Dr. Klaus Wolkenstein

Research Interests

I am especially interested in fossils that show exceptional preservation of organic compounds such as pigments and perform structural analysis of natural products of both fossil and extant organisms. I am also very interested in geochemical biomarkers in order to study (palaeo)environmental changes. For my research, I use the full spectrum of state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques including liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, high-resolution mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Short curriculum
• Since 2021: Postdoctoral researcher, DFG project “Identification, structure and occurrence of fossil melanin pigments“ (WO 1491/5-1), University of Göttingen
• 2020–2021: Member of staff, University of Göttingen, operator of Sciex QTRAP 6500+ mass spectrometer
• 2017–2019: Postdoctoral researcher, DFG project “Structure and diagenesis of fossil polyphenols” (WO 1491/4-2), University of Göttingen
• 2016: Member of staff, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
• 2012–2015: Postdoctoral researcher, DFG project “Borolithochromes – phenolic boron pigments from fossil red algae” (WO 1491/4-1)
• 2010–2012: Member of staff and DFG fellow (WO 1491/2-1), State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart
• 2007–2010: Postdoctoral researcher, DFG project “Polycyclic quinones in fossil and recent crinoids“ (WO 1491/1-1), University of Linz, Austria
• 2006: Member of staff, University of Heidelberg
• 2001–2005: PhD student, University of Heidelberg

Tilly Edinger award of the German Paleontological Society (2006)