Graduated 3. Tallinn Secondary School (Biology class) in 1989.
BSc in geology from the University of Tartu in 1993.
MSc in palaeontology and stratigraphy from the University of Tartu in 1995. MSc thesis "The Arenig
graptolite zonation in the Baltic and
PhD in geology from the University of Tartu 2001. Dissertation
“Morphogenesis and phylogenetic relationships of clitambonitidines,
Lectures on: "Evolution of the early Metazoan"
Practical classes in the palaeontology.
Membership of societies:
The Palaeontological Association.
International Correspondent: Geology Today (Wiley-Blackwell) since 2010
Member of Editorial Board: Paleontology Journal (Hindawi Publishing Corporation) since 2012;
The Open Paleontology Journal (Bentham Science Publishers) since 2012
(2) Biomineralization, ultrastructure and evolution of calcareous tubes in annelids.
(3) Bioerosion (worm-borings) and biofouling of Early Palaeozoic hard substrates, palaeoecology and evolution.
(4) Evolution of symbiosis and predation.
European Commission grants:
09.10.00-01.12.00 in the University of Copenhagen, at the Geologisk Museum.
Project title: “Evolution of the Baltoscandian clitambonitidine and orthidine brachiopods”-supported by COBICE- European Commission.
Project title: “Shell structure, palaeoecology, and systematic position of the problematic fossils cornulitids” – supported by HIGH LAT - European Commission.
03.01.05-07.01.05 in Zoological Museum of Amsterdam. Project title: “Tube microstructure in serpulid polychaetes” – supported by the European Commission, SYNTHESYS NL-TAF-111.
10.01.05-18.02.05 in Swedish Museum of Natural History. Project title: “Shell microstructure, taxonomy and stratigraphical distribution of possible early microconchids from the Silurian of Baltoscandia”- supported by the European Commission, SYNTHESYS SE-TAF-113.
03.04.05-14.05.05 in Natural History Museum, London. Project title: “The structure and affinities of cornulitids” – supported by European Commission, SYNTHESYS GB-TAF-188.
22.05.05-18.06.05 in Natural History Museum in Berlin. Project title: “Late Palaeozoic to Early Mesozoic microconchids and the earliest serpulid polychaetes” – supported by the European Commission, SYNTHESYS DE-TAF-122.
09.10.05-29.10.05. in Natural History Museum in Vienna. Project title: “Taxonomic implication of the tube microstructure in serpulid polychaetes from Cretaceous and Cenozoic of Austria and beyond” - supported by the European Commission, SYNTHESYS AT-TAF-611
17.04.06-17.05.06 in Swedish Museum of Natural History. Project title: ’Taxonomic revision and zoological affinities of the genus Anticalyptraea Eichwald, 1860’ - supported by the European Commission, SYNTHESYS SE-TAF-1520.
01.01.2002 - 31.12.2004 ‘Sequence stratigraphic aspects in distribution of Estonian Lower Silurian brachiopods, ostracodes, corals and molluscs’ETF5290 Estonian Science Foundation research grant. Principle investigator: Prof. Madis Rubel, partner investigator: Dr. Olev Vinn.
01.01.2003 - 31.12.2007 ‘Environmental indicators, palaeobiology of assemblages and taphonomy in the Palaeozoic seas’ No 0182531s03, Estonian Ministry of Education and Science. Grant holder: Prof. Tõnu Meidla, partner investigator: Dr. Olev Vinn.
01.01.2006-31.12.2008 ‘Tube formation and biomineralization in annelids, its evolutionary and ecological implications’ ETF 6623 Estonian Science Foundation research grant. Principle investigator: Dr. Olev Vinn.
01.01.2008-31.12.2013 ’Ordovician and Silurian climate changes, as documented from the biotic changes and depositional environments in the Baltoscandian Palaeobasin’ Project SF0180051s08, Estonian Ministry of Education and Science. Grant holder: Prof. Tõnu Meidla, partner investigator: Dr. Olev Vinn.
01.01.2012-31.12.2015 ‘Evolution of biomineralization in the serpulid tubeworms (Polychaeta, Annelida)’ ETF9064 Estonian Science Foundation research grant. Principle investigator: Dr. Olev Vinn, partner investigator: Dr. Paul D. Taylor.
1992 awarded the prize for written contributions by young researchers by Estonian Geological Society.
Peer Reviewer for:
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica; Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie A; Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae; Bulletin of Geosciences; Facies; Journal of Experimental Biology; Journal of Paleontology; Lethaia; Marine Biology; Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie; Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Palaeontology; Palaios; Paleobiology; PLOS ONE; Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia; Science.
Research Grant Council of Hong Kong - external referee
University of Otago, New Zealand - external examiner for MSc thesis