Historical Geology and Facies


Research interest:

  • Microfacies and sedimentology: Study areas (most of them are funded projects): Germany, France, Asia such as Iran, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam.
  • Conodont biostratigraphy, conodont alteration and low grade metamorphic studies
  • Palaeobiogeography and absolute age dating (the latter one in cooperation with Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden)
  • Events in the Palaeozoic, of particular interest are the Frasne/Famenne boundary and the Devonian/Carboniferous boundary

Co-leader International ICGP projects:

IGCP 499 (2004–2008) “Devonian land-sea interaction: evolution of ecosystems and climate”
IGCP 596 (2011–2015) “Climate change and biodiversity patterns in the Mid-Palaeozoic”
IGCP 652 (2017–2022) “Reading geologic time in Paleozoic rocks: the need for an integrated stratigraphy”
DAGGER: Devonian Anoxia, Geochemistry, Geochronology, and Extinction Research
IGCP 700 (2020 – 2024) “Palaeozoic carbonate build-ups in Southeeast Asia”

Editor of Special Volumes, Books, Special Issuesas result of the above projects:

Hartenfels, S., Hartkopf-Fröder, Ch. and Königshof, P. (2022) The Rhenish Massif: More than 150 years of research in a Variscan mountain chain. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 102, 493-829. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12549-022-00546-y.

Qie, W., Liang, K., Königshof, P. [eds.] (2019). Devonian palaeoecosystems and palaeoenvironments of South China. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 99, 1–142.

Mottequin, B., Slavik, L. & Königshof, P. [eds.] (2017). Climate change and biodiversity patterns in the mid-Palaeozoic – Proceedings-Volume IGCP 596/SDS Meeting Brussels (2015). Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 97(3), 367–686.

Becker, R.T., Königshof, P., Brett, C.E. [eds]. (2016). Devonian Climate, Seal Level and Evolutionary Events. Geological Society, London, Special Publication , 432, 1–481.

Suttner, T.J., Kido, E., Königshof, P., Waters, J., Davis, L. & Messner, F. [eds.] (2016). Planet Earth – In Deep Time Palaeozoic Series: Devonian & Carboniferous (Schweizerbart`sche Verlagsbuchhandlung Stuttgart, Germany) 263pp (ISBN 978-3-510-65335-5)

Brett, C.E., Schindler, E., Königshof, P., [eds.] (2011) Sea-level cyclicity, climate change, and bioevents in Middle Devonian marine and terrestrial environments. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 304 (1-2), 1–193. 

Königshof, P. [ed.] (2009) Devonian Change: Case Studies in Palaeogeography and Palaeoecology. Editorial. Geological Society, London, Special Publication, 314, 1–298.

Geopark: Dr. Peter Königshof is active on the geopark’s scientific advisory board (a) Lahn-Dill-Westerwald and  (b) Geopark Vogelsberg. Research takes place in cooperation with Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie (HLUG), Wiesbaden. (2001 – 2020).

Other business:

  • Chaiman of the German International geoscience Programme (IGCP, 2006 – 2021).
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Commision for UNESCO 2006 – 2020).
  • Head of the Publishing Division (Ressorts Verlags- und Publikationswesen)


  • 1998 – 2022: Editor-in-Chief „Abhandlungen der Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung“
  • 2009 – 2022: Editor-in-Chief: „Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments“ (Springer, Senckenberg)
Field excursion in Thailand.