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Dr. Giuseppe Marramà, PhD



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Lise-Meitner Postdoctoral Fellow
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Education

01.2016 PhD in Earth Sciences at Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, University of Turin, Italy
Thesis: The Eocene ichthyofauna of Monte Bolca: Contribution to the knowledge of the paleobiodiversity, paleoenvironment and evolutionary significance
Supervisor: Prof. Giorgio Carnevale
02.2011 Laurea Magistrale (MSc equivalent) in Paleobiology at University of Milan, Italy
Thesis: The genus Plesioperleidus (Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii) from the Early Triassic of Madagascar
Supervisors: Prof. Andrea Tintori, Dr. Cristina Lombardo
12.2007 Laurea Triennale (Bsc equivalent) in Natural Sciences at University of Pavia, Italy
Thesis: Study of a fossil collection from the Cretaceous site of Pietraroja BN, Italy; collected during controlled excavations of the the Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano in 2001
Supervisors: Prof. Mancin Nicoletta, Dr. Cristiano Dal Sasso
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Professional Background

Since 10.2016 Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria
10.2014-12.2015 Assistant at Department of Earth Sciences, University of Turin, Italy, guiding undergraduate students in data collection, analysis and presentation of research findings
01.2013-12.2015 PhD student at Department of Earth Sciences, University of Turin, Italy
06.2010 Controlled excavations in the Bear Cave, Monte Generoso, Italy
07.2009 Controlled excavations in the Grigna site, Italy
07.2007-12.2007 Cataloging and reorganization of museum collection at Museo di Storia Naturale, Milan, Italy
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Membership in professional organizations

Società Paleontologica Italiana
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Research Statement

My current research focuses on the taxonomy, systematic position, paleobiology and paleoecology of the Eocene chondrichthyans from the Monte Bolca Lagerstätte (Italy). The project focuses predominantly on sharks and rays for better understanding their evolution during an important time interval in Earth history. The Eocene (ca. 50 million years) Konservat-Lagerstätte of Bolca, in Italy, is one of the most famous palaeontological sites in the world. Although more than 100,000 fish specimens were collected from this deposit during the last four centuries with more than 230 taxa having been described, many aspects concerning the palaeobiodiversity and the evolutionary significance of several fish groups have been neglected or underestimated up to now. In particular, Eocene sharks and rays of Bolca have not been studied using modern, state-of-the-art methodological approaches so far. The exquisite preservation of the fossil specimens allows detailed descriptions and identification of diagnostic structures. Special attention is paid to detailed morphological comparisons of skeletal and soft tissue features with those of their living and extinct relatives. This will enable to assemble abundant and detailed morphological information in addition to dental characters, detailed comparison with fossil and living relatives, identification of possible new or for Monte Bolca hitherto unknown taxa, and revisions of previously described taxa. Moreover, palaeobiological, palaeoecological and palaeoenvironmental aspects and implications of chondrichthyans from Monte Bolca are reconstructed based on ecomorphological and morphospace occupation analyses.

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Academic Grants and Awards

07.2016 Ernst Mach Grant, worldwide - OeAD
12.2015 Synthesys Call 3. Muséum National d´Histoire Naturelle Paris
10.2014 PhD fundings of Compagnia San Paolo foundation (14 months)
06.2014 Best Student Communication Award - XIV Paleodays, Bari, Italy - Società Paleontologica Italiana
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Conferences and Symposia

  • 16th Meeting of the Società Paleontologica Italiana. Paleodays 2016, Faenza, Italy (2016)
  • Talk New insights into the paleoecology and taphonomy of the Eocene fish assemblages of the Italian Bolca Lagerstätte revealed from recent controlled excavations
  • 15th Meeting of the Società Paleontologica Italiana. Paleodays 2015, Palermo, Italy (2015)
  • Talk Do coral reefs drive morphological and functional diversification? Evidence from comparative analyses of the Eocene and Recent fish morphospace occupation
  • 14th Meeting of the Società Paleontologica Italiana. Paleodays 2014, Bari, Italy (2014)
  • Talk Eocene clupeoid fishes from Bolca, Italy
  • 12th EAVP (European Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists) meeting, Turin, Italy (2014)
  • Poster Vertebrates from the uppermost stratigraphic sequence of the Pietraroja Plattenkalk (Early Cretaceous, Southern Italy
  • 13th Meeting of the Società Paleontologica Italiana, Paleodays 2013, Perugia, Italy (2013)
  • Talk The genus Plesioperleidus (Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii) from the Early Triassic of Madagascar
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    Peer-reviewed papers

