Last update: February 06 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

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.