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Gee Research Group

Welcome to the Gee Lab!

Gee lab group photo October 2021

We are interested in all aspects of botany and paleobotany, from the living to the fossil realm. Our approach to fossil plants is to view them as living organisms in Deep Time, and our main areas of research are morphology, anatomy, biological affinity, ecology, and taphonomy. Most of our studies focus on the paleobotany of the Mesozoic and pre-Quaternary Cenozoic, although we also study living plants, the formation of plant assemblages in the sedimentary record of the present day, and plant fossilization in order to understand the past.  Since 2018, I have been a principal investigator and steering committee member of DFG Research Unit 2685 on Fossilization. Here is a link to a blog post on the book that we published on fossilization in spring 2021: https:////

Current members of the Gee Lab

Name    Room
      E-Mail   Telephone
PD Dr. Carole Gee    0.001
      cgee[at]   73 3063
Aowei Xie, M.Sc.

  awxie[at]   73 9365
Mariah Howell    0.009
      mariah.howell[at]   73 4069
Kelly Shunn    0.009

      s6keshun[at]   73 4069
Josefine Weiss

  73 4069
Felicitas Hoff    0.009
      s6fshoff[at]   73 4069
Sam Pieper

    Research Assistant   73 4069

Former members of the Gee Lab

Dr. Shook Ling Low, DFG Postdoctoral researcher, 2020–2021
Preliminary studies of microorganisms on water lily leaves

Dr. Moritz Liesegang, DFG Postdoctoral researcher, 2018–2020
Silicification of wood

Dr. Victoria McCoy, DFG Postdoctoral researcher, 2018–2019                                                                                                             Chemical defenses in fossil plants

Dr. Jo Hellawell, DFG Postdoctoral researcher, 2011–2014
Silicification of wood

Luis Gustavo Pereira, M.Sc., 2021
Mineralogy and preservational quality of Late Mesozoic silicified wood and mineralized dinosaur bone

Samantha Moody, M.Sc., 2018
Longevity, growth rate, and wood anatomy of the hemiparasitic shrub Krameria lappacea (Krameriaceae)

Jessica Landgraf, B.Sc. Geosciences, 2015
Fossil conifers and charophytes from the Late Jurassic of northern Germany

Tatjana Laupenmühlen, M.Sc. Geosciences, 2015
Systematics of fossil angiosperm wood from the Miocene of Greece

Katrin Weiser, M.Sc. OEP Biology, 2015
Phyllotaxy in Araucaria fossil and recent conifer cones

Nicole Garten, M.Sc. OEP Biology, 2014
Systematics of fossil wood from the Eocene of Texas

Sashima Läbe, M.Sc. Geosciences, 2012
Experimental silicification in tree ferns


Last updated: November 3, 2021