APL Prof. Dr. Eberhard Frey, Dipl.-Biol.

Head of Department of Geosciences, curator

Phone: +49 721 175-2117
E-Mail: dino.frey@smnk.de


Professional career

1975 – 1982 student of diploma biology at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen. 1988 PhD, title of thesis: “The bracing system of crocodilians during terrestrial locomotion – an anatomical, biomechanical and phylogenetical analysis.” 1982 – 1988 scientific employee in the frame of constructional morphological research projects. 1989 – 1990 scientific employee at the Hesse State Museum Darmstadt (Messel crocodilians). 1990 – 1992 scientific employee at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (SMNK). 1992 – 2003 senior curator, 1997 – 2003 acting head of department. Since 2003 chief curator and head of department.



1996 – 1997 lecture “Evolution of Vertebrates” at the University of Heidelberg. Since summer semester 1998 lectures, seminars and excursions concerning evolution comparative anatomy of vertebrates as well as regional flora and fauna at the Karlsruhe institute of Technology (KIT). Supervision of diploma, bachelor and masters theses as well as PhDs at the KIT and other national and international universities. 2002 habilitation at the Faculty of Bio- and Geosciences at the University of Karlsruhe (today KIT). Title of thesis: “Constructional morphology and biomechanics in palaeontology.” 2007 re-habilitation at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biosciences for the subject zoology. Since 2011 general lecture Bionic and Architecture ant Stuttgart University.


Tasks at the SMNK

  • Head of the Department of Geosciences concerning science and organization
  • Supervision of regional palaeontolgical research and excavation projects
  • Organization and supervision of externally financed national and international projects
  • Planning, consulting and curation of exhibitions
  • Administration of the palaeontological collections
  • Education of pupils, students and teachers especially in the fields evolution and comparative anatomy of vertebrates (sind 2009 also in the frame of the project “Science into Schools”)
  • Special guided tours and events (e.g. for the Hector Seminar)


Research Interests

  • Mesozoic and extant reptiles, especially flying and swimming forms
  • Early synapsids (evolution of mammals)
  • Evolution processes especially concerning vertebrates
  • Biomechanics and constructional morphology
  • Palaeobiogeography of marine regimes during the Mesozoic
  • Development of the Oberrheingraben from Oligocene to Recent including Pleistocene
  • Research projects in Mexico and Chile
  • Transfer of actual research into education processes



Further tasks

Scientific consultant in Homo heidelbergensis von Mauer e.V. and the Paläontolgische Gesellschaft, vicepresident of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists, reviewer for the German Research Foundation ( DFG), the Humboldt Foundation and the National Science Foundation (USA), jury man for Jugend forscht (Nordschwarzwald Baden), CITES consultant for fur and ivory.



Homo heidelbergensis von Mauer e.V., Paläo-Geo-e.V., Paläontologische Gesellschaft, European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontolgists e.V. (EAVP), The Palaeontological Association (PALASS), Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), Oberrheinischer Geologischer Verein e.V., Societatea Geologică a României, Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein Karlsruhe e.V., Freunde des Naturkundemuseums Karlsruhe e.V..



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