University of Bonn
Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
An der Immenburg 1
Phone: +49 228 73 63 69
Dominique Zimmermann researches the evolution and phylogeny of the insect orders Neuroptera and Hymenoptera on a morphological-anatomical basis. In addition to her scientific work, networking the biological-systematic community is important to her. Dominique Zimmermann heads the Hymenoptera collection of the Natural History Museum in Vienna and is secretary of NOBIS Austria (Network of Biological Systematics Austria), the Austrian counterpart to the GfBS. Since 2014 she has been editor-in-chief of the international Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift (= German Entomological Journal).
Zweite Zoologische Abteilung
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Phone: +43-1-521-77 / 316
Heike Wägele has been researching sea slugs, which used to be commonly known as opisthobranchia, for around 30 years. Her research interests in these animals are broad and include questions about the evolution of the biological properties that make these animals so fascinating. This includes defense strategies and the phenomenon of the storage of photosynthetically active units (symbiodinium or just chloroplasts), which has earned the snails the reputation of solar-powered sea slugs. Wägele is also realizing several large projects in Indonesia with the aim of promoting education, science teaching, and biodiversity research. Since 2005 she works at the Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum in Bonn.
Prof. Dr. Heike Wägele
Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig
Phone: ++49 (0)228 - 9122 241
Cathrin Pfaff (née Schwarz) studied at the University of Tübingen with a focus on zoology. She moved to the Steinmann Institute at the University of Bonn for her doctorate. Cathrin Pfaff focuses on the functional morphology of various systems of vertebrates, focusing on the postcranium of fish, especially deep-sea fish, but also on adaptations of the middle and inner ear region of mammals. She has been a university assistant at the University of Vienna since 2012.
Alexander Kieneke studied biology with a focus on zoo-morphology and systematics at Bielefeld University and graduated in 2004 with a diploma in biology. After completing his doctorate in 2008 at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, he took up a postdoc position in the German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB) at the Senckenberg am Meer Institute in Wilhelmshaven. He has been a research assistant at the DZMB since 2012 and studies the evolution of traits and the bio- and phylogeography of meiofauna organisms using various techniques. Of the small soil animals, he is particularly interested in the Gastrotricha. He is Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.
Deutsches Zentrum für Marine Biodiversitätsforschung (DZMB)
Senckenberg am Meer
Phone: +49 (0)4421 9475-175
Ralph Schill has been researching at the University of Stuttgart since 2003 how invertebrates react to environmental stressors and how these affect the organism and entire ecosystems. His focus is on adaptation reactions such as drought (anhydrobiosis) and cold tolerance (cryobiosis). He is also interested in biodiversity, biomaterials and biomimetics. In the World Diving Association (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques, CMAS) he is President of the Scientific Committee and works closely with UNESCO in the field of "Scientific Diving". His company envirocom offers communication, consulting, education and research services from biodiversity to biotechnology.
Institut für Biomaterialien und biomolekulare Systeme
Peter Michalik has been the curator of the Zoological Museum at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald since 2007. His research activities focus on the evolution and systematics of arthropods with a focus on arachnids. In addition to his scientific activities, he is involved in the and in other specialist societies such as the International Society of Arachnology. He is subject editor in the journals Journal of Arachnology and Zoologischer Anzeiger – A Journal of Comparative Zoology.
Zoologisches Institut und Museum
Loitzer Straße 26
Phone: ++49(0)3834 420-4099
Fax: ++49(0)3834 420-4252
Marc Appelhans researches the systematics and biogeography of the citrus family (Rutaceae) with a focus on Asian and Pacific taxa. His research focuses on the species-rich genera Melicope and Zanthoxylum. While he focuses on biogeographical aspects in Melicope such as the colonization of almost all Pacific islands and the radiation of the genus in Hawaii, in Zanthoxylum he mainly examines reticulate evolution and apomixis. His method spectrum ranges from high-throughput sequencing (target enrichment and RADseq) to genome size determination (flow cytometry) to classic microscopic techniques. Marc Appelhans studied in Marburg, did his doctorate in Leiden (Netherlands) and then moved to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC (USA) for his postdoc. Since 2013 he has been curator of the herbarium and research assistant at the University of Göttingen (department of Elvira Hörandl). He is Associate Editor with the Journal of Systematics and Evolution and Subject Editor for the order Sapinales with PhytoKeys.
