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Andrea Engelbrecht, MSc Paleontology



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Education

Since 09.2012 PhD student at the University of Vienna
Thesis: Post-Cretaceous evolution of Antarctic fishes
08.2012 MSc in Paleontology at the University of Vienna
11.2009-08.2012 MSc student at the Institute of Paleontology, University of Vienna
Thesis: Intraspecific variation between Crocuta crocuta crocuta (Erxleben,1777) and Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss, 1823) from central Europe
10.2009 BSc in Biology at the University of Vienna
09.2005-10.2009 BSc student at the Institute of Biology, University of Vienna
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Professional Background

Since 03.2017Research Associate at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria (Dissertation Completion Fellowship of the University of Vienna)
02.2014-02.2017Research Associate at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria (FWF Grant, P26465-B25)
02.2013-01.2014Freelance service contract at the Department of Geology and Paleontology, Natural History Museum of Vienna, Austria
08.2013Student assistant at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria
10.2011-02.2012Tutor at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria
09.2011Student assistant at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria
01.-06.2011Research assistant at the Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, Austria
10.2010-02.2011Tutor at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria
10.-12.2009Student assistant at the Geological Survey of Vienna
01.-05.2009Student assistant at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria
11.-12.2008Student assistant at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria
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Membership in professional organizations

Österreichische Paläontologische Gesellschaft
Paläontologische Gesellschaft
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Research Statement

My PhD project aims at documenting and analysing the biotic effects of short- and long-term climate and palaeogeographic changes in Antarctica, focusing on the taxonomic composition and diversity dynamics of Eocene Antarctic chondrichthyans (Holocephali, Elasmobranchii) from Seymour Island. This material represents the most complete chondrichthyan collection from the Palaeogene of the Southern Hemisphere. Thus, it enables me to employ rigorous methods for investigating various aspects (e.g., originations, extinctions and diversification patterns) for the first time and to compare the results with extrinsic factors, which might influence evolutionary processes (e.g., climate, palaeogeography) throughout the Eocene. This will provide deeper insights into adaptive and evolutionary patterns of these fishes and probably the origin of the conspicuous modern-day Antarctic fish fauna (absent holocephalans and sharks).
Additionally, I am interested in the evolutionary history of bony fishes. About 90% of the teleosts are endemic to the Antarctic Ocean and the fauna is dominated by notohenioid. The origin and evolution of these perfectly adapted fishes to the sub-zero Ocean temperatures still are disputed despite some putative fossils from the Eocene of Seymour Island. Newly collected fossil bony fish material including abundant isolated otoliths from Eocene and Miocene strata of Antarctica allows me to analyse the taxonomic diversity of Antarctic bony fishes. This enables me to reconstruct diversity patterns of fossil Antarctic fishes.

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Academic Grants and Awards

04.2013 SYNTHESYS travel grant to the Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden
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Conferences and Symposia

  • 74th Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Berlin, Germany (2014)
  • Poster Diversity of Eocene Antarctic sand tiger sharks (Chondrichthyes, Odontaspididae): Climatic controls or implications for nursery areas?. (Co-authored by J. Kriwet, T. Mörs, M. Reguero)
  • XXXIII SCAR Biennial Meeting including the Open Science Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2014)
  • Talk New information on diversity patterns of Eocene Antarctic sharks, skates and rays (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii). (Co-authored by J. Kriwet, T. Mörs, C. Schwarz, M. Reguero)
    Poster Origin of Antarctic ice-fishes (Teleostei, Notothenioidei): Current controversies and facts. (Co-authored by J. Kriwet, T. Mörs, C. Schwarz, M. Reguero)
  • 40th Meeting of the German working-group "Vertebrate Palaeontology", Laimering, Germany (2013)
  • Poster New information on the cranial anatomy of ice-fishes (Teleostei, Notothenioidei). (Co-authored by J. Kriwet, T. Mörs, M. Reguero, C. Schwarz)
  • 10th Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft für Ichthyologie (GfI), Bonn, Germany (2013)
  • Poster New information on the cranial anatomy of ice-fishes (Teleostei, Notothenioidei). (Co-authored by J. Kriwet, T. Mörs, M. Reguero, C. Schwarz)
  • 84th Annual Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft (Joint Meeting with the Palaeontological Society of China), Göttingen, Germany (2013)
  • Poster A revision on Eocene Antarctic Fishes (Vertebrata: Neopterygii: Teleostei). (Co-authored by J. Kriwet, T. Mörs, C. Schwarz, M. Reguero, C. Tambussi)
  • 83rd Annual Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany (2012)
  • Poster First chimeroid, batoid and shark records (Chondrichthyes: Holocephali, Elasmobranchii) from the uppermost horizons (Late Eocene, Telms 6 and 7) of the La Meseta Formation, Seymour Island, Antarctica (Presented by J. Kriwet; Co-authored by T. Mörs, M. Reguero, C. Tambussi, R. Stepanek)
  • 82nd Annual Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Vienna, Austria (2011)
  • Poster Innerartliche Variabilität der eiszeitlichen Tüpfelhyäne (Crocuta crocuta) aus dem Pleistozän Mitteleuropas (Co-authored by D. Nagel)
  • 81st Annual Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany (2010)
  • 37th Meeting of the German working-group "Vertebrate Palaeontology", Vienna, Austria (2010)
  • Poster Innerspezifische Variabilität bei Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Co-authored by D. Nagel)
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    Peer-reviewed papers

