Foto David Storz

Dr. David Storz

LOEWE Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum (BiK-F)

Postal Address:
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Altenhoeferallee 1
60438 Frankfurt am Main

ph.: +49-69-798 40174
E-Mail: david.storz@em.uni-frankfurt.de


Dr. David Storz


Research Interests

My research interests focus on benthic foraminifera and massive stony corals from tropical shallow water environments, which are widely used to reconstruct past environmental changes. My geographical focus is the NW Indian Ocean, a geographic region at the edge of the Indo-Pacific and close to the Arabian-Mediterranean biogeographical realms.
Currently, I am investigating changes in assemblage and diversity structure of shallow-water benthic foraminifera during the last 11.000 years in the Maldives archipelago at high resolution. For this purpose, I am analyzing sediment cores from an atoll lagoon of the central area of the archipelago, which provide undisturbed archives of past environmental variations. My research will contribute to a better understanding of the reaction of benthic foraminifera communities to sea-level rise and climate change during the Holocene. The data will be used for correlations with the terrestrial and open marine records of the land-to-sea traverse in A3.1. Comparisons with biodiversity data of other Late Quaternary reef locations will help to unravel principal pattern of diversity changes that are potentially influenced by both long-term and short-term climate and environmental variations.