Palaeobotany


The Section of Palaeobotany sees itself as a center for Cenozoic macro-palaeobotany, in particular for the investigation of leaf floras using cuticle analysis. Not only has this been the focus of scientific work for more than 5 decades now, we have also developed the necessary preparation and collection management skills. On the basis of our taxonomic/systematic core competencies the focus is on applied issues such as the reconstruction of palaeovegetation, palaeoenvironmental research, and palaeoclimate research.

Most of the research topics are part of the research activity „Deep time: Evolving Earth and Palaeoenvironments“ within the research field Biodiversity and Earth System Dynamics. Besides, our research projects contribute to the research activity “Taxonomy and Systematics” of the research field Biodiversity and Systematics.

Current Research:

  • reconstruction of the vegetation and climate in the Palaeogene and Neogene of Central Europe focusing on Central Germany
  • taxonomy and systematics (conifers, Fagaceae, Theaceae, Acer, …)
  • evolution and diversity of Cretaceous conifers
  • gymnosperms of the mid-Cretaceous of Northern Gondwana
  • Palaeogene conifers of the arctic zones

Furthermore, the scientists of the Section of Palaeobotany teach at the universities of the Free State of Saxony, and supervise graduate as well as Ph.D. students. With its over 100,000 catalogued items (plant fossils, specimen slides and stubs, and herbarium specimens), the research collection of the palaeobotanical section is amongst the largest and most significant of its kind in Germany and Europe.

The section is in close scientific collaboration with the other palaeobotanical and palynological sections within Senckenberg (Section of Palaeobotany amd Section of palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental research at the Frankfurt site, Sections of Quarternary macrofloras and Quarternary microfloras at the Weimar site).

Current cooperations

 In the framework of the project initiative “Yunnan biodiversity hotspot project” between several Chinese and German research institutes, the Paleoecology group at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTGB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the section Paleobotany of SNSD cooperate since 2015. Common research interests are in the fields of palaeoecology and paleobiogeography of Paleogene and Neogene floras in Europe and SE Asia; relic plants of the SE Asian vegetation, their evolutionary history and relationship to fossil elements in Europe, as well as in taxonomy and systematics of selected fossil taxa.

In addition, the two groups work together with the geochronology section (SNSD) in dating of important fossil lagerstaetten in Yunnan. First joint results, such as the dating of the fossil lagerstaette Lühe and the investigations of new occurrences of fossil conifers in Yunnan (Metasequoia, Cryptomeria) are already submitted as manuscript to international journals. The two research groups organize joint sessions in international conferences (XIX. International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, China, 23.-29.07.2017; X. European Palaeobotany & Palynology Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 12.-17.08.2018).

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) and the Universidade Federal Ceará (UFC) in Fortaleza, Brazil signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding in 2016. It forms the basis for future cooperation between the two institutions and beyond. Main pursoses are joint research projects in the Brazilian Araripe basin, promoting education of Master and PhD students, and establishing a palaeontological Centre in the Geological Department of the UFC in Fortaleza. A multilateral workshop to initiate a joint research project in the Araripe basin took place in November 2017. The participants came from the UFC, the Universidade Federal Porto Alegre (UFPA), the regional University URCA in Crato, the SGN and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Roberto Iannuzzi (UFPA) and Lutz Kunzmann (SGN) supervise the dissertation of Mrs Ana Paula de Assis Oliveira Westerkamp in paleobotany about conifers of the Crato fossil lagerstaette in the Araripe Basin. At the end of 2018, the bilateral project group successfully promoted bilateral project funding within the funding programs PROBRAL and PPP Project-based Personnel Exchange Brazil of the Brazilian CAPES and the German DAAD organisations, respectively. For the years 2019 and 2020, funds will be available for joint workshops, field work and guest visits of young scientists in the other institute. Beside Senckenberg scientists also palaeobotanists from the Museum of Natural History Berlin are involved in the project “Towards an integrated analysis of the Early Cretaceous Crato Fossil Lagerstätte”.

New publications

2019

Kunzmann, L., Moraweck, K., Müller, C., Schröder, I., Wappler, T., Grein, M., Roth-Nebelsick, A. (in press): A Paleogene leaf flora (Profen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany) and its potentials for palaeoecological and palaeoclimate reconstructions. –FLORA doi.org/10.1016/j.flora.2018.11.005

Moraweck, K., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Traiser, C.,  Kunzmann, L. (in press): Leaf traits of long-ranging Paleogene species and their relationship with depositional facies, climate and atmospheric CO2 level. Palaeontographica B.

