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Prof. Dr. Martin Sander

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Research-Projects

Publications

Current and former lab members

Curriculum Vitae

 

Prof. Dr. P. Martin Sander


Affiliations


Division of Paleontology
Steinmann Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Paleontology
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Nussallee 8
D-53115 Bonn,
Germany

Tel. (office) (0049-288) 73 31 05
Tel. (home) (0049-288) 69 15 58
Fax (0049-288) 73 600 57

e-mail martin.sander[at]uni-bonn.de


Research & Collections
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
USA

School of Resources and Environmental Engineering,
Hefei University of Technology
Hefei 230009
Anhui Province
China

web pages
http://www.paleontology.uni-bonn.de
http://www.sauropod-dinosaurs.uni-bonn.de
www.dfg-science-tv.de/en/projects/giant-dinosaur


The following information is provided:

Education

1995

Habilitation in Paleontology and Historical Geology
University of Bonn, Germany (Note: The Habilitation degree is required for the supervision of graduate students and is a prerequisite for becoming a full professor in the German system.)
Sponsor: Prof. Dr. Wighart von Koenigswald

 

Title of Habilitationsschrift: “The microstructure of reptilian tooth enamel: terminology, function, and phylogeny” (published in 1999, see attached publication list)

1985 - 1988 Ph.D. in Paleontology
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: “The pachypleurosaurids (Reptilia: Nothosauria) from the Middle Triassic of Monte San Giorgio (Switzerland) with the description of a new species” (published in 1989, see attached publication list)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. H. Rieber and Dr. O. Rieppel

1982 - 1984 M.A. in Geology
University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Title of thesis: “Depositional environment and taphonomy of some
vertebrate occurrences in Archer County, Texas”
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. W. Langston

1979 - 1982 B.S. in Geology (Vordiplom: 1982)
B.A. in Prehistoric Archeology (Zwischenprüfung: 1980)
University of Freiburg, Germany

 

Academic Appointments

January 2018 - present
Visiting Research Professor, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, Anhui, China

January 2018 - present
Speaker of the DFG Research Unit 2685 “Fossilization”

August 2017 - present
Chair, Examination Board, M.Sc. Program OEP Biology, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

December 2014 - July 2015
Guest Curator, Yomiuri Shinbun at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, for the exhibit “Mega-Dinosaurs"

July 2014 - present
Member, Foundation Board, Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany

July 2014 - present
Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany

July 2011 - June 2014
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany

January 2014 - present
Research Associate, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, USA

April 2012 - July 2017
Member, Examination Board, M.Sc. Program OEP Biology, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

January 2011 - November 2015
Vice Chair for Public Relations and Chair of the Division of Paleontology, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany

May 2010 - April 2011
Guest Co-curator, American Museum of Natural History, New York, for the exhibit "Titans. The World's Largest Dinosaurs. The Science Behind Their Size"

October 2007 - present
Director, Goldfuß Museum, Steinman Institute, University of Bonn, Germany

2007 - present
University Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology, Steinmann Institute, Division of Paleontology, University of Bonn, Germany

2004 - 2014
Speaker of the DFG Research Unit 533 “Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs”.
See also www.saurpod-dinosaurs.uni-bonn.de

1995 - 2007
Adjunct Professor (Privatdozent), Institute of Paleontology, University of Bonn, Germany

1993 - 2007
Curator of Paleontology (Kustos, a tenured position), Institute of Paleontology and Goldfuß-Museum

April 1992 - February 1993
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Paleontology, University of Bonn, Germany
Research focus: The origin of enamel prisms

April 1990 - March 1992
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Paleontology, University of Bonn, Germany
Research focus: The ultrastructure of reptile tooth enamel

January - February 1990
Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratoire d’Anatomie Comparée of the Université Paris VII with Prof. Armand de Ricqlès
Research focus: Bone histology of Mesozoic marine reptiles

1985 - 1990
Teaching and Research Assistant, Paleontological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Assistance in teaching, management of the collection, research

1983 - 1984
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology, University of Texas at Austin
Undertaking geological and paleontological exercises and site visits

1981 - 1982
Teaching Assistant, Department of Prehistory, University of Freiburg, Germany

 
Publications

I have published about 210 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals and as book chapters. Five of these appeared in Science and one in Nature; I am the first or senior author of all six. I have edited or co-edited three books and written one textbook. For details, see separate publication list.

My papers are highly cited in the field (over 5500 citations according to the latest statistics from Google Scholar), and my h-index of 44 is among the highest of any German paleontologist and the highest among German vertebrate paleontologists.


Placing in Selection for Professorial Positions

2007 1st place W2 - Professor of Paleontology, University of Bonn
2002 3rd place, C4 - Professor of Paleontology, University of Erlangen
2001 3rd place, C4 - Professor of Paleozoology University of Zurich
2000 3 rd place, C3 - Professor of Paleontology, Free University Berlin
1997 2nd place, C3 - Professor of Paleontology, University of Tübingen

 

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

  • General Paleontology (co-taught with Prof. Dr. W. v. Koenigswald)
  • Introduction to Paleozoology (team-taught with four other faculty members)
  • Introduction to Vertebrate Paleontology (team-taught with two other faculty members)
  • Historical Geology II, Mesozoic and Cenozoic (co-taught with Prof. Dr. T. Litt)

Graduate Courses

  • Scientific Communication for Biologists
  • Osteology of the Reptiles
  • Dinosaur Systematics and Paleobiology
  • Introduction to Paleohistology (also offered as a short course to external researchers)
  • Introduction to the Study of Tooth Enamel Microstructure (co-taught with Prof. Dr. W. v. Koenigswald)
  • Evolution and Systematics in Paleontology (co-taught with Prof. Dr. J. Rust)
  • Phylogenetic Methods in Paleontology and Zoology
  • Paleontology and Evolution (team-taught with other two other faculty members)
  • Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Graduate Student Research Seminar (team-taught with two other faculty members)
  • The K/T Boundary
  • World-Class Lagerstätten of Fossil Vertebrates (team-taught with one other faculty members)
  • Design and Production of a Museum Exhibit (“General Paleontology”)

Field Courses

  • Intergrated Field Course Paleontology and Recent Fauna and Flora of Brazil (three weeks in 2017)
  • Vertebrate Paleontology and Geology of Switzerland, northern Italy, and the western Alps (one week in 1991, 1995, 2004, 2011, 2014)
  • Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany in the Mesozoic of England (co-taught with Dr. C. Gee, two weeks in 2010, 2015)
  • Vertebrate Paleontology and Geology of Texas (three weeks in 1999, 2005, 2012)
  • Vertebrate Paleontological Teaching Excavation, Winterswijk, The Netherlands (10 days in 2005)
  • Paleontology and Geology of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic of southern Germany (co-taught with Prof. Dr. W. v. Koenigswald, two weeks in 1995)


Supervision of Graduate Students and Hosting of Postdocs and Visiting Professors

My first Diploma (M.Sc. equivalent) student graduated in 1995. Since then I have supervised 43 additional Diploma and M.Sc. students, many of whom went on to American, Canadian and European universities to pursue their Ph.D. degrees. I have also supervised 19 Ph.D. students, the first of whom obtained his degree in 2000, and I have hosted 10 postdoctoral researchers, primarily funded by the DFG and the Humboldt Foundation. Finally, I have supervised 15 B.Sc. student theses, newly introduced in 2010.

Many of my students and postdocs have come from abroad (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France 3x, Italy 2x, Japan 2x, Poland 2x, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands 4x, United Kingdom, USA). Currently my lab includes one visiting professor, three postdocs, six Ph.D. students and three M.Sc. students. I am proud and pleased that many of my former students and postdocs are still active in the field, including six who hold professorships in Germany, Switzerland, the US, and Japan. I am also very proud that some have won prestigious prizes. Finally, I frequently participate as an external examiner in Ph.D. defenses in many European countries, the USA, and Canada.


Current Visiting Professor:

Prof. Dr. Liu Jun, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, Anhui, China
funded by an AvH fellowship, since July 2017
Chinese Triassic marine reptiles and their bone histology


Current Postdoctoral Researchers:

Dr. Sashima Läbe: funded by a DFG FOR 2685
Soft-part preservation in fossil bone

Dr. Nicole Klein: funded by a DFG grant
Ichthyosaurs from the Middle Triassic of Nevada

Dr. Dorota Konietzko-Meier: funded by a BMBF grant
Bone histology of Triassic temnospondyl amphibian
Early history of the collections of the Goldfuß Museum

Dr. Tzu-Ruei Yang: funded by a DFG FOR 2685
The organic scaffold in dinosaur eggshell


Current Ph.D. Students:

Anna Krahl (co-supervised with Prof. U. Witzel, Bochum University)
Inferring the Swimming Mode of Jurassic Plesiosaurs Using Muscle Reconstructions, Bone Histology and Advanced Finite Element Methods

Jelle Heijne
Taphonomy of ichthyosaur skeletons from Mesozoic conservation lagerstätte

Adun Samathi
Theropod dinosaurs from Thailand and southeat Asia: Phylogeny, evolution, and paleobiogeography

Katja Waskow
The life history of sauropod dinosaurs inferred from histological growth marks in their ribs

Kayleigh Wiersma
Soft tissues preservation in dinosaur bone

Tanja Wintrich
Evolution, anatomy and function of the neck of long-necked plesiosaurians


Current Master’s Students:

Marlene Vorderwülbecke
Histological detection of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in pterosaurs: Implications for the evolution of the dinosaurian respiratory system

Heitor Sartorelli de Olivera
Mesosaur taphonomy using the Beardmore approach


Former Postdoctoral Researchers:

Dr. Aurore Canoville: funded by an AvH fellowship (now postdoctoral researcher at University of North Carolina, Raleigh, USA), April 2014 to March 2016
Bone histology of Paleozoic amniotes

Dr. Anneke van Heteren: funded by an AvH fellowship (now Curator at Bayerische Staatssammlung für Zoologie, Munich, Germany)
Island dwarfing in mammals detected from histology

Dr. Yasuhisa Nakajima: funded by a JSPS fellowship (now Associate Professor at Tokyo City University, Tokyo, Japan)
Turtle bone histology, Early Triassic marine reptiles

Dr. Shoji Hayashi: funded by a JSPS fellowship (now Associate Professor at Okajama University, Okajama, Japan)
Dermal bone histology in dinosaurs

Dr. Koen Stein: funded by a DFG grant (now postdoctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium)
The origin of fibrolamellar bone

Dr. Alexandra Houssaye: funded by an AvH fellowship (now CNRS scientist, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
Aquatic adaptation reflected in bone histology

Former Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. Students:

Fuhrmann, Ulrich 2018. Generating 3D models of microfossils using pphotogrammetry and scanning electron microscopy. B.Sc. Thesis Biology. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Tanja Wintrich, Bonn)

Agliano, Amin 2018. Histologie der Pelycosaurier- Wirbel aus dem Perm von Texas. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Tanja Wintrich, Bonn)

Nau, Darius 2018. Postcranial Osteology of a Juvenile Specimen of Plateosaurus from Frick, Switzerland. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Jens Lallensack)

Romero Pérez de Villar, Pablo 2018. Giant Late Triassic ichthyosaurs from the Kössen Formation of the Swiss Alps. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Tanja Wintrich, Bonn)

Scheil, Michael 2018. U-Pb systematics of fossil biogenic apatite from the Morrison Formation (USA) and the Langenberg Quarry (Germany). M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Dr. Frank Tomaschek, Bonn)

Wild, Anika-Lisa 2018. Pachystropheus rhaeticus. Osteological description of vertebrae from the Rhaetian of Bonenburg (Westphalia, Germany) and assignment to the Choristodera. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Tanja Wintrich, Bonn)

Yang, Tzu-Ruei 2018. The reproductive biology of Cretaceous oviraptorid dinosaurs and its implication for the origin of bird reproduction. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Bonn, Bonn.
Partially published as:

  • Yang, T.-R., and P. M. Sander. 2018. The origin of the bird's beak: New insights from dinosaur incubation periods. Biology Letters 14:20170514.
  • Yang, T.-R., Y.-H. Chen, J. Wiemann, B. Spiering, and P. M. Sander. 2018. Fossil eggshell cuticle elucidates dinosaur nesting ecology. PeerJ 6:e5144, 1- 23.
  • Wiemann, J., T.-R. Yang, P. N. Sander, M. Schneider, M. Engeser, S. Kath-Schorr, C. E. Müller, and P. M. Sander. 2017. Dinosaur origin of egg color: oviraptors laid blue-green eggs. PeerJ 5(e3706):1-20.

Lallensack, Jens N. 2018. Objective and quantitative methods in the study of dinosaur tracks. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Bonn, Bonn.
Partially published as:

  • Sander, P. M., and J. N. Lallensack. 2018. Dinosaurs: Four legs good, two legs bad. Current Biology 28:R1160-R1163.
  • Lallensack, J. N., H. Klein, J. Milàn, O. Wings, O. Mateus, and L. B. Clemmensen. 2017. Sauropodomorph dinosaur trackways from the Fleming Fjord Formation of East Greenland: evidence for Late Triassic sauropods. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 62:883–843.
  • Lallensack, J. N., A. H. van Heteren, and O. Wings. 2016. Geometric morphometric analysis of intratrackway variability: a case study on theropod and ornithopod dinosaur trackways from Münchehagen (Lower Cretaceous, Germany). PeerJ 4:e2059.

Fleischle, Corinna 2018. Estimating plesiosaur life parameters by quantifying histology. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Tanja Wintrich, Bonn)
Published as:

  • Fleischle, C., T. Wintrich, and P. M. Sander. 2018. Quantitative histological models suggest endothermy in plesiosaurs. PeerJ 6:e4955.

Witkowski, Juliane 2017. Beschreibung der Shonisaurus-Wirbel aus dem Rhät-Bonebed (Obertrias) von Bonenburg, Kreis Höxter, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Deutschland). B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Tanja Wintrich, Bonn)

Neuenhaus, Alexander 2017. Die Wirbelsäule der Pelycosaurier aus dem Briar Creek Bonebed (Unterperm, Archer County, Texas, USA). M.Sc. Thesis. University of Bonn, Bonn.

Läbe, Sashima 2017. Estimating sauropod body mass and gait by the analysis of recent and fossil tetrapod tracks with photogrammetry and soil mechanics. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Bonn, Bonn.
Partially published as:

  • Kienapfel, K., S. Läbe, and H. Preuschoft. 2014. Do tracks yield reliable information on gaits? – Part 1: The case of horses. Fossil Record 17:59–67.
  • Schanz, T., Y. Lins, H. Viefhaus, T. Barciaga, S. Läbe, H. Preuschoft, U. Witzel, and P. M. Sander. 2013. Quantitative interpretation of tracks for determination of body mass. PLoS ONE 8(10):e77606.

Knaus, Philipp L. 2017. Blood flow to the femur indicates elevated aerobic capacity in the mammalian lineage since the Late Carboniferous. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Heijne, Jelle 2017. Taphonomy of the marine reptile skeletons from the Lower Muschelkalk (Anisian) of Winterswijk, The Netherlands. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Dr. Nicole Klein, Bonn)
Published as:

  • Heijne, J., N. Klein, and P. M. Sander. in press. The uniquely diverse taphonomy of the marine reptile skeletons (Sauropterygia) from the Lower Muschelkalk (Anisian) of Winterswijk, the Netherlands. Paläontologische Zeitschrift.

Drews, Effi-Laura 2017. Osteological description of archosaur remains from the Keuper of Thuringia. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Jens Lallensack, Bonn)

Cerisara, Riccardo 2017. Long bone histology of Europasaurus holgeri: Insights into the dwarfing process. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Wintrich, Tanja. 2016. The first Triassic plesiosaur - Morphology and histology of a new plesiosaur skeleton from the Rhaetian of Germany. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Wintrich, T., S. Hayashi, A. Houssaye, Y. Nakajima, and P. M. Sander. 2017. A Triassic plesiosaurian skeleton and bone histology inform on evolution of a unique body plan. Sciences Advances 3:e1701144, 1-11.

Wiemann, Jasmina 2016. Are staining Maillard reaction products the key to ancient protein preservation? M.Sc. Thesis. University of Bonn, Bonn.
Partially published as:

  • Wiemann, J., M. Fabbri, T.-R. Yang, K. Stein, P. M. Sander, M. A. Norell, and D. E. G. Briggs. 2018. Fossilization transforms vertebrate hard tissue proteins into N-heterocyclic polymers. Nature Communications 9(4741):1-9.

Werner, Jennifer D. 2016. Description of a temnospondyl humerus from the Rhaetian (Late Triassic) of Bonenburg, (Westphalia, Germany) and its implications for temnospondyl extinction. B.Sc. Thesis, University of Bonn. University of Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Tanja Wintrich, Bonn)
Published as:

  • Konietzko-Meier, D., J. D. Werner, T. Wintrich, and P. M. Sander. 2018. A large temnospondyl humerus from the Rhaetian (Late Triassic) of Bonenburg (Westphalia, Germany) and its implications for temnospondyl extinction. Journal of Iberian Geology:1-14.

Mitchell, Jessica 2016. Cortical bone remodeling in Amniota: a functional, evolutionary and comparative perspective of secondary osteons. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Bonn, Bonn.
Partially published as:

  • Mitchell, J., P. M. Sander, and K. Stein. 2017. Can secondary osteons be used as ontogenetic indicators in sauropods? Extending the histological ontogenetic stages into senescence. Paleobiology 43(2):321-342.
  • Mitchell, J., L. J. Legendre, C. Lefèvre, and J. Cubo. 2017. Bone histological correlates of soaring and high-frequency flapping flight in the furculae of birds. Zoology 122:90-99.
  • Mitchell, J., and P. M. Sander. 2014. The three-front model: a developmental explanation of long bone diaphyseal histology of Sauropoda. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, London 112(4):765–781.