    • Marramà, G., Carnevale, G., Engelbrecht, A., Claeson, K.M., Zorzin, R., Fornasiero, M. & Kriwet, J. in press. A synoptic review of the Eocene (Ypresian) cartilaginous fishes (Chondrichthyes: Holocephali, Elasmobranchii) of the Bolca Konservat-Lagerstätte, Italy. Paläontologische Zeitschrift.
    • Marramà, G., Claeson, K.M,, Carnevale, G. & Kriwet, J. in press. Revision of Eocene electric rays (Torpediniformes, Batomorphii) from the Bolca Konservat-Lagerstätte, Italy, reveals the first fossil embryo in situ in batoids and provides new insights into the origin of trophic novelties in coral reef fishes. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
    • Carnevale, G., Johnson, G. D., Marramà, G. & Bannikov, A. F. 2017. A reappraisal of the Eocene priacanthid fish Pristigenys substriata (De Blainville, 1818) from Monte Bolca, Italy. Journal of Paleontology 91(3): 554-565.
    • Marramà, G., Lombardo, C., Tintori, A. & Carnevale, G. 2017. Redescription of Perleidus (Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii) from the Early Triassic of Northwestern Madagascar. Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia 123(2): 219-242.
    • Marramà, G. & Carnevale, G. 2017. Morphology, relationships and paleobiology of the Eocene barracudina †Holosteus esocinus (Aulopiformes, Paralepididae) from Monte Bolca, Italy. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society XX: 1-20. Doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlw029
    • Marramà, G., Engelbrecht, A., Carnevale, G. & Kriwet, J. 2017 (online first). Eocene sand tiger sharks (Lamniformes, Odontaspididae) from the Bolca Konservat-Lagerstätte, Italy: Palaeobiology, palaeobiogeography and evolutionary significance. Historical Biology. Link to article
    • Marramà, G. & Carnevale, G. 2017. The relationships of Gasteroclupea branisai Signeux, 1964, a freshwater double-armored herring (Clupeomorpha, Ellimmichthyiformes) from the Late Cretaceous-Paleocene of South America. Historical Biology 29: 904-917.
    • Marramà, G. & Carnevale, G. 2017, online first. Eoalosa janvieri gen. et sp. nov., a new clupeid fish (Teleostei, Clupeiformes) from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy. Pal√§ontologische Zeitschrift. doi:10.1007/s12542-017-0378-0.
    • Frédérich, B., Marramà, G., Santini, F. & Carnevale, G. 2016. Non-reef environments impact the diversification of extant jacks, remoras and allies (Carangoidei, Percomorpha). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 283: 20161556. Link to article
    • Marramà, G., Bannikov, A.F., Tyler, J.C., Zorzin, R. & Carnevale, G. 2016. Controlled excavations in the Eocene Pesciara and Monte Postale deposits reveal new details about the paleoecology and taphonomy of the fish assemblages of Bolca Konservat-Lagerstätte, Italy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 454: 228-245.
    • Marramà, G., Villier, B., Dalla Vecchia, F.M. & Carnevale, G. 2016. A new species of Gladiopycnodus (Coccodontoidea, Pycnodontomorpha) from the Cretaceous of Lebanon provides new insights about the morphological diversification of pycnodont fishes through time. Cretaceous Research 61: 34-43.
    • Marramà, G., Garbelli, C. & Carnevale, G. 2016. A clade-level morphospace for the Eocene fishes of Bolca: Patterns and relationships with modern tropical shallow marine assemblages. Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana 55 (2): 139-156.
    • Marramà, G., Garbelli, C. & Carnevale, G. 2016. A morphospace for the Eocene fish assemblage of Bolca, Italy: A window into the diversification and ecological rise to dominance of modern tropical marine fishes. Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana 55 (1): 11-21.
    • Marramà, G. & Carnevale, G. 2016. An Eocene anchovy from Monte Bolca, Italy: The earliest known record for the family Engraulidae. Geological Magazine 153 (1): 84-94.
    • Marramà, G. & Carnevale, G. 2015. The Eocene sardine Bolcaichthys catopygopterus (Woodward, 1901) from Monte Bolca, Italy: osteology, taxonomy, and paleobiology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 35 (6): e1014490.
    • Marramà, G. & Carnevale, G. 2015. Eocene round herring from Monte Bolca, Italy. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60 (3): 701-710.
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    Non peer-reviewed papers

