Dr. Eva-Maria Sadowski

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung

Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin
Germany
Email: eva-maria.sadowski@mfn.berlin

Professional background

  • Since 2017 Postdoc in the research group “Evolution of land plants and development of terrestrial ecosystems” at the Department of Geobiology of the Georg-August-University Göttingen

  • 2014-2017 PhD in Palaeobotany in the research group “Evolution of land plants and development of terrestrial ecosystems” at the Department of Geobiology of the Georg-August-University Göttingen; doctoral thesis: “Towards a new picture of the ‘Baltic amber forest’ – flora, habitat types, and palaeoecology”

  • 2011-2013 Master of Science in „Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution“, Faculty of Biology, Georg-August-University Göttingen

  • 2007-2011 Bachelor of Science in „Biodiversity and Ecology““, Faculty of Biology, Georg-August-University Göttingen


Research interests

During my PhD and my postdoc I mainly focused on the following research subjects:

  • Reconstruction of palaeoecosystems: habitat structure, vegetation, climate
  • Evolution, taxonomy and systematics of seed plants
  • Palaeobiogeography of seed plants

My primary research interest is the investigation of Cenozoic floras towards a better understanding of the biodiversity and evolution of terrestrial palaeoecosystems. I am focused on inclusions from amber, mainly Baltic amber which represents the largest amber deposit on Earth. I study plant inclusions with standard light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and new state-of-the-art X-ray based imaging techniques. I use the identified plant taxa as indicators for specific habitat types and structure, as well as for the palaeoclimate, facilitating the reconstruction of the palaeoecosystem(s) the amber derives from.



conifer leaf

Gymnospermenblatt im Baltischen Bernstein (Geologisch-Paläontologisches Museum der Universität Hamburg).

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Peer-reviewed publications

2018:

Sadowski E-M, Hammel JU, Denk T. 2018. Synchrotron X-ray imaging of a dichasium cupule of Castanopsis from Eocene Baltic amber. American Journal of Botany: accepted.


Kettunen E, Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Dörfelt H, Rikkinen J, Schmidt AR. 2018. Caspary's fungi from Baltic amber: historic specimens and new evidence. Papers in Palaeontology: doi:10.1002/spp2.1238.


Schmidt AR, Kaulfuss U, Bannister JM, Baranov V, Beimforde C, Bleile N, Borkent A, Busch A, Conran JG, Engel MS, Harvey M, Kennedy EM, Kerr PH, Kettunen E, Kiecksee AP, Lengeling F, Lindqvist JK, Maraun M, Mildenhall DC, Perrichot V, Rikkinen J, Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah JS, Stebner F, Szwedo J, Ulbrich P, Lee DE. Amber inclusions from New Zealand. 2018. Gondwana Research 56: 135-146.


2017:

Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR, Seyfullah LJ, Kunzmann L. 2017. Conifers of the ‘Baltic amber forest’ and their palaeoecological significance. Stapfia 106: 1-73.


Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Wilson CA, Calvin CL,  Schmidt AR. 2017. Diverse early dwarf mistletoes (Arceuthobium), ecological keystones of the Eocene Baltic amber biota. American Journal of Botany 104: 694-718.


2016:

Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR, Kunzmann L, Gröhn C, Seyfullah LJ. 2016. Sciadopitys cladodes from Eocene Baltic amber. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 180: 258-268.


Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR, Rudall PJ, Simpson DA, Gröhn C, Wunderlich J, Seyfullah LJ. 2016. Graminids from Eocene Baltic amber. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 233: 161-168.


2015:

Kettunen E, Grabenhorst H, Gröhn C, Dörfelt H, Sadowski E-M, Rikkinen J, Schmidt AR. 2015. The enigmatic hyphomycete Torula sensu Caspary revisited. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 219: 183-193.


Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Sadowski F, Fleischmann A, Behling H, Schmidt AR. 2015. Carnivorous leaves from Baltic amber. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112: 190-195.


Seyfullah LJ, Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR. 2015. Species-level determination of closely related araucarian resins using FTIR spectroscopy and its implications for the provenance of New Zealand amber. PeerJ 3:e1067; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1067.


