School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


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Professor Annette E. Götz

  • Qualifications: Dr. rer. nat., Dr. habil
  • Role Title: Professor of Palaeontology
  • Address: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2381
  • Email: annette.goetz
  • Department: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Annette received her MSc and PhD in carbonate sedimentology and micropalaeontology from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. She continued her research on the application of palynofacies to sequence stratigraphy of Mesozoic carbonate systems as PostDoc at TU Darmstadt and Assistant Professor at Halle University, Germany. Her interest in energy resources led to the initiation of projects in the field of geothermal energy, oil, gas and coal. She left Germany in 2011 and worked as Associate Professor in Sedimentology and Palaeontology at Rhodes University, South Africa and then became Head of the Geology Department at the University of Pretoria as Professor of Sedimentology and Energy Resources. In 2015 she accepted the position as Chair of Geology at Keele University and in 2017 she joined the University of Portsmouth.


My main research areas are late Palaeozoic and Mesozoic palynology with a focus on palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate reconstruction, sequence- and cyclostratigraphy of epicontinental basins, Permian-Triassic stratigraphy, and energy resources (oil, gas, coal, geothermal). I am Head and Scientific Project Manager of the Karoo Research Initiative (KARIN), incorporated under the Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) that is funded by the National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and

Technology, South Africa. KARIN aims to explore all aspects of the unconventional hydrocarbon potential within the Karoo Basin by investigating the sedimentary environments in which the potential source rocks formed as well as their subsequent thermal and structural history, in addition to considering the present physical nature of the potential source rocks and an environmental analysis, which will inform future exploration initiatives.


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