Skip to content Skip to navigation

PhD: Fossil meiofaunas from Baltoscandia and meiofaunal evolution

Project Title

Fossil meiofaunas from Baltoscandia and meiofaunal evolution


The Arctic University Museum of Norway, UiT, Tromsø

Supervisors and Institutions

Ass. Prof. Anette Högström UiT, Arctic University of Norway, Ass. Prof. Andreas Altenburger UiT Arctic University of Norway, Dr Jan Ove R. Ebbestad Uppsala University, Prof. Øyvind Hammer University of Oslo

Funding Status

Funding is in place for this project

Project Description

Marine meiofauna is ubiquitous in most benthic environments today and hold an important role in nutrient circulation in the oceans, most likely through the degradation of organic matter. Meiofaunal representatives can be found from most major taxonomical clades, but our knowledge of existing faunas is poor. The evolutionary history of marine meiofauna and fossil meiofauna is, however, virtually unknown.
The last decade has seen a revolutionary development in imaging techniques, where we today can study previously hidden fossil records and thus uncover entirely new sources of evolutionary data, allowing us to explore geological deposits for the potential presence of fossil meiofauna. The position aims at investigating especially drill core material from Lower Palaeozoic deposits of Baltoscandia for the presence of meiofauna. Preliminary studies using MicroCT have shown the existence of a potential fossil marine meiofauna in the Upper Ordovician. This project will be a collaboration between UiT and the Museum of Evolution at Uppsala University. Possible research focuses include, but are not restricted to, faunal composition, diversity, evolutionary studies, environmental and methodological/technological questions, as well as reconstructions of past ecosystems.

Contact Name

Anette Högström

Contact Email

Link to More Information

Closing Date

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Expiry Date

Thursday, November 16, 2023
PalAss Go! URL: | Twitter: Share on Twitter | Facebook: Share on Facebook | Google+: Share on Google+