    • Carnevale, G., Bannikov, A.F., Marramà, G., Tyler, J.C. & Zorzin, R. (2014). The Pesciara-Monte Postale Fossil-Lagerstätte: 2. Fishes and other vertebrates. In: Papazzoni, C.A, Giusberti, L., Carnevale, G., Roghi, G., Bassi, D. & Zorzin, R. (eds). The Bolca Fossil-Lagerstätte: A window into the Eocene World. Rendiconti della Società Paleontologica Italiana 4: 37-63.
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    Published conference presentations

    • Marramà, G., Claeson, M. K., Carnevale, G. & Kriwet J. 2017. Eocene electric rays (Torpediniformes, Batomorphii) from the Monte Postale site, Bolca Lagerstatte, Italy. Giornate di Paleontologia XVII edizione - Anagni, Italy. Program and abstract: 53.
    • Marramà, G., Bannikov, A.F., Tyler, J.C., Zorzin, R. & Carnevale, G. 2016. New insights into the paleoecology and taphonomy of the Eocene fish assemblages of the Italian Bolca Lagerstätte revealed from recent controlled excavations. Giornate di Paleontologia XVI edizione - Faenza, Italy. Program and abstract: 59.
    • Marramà, G., Garbelli, C. & Carnevale, G. 2015. Do coral reefs drive morphological and functional diversification? Evidence from comparative analyses of the Eocene and Recent fish morphospace occupation. Giornate di Paleontologia XV edizione - Palermo, Italy. Program and abstract.
    • Marramà, G. & Carnevale, G. 2014. Eocene clupeoid fishes from Bolca, Italy. Giornate di Paleontologia XIV edizione - Bari, Italy. Program and abstract: 54-55.
    • Dal Sasso, C., Marramà, G. & Carnevale, G. 2014. Vertebrates from the uppermost stratigraphic sequence of the Pietraroja Plattenkalk (Early Cretaceous, Southern Italy). XII EAVP Meeting - Torino. Abstract book: 45.
    • Marramà, G., Lombardo, C. & Tintori, A. 2013. The genus Plesioperleidus (Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii) from the Early Triassic of Madagascar. Giornate di Paleontologia XIII edizione - Perugia, Italy. Program and abstract.
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    Unpublished conference presentations

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    Miscellaneous

    • Doctoral thesis (2016, unpublished)
      The Eocene ichthyofauna of Monte Bolca: Contribution to the knowledge of the paleobiodiversity, paleoenvironment and evolutionary significance
    • Diploma (MSc) thesis (2011, unpublished)
      Il genere Plesioperleidus (Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii) del Triassico Inferiore del Madagascar
      [The genus Plesioperleidus (Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii) from the Early Triassic of Madagascar]
    • Diploma (BSc) thesis (2007, unpublished)
      Studio di una collezione di fossili proveniente dal sito Cretacico di Pietraroja BN (Italia), raccolti nella campagna di scavo del Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano nel 2001
      [Study of a fossil collection from the Cretaceous site of Pietraroja BN, Italy, collected during controlled excavations of the Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano in 2001]
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    Contact

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



    mail: marramag81@univie.ac.at