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Paläobiologie, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Name of the organization/project in English:
Paleobiology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
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In the Paleontology department of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), we study the evolution of ecosystems over long timescales. We deduce the environmental factors which significantly influenced the emergence and disappearance of communities throughout Earth’s history, alongside predicting the effects of modern day anthropogenic climate change on future ecosystems. To achieve this we combine geological fieldwork, state-of-the-art analytical methods, palaeobiological databases and statistical analysis.
How are you supporting the idea of citizen science through various channels or activities?:
We are working on implementing a smartphone application in which users can learn about fossils and the geology in their surroundings and upload photos of their fossil discoveries to be identified by other users. We then intend to use this data to learn more about the distribution of fossil occurrences.