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Dr. Eva-Maria Sadowski

Dr. Eva-Maria Sadowski
  • Tasks

    Postdoctoral researcher

    Research interests

    I am interested in the evolution of seed plants. I use fossil and extant plant material in order to understand the morphological-anatomical evolution of plants from the Mesozoic to the Recent. Specifically, I am focused on the evolution of terrestrial palaeoecosystems and their biodiversity through time and space. By using plant fossils, I aim to reconstruct habitats, their structure and climate, as well as palaeoecological interactions. This gives new insights into how biodiversity and the environment changed in the past and which processes caused these changes. Moreover, fossil floras help to understand distribution changes of specific plant lineages, as well as the biogeographic and climatic causes. My research is primarily focused on inclusions in amber (fossilized resin), which is a valuable source for exquisitely, three-dimensionally preserved plant organs. I study these plant inclusions with standard light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and new state-of-the-art X-ray based imaging techniques. I use identified plant taxa as indicators for specific habitat types and structure, as well as for the paleoclimate, facilitating the reconstruction of the ‘amber forests’ the amber derives from.

    Research topics

    Evolution of terrestrial palaeoecosystems in the Cretaceous and Cenozoic

    Reconstruction of palaeoecosystems: habitats, structure, vegetation, diversity, climate

    Evolutionary morphology of seed plants

    Evolution and systematics of seed plants

    Biogeography of seed plants



    Sadowski E-M, Hammel JU, Denk T. 2018. Synchrotron X-ray imaging of a dichasium cupule of Castanopsis from Eocene Baltic amber. American Journal of Botany 105: 2025–2036.

    Kettunen E, Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Dörfelt H, Rikkinen J, Schmidt AR. 2018. Caspary's fungi from Baltic amber: historic specimens and new evidence. Papers in Palaeontology:

    Schmidt AR, Kaulfuss U, Bannister JM, Baranov V, Beimforde C, Bleile N, Borkent A, Busch A, Conran JG, Engel MS, Harvey M, Kennedy EM, Kerr PH, Kettunen E, Kiecksee AP, Lengeling F, Lindqvist JK, Maraun M, Mildenhall DC, Perrichot V, Rikkinen J, Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah JS, Stebner F, Szwedo J, Ulbrich P, Lee DE. Amber inclusions from New Zealand. 2018. Gondwana Research 56: 135-146.

    Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR, Seyfullah LJ, Kunzmann L. 2017. Conifers of the ‘Baltic amber forest’ and their palaeoecological significance. Stapfia 106: 1-73.

    Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Wilson CA, Calvin CL, Schmidt AR. 2017. Diverse early dwarf mistletoes (Arceuthobium), ecological keystones of the Eocene Baltic amber biota. American Journal of Botany 104: 694-718.

    Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR, Kunzmann L, Gröhn C, Seyfullah LJ. 2016. Sciadopitys cladodes from Eocene Baltic amber. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 180: 258-268.

    Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR, Rudall PJ, Simpson DA, Gröhn C, Wunderlich J, Seyfullah LJ. 2016. Graminids from Eocene Baltic amber. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 233: 161-168.

    Kettunen E, Grabenhorst H, Gröhn C, Dörfelt H, Sadowski E-M, Rikkinen J, Schmidt AR. 2015. The enigmatic hyphomycete Torula sensu Caspary revisited. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 219: 183-193.

    Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Sadowski F, Fleischmann A, Behling H, Schmidt AR. 2015. Carnivorous leaves from Baltic amber. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112: 190-195.

    Seyfullah LJ, Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR. 2015. Species-level determination of closely related araucarian resins using FTIR spectroscopy and its implications for the provenance of New Zealand amber. PeerJ 3:e1067; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1067.