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Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Diversity is the scientific cornerstone of Senckenberg. We believe that diversifying the human component of the Senckenberg ecosystem will increase our strength and resilience. The Senckenberg Diversity and Inclusion Committee was formed in late 2020 and reports to the Board of Directors. It is tasked with developing and implementing the Senckenberg Diversity Strategy. One outcome should be to increase the diversity of our staff and our membership, and our engagement with society.
The committee is formed of representatives appointed from key aspects of the organisation and each of the Senckenberg institutes, and is supported by many additional interested staff across the institution who contribute to this work.

The committee includes representatives from:

Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment

Senckenberg German Entomological Institute Müncheberg

Senckenberg am Meer

Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden

Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (SBiK-F)

Senckenberg Centre for Plant Form and Function (SJENA)

Communications Team

Scientific Coordination (Wiko)


Workers Council / Betriebsrat

Equal Opportunities Officer

Young Scientists     

Senckenberg Museum (new museum project)

as of 26.06.2023


Mala-FFM_Julia Sigwart
Prof. Dr.  Julia D. Sigwart
Head of section

Research interests

My group works on the evolution of diversity in molluscs and other marine invertebrates. Morphology shapes how each species responds to environmental change, in the modern world and in the fossil record. We often focus on very strange body forms, like bivalved gastropods, or apparently conservative forms, like chitons. We use tomography (right) to visualise animal adaptations in 3D and understand the world from other organisms‘ points of view.

Understanding evolutionary radiations, survivorship, and the way animals respond to environmental change, require high resolution data from multiple disciplines, and the research infrastructure in museum collections. The work in my research group crosses genetics, morphology, anatomy, neurobiology, physiology, computational modelling, and experimental approaches, to understand species diversity.

Some of these are discussed in my recent book, What Species Mean: A User’s Guide to the Units of Biodiversity, published by CRC/Taylor & Francis in early 2018.

 Teaching & Student opportunities

 We welcome interest from prospective PhD, MSc, BSc, or volunteer and internship projects. Topics include

  • Genomics
  • Systematics of polyplacophoran molluscs
  • Red List assessments of deep sea invertebrates
  • Neural architechture
  • 3D morphology
  • Collections data and collections care

Taxa described

Identifying and naming species is a fundamental aspect of understanding biodiversity. These are the species and genus names of polyplacophoran molluscs named by Dr Sigwart:

Fossil genera

  • Kulindroplax Sutton, Briggs, Siveter, Siveter & Sigwart, 2012
  • Phthipodochiton Sutton & Sigwart, 2012

Living species

  • Leptochiton subrugatus Sirenko & Sigwart, 2021
  • Crassostrea (Magallana) saidii Wong & Sigwart in Sigwart & al., 2021
  • Sakuraeolis arcana Ellis-Diamon, Picton, Tiberica et Sigwart, 2021
  • Hanleyella henrici Sigwart & C. Chen, 2018
  • Callochiton stefaniae Dell’Angelo, Renda, Sosso, Sigwart & Giacobbe, 2017
  • Leptochiton cascadiensis Sigwart & C. Chen, 2017
  • Leptochiton rogeri Sigwart & Sirenko, 2015
  • Leptochiton consimilis Sigwart & Sirenko, 2012
  • Leptochiton angustidens Sigwart & Sirenko, 2012
  • Leptochiton dykei Sigwart & Sirenko, 2012
  • Leptochiton samadiae Sigwart & Sirenko, 2012
  • Leptochiton longisetosus Sigwart & Sirenko, 2012
  • Leptochiton clarki Sigwart & Sirenko, 2012
  • Leptochiton schwabei Sigwart & Sirenko, 2012

Fossil species

  • Kulindroplax perissokomos Sutton, Briggs, Siveter, Siveter & Sigwart, 2012
  • Leptochiton faksensis Sigwart, Anderson & Schnetler, 2007
  • 2020 – present, Head of Section, Malacology, Senckenberg Research Institute
  • 2019 – 2021, NERC Advisory Network (National Environment Research Council UK)
  • 2018 – present, Pool of Experts, United Nations World Ocean Assessment
  • 2018 – present, Elected Trustee, Deep Sea Biology Society
  • 2014 – 2020, Elected Secretary, International Society for Invertebrate Morphology
  • 2010 – 2019, Elected Council Member/Officer, Unitas Malacologica (world mollusc society)
  • 2019 – present, Visiting Professor, Yunnan University, Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology, Kunming, China
  • 2010 – present, Honorary Associate Professor, School of University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2009 – present, Associate / Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, Queen’s University Belfast
  • 2009 – 2019, Director, Queen’s University Belfast, Marine Laboratory, Portaferry
  • 2003 – 2009, Researcher, National Museum of Ireland & University College Dublin (head of Collections-based Biology in Dublin)
  • 2004 – 2008, Ph.D. (part time), Queen’s University Belfast
  • 2001 – 2003 ,Collections manager (Mollusca), American Museum of Natural History
  • 1997 – 2001, B.Sc. (hons), Biology & Mathematics, University of Victoria, Canada



Sigwart, JD (2018): What Species Mean: A User’s Guide to the Units of Biodiversity. — CRC Press / Taylor & Francis. 241 pp.

IUCN Red List global assessments:

Sigwart JD,C Chen, & EA Thomas* (2019): Chrysomallon squamiferum. — The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T103636217A103636261

Journal articles and book chapters:

127. Vončina, K., Mikkelsen, N.T., Morrow, C., Ang, R. & Sigwart, J.D. (2023): Clarification of the taxonomic status of Acanthochitona discrepans (Brown, 1827) with new data for the North-East Atlantic Acanthochitona (PolyplacophoraAcanthochitonidae). Biodiversity Data Journal, 11: e109554

126. Janssen, R., Neubert, E. & Sigwart, J.D. (2023): Obituary of Hartmut Nordsieck (4 January 1940–24 October 2022). – Archiv für Molluskenkunde, 152 (2):  83–91.

125. Liu, X., Sigwart, J.D., Sun, J. (2023): Phylogenomic analyses shed light on the relationships of chiton superfamilies and shell-eye evolution. — Marine Life Science & Technology. doi.org/10.1007/s42995-023-00207-9

124. Mamat, N.S., Esa, Y., Wong, N.L.W.S., Mohd Nor, S.A., Abdul Kada,r N., Sigwart, J.D., Arshad, A. (2023): The complete mitogenome of Haliotis asinina (Gastropoda, Haliotidae) from Malaysian waters provides further insights into the phylogeny of the abalone. — New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. doi.org/10.1080/00288330.2023.2278731

123. Sigwart, J.D., Pollom, R. & Böhm, M. (http://https//doi.org/10.1080/00288330.2023.22787312023): The IUCN Species Survival Commission launches a new Red List Authority to assess marine invertebrates. — Oryx, 57 (4): 418-419. doi.org/10.1017/S003060532300042X

122. Sigwart, J.D., Chen, C., Tilic, E., Vences, M. & Riehl, T. (2023): Why is there no service to support taxonomy? — BioEssays, 2023: 2300070

121. Chen, C. & Sigwart, J.D. (2023): The lost vent gastropod species of Lothar A. Beck. — Zootaxa, 5270 (3): 401-436. doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5270.3.2

120. Brandt, A., Chen, C., Tandberg, A.H., Miguez‐Salas, O., Sigwart, J.D. (2023): Complex sublinear burrows in the deep sea may be constructed by amphipods. — Ecology and Evolution, 13(3): e9867.

