Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    Abitur (High school diploma) at the Gymnasium Moltkestraße Gummersbach, Germany

  • 1999
    Vordiplom (B.Sc. equivalent) in Geology/Paleontology at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University Bonn, Germany

  • 1999 – 2000
    Two semesters as a visiting student at the University of Calgary,Canada

  • 2003
    Diploma (M.Sc. equivalent) in Geology/Paleontology at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University Bonn, Germany

  • 2008
    PhD, Department of Biology and Redpath Museum, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

  • 2008 – 2009
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Toronto (Canada)

  • 2009 – 2011
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, University of Chicago

  • 2011 – 2013
    Non-tenure assisstant professor (6 years appointment), Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Insititut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung

  • Since 2013
    Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Leader, Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Insititut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung

Selected publications

  • Fröbisch, N. B., Fröbisch, J., Sander, P. M., Schmitz, L. & Rieppel, O. (2013). Macropredatory ichthyosaur from the Middle Triassic and the origin of modern trophic networks. PNAS 110(4): 1393-1397.

  • Fröbisch, N.B. & N.H. Shubin. (2011). Salamander limb development: Integrating genes, morphology, and and fossils. Developmental Dynamics 240(5), 1087-1099.

  • Fröbisch, N. B., Olori, J. C., Schoch, R. R. & Witzmann, F. (2010). Amphibian ontogeny in the fossil record. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 21:424-431.

  • Anderson, J. S., Reisz, R. R., Scott, D., Fröbisch, N.B. & Sumida, S. S. (2008). A stem batrachian from the Early Permian of Texas and the origin of frogs and salamanders. Nature 453: 515-518.

  • Fröbisch, N. B., Carroll R. L. & Schoch, R. R. (2007). Limb ossification in the Paleozoic branchiosaurid Apateon (Temnospondyli) and the early evolution of preaxial dominance in tetrapod limb development. Evolution & Development 9(1): 69-75.

  • Schoch, R. R. & Fröbisch, N. B. (2006). Metamorphosis and neoteny: alternative pathways in an extinct amphibian clade. Evolution 60 (7): 1467-1475.


Selected projects

  • Emmy Noether project: Amphibian origin(s) and evolution through deep time: integrating the fossil record, morphology, and development

  • The marine reptiles of the Middle Triassic of Nevada

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (since 1997)

  • Paläontologische Gesellschaft (since 2000)

  • International Society of Vertebrate Morphology (since 2007)

Media coverage

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Two daughters, born 13.8.2009 (4 months of parental leave) and 27.2.2012 (7 months of parental leave)


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