Wang, L., Kunzmann, L., Su, T., Xing, Y.-W., Zhang, S.-T., Wang, Y.-Q., Zhou, Z.-K. (2019). Evolutionary stasis and the intensification of Asian monsoon caused the disappearance of Metasequoia (Cupressaceae) in SW China. – Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 264: 64–74. (doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2018.12.007)

Dolezych, M., Reinhardt, L., Kus, J., Annacker, V. (2018): Taxonomy of Cretaceous-Paleogene coniferous woods and their distribution in fossil Lagerstätten of the high latitudes. – Geol. Soc. Spec. Pap. 541: 36 pp.

(PDFs on request via E-Mail to: Lutz.Kunzmann@senckenberg.de)

Archive (2012-2018)

Awards

2016

International Organisation of Palaeobotany – Student Travel Award for Karolin Moraweck for participation in the XIV. International Palynological Congress / X. International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, 23.-28.10.2016, Salvador de Bahía, Brasil.

Paläontologische Gesellschaft e.V. – Young Scientist Award for Karolin Moraweck for best oral presentation of a young scientist during the 87th Annual Conference of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft, 11.-16.09.2016, Dresden, Germany.

Publications

2018

Uhl, D., Kunzmann, L.,  et al. (2018): FRANKFURT/DRESDEN/GÖRLITZ: Palaeontological collections of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. – In: Beck L., Joger U. (eds): Paleontological Collections of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Natural History Collections. Springer, pp. 209-240.

Adroit, B., Girard, V., Kunzmann, L., Terral, J.-F., Wappler, T. (2018), Plant-insect interactions patterns in three European paleoforests of the late-Neogene-early-Quaternary. – PeerJ 6:e5075; DOI 10.7717/peerj.5075 [open access]

Kunzmann, L., de Assis Oliveira Westerkamp, A. P., Mohr, B. A. R., Coiffard, C., Uhl, D., Iannuzzi, R., Rodrigues do Nascimento Jr., D., Ferreira da Silva Fil., W. (2018): The Early Cretaceous Crato flora (Araripe Basin, Brazil): floristic, ecological and environmental aspects of an equatorial Gondwanan ecosystem. – Terra Nostra, 2018/1: 61-62. [Abstracts 13th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota (MTE13), Bonn, Germany, July 20-23, 2018]

Batista, M. E. P., Kunzmann, L., Bezerra, F., Andrade, de J. A. F. G., Sá, A. A., Loiola, M. I. B. (2018). A new cheirolepidiaceous conifer Pseudofrenelopsis salesii sp. nov. from the Early Cretaceous of Brazil (Romualdo Formation, Araripe Basin): Paleoecological and taphonomic significance. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 258: 154-162

Kunzmann, L., Uhl, D., Krüger, P. S. (2018): Whitish leaves in Eocene lignites in central Germany – a brief survey from the viewpoint of palaeobotany. Freib.-Forsch.-H. C 554: 213-223.

Traiser, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Grein, M., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L.Moraweck, K., Lange, J., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, C., Folie, A., De Franceschi, D., Kroh, A., Prestianni, C., Poschmann, M., Wuttke, M. (2018). MORPHYLL: A database of fossil leaves and their morphological traits. – Palaeontologia Electronica 21.1.1T: 1-17. [https://doi.org/10.26879/773] – OPEN ACCESS

Linnemann, U., Su, T., Kunzmann, L., Spicer, R. A., Ding, W.-N., Spicer, T. E. V., Zieger, J., Hofmann M., Moraweck, K., Gärtner, A., Gerdes, A., Marko, L., Zhang, S.-T., Li, S.-F., Tang, H., Huang, J., Mulch, A., Mosbrugger, V., Zhou, Z.-K. (2018): New U-Pb dates show a Palaeogene origin for the modern Asian biodiversity hot spots. – Geology, 46 (1): 3-6.

Ding, W.-N., Kunzmann, L., Su, T., Huang, J., Zhou, Z.-K. (2018): A new fossil species of Cryptomeria (Cupressaceae) from the Oligocene of the Lühe Basin, Yunnan, East Asia: implications for paleobiogeography and paleoecology. – Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 248: 41-51.

Müller, C., Wappler, T., Kunzmann, L. (2018): Insect herbivory patterns in the late Eocene coastal lowland riparian associations from central Germany. – Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 491: 170-184.

2017

Sadowski, E.-M., Schmidt, A. R., Seyfullah1, L. J., Kunzmann, L. (2017): Conifers of the ‘Baltic amber forest’ and their palaeoecological significance. – Stapfia 106: 1-73.

Kunzmann, L.Müller, C.Moraweck, K.Bräutigam, D., Wappler, T., Nel, A. (2017): First record of insects in lignite-bearing formations (upper Eocene) of the central German Leipzig Embayment. – PalZ 91 (3): 315-326.

