Kenneth De Baets co-chaired a session on biotic interactions entitled "Symbiosis, sociality and predation: biotic interactions through deep time" with Joachim Haug (LMU Munich). Our session was really diverse and successful with talks on competition, symbiosis, epizoa, sociality, predation and parasitism covering a variety of organisms (fungi, arthropods, ammonoids, flatworms, crustacea, graptolites, echinoderms). We had the honor of being able to invite two keynote speakers: Lee Hsiang Liow (University of Oslo) spoke about "BIOTIC INTERACTIONS IN THE FOSSIL RECORDS: PICKING THE RIGHT TOOLS AND TAXA" and Jean Vannier (University of Lyon) spoke about "EARLY ANIMAL LIFE: FOSSIL EVIDENCE FOR FEEDING RELATIONSHIPS". We also take this opportunity to thank the organisers and making it possible to apply for financial support through the DFG for invited keynote speakers . Our lab contributed a talk on "THE IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRATING FOSSILS IN EVOLUTIONARY PARASITOLOGY" (Kenneth De Baets) and "3D-ANALYSIS OF A NON-PLANISPIRAL AMMONOID FROM THE HUNSRÜCK SLATE: NATURAL OR PATHOLOGICAL VARIATION?" (Julia Stilkerich). Patricia Rita presented her pre-PhD work on Pliensbachian-Toarcian foraminers in collaboration with Matias Reolid and Luis Duarte. Currently, she is working on the response of ammonoid and belemnite body size to the Pliensbachian-Toarcian crisis. Marianne Kunkel, who is currently doing her Master thesis on Body Size Dynamics of Late Devonian ammonoids in our lab, presented a poster on her Bachelor thesis research. Several other colleagues and students from our institute were also present. One of them, Theresa Nohl, won a prize for her talk. Congratulations! We are looking forward to our next PalGes Meeting. Some images (courtesy of Emilia Jarachowska)
I am a paleobiologist into fossil cephalopods, parasites and movies. My main research focuses on macroevolution, particularly on the relative contributions of biotic interactions (e.g., parasitism) and abiotic factors (e.g., climate) in driving these large-scale patterns.