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International Master in Geosciences: Palaeobiology

Our team

Our team

Wolfgang Kiessling

Prof. Wolfgang Kiessling

Main research themes

  • Reefs through time and space: Controlling factors of reef development at multiple time scales
  • Mass extinctions and reef crises: Cause and effect relationships between abiotic forcing and biotic response
  • The role of temperature in driving macroevolution and biogeography
  • Causes of evolutionary success
  • Predicting extinction risk from the past

Examples of recently supervised masters theses

  • Taphonomical and Ecological Controls on the Pleistocene Rise of Acropora
  • Species-level Extinction Rates in the Fossil Record
  • Reef Distribution and Climate Change Over the Last 240 myr
  • Morphology and Biodiversity of Reef Building Organisms in an Upper Miocene Reef

Publication list

Axel Munnecke

Prof. Axel Munnecke

Main research themes

  • Biotic response to Ordovician and Silurian climate development
  • Palaeozoic calcareous microfossils and their environmental significance
  • Origin of carbonate rythmites (climate vs. diagenesis)
  • Carbonate microfacies and diagenesis

Examples of recently supervised masters and bachelors theses

  • Micro- und ultrastructures of Recent octocoral sclerites from the Indian Ocean
  • Dolomitization of a Silurian crinoidal reef debris from the Thornton reef (Chicago)
  • Comparison of dolomitized and non-dolomitized reef debris from the Silurian of Gotland (Sweden) and Saaremaa (Estonia)
  • Palaeothermometry – A comparison of different proxies: stable isotopes and element composition of modern marine and freshwater gastropods
  • Brachiopods and palaeoecology of the Upper Emsian Daleiden Fauna (Wiltz Formation, Lower Devonian, Eifel region)
  • Microfacies of a Miocene reef from the Paratethys in Podolia (Ukraine)
  • 3D reconstruction of a Silurian trilobite (Calymene) from Gotland, Sweden

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Michael Joachimski

Prof. Michael Joachimski

Main research themes

  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions using geochemical proxies
  • Oxygen isotopes of biogenic carbonate and apatite: Palaeoclimate evolution during the Phanerozoic

Examples of recently supervised masters and bachelors theses

  • Stable isotope geochemistry of Middle Jurassic belemnites
  • Influence of the acid reaction time on the oxygen isotope ratio of dolomite, siderite and magnesite
  • Nitrogen isotope trends of selected Triassic time intervals
  • Carbon isotope stratigraphy of the Oxfordian
  • Carbonate facies and diagenetic history of Middle Jurassic limestones of the Paris basin

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JOhannes Barth

Prof. Johannes Barth

Main research themes

  • Carbon isotope dynamics in aqueous environments
  • Oxygen isotopes of dissolved oxygen in surface, shallow groundwaters and for bioprocessing by algae
  • Water balances on continental and local scales using water isotopes
  • CO2 in the subsurface

Examples of recently supervised masters and bachelors theses

  • Biogeochemical evolutions of regional rivers in Frankonia (the Wiesent, Pegnitz, Aisch, Schwabach, Regnitz and Main)
  • CO2 rich waters from deeper geosphere and their entering into local groundwaters at the city of Fürth
  • Urban hydrogeology with focus on pollution hotspots
  • Oxygen evolution of shallow groundwaters and exchanges with the hyporheic zone in the Selke River (Harz)
  • Biogeochemical monitoring of the Uhlirska Catchment in the Czech Republic

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Kenneth deBaets

Dr. Kenneth De Baets

Main research themes

  • Macroevolutionary and macroecological patterns during the Devonian Nekton Revolution
  • Evolutionary history of parasitism: fossils versus molecules
  • Body size trends and changes in reproductive strategies during cephalopod radiations and extinctions

Recently supervised bachelors and masters theses

  • Body size dynamics of Upper Devonian ammonoids
  • Body size dynamics of cephalopods across the Pliensbachian-Toarcian crisis
  • Experimental taphonomy of squids and octopods [see the resulting publication]
  • A new subdisarticulated machaeridian from the Middle Devonian of China: Insights into taphonomy and taxonomy using X-ray microtomography and 3D-analysis
  • 3D-Analysis of a non-planispiral ammonoid from the Hunsrück Slate: natural or pathological variation? [see the resulting publication]
  • First record of the Early Devonian ammonoid Teicherticeras from the Eifel (Germany): biogeographic and biostratigraphic importance [see the resulting publication]

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Emilia Jarochowska

Dr. Emilia Jarochowska

Main research themes

  • Preservation of diversity patterns in geological successions: measurement, biases, and implications for palaeoecology and stratigraphy
  • Early Palaeozoic conodont radiation
  • Trophic ecology and community structure in conodonts

Recently supervised masters and bachelors theses

  • Testing microbial affinities of Paleozoic problematica using Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) (Master)
  • Ecophenotypic variability of Silurian conodonts from Gotland, Sweden (Master)
  • Simulated fossilisation of a Recent marine trophic network (Bachelor)
  • Histological analysis of growth in pathologically developed conodonts (Master)

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