Scientific Work

Short CV:

I am a German paleontologist and entomologist. My research focuses on the fossil history of insects, discontinuities in the history of life, and the waiting time problem.


Since December 2016 I work as freelance scientist and author on paleontological and ID-related questions. I am a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, and Senior Scientist at Biologic Institute in Redmond, USA (, E-mail: In 2019 I founded the German-speaking scientific association Zentrum für BioKomplexität und NaturTeleologie in Austria, for which I serve as chairman.


In 1999 I  earned my Ph.D. with summa cum laude from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany), one of Europe‘s premier research universities. As successor of Prof. Willi Hennig and Dr. Dieter Schlee I worked from 1999-2016  as curator for amber and fossil insects in the paleontological department at the  State Museum of Natural History (SMNS) in Stuttgart (Germany), which is one of the 5 biggest natural history museums in Germany. I also had a teaching assignment at the University Hohenheim in Germany on insect systematics and phylogeny.


I have authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific publications, including a co-edited book published by Cambridge University Press and a popular science book on evolution. I have discovered and described more than 170 new species (incl. three new insect orders), and 11 biological groups have been named as eponyms by other scientists in my honor. I served on the editorial boards of three scientific journals (ArchaeopteryxPalaeodiversity, and BIO-Complexity), and have organized five large public exhibitions on earth history and evolution, including the largest event in Germany for the Darwin Year celebrations in 2009. I have been interviewed and featured widely in German and international media (incl. TV, radio, print, and online media), and served as a science advisor for three natural history documentaries by BBC and David Attenborough.



I am also serving as scholarly peer reviewer for numerous scientific manuscripts every year, (e.g., for a dozen papers in the paleontological journal Cretaceous Research, for which I received from Elsevier a certificate of outstanding contribution in reviewing that is reserved for the most active 10% of referees).

Research interests:

Fossil history and systematics of insects (esp. dragonflies and damselflies, but also other palaeopterous pterygotes); Paleozoic fossil insects, and fossil insects from Mesozoic limestones and amber (currently with focus on the mid-Cretaceous entomofauna in Burmese amber); paleontological evidence against Neodarwinian evolution and for intelligent design theory (esp. the waiting time problem and discontinuities in the fossil record).

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ResearcherID: M-6302-2017