Wolfram Michael Kürschner

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Phone +47 22856672
Mobile phone +4796010747
Room 304
Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 1 Geologibygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1047 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

I am interested in the fossil record of plants and algae with the emphasis on long geological time scales in order to understand the dynamics of major radiations of life and the interaction between Earth’s biological and physical systems. Current research areas are Permian, Triassic and Jurassic marine and continental basins in Europe, N-America and Asia.


  • Palynology, Palaeobotany, Sedimentary Organic Matter (Palynofacies), Stratigraphy, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Palaeoclimatology


Previous courses:

  • GEO4220 – Depositional environments and biostratigraphy
  • GEO4720 – General micropaleontology
  • GEF1100 – The climate system (Palaeoclimate part)

Higher education

1996 Doctorate at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Title of PhD thesis: Leaf stomata as biosensors of palaeoatmospheric CO2 levels. Supervisor: Prof. H. Visscher and Prof. P.J.C. Kuiper.

1991 Master in Geology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, main subject: Sedimentology, Geochemistry, Palaeontology.

Employment history

since 2012: Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo

2011 - 2012: Associate professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo

2000 - 2011: Assistant professor, Department of Biology, Utrecht University

1998 - 2000: Junior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Utrecht University

1997 - 1998: Postdoc, Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Utrecht University





Tags: Geology, Palynology, Stratigraphy, Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment
Published Dec. 10, 2013 7:55 PM - Last modified Aug. 13, 2020 2:22 PM