Dr. Michael Montenari, studied Geology and Palaeontology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg (Germany), the Université-Louis-Pasteur in Strasbourg (France), the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen/Nürnberg (Germany) and the University of California, Los Angeles (USA). He obtained a degree as Diplom-Geologe (MSc) with a study on the Micropalaeontology and Sedimentology of Lower Carboniferous calciclastic turbidites of the Vosges Mountains (France) in 1996, and a PhD degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Earth Sciences with a study on the Palynology, Stratigraphy and Geochemistry of metasedimentary units of the Black Forest Massif (Germany) in 1999. After a brief period in the oil industry, he held PostDoc positions at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Centre for Palaeozoic Palaeontology and Palaeogeography, Université de Lille) and the University of Tübingen (Germany) where he was awarded the Higher Doctorate (DSc, Dr. habil., Habilitation) in 2005. In the same year he was appointed lecturer in Palaeontology at Keele University (Newcastle, Staffs), United Kingdom. His areas of research include Precambrian and Palaeozoic palaeobiological and sedimentological processes, high resolution Bio- and Chemostratigraphy of hydrocarbon source rocks using organic walled microfossils and whole rock/isotope geochemical markers, Evolutiontheoretical aspects of the Origin of Life, as well as complex coupled Geosphere-Biosphere processes.
Biography Updated on 12 August 2012