Department of Systematic Botany, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants
Untere Karspüle 2
Phone: +49 551 39 22220
Fax: +49 551 39 22329
Julia Schultz studied geosciences at the Free University of Berlin. For her doctorate, she moved to the Institute for Geosciences (formerly Steinmann Institute) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Bonn. There, she researched the function of early mammalian teeth within the framework of the DFG research group 771 "Evolution and performance enhancement of mammalian teeth". After successfully completing her doctorate and a three-year postdoc phase in the same research group, she moved to the University of Chicago for an independent two-year project financed by the DAAD. Since 2018 she has been a research assistant in the working group of Prof. Martin at the Institute for Geosciences at the University of Bonn. There she investigates the system of the skull of the Synapsida, especially the ancestors of today's mammals. Regarding skull anatomy, she is interested in the crushing of food, the function of the inner and middle ear and the evolution of these two systems.
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Phone: ++49 (0)228 - 73-3102
Alexander Zizka is a botanist and biogeographer who studies the distribution and evolution of tropical plants. The focus of his work is the use of “big data” for biodiversity research and nature conservation, in particular from digitized museum collections and herbaria or from projects with the participation of the general public (“citizen scientists”). Alex did his doctorate at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and has been doing research as a post-doctoral student at the "sDiv" center of the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research in Halle as a member of the working group "Evolution and Adaptation". The focus of his work there is to understand, why herbaceous plants on islands often develop woody, tree-like growth and how scientific collections can help estimate the risk of extinction of orchids and bromeliads.
Martin Husemann studied in Osnabrück and Waco, Texas, and is interested in evolutionary biology, systematics and biogeography of various zoological groups. The taxonomic focus is on grasshoppers, especially bandwings. Since 2016 he has headed the entomological department of the Center for Natural History in Hamburg. In 2016 he received the Bernhard Rensch Prize of our society for his work on the evolution and diversity of cichlids.
Leiter Entomologische Abteilung
Centrum für Naturkunde (CeNak) - Center of Natural History Universität Hamburg - Zoological Museum
Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3, Room 131
20146 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)40 42 838 2373
Volker Lohrmann studied biology in Mainz and Berlin. He then moved to the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe before moving back to the Museum of Natural History (MfN) in Berlin in 2007, supported by a doctoral scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (DAAD). From 2011 to 2014 he was a research assistant at the University of Potsdam, the MfN and the Max Planck Institute in Bremen. From 2012 to 2014 he supported the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences, as a member of the Taxonomy Working Group. Volker Lohrmann has been Head of Entomology at the Übersee-Museum Bremen since 2013. The scientific focus of his work is on the systematics and taxonomy of the aculeatic Hymenoptera (fossil and recent). He is the subject editor of the journal Zootaxa and a member of the editorial board of Megataxa.
Übersee-Museum Bremen, Stiftung öffentlichen Rechts
Phone: ++49 (0)421 160 38 201
Fax ++49 (0)421 160 38 99
Fabian Deister studied biology (B.Sc, M.Sc) at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. In his master’s program, he devoted himself to the identification of various arthropod species using DNA barcoding and next generation sequencing. His master's thesis dealt with the molecular species delimitation and demarcation of marine decapods from Iceland (Molecular species delimitation of Icelandic decapods). He moved to Munich for his doctorate. Fabian uses molecular methods to analyze the taxonomy of sponges. His main interest is the question of what genomically defines a species within sponges. To this end, he is looking for new markers for the molecular taxonomy of sponges and uses, among other things, the established model organism Tethya wilhelma (Porifera, Demospongiae). His work is part of the DFG priority program SPP 1991 (Taxon-OMICS: New Approaches to the Discovery and Naming of Species and Biodiversity). From February 2019 to February 2020, he was one of the two co-speakers, since 2020 he has been the speaker of the .
Department für Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften Paläontologie & Geobiologie
Phone: +49 (0) 89 2180 6566
Fax: +49 (0) 89 2180 6601
Andreas Wanninger compares the development of neuromuscular structures and researches gene expression in marine invertebrates, especially molluscs. The aim is to decipher the evolution of organ systems and the functions of important developmental genes, as well as to contribute data to questions relating to the phylogeny of the Lophotrochozoa. Andreas Wanninger was Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen from 2004 to 2011 and since March 2011 has headed the Department of Integrative Zoology at the University of Vienna as a professor of animal morphology. Since September 2011 he has been editor of the society’s journal Organisms Diversity & Evolution (ODE).
University of Vienna
Dept. of Integrative Zoology