DE BAETS Kenneth

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  • Geozentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
  • Biomechanics & Functional morphology, Biostratigraphy, Evo-Devo, Evolutionary biology, Evolutionary patterns and dynamics, Evolutionary theory, Fieldwork, Fossil calibration, Fossilization, Fossil record, Geochemistry, Histology, Index fossils, Invertebrate paleontology, Macroecology, Macroevolution, Methods, Morphological evolution, Morphometrics, Paleobiodiversity, Paleobiogeography, Paleobiology, Paleoecology, Paleoenvironments, Paleogeography, Paleopathology, Phylogenetics, Systematics, Taphonomy, Taxonomy
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I am a paleobiologist. My main research focuses on macroevolution, particularly on the relative contributions of biotic interactions (e.g., parasitism) and abiotic factors (e.g., climate) in driving these large-scale patterns. Other interests are quantitative methods in biostratigraphy, intraspecific variability and paleobiology in general. My main tools for these purposes are invertebrates, particularly ammonoids (now extinct cephalopods with an external shell) and parasitic flatworms.

Education: 1996/1998: Middenschool Zelzate, Belgium 1998/2002: Koninklijk Atheneum Zelzate, Belgium 2002/2004: Studies in Geology (1st cycle), Ghent University, Belgium (Kandidatuur with great distinction in June 2004) 2004/2006: Studies in Geology (2nd cycle), Ghent University, Belgium (Licentiate/Master with great distinction in September 2006) 2005/2006: Licentiaat/Master Thesis: “Ammonite-Biostratigraphy of the Middle-Jurassic (upper Aalenian-lower Bajocian) of La Baume (Castellane, Alpes des Hautes Provence) and systematics of the Sonniniidae.” [original Dutch title: “Ammonieten-biostratigrafie van het Midden-Jura (Boven-Aaleniaan tot Onder-Bathoniaan van La Baume (Castellane, Alpes des Hautes Provence, Frankrijk) en systematiek van de familie Sonniniidae.”]. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jacques Verniers (Ghent University) and Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Cecca (co-supervisor, University Marie & Pierre Curie, Paris, France) 2007/2011: Assistant/PhD-student, PalĂ€ontologisches Institut und Museum der UniversitĂ€t ZĂŒrich, Switzerland. Dissertation: “Early Emsian Ammonoidea: stratigraphy, intraspecific variability, and macroevolution". Supervisor: PD Dr. Christian Klug Professional History: 01/2007-09/2011: Assistant, PalĂ€ontologisches Institut und Museum der UniversitĂ€t ZĂŒrich, Switzerland 10/2011-04/2012: Post-doc, PalĂ€ontologisches Institut und Museum der UniversitĂ€t ZĂŒrich, Switzerland 05/2012-04/2013: SNF Fellow, Palaeobiology and Biodiversity Research Group, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom (associated with Prof. Philip Donoghue) 06/2013-now: Akademischer Rat auf Zeit (Assistant) am Lehrstuhl fĂŒr PalĂ€oumwelt, GeoZentrum Nordbayern,UniversitĂ€t Erlangen−NĂŒrnberg, Germany (associated with Prof. Wolfgang Kiessling)

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