Kilian Eichenseer PhD

Kilian Eichenseer PhD

Quantitative Palaeobiology

Durham University


Centuries of palaeontological and geological research have produced vast quantities of information on past organisms and environments. Using statistical tools, I am probing these data riches to reconstruct novel aspects of the history of Life. Focal points of my research have been coral reefs, palaeoclimate and the skeletal mineralogy of marine invertebrates. I am currently building a Bayesian stratigraphic model to correlate Cambrian sections using $\delta$13C records. (!team).

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  • Bayesian statistics
  • R programming
  • Palaeobiology and palaeoclimate
  • 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


Jones, Lewis A., & 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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