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Visiting Professors
Dr Zerina Johnason (Natural History Museum London, UK): May 2017
Dr Frank Wiese (University of Göttingen, Germany): August 2016
Marcello Ruta, PhD (University of Lincoln, UK): June 2011
Assistant Professor
Dr Karl Rauscher (Department of Palaeontology, University of Vienna): Retired since 2017
Dr Giuseppe Marramà (Department of Palaeontology, University of Vienna): Ernst Mach Postdoctoral Fellow, 10.2016-07.2017
PhD students (in alphabetic order)
Jan Fischer (2012, TUBF) Palaeoecology and migration behaviour of the Palaeozoic to Mesozoic freshwater sharks Lissodus and Orthacanthus using stable isotopes
Stefanie Klug (2009, FU) Morphology and Phylogeny of Synechodontiform Sharks (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) with Comments on the Origin and Early Evolution of Neoselachii
Martin Licht (2013, TUBF) Ontogeny and evolution of holocephalians (Chondrichthyes)
Nicolas Straube (2011, LMU) Deep Divergence: Phylogeny and Age Estimates of Deep-water Chondrichthyes
Carlo Romano (2013, UZH) Evolutionary dynamics of Permian-Triassic fishes and early Triassic seawater temperature changes
Andrea Engelbrecht (2018, UV) Evolutionary Dynamics of Eocene Antarctic Cartilaginous Fishes (Chondrichthyes, Holocephali, Elasmobranchii)
MSc students (in alphabetic order)
Neil Cartwright (2002, UoB) Cranial anatomy and phylogeny of Saurichthys (Actinopterygii, Saurichthyiidae)
Jana Dummasch (2009, HU) Anatomy and systematics of Late Jurassic batoids
Armin Elsler (2014, UV) A new specimen of Othnielosaurus consors and its phylogenetic position
Katharina Fritz (2015, UV) Early development of jaws in the brown banded bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum Müller & Henle, 1838) in an evolutionary context
Iris Fuchs (2016, UV) Systematic position of Early Cretaceous elasmobranchs revealed by enameloid microstructure and root vascularization
Johannes Happ (2014, UV) Morphology and systematic setting of Miocene birds from the Lavanttal, Austria
Michael Herke (2015, UV) Functional morphology of the occipital and neck region and prey capture in gars (Lepisosteus sp.)
Sarah Joomun (2003, UoB) Feeding habits and trophic levels of Upper Jruassic fishes from South Germany
Svea M. Jordan (2003, UHH) The effects of electromagnetic fields on embryonic cat sharks (Scyliorhinus canicula)
Chris Lipkin (2003, UoB) Biomechanics of the forelimbs of spinosaurid theropods
Heike Mewis (2008, FU) New aspects on the evolution of Carcharodon carcharias (Lamniformes: Lamnidae) - a phylogenetic analysis including a partly associated specimen of Carcharodon escheri from Groß Pampau (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Christine Neidhart (2014, UV) Cranial characters of adult and embryonic electric rays (Chondrichthyes, Torpediniformes) and their bearing on individual development and their interrelationships
Denise Niewitz (2010, FU) A neoselachian fauna (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) from the late Lower and Upper Cretaceous of Vienenburg, Lower Saxony, NW Germany
Elizabeth L. Nunn (2003, UoB) Mid-Cretaceous fish faunas of Aliaga, NE Spain
Alan O'Connor (2007, UoB) Cope's Rule and predator-prey interactions: sharks & whales
Anja Pigowske (2009, FU) O, C and N in recent shark teeth as a proxy for food chains
Matt Riley (2003, UoB) Lower Cretaceous fish remains (Chondrichthyes, Actinopterygii) of NE Spain
John Ruffle (2003, UoB) Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Priscacara (Teleostei: Perciformes) from the Eocene Green River Formation, U.S.A.
