My research is driven by questions that demand the use of morphology as the primary source of data, such as patterns of fossil biodiversity, the phylogenetic relationship of fossil and recent taxa, and the history of ecosystems. Secondary questions that arise from these pertain to systematic theory and the philosophy of nomenclature. Although I am not limited by my choice of ingroup taxa, turtles have proven to be a highly fertile playground, because they are morphologically diverse and common in the fossil record, thus providing ample data to test ideas about evolution.
Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Biogeology, University of Tübingen, Germany
2004 - 2008
Collections Manager, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, USA
1999 - 2004
M. Phil. and PhD in Geology, Yale University, USA
1993 - 1999
BSc (Vordiplom) and MSc (Diplom) in Geology and Palaeontology, University of Erlangen, Germany