PhD at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
    Thesis: “A multiproxy approach to studying lake ecosystems in the Mesozoic”
  • 2011 Participant of the five-week Paleobiology Database Workshop at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia
  • 2009 German Diploma in Geology and Palaeontology at the University of Würzburg, Germany
    Thesis: “Holocene environments and microfauna of the Pearl River delta, South China: integrated analysis of core PRD 10”
    Mapping thesis: „Geological map of the marginal facies of the Carboniferous to Permian Saar-Nahe-Basin south of Kirn, at the scale 1:10 000“
  • 2008-2014 Fieldwork campaigns in association with Nanjing University in the provinces Liaoning, Gansu, Sichuan and Shaanxi
  • 2007 & 2008 Visiting student researcher at the Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • 2004-2005 School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

Courses

At the Freie Universität Berlin

  • Introduction to Palaeobiology (Allgemeine Paläontologie; ongoing)
  • Invertebrate Palaeobiology (Paläobiologie der wirbellosen Tiere I und II: Porifera, Cnidaria, Arthropoda, Brachiopoda, Mollusca: Bivalvia; ongoing)
  • Microfacies Analysis of Carbonate Rocks (Mikrofazies der Karbonate; ongoing)
  • Sample preparation in Palaeontology (Methoden der Paläontologie)
  • Palynology (Angewandte Palynologie)
  • Student seminars
  • Data Analysis (Analytische Methoden in der Paläontologie)
  • Micropalaeontology and Biostratigraphy (Mikropaläontologie und Biostratigraphie)
  • Facies Models (Faziesinterpretation)


At the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • Data Analysis (Proxies in der Paläoumweltrekonstruktion: Statistik)
  • Palaeobiodiversity (Paläobiodiversität)
  • Arthropod palaeobiology (Paläontologie der Invertebraten: Arthropoda)

 

Field Trips to

2019 Jul - Normandy, France
2017 Jul/Aug - Normandy, France
2016 Jul/Aug - Normandy, France
2016 March - Messel, Germany
2015 Sep - Normandy, France
2015 Aug - Normandy, France

 

Short course

  • Introduction to palaeontological data analysis (3 days; Nanjing, China April 2016)

 

Students advised (since 2015)

Undergraduate supervision as main advisor

(1) “Analyse einer benthischen Faunengemeinschaft aus dem Schelfbereich des Callovium der Normandie, Frankreich“ (Romina Reike; co-supervisor Franz Fürsich; graded by Annette Kossler and Renate Radek) – Completed

(2) “Morphological response of the bivalve Nicaniella extensa to palaeoenvironmental changes in the Kimmeridgian of Normandy, France” (Andreas Labohm) – Completed

(3) “Paleontological analysis of unique, abundant and subparallel notostracan trace fossils from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation in Dinosaur National Monument, northeastern Utah, USA” (Josephina Hartung; co-supervisors Daniel Chore, USA, Anne Bernhardt) – Completed

(4) „Sea-level fluctuations in the Kimmeridgian of Normandy, France, using palynofacies analysis“ (Jessica Loeper; co-supervisor Olaf Lenz, Darmstadt) – Completed

(5) „Charakterisierung und Genese der ‚Pyriterzbank‘ aus der Spinatum-Zone des oberen Pliensbachium von Buttenheim, Süddeutschland“ (Alexander Tiedtke; co-supervisor Helmut Keupp) – Completed

(6) “Hard- and firmground formation in the Kimmeridgian Bancs de Plomb of Normandy, France” (Maxim Sikorski) – Completed

(7) “Morphometric variability in spinicaudatans of the Middle to Late Jurassic Yanliao Biota, Hebei and Liaoning (China)” (Jan Schmidt) – Completed

(8) “Diversität und ontogenetische Variabilität einer oligozänen Ostrakodenvergesellschaftung aus dem Nanning Becken, Südchina” (Jasmin Hegert) – Completed

(9) “Temperature effects on size and shape in the modern spinicaudatan Eulimnadia texana (Crustacea: Branchiopoda)” (Veronika Schöttle) – Completed

 

Master’s theses and postgraduate research projects (4 completed and 1 ongoing)

(1) „Biostratigraphy and geometric morphometrics of conchostracans (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) from the Late Triassic fissure deposits of Cromhall Quarry, UK” (Jake Morton; co-supervisors David Whiteside, Bristol, Michael Benton, Bristol) – Completed and published

(2) “Microfossil community changes in the Kimmeridgian of Normandy, France” (Christina Becht; postgraduate research project; grading by Frank Riedel) – Completed

