Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Jürgen Kriwet



Tel.: +43-1-4277-535 20
Roomnr.: 2A 325


Scientific Staff / Vice Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy

Research Theme:

Evolutionary Palaeobiology of Vertebrates


The focus of our research is on all aspects of the biology and evolution of extinct vertebrates and their living relatives with special reference to fishes. Our research is implemented in the emerging research field of "Evolutionary Palaeobiology", which seeks to understand the evolutionary history of organisms by employing and combining different research areas from biology and palaeontology. Research topics and groups converge in the "Fish Research Initiative" (www.fish-research.org). This research cluster currently embraces to working groups, the Vienna (AT) based "Kriwet Laboratory" (www.fish-research.org/Kriwet_Lab/Home.html) and the Bristol (UK) based "Klug Laboratory" (www.fossil-shark-research.org). For more information on research topics see www.fish-research.org/Kriwet_Lab/content/research.html.


Kriwet Laboratory

Lead Scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kriwet

Researcher: Ass. Prof. Dr. Karl Rauscher

Postdoc: Dr. Cathrin Schwarz

PhD students:
Dipl.-Biol. Rica Stepanek
Andrea Engelbrecht
Sebastian Voigt
Kristof Veitschegger

MSc. / Diploma students
D. Hlawacek
T. Knorke
C. Neidhart
A. Elsler
J. Happ
N. Jügler

Technical Support: Dr. Christian Baal


Research Topics

-Evolution and Development

-Evolution and ontogeny of rays and skates (Batomorphii)

-Major transitions in vertebrate evolution

-Ecomorphology and adaptation of cartilaginous fishes

-Assembly the phylogenetic tree of chondrichthyans

-Molecular genetics and adaptive radiations

-Phanerozoic diversity patterns of fishes

-Evolution of Southern Ocean fish faunas: A Gondwana Perspective

-Cenozoic biota of the Paratethys (CeBiP)

-Mesozoic and Cenozoic fishes of Iberia in a global context

-Taxonomic diversity and evolution of SE-Asian fishes


5 most important publications

Straube, N., Iglésias, S.P., Sellos, D.Y., Kriwet, J. & Schliewen, U. 2010. Molecular Phylogeny and Node Time Estimation of Bioluminescent Lantern Sharks (Elasmobranchii: Etmopteridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 905-917.

Klug, S. & Kriwet, J. 2010. Timing of deep-sea adaptation in dogfish sharks: insights from a supertree of extinct and extant taxa. Zoologica Scripta 39: 331-342.

Kriwet, J., Kiessling, W. & Klug, S. 2009. Diversification trajectories and evolutionary life-history traits in early sharks and batoids. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Series 276: 945-951.

Kriwet, J. & Hecht, T. 2008. A review early gadiform evolution and diversification: first record of a rattail fish skull (Gadiformes, Macrouridae) from the Eocene of Antarctica, with otoliths preserved in situ. Naturwissenschaften 95: 899-907.

Kriwet, J. & Benton, M. 2004. Neoselachian (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) diversity across the K/T boundary. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 214: 181-194.