Roth-Nebelsick, A., Grein, M., Traiser, C., Moraweck, K.Kunzmann, L., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Stiller, S., Neinhuis, C. (2017): Functional leaf traits and leaf economics in the Paleogene — A case study for Central Europe. – Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimat., Palaeoecol. 472: 1-14.

2016

Dolezych, M. (2016): A remarkable extinct wood from Lusatia (central Europe) – Juniperoxylon schneiderianum sp. nov. with affinity to Cupressospermum saxonicum Mai. – Palaeontographica Abt. B, 295 (1-3): 1–26. 

Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, Z., Teodoridis, V., Müller, Ch., Moraweck, K. (2016): Vegetation dynamics of riparian forest in central Europe during the late Eocene. – Palaeontographica Abt. B, 295 (1-3): 67-88. 

Sadowski, E.-M., Schmidt, A. R., Kunzmann, L., Gröhn, C., Seyfullah, L. J. (2016): Sciadopitys cladodes from Eocene Baltic amber. – Bot. J. Linn. Soc., 180: 258-268. 
Steinthorsdottir, M.,  Porter, A., Holohan, A., Kunzmann, L., Collinson, M. E., McElwain, J. C. (2016): Fossil plant stomata indicate decreasing atmospheric CO2 prior to the Eocene–Oligocene boundary. – Clim. Past, 12: 439-454.

2015

Moraweck, K., Uhl, D. & Kunzmann, L.(2015): Estimation of late Eocene (Bartonian–Priabonian) terrestrial palaeoclimate: Contributions from megafloral assemblages from central Germany. – Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimat., Palaeoecol. 433: 247-258.

Dolezych, M., Reinhardt, L. (2015): Protopiceoxylon yukonense sp. nov. – A remarkable extinct conifer from the Mackenzie Delta area, northern Yukon. – In: MacFarlane, K.E., Nordling, M. G. (eds): Yukon Exploration and Geology 2015. – Yukon Geological Survey, 99–110.

2014

Moraweck, K. & Kunzmann, L. (2014): Palaeoclimate reconstruction within the Palaeogene using fossil plants. – Geologica saxonica, 60 (2): 305-306.
Uhl, D., Dolezych, M., Böhme, M. (2014): Taxodioxylon-like charcoal from the Late Miocene of western Bulgaria. – Acta Palaeobotanica 54(1): 101-111.

Rößler, R., Philippe, M., van Konijnenburg-van Cittert, J. H. A., McLoughlin, S., Sakala, J., Zijlstra, G., et al. …. Dolezych, M., … Kunzmann, L., … (2014): Philippe, M. et al. (subm.).Which name(s) should be used for Araucaria-like fossil wood? – Results of a poll. – Taxon 63 (1): 177-184.
Roth-Nebelsick, A., Oehm, C., Grein, M., Utescher, T., Kunzmann, L., Friedrich, J.-P., Konrad, W. (2014). Stomatal density and index data of Platanus neptuni leaf fossils and their evaluation as a CO2 proxy for the Oligocene. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 206: 1-9.

Kunzmann, L. (2014): Tertiäre Pflanzen des mitteldeutschen Raums – Klimazeugen und Standortanzeiger. – Exkursionsführer und Veröffentlichungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 251: 32-46.
Kunzmann, L. (2014): On the fossil history of Pseudotsuga Carr. (Pinaceae) in Europe. – Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 94: 393-409.

2013

Grein, M., Oehm, C., Konrad, W., Utescher, T., Kunzmann, L., Roth-Nebelsick, A. (2013): Atmospheric CO2 from the late Oligocene to early Miocene based on photosynthesis data and fossil leaf characteristics. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimat. Palaeoecol. 374: 41-51.

2012

Bosma, H.F., Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, J., van Konijnenburg-van Cittert, J. H. A. (2012): Revision of the genus Cunninghamites (fossil conifers), with special reference to nomenclature, taxonomy and geological age. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 182: 20-31.

Dolezych, M., Estrada, S. (2012): A fossil wood of Taxodioxylon vanderburghii Dolezych in Palaeogene sediments of Ellesmere Island (Nunavut, Canada. – Zeitschrift der deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 163/3: 283-292.

Kellner, A., Benner, M., Walther, H., Kunzmann, L., Wissemann, V., Ritz, C.M. (2012): Leaf architecture of extant species of Rosa L. and the Palaeogene species, Rosa lignitum Heer (Rosaceae). – International Journal of Plant Science 173 (3): 239-250.