Laupenmühlen, Tatjana 2016 Miocene angiosperm woods from the Petrified Forest of Lesvos, Greece: systematics and paleoclimatic implications. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Dr. Carole Gee, Bonn)

Scheil, Michael 2016. The age structure of the Europasaurus assemblage. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Dr. Oliver Wings, Hannover)
Published as:

  • Scheil, M., and P. M. Sander. 2017. Ein Zwerg unter Riesen: Der sauropode Dinosaurier Europasaurus und seine Evolution und Lebensweise. Pp. 49-56. In C. Hühne, ed. Jurassic Harz: Dinosaurier von Oker bis Wyoming. Verlag F. Pfeil, München.

Bertozzo, Filippo 2015. Histological detection of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in Sauropodomorpha: Implication for the evolution of the dinosaurian respiratory system. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Lambertz, M., F. Bertozzo, and P. M. Sander. 2018. Bone histological correlates for air sacs and their implications for understanding the origin of the dinosaurian respiratory system. Biology Letters 14(1):1-5.

Shelton, Christen D. 2015. Origins of Endothermy in the Mammalian Lineage: the Evolutionary Beginning of Fibrolamellar Bone in the “Mammal-Like” Reptiles. Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Partially published as:

  • Shelton, C. D., and P. M. Sander. 2017. Long bone histology of Ophiacodon reveals the geologically earliest occurrence of fibrolamellar bone in the mammalian stem lineage. Comptes Rendus Palevol 16(4):397–424.
  • Shelton, C., P. M. Sander, K. Stein, and H. Winkelhorst. 2013. Long bone histology indicates sympatric species of Dimetrodon (Lower Permian, Sphenacodontidae). Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 103(3-4):217 - 236.

Wiersma, Kayleigh 2015. Histology of the sauropod long bones from the Howe-Stephens Quarry (Morrison Formation, Wyoming): Testing hypotheses of skeletal unity. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Wiersma, K., A. Canoville, H.-K. Siber, and P. M. Sander. in press. Testing hypothesis of skeletal unity using bone histology: The case of the sauropod remains from the Howe-Stephens and Howe Scott quarries (Morrison Formation, Wyoming). Palaeontologia Electronica.

Teschner, Elzbieta M. 2015. Morphological, ontogenetic and histological studies based on Metoposaurus krasiejowensis humeri from the Triassic beds ind Krasiejow, southwestern Poland. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Dr. Dorota Konietzko-Meier, Bonn)
Published as:

  • Teschner, E., M., P. M. Sander, and D. Konietzko-Meier. 2018. Variability of growth pattern observed in Metoposaurus krasiejowensis humeri and its biological meaning. Journal of Iberian Geology 44:99-111.

Spindler, Frederik 2015. The basal Sphenacodontia: Systematic Revision and Evolutionary Implications. Ph.D. Dissertation. TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg. (Co-supervision with Prof. Jörg Schneider, Freiberg)
Partially published as:

  • Spindler, F., Scott, D. & Reisz, R.R. (2015): New information in the cranial and postcranial anatomy of the early synapsid Ianthodon schultzei (Sphenacomorpha: Sphenacodontia), and its evolutionary significance. – Fossil Record, 18: 17–30; published online, doi:10.5194/fr‐18‐17‐2015.
  • Spindler, F. (2014): Reviewing the question of the oldest therapsid. – Freiberger Forschungshefte, C 548 (22): 1‐7.

Lallensack, Jens 2014. Dinosaur tracks from the Upper Jurassic Langenberg Quarry (Lower Saxony, Germany). M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Dr. Oliver Wings, Hannover)
Published as:

  • Lallensack, J. N., P. M. Sander, N. Knötschke, and O. Wings. 2015. Dinosaur tracks from the Langenberg Quarry (Late Jurassic, Germany) reconstructed with historical photogrammetry: Evidence for large theropods soon after insular dwarfism. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.2.25A: 1-34.

Knaus, Philipp L. 2014. Bone Histology suggests sympatric Dimetrodon species in the Vale formation (Clear Fork Group, Lower Permian) of Texas and Oklahoma. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn. (Co-supervision with Dr. Christen Shelton, Bonn)

Schilling, Martin K. H. 2014. For the First time tectonic cracks are described and interpret on fossil bones at the Plateosaurus from Frick, Switzerland. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Wiemann, Jasmina. 2014. Paleobiology of Tetrapyrrolic Color Pigments in Eggshells and Their Preservation Potential during Fossilization Processes. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Wiemann, J., T.-R. Yang, P. N. Sander, M. Schneider, M. Engeser, S. Kath-Schorr, C. E. Müller, and P. M. Sander. 2017. Dinosaur origin of egg color: oviraptors laid blue-green eggs. PeerJ 5(e3706):1-20.

Wintrich, Tanja. 2014. The first record of the enigmatic marine reptile Omphalosaurus from Poland (Middle Triassic) of the Germanic Basin. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Wintrich, T., H. Hagdorn, and P. M. Sander. 2017. An enigmatic marine reptile – The actual first record of Omphalosaurus in the Muschelkalk of the Germanic Basin. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology:e1384739-12 (12 pages).

Englich, Benjamin, 2013. Neuaufnahme Unterkretazischer Fährten sauropoder Dinosaurier im Naturdenkmal „Saurierfährten Münchehagen“. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Sumpf, Franziska, 2013. Identification of the track maker of Rhynchosauroides peabodyi and Procolophonichnium haarmuehlensis. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Hofmann, Rebecca, 2013. Juvenile Plateosaurus from the Late Triassic of Frick, Switzerland: A morphological and morphometric study of immature neural arches. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Hofmann, R., and P. M. Sander. 2014. The first juvenile specimens of Plateosaurus engelhardti from Frick, Switzerland: isolated neural arches and their implications for developmental plasticity in a basal sauropodomorph. PeerJ 2:e458, 1-40.

Nowak, Marlene, 2013. Eine neue Rekonstruktion des Schultergürtels und der Vorderextremität von Metoposaurus diagnosticus krasiejowensis. M.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. (Co-supervision with Dr. Dorota Konietzko-Meier, Bonn)

Wiersma, Kayleigh, 2012. Morphology and function of the dentition of Camarasaurus. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Wiersma, K., and P. M. Sander. 2016. The dentition of a well preserved specimen of Camarasaurus sp.: implications for function, tooth replacement, soft part reconstruction, and food intake. Paläontologische Zeitschrift:1-17.

Schmitt, Armin D, 2012. The inner ear of diplodocoid and basal macronarian sauropods: vestibular adaptations and paleobiological implications. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Dumont, Maïtena, 2012. Hierarchical structure and diagenesis of sauropod long bones using advanced characterization techniques. Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Dumont, M., A. Kostka, P. M. Sander, A. Borbely, and A. Kaysser-Pyzalla. 2011. Size and size distribution of apatite crystals in sauropod fossil bones. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 310:108–116.
  • Dumont, M., A. Borbély, A. Kostka, P. M. Sander, and A. Kaysser-Pyzalla. 2011. Characterization of sauropod bone structure Pp. 149-170. In N. Klein, K. Remes, C. T. Gee, and P. M. Sander, eds. Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs. Understanding the Life of Giants. Indiana University Press, Bloomington.
  • Dumont, M., N. Zoeger, C. Streli, P. Wobrauschek, G. Falkenberg, P. M. Sander, and A. R. Pyzalla. 2009. Synchrotron XRF analyses of element distribution in fossilized sauropod dinosaur bones. Powder Diffraction 24(2):130-134.

Petermann, Holger, 2012. Using Sharpey’s fibers in fossil bone to reconstruct muscles. M.Sc. thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
Published as:

  • Petermann, H., and P. M. Sander. 2013. Histological evidence for muscle insertion in extant amniote femora: Implications for muscle reconstruction in fossils Journal of Anatomy:1-18.

Mitchell, Jessica, 2012. Bone remodeling in sauropod dinosaurs: using secondary osteons as ontogenetic indicators. M.Sc. thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

Marpmann, Jean Sebastian, 2012. Ontogenetic changes in the cranial elements of the Late Jurassic dwarf sauropod Europasaurus holgeri and a new reconstruction of the skull. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Marpmann, J. S., J. L. Carballido, and P. M. Sander. 2014. Cranial anatomy of a growth series of the Late Jurassic dwarf sauropod Europasaurus holgeri (Dinosauria, Camarasauromorpha): implications for the evolution of sauropod skull shapes. Journal of Systematic Paleontology.

Waskow, Katja, 2011. Mapping out the geology of the Middle Triassic members of the Star Peak Group in the southern Augusta Mountains, Nevada (USA). Diploma Mapping Exercise. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Waskow, Katja, 2011. Growth record and histological variation in ribs of Camarasaurus sp. from the Upper Jurassic Morisson Formation (Wyoming, USA) and their implications for sauropod growth, sexual maturity, and longevity. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Waskow, K., and P. M. Sander. 2014. Growth record and histological variation in the dorsal ribs of Camarasaurus sp. (Sauropoda). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34(4):852–869.

Stein, Martina, 2011. Long bone histology and growth patterns in ankylosaurs: Implications for life history and evolution. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Stein, M., S. Hayashi, and P. Sander. 2013. Long bone histology and growth patterns in ankylosaurs: implications for life history and evolution. PLoS ONE 8(7):e68590.