    • Engelbrecht, A., Mörs, T., Reguero, M. & Kriwet, J. in press. A new sawshark, Pristiophorus laevis, from the Eocene of Antarctica with comments on Pristiophorus lanceolatus. Historical Biology.
    • Engelbrecht, A., Mörs, T., Reguero, M. & Kriwet, J. in press. Revision of Eocene Antarctic carpet sharks (Elasmobranchii, Orectolobiformes) from Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
    • Schwarzhans, W., Mörs, T., Engelbrecht, A., Reguero, M. & Kriwet, J. 2016 (online first). Before the freeze: Otoliths from the Eocene of Seymour Island, Antarctica, reveal dominance of gadiform fishes (Teleostei). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2016.1151958. Link to article
    • Kriwet, J., Engelbrecht, A., Mörs, T., Reguero, M. & Pfaff, C. 2016. Ultimate Eocene (Priabonian) chondrichthyans (Holocephali, Elasmobranchii) of Antarctica. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36: e1160911 (19 pages).
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    Non peer-reviewed papers

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    Published conference presentations

    • Engelbrecht, A., Mörs, T., Reguero, M. & Kriwet, J. 2016. Small sharks - big surprise: New information on diversity patterns of Eocene Antarctic chondrichthyes. In: Niebuhr, B., Wilmsen, M., Kunzmann, L. & Stefen, C. (eds.): Fossils: Key to evolution, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironments: 49; Saxoprint GmbH, Dresden.
    • Engelbrecht, A., Kriwet, J., Mörs, T. & Reguero, M. 2014. Diversity of Eocene Antarctic sand tiger sharks (Chondrichthyes, Odontaspididae): Climatic controls or implications for nursery areas? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts: 125.
    • Engelbrecht, A., Kriwet, J., Mörs, T., Schwarz, C. & Reguero, M. 2014. New information on diversity patterns of Eocene Antarctic sharks, skates and rays (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii). XXXIII SCAR Open Science Conference and COMNAP Symposium Success through International Cooperation: 407.
    • Engelbrecht, A., Kriwet, J., Mörs, T., Schwarz, C. & Reguereo, M. 2014. Origin of Antarctic ice-fishes (Teleostei, Notothenioidei): Current controversies and facts. XXXIII SCAR Open Science Conference and COMNAP Symposium Success through International Cooperation: 716.
    • Kriwet, J., Engelbrecht, A., Reguero, M. & Mörs, T. 2014. Eocene Antarctic fish diversity patterns revisited. XII Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists: 192.
    • Mörs, T., Engelbrecht, A., Kriwet, J., Schwarz, C. & Reguero, M. 2014. Origin of modern Antarctic ice-fishes (Teleostei, Notothenioidei) and the identity of Eocene fish remains from Seymour Island, Antarctica. 4th International Palaeontological Congress - The history of life: A view from the Southern Hemisphere: 2019.
    • Engelbrecht, A., Kriwet, J., Mörs, T., Schwarz, C., Reguero, M. & Tambussi, C. 2013. A revision of Eocene Antarctic fishes (Vertebrata: Neopterygii: Teleostei). In Reitner, J., Qun, Y., Yongdong, W. & Reich, M. (eds): Palaeobiology and Geobiology of Fossil Lagerstätten through Earth History: 42.
    • Kriwet, J., Engelbrecht, A., Mörs, T., Reguero, M., Tambussi, C. & Stepanek, R. 2012. First chimeroid, batoid and shark records (Chondrichthyes: Holocephali, Elasmobranchii) from the uppermost horizons (Late Eocene, Telms 6 and 7) of the La Meseta Formation, Seymour Island, Antarctica. Terra Nostra 2012 (3): 100.
    • Engelbrecht, A. & Nagel, D. 2011. Innerartliche Variabilität der eiszeitlichen Tüpfelhyäne (Crocuta crocuta) aus dem Pleistozän Mitteleuropas. Beiträge zur Paläontologie 32: 50-51.
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    Unpublished conference presentations

    • Engelbrecht, A., Kriwet, J., Mörs, T., Reguero, M. & Schwarz, C. 2013. New information on the cranial anatomy of ice-fishes (Teleostei, Notothenioidei) from Antarctica based on micro-CT analyse. 10. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Ichthyologie (GfI): 15.
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    Miscellaneous

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    Contact

    Department of Paleontology
    University of Vienna
    Geozentrum
    Althanstrasse 14
    1090 Vienna
    Austria
    phone: +43 (0)1 4277 535 42
    fax: +43 (0)1 4277 9535



    mail: andrea.engelbrecht@univie.ac.at