Dr. rer. nat. Jan-Peter Duda (杜洋)

Headed to the University of Tübingen
(DFG Emmy Noether Research Fellowship)

New Email: jan-peter.duda@geo.uni-tuebingen.de


Research Interests

I am a geobiologist with a strong interest in early life on Earth. My current research primarily focuses on the emergence of microbial life in the Archean (ca. 3.5 billion years) and the rise of metazoans in the terminal Proterozoic (ca. 635–541 million years).

I reconstruct ancient habitats and -ecosystems by combining paleontological and sedimentological observations with organic geochemical analyses (particularly lipid biomarkers and their isotopic signatures).  A further topic of my research is the taphonomy of organic (bio-) signatures.

For the analysis of organic materials, I use various state-of-the-art techniques, such as catalytic hydropyrolysis (HyPy), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ration mass spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS) and nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS).

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Short curriculum

Since 2018
  • Visiting researcher, Gordon Love's lab, Department of Earth Sciences, University of California Riverside

Since 2014
  • Research associate, Department of Geobiology, Geoscience Centre, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

  • Member in the working group „Origin of Life“, Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities

  • Guest investigator (6 months), Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (NIGPAS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

  • Doctoral student (Dr. rer. nat., with „summa cum laude”), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

  • Graduate student (MSc), Geosciences, University of Bremen.

  • Undergraduate student (BSc), Geosciences, University of Bremen.

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Current projects (selected)

  • DFG Emmy-Noether Research Project “Reaching for life in the distant past – deciphering the geobiology of modern and ancient hydrothermal sulfides” (DU 1450/7-1)

  • DFG Research Project “Kerogen in Archean rocks: Biotic vs abiotic signatures – Pt. II” (part of the DFG SPP 1833 "Building a Habitable Earth", DU 1450/3-2)

  • Reading the Siberian record: Unravelling biological and environmental dynamics in the Ediacaran Khatyspyt Lagerstätte” (DFG research fellowship, DU 1450/4-1)

  • Paleoecology vs taphonomy: Unraveling the molecular fossil record of the Mesoproterozoic Lakhanda Lagerstätte (SE Siberia, Russia)” (DFG, DU 1450/5-1)

2015 - 2016
  • “Causes and triggers for early metazoan evolution: Deciphering the geobiology of Ediacaran carbonate ecosystems” (start-up fund; Research Department, University of Göttingen)

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Awards & grants (selected)

  • DFG Emmy-Noether Fellowship (DU 1450/7-1)

  • DFG Research Fellowship (DU 1450/4-1)

  • Best Oral Presentation Award (3rd International Conference of Geobiology, Wuhan, China)
  • Travel grant (IGCP project 587: Ediacaran (Vendian) Puzzle)

  • Young Scientist Award (Paläontologische Gesellschaft & Palaeontological Society of China)

  • PhD sholarship (6 months; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD))

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  • International Summer School Geobiology (seminar; Nanjing University)
  • Organic geochemistry (lab course)
  • Invertebrate paleobiology (lecture & exercise)
  • Earth history (lecture)
  • Critical intervals in Earth’s history (seminar)
  • Sedimentology and facies of carbonates, Göttingen and surrounding areas (field class)
  • Biogenic sedimentary rocks, German and Austrian Alps (field class)

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Selected publications (corresponding author marked by asterisk)

Duda, J.-P.*, Love, G. D, Rogov, V. I., Melnik, D. S., Blumenberg, M. & Grazhdankin, D.V. (2020): Understanding the geobiology of the terminal Ediacaran Khatyspyt Lagerstätte (Arctic Siberia, Russia). Geobiology (doi: 10.1111/gbi.12412)

Duda, J.-P.*, Thiel, V., Bauersachs, T., Mißbach, H., Reinhardt, M., Schäfer, N., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Reitner, J. (2018): Ideas and perspectives: hydrothermally driven redistribution and sequestration of early Archaean biomass – the “hydrothermal pump hypothesis”. Biogeosciences 15, 1535-1548 (doi: 10.5194/bg-15-1535-2018)

Duda, J.-P.*, Thiel, V., Reitner, J., Grazhdankin, D. (2016): Opening up a window into ecosystems with Ediacara-type organisms: preservation of molecular fossils in the Khatyspyt Lagerstätte (Arctic Siberia). PalZ, 90, 4, 659-671 (doi: 10.1007/s12542-016-0317-5)

Mißbach, H.*, Duda, J.-P., Lünsdorf, N.K., Schmidt, B.C., Thiel, V. (2016): Testing the preservation of biomarkers during experimental maturation of an immature kerogen. International Journal of Astrobiology, 15, 3, 165-175 (doi: 10.1017/S1473550416000069)

Duda, J.-P.*, Van Kranendonk, M., Thiel, V., Ionescu, D., Strauss, H., Schäfer, N., Reitner, J. (2016): A rare glimpse of Paleoarchean life: Geobiology of an exceptionally preserved microbial mat facies from the 3.4 Ga Strelley Pool Formation, Western Australia. PLoS One, 11, 1, e0147629 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147629)

Duda, J.-P.*, Zhu, M., Reitner, J. (2015): Depositional dynamics of a bituminous carbonate facies in a tectonically-induced intra-platform basin: The Shibantan Member (Dengying Formation, Ediacaran Period). Carbonates and Evaporites 31, 1, 87-99 (doi:10.1007/s13146-015-0243-8)

Duda, J.-P.*, Thiel, V., Reitner, J., Blumenberg, M. (2014): Assessing possibilities and limitations for biomarker analyses on outcrop samples: A case study on carbonates of the Shibantan Member (Ediacaran Period, Dengying Formation, South China). Acta Geologica Sinica (English version) 88, 6, 1696-1704 (doi:10.1111/1755-6724.12338)

Duda, J.-P.*, Blumenberg, M., Thiel, V., Simon, K., Zhu, M., Reitner, J. (2014): Geobiology of a palaeoecosystem with Ediacara-type fossils: The Shibantan Member (Dengying Formation, South China). Precambrian Research 255, 48-62 (doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2014.09.012)

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picture: Jan Peter Duda