Dr Antonino Briguglio


Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science



Employment History:
7/2014 - onward: Senior Lecturer (Geoscience) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

01/2016 - Maître de conférences. Section 36 Terre solide : géodynamique des enveloppes supérieures, paléobiosphère. N° of qualification: 16236291582. Date of qualification 26/01/2016

3/2013 - 6/2014: Lecturer at Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna.

3/2013 - 5/2014: PostDoc Fellow at Natural History Museum of Vienna

6/2011-2/2013: Post-Doc position at University of Vienna.

3/2007-3/2011: Scientific Assistant at the University of Vienna in the department of Paleontology.

12/2010 Phd Thesis Defence. Title: Hydrodynamic behaviour of nummulitids. Qualification note: 1, with laude.

2001 - 2006: Università di Roma - La Sapienza. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Master of Science in Geologia (108/110).

Degree Thesis in Micropaleontology: "Biostratigraphy of Upper Eocene and Oligocene of Majella mountain (central Italy) with special reference to larger Foraminifers and Corals" under the supervision of prof. Johannes Pignatti (SPI-Site of interest).

Minor graduate degree thesis in Applied Geophysics on a seismic line in the area of "Caldera di Latera" (Viterbo) under the supervision of dr. Michele Di Filippo.

Teaching classes
Systematic Palaeontology (2007-2014);
Biostratigraphy and Evolution of Life (2007-2014);
Fossilisation and Palaeoecology (2007-2014);
Applied Micropalaeontology (2007-2014);
Physical geology (2014 - now);
Introduction to Palaeontology (2014 - now);
Micropalaeontology and Biostratigraphy (2014 - now);
Advanced Sedimentology (2014-now);
Geology of Brunei (2016 - now).

Other activities
Supervision of Students: PhD(5), MSc (1), BSc(15)
Since 2013: lecturer at the International School of Foraminifera (Larger Benthic Foraminifera)
Synthesys Projects: 2 weeks at NHM, Read the report!
23/02 - 6/03/2009 "International Course on Carbonate Microfacies". Flügel-course 2009 Geozentrum Nordbayern - University di Erlangen-Nuremberg.
2015: PADI Certified Advanced Open Water Diver + Nitrox.
2016: First and Second Aid qualifications and PADI Rescue Diver

complete Biography at: http://www.girmm.com/antoninobriguglio


Geology of Brunei
Micro Computed Tomography (microCT).


Historical Heritage sites in Brunei Darussalam

The State of Brunei Darussalam is characterized by a very diverse and facinating historical background strongly tied to the sea. Most of Brunei has been underwater for the last 15 millions of years and, since then, it emerged very slowly up to its present position. During this period,offshore Brunei experienced a number of events such as sea level changes and biodiversity oscillations still visible today both on onshore outcrops and in the offshore deposits. Today the offshore harbors several coral reefs and preserves remnants of the Second World War which greatly contribute to the diversity of the marine life. This project aims to study all those past and recent events that have transformed the Sultanate into a sanctuary of biodiversity and richness. Brunei abundant historical sites need to be preserved, highlighted, correctly displayed for the local community as part of their heritage and have to potentially become very attractive to tourists and scientists to boost the local economy. The ultimate goal is to reach out to the local community and make it aware of all these sites and suggest how to showcase them to boost the local economy.

Applications Invited

Benthic Biodiversity offshore Brunei Darussalam.

Foraminifera are major component in terms of biodiversity of the Benthic systems in the marine environment. It seems from Preliminary data that offshore Brunei harbors an extremely diverse fauna. Calcarinids, Amphisteginids, Larger Benthic Symbion bearing Foraminifera and all the small Benthics all seem to be nicely displayed to their respective water depth limitations. Studying their diversity and distribution will give us clues on how to interpret the palaeoenvironments of a lot of onshore outcrops.

