Research in the Evolutionary Morphology Research Group (EvoMoRG) at the Department of Palaeontology of the University of Vienna is at the interface between palaeobiology and evolutionary developmental biology of vertebrates.
For this we integrate living and fossil organisms, knowledge of their evolutionary relationships and past diversity patterns, and developmental biology, to provide a holistic understanding of their evolutionary history. We have particular interests in, but not restricted to, the evolutionary origin, morphological rate changes, adaptive trait developments, and diversity and disparity patterns of modern sharks, skates, and rays and bony fishes at the broadest temporal and spatial scales. Central questions that we seek to answer are why fishes became successful (in terms of taxonomic diversity or position within trophic food webs) or went extinct even when they were successful in deep time.
We are member of the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution and the research network Human Evolution and Archaeological Sciences (HEAS) at the Unievrsity of Vienna.
Our lab has facilities for rock digestion, high-end micro-computed tomography (Bruker Skyscan 1173 Desktop-Micro-Computertomograph; click here for more information), 3D digital microscopy (Keyence VHX-6000, 20-2000x magnification), scanning electron microscopy, high performance computing for image data processing, micro- and macro-anatomical labs, and an aquarium infrastructure.
Department of Paleontology
University of Vienna, Geozentrum
1090 Vienna, Austria