Kunzmann, L., Walther, H. (2012): Early Oligocene plant taphocoenoses of the Haselbach megafloral complex and the reconstruction of palaeovegetation. – Palaeobiodiversity and Pallaeoenvironments 92 (3): 295-307.

Kunzmann, L. (2012): Early Oligocene plant taphocoenosis with mass occurrence of Zingiberoideophyllum (extinct ZINGIBERALES) from central Germany. Palaios, 27: 765-778. 
Kvaček, Z., Walther, H. (2012): European Tertiary Fagaceae with chinquapin-like foliage
and leaf epidermal characteristics. – Feddes Repertorium 121 (7-8): 248-267.

(PDFs on request via E-Mail to: )

Theses (2012 – 2018)

2018

BSc. Luisa Kumpitsch (TU Dresden, Institut für Botanik): Bachelorarbeit „Variabilität bestimmter Leaf Traits ausgewählter fossiler und rezenter Fagus-Arten im Vergleich“
Betreuer/Gutachter: Prof. Dr. Christoph Neinhuis (TU Dresden), Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD)

2017

MSc. Inga Schröder (TU Dresden, Institut für Geographie): Masterarbeit
„Comparison of functional leaf traits between Eocene fossil assemblages from a coastal plain and the volcanic hinterland.“
Betreuer/Gutachter: Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD), Prof. Dr. Arno Kleber (TU Dresden)

Dipl.-Geogr. Karolin Moraweck (TU Dresden, Institut für Botanik): Dissertation
„Potential and significance of leaf trait changes of long-lived species during the Paleogene.“
Betreuer/Gutachter: Prof. Dr. Christoph Neinhuis (TU Dresden), Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD), Ass.-Prof. Dr. Tao Su (XTBG, Chinese Academy of Science)

MSc. Agathe Toumoulin (Universität Montpellier, Wissenschaftliche Fakultät): Masterarbeit
„Fragmented fossil leaves, how to deal with? A methodological and paleoecological study through the middle and late Eocene of Central Germany.“
Betreuer/Gutachter: Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD)

2016

MSc. Geol. Christian Müller (Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute of Geology): master thesis „Pflanzen-Insekten-Interaktion innerhalb der späteozänen Profen-Flora (Sachsen-Anhalt) und ihre paläoökologische Interpretation“ Supervisor/reviewer: Prof. Dr. J. W. Schneider (Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg), Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD), PD Dr. Torsten Wappler (University Bonn) 

BSc. Geol. Babette Jurke (Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute of Geology): bachelor thesis „Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Anwendbarkeit von Stomatadichte in Abhängigkeit der Blattmorphometrie für paläoklimatische Aussagen am Beispiel Rhodomyrtophyllum (Obereozän, Mitteldeutschland)“ Supervisor/reviewer: Prof. Dr. J. W. Schneider (Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg), Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD)

2014

Dipl.-Geogr. Mareike Eberlein (TU Dresden, Institute of Geography): dissertation
„Bestimmungs- und Verbreitungsatlas der Tertiärpflanzen Sachsens: Teil 1: Angiospermenblätter und Gingko.“
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. B. Ullrich (TU Dresden), Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD), Prof. Dr. J. Schneider (TU Bergakademie Freiberg)

MSc. Geogr. Susann Stiller (TU Dresden, Institute of Geography): master thesis
„Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Charakterisierung tertiärer Blätterfloren Mitteleuropas anhand morphologischer und morphometrischer Daten“
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. A. Kleber (TU Dresden), Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD)

BSc. Geogr. Jana Böttger (TU Dresden, Institute of Geography): bachelor thesis
„Fossile Blätter als Anzeiger paläoklimatischer Entwicklungen: morphometrische und stomatäre Parameter von Platanus neptuni“
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. A. Kleber (TU Dresden), Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD)

BSc. Geol. Christian Müller (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institut für Geologie): bachelor thesis
„Paläoklima und Paläovegetation im Obereozän Mitteldeutschlands am Beispiel einer Flora aus dem Tagebau Borna-Ost (Sachsen)“
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. J. Schneider (TU BAF), Dr. Lutz Kunzmann (SNSD)

2013

Dipl.-Geogr. Karolin Moraweck (TU Dresden, Institute of Geography): diploma thesis
„Fossile Floren als Klimaindikatoren: Quantitative Paläoklimarekonstruktion für das Obereozän des Weißelsterbeckens“
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. A. Kleber (TU Dresden), Dr. L. Kunzmann (SNSD), Prof. Dr. D. Uhl (SF)

2012

Dipl.-Geogr. Madeleine Streubig (TU Dresden, Institute of Geography): diploma thesis
„GIS-basierte Fundortkarte der Pflanzenfossilien im Tertiär Westsachsens“
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. A. Kleber (TU Dresden), Dr. L. Kunzmann (SNSD)

