Scientific Work

Current position:

Since December 2016 I work as freelance scientist and author on paleontological and ID-related questions. I am a senior scientist at the Biologic Institute in Redmond (, E-mail:, and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.


As successor of Prof. Willi Hennig and Dr. Dieter Schlee, I worked from 1999-2016 as curator for amber and fossil insects in the paleontological department of the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart / SMNS (Germany).


I have published over 125 scientific papers (incl. a book at Cambridge University Press), described more than 160 new species (incl. three new insect orders), 8 species and a dragonfly family were named by other scientists in my honor, had numerous appearances on German TV and radio, a Google Scholar h-index of 20 and a RG score of 28.11 that is higher than 85% percent of the other scientists at ResearchGate.

Research interests:

Fossil history and systematics of insects (esp. dragonflies and damselflies, but also other palaeopterous pterygotes); Paleozoic fossil insects, and fossil insects from Mesozoic limestones and amber (currently with focus on the mid-Cretaceous entomofauna in Burmese amber); paleontological evidence against Neodarwinian evolution and for Intelligent Design theory (esp. the "waiting time problem" and discontinuities in the fossil record).

Research indices:

Hirsch Index / h-index = 20 (Google Scholar), 16 (ResearchGate), 15 (Web of Science), 12 (Scopus)

RG Score 28.11

Research networks:

ResearcherID: M-6302-2017
ResearcherID: M-6302-2017