Current Developments in Bioerosion

  • Max Wisshak
  • Leif Tapanila

Part of the Erlangen Earth Conference Series book series (ERLANGEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Evolution and Classification

  3. Spectrum of bioerosive biota

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Anna M. Pawłowska, Katarzyna A. Paliñska, Halina Piekarek-Jankowska
      Pages 109-122
    3. Barbara Calcinai, Giorgio Bavestrello, Carlo Cerrano, Laura Gaggero
      Pages 203-211
  4. Symbiotic interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 304-304
    2. Christian Neumann, Max Wisshak, Richard G. Bromley
      Pages 307-327
  5. Spectrum of substrates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Nicola McLoughlin, Harald Furnes, Neil R. Banerjee, Hubert Staudigel, Karlis Muehlenbachs, Maarten de Wit et al.
      Pages 371-396
    3. Miranda M.E. Jans
      Pages 397-413
    4. Ana Santos, Eduardo Mayoral, Carlos M da Silva, Mário Cachão, Rosa Domènech, Jordi Martinell
      Pages 431-450
  6. Bibliography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-471
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 479-499

About this book


A little more than forty years has past since the concept of bioerosion was formally recognised as the biological erosion of hard materials. In that time, it has become apparent from the literature that bioerosional processes affect a wide range of biological and geological systems that cross many disciplines among the sciences. This book is dedicated to crossing those traditional disciplinary boundaries to present a united and current perspective on the pattern and process of bioerosion.

The book opens with papers on the evolutionary significance of bioerosion, and subsequently ventures out to explore the remarkable diversity of bioerosive biota. From microboring bacteria to grazing echinoids, the studies use a variety of techniques ranging from field observations to sophisticated micro-computed tomography to investigate the ecological and environmental role of these organisms, including symbiotic interactions and alteration of non-carbonate substrates. The book concludes with a primer on the bioerosion bibliography website.

A diverse set of two dozen articles, including case studies and extensive reviews, highlight many aspects of the growing discipline of bioerosion research, from the early Palaeozoic to the present, from the Tropics to the Arctic, and from terrestrial environments to the deep-sea.


Actuopalaeontology Biodegradation Bioerosion Colon Erosion Flora Ichnology Sediment Taphonomy ecosystem environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Max Wisshak
    • 1
  • Leif Tapanila
    • 2
  1. 1.Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Inst. Paläontologie91054 ErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Dept. GeosciencesIdaho State UniversityStop 8072 Pocatello ID 83209-8072USA

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