119. Sigwart, J.D., Ogawa, A. & Chen, C. (2023): “Dreamer holothurians” in the north. — Marine Biodiversity. 53(1): 8.

118. Sigwart ,J.D., Brandt, A., Di Franco, D., Briones, E.E., Gerken, S., Gooday, A.J., Grimes, C.J., Głuchowska, K., Hoffmann, S., Jażdżewska, A.M., Kamyab, E., Kelch, A., Knauber, H., Kohlenbach, K., Miguez-Salas, O., Moreau, C., Ogawa, A., Poliseno, A., Santín Muriel, A.,  Tandberg, A.H.S., Theising*F.I., Walter, T., Wölfl, A.C., Chen, C.  (2023): Heterogeneity on the abyssal plains: A case study in the Bering Sea. – Frontiers in Marine Science, 9: 1037482.

117. Thomas, E. A, Sigwart, J.D., Heylar, S. (2022): New evidence for a globally widespread holothurian species at deep-sea reducing environments. – Marine Biodiveristy, 52: 63. doi.org/10.1007/s12526-022-01298-w

116. McKenna V., Archibald, J.M., Beinart, R., Dawson, M.N., Hentschel, U., Keeling, P.J., Lopez, J.V., Martin-Duran, J.M., Petersen, J.M., Sigwart, J.D., Simakov, O., Sutherland, K.R., Sweet, M., Talbot, T., Thmopson, A.W., Bender, S., Harrison, P.W., Rajan, J., Cochrane, G., Berriman, M., Lawniczak, M., Blaxter, M. (2022): The Aquatic Symbiosis Genomics Project. – Wellcome Open Research, 6: 254. doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.17222.1

115. Colomba, M, Sigwart, J.D., Renda, W., Gregorini, A., Soss, M., Dell’Angelo, B. (2022): Molecular analysis of Lepidopleurus cajetanus from the Mediterranean and near Atlantic. – ZooKeys, 1099: 29-40. doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1099.75837

114. Stefanoudis, P.V., Biancani, L.M., Cambronero-Solano,S., Clark, M.R., Copley, J.T., Easton, E., Elmer, F., Haddock, S.H., Herrera, S., Iglesias, I.S., Quattrini, A.M. (2021): Moving conferences online: lessons learned from an international virtual meeting. – Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 288 (1961): 20211769.

113. Thomas, E.A., Böhm, M., Pollock, C., Chen, C., Seddon, M. & Sigwart, J.D. (2021): Assessing the extinction risk of insular, under-studied species in the deep sea. — Conservation Biology. doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13854

112.  Stefanoudis, P.V., Biancani, L.M., Cambronero-Solano, S., Clark, M., Copley, J.T, Easton, E.,  Elmer, F., Haddock, S.H.D., Herrera, S., Iglesias, I.S., Quattrini, A. M., Sigwart, J., Yesson, C. & Glover, A.G. (2021): Moving conferences online: lessons learned from an international virtual meeting. — Proceedings of the Royal Society B., 288: 20211769.  doi: 10.1098/rspb.2021.1769

111. Sigwart, J.D., Wong, N.L.W.S. & Esa, Y. (2021): Global controversy in oyster systematics and a newly described species from SE Asia (Bivalvia: Ostreidae: Crassostreinae). — Marine Biodiversity, 51: 83. doi: 10.1007/s12526-021-01203-x

110.  Sirenko, B.I. & Sigwart, J.D. (2021): Leptochiton subrugatus sp. nov. (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from low boreal waters of the northern Pacific. — Marine Biodiversity, 51: 64. doi: 10.1007/s12526-021-01190-z

109. Ellis-Diamond, D.C., Picton, B.E., Tibiriçá, Y. & Sigwart, J.D. (2021): A new species of Sakuraeolis from Mozambique, described using 3D reconstruction of anatomy and phylogenetic analysis. —  Journal of Molluscan Studies, 87. eyab010. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyab010

108. Ricart, A.M., Gaylord, B., Hill, T.M., Sigwart, J.D., Shukla, P., Ward, M., Ninokawa, A. & Sanford, E. (2021): Seagrass‑driven changes in carbonate chemistry enhance oyster shell growth. — Oecologia. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-021-04949-0

107. Sigwart, J.D., Lindberg, D.R., Chen, C. & Sun, J. (2021): Molluscan phylogenomics requires strategically elected genomes. — Phil. Trans. R. Soc., B 376: 20200161. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0161

106. Sigwart, J.D. & Sumner-Rooney, L. (2021): Continuous and Regular Expansion of a Distributed Visual System in the Eyed Chiton Tonicia lebruni. — Biol. Bull., 240. DOI: 10.1086/712114

105. Sun, J., Li, R., Chen, C., Sigwart, J.D. & Kocot, K.M. (2021): Benchmarking Oxford Nanopore read assemblers for high-quality molluscan genomes. — Phil. Trans. R. Soc.,  B 376: 20200160. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0160

104. Sigwart, J.D., Blasiak, R., Jaspers, M., Jouffray, J.-B. & Tasdemir, D. (2020): Unlocking the potential of marine biodiscovery. — Natural Product Reports. DOI: 10.1039/d0np00067a

103. Howell K, A Hilario, AL Allcock, D Bailey, M Baker, M Clark, A Colaço, J Copley, E Cordes, R Danovaro, A Dissanayake, E Escobar, P Esquete, A Gallagher, A Gates, S Gaudron, C German, K Gjerde, N Higgs, N Le Bris, L Levin, E Manea, C McClain, L Menot, N Mestre, A Metaxas, R Milligan, A Muthumbi, B Narayanaswamy, S Ramalho, E Ramirez-Llodra, L Robson, A Rogers, J Sellanes, J Sigwart, K Sink, P Snelgrove, P Stefanoudis, P Sumida, M Taylor, A Thurber, R Vieira, H Watanabe, L Woodall, J Xavier (2020): Blueprint for a Decade to Study Deep-Sea Life. — Nature Ecology and Evolution. doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-01352-5

102. Thomas, E.A., Liu, R., Amon, D., Copley, J.T., Glover, A.G., Heylar, S.J., Olu, K., Wiklund, H., Zhang, H., & Sigwart, J.D. (2020): Chiridota heheva – the cosmopolitan holothurian. — Marine Biodiversity. 50:110 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-020-01128-x

101. Sigwart J.D., Lundy, M., Dick, J.T.A., Becker, C. (2020): Declining female size at onset of maturity in Nephrops norvegicus in long term surveys (1997-2016). — ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa185

100. Howell, K.L., Hilário, A., Allcock, A.L., Bailey, D., Baker, M., Clark, M.R., Colaço, A., Copley, J., Cordes, E., Danovaro, R., Dissanayake, A., Escobar-Briones, I.G., Esquete Garrote, P., Gallagher, A., Gates, A.R., Gaudron, S.M., German, C., Gjerde, K., Higgs, N.D., Le Bris, N., Levin, L.A., Manea, E., McClain, C.R., Menot, L., Mestre, N.C., Metaxas, A., Milligan, R.J., Muthumbi, A.W., Narayanaswamy, B.E., Ramalho, S., Ramirez-Llodra, E., Robson, L., Rogers, A.D., Sellanes, J., Sigwart, J.D., Sink, K.J., Snelgrove, P.V., Stefanoudis, P.V., Sumida, P.Y., Taylor, M.L., Thurber, A.R., Vieira, R., Watanabe, H.K., Woodall, L.C. & Xavier, J.R. (2020): A blueprint for an inclusive, global deep-sea Ocean Decade field programme.  ─ Frontiers in Marine Science; doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.584861

99. Penney B, JD Sigwart, DY Parkinson (2020): Spicules and skeletons: Mantle musculature of two species of dorid nudibranchs (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia: Doridina). — Canadian Journal of Zoology, 98: 777–786, doi:10.1139/cjz-2019-0295

98. Cunningham, E.M., Ehlers, S.M., Dick, J.T.A., Sigwart, J.D., Linse, K., Dick, J.J., Kiriakoulakis, K. (2020): Deep-sea sediments as a sink for microplastic pollution: Evidence from Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. — Environmental Science & Technology. doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c03441

97. Becker, C., Dick, J.T.A., Cunningham, E.M., Lundy, M., Bell, E., Eagling, L. & Sigwart, J.D. (2020): Ovary resorption in the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) and its possible causes with special reference to sperm storage. — Helgoland Marine Research, 74: 12. https://doi.org/10.1186/s10152-020-00543-8

96. Linse, K. & Sigwart, J.D. & Chen, C. & Krylova, E. (2020): Ecophysiology and ecological limits of symbiotrophic vesicomyid bivalves (Pliocardiinae) in the Southern Ocean. — Polar Biology. 10.1007/s00300-020-02717-z.

