PhD Universität Hamburg, Germany, 2001
Habilitation Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, 2013
My overall research interest could be summarized with the question “What drives evolution on geologic time scales?”. Currently, I am focused on the fossil history of so-called chemosynthetic ecosystems, which can be found around hydrothermal vents and methane seeps in the deep sea.
I use mollusks as a model group to study evolutionary radiations, diversity gradients, and other evolutionary patterns. I am also interested in integrating geochemical and molecular biological data with fossil data, as well as state-of-the-art computational methods, to address my research questions.
Funding for my research has come from Austrian, German, and American funding bodies, the European Commission, and most recently the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR).