Senckenberg Forschung

Uwe Fritz 

Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz

fachgebietsleiter Phylogeographie

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Dr. Melita Vamberger

DR. melita vamberger

Wissenschaftliche ReferentiN

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 Christian Kehlmaier

Dr. christian kehlmaier

Manager ancient-dna-labor

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 Carolin Kindler

Carolin Kindler

DOKTorandin (DFG)

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In my Master's Thesis I studied the relationships among African hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys). If you are interested, read my paper. Now I am working on the phylogeography of the widely distributed grass snake (Natrix natrix). You can read the first paper here.

Marius Hedel

Marius Hedel


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 I am working about various aspects of reproduction and natural history of Sicilian pond turtles (Emys trinacris).

Julia Pöschel

Julia Pöschel


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I am working about gene flow in a contact zone of three distinct lineages of European pond turtles in northern Spain.

Cäcilia Spitzweg

cäcilia spitzweg


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I am working on several turtle projects, among others within the frame of the Cold Code initiative.

Dr. flora ihlow



I am working on the diversity of African Hinge-back Tortoises (Kinixys).

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Frühere Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter

Felix Pokrant

felix pokrant



I participated in projects on grass snakes and green lizards.

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Ellen Hitschfeld: My PhD thesis deals with conservation genetics of the northern German relic populations of emerald lizards (Lacerta viridis) and with the phylogeography of the Lacerta viridis complex.

Dipl.-biol. Ellen Marzahn

 I was working with green lizards.


Botond Heltai

botond heltai

erasmus-student 2016



I was learning population genetic approaches for studying variation in Hungarian pond turtles (Emys orbicularis).

Mario Vargas-Ramírez: My PhD project has focused on phylogeny, phylogeography and population genetics of different turtle groups (Podocnemididae, Pelomedusidae and Testudinidae from South America and Africa). The research goals are to reconstruct and reveal phylogenetic relationships among species of the family Podocnemididae, to investigate phylogeographic differentiation of Chelonoidis carbonaria, C. denticulata and Pelomedusa subrufa, and to perform a population genetic evaluation of Podocnemis lewyana.

Prof. Dr. Mario Vargas-Ramírez

Doktorand und postdoc (DAAD, alexander von humboldt stiftung), 2007-2015


Grupo Biodiversidad y Recursos Genéticos
Instituto de Genética
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Maggie Moosig

maggie moosig

Master-Studentin 2014

I was working with the phylogeography of African hinged terrapins (Pelusios) and compared some savannah and rainforest species. Read my paper here.

Benjamin Standfuss

Benjamin standfuss

Master-Student 2014

Slider turtles are widely distributed in southern Europe and thought to be naturalized there. However, until now there is no genetic evidence for feral populations with invasive potential. I examined sliders from Slovenia by population genetic means to fill this gap. You can read my paper here.

 Mathias Stiller

DR. Mathias stiller

postdoc (DAAD-rückkehrstipendium 2013)

I was using ancient and modern DNA to understand how climatic and anthropogenic factors shape the genetic make-up of species over time. Among others, I was working on the coevolution of beavers (Castor spp.) and beaver beetles (Platypsyllus castoris).

 Alice Petzold


Master-Studentin 2013

Our group has identified genetically deeply divergent lineages in the African helmeted terrapin (Pelomedusa subrufa). I sequenced additional samples from potential contact zones and compared museums specimens morphologically to examine whether these lineages represent distinct species. Read my paper here.

 Viola Mashkaryan


Studentin 2012

I am an Armenian student and have worked with population genetics of Caucasian spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca).

Annika Tiesmeyer

Annika Tiesmeyer 

Master-Studentin 2012

I was using microsatellite and mitochondrial markers to learn more about the genetic relationships of Slovenian pond turtles (Emys orbicularis).


Nicole Liebing 

nicole liebing

Master-Studentin 2011

My Master's Thesis focused on the phylogenetic placement of the rare Asian softshell Nilssonia formosa. If you wish to learn more, click here


 Mohammed Znari

Prof. Dr. Mohammed Znari

gastprofessor 2010, 2013 (DAAD)