95. Ibáñez CM, C Pardo-Gandarillas, J Sellanes, JD Sigwart, BI Sirenko (2020): Phylogenetic position and morphological descriptions of Chiton species from the Southeastern Pacific. — Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa067

94. Sun, J., Chen, C., Miyamoto, N., Li, R., Sigwart, J.D., Xu, T., Sun, Y., Wong, Y.C., Ip, J.C.H., Zhang, W., Lan, Y., Bissessur, D., Watsuji, T., Watanabe, H.K., Takaki, Y., Qiu, J.-W., Takai, K., Qian, P.Y. (2020): The Scaly-foot Snail genome and the ancient origins of biomineralized armour. — Nature Communications, 11: 1657

93. Ashton, E.C., Guist*, S., Roberts, D., Sigwart, J.D. (2020): Effects of environmental factors and husbandry practices on summer mortality events in the cultivated Pacific Oyster Crassostrea gigas in the North of Ireland. — Journal of Shellfish Research, 39(1): 13-20.

92. Cunningham, E.M., Kiriakoulakis, K., Dick, J.T., Kregting, L., Schuchert, P., Sigwart, J.D. (2020): Driven by speculation, not by impact–the effects of plastic on fish species. — Journal of Fish Biology. doi: 10.1111/jfb.14303

91 . Linse, K., Bohrmann, G., Sigwart, J.D. (2019): Eualus amandae (Decapoda: Caridea: Thoridae) is an indicator of active venting sites in the Southern Ocean. — Marine Biodiversity, 49: 2937-2942

90 . Sigwart JD, GJ Vermeij, P Hoyer* (2019): Why do chitons curl into a ball? — Biology Letters, 15(10): 20190429. 

89. Ibáñez CM, Waldisperg M, Torres FI, Carrasco SA, Sellanes J, Pardo-Gandarillas MC, Sigwart JD (2019): Environmental and ecological factors mediate taxonomic composition and body size of polyplacophoran assemblages along the Peruvian Province. — Scientific Reports. 9: 15934.

88 . Cunningham EM*, JD Sigwart (2019): Environmentally accurate microplastic levels and their absence from exposure studies. — Integrative and Comparative Biology.

87 . Morrow C, P Cárdenas, N Boury-Esnault, B Picton, G McCormack, R Van Soest, N Redmond, A Collins, C Maggs, JD Sigwart, AL Allcock (2019): Integrating morphological and molecular taxonomy with the revised concept of Stelligeridae (Porifera: Demospongiae). — Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

86 . Sigwart JD, C Chen, EA Thomas*, AL Allcock, M Böhm, M Seddon (2019): Red Listing can protect deep-sea biodiversity. — Nature Ecology & Evolution. 

85 . Wong NLWS, JD Sigwart (2019): Natural history clues to the evolution of bivalved gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Sacoglossa: Juliidae). — Marine Biodiversity.

84 . Kingston ACN, JD Sigwart, DR Chappell, DI Speiser (2019): Monster or multiplacophoran: A teratological specimen of the chiton Acanthopleura granulata with a valve split into independent and symmetrical halves. — Acta Zoologica.

83 . Sigwart JD, C Chen (2018): A new deep water chiton (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from hydrothermal vent ecosystems in the Okinawa Trough, Japan. Zootaxa. 4531: 430–436

82. Becker C, EM Cunningham*, JTA Dick, LE Eagling, JD Sigwart (2018): A unified scale for female reproductive stages in Nephrops norvegicus: evidence from macroscopic and microscopic characterisation. — Journal of Morphology.

81. Sigwart JD, C Chen (2018): Comparative oxygen consumption of gastropod holobionts from deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Indian Ocean. — Biological Bulletin.

80. Sigwart JD, KD Bennett, SM Edie, L Mander, B Okamura, K Padian, Q Wheeler, J Winston, N Yeung (2018): Measuring biodiversity and extinction – present and past. — Integrative and Comparative Biology.

79. Becker C, JTA Dick, EM Cunningham*, C Schmitt, JD Sigwart (2018): The crustacean cuticle does not record chronological age: new evidence from the gastric mill ossicles. — Arthropod Structure and Development.

78. Chen C, K Uematsu, K Linse, JD Sigwart (2018): Cryptic niche switching in a chemosymbiotic gastropod. — Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

77. Sigwart JD, A Garbett* (2018): Biodiversity assessment, DNA barcoding, and the minority majority. — Integrative and Comparative Biology.

76. Sumner-Rooney LH, JD Sigwart (2018): Do chitons have a brain? New evidence for diversity and complexity in the polyplacophoran central nervous system. — Journal of Morphology.

75. Sigwart JD, MK Wicksten, MG Jackson, S Herrera. 2018. Deep-sea video technology tracks a monoplacophoran to the end of its trail. — Marine Biodiversity.

74. Sumner-Rooney LH, I Rahman, JD Sigwart, E Ullrich-Lüter (2018): Whole-body photoreceptor networks are independent of crystalline ‘lenses’ in brittle stars. — Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285: 20172590.

73. Eagling* LE, EC Ashton, AC Jensen, JD Sigwart, D Murray, D Roberts (2017): Spatial and temporal differences in gonad development, sex ratios and reproductive output influence the sustainability of exploited populations of the European oyster, Ostrea edulis. — Aquatic Conservation.

72. South* J, D Welsh, A Anton, JD Sigwart, JTA Dick (2017): Effects of increasing temperature to the functional response of the intertidal shanny Lipophrys pholis. — Journal of Fish Biology.

71. Dell’Angelo B, W Renda, M Sosso, JD Sigwart, S Giacobbe (2017): A new species of Callochiton (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from the Strait of Messina (central Mediterranean). — Archiv für Molluskenkunde, 146: 243–250.

70. Ibáñez CM, RD Sepúlveda, JD Sigwart (2017): Comparative allometric variation in intertidal chitons (Polyplacophora: Chitonidae). — Zoomorphology.

69. Sigwart JD, MD Sutton, KD Bennett (2017): How big is a genus? Towards a nomothetic systematics. — Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

68. Sigwart JD, Schwabe E (2017): Anatomy of the many feeding types in polyplacophoran molluscs. — Invertebrate Zoology, 14: 205–216

67. Sigwart JD. (2017): Molluscs all beneath the sun, one shell, two shells, more, or none. — Current Biology. 27: R708–R710.

66. Sumner-Rooney LH, JD Sigwart (2017): Lazarus in the museum: resurrecting historic specimens through new technology. — Invertebrate Zoology.

65. Sigwart JD, Chen C. (2017): Life history, patchy distribution, and patchy taxonomy in a shallow-water invertebrate (Mollusca: Polyplacophora: Lepidopleurida). — Marine Biodiversity.

64. Sigwart JD, L McLean* (2017): Contribution of Caulerpa spp. to marine mollusc species richness in the megadiverse Philippines. — Visaya.

