Hannes Löser [syn. Loeser, Loser]

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Instituto de Geología
Estación Regional del Noroeste

Hermosillo, Sonora, México
Phone +52 (662) 217-50-19


Field work in the Santonian of Austria.

Postal address:
UNAM, Instituto de Geología
H. Loeser (ERNO)
Circuito de la investigación cientifica
Ciudad Universitaria, Del. Coyoacán
04510 D.F., Mexico

E-Mail :
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Skype: hpalaeo

Postal address in Germany : please ask!

Research topics

  • Post-Palaeozoic coral taxonomy, systematics, evolution, distribution, diversity, and biostratigraphy
  • Database application and data visualization in palaeontology
  • Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of nerineid gastropods (not much progress now because of too many coral faunas sent to me)
  • Taxonomy of Early Cretaceous Orbitolinid Foraminifera (Data base)
  • Cretaceous ... regional geology, palaeontology, stratigraphy and facies

Current Research

  • Description of Mesozoic/Cenozoic coral faunas from here, there and everywhere
  • Taxonomic revision of various Cretaceous coral families down to the genus level
  • Taxonomic revision of various Cretaceous coral genera down to the species level

Current Projects

The Aptian of the Prebetic: Environmental and biotic changes and controlling factors. Department of Geology and Center for Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences. University of Jaén. Spain. 2015-2018. Participating.

Publications in progress

Publications on Cretaceous coral faunas and revisions of coral families/genera from all over the world are always in preparation, submitted and in press. These are the current topics I am working on:
  • There are various on-going long-term projects revising large, well known and important Mesozoic coral faunas, all in close cooperation with colleagues from Europe. Estimated duration will be five to ten years, but we are making good progress.
  • Upcoming is the revision of the corals of the area of Rußbach/Gosau in Austria (Santonian). This will be a 400 pages book with more than 700 figures encompassing the description of approcimately 350 coral species. Most species will be illustrated using thin sections (new for that area). The publication of the book is envisaged for summer 2018.
  • The Hauterivian coral fauna of the Paris Basin (France) is envisaged as a monographic work. Large "monolithic" books became more important to me during the last years.
  • Albian/Cenomanian coral faunas world-wide, mainly France, Germany, Mexico, Spain (results of the UNAM DGAPA projekt IN101111).
  • Barremian/Aptian/Albian coral faunas from Mexico (Sonora, Puebla, Baja California). Partly carried out by my students.
  • Various coral faunas reaching from the Berriasian to Cenomanian of Spain. Much interesting and new material.
  • Late Jurassic and early Late Cretaceous from Portugal.
  • Revision of type material from collections in Barcelona (MGSB, MGB) are published step by step.
  • Late Cretaceous to Eocene coral faunas of Costa Rica.

People often ask me whether I can determine coral samples for them. At least I can try. Since the amount of the samples increased in the last years, I kindly ask you to lookup these instructions. - Other persons ask me whether we can publish a coral fauna together. Of course we can. Please lookup the procedure.

Publications (published or in press)

Do not hesitate to ask for reprints and/or PDFs. I do not send anymore reprints automatically and I do not send PDFs as well. You have to ask.

Software development

  • PaleoTax/Database – A short course will be held during the XV Congreso Nacional de Paleontología, San Luis Potosí, Mexico – June, 26-30, 2017
  • PalCol – application for palaeontological collections
  • PaleoTax/Map – PaleoTax GIS extension
  • PaleoTax/Graph – PaleoTax Graphic extension
  • PaleoTax/Measure – program to measure two dimensional fossils (and count things like septa or pores or leafs) and calculate average, standard deviation, first interval etc. - Current version is 1.3 and was released in November 2013 including a new manual.


  • Databasing and statistics in geosciences
  • Invertebrate palaeontology
  • Micropalaeontology and microfacies
  • Palaeoecology and taphonomy
A short course on PaleoTax will be held during the XV Congreso Nacional de Paleontología, San Luis Potosí, Mexico – June, 26-30, 2017.


  • Base de datos y geoestadística
  • Paleontología de invertebrados
  • Micropaleontología y ambiente
  • Paleoecología y tafonomía
Un curso corto sobre PaleoTax se llevará a cabo durante el XV Congreso Nacional de Paleontología, San Luis Potosí, Mexico – June, 26-30, 2017


I work with students (B.S., M.S., PhD) on the following topics
  • Fossil and extant coral taxonomy
  • Invertebrate palaeontology and micropalaeontology
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Regional geology
  • Statistics in biology, palaeontology and geology
Students need to come to Hermosillo, even if only a short time.


Trabajo con estudiantes (Licenciatura, Maestría, Doctorado) en los campos siguentes
  • Taxonomía de corales fósiles y recientes
  • Paleontología de invertebrados y micropaleontología
  • Bioestratigrafía,
  • Geología regional,
  • Estadística en biología, paleontología y geología
Foráneos tienen que venir a Hermosillo, al menos un tiempo.
List of students - who have worked / are working with me, and on what.

Informaciones para estudiantes (estancia de investigación, práctica profesional, servicio social, tesis).


  • Born in Dresden ([former East-]Germany)
  • Diplôme de Recherches Doctorales (Diplôme de 3ème cycle) Université Nancy (1994)
  • Ph.D. Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (1999)
  • Inv.Tit. B T.C., Inv.Nac. II (S.N.I.)
  • Lives in Hermosillo, Col. Valle Verde
  • Research Fellow, Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab, University of Texas
  • Member of the editorial boards of various journals
  • Languages : Deutsch, English, Español, Français, porusski, nihon-go.

Where we can probably see next time ...

[10 March 2017]
Thanks to Uli for taking a picture in the Randobach, and to an unnamed waiter at the El Barrilito pub, Guanajuato.