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Here we will share our fieldtrips, conferences, new students, the progress of our project and other infos with you

September 2023

IFCRS meeting in Poland

Our PhD student Angelina Ivkić gave a talk at the 14th Symposium of the International Fossil Coral and Reef Society in Poland. We are grateful to Jarek Stolarski for organizing a fantastic symposium, which not only resulted in great scientific sessions but also enabled us to experience the local traditions!

July 2023

2nd project publication

The second publication resulting from our project is out! We compare different sampling techniques in Pleistocene coral reefs of Egypt and recommend surveying Pleistocene reefs with Point Intercept Transects at 20 cm intervals. The publication is available here

May 2023

Establishing new cooperation partners

Lewis A. Jones, postdoctoral researcher at the Universidade de Vigo in Spain, visited us to discuss potential collaborations!

February 2023

Publication with the Analytical Paleobiology Workshop colleagues

The Analytical Paleobiology Workshop in California 2019 did not only result in connecting with a wonderful community of young researchers but it also led to a publication in Paleobiology! Make sure to give our communal paper a read:

October 2022

Congratulations, Julia!

Our student Julia Mayr from Utrecht University succesfully completed her research project. Thank you for the great work, Julia! We are keeping her busy a little longer in the project as she will be working on a fossil coral guide with our PhD student Angelina Ivkic!

September 2022

Important visitor

Our colleague and cooperation partner Mohamed Osman from South Valley University in Egypt visited us in Vienna!

August 2022

First paper published!

Our first paper titled "Millepora in Pleistocene coral reefs of Egypt" just got published. We argue that the fire coral does not necessarily have a low preservation potential in the fossil record, as previously assumed, but instead habitats preferred by Millepora are rarely preserved. If you are interested in reading more, click on the text to get to the open access paper!

April 2022

Welcome, Julia!

Julia Mayr (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) is starting a research project as part of her Masters´ degree. She will analyze pictures from recent Sudanese reefs. Welcome aboard!

March 2022

Congratulations, Sebastian!

Sebastian Valerio finished his MSc thesis with the title "A study of the community structure and zonation of hard and soft corals through the use of photo-transects at two offshore reefs in the central Red Sea". We congratulate you to a great thesis and wish you all the best for your PhD!

March 2022

Third fieldwork in Egypt

Our third and last fieldwork in Egypt was successfully completed! This time we worked in the area from Hurghada to just South of Safaga. We thank our Egyptian colleagues for their fantastic collaboration and support!

November 2021

Fieldwork in Sudan

We are back from three weeks on board of Don Questo. Together with our colleagues from the Red Sea University we investigated the modern offshore reefs south of Port Sudan. We are thankful for the fantastic collaboration and are looking forward to working on the exciting new data we collected! Thank you to everyone who joined and supported this successful trip!

July 2021

Kinderuni Livestream

Angelina Ivkić hat eine Familienvorlesung für die Kinderuni mit dem Titel "Eine Zeitreise durch das Korallenriff" gestaltet. Hier könnt ihr sie nachschauen:

April 2021

EGU Presentations!

Anna Haider and Angelina Ivkic will present results from our project during the vPICO sessions of "Conservation Paleobiology: insights from deep time to recent past". If you attend vEGU21, make sure to have a look at our talks!

April 2021

Congratulations, Anna!

Anna Haider finished her BSc thesis with the title "The molluscan fauna of a late Pleistocene reef at Sharm El Luli (southern Egypt, Red Sea)". Thank you for your hard work and we wish you all the best for your future!

April 2021

Podcast "Korallen in der Krise"

Prof. Martin Zuschin wurde von UBRM Studierenden zum Thema "Korallen in der Krise" interviewed. Den Podcast könnt ihr auf Spotify und Soundcloud finden.

February 2021

We are offering BSc/MSc/research projects!

We are offering a BSc/research project and a master thesis project! The project descriptions can be downloaded in "Opportunities". We are looking forward to motivated students who would like to join our project!

September 2020

Video presentation project

Our PhD student Angelina Ivkić made a short video presenting our project. It shows our fieldwork, explains our methods and the aim of our project. Some fun UW-Videos are included as well!

September 2020

Congratulations, Felix!

The first BSc student in our project finished his BSc thesis. Congratulations, Felix Puff to a great thesis! As Felix was very hard-working during his project, we decided to keep him a little longer in our team. So you will be hearing more from Felix in the near future.


Welcome, Sebastian!

Sebastian Valerio is starting his MSc thesis with us. He will analyze pictures from recent Sudanese reefs. Welcome in our team!

Summer term 2020

Welcome, Anna and Felix!

We are happy to announce that two students joined us in our project. Anna Haider and Felix Puff will be doing their Bachelor thesis with us! Felix will analyze photo-quadrat pictures we took in fossil & recent reefs in Egypt and Sudan, while Anna is still exploring the possibilities and she is currently having a first glance at fossil sediments. Welcome in our project!


Prof. Michal Kowalewski

We are honored to have Prof. Michal Kowalewski as a guest professor at the University of Vienna for two weeks. He is giving a course on multivariate methods in palaeobiology and took the time to have a look at our project and discuss the next steps for our analysis with us. We are thankful for the great tips and welcome you to Vienna, Michal!


Second fieldwork in Egypt

Our second fieldwork in Egypt is completed as well. We spent three intense weeks working on the fossil reefs between Al Quseir and Sharm El Luli. We have a lot of fossil data from Egypt now and are looking forward to analyze it as soon as possible!


Exploration of Sudanese reefs

We just came back from a dive trip to explore the modern reefs in Sudan. Special thanks to our colleagues Götz Reinicke, Johannes Höhn, Rebecca Klaus and Michael Kriegl for their companionship and highly appreciated tips for future trips. We are also thankful for the wonderful team of Don Questo, who made our time on board unforgettable!

The team visiting the lighthouse on the Sanganeb atoll


13th fossil cnidaria and porifera symposium

Angelina and Martin went to Modena to meet many colleagues working with fossil corals and other reef associated organisms. We heard many talks, had great chats and a wonderful time in Italy. Thanks to the organizers and all participants!


Analytical paleobiology workshop 2019

Angelina stayed for a bit longer in California to participate at the analytical paleobiology workshop. This is a workshop that teaches state of the art methods to young paleobiologists. Excellent researchers give lectures about their fields of expertise and how to implement the analysis in R. Now, almost 4 intense weeks are finished but a great amount of knowledge was gained. Also, it was great to learn about the research of other participating young scientists (who were an absolute blast to spend time with! Thanks guys!)

A part of the young researchers who participated at the APW2019. Here we are enjoying Joshua trees on our day off! :-)



We went to NAPC 2019 in California, USA! Our PhD student Angelina gave a presentation to introduce our project and the first preliminary data to the scientific community. We got great feedback and met many interesting researchers. What a great week!


Species distribution modelling course

Our PhD student Angelina participated at a one-week species distribution modelling course at the University of Vienna. She learned how to prepare her data, which models she can use and how to evaluate the outcome. This will be viable knowledge further in our project, when we will use the fossil and modern data together with climate predicitions to look into future potential habitats for reef corals in the Red Sea. And the course was great fun too!


First fieldwork in Egypt

We just finished our first fieldwork! Two fossil reef complexes were sampled from early in the morning until late at night. It was an intense week but we managed to get a lot of data - so it was absolutely worth the effort. Now we just need to catch up on sleep... stay tuned for more infos!