63. Sigwart JD, C Chen, L Marsh (2017): Is mining the seabed bad for molluscs? — The Nautilus.

62. Chen C, K Uematsu, K Linse, JD Sigwart (2017): By more ways than one: Rapid convergence in adaptations to hydrothermal vents shown by 3D anatomical reconstruction of Gigantopelta (Mollusca: Neomphalina). — BMC Evolutionary Biology.

61. Geraldi N, C Bertollini*, MC Emmerson, D Roberts, JD Sigwart, NE O’Connor (2017): Aggregations of brittle stars can provide similar ecological roles as mussel reefs. — Marine Ecology Progress Series.

60. Sigwart JD, LH Sumner-Rooney, J Dickey*, N Carey (2017): The scaphopod foot is ventral: more evidence from the anatomy of Rhabdus rectius (Dentaliida: Rhabdidae). — Molluscan Research.

59. Carey N, S Dupont, JD Sigwart (2016): Sea hare Aplysia punctata (Mollusca: Gastropoda) can maintain shell calcification under extreme ocean acidification. — Biological Bulletin.

58. Sigwart JD (2016): The chiton stripe tease. — Marine Biodiversity.

57. Sumner-Rooney* LH, JD Sigwart, L Smith, J McAfee*, ST Williams (2016): Repeated eye reduction events reveal multiple pathways to degeneration in a family of marine snails. — Evolution.

56. Sigwart JD (2016): Deep trees: woodfall biodiversity dynamics in present and past oceans. — Deep Sea Research Part II.

55. Sirenko BI, JD Sigwart, B Dell’Angelo (2016): Hanleya hanleyi Bean in Thorpe, 1844 (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) and the influence of the Gulf Stream System on its distribution. — Ruthenica.

54. Calderwood* J, JD Sigwart (2016): Broken pieces: Can variable ecological interactions be deduced from the remains of crab attacks on bivalve shells? — Lethaia.

53. Sigwart, JD, LH Sumner-Rooney* (2016): Mollusca: Caudofoveata, Monoplacophora, Polyplacophora, Scaphopoda, Solenogastres. — In: Schmidt-Rhaesa, Harzsch, and Purschke, eds., Structure and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems. Oxford University Press. [book chapter]

52. Green, DS, B Boots, JD Sigwart, S Jiang, C Rocha (2016): Effects of conventional and biodegradable microplastics on a marine ecosystem engineer and nutrient cycling. — Environmental Pollution Bulletin.

51. Sigwart, JD, G Lyons*, A Fink, MA Gutowska, D Murray, F Melzner, JDR Houghton, MY Hu(2016): Elevated pCO2 drives lower growth and yet increased calcification in the early life history of the cuttlefish Sepia officinalis (Mollusca: Cephalopoda). — ICES Journal of Marine Science.

50. Sigwart, JD, PA Green*, SB Crofts (2015): Functional morphology in chitons (Mollusca, Polyplacophora): influences of environment and ocean acidification. — Marine Biology.

49. Sumner-Rooney*,LH, M Schrödl, E Lodde-Bensch, DR Lindberg, M Heß, GP Brennan, JD Sigwart (2015): A neurophylogenetic approach provides new insight to the evolution of Scaphopoda. — Evolution & Development.

48. Cledón, M, JD Núñeza, EH Ocampoa, JD Sigwart (2015): Sexual traits plasticity of the potentially invasive limpet Bostrycapulus odites (Gastropoda: Calyptraeidae) within its natural distribution in South America. — Marine Ecology.

47. Chen*, C, JT Copley, K Linse, AD Rogers, JD Sigwart (2015):. The heart of a dragon: 3D anatomical reconstruction of the ‘scaly-foot gastropod’ (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Neomphalina) reveals its extraordinary circulatory system. — Frontiers in Zoology.

46. Sigwart, JD, BI Sirenko (2015): A new name for the deep-sea chiton Leptochiton clarki Sigwart & Sirenko non Berry (Lepidopleurida: Leptochitonidae). — Zootaxa.

45. Sumner-Rooney*, LH, JD Sigwart (2015): Is the Schwabe organ a retained larval eye? Anatomical and behavioural studies of a novel sense organ in adult Leptochiton asellus (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) indicate links to larval photoreceptors. — PLoS ONE.

44. Lindberg, DR, JD Sigwart (2015): What is the molluscan osphradium? A reconsideration of homology. — Zoologischer Anzeiger.

43. Chen*, C, JT Copley, K Linse, AD Rogers, JD Sigwart (2015): How the mollusc got its scales: convergent evolution of the molluscan scleritome. — Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.

42. Sigwart, JD, DR Lindberg (2015): Consensus and confusion in molluscan trees: Evaluating morphological and molecular phylogenies. — Systematic Biology.

41. Sigwart, JD, C Todt, A Scheltema (2014): Who are the “Aculifera”? Journal of Natural History.

40. Carey*, N, JD Sigwart (2014): Size matters: body size modulates responses to ocean acidification and temperature. — Biology Letters.

39. Kunc, HP, GN Lyons*, JD Sigwart, KE McLaughlin, JDR Houghton (2014): Anthropogenic noise affects behaviour across sensory modalities. — American Naturalist.

38. Sigwart, JD, N Carey* (2014): Grazing under experimental hypercapnia and elevated temperature does not affect the radula of a chiton (Mollusca, Polyplacophora, Lepidopleurida). — Marine Environmental Research.

37. Calderwood*, J, NE O’Connor, JD Sigwart, D Roberts (2014): Determining optimal duration of seed translocation periods for benthic mussel (Mytilus edulis) cultivation using physiological and behavioural measures of stress. — Aquaculture.

36. Carey*, N, S Dupont, B Lundve, JD Sigwart (2014): One size fits all: stability of metabolic scaling under warming and ocean acidification in echinoderms. — Marine Biology.

35. Sumner-Rooney*,LH , JA Murray, SD Cain, JD Sigwart (2014): Do chitons have a compass? Evidence for magnetic sensitivity in Polyplacophora. — Journal of Natural History.

34. Sumner-Rooney*, LH, SD Cain, GP Brennan, JD Sigwart (2014): A test for mucus removal in the chiton Lepidochitona cinerea (Linnaeus, 1767) (Polyplacophora: Chitonida: Ischnochitonidae). — The Veliger.

33. Sigwart, JD, N Carey*, PJ Orr (2014): How subtle are the biases that shape the fidelity of the fossil record? A test using marine molluscs. — Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

32. Sigwart, JD, LH Sumner-Rooney*, E Schwabe, M Hess, G Brennan, M Schroedl (2014): A new sensory organ in “primitive” molluscs (Polyplacophora: Lepidopleurida), and its context in the nervous system of chitons. — Frontiers in Zoology.

31. Sigwart, JD, I Stoeger*, T Knebelsberger, E Schwabe (2013): Chiton phylogeny (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) and placement of the enigmatic species Choriplax grayi (H Adams & Angas, 1864). — Invertebrate Systematics.

30. Stöger*, I, JD Sigwart, Y Kano, T Knebelsberger, BA Marshall, E Schwabe, M Schrödl (2013): The continuing debate on deep molluscan phylogeny: Evidence for Serialia (Mollusca, Monoplacophora + Polyplacophora). — BioMed Research.

29. Ávila, SP, JD Sigwart (2013): New records for the shallow-water chiton fauna (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) of the Azores. — ZooKeys.

28. Morrow*, CC, NE Redmond, BE Picton, RW Thacker, AG Collins, CA Maggs, JD Sigwart, AL Allcock (2013): Molecular phylogenies support homoplasy of multiple morphological characters used in the taxonomy of Heteroscleromorpha (Porifera: Demospongiae). — Integrative and Comparative Biology.

