Scientific Work

Short CV:

I am a German paleontologist and entomologist. My research focuses on the fossil history of insects, discontinuities in the history of life, and the waiting time problem.


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


In 1999 I  earned my Ph.D. with summa cum laude from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany), one of Europe‘s premier research universities. 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 at the  State Museum of Natural History (SMNS) in Stuttgart (Germany), which is one of the 5 biggest natural history museums in Germany.


I have authored or co-authored more than 125 scientific publications, including a co-edited book published by Cambridge University Press and a popular science book on evolution. I have discovered and described more than 160 new species (incl. three new insect orders), and have ten biological groups named by other scientists in my honor. I served on the editorial boards of two scientific journals (Archaeopteryx and Palaeodiversity) and have organized five large public exhibitions on earth history and evolution, including the largest event in Germany for the Darwin Year celebrations in 2009. I have been interviewed and featured widely in German and international media, and served as a science advisor for three natural history documentaries by BBC and Richard Attenborough.

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 (higher than 85% percent of the other scientists at ResearchGate)

Research networks:

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