2012:

Sadowski E-M, Beimforde C, Gube M, Rikkinen J, Singh H, Seyfullah LJ, Heinrichs J, Nascimbene PC, Reitner J, Schmidt AR. 2012. The anamorphic ascomycete genus Monotosporella from Eocene amber and from modern Agathis resin. Fungal Biology 116: 1099-111.

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Conference contributions

Sadowski E-M, Kunzmann L, Schmidt AR and Seyfullah LJ. 2016. On the preservation of vascular plants in Baltic amber. 25th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy, 25.–26. November 2016, Bonn, Germany (talk).


Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR, Seyfullah LJ and Kunzmann L. 2016. Flora of the ‘Baltic amber forest’. World Amber Council, 28. June–02. July, Gdansk, Poland (invited talk).


Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Schmidt AR, Kunzmann L. 2016. Towards a new picture of the ‘Baltic amber forest’. 7th International conference on fossil insects, arthropods and amber, 26. April–1. May 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland, Abstract Book, 45 (talk).


Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Wilson CA, Calvin CL and Schmidt AR. 2016. Macrofossil evidence of Eocene dwarf mistletoes (Arceuthobium) and their implications for the ‘Baltic amber forest’. Parasitic Flowering Plants IUFRO Working Group, Mistletoes: pathogens, keystone resource, and medicinal wonder. 18.–22. July 2016, Ashland, OR, USA (invited talk).


Seyfullah L J, Sadowski E-M, Wilson CA, Calvin CL and Schmidt AR. 2016. Looking up in the ‘Baltic amber forest’: the presence and implications of Eocene dwarf mistletoes (Arceuthobium). Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist group meeting. Abstract volume p. 6, 23. November 2016, London (talk).


Sadowski E-M. 2015. Is a new picture of the Baltic amber forest needed? Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group meeting. 23. November 2015, London (talk).


Sadowski E-M. 2015. Carnivorous leaves from Baltic amber. GOEvol Meeting, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, 18. February 2015, Göttingen, Germany (talk).


Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah LJ, Sadowski F, Fleischmann A, Behling H, & Schmidt AR. 2014. Roridulid leaves from Baltic amber. 9th European Palaeobotany-Palynology Conference, 26.–31. August 2014, Padua, Italy, Abstract Book, p. 240 (invited talk).


Schmidt AR, Kaulfuss U, Borkent A, Busch A, Conran JG, D'Haese CA, Engel MS, Harvey M, Kerr P, Kettunen, E, Kiecksee AP, Larivière M-C, Lengeling F, Maraun M, Perrichot V, Rikkinen J, Sadowski E-M, Seyfullah L J & Lee DE. 2014. Amber inclusions from New Zealand. 9th European Palaeobotany-Palynology Conference, 26.–31. August 2014, Padua, Italy, Abstract Book, pp. 245-246 (talk).


Seyfullah LJ, Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR. 2014. Graminoids from Baltic amber. 9th European Palaeobotany-Palynology Conference, 26.–31. August 2014, Padua, Italy, Abstract Book, pp. 248-249 (talk).


Kiecksee AP, Kaulfuss U, Lee DE, Sadowski E-M, Schmidt AR and Maraun M. 2013. Diversity of mites from New Zealand amber. In: Reitner, J. Qun, Y., Yongdong, W. & Reich, M. (eds) Palaeobiology and geobiology of fossil lagerstätten through earth history. A joint conference of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft and the Palaeontological Society of China, 23.–27. September 2013, Göttingen, Germany, Abstract Volume 20, pp. 86–87 (poster).


Sadowski E-M, Beimforde C, Gube M, Rikkinen J, Singh H, Seyfullah LJ, Heinrichs J, Nascimbene PC, Reitner J & Schmidt AR. 2013. Fungi from an Eocene dipterocarp forest. In: Reitner, J. Qun, Y., Yongdong, W. & Reich, M. (eds) Palaeobiology and geobiology of fossil lagerstätten through earth history. A joint conference of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft and the Palaeontological Society of China, 23.–27. September 2013, Göttingen, GErmany, Abstract Volume 20, p. 414 (talk).

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