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450010 VU Stratigraphic Paleoecology - Principles and applications (PI) (2020S)

Continuous assessment of course work



max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Location: Übungssaal 2A225, Geocentre, UZAII
Tuesday, 9-12h
3, 17, 31 March,
14, 28 April,
12, 26 May,
11, 25 June

Tuesday 12.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Tuesday 26.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will cover topics related to incompleteness and temporal resolution in the stratigraphic record and their effects on paleoecological patterns; effects of bioturbation on stratigraphic patterns; taphonomic pathways and taphonomic clock; principles of age dating and estimation of sediment-accumulation rates; assessments of comparisons of living assemblages with surface death assemblages and subsurface core assemblages; detecting analogue and non-analogue communities in the fossil record; comparing present-day crisis with Phanerozoic mass extinctions; and effects of warming, acidification, hypoxia on body size; and applications with regional examples.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be required to find a sediment-core or outcrop-based dataset (published in paleobiological or oceanographic repositories or own study) that has paleoecological, geochronological and stratigraphic framework, and assess the effects of stratigraphy on historical changes in composition, diversity or other ecological aspects in a written report.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

WZB (Biologie)

Last modified: Tu 27.10.2020 10:10