27. Duperron, S, M-A Pottier, N Léger, SM Gaudron, N Puillandre, S Le Prieur, JD Sigwart, J Ravaux, M Zbinden (2013): A tale of two chitons: is habitat specialisation linked to distinct associated bacterial communities? — FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

26. Carey*, N, JD Sigwart, J Richards (2013): Economies of scaling: allometry of metabolism is linked to activity, metabolic rate and habitat. — Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

25. Sutton, MD, DEG Briggs, David J Siveter, Derek J Siveter, JD Sigwart (2012): A Silurian armoured aplacophoran: implications for molluscan phylogeny. — Nature.

24. Carey*, N, A Galkin, P Henrikkson*, J Richards, JD Sigwart (2012): Variation in oxygen consumption among ‘living fossils'(Mollusca: Polyplacophora). — Journal of the Marine Biology Association of the UK.

23. Sigwart, JD, BI Sirenko (2012): Deep-sea chitons from sunken wood in the West Pacific (Mollusca: Polyplacophora: Lepidopleurida): taxonomy, distribution, and seven new species. — Zootaxa.

22. Doonan*, J, G Beatty, JD Sigwart, J Provan (2012): Extensive local-scale gene flow and long-term population stability in the intertidal mollusc Katharina tunicata (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). — Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.

21. Sutton, MD, JD Sigwart (2012): A chiton without a foot. — Palaeontology.

20. Yearsley, JM, JD Sigwart (2011): Larval transport modelling of deep-sea invertebrates points to potential undiscovered populations. — PLoS ONE.

19. Donovan, S.K., Sutton, M.D., Sigwart, J.D. (2011): The last meal of the Late Ordovician mollusc ‘Helminthochitonthraivensis Reed, 1911, from the Lady Burn Starfish Beds, southwest Scotland. — Geological Journal.

18. Sigwart, J.D., Schwabe, E., Saito, H., Samadi, S., Giribet, G. (2011): Evolution in the deep sea: combined analysis of the earliest-derived living chitons using molecules and morphology (Mollusca, Polyplacophora, Lepidopleurida). — Invertebrate Systematics. [2011-2013: this paper was in the top-10 ‘Most Read’ articles in Invertebrate Systematics]

17. Donovan, S.K., Sutton, M.D. & Sigwart, J.D. (2010): Crinoids for lunch? An unexpected biotic interaction from the Upper Ordovician of Scotland. — Geology.

16. Viscardi, P., Sakumoto, M. & Sigwart, J.D. (2010):. How long is a piece of Strix? Methods in measuring and measuring the measurers. — Zoomorphology.

15. Sigwart, J.D. & Leonard, L.M. (2009): Coming out of its shell: Molluscan collections in the National Museum of Ireland. Irish Naturalists’ Journal.

14. Chritz*, K.L., Dyke, G.J., Zazzo, A., Lister, A.M., Monaghan, N.T., & Sigwart, J.D. (2009): Palaeobiology of an extinct Ice Age mammal: Stable isotope and cementum analysis of giant deer teeth. — Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

13. Sigwart, J.D. (2009): Primitive living chitons: Morphological cladistic analysis as a model for character evaluation. — American Malacological Bulletin. Proceedings of the symposium ‘Molluscs as Models for Evolution’ Antwerp, 2007.

12. Sigwart, J.D. (2009): Parasitic foraminifers on a deep-sea chiton (Mollusca, Polyplacophora, Leptochitonidae) from Iceland. — Marine Biology Research.

11. Sigwart, J.D. (2009): The deep-sea chiton Nierstraszella (Mollusca: Polyplacophora: Lepidopleurida) in the Indo-West Pacific: taxonomy, morphology, and a bizarre ectosymbiont. — Journal of Natural History.

10. Sigwart, J.D. (2008): Gross anatomy and positional homology of gills, gonopores, and nephridiopores in “basal” living chitons (Polyplacophora: Lepidopleurina). — American Malacological Bulletin.

9. Sigwart, J.D. (2008): Crystal Creatures: Context for the Dublin Blaschka Congress. — Historical Biology.

8. Sigwart, J.D. & Sutton, M.D. (2007): Deep molluscan phylogeny: Synthesis of palaeontological and neontological data. — Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

7. Voight, J.R. & Sigwart, J.D. (2007): Scarred limpets at hydrothermal vents: Evidence of predation by deep-sea whelks. — Marine Biology.

6. Sigwart, J.D., Schnetler, K.I., Andersen, S.B. (2007): First record of a chiton from the Palaeocene of Denmark (Polyplacophora: Leptochitonidae) and its phylogenetic affinities. — Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.

5. Sigwart, J.D. (2007): The Irish fossil Polyplacophora. — Irish Journal of Earth Sciences.

4. Sigwart, J.D. (2007): Hidden biodiversity: Chitons in Ireland. pp. 18–20 In R Moles, ed. — Proceedings of ESAI/ENVIRON 2005. University of Limerick.

3. Viscardi, P., Sigwart, J.D., Monaghan, N.T. (2006): Climate control in an uncontrollable building. — Collections Forum.

2. Sigwart, J.D., Callaghan, E., Colla*,A., Dyke, G.J., McCaffrey*, S.L., Monaghan, N.T. (2005): Belatedly hatching ornithology collections at the National Museum of Ireland. — Zoologische Mededelingen.

1. Dyke, G.J. & Sigwart, J.D. (2005): A search for a ‘smoking gun’: No need for an alternative to the Linnaean System of classification. pp. 49–65 — In: A Minelli, G Ortalli and G Sanga, eds. Animal Names, proceedings of the International Conference Animal Names organised by Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice. [Book chapter]



Team HEP Blanco
Àngel Blanco Lapaz
Archaezoology and Archaobotany Collection Manager

Main research interests:
. Ichtioarchaeology
. Collections Management
. Restoration
. Microfauna remains from archaeological contexts

Current Position:
Since 06/2015: Collection Manager of the Archaeozoology and Archaeobotany Collections
Coordinator of the Microvertebrate Working Group (MVWG) in ICAZ
Additional scientific editor of Journal of Palaeontological Techniques

Angel Blanco studied Geology (Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), 2003). Has the Master in Experimental Paleontology (UB) (2005) and Master in Prehistoric Archaeology, Ancient and Medieval History (UAB) (2012). During several years he have worked as curatorial preparator and taxidermist in the most important Museums or Scientific Institutions of Spain (Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona, Natural History Museum of Madrid, Zooarch Lab of Barcelona…). Also, he worked during the same period as palaentologist in different sites in Spain from Cretaceous to Early Pleistocene. Currently, he works on multiple fish assamblages from Pleistocene sites of Iberian Peninsula (Atapuerca, Barranco León, Fuentenueva 3 Baza and Pinilla del Valle) and Germany (Hohlenstein-Stadel, Helga Abri and Hohle Fels), on others from Pliocene-Pleistocene in Republic of Georgia (Dmanisi); early history and historical time deposits of Neolithic Age (The Draga, El Mirador), Iberian (Mas Castellar de Pontós) or medieval (Castles of Montsoriu and El Catllar).

List of Publications

Blanco-Lapaz, A., Fischl, K.P., Röpke, A., Zerl, T., Nolde, N., Schmidt, M., Kienlin, T.L. 2023. Reconstruction from the Bronze Age Site of Borsodivánka (North-Eastern Hungary). Diversity, 15: 340. https://doi.org/10.3390/d15030340.

Luzi, E., Blanco-Lapaz, A., Rhodes, S.E., Conard, N.J. 2022. Paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions based on the small vertebrates from the Middle Paleolithic of Hohle Fels Cave, SW Germany. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 14(6): 107. https://www.doi.org/10.1007/s12520-022-01568-5.

