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International Master in Geosciences: Palaeobiology

Research highlights

Research highlights

Extinction rates across the Phanerozoic. Photo: W. Kiessling

Extinction rates across the Phanerozoic. Photo: W. Kiessling

Mass spectrometer laboratory. Photo: M. Joachimski

Mass spectrometer laboratory. Photo: M. Joachimski

  • Macroevolution and the relative contributions of biotic interactions (e.g., symbiosis, parasitism) and abiotic factors (e.g., climate) in driving macroevolutionary patterns
  • Biodiversity dynamics, modeling, and prediction
  • Marine ecosystems with emphasis on coral reefs
  • Carbonate rocks as archives of palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimate change
  • Stratigraphic palaeobiology and sequence stratigraphy
  • Reconstruction of palaeoenvironments
  • Integration of processes at multiple time scales: from deep-time to Recent

We offer topics for small projects and Master theses involving field- and collections-based research, data mining and theoretical palaeobiology, ultrastructural analysis, biomineralization, and diagenesis. Many topics are available in collaboration with other institutions and within the interdisciplinary research unit
TERSANE

Studying in Erlangen has profoundly changed my view of paleontology as a discipline, introducing me to an array of new ideas. The Paleontology department at Erlangen allows one to concentrate in depth in computational or lab-based research or maintains a good balance of both throughout the two years. With a broad range of exciting research topics to choose from and a positive, strong support network, the department provides a fascinating, challenging and stimulating course. – Nussaibah Begum Raja Schoob, Class of 2019