You are here: Home ifg_homepage Departments Department Paleontology labs Micropaleontology


Martin R. Langer

Professor of Micropaleontology

Prof. Dr. Martin Langer

Contact Information

Institut für Geowissenschaften, Paläontologie, Universität Bonn
Nussallee 8
D-53115 Bonn

Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-4026
Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-3103 (Sekretariat)
Fax:  0049 - (0)228 - 733509
Raum: 102, Nussallee 8
E-Mail: martin.langer[at]


Welcome to the Langer Lab

Our primary research areas focus on the evolutionary history and organismic paleobiology of microscopic organisms and protists (foraminifera) in particular. This interest involves the study of the ecology, biogeography, molecular phylogeny and biology of fossil and living species.

What if anything is Micropalaeontology?

Micropaleontology is the study of microscopic organisms, including their structure, environment, evolution, and distribution as revealed by their fossil remains and their genetic code. Some of the most important groups of microfossils include: Foraminifera, Coccolithophores, Dinoflagellates, Radiolarians, Diatoms, Ostracodes, Pollen and Conodonts. Because of their high numerical abundance in rocks and sediments, microfossils are the most commonly used organisms for applied geologic and paleobiologic research.




Micropaleontological work also makes significant contributions to geology in revealing stratigraphic relationships between rock strata and determining the physical appearance and climate of the earth during past geological ages. Micropaleontologists are employed in all exploration and research departmens of the oil industry, as independant consultants, or in government agencies where they may work studying the effects and consequences of potential climate changes or anthropogenic pollution. Academic micropaleontologists hold positions at many universities and museums, where they study fundamental research problems in such diverse fields as evolution, molecular phylogenetics, paleobiology and geology.



  • Process oriented research on recent and fossil foraminifera
  • Biogeography und Biodiversity in Time and Space
  • Taxonomy, Morphology, Biodiversity-Hotspots
  • Invasive Species, Modelling of species expansion rates under conditions of global climate change
  • Biomonitoring, Biosteering, High-resolution Stratigraphy
  • Industriel Micropaleontology, Reservoir exploration
  • Globae carbonate production


A complete publication list is available via Google Scholar and Research Gate.


2000 - Pro­fes­sor of Mi­cro­paleon­to­lo­gy, Institut für Geowissenschaften, Uni­ver­si­ty of Bonn, Germany
1996 - 2000 Postdoctoral researcher and Habilitation (1997), Tü­bin­gen Uni­ver­si­ty, Germany
1990 - 1996 Post­doc­to­ral re­se­ar­cher, UC Berkeley, USA
1989 - PhD in Erdwissenschaften/Geosciences, Basel Uni­ver­si­ty, Switzerland
1985 - MSc (Diplom) in Geo­lo­gy, Freiburg University, Germany


Working Group (Micropaleontology)

Name E-Mail Phone
Dr. Meena Förderer m.foerderer[at]  +49 (0)228 73-4237
PhD Students    
Nisan Sariaslan nisan.sariaslan[at] +49 (0)228 73-4241
Janine Koenen janine.koenen[at] +49 (0)228 73-4241
 Former Members    
Dr. Anna Weinmann Anna.Weinmann[at]NHM-WIEN.AC.AT +43-1-52177-255
Past PhD Students    
Dr. Gloria Mouanga Gloria.Mouanga[at]  
Dr. Jens Thissen jens_thissen[at]  
Dr. Olugbenga Fajemila olugbenga.fajemila[at]  
Dr. Walid Makled walidmakled[at]  
Student Assistant
Ruta Stulpinaite s6rustul[at]  
Document Actions