Blanco-Lapaz, A., Marín-Arroyo, A.B., González-Morales, M.R. 2022. Upper Paleolithic fishermen from Fuente del Salín cave (Cantabrian Region, northern Iberia). Abstract. Journal of Taphonomy, 16(1-4): 21-22. For submission to Quaternary Sciences Reviews, special issue for the 6th ICAZ-TWG + 9th TAPHOS.

Blain, H-A., Sánchez-Bandera, C., Fagoaga, A., Blanco-Lapaz, A., Martínez-Monzón, A., Bisbal-Chinesta, J.F., Moclán, A., Huguet, R., Laplana, C., Márquez, B., Sevilla, P., Arsuaga, J.L., Pérez-González, A., Baquedano, E. 2022. A warm and humid paleoecological context for the Neanderthal mountain settlement at the Navalmaíllo rockshelter (Iberian Central System, Madrid). Quaternary Science Reviews. 293: 107727.

Blanco-Lapaz, A., Kitagawa, K., Kind, C-K. 2021. Aquatic resource exploitation during the Paleolithic in the Swabian Jura based on fish remains from Hohlenstein-Stadel Cave. Quartär, 68: 1-14.

Blanco-Lapaz, A., Martínez-Monzón, A., Blain, H-A., Cuenca-Bescós, G. 2021. Early-Middle Pleistocene freshwater ecosystems in the Sierra de atapuerca (northern Iberia) based on the Gran Dolina fisch record. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology. DOI:10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110444.

Starkovich, B.M., Cuthbertson, P., Kitagawa, K., Thompson, N.C., Konidaris, G.E., Rots, V., Münzel, S.C., Giusti, D., Schmid, V.C., Blanco-Lapaz, A., Lepers, C and Tourloukis, V.2020. Minimal Tools, Maximum Meat: A Pilot Experiment to Butcher an Elephant Foot and Make Elephant Bone Tools Using Lower Paleolithic Stone Tool Technology. Ethnoarchaeology. DOI:10.1080/19442890.2020.1864877

Blanco-Lapaz, A., Mata-González, M., Starkovich, B.M., Zeidi, M., Conard, N.J. 2020. The Microvertebrate Assemblage of Ghar-e Boof (Iran): New data for the Late Pleistoce Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction of the Southern Zagros Mountains. Proceedings III MVWG Meeting. Tarragona 2020.

Agustí, J., Pinero, P., Furió, M., Blain, H-A., Blanco-Lapaz, A., Oms, O., Chochisvili, G., Lordkipanidze, D. 2020. Small vertebrates from the upper Miocene hominoid-bearing site of Udabno, Georgia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1716776

Blanco-Lapaz. A. 2019. 15. Fische in: Löwenmensch und mehr. 5. Die Grabungen 2009 bis 2013 in der Stadel-Höhle. Forschungen und Berichte zur Archäologie in Baden-Württemberg, Kind, C-J (Hrsg.)

Münzel, S.C., Hess, T., Blanco-Lapaz, A., Conard, N.J. 2019. Faunal remains of Helga Abri, a Late Magdalenian/Early Mesolithic rockshelter in the Ach Valley near Schelklingen (Swabian Jura). Proceedings of the Hugo Obermaier Meeting 2019

Antolín F., Berihuete, M., Blanco-Lapaz, A., Buxó, R., Garcia, L., Marlasca, R., Naarrete, V., Saña, M. and Verdún, E. 2018. El rebost domèstic i el rebost salvatge in La Revolució Neolítica. La Draga, el poblat dels prodigis. ISBN 9788439396505. pp 45-50

Blanco, A., Szabó, M., Blanco-Lapaz, A. and Marmi, J. 2017. Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Chondrichthyes and Osteichthyes from northeastern Iberia. Palaeogeography Plaeclimatology Palaeoecology 465:278-294

Rey-Rodríguez, I., López-García, J.M., Bennàsar, M., Bañuls-Cardona, S., Blain, H-A., Blanco-Lapaz, A., Rodríguez-Alvárez, X-P., Lombera-Hermida, A., Díaz-Rodríguez, M., Ameijenda-Igleisas, A., Agustí, J., Fábregas-Valcarce, R. 2016. Last Neanderthals and first Anatomically Modern Humans in the NW Iberian Peninsula: Climatic and environmental conditions inferred from the Cova Eirós small-vertebrate assemblage during MIS 3. Quaternary Science Reviews 151:185-197

Blanco-Lapaz, A. and Vergès, J-M. 2016. Fish remains from the Neolithic site of El Mirador cave (Atapuerca, Spain): Seasonality and resource management. Comptes Rendus Palevol 15(6)

Blanco-Lapaz, A. and Solís, G. 2014. Restoration of mounted animals – new techniques in old taxidermies. Journal of Paleontological Techniques Special Volume 13:70-74

Blanco-Lapaz, A. 2009. Processing and mounting of a red neck ualabi skeleton (Macropus rufogriseus). Paleontologia I Evolució, Memòria especial 4(2009):169-173)

Blanco-Lapaz, A. and Orta, C. 2009. Naturalization of an ophidia (Eunectes murinus). Paleontologia I Evolució, Memòria especial 4(2009):241-244

Roqué, L., Blanco-Lapaz, A. and Orta, C. 2009. Falco tinnunculus skeleton preparation. Paleontologia i Evolució, memoria especial 4(2009):245-251

Blanco-Lapaz, A. 2005. Estudio de Canariomys bravoi (Crusafont y Petter, 1964) del Plio-Cuaternario de las Islas Canarias. Un ejemplo de evolución insular. Miscelánea Paleontológica SEPAZ, pp. 187-204


Mitarbeiterfoto Editha Schubert
Editha Schubert
  • Mitglied des Vorstands Förderverein des Deutschen Entologischen Instituts e.V

seit August 2006 – Deutsches Entomologisches Institut, Müncheberg: Leitung des Archivs

Dezember 2005 bis Juli 2006 – Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, SL Jungpflanzen GmbH, Oberkrämer

September 2005 – Diplom Museologin (FH), Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin


Taeger, A., Blank, S. M., Liston, A. D., Schubert, E. & Groll, E. K. 2011: Weltkatalog der Pflanzenwespen (Hymenoptera: Symphyta). P. 256. In: Hoch, H., Mühlethaler, R., Blank, S. M., Dathe, H. H. (eds): Entomologentagung vom 21.-24. März 2011 in Berlin. Abstracts. Berlin.

Sabine Holst
Dr.  Sabine Holst
Head of Division Cnidaria

Link Fachbereich Cnidaria
Link Division Cnidaria

Begutachtete Publikationen


HOLST, S., SÖTJE, I. (2019) The stinging cell of Scyphozoa. In: Jarms G, Morandini A (eds.) World Atlas of Jellyfish. Dölling und Galitz Verlag. Abhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg: 54-63

HOLST, S., HEINS, A., LAAKMANN, S. (2019) Morphological and molecular diagnostic species characters of Staurozoa (Cnidaria) collected on the coast of Helgoland (German Bight, North Sea). Marine Biodiversity 49:1775–1797

HOLST, S., LAAKMANN, S. (2019): First record of the stalked jellyfish Haliclystus tenuis Kishinouye, 1910 (Cnidaria: Staurozoa) in Atlantic waters. Marine Biodiversity 49:1061–1066


HAO, W., GERDTS, G., HOLST, S., WICHELS, A. (2018): Bacterial communities associated with scyphomedusae at Helgoland Roads. Marine Biodiversity https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-018-0923-4

