Marc studied invertebrate palaeontology at the University of Bonn until 2010, writing a thesis on the morphology of two exceptionally-preserved stem-group arthropods and their systematics. From there, he turned to teaching, giving both talks aimed for the general public and university-level lectures, and to personal research.
His main research project now is to systematically review the arthropod fauna of Cyprus. This will pave the way for conservation initiatives and public outreach, as well as allow further research into interesting biological questions, including (but not limited to):
- Biogeography: Where they came from and when the island was colonised, leading to research into dispersal mechanisms.
- Evolution: What is the degree of endemism in Cyprus? Are there any patterns of endemism, and how can they be explained?
- Microevolution: To what degree does Cyprus’s geological basement affect microevolution rates? How does this play into endemism?
- Life History: Do arthropods on Cyprus exhibit different phenologies related to climate?
Additionally, Marc is conducting research into the marine palaeoenvironment of Cyprus, especially with regards to the Messinian Salinity Crisis, its effect on biodiversity and the recovery from it, as documented by the almost complete fossil record available in Cyprus. Pliocene deposits are of particular interest due to their fossiliferous nature, and palaeoecological studies in them are also planned.
Marc’s biological focus is centered on arthropods, encompassing taxonomy and phylogenetics, occasionally drifting into ecology and evolutionary theory. He also has an interest in the history and philosophy of biology, and a desire for teaching.