Terrestrische Paläoklimatologie

Josephina Hartung, phD student

Curriculum Vitae


  • Bachelor studies in Geological Sciences at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science

  • Topic of Bachelor’s Thesis: Analysis of unique, abundant and subparallel notostracan trace fossils from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Northeastern Utah, USA


  • Master studies in Geosciences at the Institute of Geosciences, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

  • Degree: Master of Geosciences with emphasis on vertebrate Paleontology

  • Topic of Master’s Thesis: Bovid diversity and sexual dimorphism in the Late Miocene fossil locality Hammerschmiede (Allgäu, Germany)

Since March 2020

  • phD student at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

  • Project topics: Functional morphology, taxonomy and ecology (including isotope analysis) of ruminants from the Hammerschmiede locality (Allgäu, Germany)



  • Mai-August 2016: Internship at the Dinosaur National Monument, Utah, USA

  • June-August 2017: Internship at the Dino-Park Münchehagen, Germany (fossil preparation)

Field work

  • Excavations: 2016: Upper Triassic Chinle Formation (trace fossils) and Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation (sauropod dinosaurs) in Utah, USA

  • 2018: Rhaetian bonebeds (marine reptiles) in Bonenburg NRW, Germany

  • 2019: Late Miocene brown coal deposits of Bulgaria (mainly mammals)

  • 2018, 2019, 2020 and ongoing: field work at the late Miocene fossil locality Hammerschmiede (Allgäu, Germany) (University of Tuebingen) (mainly mammals)

Main research interests

  • Functional morphology, taxonomy and ecology of late Miocene ruminants

  • Morphology of the ruminant inner ear

  • Micro-computed tomography and 3D reconstruction

Side projects

  • Evolution and ecology of coelacanth fishes in Europe during the Rhaetian (Upper Triassic, Bonenburg locality in cooperation with the University of Bonn)


Hartung, J., Lechner, T., and Böhme, M. 2020. New cranial material of Miotragocerus monacensis (Mammalia: Bovidae) from the late Miocene hominid locality Hammerschmiede (Germany). Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen 298(3): 269-284.