HEINS, A., SÖTJE, S., HOLST, S. (2018): Assessment of various investigation techniques for scyphozoan statoliths with focus on the early development of the jellyfish Sanderia malayensis Goette, 1886. Marine Ecology Progress Series 591:37-56 doi.org/10.3354/meps12292

Brandt, A., Scholz J., Allspach A., Brenke N., Brix S., George K.H., Hörnschemeyer T., Holst S., Hoppenrath M., Iwan F., Janssen A., Janssen R., Janussen D., Jeskulke K., Fiege D., Kaiser S., Kieneke A., Kihara T.C., Kröncke I., Krupp F., Martha S.O., Martínez Arbizu P.M., Meißner K., Miljutina M., Miljutin D., Renz J., Riehl T., Saeedi H., Siegler V., Sonnewald M., Stuckas H., Veit-Köhler G. (2018): 200 Years of Marine Research at Senckenberg: Selected Highlights. Marine Biodiversity 48:159–178 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0839-4


GOLDSTEIN, J., AUGUSTIN, C.B, BLEICH, S., HOLST, S. (2017): A matter of tolerance: distribution potential of scyphozoan polyps in a changing environment. Marine Ecology DOI: 10.1111/maec.12457

SÖTJE, I., DISHON, T., HOFFMANN, F., HOLST, S. (2017): New methods of morphometric analyses on scyphozoan jellyfish statolits including the first direct evidence for statolith growth using calcein as a fluorescent marker. Microscopy & Microanalysis 23:553-568 doi:10.1017/S1431927617000344

HOFFMANN, F.R., JUNGBLUT, S., HOLST, S., BERLITZ, P., OHMANN, T. (2017): Therapieoptionen bei Vernesselungen durch Quallen an deutschen Küstengewässern. Notfall und Rettungsmedizien 20:403–409


ALGUÉRO-MUÑIZ, M., MEUNIER, C.L., HOLST, S., ÁLVAREZ, S., BOERSMA, M. (2016): Withstanding multiple stressors: ephyrae of the moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita, Scyphozoa) in a high temperature, high CO₂ and low oxygen environment. Marine Biology 163:185  DOI 10.1007/s00227-016-2958-z

HOLST, S., MICHALIK, P., NOSKE, M., KIEGER, J., SÖTJE, S. (2016): Potential of X-ray micro-computed tomography for soft-bodied and gelatinous cnidarians with special emphasis on scyphozoan and cubozoan statoliths. Journal of Plankton Research 38:1225–1242 doi:10.1093/plankt/fbw054


LESNIOWSKI, T.J., GAMBILL, M., HOLST, S., PECK M.A., ALGUÉRO-MUÑIZ, M., HAUNOST,M., MALZAHN A.M., BOERSMA M. (2015):  Effects of food and CO2 on growth dynamics of polyps of the scyphozoans (Cyanea capillata and Chrysaora hysoscella). Marine Biology 162:1371-1382. doi 10.1007/s00227-015-2660-6

HEINS, A., GLATZEL, T., HOLST, S. (2015):  Revised descriptions of the nematocysts and the asexual reproduction modes of the scyphozoan jellyfish Cassiopea andromeda (Forskål, 1775). Zoomorphology 134:351–366 DOI 10.1007/s00435-015-0263-x


HOLST, S., LAAKMANN, S. (2014): Morphological and molecular discrimination of two closely related jellyfish species, Cyanea capillata and C. lamarckii (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa), from the northeast Atlantic. Journal of Plankton Research 36: 48-63. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbt093

LAAKMANN, S., HOLST, S. (2014): Emphasizing the diversity of North Sea hydromedusae by combined morphological and molecular methods. Journal of Plankton Research 36: 64-76. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbt078

MEIßNER K., FIORENTO D., SCHNURR S., MARTINEZ ARBIZU P., HUETTMANN F., HOLST S., BRIX S., SVAVARSSON J. (2014): Distribution of marine benthic invertebrates at northern latitudes ― an evaluation applying multi-algorithm species distribution models. Journal of Sea Research 85:241-254. doi: 10.1016/j.seares.2013.05.007

 (2012): Morphology and development of benthic and pelagic life-stages of North Sea jellyfish (Scyphozoa, Cnidaria) with special emphasis on the identification of ephyra stages. Marine Biology 159:2707-2722

HOLST, S. (2012): Effects of climate warming on strobilation and ephyra production of North Sea scyphozoan jellyfish. Hydrobiologia. 690:127-140

 (2011): Quallen an Nord- und Ostseeküste. Biologie in unserer Zeit 4/2011: 240-247.

JARMS, G., HOLST, S. (2011): Einfluss von Umwelt- und Klimaveränderungen auf die Entwicklung von Quallen (Scyphozoa) der Nordsee. In: Lozan, J. L., Graßl, H., Karbe, L., Reise, K. (Hrsg.): Warnsignale Klima: Die Meere – Änderungen und Risiken. Wissenschaftliche Auswertungen, Hamburg, 384 Seiten. warnsignale.uni-hamburg

HOLST, S., Jarms, G.
 (2010): Effects of low salinity on settlement and strobilation of Scyphozoa (Cnidaria): Is the lion’s mane Cyanea capillata (L.) able to reproduce in the brackish Baltic Sea? Hydrobiologia 645:53-68

 (2008): Grundlagen der Populationsentwicklung verschiedener Scyphozoa (Cnidaria) der Deutschen Bucht. Dissertation im Fachbereich Biologie der Universität Hamburg. 
URL: http://www.sub.uni-hamburg.de/opus/volltexte/2008/3635 


HOLST, S., SÖTJE, I. , TIEMANN, H., JARMS, G. (2007): Life cycle of the rhizostome jellyfish Rhizostoma octopus (L.) (Scyphozoa, Rhizostomeae), with studies on cnidocysts and statoliths. Marine Biology 151:1695-1710

HOLST, S., JARMS, G. (2007):  Substrate choice and settlement preferences of planula larvae of five Scyphozoa (Cnidaria) from German Bight, North Sea. Marine Biology 151:863-871

 (2006): Responses of solitary and colonial coronate polyps (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa, Coronatae) to sedimentation and burial. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 329:230-238

Cruise Reports


HOLST, S., NEUMANN, H., KOCOT, K., CANNON, J., LUCAS RODRÍGUEZ, Y. (2012): Megafauna. In S. Brix et al.: Overflow, Circulation and Biodiversity Cruise No. 85, Leg 3 August 27 – September 28, 2011 Reykjavik (Iceland) – Cuxhaven (Germany). METEOR-Berichte


(Co)Autor: Dr. Sabine Holst

Vortrag (internationale Konferenzen)


HOLST, S., MICHALIK, P., NOSKE, M., SÖTJE, I.: Potential and limitations of X-ray micro-computed tomography for statolith investigations and taxonomic studies on jellyfish. Fifth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, 30 May – 3 Jun 2016, Barcelona, Spain

HEINS, A., SÖTJE, S., HOLST, S.: Application and evaluation of various investigation techniques for analyses on scyphozoan statoliths. Fifth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, 30 May – 3 Jun 2016, Barcelona, Spain

ALGUÉRO-MUÑIZ, M., MEUNIER, C.L., ÁLVAREZ, S., HOLST, S., BOERSMA, M.: Aurelia aurita ephyrae in a changing world: facing multiple environmental stressor. Fifth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, 30 May – 3 Jun 2016, Barcelona, Spain

LAAKMANN, S., KNEBELSBERGER, T., HOLST, S.: Integrated North Sea zooplankton identification: a combination of morphology, DNA and proteome analyses towards a cost and time-effective application. ICES/PICES 6th Zooplankton Production Symposium, Bergen, Norway


