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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

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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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Dr. Kenneth De Baets

Main research themes

  • I am a palaeontologist documenting and interpreting the relative contributions of abiotic (e.g., climate) and biotic factors (e.g., parasitism) in driving large-scale patterns in the evolution of life.
  • Current research focuses on biotic interactions, biomineralization, and macroecology. For example: How does parasitism affect host biodiversity and skeletal disease? How does seawater chemistry affect the biomineralization of marine invertebrates? How does body size distribution and growth respond to climate warming and related paleoenvironmental stressors?
  • For this purpose, I strive to work across disciplines and find means to test hypotheses with different lines of evidence, ranging from geology, palaeontology, over quantitative paleobiology and palaeontology, to ecology and biology.

Recently supervised bachelors and masters theses

  • Impact of the Toarcian anoxic event on belemnite body size in the Cleveland basin
  • 3D-Reconstruction of machaeridian sclerites from the Devonian
  • Macroecological patterns in Paleozoic ammonoids
  • Body size dynamics of belemnites during the Pliensbachian-Toarcian crisis
  • Experimental Taphonomy of Squids and Octopods

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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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