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Dr. David Lazarus

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David Lazarus
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8814

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin


  • Research in micropaleontology
  • Paleobiologic informatics (NSB Neptune database)
  • Curator for micropaleontology
  • Head, Micropaleontologic Reference Centers (MRC) Network


  • Ehrenberg Collection
  • MRC Radiolarian Collection, MRC central database
  • other micropaleontology collections (particularly radiolaria, ostracodes, foraminifera)


Research interests

  • Virtually all areas of micropaleontologic research (taxonomy, biostratigraphy, paleoceanography, paleobiology)
  • Taxonomic expertise is in Cenozoic radiolarians
  • Methodologies tend to be very quantitative, data-oriented and computer-based: morphometrics, databases (particularly the marine microfossil Neptune db system), digital imaging, multivariate statistics; often with software development.

Current Research and Infrastructure projects

  • Evolution and taxonomic documentation of tropical Neogene radiolaria (Joint w. S. Trubovitz and P. Noble, Reno, Nevada) [DAAD; IODP Schlanger Fellowship]
  • Harmonized taxonomic catalog of Neogene & living radiolaria at Mikrotax (Joint with J. Young, UCL and Interrad members)
  • Neptune Sandbox (NSB) (Joint with J. Renaudie)
  • Automatic identification of radiolarian species using machine learning (Joint with R. Gray and J. Renaudie)

Further information on science infrastructure projects.

publications (selection)

 -- please see full list at:

Wiese, R., Renaudie, J., and Lazarus, D., 2016, Testing the accuracy of genus-level data to predict species diversity in Cenozoic marine diatoms: Geology, v. 44.

Lazarus, D., Suzuki, N., Caulet, J.P., Nigrini, C., Goll, I., Goll, R., Dolven, J.K., Diver, P., and Sanfilippo, A., 2015, An evaluated list of Cenozic-Recent radiolarian species names (Polycystinea), based on those used in the DSDP, ODP and IODP deep-sea drilling programs: Zootaxa, v. 3999, p. 301–333.

Lazarus, D., Barron, J., Renaudie, J., Diver, P., and Türke, A., 2014, Cenozoic diatom diversity and correlation to climate change: PLOS One, v. 9, p. 1–18.

Lazarus, D., 2011, The deep-sea microfossil record of macroevolutionary change in plankton and its study, in Smith, A., and McGowan, A., ed., Comparing the Geological and Fossil Records: Implications for Biodiversity Studies: London, The Geological Society, p. 141–166.

Lazarus, D., B. Kotrc, G. Wulf, and D. N. Schmidt. 2009. Radiolarians decreased silicification as an evolutionary response to reduced Cenozoic ocean silica availability. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 106 (23): 9333-38.

Lazarus, D., and N. Suzuki. 2009. Introduction to the reexamination of the Haeckel and Ehrenberg Radiolarian Collections. In Reexamination of the Haeckel and Ehrenberg Microfossil Collections as a Historical and Scientific Legacy. Monograph No. 40, edited by Y. Tanimura and Y. Aita. Tokyo: Japan National Museum of Nature and Science: pp. 1-106, App. 1-5; Plates 1-244.

Lazarus, D., B. Bittniok, L. Diester-Haass, P. Meyers, and K. Billups. 2006. Comparison of radiolarian and sedimentologic paleoproductivity proxies in the latest Miocene-Recent Benguela Upwelling System. Marine Micropaleontology 60: 269-94.

Lazarus, D., B., H. Hilbrecht, and C. Spencer-Cervato. 1995. Speciation and phyletic change in Globorotalia truncatulinoides (planktonic Foraminifera). Paleobiology 21 (1): 28-51.

Lazarus, D., B., C. Spencer-Cervato, M. Pianka-Biolzi, J. P. Beckmann, K. von Salis, H. Hilbrecht, and H. R. Thierstein. 1995. Revised Chronology of Neogene DSDP Holes From the World Ocean. Vol. 24, Technical Notes. College Station: Ocean Drilling Program. ca 250 p.

Lazarus, D. and Caulet, J. P. 1993. Cenozoic Southern Ocean reconstructions. Antarctic Research Series 60: 145-174.

Dr. David Lazarus