Ludwig Luthardt


Telefon: +49 (0) 371 488 4561
Email: luthardt(at) 


Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


08/1993 - 06/1995  Elementary School, Eberswalde

10/2007 - 12/2010  Studies: Bachelor in geology/mineralogy at TU Bergakademie Freiberg

                               (Bachelor of Science)

10/2010 - 04/2014  Studies: Master of Geosciences, specialisation on palaeontology/stratigraphy

                               at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Master of Science)

since 10/2014           Graduation (PhD, Museum f. Naturkunde/ TU Freiberg)


Practical experiences

02/2010                   Palaeontological field work in the High Atlas mountains, Morocco

                                (tetrapod tracks, Triassic)


08/2012                   Palaeontological field work in the Thuringian Forest Mountains (lake ecosystem, Permian)

02/2013 - 03/2013  Geological field trip to N Chile and NW Argentina

                               (tectonics and volcanism of the Central Andes)

03/2011 - 01/2014  Educational staff in the museum of "Terra Mineralia" (Freiberg)

05/2014 - 09/2014  Geological mapping in the Werra-Kali mining region (TU Freiberg and partners)

Scientific focus

As a geoscientist the Chemnitz Fossil Forest fascinates me since the initiation of the first scientific excavation in 2008. This Permian ecosystem offers the unique opportunity to investigate and reconstruct a long-time sunken entire living world in great detail.

An important basis for this aim depicts research on ancient palaeoclimatic and site-specific conditions, which influenced the development of the forest ecosystem (seasonality, precipitation, groundwater conditions). These conditions can be investigated by methods of geochemistry and sedimentology of the ancient forest soil.

Based on this, I am working on the plant specimens of different plant groups concerning their growth and survival strategies with regard to their environment. This includes research on growth rings of arboreal woody plants, the three-dimensional reconstruction of well-preserved specimens and their anatomical properties as well as their root systems.

My superior interest is to reach a detailed understanding of the dynamic processes and interactions, which once filled this ecosystem with life.

Moreover, investigations on the Zeisigwald Tuff pyroclastic deposits are part of my scientific work, including GIS supported mapping, volcano-physical studies and geochemical analysis.


Veröffentlichungen, die Im Rahmen meiner Forschungsarbeit entstehen, sind auf meinem Profil bei ResearchGate zu finden. Dort befindet sich eine aktuelle Liste meiner Publikationen. Weitere Beiträge sind in den Veröffentlichungen des Museum für Naturkunde zu finden. Anfragen werden per Mail beantwortet.


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