PhD in Palaeontology (Natural Sciences Faculty, University of Basel)

1990 – 1994
Post-Doc, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

1986 – 1990
Doctorate, ETH Zurich

1981 – 1986
Geology, ETH Zurich

1980 – 1981
Military service

School leaving examination (Type C), Aargau Upper Secondary School Baden

Projects and Museum Activities

Project: 'Investigation into the morphological evolution of the planktonic foraminifera Globorotalia menardii in the tropical west Pacific (ODP Hole 806C, Ontong-Java Plateau)'.

Project lead, 'AMOR' (from 2006, development of automated microfossil imaging) in cooperation with the FHNW automation department).

Project lead,'Evolutionary prospection in Neogene planktonic foraminifera' (supervised PhD, SNF-Project, 2009-2013).

Project lead, 'Speciation of marine calcareous planktonic microfossils during the Cenozoic' (supervised PhD, SNF-Project 2003-2007).

Build and online documentation of the micropalaeontological collections at the Natural History Museum Basel,

Alternative homepage and further publications at


Since 1994
Curator of Micropalaeontology, Natural History Museum Basel


Mary, Y. and Knappertsbusch, M. (2015). Worldwise morphological variability in Mid-Pliocene menardellid globorotalids. Marine Micropaleontology, vol. 121, pp. 1-15.

Knappertsbusch, M. and Mary, Y. (2012). Mining morphological evolution in microfossils using volume density diagrams. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol. 15, Issue 3; 7T: 209p.

Knappertsbusch, M. (2011). Evolution im marinen Plankton. Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaften beider Basel, vol. 13, pp. 3-13.

Knappertsbusch, M., Binggeli, D., Herzig, A., Schmutz, L., Stapfer, S., Schneider, C., Eisenecker, J., and Widmer, L. (2009). AMOR – A new system for automated imaging of microfossils for morphometric analyses. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol. 12, Issue 2; 2T: 20 p.

Knappertsbusch, M. (2007). Morphological variability of Globorotalia menardii (planktonic foraminiferan) in two DSDP cores from the Caribbean Sea and the Eastern Equatorial Pacific. Carnets de Géologie / Notebooks on Geology, Brest, Article 2007/04 (CG2007_A04).

Kugler, H.G. (2001) Treatise on the Geology of Trinidad. Part 4 The Paleocene to Holocene Formations. Edited by Hans M. Bolli and Michael Knappertsbusch. Publication by the Natural History Museum Basel, Birkhäuser Verlag Basel. 309 p.

Knappertsbusch, M., 2000. Morphologic evolution of the coccolithophorid Calcidiscus leptoporus from the Early Miocene to Recent. Journal of Paleontology, vol. 74, No.3, pp. 712-730.