Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Duda

Research interests

I am a geobiologist who is deeply fascinated by the long and eventful histories of life and Earth. I explore relationships between (micro)organisms and environments through time by combining approaches from paleontology, geomicrobiology, sedimentology, and biogeochemistry. My research on Earth-life system evolution and ancient ecosystems is closely related to various other fields such as environmental sustainability and astrobiology.

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Education & Professional Background

2022 – today     Full Professor (W3) of Geobiology University of Göttingen
2021 – 2022      Juniorprofessor (W1) Sedimentology & Organic Geochemistry University of Tübingen
2020 – today     DFG Emmy-Noether Research Group Leader University of Tübingen
2018 – 2019      Visiting Scholar University of California Riverside
2014 – today     Member, Origin of Life Group, Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2014 – 2020      Assistant Professor, Department of Geobiology, University of Göttingen
2011                   Visiting Doctoral Student, NIGPAS, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2010 – 2014      Dr rer. nat., University of Göttingen, Germany; with “summa cum laude”
2007 – 2010      MSc Geosciences, University of Bremen
2004 – 2007      BSc Geosciences, University of Bremen

Academic Honors, Awards & Fellowships

2023      Visiting Professor Northwest University Xi’an, PR China
2023      Overseas Academic Expert 111 Center at Northwest University Xi’an, PR China
2020      DFG Emmy-Noether Fellowship (DU 1450/7-1)
2018      DFG Research Fellowship (DU 1450/4-1)
2014      Best Oral Presentation Award, 3rd International Conference of Geobiology, Wuhan, PR China
2013      Young Scientist Award, Paläontologische Gesellschaft & Palaeontological Society of China
2011      DAAD PhD fellowship

Research Funding

Information on current research funding can be found here


Peer Reviewer: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Astrobiology, Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France (BSGF), Cambridge Elements, Carbonates and Evaporites, Geobiology, German Research Foundation (DFG), International Journal of Earth Sciences (IJES), Marine and Petroleum Geology, Nature, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships, Newsletters on Stratigraphy, Organic Geochemistry

Editorial boards: PalZ (Paläontologische Zeitschrift)

Guest editorials: International Journal of Astrobiology, PalZ (Paläontologische Zeitschrift)

Advisory boards: Paläontologische Gesellschaft (German Paleontological Society; PalGes)

Voting member: Subcommission on Precryogenian Stratigraphy, International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

Speaker: Research Group "Geobiology" of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft (German Paleontological Society; PalGes); Working Group “Origin of Life” of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany

Publications (Peer Reviewed Only)