Anna Schipany (2018, UV) Diversity of sharks, rays and skates (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) in the Adriatic Sea off Croatia
Lisa Schnetz (2015, UV) On the cranial anatomy of the porbeagle shark, Lamna nasus
Felix Schult (2017, UV) Taxonomy and ecology of Miocene freshwater fishes from S Austria
Julia Schwab (2016, UV) Morphometric analyses on the bony labyrinth of Carnivora (Mammalia) with a special view on Canidae (Carnivora, Mammalia)
Björn Stelbrink (2008, HU) Molecular phylogeny of the shark genus Squatina based on mitochondrial DNA
Nicolas Straube (2006, LMU) Statistical and shape analyses of dental characters of the Giant Lantern Shark Etmopterus baxteri (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes) with comments on its taxonomic implications
Kristof Veitschegger (2013, UV) The systematic position of the blue shark, Prionace glauca, revisited
Johannes Waligora (2009, HU) Morphological comparison of squamation patterns and dentitions of two species of lantern sharks (Neoselachii: Etmopteridae)
Denise Weber (2017, UV) Ontogeny of the Eurasian red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris
Emily Williams (2002, UoB) Dental morphology and systematics of fossil squatinid selachians (Chondrichthyes, Neoselachii)
Mark Woodger (2003, UoB) Lower to Mid-Cretaceous ostracod of NE Spain
BSc students (in alphabetic order)
Lydia Baumann (2013, UV) Spontaneous calcification of vertebrate collagen provides new insights into the appearance of skeletons in early vertebrates
Lukas Clara (2014, UV) Palaeoecology and sedimentology of the fossil locality of Hipples, Lower Austria (in German)
Kerstin Filzmoser (2015, UV) Cretaceous crocodilians from Austria
Iris Fuchs (2015, UV) Palaeoecology of early Miocene sharks
Theobald Hazod (2016, UV) Anatomical re-evaluation of the extinct sawfish, Sclerorhynchus atavus, from the late Cretaceous of Lebanon
Gerlinde Kaineder (2016, UV) Less for Success - Reduced Ossification in the dentary bone of notothenioids (Teleostei, Perciformes)
Julia Schwab (2015, UV) Palaeoecology of middle Miocene sharks
Florian Wegan (2017, UV) Pterosaurs (Ornithodira) from the Late Cretaceous of Austria)
Diplom students
Stefan Czerny (2015, UV) Marsupial morphology of the inner and middle ear
Peter Wiesinger (2016, UV) Adaptations in skull anatomy in deep-sea fishes (Teleostei, Stomiidae)
Kathrin Zraunig (2016, UV) Implications of shark-human interaction for conservation measures
Teacher accreditation
Lisa Etmayr (2014, UV) Morphological investigations of the inner- and middle ear of selected felids
Marie-Christine Paul (2014, UV) Morphological investigations of the inner- and middle ear of selected mustelids
MBO students
Roan Caspers (2016, UV) Diversity patterns of placoderm fishes
Jamie van der Waal (2016, UV) Fossil birds from the Miocene of Lavanttal (Austria)
Jamie van der Waal (2017, UV) Renaturation of a sandpit
Project studies
Anne Kaulfuss (2008, HU) 3D clasper morphology of carcharhiniform sharks
Tanja Knorke (2016, UV) Axial skeleton of hexanchiform sharks
Roberta Baron (2017, UV) Inner and middle ear of marsupials
Johannes Waligora (2008, HU) Analysis of photophore arrangement and development during ontogeny in a species of the deep-sea shark, Etmopterus
Guest students
Niko Hoffmann (2007/08, MfN) Late Jurassic selachians from Poland
Kerin Claeson (2008, MfN) PhD student at the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Katharina Fritz (2015/16, UV) Early development of bamboo and frielled sharks (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii)
Tiffany Slater (2016, UV) Re-evaluation of Late Jurassic bullhead sharks (Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes)
Jacopo Amalfitano (2015/16, UV) Fossil chondrichtyans from the Lastame of Lessini Mountains (Verona, NE Italy)
Institutional abbreviations
FU Free University Berlin, Germany
HU Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Germany
LMU Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany
MfN Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
TUBF Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
UHH Universität Hohenheim, Germany
UoB University of Bristol, United Kingdom
UV University of Vienna, Austria
UZH Universität Zürich, Switzerland