About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2013 Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
I began studying biology in 2003.
After the master’s degree in 2008 I had the great opportunity to work on triassic marine reptiles. This work wouldn‘t have been possible in a time frame of three years without the preliminary work of skilled preparators who had prepared hundreds of them since the first Zurich excavations started in 1924. The only thing I had to do, was to recognize the taphonomic depression pattern in the limbs of the triassic reptiles and afterwards, to document and analyse the correlation between the level of progression of the taphonomic depressions, age and size. These data on fossil ossification sequences were then compared to data on recent reptiles with a similar morphotype which I was lucky to collect during a stunning field work trip in Australia in 2009.
I finished my PhD studies in October 2011.
I am currently working as a museum pedagogue in the Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich, Natural History Museum of Winterthur and as a docent in natural history at the College of Education in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.