Jörg Pross

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Pross


Research interests

The primary objective of my research is to contribute to a better understanding of the climatic, environmental and biological evolution of the Earth system. I aim to achieve this goal by analyzing the fossil record of primary producers (notably palynomorphs) both on land and in the oceans.

An advantage of this approach lies in its potential for a direct land/sea correlation: The analysis of terrestrial palynomorphs recovered from marine sediments facilitates the reconstruction of paleoenvironmental change on the continents within a marine-based age frame. Moreover, through the integration of terrestrial palynomorph data with marine proxy information, leads and lags between environmental signals from the continents and the oceans can be determined. This approach necessitates interdisciplinary research projects including biological and geological sciences. It allows to analyse the role of primary producers as responders, drivers and moderators of climatic and environmental change.

Because primary producers have played a prominent role in environmental change ever since their appearance early in Earth's history, my group's research activities encompass time intervals from the Silurian to the Holocene. Our current research focusses on environmental change under icehouse conditions during the Oligocene and Quaternary, and under greenhouse conditions during the Jurassic, Cretaceous and early Paleogene.

Short CV

Since 2013 Professor, Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University
Since 2008 Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA
2004 – 2013 Professor, Institute of Geosciences, Goethe University Frankfurt
2003 – 2004 Visiting Senior Researcher, Institute of Environmental Biology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
2002 „Habilitation", Tübingen University; venia legendi in Paleontology, Historical Geology and Quaternary Ecology
2000 – 2004 „Hochschulassistent“, Institute of Geosciences, Tübingen University
1999 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Geology and Geography, Auburn University, USA
1998 Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Geosciences, Tübingen University
1997 Doctorate in Paleontology (Dr. rer. nat.), Tübingen University
1995 – 1997 Co-founder and co-editor, mountaineering periodical "klettern" (www.klettern.de)
1992 Diploma in Geology (Dipl.-Geol.), Tübingen University, Germany