Anieke Brombacher


Email: A.Brombacher [at]

Twitter: @jfabrombacher

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.

Publications via Google Scholar

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying developmental plasticity and speciation in planktonic foraminifera. Foraminifera retain their entire developmental history in their fossil tests, allowing studies of developmental plasticity in deep time. As ambient environmental conditions are recorded in the chemical composition of the foraminifera shells, it becomes possible to quantify the effects of local environmental change on morphological development and speciation.

During my PhD, I studied the effects of multivariate climate change on evolution and extinction in Pliocene - Pleistocene planktonic foraminifera lineages. The findings (via Google Scholar) showed that environmental change can deflect otherwise stable allometries, and that evolutionary response is strongest to a combination of environmental factors, none of which were dominant individually. During the final stage of my PhD, I was awarded a Johanna M. Resig Research Fellowship to study origination, evolution and extinction of Middle Eocene Globigerinathekids.