Msc. Juliane Dietrich (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute of Geology): master thesis
„Phytostratigrafie, Paläoökologie und Taphonomie einer eozänen Blätterflora aus dem Tagebau Profen (Sachsen-Anhalt)“
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. N. Volkmann (TU BAF), Dr. L. Kunzmann (SNSD)

Conference Contributions (2012 – 2018)

2018

Symposia:

Zhou, Z.-K., Su, T., Kunzmann, L. (2018): Cenozoic Plant Diversity of Tibet, Himalayas and Hengduan Mountains. – 10thEuropean Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference, Dublin, Ireland, August 12-17, 2018.

Talks:

Kunzmann, L., de Assis Oliveira Westerkamp, A. P., Mohr, B. A. R., Coiffard, C., Uhl, D., Iannuzzi, R., Rodrigues do Nascimento Jr., D., Ferreira da Silva Fil., W. (2018): The Early Cretaceous Crato flora (Araripe Basin, Brazil): floristic, ecological and environmental aspects of an equatorial Gondwanan ecosystem. – 13th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota (MTE13), Bonn, Germany, July 20-23, 2018.

Kunzmann, L., Huang, J., Li, S.-F., Moraweck, K., Utescher, U., Spicer , R. A., Su, T., Zhou, Z.-K. (2018): Neogene vegetation in Europe: a valuable proxy for the early history of the Himalayan-Yunnan biodiversity hotspot? – 10th European Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference, Dublin, Ireland, August 12-17, 2018.

Schmidt, A. R., Sadowski, E.-M., Seyfullah, L. J., Kunzmann, L. (2018): Reconstructing habitat types and climate of the ‚Baltic Amber Forest‘: conifers and other vascular plants. – 10th European Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference, Dublin, Ireland, August 12-17, 2018.

Traiser, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Grein, M., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L.Moraweck, K., Lange, J., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, C., Folie, A., De Franceschi, D., Kroh, A., Prestianni, C., Poschmann, M., Wuttke, M. (2018): MORPHYLL: a morphometric database for fossil leaves. – 10th European Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference, Dublin, Ireland, August 12-17, 2018.

Martinetto, E., Boonchai, N., Grimsson, F., Grote, P. J., Jordan, G., Kovačova, M., Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, Z., Liu, Y.-S., Momohara, A., Palazzesi, L., Pole, M., Popova, S., Saito, T. (2018): Worldwide temperate forests of the Neogene: never more diverse? – 10th European Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference, Dublin, Ireland, August 12-17, 2018.

Müller, C.Kunzmann, L. (2018): Combining insect herbivory and leaf trait data – A case study from the late Eocene of central Germany – preliminary results. – GeoBonn2018, Bonn, Germany, September 2-6, 2018.

Müller, C., Wappler, T., Kunzmann, L. (2018): Insect folivory patterns in late Eocene coastal lowland riparian associations from central Germany. – 5th Young Natural History Scientist’s Meeting, Paris, France, March 6-10, 2018.

Public Talks:

Müller, C. (2018): Vielseitig attackiert- Wie fossile Fraßspuren von der Interaktion zwischen Pflanzen und Insekten zeugen. – Museum der Westlausitz, Kamenz, Germany, July 10, 2018.

2017

Talks:

Kunzmann, L.Moraweck, K., Müller C. (2017): Leaf assemblages from the Paleogene central German Leipzig Embayment: promising diversity vs. taphonomical biases
Part 1: Kunzmann, L.: Preservation of Paleogene leaf assemblages in lignite-bearing sections.
Part 2: Moraweck, K.: Preservation of morphological leaf traits and applicability of quantitative ecophysiological methods.
Part 3: Müller, C.: Leaves as arthropod diet: preservation of folivory on coalified material.
26. International Workshop in Plant Taphonomy, Göttingen, Germany, November 24-26, 2017.

Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, Z., Moraweck, K., Su, T., Zhou, Z.-K. (2017): Learning from the past: relic plants in SE and E Asia and paleoecology of their fossil relatives in Europe. – XIX. International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, China, July 23-29, 2017.

Kunzmann, L. et al. (2017): Vegetation, climate and atmospheric change during the EOT: the terrestrial perspective from central Europe. – Specialized Workshop on the Eocene-Oligocene Climate Transition, Stockholm, Schweden, February 1-3, 2017.

Posters:

Müller, Ch., Wappler, T., Kunzmann, L. (2017): Reconstructing ecosystem structures – first record of insects and insect feeding traces for the late Eocene of central Germany. – 26. International Workshop in Plant Taphonomy, Göttingen, Germany, November 24-26, 2017.

