Prof. Dr. Alexander Schmidt

• 2017-2021 Dean of the Faculty of Geoscience and Geography
• since 2014 University Professor at the Department of Geobiology of the University of Göttingen
• 2008- 2014 Leader of the junior research group "Evolution of land plants and development of terrestrial ecosystems" in the Courant Research Centre Geobiology of the Georg-August-University Göttingen
• 2005 - 2008 Researcher at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin; own research project (German Research Foundation, DFG) entitled: "Systematics, taphonomy and palaeoecology of resin-preserved microorganisms"
• 2004 Postdoctoral fellowship at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin for the Graduate Research Program "Evolutionary transformations and mass extinctions"; research topic: "Comparative studies on Mesozoic and Cenozoic microbiocoenoses in view of the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary"
• 1999 - 2003 Scientific assistant and doctoral student at the Institute of Ecology, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany; Doctoral thesis: (translated title) "The fossil resin of Schliersee (Bavarian Alps) and its microinclusions". Degree: Dr. rer. nat.
• 1998 - 1999 Study of earth sciences at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena with main emphasis on palaeontology
• 1992 - 1998 Study of Biology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany; subjects: ecology, botany, zoology and anthropology with main emphasis on terrestrial ecology, limnology and plant sociology. Diploma thesis at the Institute of Systematic Botany: (translated title) Sequence analyses of European Pinguicula species using the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of the ribosomal nuclear DNA. Degree: Dipl. Biol.

Research interests
• Botany, palaeobotany, micropalaeontology and ecology
• Evolution and systematics of cryptogams and phanerogams

• M.Geo.216: Paläobotanik
• B.Geo.103b: System Erde IIb: LV1: Entstehung des Lebens und der Lebensräume
• B.Geo.503: Biologie für Geowissenschaftler
• B.Geo.716: Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten und Publizieren
• B.ÖSM.102: Geowissenschaften
• B.ÖSM: Terrestrische und limnische Lebensräume: Diversität, Gefährdung, Schutz
• B.Bio.157.1 Vertiefungspraktikum Organismische Diversität – Botanik
• B.Bio.157.L Literaturseminar Organismische Diversität - Botanik