Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kuhnt

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 14, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-2924

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The Kiel Marine Micropaleontology Laboratory and Research Group actively focuses on the study of planktic and benthic foraminifera (marine prostists that build tests from calcite or foreign agglutinated particles) and their application for understanding climate and ocean evolution over the last 100 million years.

Facilities at the University of Kiel include a micropaleontological preparation laboratory, clean laboratory for geochemical preparation, and dedicated microscope and computer laboratories. We also house a comprehensive micropaleontology research library and extensive collections, including one of the largest collections in Europe of Recent seafloor samples (both slides and residues). This collection encompasses material from several thousands core tops, box-core and multicore samples collected from all oceans with special emphasis on the eastern Atlantic, Baltic Sea and SE Asian Seas.

Our research focuses on Recent, Cenozoic and Cretaceous foraminifera, in particular their evolution  (biostratigraphy), ecology and population dynamics. Foraminifera also provide crucial tools for paleoceanography, because their carbonate shells can be analyzed for their elemental composition (i.e. Mg/Ca) and stable isotopes of oxygen, carbon, calcium and boron. These geochemical and isotopic data are fundamental to derive estimates of past sea surface temperature, salinity and pH and to reconstruct productivity and water column structure.

Current Research

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