Régent, Verena, S. 2011. Die Bezahnung des Zwerg-Sauropoden Europasaurus holgeri aus dem Oberjura Norddeutschlands - ontogenetische und funktionelle Muster. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Jansen, Maren, 2011. A diverse turtle fauna (Reptilia, Testudines) from the Upper Jurassic of northern Germany. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Hofmann, Rebecca. 2011. Lamina thickness in laminar fibrolamellar bone of mammals compared to dinosaurs. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Hofmann, R., K. Stein, and P. M. Sander. 2014. Constraints on the lamina density of laminar bone architecture of large-bodied dinosaurs and mammals. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 59(2):287–294.

Stein, Koen, 2010. Long bone histology of basalmost and derived Sauropodomorpha. Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Stein, K., Z. Csiki, K. C. Rogers, D. B. Weishampel, R. Redelstorff, and P. M. Sander. 2010. Small body size and extreme cortical bone remodeling indicate phyletic dwarfism in Magyarosaurus dacus (Sauropoda: Titanosauria). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107 (20):9258-9263.
  • Benton, M. J., Z. Csiki, D. Grigorescu, R. Redelstorff, P. M. Sander, K. Stein, and D. B. Weishampel. 2010. Dinosaurs and the island rule: The dwarfed dinosaurs from Haţeg Island. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 293(3-4): 438-454.
  • Stein, K., and P. M. Sander. 2009. Histological core drilling: a less destructive method for studying bone histology. Pp. 69-80. In M. A. Brown, J. F. Kane, and W. G. Parker, eds. Methods in Fossil Prepraration: Proceedings of the First Annual Fossil Preparation and Collections Symposium.
  • Organ, C. L., S. L. Brusatte, and K. Stein. 2009. Sauropod dinosaurs evolved moderately sized genomes unrelated to body size. Procedings of the Royal Society B 276(1677):4303-4308.

Schwermann, Leonie, 2010. Ein neuer Plesiosauride aus dem Unteren Jura (Pliensbachium) von Sommersell (Kreis Höxter), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Schwermann, L., and P. M. Sander. 2011. Osteologie und Phylogenie von Westphaliasaurus simonsensii: Ein neuer Plesiosauride (Sauropterygia) aus dem Unteren Jura (Pliensbachium) von Sommersell (Kreis Höxter), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland. Geologie und Paläontologie in Westfalen 79:1-56.

Sanmugaraja, Mayuran, 2010. Ein Kieferfragment von Omphalosaurus aus Polen. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Mouanga, Gloria, 2010. Three pelvic remains of a large shastasaurid (Reptilia: Ichthyosauria) from western Turkey in pelagic sediments of earliest Landinian at Diliskelesi (Kocaeli Peninsula), Turkey. B.Sc. Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Krahl, Anna, 2009. Long bone histology of Eosauropterygia (Nothosaurus, Pistosaurus, and Plesiosaurus) and its implications for biomechanics, life history, and paleobiology. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Krahl, A., N. Klein, and P. M. Sander. 2013. Evolutionary implications of the divergent long bone histologies of Nothosaurus and Pistosaurus (Sauropterygia, Triassic). BMC Evoutionary Biology 13:1-23.

Gottmann, Annalisa, 2008. A redescription of the early archosauromorph Protorosaurus speneri MEYER, 1832, and its phylogenetic relationships. Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Gottmann-Quesada, A., and P. M. Sander. 2009. A redescription of the early archosauromorph Protorosaurus speneri MEYER, 1832, and its phylogenetic relationships. Palaeontographica A 287(4-6):123-220.

Voeten, Dennis, 2008. Larger Nothosaurus (Reptilia: Eosauropterygia) from the Lower Muschelkalk of Winterswijk,the Netherlands. M.Sc. Thesis. Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Published as:

  • Voeten, D. F. A. E., P. M. Sander, and N. Klein. 2014. Skeletal material from larger Eusauropterygia (Reptilia: Eosauropterygia) with nothosaurian and cymatosaurian affinities from the Lower Muschelkalk of Winterswijk, The Netherlands. Paläontologische Zeitschrift:1-18.

Brinkkötter, Janka, 2008. Kartierbericht zur Geologie der südlichen Augusta Mountains, Nevada (USA) mit Schwerpunkt auf der triassischen Star Peak Group. Diplomkartierung. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Scheyer, Torsten, 2007. Comparative bone histology of the turtle shell (carapace and plastron): implications for turtle systematics, functional morphology and turtle origins. Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Frriedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Scheyer, T. M., and P. M. Sander. 2009. Bone microstructures and mode of skeletogenesis in osteoderms of three pareiasaur taxa from the Permian of South Africa. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(1153-1162).
  • Scheyer, T. M., P. M. Sander, W. G. Joyce, W. Böhme, and U. Witzel. 2007. Unique plywood structure in the shell of fossil and recent soft-shelled turtles (Trionychidae) revealed by soft tissue and bone histology: a key adaptation? Org. Div. Evol. 7:136-144.
  • Scheyer, T., and P. M. Sander. 2007. Shell bone histology indicates terrestrial palaeoecology of basal turtles. Proc. Royal Soc. B 274:1884-1893.

Redelstorff, Ragna, 2007. Longbone histology of Stegosaurus: differences between ontogenetic stages and body mass - implications on intraspecific variability, sexual dimorphism, or taxonomic differences? Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Redelstorff, R., and P. M. Sander. 2009. Long and girdle bone histology of Stegosaurus: implications for growth and life history. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(4):1087-1099.

Wolf, Dominik, 2006. Osteoderm histology of extinct and recent Cingulata and Phyllophaga (Xenarthra, Mammalia): Implications for biomechanical adaptation and systematics. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Wolf, D., D. Kalthoff, and P. M. Sander. 2012. Osteoderm histology of the Pampatheriidae (Cingulata, Xenarthra, Mammalia): Implications for systematics, osteoderm growth, and biomechanical adaptation. Journal of Morphology 273(4):388–404.

Kolb, Christian, 2006. Redescription of the Lower Cretaceous ichthyosaur Platypterygius hercynicus. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Kolb, C., and P. M. Sander. 2009. Redescription of the ichthyosaur Platypterygius hercynicus (KUHN, 1946) from the Lower Cretaceous of Salzgitter (Lower Saxony, Germany). Palaeontographica A 288(4-6):151-192.

Bickelmann, Constanze, 2006. A partial postcranial skeleton and humeri of the sauropterygian genus Nothosaurus from the Lower Muschelkalk of Winterswijk, The Netherlands. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as: Bickelmann, C., and P. M. Sander. 2008. A partial skeleton and isolated humeri of Nothosaurus (Reptilia: Eosauropterygia) from Winterswijk, The Netherlands. J. Vert. Paleo. 28:326-338.

Wings, Oliver, 2004. Indentification, distribution, and function of gastroliths in dinosaurs and extant birds with emphasis on ostriches (Struthio camelus). Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Wings, O., and P. M. Sander. 2007. No gastric mill in sauropod dinosaurs: new evidence from analysis of gastrolith mass and function in ostriches. Proc. Royal Soc. B 274:635-640.

Michelis, Ioannis, 2004. Vergleichende Taphonomie des Howe Quarry's (Morrison-Formation, Oberer Jura), Bighorn County, Wyoming, USA. Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Klein, Nicole, 2004. Bone histology and growth of the prosauropod dinosaur Plateosaurus engelhardti MEYER, 1837 from the Norian bonebeds of Trossingen (Germany) and Frick (Switzerland). Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Klein, N., and P. M. Sander. 2007. Bone histology and growth of the prosauropod Plateosaurus engelhardti MEYER, 1837 from the Norian bonebeds of Trossingen (Germany) and Frick (Switzerland). Spec. Pap. Palaeont. 77:169-206.

Scheyer, Torsten M, 2003. Histology of ankylosaur osteoderms: implications for systematics and function. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Scheyer, T. M., and P. M. Sander. 2004. Histology of ankylosaur osteoderms: implications for systematics and function. J. Vert. Paleo. 24(4):874-893.

Stöcker, Nadia, 2003. A large ichthyosaur (Cymbospondylus sp. nov.) from the Middle Triassic of Nevada and its importance for the genus Cymbospondylus. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Fröbisch, N., P. M. Sander, and O. Rieppel. 2006. A new species of Cymbospondylus (Diapsida, Ichthyosauria) from the Middle Triassic of Nevada and a re-evaluation of the skull osteology of the genus. Zool. J. Lin. Soc. London 147:515-538.

Fröbisch, Jörg, 2003. Functional morphology of the hindlimb of the Triassic dicynodont Tetragonias. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
Published as:

  • Fröbisch, J. 2006. Locomotion in derived dicynodonts (Synapsida, Anomodontia): a functional analysis of the pelvic girdle and hind limb of Tetragonias njalilus. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 43(9):1297-1308

Schmitz, Lars, 2002. The mixosaurs (Ichthyosauria, Mixosauridae) from the Middle Triassic of the Augusta Mountains (Nevada, USA) with the description of a new species. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Schmitz, L., P. M. Sander, G. W. Storrs, and O. Rieppel. 2004. On a new mixosaurid from the Middle Triassic of Nevada. Palaentographica A 270:133-162.

Peitz, Christian, 2000. Fortpflanzungsbiologische und systematische Implikationen von Dinosauriergelegen aus dem Maastricht von Katalonien (NE-Spanien) sowie die Sedimentologie ihrer Fundstellen. Ph.D. Dissertation. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Sander, P. M., C. Peitz, F. D. Jackson, and L. M. Chiappe. 2008. Upper Cretaceous titanosaur nesting sites and their implications for sauropod dinosaur reproductive biology. Palaeontographica A 284(4-6):69-107.

Mueller-Töwe, Imke J. 2000. Untersuchung von Schlupf- und Verfüllungsmechanismen bei Dinosauriereiern an Hand von Computertomographien. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

Mueller-Töwe, I., P. M. Sander, H. Schüller, and D. Thies. 2002. Hatching and infilling of dinosaur eggs as revealed by computed tomography. Palaeontographica A 267:119-168.

Klein, Nicole, 2000. Die Schildkröten-Fauna aus dem Miozän von Hambach 6C (Niederrheinische Bucht). Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.

Joyce, Walter. 1999. A new specimen of the marine Jurassic turtle Solnhofia. Diploma Thesis. University of Erlangen.
Published as:

  • Joyce, W.G. 2000. The first complete skeleton of Solnhofia parsonsi (Cryptodira, Eurysternidae) from the Upper Jurassic of Germany and its taxonomic implications. Journal of Paleontology 74:684-700.

Goernemann, Andrea, 1999. Osteologische Beschreibung eines Exemplares von Confuciusornis (Confuciusornithiformes, Saururae, Aves) aus der unteren Kreide von West-Liaoning, China. Diploma Thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn.
Published as:

  • Goernemann, A. 1999. Osteologie eines Exemplars von Confuciusornis aus der unteren Kreide von West-Liaoning, China. Archaeopteryx. Jahreszeitschrift der Freunde des Jura-Museums Eichstätt 17:41-54.


Achievements of My Students

79th Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Three out of 16 presentations in the selective Romer Prize session were given by my students (Katja Waskow, Tanja Wintrich, Tzu-Ruei Yang).

Tanja Wintrich (M.Sc. degree 2016) received the Young Scientists Award (2nd place) of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft in 2018.

Yang Tzu-Rue (Ph.D. 2018) received the Best Speaker Award at the joint meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft and the Paleontological Society of China in Yichang in 2017.

Jessica Mitchell (Ph.D. 2017) graduated with a summa cum laude honors degree.

Jasmina Wieman (M.Sc. degree 2016) received the inaugural Stephen Cohen Award for Student Research of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2015. She also was admitted to the Ph.D. program of Yale University, New Haven, USA.

Marie-Claire Koschowitz (M.Sc. degree 2015) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Frederik Spindler (Ph.D. 2015) is the scientific director of the Dinosaurier-Freiluftmuseums im Altmühltal, Franconia, Germany.

Rebecca Hofmann (M.Sc. degree 2013) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, and then to the Ph.D. program of the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Holger Petermann (M.Sc. degree 2012) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of Yale University, New Haven, USA.

Ragna Redelstorff (Diploma degree 2008) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of University College Dublin University, Ireland. Ragna also won the best student paper award 2009 in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (Redelstorff, R., and P. M. Sander. 2009. Long and girdle bone histology of Stegosaurus: implications for growth and life history. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(4):1087-1099.) Ragna is now the cultural heritage protection officer for paleontology of South Africa.

Torsten Scheyer (Ph.D. 2007) graduated with a summa cum laude honors degree and is now a research associate professor at the University of Zurich, Sitzerland.

Dominik Wolf (Diploma degree 2006) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of Howard University, Washington, DC, USA. Supervisor Raymond Bernor.

Oliver Wings (Ph.D. 2004) received the first Tilly Edinger Award of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft. In 2011, Oliver was awarded a prestigious VW Foundation grant to study Europasaurus. He now holds the position of curator of paleontology at the Geiseltal-Museum Halle, Germany.

Nicole Klein (Ph.D. 2004) was awarded a grant for her own position by the DFG in 2005 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart.

Jörg Fröbisch (Diploma degree 2003) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of the University of Toronto, Canada. Supervisor Robert Reisz. In 2010, Jörg was awarded a Kovalewskaia Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to found his own working group at the Naturkundemuseum Berlin. He also was awarded a full professorship at Humboldt University Berlin.

Nadia Stöcker (Diploma degree 2003) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Supervisor Robert Carroll. Nadia received the prestigious Romer Prize of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2006 and an equally prestigious Emmy Noether grant of the DFG in 2011. She is now a full professor of paleontology at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Humboldt University.

Lars Schmitz (Diploma degree 2002) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of the University of California, Davis. Supervisor Ryosuke Motani. Lars Schmitz received the Bernhard Rendel Price of the DFG in 2005. He is now an associate professor of biology at the Claremont Colleges, Pomona, California.

Walter Joyce (Diploma degree 1999) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of Yale University, New Haven, USA. Supervisor Jaques Gauthier. Walter received the prestigious Romer Prize of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2005. He is now a full professor of paleontology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.


External Student Supervision Committee Memberships
(Usually including examination of candidate at home university):

  • Ph.D. Dissertation Aaron LeBlanc, University of Toronto, Canada (submitted 2017)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Konstantin Hallmann, University of Mainz, Germany (submitted 2016)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Christophe Hendrickx Universita Autonoma de Lisboa, Portugal (submitted 2014)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Emanuel Tschopp, Universita Autonoma de Lisboa, Portugal (submitted 2014)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Michael Buchwitz, Technical University Freiberg, Germany (submitted 2011)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Robin Cuthbertson, University of Calgary, Canada (submitted 2011)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Frederik Spindler, Technical University Freiberg, Germany (committee member since 2011)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Tom Hübner, University of Munich, Germany (submitted 2010)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Jan Werner, University of Mainz, Germany (submitted 2010)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Aurelien Bernard, University of Lyon, France (submitted 2010)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Shoji Hayashi, Hokkaido University, Japan (submitted 2010)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Regina Fechner, University of Munich, Germany (submitted 2009)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Kristian Remes, University of Munich, Germany (submitted 2008)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Thomas Keller, University of Frankfurt, Germany (submitted 2008)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Nicky Davis, University of Bristol, UK (submitted 2006)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation André J. Veldmeijer, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (submitted 2006)
  • M.Sc. Thesis Tom Guldenberg, University of Oslo, Norway (submitted 2005)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Johannes Müller, University of Mainz, Germany (submitted 2002)


Research Interests and List of Research Grants

Research Interests

  • Fossilization: the material nature of fossils
  • Fossil vertebrate hard tissues: bone histology and enamel microstructure
  • Dinosaur biology and evolution and its implications for land vertebrate evolution
  • Mesozoic marine reptiles: Evolution and biogeography
  • Larger patterns and adaptive trends in tetrapod evolution


Grants Received

2018 BMBF (Federal research ministery) research grant: “Object language and aesthetics – valuing the object in relation to historical aspects exemplified by conchylia” Total amount of grant (my part): € 189,000.00

2018 DFG Research Unit 2685, 1st funding period: "The Limits of the Fossil Record: Analytical and Experimental Approaches to Fossilization". The unit consists of 9 regular DFG grants and a coordination grant and is coordinated by me. Total amount of grant: € 2.2 million.

2017 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) research grant (together with AvH fellow Dr. Jennifer Anné): € 19,200.00

2017 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) research grant (together with AvH fellow Dr. Liu Jun): € 19,200.00

2017 DFG research grant, project title: “A View from the Other Side of the World: Middle Triassic Ichthyosaurs of Nevada and Their Implications for the Initial Phase of the Mesozoic Marine Revolution in the Eastern Pacific Realm”: Salary for a Ph.D. student for three years, a student helper for 36 months, plus € 70,000.00 for equipment, supplies, materials, travel.

2017 Landschaftsverband Rheinland Regionale Kulturförderung grant for accessioning the fossil plant collection of Rolf Goßmann: Salary for a curator for two years, a student helper for 24 months, and € 6,000 for consumables.

