Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986
    Abitur (A-levels) in Dresden, Germany

  • 1987 – 1993
    Studied geology at Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany), Diplom degree in geology

  • 1993 – 1998
    Research assistant, Institute of Geophysics and Geology, University of Leipzig, Germany

  • 1997
    Completed the PhD in geology – palaeontology, Institute of Geophysics and Geology, University of Leipzig

  • 1998 – 2000
    Postdoc fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Institute of Palaeontology and Historical Geology, LMU Munich, Germany

  • 2000 – 2001
    DFG research fellowship at the Institute of Palaeontology and Historical Geology, LMU Munich

  • 2001 – 2006
    Research associate, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Palaeontology, LMU Munich

  • 2007
    Offers of a full professorship in palaeontology at the University of Vienna, Austria, and a W3 professorship in palaeontology at LMU Munich

  • 2007 – 2008
    W3 visiting professor at the University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 2009
    Professor of Terrestrial Palaeoclimatology at the University of Tübingen, Department of Earth Science, Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoecology (HEP) and director of the university's palaeontological museum and collection

Selected publications

  • Böhme, M.: Ectothermic vertebrates (Osteichthyes, Allocaudata, Urodela, Anura, Crocodylia, Squamata) from the Miocene of Sandelzhausen (Germany, Bavaria): their implication for environmental reconstruction and palaeoclimate. In: Paläontologische Zeitschrift 84(1), 2010. pp. 3-41.

  • Böhme, M., Ilg, A., Winklhofer, M.: Late Miocene "washhouse" climate in Europe. In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 275, 2008. pp. 393-401.

  • Böhme, M. et al.: A new method to estimate paleoprecipitation using fossil amphibians and reptiles and the Middle and Late Miocene precipitation gradients in Europe. In: Geology 34(6), 2006. pp. 425-428.

  • Böhme, M.: Migration history of air-breathing fishes reveal Neogene atmospheric circulation pattern. In: Geology 32(5), 2004. pp. 393-396.

  • Böhme, M.: Miocene Climatic Optimum: evidence from Lower Vertebrates of Central Europe. In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 195(3-4), pp. 389-401. Elsevier Science, Amsterdam 2003.

Selected projects

  • Cyclicity of precipitation, its controlling factors and its influence on the stability of terrestrial palaeo-ecosystems in the Lower and Middle Miocene of southern Germany

  • Geochronology in the North Alpine Foreland Basin

  • Neogene vertebrate fauna and palaeoclimate of southeast Asia

  • Sarmatian vertebrate fauna and palaeoclimate of the Styrian Basin

  • Miocene vertebrate fauna and palaeoclimate of the North Alpine Foreland Basin

  • Palaeobiology and the system of freshwater fish, amphibians and reptiles in the Neogene of the Old World

  • German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) / Neogene Vietnam: "Neogene stratigraphy, climatology and vertebrate fauna of North Vietnam"

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): Cypriniformes Tree of Life (CToL): The NSF-supported CToL initiative is a multidisciplinary, collaborative project focused on uncovering the evolutionary relationships, classification, and biodiversity of Cypriniformes (relatives of the carp). Associate investigator

  • Mammoth, vertebrate fauna and palaeo-environment of the Cromerian stratotype: led by Adrian Lister and Tony Stuart (University College, London): ecosystems and quantitative climate reconstruction based on micro-vertebrate proxy data

  • Untermassfeld Project (Senckenberg): led by Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke (Weimar, Germany): The Lower Pleistocene locality Untermassfeld (Thuringia, Germany): ecosystems and quantitative climate reconstruction based on micro-vertebrate proxy data

  • Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems (ETE) – Neogene of the Old World: reviewer for Lower Vertebrates, Database Programme of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, since 1999

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Reviewer activities:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

    Czech Academy of Sciences

  • Earth and Planetary Science Letters (EPSL)

  • Geology (GSA)

  • Bulletin of the Geological Society, London

  • Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Elsevier

  • Zoologischer Anzeiger (Zoological Gazette) – A Journal of Comparative Zoology, Elsevier

  • Geobios, Elsevier; Geologica Carpathica, Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Palaeontographia Italica, Pisa, Italy

  • Paläontologische Zeitschrift (Palaeontological Journal)

  • Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie (New Yearbook for Geology and Palaeontology)

  • Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg (Courier Research Institute, Senckenberg, Germany)

  • Acta Musei Nationalis, Prague, Czech Republic

  • Johannea, Graz, Austria

  • Deinsea, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • Graellsia, Madrid, Spain

  • Zitteliana, Munich, Germany

Honorary offices:

  • International Union of Geological Science, member of the steering committee of the Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy (RCMNS), since 2005

  • Palaeontological Society, advisory board, 2002 – 2005

  • Deputy chairperson of the German Society of Friends of Geology, 2001 – 2003

Conference organisation:

  • Molasse working group meeting, April 2005 in Munich

  • EEDEN, European Science Foundation (ESF) "aquatic ecosystems" working group meeting, 2001 in Munich

  • Annual meeting of the German Palaeontological Society 1996 in Leipzig, Germany

Additional qualifications

My own online databases:

  • fosFARbase (fossil fish, amphibians, reptiles)

  • OSTEObase (osteologic image database)

  • BIBLIObase (bibliographic database)


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