Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz

Pterygote Insects
Viola Clausnitzer

Dr. rer. nat. Viola Clausnitzer

born 1970 in Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany

married, 3 children (*2004, *2006, *2008)



Research Interests

February 2012 Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership by the IUCN/SSC "In recognition of her leadership of Odonata Red List assessments, especially in Africa, and her chairing of the SSC Dragonfly Specialist Group"

since 2002

contracts with IUCN (, assessments (global and regional) of dragonflies, participation on the global Red List, Chair of the IUCN Odonata Specialist Group


Highly Cited Author Award 2008-2011 by Biological Conservation

since January 2011 research associate at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum Goerlitz

2009 - 2010

coordination of the bachelor curriculum "Ecosystem Management", University of Goettingen

2004 - 2007

project leader "Using dragonflies to assess habitat quality and biodiversity for conservation planning” (BIOLOG Program, BMBF)

2001 - 2004

project leader "Diversity and Species Composition of Odonata as Indicators of Biotope Quality of East African Rain Forests and their Replacement Communities" (BIOLOG Program, BMBF)

2000 - 2001

Research stipend (DFG) for studies on biogeography and biodiversity of East African dragonflies

1996 - 2000

Dissertation at the Faculty for Geography, Univ. Marburg, title of thesis: "Rodents of Mt. Elgon (Uganda). Ecology, biogeography and the significance of fire"

1990 - 1995

Biology Curriculum (Conservation Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Biogeography) in Marburg. Title of Master Thesis: "Behavioral ecology of Notiothemis robertsi Fraser, 1944 (Odonata: Libellulidae)"

Field work in various countries including: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Nepal (and of course Germany)