2015 DFG research grant, project title: “Origin and early diversification of Plesiosauria and the influence of the end-Triassic extinction event: insights from the first unequivocal Triassic plesiosaurs”: Salary for a Ph.D. student for three years, a student helper for 36 months, plus € 11,000.00 for equipment, supplies, materials, travel

2015 DFG research grant, project title: “Reconstruction of the swimming style of Jurassic plesiosaurs using muscle reconstruction, bone histology, and modern finite element methods”: Salary for a Ph.D. student for three years, a student helper for 36 months, plus € 25,000.00 for equipment, supplies, materials, travel (with Ulrich Witzel, Bochum)

2015 DFG research grant, project title: “Cortical bone remodeling and Haversian bone in amniotes: a deep-time and comparative perspective”: € 89,000.00 for salary for a Ph.D. student for two years, a student helper for 24 months, equipment, supplies, materials, travel

2015 DFG grant for supporting the Third International Symposium on Paleohistology (ISPH 2015) in Bonn, Germany: € 20,000.00

2014 Field Research Grant, National Geographic Society, for the collecting of a giant predatory ichthyosaur from the Triassic of Nevada: US $19,400.00 (with Lars Schmitz, Claremont)

2014 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) research grant (together with AvH fellow Dr. Aurore Canoville): € 14,400.00

2014 DFG research grant, project title: “Marine reptiles from Nevada: Recovery of a Middle Triassic pregnant ichthyosaur and the first unequivocally Lower Triassic ichthyosaurs from North America”: € 23,500.00 for equipment, supplies, materials, travel

2013 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) research grant (together with AvH fellow Dr. Anneke van Heteren): € 19,200.00

2012 DFG grant for organizing a Round Table Discussion Meeting: approx. € 15,000.00

2012 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) research grant (together with AvH fellow Dr. Alexandra Houssaye-Steichen): € 19,200.00

2012 DFG research grant, project title: "Pelycosaur Long Bone Histology: Implications for the Origins of Endothermy in the Mammalian Lineage". Salary for a Ph.D. student for three years, a student helper for 36 months, plus € 18,000.00 for equipment, supplies, materials, travel

2011 DFG research grant, project title: "Revision of the basal sphenacodonts (Haptodontinae)". Salary for a Ph.D. student for three years, a student helper for 36 months, plus € 4,700.00 for equipment, supplies, materials, travel (with Jörg Schneider, Freiberg)

2011 Volkswagen Foundation grant: “Europasaurus Projekt” Total amount of grant:
€ 485,000.00 (with Oliver Wings, Berlin)

2010 DFG Research Unit 533, 3rd funding period: "Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs: The Evolution of Gigantism". The unit consists of 12 regular DFG grants and is coordinated by me. For details see www.sauropod-dinosaurs.uni-bonn.de. Total amount of grant: approx. € 800,000.00.

2010 Field Research Grant, National Geographic Society, for the collecting of the enigmatic marine reptile Omphalosaurus from the Triassic of Nevada: US $19,400.00 (with Lars Schmitz, Davis, Nadia Fröbisch, Chicago, and Jörg Fröbisch, Chicago)

2009 DFG research grant, project title: "Europasaurus". Salary for a Ph.D. student for one year, a student helper for 12 months, plus € 6000.00 for supplies, materials, travel

2009 DFG travel grant for research on Triassic marine vertebrates in China: € 7,000.00

2009 DFG research grant, project title: "Swiss Plateosaurus" salary for a Ph.D. student for three years, a student helper for 24 months, plus € 15.500.00 for supplies, materials, travel

2008 DFG major equipment grant for Phoenix µCT scanner (PI Prof. Thomas Martin, Co-PIs Prof. Martin Sander and Prof. Jes Rust): € 300,000.00

2008 Field Research Grant, National Geographic Society, for the collecting of a giant predaceous ichthyosaur from the Triassic of Nevada: US $20,000.00 (with Nadia Fröbisch, Montreal, Jörg Fröbisch, Toronto, and Lars Schmitz, Davis)

2007 DFG Research Unit 533, 2nd funding period: "Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs: The Evolution of Gigantism". The unit consists of 12 regular DFG grants and is coordinated by me. For details see www.sauropod-dinosaurs.uni-bonn.de. Total amount of grant: € 2,00 million.

2006 DFG travel grant for research on Carnian marine vertebrates in China: € 4,500.00

2004 DFG Research Unit 533, 1st funding period: "Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs: The Evolution of Gigantism". The unit consisted of 12 regular DFG grants and was coordinated by me. For details see www.sauropod-dinosaurs.uni-bonn.de. Total amount of grant: € 1,44 million.

2004 DFG travel grant for research on Carnian marine vertebrates in China: € 3,000.00

2003 DFG research grant, project title: "Turtle Shell Bone Histology" salary for a Ph.D. student for three years, a preparator for 6 months, plus € 30,000.00 for supplies, materials, travel

2001 DFG research grant, project title “Evolution of the Ichthyosauria: Character-based Phylogenies and the Fossil Record Compared” as part of the DFG Graduate College project on Evolution and Biodiversity in Time and Space. Salary to hire one Ph.D. student for three years, plus DM 30,000 for supplies, materials, travel

1999 DFG grant to cover printing expenses for monograph “The Microstructure of Reptilian Tooth Enamel: Terminology, Function and Phylogeny”: DM 14,000.00

1997 Field Research Grant, National Geographic Society, for the collection of Triassic marine vertebrates in north-central Nevada: US $ 17,000.00 (with Dr. O. Rieppel, Chicago, and Dr. G. Storrs, Cincinnati)

1997 DFG research grant, project title “Postnatal growth and individual age of the Tendaguru sauropods”: DM 16,000.00

1996 Field Research Grant, National Geographic Society, for prospecting for marine vertebrate fossils in the Middle Triassic of Nevada
US $ 5 900,-
(with Dr. O. Rieppel, Chicago, and Dr. G. Storrs, Cincinnati)

1995 – 1997 DFG research grant, project title “Sauropod Biology”: salaries for two Ph.D. students for two years plus DM 21,000.00 for supplies, materials, travel

1995 Field Research Grant of the Dinosaur Society for fieldwork at dinosaur nesting sites in northern Spain: US $7,519.00

1995 ABM grant, German Unemployment Agency, for the renovation of the systematic hall of the Goldfuß-Museum: salary to hire a curatorial assistant for two years

1994 DFG meeting grant in support of an international workshop on enamel microstructure: DM 32,500.00 (with Prof. Dr. W. v. Koenigswald)

1993 Field Research Grant, National Geographic Society, for the collecting of Triassic marine vertebrates in north-central Nevada: US $12,000.00 (with Dr. O. Rieppel, Chicago)

1992 - 1994 DFG research grant, project title “Origin of Enamel Prisms”: two-year post-doc salary plus DM 5,500.00 (with Prof. Dr. W. v. Koenigswald)

1990 - 1992 DFG research grant, project title “Reptile Enamel”: two-year post-doc salary plus DM 9,303.00

1987 - 1988 EARTHWATCH Field Research Grant for the large-scale excavation of a dinosaur bonebed in northern Switzerland (project title "Alpine Dinosaurs"): approx. US $ 80,000.00

1985 Doctoral research grant, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, for three years (I only needed to make use of this grant for three months.)

1982 - 1984 Fulbright-Hays Travel Grant

1982 - 1983 University of Freiburg - University of Texas at Austin Exchange Fellowship

 

Fieldwork

I have led the following field campaigns, at least 2 weeks in duration:

  • 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018: Middle Triassic of Nevada, collecting of the marine reptile fauna from the Augusta Mountains
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018: Rhaetian of Bonenburg, eastern Westphalia, Germany: Recovery of a classical bonebed at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary, together with Tanja Wintrich and Thorsten Plogschties
  • 2010, 2011: Lower Permian of North Texas, collecting of pelycosaur material for histological study
  • 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009: Middle Triassic of Guizhou, SW China, faunal content, sedimentology, and taphonomy of the different marine reptile localities in the region
  • 2005: Middle Triassic of Winterswijk, The Netherlands, collecting of marine reptile fossil and terrestrial reptile trackways. N.B. The work has been continued under the leadership of Dr. Nicole Klein until 2014.
  • 1985, 1988, 1989: Triassic of Monte San Giorgio, Switzerland, stratigraphy and sedimentology of the marine reptile fossil deposits
  • 1988: Late Triassic Plateosaurus bonebed, excavation in the bonebed for taphonomic data collecting
  • 1982, 1983, 1984, 2010, 2011: Lower Permian of North Texas, sedimentology and taphonomy of vertebrate fossil deposits


Peer Review for Journals and Funding Agencies

I am regularly reviewing proposals for the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the geosciences and biology sections, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). I have also reviewed several proposals for the National Geographic Society, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the ROLEX Award, NSF (USA), NSERC Canada, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and the German-Israeli Research Foundation and many other granting agencies. I have also reviewed several tenure applications and promotional packages. I am regularly reviewing manuscripts for international scientific journals, including Science and Nature.

