Dr. Heike Scherf

Function: Research Fellow

Universität Tübingen
Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Abt. Paläoanthropologie
Rümelinstr. 23
D-72070 Tübingen

Office: Room 515, Hauptgebäude, 2. OG
Tel.: +49-(0)7071-29-76523
E-Mail: heike.scherf[at]

Consulting hours:
by arrangement

Dr. Heike Scherf

Dr. Scherf’s research interests lie in the effects of locomotor loads on internal bony structures of long bones in primates including fossil and extant humans. Analyses of locomotion related structures in extant species are used as comparative basis to interpret the bony morphology in long bones of fossil species with regard to their preferred type of locomotion. In this field of research special attention is paid to:

As accurate handling of digital data, e.g. CT data, build the first step for the interpretation of internal structures, Dr. Scherf has put an additional research focus on the development of reproducible and accurate computerized pre-processing and analysing methods for complex internal bone structures (e.g. cancellous bone).

Curriculum Vitae

Current position

since 11/2009 Research Fellow in the Paleoanthropology Section of the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Paleoecology (HEP), Institute for Archaeological Sciences at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Referee for peer-reviewed journals

Referee for funding institutions:


10/2010 DFG Major Research Instrumentation program, funding for a high resolution computed tomography system (~180 k Euro)
2005 DFG Travel Grant for the IX. International Mammalogical Congress (Sapporo, Japan)
06-08/2004 Support for PhD thesis by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Frankfurt/Main, Germany)
2002 Ermann Stiftung, funding for high resolution CT scans for PhD project
2001 - 2003 Ph.D. fellowship for women in natural science and engineering of the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art, granted by Darmstadt University of Technology

Professional meetings organized

12/2011 Meeting StEvE (Students in Evolution and Ecology) Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
02/2006, 07/2005 Fundraising for the project ‚MultiMedia-Materialien Messel‘of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Frankfurt/Main)

Students supervised

2014 H. Mutlu, M.Sc. „Third trochanter (trochanter tertius) occurrence on human femora from Neolithic, Iron Age, Middle Ages and recent times in Southwestern Germany”, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany
2012 – 2013 R. Tilgner, M.Sc. „GPU-basierte Rekonstruktion von μCT-Daten“, HTWK Leipzig, Germany
2010 N. Rexin, B.Sc. „Ein Algorithmus zur Detektion der Spongiosa-Ausrichtung in Langknochen“, HTWK Leipzig, Germany
2008 F. Gantier, M.Sc. „Segmentierung von CT-Datensätzen fossiler Schädelfunde“, HTWK Leipzig, Germany and Groupe esaipe (St Barthélemy d’Anjou, France)
2007 – 2008 R. Tilgner, B.Sc. and internship „Entwicklung eines Algorithmus zur Segmentierung von komplexen Strukturen aus CT-Datensätzen“, HTWK Leipzig, Germany
2005 – 2006 E. Mohrmann, Diploma thesis „Die lokomotionsabhängige Ausbildung der Spongiosa-Struktur im Caput ossis femoris bei Primaten“, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Universtiy Teaching

Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, 2009-2014 Imaging and Morphometrics
Metrik, Epigenetik, Statistik
Research Design
Primate Evolutionary Biology
MPI EVA Leipzig, EVAN workshop May 28.-29.2009 High-resolution CT (Hr-CT) – key towards a new morphology

Former activities

09/2006 – 10/2009 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Department of Human Evolution (Leipzig, Germany), Postdoctoral fellow
- Development and supervision of projects on computer vision
- Development of multidisciplinary research programs on biomechanics
- Research on functional adaptation of bone
- Supervision of BSc and MSc students
01/2005 – 06/2006 Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Frankfurt/Main, Germany), Academic Staff, in charge of the project ‘MultiMedia-Materialien Messel’ of the Senckenberg Nature Research Society
- Organization and supervision of fossil 3D reconstructions
- Preparation of scientific results for popular science presentations
- Assisting in the organization of fundraising events
- Identification of potential EU funding programs
12/2003 – 09/2004 Grube Messel gGmbH, (Messel, Germany), Academic Freelancer
- Virtual 3D reconstruction and animation of the UNESCO World Heritage Messel Pit Fossil Site
- Virtual animation of skeletal elements to visualize their internal structures
11/2000 – 04/2001 Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University (Frankfurt/Main, Germany), Institute of Zoology, Academic Assistant
- Editing manuscripts for publication
12/1997 – 08/2000 (intermittent employment) Hessian State Museum Darmstadt (Darmstadt, Germany), (with small interruptions) Department of Geology - Palaeontology & Mineralogy, Research Assistant
- Assisting in a new collection inventory and preparation of geological samples
08/1997 – 09/1997 Montan -Consulting GmbH (Duisburg, Germany), Academic Trainee
- Coal exploration
04/1997 – 07/1997 Darmstadt University of Technology (Darmstadt, Germany) Geological-Palaeontological Institute, Academic Assistant
- Practical training of students


