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Geology / Palaeontology PhD candidate, University College Cork

Since I was a child I wanted to become a dinosaur scientist - a palaeontologist. In 2014 I did it! I currently don’t deal with dinosaurs, but with Eocene individuals and their skeletal taphonomy and soft-tissue preservation (“Geiseltal collection”, Germany). However, I still have a strong interest in dinosaur excavations, as well as sedimentology, stratigraphy, the reconstruction of ancient ecosystems and museology. I also work on Permian ecosystems.

Oct 2018 – present: Geology PhD student at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork (Ireland). PhD Thesis: Taphonomy of the Eocene Geiseltal Konservat-Lagerstätte, Germany.

Feb 2016 – Feb 2018: State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (Germany). Scientific trainee/volunteer (full-time): Collection work, research, museum education (guided tours, presentations, pedagogy), exhibition work.

Nov 2014 – Nov 2015: BEAK Consultants GmbH Freiberg (Germany). Engineering work in Germany and abroad with focus on ore research and prospection.

Dec 2011 – Sept 2014: MSc Geo Sciences at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany). Main subjects: applied palaeontology & stratigraphy. Thesis (partly published): Sedimentology, Palaeontology and Environmental Reconstruction of the Hornburg-Formation, Southern Permian basin (Late Guadalupian, Permian).

Oct 2008 – Dec 2011: BSc Geology/Mineralogy at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany). Thesis (partly published): Sedimentology and 3D-Modelling of Dinosaur Trackways of the Lowermost Cretaceous (Berriasian, Bückeberg-Formation) from Münchehagen (Lower Saxony).


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    Geology PhD student, University College Cork