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Palaeontology

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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Global Change Palaeobiology

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Global Change Palaeobiology interprets the response of organisms and ecosystems had to environmental changes in the past, placing emphasis on changes in climate seawater chemistry.This topic is related to the new field of Conservation Palaeobiology, but is broader in that it studies deep time in addition to the recent past. It studies patterns on both regional and global scales, and is interdisciplinary through the merging of ecology and evolution.More

Dynamics of Biodiversity

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Understanding the evolutionary and ecological processes that influence the diversity of life is essential to our society and is one of the most intriguing fields of research 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

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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