I have been invited to review manuscripts for the following journals (list is not exhaustive). I accept total of 10 to 15 reviews per year:

Acta Paleontologica Polonica (multiple)
Annales de Paleontologie
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
(multiple)
Biology Letters
(multiple)
Biological Reviews (Cambridge Philosophical Society)
(multiple)
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Bulletin de la Societe Geologique de France
(multiple)
Canadian Journal of Earth Science
(multiple)
Compte Rendus PalEvol
(multiple)
Cretaceous Research
Current Biology
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Experientia
Experimental Biology
Facies
Fossil Record
(multiple)
Historical Biology
(multiple)
Lethaia
Memoirs of the Museum of Paleontology of the University of California
Nature
(multiple)
Nature communications
(multiple)
Naturwissenschaften
(multiple)
Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie, Mineralogie und Paläontologie
(multiple)
Italian Journal of Zoology
Integrative Zoology
Integrative and Comparative Biology
Journal of Anatomy
(multiple)
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Journal of Morphology
(multiple)
Journal of Ornithology
Journal of Paleontology
(multiple)
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
(too many to keep track of, eight in 2007 alone!)
Palaeontology
(multiple)
Paläontologische Zeitschrift
(multiple)
Palaios
(multiple)
Paleobiology
(multiple)
Paleontological Research
(Japan)
Palaeontographica
(multiple)
Palaeontologica Electronica
(multiple)
Palaeo-3
(multiple)
PeerJ
(multiple)
PLoS Biology
(multiple)
PLoS ONE
(multiple)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
(multiple)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
(multiple)
Review of Paleobotany and Palynology
Revista Brasileira Paleontologia
Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia
(multiple)
Royal Society Open Science
(multiple)
Science
(multiple)
Southern California Academy of Science Bulletin
Swiss Journal of Earth Sciences
(multiple)
Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
(multiple)
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
(multiple)
Zoomorphology


Organization of Scientific Meetings

2018 Scientific board of “Mesoszoic Terrestrial Ecosystems 13” in Bonn, Germany

2017 – present Semiannual workshops of the DFG Research Unit 2685 “Fossilization”

2015 “Third International Symposium on Paleohistology (ISPH 2015)” in Bonn, Germany

2012 "Transdisciplinary Paleobiology of Fossil Tetrapods: Detecting Evolutionary Constraints and Developing Evolutionary Cascade Models" Roundtable Discussion Meeting, funded by the DFG

2011 "First International Symposium on Paleohistology" in Barcelona (organizing committee member)

2011 "2nd International Workshop on Sauropod Biology and Evolution" sponsored by the DFG Research Unit 533

2010 One-day symposium at ICVM-9 in Uruguay "Gigantism in Terrestrial Vertebrates: Lessons Learned from Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs and the Comparison with Mammalian Megaherbivores"

2008 “1st International Workshop on Sauropod Biology and Evolution” sponsored by the DFG Research Unit 533

2003 – 2014 16 Semiannual workshops of the DFG Research Unit 533 "Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs"

2002 Symposium "Biology of the Dinosaurs" at the GEO 2002 meeting

2001 Symposium "Tooth Enamel Microstructure – Phylogeny and Function" at the 6th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology in Jena, organized jointly with W. v. Koenigswald

1998 "First Bonn Workshop on Pylogenetic Systematics” together with B. Misof

1994 "Sixth international Workshop on Plant Taphonomy" in Bonn, organized jointly with C. Gee

1994 International workshop "Evolution and Ontogeny of Tetrapod Enamels" in Andernach/Rhine, organized jointly with W. v. Koenigswald

1994 "Arbeitskreis Wirbeltierpaläontologie" (Meeting of the German-speaking vertebrate paleontologists) in Bonn, organized jointly with W. v. Koenigswald


Community Services

2017- Founding member, European Centre of Palaeontology
July 2014 - Member, Foundation Board, Leibnitz Institute Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany
July 2014 - Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Foundation Board, Leibnitz Institute Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany
2014 Leader, Fieldtrip for SVP Meeting in Berlin, Germany
2011-2017 Member, Committee on Beam Time Applications at BESSY synchrotron, Helmholtz Center Berlin, Germany
2011- Scientific Advisory Board, Leibnitz Institute Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany
2008 Leader, Field trip for SVP Meeting in Bristol, UK
2008 Task Force on Advertising and Exhibits, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
2007-2009 Member, Romer-Simpson Medal Committee, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
2007 Leader, Field trip for SVP Meeting in Austin, Texas
2006-2009 Member, Council of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft
1997-2003 Co-Editor, Paläontologische Zeitschrift
1989 Co-Leader, Field trip for SVP Meeting in Austin, Texas

 

Managerial and Administrative Duties

Research management

  • Coordinator of a DFG Research Unit at the University of Bonn since 2018 with 10 projects. This also includes budget management for the central funds allocated to the group.
  • Coordinator of a geographically distributed DFG Research Unit 2004-2014 with 12 projects. This also includes budget management for the central funds allocated to the group.
  • Principal investigator on many DGF-funded projects

Goldfuß Museum

  • Director, overseeing a perment staff of two, temporary curatorial and research staff, and student helpers

Personnel

  • Personnel manager for the technical staff in the institute, plus on average 6 postdocs and graduate students and 8 student helpers

Other responsibilities within the institute include:

  • Overseeing building projects and renovation
  • Computer network supervision
  • Purchasing of equipment

 

Curation of Exhibitions

Yomiuri Shinbun at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan
In July 2015, the Japanese media house Yomiuri Shinbun opened a 4000 m2 exhibition at the Makuhari Messe fairgrounds in Tokyo entitled “Mega-Dinosaurs" on dinosaur gigantism and body size evolution through time. I was the guest curator for this exhibition, which drew 260 000 visitors in 6 weeks. The exhibition was also shown at the Osaka Museum of Natural History.

American Museum of Natural History, New York City, USA
In April 2011, the American Museum of Natural History in New York opened a 700 m2 traveling exhibition entitled "Titans. The World's Largest Dinosaurs. The Science Behind Their Size" that features my work and that of Research Unit 533. I was the Guest Co-curator (together with Dr. Mark Norell) for this exhibition, which is still travelling around the world.


Goldfuß-Museum, University of Bonn, Germany
March 2011 - January 2012 "Winterswijk Steengroeve: Saurier und Fährten" (Saurians and tracks fromt the Winterswijk quarry). In collaboration with Dr. N. Klein, Bonn.

since Juni 2000 "Was Fossilien erzählen..." Dauerausstellung zur allgemeinen Paläontologie (What fossils tell us…. permanent exhibition about general paleonotlogy).

November 1998 – March 1999 "Georg August Goldfuß - ein Wissenschaftlerleben in der Romantik" (Georg August Goldfuß –a scientist’s life in the romanticism). In collaboration with Prof. Dr. W. Langer, Bonn

October 1996 – March 1998 „Ur-Nashörener unter Palmen - Aktuelle Funde aus den Braunkohlen-Tagebauen zeichnen ein neues Bild der Lebewelt des niederrheinischen Tertiärs" (Ur-rhinos under palms – new discoveries in the lignite mines record life in the Lower Rhine Tertiary)

May 1996 - August 1996 "Zungensteine - Fossilien von Rochen und Haien" (Tongue bones – fossils of rays and sharks). In collaboration with W. Kindlimann, Zurich.

October 1993 - May 1994 "Von der Dinomanie zur Paläontologie - und zurück" (From dinomania to paleontology – and back)

May 1993 - September 1996 Reopening of the museum with the exhibition "Schätze
aus der paläontologischen Sammlung der Universität Bonn" (Treasures from the University of Bonn paleontological collection)


Travelling exhibitions at the Goldfuß-Museum:

November 1999 - February 2000 "Der Vater der Geologie von Texas": Der Bonner Paläontologe C.F. Roemer (1818-1891)
(The father of the geology of Texas. The Bonn paleontologist C.F. Roemer, 1818-1891). In collaboration with the Roemer Museum, Hildesheim.

April 1999 - October 1999 "Schatzkammer Dachschiefer: Weltberühmte Fossilien aus dem Hunsrück" (Treasure trove slate: world famous fossils from Hunsrück). A large part of the exhibition was obtained from the German Mining Museum and the Museum of Natural
History in Mainz.

April 1998 - September 1998 "Tertiäre Seen - Enspel und Messel - Überlieferungen aus der Urzeit" (Tertiary lakes – Enspel and Messel). A large part of the exhibition was obtained from the „Erdgeschichtlichen Denkmalpflege Rheinland-Pfalz)

 

Invited Talks

International Symposia

  • 2018 Invited plenary lecture at Marburg Nephrology Symposium, University of Marburg Medical Center, Germany
  • 2018 Symposium “Paleophysiology” at the 5th International Paleontological Congress, Paris, France
  • 2015 EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Workshop “Extraembryonic-Embryonic Interfaces” in Göttingen, Germany
  • 2014 Symposium “Sauropod Dinosaurs: Phylogeny and Biology of Giants” at the 4th International Palaeontological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina
  • 2013 SVP Symposium on "Ontogeny Changes Everything: Paleobiological Implications of Dinosaur Growth”, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2013 ICVM 9 Symposium “Paleohistology“ in Barcelona, Spain
  • 2010 Symposium on "Perspectives on Vertebrate Evolution: Topics and Problems"
  • to celebrate the retirement of Professor Armand de Ricqlès, College de France, Paris, France
  • 2010 Symposium on "Evolutionary Constraints" organized by the University College London and held at the Zoological Society of London, London, England
  • 2010 Symposium on “Stegosauria" at the Sauriermuseum, Aathal, Switzerland
  • 2009 Paleohistology Workshop at NESCENT (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center), Durham, North Carolina, USA
  • 2008 Invited lecture, annual meeting of "Paleobiologische Kring" in Winterswijk, The Netherlands
  • 2008 Symposium "Fossilized Ontogenies" at the 3rd meeting of the European Society for Evolution and Development, Ghent, Belgium
  • 2006 SVP Symposium on "Global Perspective on Marine Reptiles and their Evolution"; Ottawa, Canada
  • 2005 SVP Symposium on "The Evolution of Giants": Mesa, Arizona, USA
  • 2003 SVP Symposium on "Biomineralization: Patterns, Processes, and Analysis of Modern and Fossil Vertebrate Skeletal Tissues"; St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • 2002 Phylogenetisches Symposium, Museum Alexander König, Bonn, Germany
  • 2001 SVP Symposium on "Advances in Bone Paleohistology", Bozeman, Montana, USA
  • 1997 Symposium on "Vertebrate Paleontology in Europe”, Third International Congress of Herpetology, Prag, Czech Republic
  • 1994 SVP Symposium on "Marine Reptiles of the Mesozoic", Seattle, USA
  • 1992 SVP Symposium on "Enamel Microstructure in Mammalian Evolution", Toronto, Canada
  • 1992 Second Georges Cuvier Symposium "Dinosaurs and Other Fossil Reptiles of Europe", Montbéliard, France
  • 1991 Workshop on “Triassic Marine Vertebrates”, Milano, Italy
  • 1988 Workshop "Skeletochronology", First International Congress of Herpetology, Canterbury, England