Müller, Ch., Wappler, T., Kunzmann, L. (2017): Reconstructing ecosystem structures – first record of insects and insect feeding traces for the late Eocene of central Germany – 8th Meeting on Insect Phylogeny, Dresden, Germany, September 22-24, 2017.

2016

Invited keynote lecture

Kunzmann, L., Moraweck, K., Müller, Ch. (2016): Taphonomy of plant cuticles, especially leaf cuticles. – 25th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Bonn, 25.-26.11.2016. Round-table discussion on the taphonomy of leaf cuticles led by Lutz Kunzmann.

Symposia: 

Lutz Kunzmann, Johanna Kovar-Eder, Karolin Moraweck: Symposium “Ecophysiological signals of fossil leaves as indicators of environmental, climatic and atmospheric change in deep time“ – XIV. International Palynological Congress / X. International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, 23.-28.10.2016, Salvador de Bahía, Brasilien 

Lutz Kunzmann, Karolin Moraweck, Michaela Grein: Symposium „Palaeoclimatic and palaeoatmospheric proxies” – 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, 11.-16.09.2016, Dresden, Germany

Oral presentations

Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, Z., Teodoridis, V., Moraweck, K., Müller, Ch., Steinthorsdottir, M., Porter, A. S., McElwain, J., Collinson, M. (2016): Vegetation, climate and atmospheric change prior to the Eocene-Oligocene transition: the terrestrial perspective from northern central Europe. –XIV. International Palynological Congress / X. International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, Salvador de Bahía, Brasilien, 23.-28.10.2016. 

Moraweck, K., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L., Kvacek, J., Neinhuis, Ch., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Stiller, S., Streubig, M., Traiser, Ch. (2016): Adaptations of fossil leaves to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental change during the Paleogene. – XIV. International Palynological Congress / X. International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, Salvador de Bahía, Brasilien, 23.-28.10.2016. 

Grein, M., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, Ch., Kovar-Eder, J., Moraweck, K., Traiser, Ch., Konrad, W. (2016): How do alterations in morphological leaf traits interrelate with palaeoenvironmental changes? Ecophysiological signals of Paleogene Angiosperms. – 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Dresden, Germany, 11.-16.09.2016. 

Müller, Ch., Wappler, T., Schneider, J. W., Kunzmann, L. (2016): Plant–insect interactions in the late Eocene Profen flora (Sachsen-Anhalt) and its palaeoecological interpretation – a preliminary report. – 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Dresden, Germany, 11.-16.09.2016. 

Moraweck, K., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L., Kvacek, J., Neinhuis, Ch., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Stiller, S., Streubig, M., Traiser, Ch. (2016): Adaptations of fossil leaves to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental change during the Paleogene. – 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Dresden, Germany, 11.-16.09.2016. 

Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, Z., Teodoridis, V., Moraweck, K., Müller, Ch., Steinthorsdottir, M., Porter, A. S., McElwain, J., Collinson, M. (2016): Vegetation, climate and atmospheric change prior to the Eocene-Oligocene transition: the terrestrial perspective from northern central Europe. – 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Dresden, Germany, 11.-16.09.2016. 

Grein, M., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Kunzmann, L., Moraweck, K., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, C., Kovar-Eder, J., Traiser, C. (2016): Morphological leaf traits of Paleogene plants as an indicator of paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate changes. – 25thInternational Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Bonn, 25.-26.11.2016. 

Moraweck, K., Jurke, B., Schneider, J. W., Kunzmann, L. (2016): Methods to detect adaptation strategies of fossil leaves to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes traced on cuticles. – 25th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Bonn, 25.-26.11.2016. 

Müller, Ch., Wappler, T., Kunzmann, L., Schneider, J. W., (2016): Paleoecological interpretation of plant-insect interactions in the late Eocene Profen flora (Sachsen-Anhalt). – 25th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Bonn, 25.-26.11.2016. 
Sadowski, E.-M., Kunzmann, L., Schmidt, A. R., Seyfullah, L. J. (2016): On the preservation of vascular plants in Baltic amber. – 25th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Bonn, 25.-26.11.2016. 

Sadowski, E.-M., Seyfullah, L. J., Schmidt, A. R., Kunzmann, L. (2016): Towards a new picture of the ‘Baltic amber forest.’ – 7th International Conference on Fossil Insects, Arthropods and Amber Edinburgh, 26.04.-01.05.2016. 

