1993 Diploma in Geology (Technical University Mining Academy Freiberg)
1997 PhD in Palaeontology (University Leipzig)
2003 Habilitation in Geology and Palaeontology (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich)
terrestrial ecological systems
On the basis of terrestrial organisms (e.g. vertebrate animals) feedback processes between climate changes and ecological systems in recent geologic history are examined.
osteology, taxonomy and phylogeny of all modern groups of vertebrate animals
main focus of research is in continental biostratigraphy, geochronology, vegetation development and terrestrial paleoclimatology of the Neogene
The central question of past and future research is of the origin of modern ecological systems and the extrinsic mechanisms of the evolution of the Hominids, as well as the influence of human settlement and abrupt climate change on the breakdown and resilience of terrestrial ecological systems.