Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2004
    University of Tartu, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, senior research fellow

  • 2007 – 2009
    University of Tartu Natural History Museum, head of the department of exhibitions and environmental education

  • 2001 – 2004
    University of Tartu, Institute of Geology, researcher

  • 1989 – 2001
    University of Tartu, Institute of Geology, curator of collections


  • 2004 – 2005
    Postdoc, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • 1998 – 2002
    PhD (geology), University of Tartu

  • 1995 – 1997
    MSc (palaeontology and stratigraphy), University of Tartu

  • 1984 – 1989
    Diploma degree in geology, University of Tartu

Selected publications

  • Ausich, William I.; Wilson, Mark A.; Tinn, Oive (2019). Kalana Lagerstätte crinoids: Early Silurian (Llandovery) of central Estonia. Journal of Paleontology, 94 (1), 131−144.10.1017/jpa.2019.27.

  • Tinn, O.; Märss, T. (2018). The earliest osteostracan Kalanaspis delectabilis gen. et sp. nov. from the mid-Aeronian (mid-Llandovery, lower Silurian) of Estonia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 38 (1), Article: e1425212.10.1080/02724634.2017.1425212.

  • Mastik, Viirika; Tinn, Oive (2017). Leveilleites hartnageli Foerste, 1923 (Rhodophyta?) from the Ordovician of Laurentia and Silurian of Baltica: Redescription and designation of a neotype. Palaeoworld, 26 (4), 602−611.10.1016/j.palwor.2017.04.002.

  • Männik, P.; Tinn, O.; Loydell, D.K.; Ainsaar, L. (2016). Age of the Kalana Lagerstätte, early Silurian, Estonia. Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences, 65 (2), 105−114.10.3176/earth.2016.10.

  • Tinn, O.; Mastik, V.; Ainsaar, L.; Meidla, T. (2015). Kalania pusilla, an exceptionally preserved non-calcified alga from the lower Silurian (Aeronian, Llandovery) of Estonia. Palaeoworld, 24, 207−214.10.1016/j.palwor.2014.12.001.

  • Mastik, V.; Tinn, O. (2015). New dasycladalean algal species from the Kalana Lagerstätte (Silurian, Estonia). Journal of Paleontology, 89 (2), 262−268.10.1017/jpa.2014.23.

  • Tinn, O.; Ainsaar, L. (2014). Asterozoan pedicellariae and ossicles revealed from the Middle Ordovician of Baltica. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 59 (2), 353−358.10.4202/app.2012.0034.

  • Tinn, O.; Meidla, T.; Ainsaar, L.; Kivioja, K. (2010). Rich and heterogeneous fossil ostracod fauna in the Ordovician sediment intrusions at Osmussaar Island, Estonia, reveals an ancient impact event. GFF, 132, 201−211.10.1080/11035897.2010.530351.

  • Tinn, O.; Meidla, T.; Ainsaar, L.; Pani, T. (2009). Thallophytic algal flora from a new Silurian Lagerstätte. Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences, 58 (1), 38−42.10.3176/earth.2009.1.04.

  • Tinn, O.; Oakley, T. H. (2008). Erratic rates of molecular evolution and incongruence of fossil and molecular divergence time estimates in Ostracoda (Crustacea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution , 48 (1), 157−167.10.1016/j.ympev.2008.03.001.

Selected projects

  • Kalana Lagerstätte: on the edge between the early Silurian marine and terrestrial ecosystems

  • Taxonomy and distribution of algal fossil with extraordinary preservation in the Lower Palaeozoic

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Council of the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu

  • The Palaeontological Association

  • The Paleontological Society

  • The Geological Society of Estonia

  • Estonian Naturalists’ Society


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