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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
Fax (0049-288) 73 600 57

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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

August 2019 - March 2021
Guest Curator, Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, for the exhibit “ “GROSS, GRÖSSER, DINOSAURIER"

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 (=board of trustees), Leibniz Institute Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany

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

July 2011 - June 2014
Member, Scientific Advisory Council, Leibniz Institute 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
Head, Goldfuß Museum, Institute of Geosciences, University of Bonn, Germany

2007 - present
University Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology, Section Paleontology, Institute of Geosciences, 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


Publication Record

I have published about 240 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals and as invited book chapters. Five of these papers appeared in Science and one in Nature; I am the first or senior author of all six. I have edited or co-edited four books and written one textbook. For details, see separate publication list.

My papers are highly cited in the field (over 7200 citations according to the latest statistics from Google Scholar), and my h-index of 48 (Google Scholar) is among the highest of any German paleontologist and the highest among German vertebrate paleontologists.


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 51 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 23 Ph.D. students, the first of whom obtained his degree in 2000, and I have hosted 13 postdoctoral researchers, primarily funded by the DFG and the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation. Finally, I have supervised 15 B.Sc. student theses, newly introduced in 2010.

Many of my students and postdocs have come from around the world (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil 2x, Canada, Chile, China 2x, France 4x, India, Italy 3x, Japan 2x, Luxemburg, Poland 2x, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands 5x, United Kingdom, USA). Currently my lab hosts four postdocs, seven Ph.D. students, and ten 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.


Achievements of My Students

78th Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (2018): 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 and was awarded a grant for her own position by the DFG in 2020.

Yang Tzu-Ruei (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. Tzu-Ruei is now assistant curator of vertebrate paleontology, at the National Museum of Natural History of Taiwan

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 (B.Sc. degree 2013) 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. Supervisor Ken Lacovara (Drexel) and Tim Rowe (UT Austin).

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

Ragna Redelstorff (Diploma degree 2008) was admitted to the Ph.D. program of University College Dublin University, Ireland. Supervisor Patrick Orr. 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, Switzerland.

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

2019 Landschaftsverband Rheinland Regionale Kulturförderung grant for training young citizen scientists by accessioning fossil collections: Salary for a curator for two years, a student helper for 24 months, and € 6,000 for consumables, totalling € 130,000.00

2018 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) research grant (together with AvH fellow Dr. Paula Jimenez Huidobro): € 19,200.00

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, 2019: 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
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  • 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 "Mesoszoic Terrestrial Ecosystems 13" in Bonn, Germany (scientific board member)

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, Spain (organizing committee member)

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

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 in Bonn, Germany

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

2002 Symposium "Biology of the Dinosaurs" at the GEO 2002 meeting in Würzburg, Germany

2001 International Symposium "Tooth Enamel Microstructure – Phylogeny and Function" at the 6th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology in Jena, Germany, 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, German

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

 

Curation of Exhibitions

Museum Alexander Koenig, Leibniz Institute for Biodiversity Research, Bonn, Germany
In October 2019, Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, opened an 800 m2 exhibition entitled “GROSS, GRÖSSER, DINOSAURIER: Aus dem Labor der Gigantismus-Forscher" on dinosaur gigantism and body size evolution through time. I was the guest curator for this exhibition, which is set to close in March 20201.

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 have been leading for the last 18 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.

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 from my group through the University of Bonn.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Paleontological Society
  • Paläontologische Gesellschaft (Council member 1997-2003 and 2006 - 2009)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Awards

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

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