(3) “Paläoökologie benthischer Invertebraten aus der unterjurassischen Amaltheenton Formation Süddeutschlands” (Kristine Scheffler; co-supervisors Helmut Keupp, Theo Engeser) – Completed

(4) “New laniatorid harvestmen fossils (Arachnida: Opiliones) from Late Cretaceous Burmese amber and Eocene Baltic amber” (Christian Bartel; co-supervisor Jason Dunlop, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin) – Completed

(5) “Palaeoenvironments and ostracod community development in the Oligocene palaeo-ancient Lake Nanning” (Gökçe Şanlıalp; co-supervisor Frank Riedel)

 

As second advisor of Bachelor theses (4 completed, 1 ongoing)

(1) “High-resolution taphonomic and palaeoecological analysis of the Jurassic Yanliao Biota from the Daohugou area, NE China” (Wang Shengyu; main advisor Baoyu Jiang, Nanjing) – Completed

(2) “Eine Walzenspinne (Arachnida, Solifugae) aus dem Burmesischen Bernstein der Oberkreide” (Christian Bartel; main advisor Jason Dunlop, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin) – Completed

(3) “Mikrofazies-Analyse im Kimmeridgium des Langenbergs bei Oker/Niedersachsen” (David Eichhorn; main supervisor Michael Schudack) – Completed

(4) “Biodiversity of Paleozoic Eureptilia” (Christine Grabs; main advisor Jörg Fröbisch, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin) – Completed

(5) “Mikrofazies-Analyse der unterkarbonischen Spaltenfüllungen in devonischen Riffkalksteinen am Winterberg, Oberharz” (Richard Arlt; main advisor Dieter Korn, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin)

Peer-reviewed

  • Wang, S., Hethke, M., Wang, B., Tian, Q., Yang, Z., Jiang, B.* 2019. High-resolution taphonomic and palaeoecological analyses of the Jurassic Yanliao Biota of the Daohugou area, northeastern China. – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 530: 200-216.
  • Fürsich, F.T., Custódio, M.A.,Matos, S.A., Hethke, M., Quaglio, F., Warren, L.V., Assine, M.L., Simões, M.G. 2019. Analysis of a Cretaceous (late Aptian) high-stress ecosystem: The Romualdo Formation of the Araripe Basin, northeastern Brazil. – Cretaceous Research 95: 268-296.
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Jiang, B., Wang, B., Chellouche, P., Weeks, S.C. 2019. Ecological stasis in Spinicaudata (Crustacea, Branchiopoda)? Early Cretaceous clam shrimp of the Yixian Formation of north-east China occupied a broader realized ecological niche than extant members of the group. – Palaeontology 62: 483-513.
  • Yang, Z., Wang, S., Tian, Q., Wang, B., Hethke, M., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., Xu, X., Jiang, B.* 2019. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and biostratinomic analysis of the Jurassic Yanliao Lagerstätte in northeastern China. – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 514: 739-753.
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Morton, J.D., Jiang, B. 2018. Analysis of morphological variability in the clam shrimp Eosestheria middendorfii (Crustacea, Spinicaudata) from the Lower Cretaceous of China, and its implications for spinicaudatan taxonomy. – Papers in Palaeontology 4: 21-53.
  • Morton, J.D., Whiteside, D.I., Hethke, M., Benton, M.J.* 2017. Biostratigraphy and geometric morphometrics of conchostracans (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) from the Late Triassic fissure deposits of Cromhall Quarry, UK. – Palaeontology 60: 349-374.
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Schneider, S., Jiang, B. 2017. Sex determination of the Early Cretaceous clam shrimp Eosestheria middendorfii (Yixian Formation, China). – Lethaia 50: 105-121.
  • Alberti, M., Pandey, D.K., Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T. 2015. Ammonites of the subfamily Mayaitinae Spath, 1928 from the Oxfordian of Kachchh, Western India. – Geobios 48: 85-130.
  • Huntley, J.W., Fürsich, F.T., Alberti, M., Hethke, M., Liu, C. 2014. A complete Holocene record of trematode-bivalve infection and implications for the response of parasitism to climate change. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 111: 18150-18155.
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Jiang B., Klaus R. 2013. Oxygen deficiency in Lake Sihetun; formation of the Lower Cretaceous Liaoning Fossillagerstätte (China). – Journal of the Geological Society, London 170: 817-831.
  • Alberti, M., Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T.*, Liu, C. 2013. Macro- versus microfauna: resolution potential of bivalves, gastropods, foraminifera and ostracods in reconstructing the Holocene palaeoenvironmental evolution of the Pearl River delta, China. – Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 93: 327-353.
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Jiang, B., Pan, Y. 2013. Seasonal to sub-seasonal palaeoenvironmental changes in Lake Sihetun (Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation, NE China). – International Journal of Earth Sciences 102: 351-378.
  • Jiang B., Fürsich F.T., Hethke M. 2012. Depositional evolution of the Early Cretaceous Sihetun Lake and implications for regional climatic and volcanic history in western Liaoning, NE China. – Sedimentary Geology 257-260: 31-44.


