PD Dr. Martin Aberhan
My main focus in research is interpreting Mesozoic to early Cenozoic marine faunas, the environments in which they lived, their distributional patterns in space and time, their evolutionary history, their ecological interactions, and the crises that befell them. My research is based both on field work and on data-mining of global Phanerozoic-scale data bases, particularly the Paleobiology Database. A special focus is on marine bivalves because they exhibit an excellent fossil record, and because their ecological variety allows an accordingly refined interpretation of palaeontological and geological problems. My taxonomic work concentrates on marine bivalves from the Jurassic period.
Aberhan, M. & Kiessling, W. 2015. Persistent ecological shifts in marine molluscan assemblages across the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112: 7207-7212.
Aberhan, M. & Kiessling, W. 2014. Rebuilding biodiversity of Patagonian marine molluscs after the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. – PLoS ONE 9(7): e102629.
Alroy, J., Aberhan, M., Bottjer, D. & 32 others, 2008. Phanerozoic trends in the global diversity of marine invertebrates. – Science 321: 97-100.