Steinthorsdottir, M. Porter, A., Holohan, A., Kunzmann, L., Collinson, M. E., McElwain, J. C. (2016): Fossil plants indicate that the most significant decrease in atmospheric CO2 happened prior to the Eocene-Oligocene boundary. – European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, April 17-22, 2016.

Poster: 

Ferdani, F., Standke, G., Rascher, J., Kunzmann, L. (2016): Can a middle Eocene macro flora give answers to the mystery of retinite in the oldest lignite seam of the Weißelster Basin (central Germany)? – 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Dresden, Germany, 11.-16.09.2016.

2015

Symposia:

Kunzmann, L. S7Paläobotanik / Palynologie” – 86. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Schiffweiler, Germany, 14.-17.09.2015.

Oral presentations:

Kunzmann, L., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Moraweck, K., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Neinhuis, Ch., Stiller, S.Streubig, M., Traiser, Ch. (2015): Are E and SE Asian vegetation and climate a key to the central European Eocene – lessons from the Yunnan biodiversity hotspot. – Sino-German meeting “The Yunnan Biodiversity Hotspot – Its history and future threats, Kunming, PR China, 05.-09.08.2015.

Konrad, W., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Grein, M., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Moraweck, K., Neinhuis, Ch., Kunzmann, L.Stiller, S.Streubig, M., Traiser, Ch. (2015): Palaeoaltitude, atmospheric CO2 concentration and stomatal density. – Sino-German meeting “The Yunnan Biodiversity Hotspot – Its history and future threats, Kunming, PR China, 05.-09.08.2015.

Moraweck, K., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, J., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Neinhuis, Ch., Stiller, S.Streubig, M., Traiser, Ch. (2015): Quantitative approach to detect adaptations of fossil leaves to paleoenvironmental change. – Sino-German meeting “The Yunnan Biodiversity Hotspot – Its history and future threats, Kunming, PR China, 05.-09.08.2015.

Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, Z., Teodoridis, V., Müller, Ch.Moraweck, K.(2015): Events between the Mid-Eocene Climatic Optimum and the Eocene-Oligocene Transition as reflected in vegetation dynamics of riparian forest in central Europe during late Eocene. – 86. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Schiffweiler, Germany, 14.-17.09.2015.

Ferdani, F. (2015): Taphonomy of a middle Eocene macro flora of the Weißelster Basin (central Germany). – 24thInternational Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Stuttgart, 26.-27.11.2015.
Stiller, S., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Kunzmann, L.Moraweck, K., Neinhuis, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Streubig, M., Traiser, C. (2015): Digital reconstruction of fossil leaves – how to avoid pitfalls in morphometric studies. – 24th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Stuttgart, 26.-27.11.2015.

Moraweck, K., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Kunzmann, L., Neinhuis, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Stiller, S.Streubig, M., Traiser, C. (2015): Connecting micro- and macromorphology: problems and possibilities. – 24thInternational Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Stuttgart, 26.-27.11.2015.

Kunzmann, L., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Moraweck, K., Neinhuis, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Stiller, S.Streubig, M., Traiser, C. (2015): Beyond the scenes of trends and shifts – why bother about dating, stratigraphy and facies?. – 24th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Stuttgart, 26.-27.11.2015.

Schmohl, M., Mohr, B. A. R., Kunzmann, L., Mahlow, K. (2015): Preservation and taxonomic affinities of conifer cones from Lower Cretaceous Wealden strata (Duingen, northern Germany). – 24th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, Stuttgart, 26.-27.11.2015.

2014

Symposia:

Kunzmann, L., Wilde, V., Riegel, W., Lenz, O. K.: S20 “From the PETM to the Eocene-Oligocene turnover: a terrestrial perspective” – IX. European Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference 2014 (26.-31.08.2014, Padova, Italy).

Kvaček, Z., Manchester, S., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L., Martinetto E.: S22 “Celebrating the legacies of Dieter H. Mai and Harald Walther: Cenozoic taxonomy, palaeoecology, and phytostratigraphy based on coordinated palaeobotanical investigations” – IX. European Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference 2014 (26.-31.08.2014, Padova, Italy).

Oral presentations:

Moraweck, K. & Kunzmann, L. (2014): Palaeoclimate reconstruction within the Palaeogene using fossil plants. – 3. Internationales Hanns-Bruno-Geinitz-Symposium (16.-18.10.2014, Dresden, Germany).

Kunzmann, L. & Moraweck, K. (2014): Searching for the hidden diversity in leaf floras from alluvial plains: taphonomy of late Eocene taphocoenoses from central Germany. – 23. International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy (27.-28.11.2014, Berlin, Germany).

Moraweck, K. & Kunzmann, L. (2014): Plants as palaeoclimate proxies – Glimpses behind the scene. – 23. International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy (27.-28.11.2014, Berlin, Germany).