Submitted for peer review

  • Hethke, M., Weeks, S.C. submitted. Population density effects on carapace growth in clam shrimp: Implications for palaeontological studies. – Zoological Studies.
  • Müller, C., Hethke, M., Riedel, F., Helle, G. submitted. Inter- and intra-tree variability of carbon and oxygen stable isotope ratios of modern pollen from nine European tree species collected in 2015 and 2016: Exploring their potential for paleoclimate studies. – PLOS ONE.


Oral and poster presentations

  • Hethke, M., Weeks, S.C., Schöttle, V. 2019. Environmental effects on clam shrimp size and shape: Implications for palaeontological studies. – The Crustacean Society Mid-Year Meeting, Hong Kong, China, 26.05.-30.05.2019. (Oral presentation)
  • Hethke, M., Riedel, F., Wiese, R., Struck, U. 2018. Ostracod community development in a proposed palaeo-ancient lake of the Paleogene Nanning Basin, South China. – Speciation in Ancient Lakes 8 (SIAL 8), Entebbe, Uganda, 29.07.-03.08.2018. (Oral presentation)
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Morton, J.D., Jiang, B. 2017. Taxonomic revision of the clam shrimp Eosestheria middendorfii (Crustacea: Spinicaudata) from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China. – 88. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Münster, Germany, 26.-30.03.2017. (Poster)
  • Morton, J.D., Whiteside, D.I., Hethke, M., Benton, M. 2016. Biostratigraphy and geometric morphometrics of conchostracans (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) from the Late Triassic fissure deposits of Cromhall Quarry. – The Palaeontological Association, 60th Annual Meeting, Lyon, 14.-17.12.2016. (Poster)
  • Hethke, M., Felsch, T., Fürsich, F.T. 2014. Refined palaeoenvironmental analysis based on changes in macrobenthic communities – A case study from the Kimmeridgian of Normandy. – The 9th International Congress on the Jurassic System, Jaipur, India, 06.-09.01.2014. (Oral presentation)
  • Alberti, M., Pandey, D.K., Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T. 2014. Ammonites of the family Mayaitidae Spath, 1928 from the Oxfordian of Kachch, western India. – The 9th International Congress on the Jurassic System, Jaipur, India, 06.-09.01.2014. (Poster)
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Jiang, B. 2013. Ecosystem evolution of Lake Sihetun: A multiproxy approach to the Early Cretaceous Liaoning Fossillagerstätte (China). – Joint meeting of the Palaeontological Society of China and the Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Göttingen, Germany, 23.-27.09.2013. (Oral presentation)
  • Hethke, M., Alberti, M., Fürsich, F.T., Liu, C. 2012. Ostracods as a tool for reconstructing the evolution of the Holocene Pearl River delta of China. – International German Ostracodologists’ Meeting, Köln, Germany, 11.-14.10.2012. (Oral presentation)
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Jiang, B. 2012. Oxygen deficiency in Lake Sihetun (NE China) and its consequences – Formation of a Lower Cretaceous fossillagerstätte. – Jubiläumstagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany, 24.-29.09.2012. (Oral presentation)
  • Hethke, M., Alberti, M., Fürsich, F.T., Liu, C. 2012. A multiproxy approach to the reconstruction of relative sea-level changes in the Holocene Pearl River delta of China. – Jubiläumstagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany, 24.-29.09.2012. (Poster)
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Jiang, B. 2010. The role of microbial sealing of laminated sediment in exceptional preservation of Jurassic lake biota from Gansu (China). – Zitteliana, Series B 29: 48. – Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, München, Germany, 06.-08.10.2010. (Oral presentation)
  • Hethke, M., Fürsich, F.T., Jiang, B. 2010. Determining morphotypes of fossil clam shrimps by Fourier shape analysis: possible implications and limitations tested on Middle Jurassic specimens from Gansu, China. – The 8th International Congress on the Jurassic System, Sichuan, China, 09.-13.08.2010. (Poster)