Kilian Eichenseer PhD

Kilian Eichenseer PhD

computational methods

Durham University


I am developing novel statistical and computational methods for the Earth Sciences. My academic background lies in Geology and Palaeontology, focussing on marine life and sediments. I became increasingly interested in data science and R programming during my master’s and PhD. In my current PostDoc at Durham University, I build a Bayesian stratigraphic model that can correlate and date geological sections using geochemical signatures. Other projects include modelling the latitudinal temperature gradient from sparsely sampled climate data, and an R package enabling reproducible, efficient workflows for palaeobiological research.

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  • Developing computational methods
  • Bayesian statistics
  • R programming
  • Palaeobiology and palaeoclimate
  • Stratigraphy and sedimentology
  • Ecology and evolution
  • PhD in Earth Sciences, 2021

    University of Plymouth

  • MSc in Palaeobiology & Sedimentology, 2016

    Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • BSc in Geosciences, 2015

    Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Peer-reviewed publications


Lewis A.Jones, William Gearty, Bethany J. Allen, Kilian Eichenseer, Miranta Kouvari, Pedro L. Godoy, Cecili S. C. Nicholl, Lucas Buffan, Erin M. Dillon, Joseph T. Flannery-Sutherland, Alfio Alessandro Chiarenza (2023). “palaeoverse: A community-driven R package to support palaeobiological analysis.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution. View here.


Lewis A. Jones, & Kilian Eichenseer (2022). Uneven spatial sampling distorts reconstructions of Phanerozoic seawater temperature. Geology 50 (2), 238-242. View here.


Uwe Balthasar, Stephen Kershaw, Anne-Christine Da Silva, Barbara Seuss, Maggie Cusack, Kilian Eichenseer & Peter Chung (2021). Palaeozoic stromatoporoids and chaetetids analysed using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD); implications for original mineralogy and microstructure. Facies 67 (1), 1-18. View here.


Kilian Eichenseer, Uwe Balthasar, Christopher W. Smart, Julian Stander, Kristian A. Haaga & Wolfgang Kiessling (2019). Jurassic shift from abiotic to biotic control on marine ecological success. Nature Geoscience 12 (8), 638–642. View here.


David B. Kemp, Kilian Eichenseer & Wolfgang Kiessling (2015). Maximum rates of climate change are systematically underestimated in the geological record. Nature Communications 6 (1), 1-6. View here.


Kilian Eichenseer (2021). Environmental controls on the skeletal mineralogy of marine calcifiers. PhD Thesis. University of Plymouth. Supervisors: Dr Uwe Balthasar, Prof. Wolfgang Kiessling & Dr Christopher W. Smart.

Kilian Eichenseer (2016). Taphonomical and Ecological Controls on the Pleistocene Rise of Acropora. Master’s Thesis. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Supervisors: Prof. Wolfgang Kiessling.

Kilian Eichenseer (2014). Taphonomische Beeinträchtigung quartärer, tropischer Korallenfaunen (Sulawesi, Indonesien). Bachelor’s Thesis. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Supervisors: Prof. Wolfgang Kiessling.


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