Moraweck, K., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Streubig, M., Traiser, C. (2014): How does leaf morphology reflect palaeoclimate conditions? A quantitative approach tracing terrestrial climate conditions during the Palaeogene. – IX. European Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference 2014 (26.-31.08.2014, Padova, Italy).

Kunzmann, L. (2014): Piece together a puzzle or take it to pieces again: state of knowledge on late Eocene riparian vegetation in central Europe. – IX. European Palaeobotanical Palynological Conference 2014 (26.-31.08.2014, Padova, Italy).

Moraweck, K., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Streubig, M., Traiser, C. (2014): How does leaf morphology reflect palaeoclimate conditions? A quantitative approach tracing terrestrial climate conditions during the Palaeogene. – Rend. Online Soc. Geol. It. 31: 153-154. [Climatic and Biotic Events of the Palaeogene 2014 01.-06.07.2014 Ferrara Italy].

Kunzmann, L. (2014): Tertiäre Pflanzen des mitteldeutschen Raums – Klimazeugen und Standortanzeiger. – „Vom Braunkohlentagebau zur Tourismusregion: Das Leipziger Neuseenland – eine Landschaft im Wandel“, 36. Treffen des Arbeitskreises Bergbaufolgen der DGG (16.-17.05.2014, Markkleeberg, Germany).

Poster:

Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, Z., Teodoridis, V., Moraweck, K. (2014): Tracing terrestrial palaeoclimatic changes – vegetation dynamics of riparian forest in central Europe during late Palaeogene. – Rend. Online Soc. Geol. It. 31: 133-134. [Climatic and Biotic Events of the Palaeogene 2014 01.-06.07.2014 Ferrara Italy].

2013

Field trips:

Rascher J., Heinrich, C., Holz, U., Kunzmann, L., Schneider, W., Standke, G., Wimmer, R. (2013): Exkursionsführer Bitterfelder Bernstein (Stop 1) und Geologie, Bergbaugeschichte sowie Entwicklung der Bergbaufolgelandschaft im Raum Profen/Cospuden (Stop 2 und Stop 3). – Exkurs.f. und Veröfftl. DGG, 249: 112-136. [3. Bitterfelder Bernsteinkolloquium 34. Treffen des Arbeitskreises Bergbaufolgen  der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 23.- 25.05.2013 Bitterfeld Germany]

Poster: 

Moraweck, K., Kunzmann, L., Uhl, D., Kleber, A. (2013): Palaeoclimate reconstruction within the Eocene in central Germany using fossil plants. – EGU [European Geoscience Union], Vienna, Austria.

2012

Symposia:

Kunzmann, L., Dolezych, M., Schneider, W.: SS17 “Palaeoecology of Cenozoic conifers limits of actualisms?” – IPC XIII / IOPC IX 2012 (24.-30.08.2012, Tokio, Japan).
Kunzmann, L., Rößler, R., Krings, M.: S21 “Gymnosperm evolution: major events and mysteries” – 83. Jahrestagung Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Jubiläumstagung (24.-29.09.2012, Berlin, Germany)

Oral presentations:

Kunzmann, L. (2012): Investigation of ‘Tertiary’ leaf floras in questions of terminology. 21st International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy (23.-25.03.2012) Chemnitz, Germany.

Dolezych, M., Schneider, W. (2012): Fossil conifers in peat bog environments – results from the central European Neogene. – Jap. J. Palaeont. 58 (spezial issue): 48. [Abstract 13th International Palynological Congress 9th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference 23.-30.08.2012 Tokio Japan]

Kunzmann, L., Schneider, W., Dolezych, M., Mai, D. H. (2012): Palaeoecology of extinct conifer genera in the European Cenozoic. – Jap. J. Palaeont. 58 (spezial issue): 118. [Abstract 13th International Palynological Congress 9th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference 23.-30.08.2012 Tokio Japan]

Kunzmann, L., Mohr, B. A. R., Löwe, S., Coiffard, C., Bernardes-de-Oliveira, M. E. C. (2012): Gnetophytes from the late Early Cretaceous Crato flora: ecological and phytosociological aspects. – Terra nostra 2012/3: 101. [Abstract 83. Jahrestagung Paläontologische Gesellschaft (24.-29.09.2012) Berlin, Germany.

Poster:

Roth-Nebelsick, A., Oehm, Christoph., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kunzmann, L., Utescher, T. (2012): The optimality principle of plant gas exchange and its use in paleoclimatological studies. – GSA Abstracts 44 (7) [Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (04.-07.11.2012) Charlotte, NC, USA.