Dr. Steffen Kiel


Geoscience Center

Georg-August University of Göttingen
Geobiology Group

Goldschmidtstr. 3
37077 Göttingen, Germany
Phone:+49-(0)551-3910954
Fax: +49-(0)551-397918
skiel@uni-goettingen.de

Research interests

  • Evolution of chemosynthetic ecosystems

  • The deep-sea

  • Osedax and the taphonomy of bones


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Recent Highlights

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Selected publications

For a detailed record see ResearcherID, Google Scholar or the Department of Geobiology homepage.


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Thuy, B., Kiel, S., Dulai, A., Gale, A. S., Kroh, A., Lord, A. R., Numberger-Thuy, L. D., Stöhr, S. & Wisshak, M. (2014) First glimpse into Lower Jurassic deep-sea biodiversity: in-situ diversification and resilience against extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20132624


Lorion, J., Kiel, S., Faure, BM., Masaru, K., Ho, SYW., Marshall, BA., Tsuchida, S., Miyazaki, J-I., Fujiwara, Y. 2013. Adaptive radiation of chemosymbiotic deep-sea mussels. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280(1770): 20131243 [ Open Access: ]


Kiel, S., Wiese, F. & Titus, A.L. 2012. Shallow-water methane-seep faunas in the Cenomanian Western Interior Seaway: No evidence for onshore-offshore adaptations to deep-sea vents. Geology 40: 839-842.


Kiel, S., Kahl, W.-A. & Goedert, J.L. 2011. Osedax borings in fossil marine bird bones. Naturwissenschaften 98: 51-55. [Open Access:]

Kiel, S. (editor) 2010. The Vent and Seep Biota. Topics of Geobiology vol. 33, 487pp.


Kiel, S., Goedert, J.L., Kahl, W.-A. & Rouse, G.W. 2010. Fossil traces of the bone-eating worm Osedax in early Oligocene whale bones. PNAS 107: 8656-8659.


Kiel, S. & Nielsen, S.N. 2010. Quaternary origin of the inverse latitudinal diversity gradient among southern Chilean mollusks. Geology 38, 955-958.


Kiel, S. 2009. Global hydrocarbon seep carbonate precipitation correlates with deep-water temperatures and eustatic sea-level fluctuations since the late Jurassic. Terra Nova 21: 279-284..


Peckmann, J., Birgel, D. & Kiel, S. 2009. Molecular fossils reveal fluid composition and flow intensity at a Cretaceous seep. Geology 37: 847-850.


Kiel, S
. & Little, C.T.S. 2006. Cold seep mollusks are older than the general marine mollusk fauna. Science 313: 1429-1431.


Kiel, S. & Goedert, J.L. 2006. Deep-sea food bonanzas: Early Cenozoic whale-fall communities resemble wood-fall rather than seep communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 273: 2625-2631.



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Editorial responsibilities

Review Editor: Frontiers in Microbiology


Editorial Board Member: Acta Palaeontologica Romaniae


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