Our Research Areas


Biosignatures more about geomicrobiology

We use molecular indicators (lipid biomarkers) for the reconstruction of biogeochemical processes and the phylogeny of organisms in modern and ancient ecosystems. more

Biomineralisation more about geomicrobiology

Biologically-controlled mineral formation (biomineralisation) and its mediation by non-living organic substances (organomineralisation) is a long-standing focus of research of the Dept. of Geobiology in Göttingen. more

Geomicrobiology more about geomicrobiology

Geomicrobiology studies the role of microorganisms in geologic processes. Our particular scientific interest focuses on the identification of microorganisms in geobiological systems and their synergisms with abiotic matter. more
Continental and marin geobiology ecosystems

Continental geobiology ecosystems more about geomicrobiology

Lacustrine systems

Recent and fossil lake sediments and their organisms form an important source of information required for the reconstruction of climate history, oceanic and atmospheric evolution.


Reefs in the geobiological sense are communities of CaCO3-forming benthic organisms including corals, sponges, bivalves, algae and/or microbes which are forming a wave‑ and current-resistant framework.

Cold Seeps

Cold Seeps are small scale subaquatic locations from where e.g. hydrocarbon- and hydrogen sulphur cold fluids seep.


Paleodiversity/Biodiversity more about geomicrobiology

Our research on present day biodiversity and its alterations over long (geological) and/or short (ecological) timescales allows inferences about how biodiversity evolved through time and how it will develop in the future. more

Evolution of Landplants & Development of Terrestrial Ecosystemsmore about geomicrobiology

The evolution of land plants and the development of terrestrial ecosystems are closely interconnected. The colonisation of terrestrial habitats in the early Palaeozoic, the rapid development of the flora in the Devonian as well as more...

Evolution of the Metazoamore about geomicrobiology

Daniel Jackson's research group is focused on understanding the events that accompanied and drove the diversification of the Metazoa during the early Cambrian. more...