Sedimentology & Marine Paleoenvironmental Dynamics


Dr. Clementine Colpaert


Institute of Earth Sciences


Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


Im Neuenheimer Feld 234


D-69120 Heidelberg



+49 (0)6221-54 8279












Research Profile:

Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous benthic foraminifera and their significance in biostratigraphic correlations as well as palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographical modelization. Reconstruction of the dynamics of marine environments and sediments for different time scales using benthic foraminifera.

  • Biostratigraphic issues. Calibration of the benthic foraminiferal biozonation of Sub-Boreal, Boreal and Arctic regions along with the ammonite standard and potential for inter-regional correlations.
  • Palaeoecologic issues. Role of benthic foraminifera in understanding palaeoenvironments and proposing widespread ecostratigraphic correlations. Answer to climate stressors including sea-level changes, bottom-water temperature, as well as variations in oxygen and nutrient availabilities (based on calculation of geochemical indexes δ18O, δ13C, TOC) and others.
  • Palaeobiogeographic and paleoceanographic issues. Distinction of marine biotic provinces during the break-up of the Gondwana palaeocontinent and the early opening of the Atlantic Ocean. Evolution of marine deep-water currents together with the dispersal of widespread benthic foraminifera.


Academic Education:

since 09/2022

Postdoctoral Researcher. Humboldt Fellowship. Institute of Earth Sciences, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany.

Research title: “Late Jurassic to earliest Cretaceous foraminifers of the northwestern margin of the Tethys Realm - significance for regional and interregional palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographical reconstructions”.

Advisor: Prof. O. Friedrich.

08/2019 - 08/2022

Postdoctoral Researcher, State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, China.

01/2017 - 07/2019

Researcher, Laboratory of Micropalaeontology, Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia.

09/2014 – 06/2019

Engineer, Laboratory of geodynamic and palaeomagnetism of Central and Eastern Arctic basins, Novosibirsk State University, Russia.

09/2014 – 06/2018

PhD in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia.

Dissertation title: “Upper Jurassic microfaunal associations (foraminifers and ostracods) from Subboreal, Boreal, and Arctic basins (Northern Eurasia): biostratigraphy, biofacies, and palaeobiogeography”

Advisor: Prof. Boris Leonidovich Nikitenko.

09/2014 - 06/2017

High-research teacher in Earth Sciences, Novosibirsk State University, Russia. 

09/2012 – 06/2014

MA in Geology, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia.

09/2012 – 06/2014

MA in Geosciences and past Palaeoenvironments, University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille, France and Uppsala University, Sweden.

09/2009 - 06/2012

Bachelor in Earth Sciences, University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille, France.



(as of 09/2022)


Nikitenko, B.L., Colpaert, C.PA.M. (2022). Palaeobiogeography of the Northern Hemisphere seas in the latest Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian by Foraminifera. Geology and mineral resources of Siberia, N4 (in Russian with English abstract) (in press).

Colpaert, C.P.A.-M., Nikitenko, B., Danelian T., Fursenko, E., Kosenko, I. (2021). Upper Kimmeridgian to Lower Tithonian foraminifers and ostracods of the Boulonnais region, Northern France. Stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental implications and interregional correlations with the Siberian arctic. Marine Micropalaeontology, Vol. 164. 101976. 

Colpaert, C.P.A.M., Li, G. (2021). Uppermost Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous benthic foraminiferal faunas of the Weimei and the Bandingsi localities of northern and southern parts of South Tibet – A preliminary analysis. Cretaceous Research, Vol. 124 (1). 104785. 

Li, G., Teng, X., Reboulet, S., Cheng, J., Li, X., Mou, L., Li, S., Fang, Y, Colpaert, C.P.A.M., Li, T., Luo, C. (2021) Chapter 10. Cretaceous. In: Zhan, R., Zhang, Y. [eds.] Stratigraphic golden spikes (in chinese).

Colpaert, C.P.A.-M., Nikitenko, B.L. (2019). Kimmeridgian Foraminiferal Faunas of Northern Eurasia: Significance for Interregional Correlations and Palaeobiogeography. Open Journal of Geology, Vol. 9(10), 573-576.

Lebedeva, N., Nikitenko, B., Colpaert, C. (2019). Dinoflagellate cysts and Foraminifera of the Upper Jurassic Lopsiya River sections, Nether-Polar Urals, NW Western Siberia (Russia): Taxonomic Diversity and Biostratigraphy. Revue de Micropaléontologie.  100361.

Colpaert, C.P.A.-M., Nikitenko, B.L. (2019). Pseudolamarckina pseudorjasanensis Dain, 1967 (Foraminifera) as a Kimmeridgian marker species and its significance for biostratigraphy, palaeoecology, and palaeobiogeography. Polar Research, Vol. 28. 


Colpaert, C. P. A.-M. (2018). Assotsiatsii mikrofaune (foraminifery i ostrakody) pozdney jury subboreal'nykh, boreal'nykh i arktitchekikh basseyinov (Severnaya Evraziya): biostratigrafiya, biofatsii i paleobiogeographiya [Late Jurassic foraminifers of the Subboreal, Boreal, and Arctic basins (northern Eurasia), and their significance in interregional biostratigraphic correlations, as well as palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographical reconstructions]. Novosibirsk: s.n (in Russian).

Сolpaert, C., Pestchevitskaya, E.B., Nikitenko, B.L. (2017). Upper Jurassic foraminifera, dinoflagellates and terrestrial sporomorphs from the Gorodishche Section (Ul’yanovsk Region, East European Platform, Russia): Biostratigraphic, palaeoenvironmental and palaeobiogeographical implications. Revue de Micropaléontologie, Vol. 60 (4), 549-572.

Colpaert, C., Vachard, D., Monnet, C., Clausen, S., Timokhina, I., Obut, O., Izokh, N. (2017). Tournaisian (Early Carboniferous) foraminifers of the Kuznetsk Basin (South-West Siberia, Russia). Bulletin Société Géologique de France, Vol 188, n. 2, 1-10.

Colpaert, C., Nikitenko, B.L., Khafaeva, S.N. (2017). Stratigraphy and ecostratigraphic distribution of foraminiferal morphogroups from the Upper Jurassic of the Makar’yev Section (Unzha River, Volga River Basin). Geology and Geophysics, Vol. 58, 69-85.


Colpaert, C., Nikitenko, B., Khafaeva, S., Wall, A.F. (2016). The evolution of Late Callovian to Early Kimmeridgian foraminiferal associations from the central part of the Russian Sea (Makar’yev Section, Volga River Basin, Russia). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol. 451, 97-109.


Colpaert, C., Monnet, C., Vachard, D. (2015). Eopolydiexodina (Middle Permian giant fusulinids) from Afghanistan: Biometry, morphometry, paleobiogeography, and end-Guadalupian events. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Vol. 102, 127-145.



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