10/2000 – 07/2006 Ph.D. at the Darmstadt University of Technology (Darmstadt, Germany), in cooperation with the Senckenberg Research Insitute (Frankfurt/Main, Germany) Ph.D. thesis: „Locomotion-related femoral trabecular architectures in Primates“, supervised by F. Schrenk, D. Schumann and B. Herkner
10/1993 – 05/2000 Darmstadt University of Technology (Darmstadt, Germany) Major: Geology – Palaeontology Qualification: Diploma degree (Dipl. Geol.)
Diploma thesis: “Funktionelle Bedeutung der femoralen Konstruktion bei ausgewählten Primaten und Insektivoren“ (Functional implications of the femoral construction of selected primates and insectivores), supervised by F. Schrenk and D. Schumann
Geological mapping thesis: "Strukturgeologisch-petrographische Aufnahme des Profils Ebnath-Trevesen im Fichtelnaabtal / NE-Bayern" (Mapping of the structural geologic-petrographic profile Ebnath-Trevesen in the valley of the Fichtelnaab / NE Bavaria), supervised by P. Blümel and E. Stein


10/1999 – 12/1999 Hessian State Museum Darmstadt (Darmstadt, Germany), Department of Geology - Palaeontology & Mineralogy
- Preparation of thin sections


Konidaris, G.E., Koufos, G.D. (2016). Proboscidea, in: Koufos, G.D., Kostopoulos, D.S. (Eds.), Palaeontology of the upper Miocene vertebrate localities of Nikiti (Chalkidiki Peninsula, Macedonia, Greece). Geobios 49, 37-44.

Koufos, G.D., Kostopoulos, D.S., Konidaris, G.E. (2016). Aves, in: Koufos, G.D., Kostopoulos, D.S. (Eds.), Palaeontology of the upper Miocene vertebrate localities of Nikiti (Chalkidiki Peninsula, Macedonia, Greece), Geobios 49, 29-36.

Koufos, G.D., Kostopoulos, D.S., Vlachou, T.D., Konidaris, G.E. (2016). Synthesis, in: Koufos, G.D., Kostopoulos, D.S. (Eds.), Palaeontology of the upper Miocene vertebrate localities of Nikiti (Chalkidiki Peninsula, Macedonia, Greece), Geobios 49, 147-154.

Konidaris, G.E., Koufos, G.D., Kostopoulos, D.S., Merceron, G. (2016). Taxonomy, biostratigraphy and palaeoecology of Choerolophodon (Proboscidea, Mammalia) in the Miocene of SE Europe-SW Asia: implications for phylogeny and biogeography. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 14, 1-27.

Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Garefalakis, C., Karkanas, P., Konidaris, G.E., Panagopoulou, E., Harvati, K. (2016). New Middle Palaeolithic sites from the Mani Peninsula, Southern Greece. Journal of Field Archaeology 41, 68-83.

Konidaris, G.E., Tourloukis, V., Kostopoulos, D.S., Thompson, N., Giusti, D., Michailidis, D., Koufos, G.D., Harvati, K. (2015). Two new vertebrate localities from the Early Pleistocene of Mygdonia Basin (Macedonia, Greece): Preliminary results. Comptes Rendus Palevol 14, 353-362.

Panagopoulou, E., Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Athanassiou, A., Tsartsidou, G., Konidaris, G.E., Giusti, D., Karkanas, P., Harvati, K. (2015). Marathousa 1: a new Middle Pleistocene archaeological site from Greece. Antiquity Project Gallery 89.

Konidaris, G.E., Roussiakis, S.J., Theodorou, G.E. & Koufos, G.D. (2014). The Eurasian occurrence of the shovel-tusker Konobelodon (Mammalia, Proboscidea) as illuminated by its presence in the late Miocene of Pikermi (Greece). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34, 1437-1453.

Konidaris G.E. & Koufos, G.D. (2013). Late Miocene Proboscidea (Mammalia) from Macedonia and Samos Island, Greece: preliminary results. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 87, 121-140.

Vasileiadou, K., Konidaris, G. & Koufos, G.D. (2012). New data on the micromammalian locality of Kessani (Thrace, Greece) at the Mio-Pliocene boundary. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 92, 211-237.

Koufos G.D. & Konidaris G.E. (2011). Late Miocene Carnivores of the Greco-Iranian Province: Composition, guild structure and palaeoecology. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 305, 215-226.

Koufos G.D, Kostopoulos D.S., Vlachou, T.D. & Konidaris G.E. (2011). A synopsis of the late Miocene Mammal Fauna of Samos Island, Aegean Sea, Greece. Geobios 44, 237-251.

Konidaris G.E. & Koufos G.D. (2009). The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: new collection, 8. Proboscidea. In: Koufos G.D. & Nagel, D. (ed.), The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of Samos. Beiträge zur Paläontologie, Wien, pp. 139-155.