Last update: March 29, 2018

Dr. Benjamin Sames

Benjamin Sames


Dipl.-Geol., Dr. rer. nat.







Project Leader LCCNS (FWF)

Secretary IGCP 609

Associate-Editor AJES

University of Vienna

Department for Geodynamics and Sedimentology

Geozentrum, Althanstrasse 14

1090 Vienna



UZA II, Room 2A 276

Phone:  +43 (0) 1 4277 - 53479

E-Mail: benjamin.sames(at)

Department Website:

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Further Affiliations


§ Visiting Staff

Universität Wien, Institut für Paläontologie

Geozentrum, Althanstrasse 14

1090 Wien, AUSTRIA


§ Affiliated Research Associate (Vert. Pal.)

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (SNOMNH)

2401 Chautauqua Ave.

Norman, OK 73072-7029, USA


§ Stratigraphic Consultant

Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.)



Xing, L., Sames, B. et al., 2018. A gigantic marine ostracod (Crustacea: Myodocopa) trapped in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Scientific Reports, 8, 1365. Open access

Hammouda, S.A., Sames, B. et al., 2018. Ann. de Paléontologie.

Qing, Z., Xi, D., Sames, B. et al. 2018. Cretaceous Research 86.

Research Summary

My research focuses on micropalaeontology of late Mesozoic (Late Jurassic - Early Cretaceous) non-marine deposits. Central aspects of my research are the taxonomy, phylogeny, palaeobiology and biostratigraphical application of ostracods (microcrustaceans of around 1mm size with a calcified bivalved shell, the carapace => Download little ostracod movie).

             Furthermore, I am interested in palaeoclimatology, particularly in climate-mode shifts, short-term climate changes, ocean-land interactions, and applications of these, such as marine to non-marine stratigraphic correlations.