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Biography

Study of geology and palaeontology (minoring in chemistry and zoology) at the University of Greifswald, Germany
1998: Diploma at the University of Greifswald, Germany; Diploma thesis:
“The holothurians (Echinodermata) of the White Chalk (Lower Maastrichtian), Isle of Rügen, Baltic Sea”
1998-1999: Alternative service at the Environmental Protection Agency Greifswald, Germany
Various contracts for work and labour at the Pomeranian State Museum Greifswald, the German Oceanographic Museum Stralsund, and the Chalk Museum Gummanz/Rügen (1999, 2002)
1999: DAAD scholar at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
1999-2001: Research associate (DFG) at the University of Greifswald, Germany
2002:
Viva voce and conferral of a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria; Doctoral thesis: “The Late Cretaceous holothurians (Echinodermata)” [summa cum laude]
2002-2003: Museum assistance (scientific voluntary service) at the Lower Saxon State Museum Hannover, Germany
2003-2004: Research associate (MWK Nds.) at the University of Göttingen, Germany
2004-2014: Curator and Assoc. Director of the Geoscience Museum Göttingen and lecturer/senior lecturer (Department of Geobiology) at the University of Göttingen, Germany
2006-2007: Deputyship of the (C4) professorship for palaeontology (J. Reitner) at the University of Göttingen, Germany
2007: Short term lecturer at the Northwest University Xi’an, P.R. of China
2008: Short term lecturer at the Northwest University Xi’an, P.R. of China
2009: Lecturer (delegated) at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
2010-2014: Co-coordinator of the long term project „Johann Friedrich Blumenbach – online“ of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences
2012: Short term lecturer at the Nanjing University, P.R. of China
2014: Habilitation at the University of Göttingen, Germany; Habilitation thesis: “Phanerozoic echinozoan echinoderms: Palaeobiology, phylogeny and evolutionary history”; venia legendi in palaeontology and geology
Since 2014: Research associate at the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology