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Gastwissenschaftler und Gastwissenschaftlerinnen

Mélani Berrocal Casero

PhD student, Department of Palaeontology, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Schoolarship by Complutense University of Madrid

Duration of stay: 15/10/2017 – 16/12/2017

Current Research lines:

  • Upper Cretaceous brachiopods: Systematics, biostratigraphy and palaeobiogegraphical and palaeoenvironmental contributions.

  • Paleoenvironmental interpretation of Triassic and Cretaceous vertebrate sites.


Research at the LUH Hannover:

  • First analysis of stable isotopes (δ18O and δ13C) in brachiopod shells from the Coniacian (Upper Cretaceous) of the North-Castillian Platform (Spain): Palaeoceanographical and Palaeoclimatological contributions.


Radhika Arora

Specialization: M.Tech. Petroleum Geoscience, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Project Title: Kerogen Analysis of Black Shales of Juran Formation of Mesozoic era in Kutch

Scholarship Awarded: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German Academic Exchange

Duration of stay: 01/09/2016 – 31/03/2017

Research at the LUH Hannover:


  • Extensive palynofacies analysis of the samples to be carried out for comparing organic contributions from marine and continental environments.

  • Precisely define the Oceanic Anoxic Events(OAE) on the basis of shifts in the organic carbon isotope trend and TOC enrichment.


Amin Navidtalab, M.Sc.

PhD student, University of Tehran, Iran
Scholarship by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology
Duration of stay: 01/2016 – 07/2016

Research at the LUH Hannover:

  • Chemostratigraphic expression of Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 in neritic successions of the equatorial Neo-Tethyan Ocean
  • Impact of mid-Cretaceous exposure surfaces on carbonate diagenesis


Prof. Santanu Banerjee, Ph.D.

Department of Earth Sciences
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, India
Duration of stay: 05/2015 - 06/2015

Prof. Banerjee is a sedimentologist dealing with various aspects of ancient and modern depositional systems. His main interests include the record of Precambrian trace fossils, the deposition of Mesozoic black shales and authigenic glauconite formation within sediments. Togher with colleagues from the LUH, he investigates the composition and distribution of particulate organic matter trapped in coastal marine deposits of Upper Jurassic age.


Niiden Ichinnorov, Ph.D.

Paleontological Center
Mongolian Academy of Sciences
Duration of stay: 04/2014 - 05/2014

Dr. Ichinnorov is studying the palaeoflora of SE Mongolia during the Early Cretaceous. During this time, large parts of present-day Mongolia were occupied by vast lakes and streams with a rich vegetation surrounding these waterbodies. In collaboration with scientists from the Geological Institute of the LUH, Dr. Ichinnorov is using transmitted light and fluorescence microscopy for identification of fossil spores and pollen, which are used for the reconstruction of the late Mesozoic palaeoenvironments.


Alisa Baranskaya

PhD student, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
DAAD scholarship from 10/2012 - 03/2013
visiting scientist in 03/2014

Research at the LUH Hannover:

  • Three-dimensional finite-element modelling of postglacial isostatic rebound of the Kola Peninsula and surrounding regions

  • Geomorphology in the Arctic region

  • Surface exposure dating with the cosmogenic nuclide 10Be (together with the University of Münster)


Xiao Ping, Ph.D.
National Key Laboratory of Earthquake Dynamics, 
Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing, China
Duration of stay: 12/2013 - 04/2014

Research at the LUH Hannover:

  • Landscape evolution of SE Tibet using geomorphology and thermochronological methods
  • Apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He analysis


Hitoshi Hasegawa, Ph.D.

Designated Assistant Professor
Nagoya University Museum, Japan
Duration of stay: 01/2012 - 03/2012

Dr. Hasegawa's research deals with the reconstruction of past climate change with focus on "deep-time" greenhouse examples like the Cretaceous or the Eocene. Together with colleagues from the LUH, he investigates the organic content of fossil lake deposits in order to decipher changes in lake productivity and terrestrial input linked to climatic cycles.


Msc Ariana Osman

BP Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain
Duration of stay: 10/2010 - 10/ 2012

Research Topic:

Sequence stratigraphy of a Paleogene coal bearing rim syncline: interplay of salt dynamics and sea-level changes, Schöningen, Germany