Applications Invited

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Briguglio, A., Kinoshita, S., Wolfgring, E., Hohenegger, J. (2016) - Morphological variations in Cycloclypeus carpenteri: multilple embryos and multiple equatorial layers. Palaeontologia Electronica 19.1.4A: 1-22. IF:2.081

Papazzoni, C.A., Cosovic, V., Briguglio, A. (2017) - Towards a calibrated Larger Foraminifera Biostratigraphic Zonation: celebrating 18 years of the Application of Shallow Benthic Zones, Palaios, 32: 1-4. IF:1.904

Eder, W., Hohenegger, J., Briguglio, A. (2017) - Depth-Related Morphoclines Of Megalospheric Tests Of Heterostegina depressa D’orbigny: Biostratigraphic And Paleobiological Implications. Palaios, 32:110-117. IF:1.904

Torres-Silva, A.I., Hohenegger, J., Eder, W., Coric, S., Briguglio, A. (2017) - Biostratigraphy and evolutionary tendencies of Eocene heterostegines in Western and Central Cuba based on Morphometric analyses. Palaios, 32: 44-60. IF:1.904

Egger, H., Briguglio, A., Rögl, F. (2017) - Eocene Stratigraphy of the Reichenhall Basin (Eastern Alps, Austria, Germany). Newsletters of Stratigraphy. IF:3.2

Briguglio, A., Seddighi, M., Papazzoni, C.A., Hohenegger, J. (2017) - Shear versus settling velocity in recent and fossil larger foraminifera: new insights on the nummulite bank taphonomy. Palaios

complete publication list and download available from http://www.girmm.com/antoninobriguglio


Briguglio A, Metscher B & Hohenegger J (2011) - Growth Rate Biometric Quantification by X-ray Microtomography on Larger Benthic Foraminifera: Three-dimensional Measurements push Nummulitids into the Fourth Dimension. Turkish Journal of Earth Science, 20: 683-699. IF:1.607

Molina, E., Torres-Silva, A.I., Coric, S., Briguglio, A. (2016) - Integrated biostratigraphy across the Eocene/Oligocene boundary at Noroña, Cuba, and the question of the orthophragminids extinction. Newsletters of stratigraphy, 49(1): 27-40. IF:3.2

Kędzierski, M., Uchman, A., Sawlowicz, Z., Briguglio, A. (2015) - Fossilized bioelectric wire – the trace fossil Trichichnus. Biogeosciences, 12, 1-9; DOI: 10.5194/bg-12-1-2015

Briguglio A., and Hohenegger, J. (2014) - Growth oscillation in larger Benthic Foraminifera. Paleobiology, 40(3): 494-509. DOI: 10.1666/13051

Ferràndez-Cañadell, C., Briguglio, A., Hohenegger, J., Wöger, J. (2014) - Test fusion of grown up Nummulites individuals, Early Eocene (Cuisian), Aquitaine (southern France). Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 44(3), pp. 316-324.

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PostDoc Fellow position at: Project title: Functional morphology of Larger Benthic Foraminifera; Funding source: Austrian Science Fundation (FWF). Project Leader: Johann Hohenegger. Funding: 194.082,00 Euro.

Co-Applicant at: Project title: Breakthroughs In Growth Studies On Larger Benthic Foraminfera; Funding source: Austrian Science Fundation (FWF). Funding: 368.082,00 Euro.

Scientific Partner at: Project title:Case-studies for Sr-isotope-ratio-based numerical dating of Senonian and Oligocene-Miocene geological events in the Western Tethys and adjacent seas; Funding source: Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA). Funding: 80.000 Euro.

Main Applicant (PI) at: Project title: Unraveling the palaeobiodiversity of Brunei. Funding source: University Research Grant (URC): Funding: 20.000 BND (13.500 Euro).

Co-Applicant (co-PI) at: Project title: Stratigraphic constrains on fossil rich sedimentary successions. Case studies in Brunei and Morocco. Funding source: University Research Grant (URC): Funding: 20.000 BND (13.500 Euro).

Main Applicant (PI) at: Project title (submitted): Long living larger Foramifera: High resolution archive of deep Time Changes; Funding source: Austrian Science Fundation (FWF): Funding: 287.729,00 Euro.


22 Scopus listed papers (12 since joined UBD in 2014)

5 book chapters (all since joined UBD)

58 conference papers (31 since joined UBD)

complete publication list and download available from http://www.girmm.com/antoninobriguglio


2016: preparation and setting up of Balait 7 the greatness of God, in the soon to be opened Islamic Exposition and Gallery or the Mufti's office in Brunei Darussalam.
2016-2017: Study on genuinity and value of the Fossil collection of the State Mufti of Brunei Darussalam.
2017: fossil hunting and collection of samples to be displayed for the to be soon opened Islamic Exposition and Gallery for the Mufti's office in Brunei Darussalam.