Jan-Peter Duda, born 1984, received degrees from the University Bremen (BSc Geosciences, MSc Geosciences) and from the Georg-August-University Göttingen (Dr. rer. nat., with “Summa cum Laude”). His doctoral research was focused on the geobiology of Precambrian carbonates in South China which contain Ediacara-type fossils, a group that include the first macroscopic stem-group metazoans. In 2011 he joined the working group of Maoyan Zhu (Nanjing Institute for Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PR China), funded by a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For his work he received various grants and awards including the “Young Scientists Award” of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft and the Palaeontological Society of China in 2013. In 2014 he started his position as research associate in the Department of Geobiology at the Geoscience Centre of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, where he continues to work on the geobiology of Precambrian paleoenvironments using sedimentological approaches and organic biosignatures (i.e. molecular fossils and their isotopic signatures).
Duda JP, Thiel V, Reitner J, Blumenberg M (accepted) 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).
Duda JP, 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.
Luo C, Schäfer N, Duda JP, Li LX (2014) Preservation of organic matter in sponge fossils: a case study of ‘round sponge fossils’ from the Cambrian Chengjiang Biota with Raman spectroscopy. In: Wiese F, Reich M, Arp G (eds.), „Spongy, slimy, cosy & more...”. Commemorative volume in celebration of the 60th birthday of Professor Joachim Reitner. Göttingen Contributions to Geosciences 77, 29-38.
Afşar F, Duda JP, Zeller M, Verwer K, Westphal H, Eberli GP (2014) First report of sponge rhaxes in the Picún Leufú Formation (Tithonian–Berriasian), Neuquén Basin, Argentina. In: Wiese F, Reich M, Arp G (eds.), „Spongy, slimy, cosy & more...”. Commemorative volume in celebration of the 60th birthday of Professor Joachim Reitner. Göttingen Contributions to Geosciences 77, 49-56.
Sanchez-Beristain F, Duda JP, Lopez-Esquivel Kransksith L, Garcia-Barrera P (2014) A brief synopsis on the history of sponge research in the Upper Triassic St. Cassian Formation (Dolomites, NE Italy). In: Wiese F, Reich M, Arp G (eds.), „Spongy, slimy, cosy & more...”. Commemorative volume in celebration of the 60th birthday of Professor Joachim Reitner. Göttingen Contributions to Geosciences 77, 39-48.
Reitner J, Fritz HJ, Duda JP (eds.): Dating the Origin of Life: Present-Day Molecules and First Fossil Record. Symposium at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Courant Research Centre Geobiology (16.-19.10.2014). GAIA inform, Geoscience Museum Göttingen, 2014, ISBN: 978-3-943647-09-9.