Invitations to Colloquia and Public Lectures

  • 2018 Invited lecture at Maha Sarakam University, Maha Sarakam, Thailand
  • 2018 Public lecture at Great Basin Brewery, Reno, Nevada, USA
  • 2018 Public lecture at Dutch Geological Association, Winterswijk, The Netherlands
  • 2018 Public lecture at Sociedade de História Natural, Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • 2017 Public lecture at Great Basin Brewery, Reno, Nevada, USA
  • 2017 Public lecture at City of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 2017 Invited lecture at University of Crato, Ceara State, Brazil
  • 2017 Invited lecture at University of San Carlos, Sao Paulo State, Brazil
  • 2017 Public lecture at State Museum of Natural History, Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2016 Invited lecture at Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, Anhui, China
  • 2016 Invited lecture at Couven Museum, Aachen, Germany
  • 2015 Public lecture at LWL Landesmuseum für Naturkunde, Münster
  • 2015 Public lecture at Geologische Gesellschaft Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2015 University of Southern California, Department of Earth Sciences seminar series, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2014 Los Angles County Museum, Department of Research and Collections lecture series, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2014 Yale University, Department of Geology lecture series, New Haven, USA
  • 2014 Keynote lecture at the Arbeitskreis Wirbeltierpaläontologie, Laimering, Germany
  • 2014 Fukui Prefecture Museum Asian Dinosaur Symposium keynote lecture, Fukui, Japan
  • 2014 Invited lecture at Bureau of Land Manangement, Winnemucca, Nevada, USA
  • 2014 Public lecture at Humboldt County Museum, Winnemucca, Nevada, USA
  • 2014 Evening lecture at University Club Bonn, Germany
  • 2013 Two invited lectures at the IVPP, Beijing, China
  • 2013 Invited lecture at the Keck Science Department of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, USA
  • 2012 Public lecture at Natural History Museum St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2012 W. Langston lectures and short course at the University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • 2012 Departmental lecture at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012 Public evening lecture at the 100th anniversary meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany
  • 2012 Public lecture at the Experimenta, Heilbronn, Germany
  • 2012 Public lecture at the University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • 2011 Colloquium at the University of Siegen, Germany
  • 2011 Two lectures at European Short Course at Ecole Normal Superieur Lyon, Lyon, France
  • 2011 Public lecture at the University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 2011 Los Angles County Museum, Department of Research and Collections lecture series, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2011 Public lecture and short course at Naturmuseum Bozen, Italy
  • 2010 Public lecture at Naturmuseum Bozen, Bozen, Italy
  • 2010 Invited lecture at the annual meeting of the VFMG in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2010 Public lecture at University of Cologne by invitation of the Rektor, Germany
  • 2010 Public lecture at the Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany
  • 2010 Public lecture at the Kinderuniversität of the University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 2010 Public lecture at Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2010 Colloquium at the VetSuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2009 Invited lecture, annual meeting of the NHV, Bonn, Germany
  • 2009 Invited lecture Festvortrag, annual meeting for Visceralchirurgie, University of Bonn Medical School, Germany
  • 2009 Invited lecture, 51. Phylogenetisches Symposium, Natural History Museum, Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2008 Public lecture at Studium generale of the University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • 2008 Lecture for the paleozoology professorship, Museum für Naturkunde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • 2007 Public evening lecture at the annual meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft in Freiberg, Germany
  • 2007 Public lecture at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, Germany
  • 2006 Keynote lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Kiel, Germany
  • 2006 Public lecture in Eislingen near Stuttgart as part of the exhibit "In einem Meer vor unserer Zeit", Germany
  • 2006 Lecture at W.-D. Heinrich retirement colloquium in Berlin, Germany
  • 2006 Public lecture in the Bonn City Hall, Germany
  • 2005 Alberti Lecture, Alberti Foundation, Ingelfingen, Germany
  • 2004 Opening lecture for an exhibit, Sauriermuseum Aathal, Switzerland
  • 2004 Colloquium, Institut für Geowissenschaften, Halle University, Germany
  • 2003 Lecture for the succession of Prof. Dr. H.P. Schultze, Museum für Naturkunde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2003 Lecture at the Dutch Geological Societey in Winterswijk, The Netherlands
  • 2003 Public lecture, Museum Schloß Salder, Salzgitter, Germany
  • 2002 Lecture as part of the event "Himmel und Erde”, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2002 Invited lecture, 44. Phylogenetisches Symposium, Museum Koenig, Bonn
  • 2002 Sunday Matinee, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2001 Lecture as part of the event "Leben-Begreifen" for the Year of the Biowissenschaften
  • 2001 Lecture for the succession of Prof. Dr. E. Flügel, Institut für Paläontologie, Universität Erlangen, Germany
  • 2001 Colloquium, Zoological Institute, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2000 Public Lecture evening in Natural History Museum, Kassel, Germany
  • 2000 Colloquium, Zoological Institute, Universität Essen, Germany
  • 2000 Lecture for the succession of Prof. Dr. H Rieber, Paläontologisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1999 Lecture for the succession for Prof. Dr. V. Fahlbusch, Institut für Paläontologie und historische Geologie, Universität München, Germany
  • 1999 Lecture in context of the Studium generale, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 1999 Lecture for the succession of Prof. Dr. B. Krebs, Institute of Paleontology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • 1998 Lecture in the context of the Studium generale, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 1997 Lecture at the Mineral and Fossils Friends Society, Bayer Leverkusen, Germany
  • 1997 Lecture for the succession of Prof. Dr. W. Reif, Institute for Geology and Paleontology, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 1996 Open evening lecture in the Museum Alexander König, Bonn, Germany
  • 1996 Lecture for the succession of Prof. Dr. D. Herm, Institute for Paleontology und Historical Geology, Universität München, Germany
  • 1995 Lecture at the VFMG Köln/Bonn, Germany
  • 1995 Lecture at "Dies Academicus", Universität Bonn, Germany
  • 1994 Evening lecture at the „geowissenschaftlichen Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bünde“, Germany
  • 1993 Public short lecture for the 30th anniversary of the Institute of Paleontology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1992 Public evening lecture at the annual meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany
  • 1992 Lecture for the succession of Prof. Dr. M. Jaeger, Naturkunde-Museum der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • 1991 Public evening lecture, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1991 Public evening lecture, Geologisch-Paläontologisches Museum, Universität Münster, Germany
  • 1989 Evening lecture from the lecture series of the Fossil Friends of Bern, Germany
  • 1989 One day seminar, Teachers Association Frick, Germany
  • 1989 Colloquium, Universität Bonn, Germany
  • 1988 Colloquium, Paläontologisches Institut und Museum der Universität Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1986 Colloquium, Paläontologisches Institut und Museum der Universität Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1985 Lecture in the winter lecture series of the "Zürcher Geologischen Gesellschaft", Switzerland
  • 1985 Colloquium, Paläontologisches Institut und Museum der Universität Zürich, Switzerland


Media Appearances

Needless to say, studying dinosaurs has led to numerous media appearances, as a search of the internet will quickly reveal. I have appeared on very many occasions in TV and radio shows in different countries, beginning in 1988 on Swiss national TV.

There have also been very many print media articles about my work and that of the DFG Research Units 533 and 2685, the projects I jhave been leading for the last 15 years. Highlights arguably were multi-page articles in Germany's leading news magazine Der Spiegel in 2006 and in the British New Scientist in 2009, but other leading print media like the New York Times have also reported on our work. I believe talking to the media is very important and I have always made time for journalists seeking information.

Appearances in the "new media" include the Science TV project of the DFG (http://www.dfg-science-tv.de) for which Research Unit 533 was chosen together with nine other projects during the pilot phase. We contributed footage for 12 episodes which were then turned into professionally produced 3-minute videos in German and English. To view these, please visit http://www.dfg-science-tv.de/de/projekte/die-supersaurier and http://dfg-science-tv.de/en/projects/giant-dinosaurs

My research on marine reptiles and, more recently, on fossilization also receives extensive reporting by the media. Our outreach activities are also evidenced by an average of six press releases per year through the University of Bonn.


Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Paleontological Society
  • The Linnean Society of London
  • Paläontologische Gesellschaft (Council member 1997-2003 and 2006 - 2009)

Awards

  • 2012 Nomination for DFG Communicator Prize
  • 2009 Best Student Paper award with Ragna Redelstorff, JVP

 

 

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