Last update: April 17th, 2014

Dr. Benjamin Sames

Benjamin Sames


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







Project Leader LCCNS (FWF)

Secretary UNESCO 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.)


QUEIROZ NETO, J.V. de, SAMES, B. and COLIN, J.P., 2014. Kegelina: A new limnic ostracod (Cyprideidae, Cypridoidea) genus from the Lower Cretaceous of the Americas and Africa. (link)

WAGREICH, M., LEIN, R. and SAMES, B., 2014. Eustasy, its controlling factors, and the limno-eustatic hypothesis – concepts inspired by Eduard Suess. (link)

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), that today inhabit virtually all aquatic environments, both marine and non-marine). Ostracods' small size, morphological variability, ecology, fossilization potential and long geological history render them excellent candidates for a wide array of applications. In non-marine deposits, ostracods are among the most common fossils, at least since the Middle-Late Jurassic, and consequently one of the most useful groups.