German paleontology in the early 21st century.

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Kießling W, Nützel A
Journal: Palaeontologia Electronica
Publication year: 2010
ISSN: 1094-8074
eISSN: 1532-3056


Abstract


German paleontology has a long


tradition and is still very active and innovative in


many fields. Fields with the


highest impacts are Neogene to Recent micropaleontology


with paleoceanographic and climate focus as well as geobiology and paleoecology.


Systematic paleontology is well represented


in Germany and leading taxonomic exper-


tise is present for many groups although the


impact of this resear


ch is necessarily low.


Conservation of this expertise is important


but visibility should


be enhanced by cooper-


ation with researchers from other disciplines


. Analytical paleobiology is too weak in


Germany with a few exceptions, as is the de


ep-time perspective of evo-devo research


and efforts should be made not to fall further behind here.


The greatest risk for German paleontology is the continued closure of university


departments and the replacement of retired paleontologists by non-paleontologists.


This threatens the future of our students in science and the paleontological research


community may fall below a critical mass


which is needed for innovative research.


Some of these problems fa


ll in the responsibility of th


e paleontologists themselves


(e.g., lack of innovative approaches, appare


nt absence of practical/ economic applica-


bility, tactical mistakes) but others are the re


sult of administrative actions to save or


shift resources independent of the quality of research and teaching.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Kießling, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt


How to cite

APA:
Kießling, W., & Nützel, A. (2010). German paleontology in the early 21st century. Palaeontologia Electronica.

MLA:
Kießling, Wolfgang, and Alexander Nützel. "German paleontology in the early 21st century." Palaeontologia Electronica (2010).

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