Simon Schneider received both his diploma in 2004 and his PhD in palaeontology in 2010 from Ludwig-Maximilians-University München, Germany. His PhD thesis, conducted at the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie in München, focused on the palaeoecology and evolution of Upper Jurassic bivalves from the Lusitanian Basin in central Portugal. He used classical morphometry and outline analysis to distinguish species and reveal morphological trends. Moreover, he analysed strontium isotope values of oyster shells for stratigraphy.
Afterwards, Simon was affiliated with the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria and the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. His postdoc project focused on the bivalve fauna and palaeoecology of Tithonian-Berriasian platform carbonates in the Alpine-Carpathian boundary region. In particular, he studied the formation and composition of rudist bivalve patch reefs, and the biotic interactions within. Additionally Simon has worked on various macro-invertebrates from Jurassic to Pleistocene strata. His principal research focuses on the taxonomy and evolution of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Bivalvia and the palaeoecology of benthic communities.
Simon joined CASP in April 2013 and is currently engaged in the Arctic Canada Project. He is also the project leader of the North Atlantic Margins Evolution Project.