In the Department of Palaeontology, we study the evolution of ecosystems over long timescales. We deduce the environmental factors which significantly influenced the emergence and disappearance of communities throughout Earth’s history, alongside predicting the effects of modern day anthropogenic climate change on future ecosystems. To achieve this we combine geological fieldwork, state-of-the-art analytical methods, palaeobiological databases and statistical analysis.

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On July 3, 5pm, Prof. Christopher Scotese (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Northwestern University, USA) gave a talk "Foundation of Earth System History: Plate tectonics, paleogeography & paleoclimate during the last 1.5 billion years" in Hörsaal Geologie. He is the inventor of t...

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Prof. Paul Valdes (University of Bristol) and Prof. Christopher Scotese (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Northwestern University, USA) are visiting Prof. Kiessling in the first week of July. This is an exciting opportunity to meet them individually. As both are invited through TERSAN...


Global Change Palaeobiology


Global Change Palaeobiology interprets the response of organisms and ecosystems  to past environmental changes, placing emphasis on changes in climate seawater chemistry. This topic is related to the new field of Conservation Palaeobiology, but is broader by covering both deep time and the recent past. It investigates patterns on both regional and global scales, whilst merging the fields of ecology and evolution. More

Dynamics of Biodiversity


Understanding the evolutionary and ecological processes that influence the diversity of life is essential to our society and is one of the most intriguing research fields of our time. We contribute towards internationally significant databases and develop new methods of analysis to provide insights into fundamental mechanisms.More


Carbonate Sedimentology and Facies Analysis


Research into carbonate systems has been a focus in Erlangen for decades. Through this, the internationally acclaimed “Flügel Course” on microfacies analysis developed, alongside the publication of the international magazine “FACIES” in Springer-Verlag, one of the world’s most renowned geoscience journals. More