HOLST, S., LAAKMANN, S.: Diversity of North Sea hydromedusae: Extending the knowledge from morphological species identification by molecular genetic COI analyses. The 8th Workshop of the Hydorzoan Society, 20-27 Jun 2015, Ischia, Italien

WICHELS, A., HAO, W., HOLST, S., GERDTS, G.: Bacterial community associated with scyphomedusae at Helgoland Roads. 50th European Marine Biology Symposium, 20-25 Sep 2015, Helgoland, Germany

ALGUÉRO-MUÑIZ, M., MEUNIER, C.L., ECKER, U., HOLST, S., BOERSMA, M.: Climate change effects on early life stages of the Moon Jellyfisch (Aurelia aurita, Scyphozoa). 50th European Marine Biology Symposium 50th European Marine Biology Symposium, 20-25 Sep 2015, Helgoland, Germany


HOLST, S., LAAKMANN, S.: Combined morphological and molecular identification methods in Scypho- and Hydromedusae. Fourth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, 5-7 Jun 2013, Hiroshima, Japan

GOLDSTEIN, J., AUGUSTIN, C. B., HOLST, S.: A matter of tolerance: potential distribution of scyphozoan polyps in semi-enclosed ecosystems such as the Baltic Sea. Fourth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, 5-7 Jun 2013, Hiroshima, Japan

LESNIOWSKI, T., GAMBILL, M., BOERSMA, M., HOLST, S., MALZAHN, A.: Effects of food quality and quantity on polyps of the scyphozoan Cyanea capillata Fourth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, 5-7 Jun 2013, Hiroshima, Japan

 Differential polyp reproduction strategies demonstrate the high flexibility and adaptability of scyphopolyps in changing environments. Third International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium, 13-16 Jul, Mar del Plata, Argentinien

HOLST, S., JARMS G.: The important role of scyphopolyps for the development of jellyfish blooms – reproduction of the Lion’s Mane in the brackish Baltic Sea? ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting, 25-30 Jan, Nizza, Frankreich

HOLST, S.: Effects of changing environmental conditions on polyp populations and production of ephyrae. Second International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium, 24-27 Jun, Griffith University, Coolangatta, Australien


Vortrag (andere)


HOLST, S.: Ecological and taxonomic studies on German Bight jellyfish Marine Science Seminar (20.09.2018) Trondhjem Biological Station, Norway


HOLST, S.: Fast nur aus Wasser? Einblicke in Forschungsarbeiten an Helgoländer Quallen (19.05.2017) Tag der offenen Tür, 125 Jahre Meeresforschung, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Germany


HOLST, S.: Wanted alive! – Einblicke in die Forschungsarbeiten an lebenden Cnidaria am DZMB (21.11.2012) Senckenberg Kolloquium, Frankfurt, Germany


JARMS, G., HOLST, S.: Massenvermehrung von Quallen im Meer: Ist die Erwärmung schuld? Öffentliche Symposium Warnsignal Klima: Die Meere – Änderungen und Risiken (20.-22.09.2011), Hamburg, Germany

HOLST, S., RENZ, J.: Helgoländer Zooplankton Zeitserie – Methoden und Analyseverfahren. Workshop Senckenberg Langzeituntersuchungen (11.-13.04.2011), Wilhelmshaven, Germany


HOLST, S.: Quallen (Scyphozoa) der Deutschen Bucht und Ostsee. Untersuchungen zu Morphologie und Lebenszyklen. Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde (31.03.2010), Warnemünde, Deutschland

 Effects of changing environmental conditions on polyp populations and production of ephyrae. Seminar, Murdoch University, Perth, Australien

 JARMS, G., BAAMSTEDT, U., MARTINUSSEN, M., PAGÈS, F., FRANCO NAVARRO, I.: Biological and physical factors controlling recruitment of mass-occurring gelatinous species. EUROGEL final report. EUROGEL final meeting, Institut de Ciences Del Mar (CSIC), Barcelona, Spanien

HOLST,S.: Die Medusen der Deutschen Bucht und die Siedlungspräferenzen ihrer Larven. Seminar, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (AWI), Helgoland

HOLST, S.: Die Medusen der Deutschen Bucht und die Siedlungspräferenzen ihrer Larven. Zoologisches Kolloquium, Department Zoologie, Universität Hamburg

HOLST, S., JARMS, G., BAAMSTEDT, U., MARTINUSSEN, M., PAGÈS, F., FRANCO NAVARRO, I.: Biological and physical factors controlling recruitment of mass-occurring gelatinous species. EUROGEL annual report. EUROGEL second annual meeting, Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Varna, Bulgarien

 JARMS, G., BAAMSTEDT, U., MARTINUSSEN, M., PAGÈS, F., FRANCO NAVARRO, I.: Biological and physical factors controlling recruitment of mass-occurring gelatinous species. EUROGEL annual report. EUROGEL first annual meeting, Centro Oceanografico, Murcia, Spanien

 Ökologie, Lebenszyklen und Funktionsmorphologie verschiedenartiger Cnidarier: Wie entfernen Polypen Sand aus ihrer Röhre? Forschungsseminar im Fachbereich Biologie, Institut für Holzwirtschaft, Hamburg


(Co)Author: Dr. Sabine Holst


HOLST, S., MIRANDA, L., MICHALIK, P., MEYER P., SÖTJE, I. (2020) Potential of micro-CT for taxonomic studies on Staurozoa (Cnidaria). 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Systematics (Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik), Feb 12-15, 2020, Hamburg, Germany


HOLST, S., LAAKMANN, S., ROSSEL, S., RENZ, J., MARTINEZ ARBIZU, P., PETERS, J. Potential of MALDI−TOF MS-based proteomic fingerprinting for species identification of gelatinous zooplankton. 6th International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium, Nov 3-6, Capetown, South Africa

REINICKE, G-B., MORANDINI, A., HOLST, S., THIEL, H. (2019) A legacy of Max Egon Thiel: An unpublished manuscript and a review about four decades of Rhizostomeae research since 1979. 6th International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium, Nov 3-6, Capetown, South Africa


HOLST, S., MICHALIK, P., NOSKE, M., SÖTJE, I.: Application of X-ray micro-computed tomography in cnidarian tissues with special emphasis on their statocysts.  The 8th Workshop of the Hydorzoan Society, 20-27 Jun 2015, Ischia, Italien


HOLST, S., LAAKMANN, S.: Integrated morphological and molecular genetic taxonomy in North Sea Jellyfish. BioDivEvo 2014 24-27 March, Dresden, Germaniy

 Finding Nemo ist just easy. But what about sea anemones? 106th Annual Meeting of the German Zooloigcal Society 13-16 Sept 2013, Munich, Germany


GOLDSTEIN, J., AUGUSTIN, C.B., BLEICH, S., HOLST, S.: Physological responses of scyphozoan jellyfish stages to physico-chemical environmental parameters. YOUMARES 12-14 Sept 2012, Lübeck, Germany

RENZ, J., HOLST, S., BOERSMA, M., GREVE, W.: Monitoring of marine organisms in the North Sea – The Zooplankton Time Series Helgoalnd Roads. Nationales Biodiversitätsmonitoring 2020. 14-15 June 2012, Berlin, Germany   

MEIßNER, K., D. FIORENTINO, J. SVAVARSSON, P. MARTINEZ ARBIZU, F. HUETTMANN, S. SCHNURR, S. BRIX & HOLST, S.: Predictions of distributions of deep water benthic species in Icelandic waters – application of species distribution models. Deep-Sea Biodiversity and Life History Processes – Paul Tyler Retirement Meeting, National Oceanography Centre, 7-8 June 2012, Southampton, UK


LAAKMANN, S., HOLST, S., KNEBELSBERGER, T., RAUPACH, M.J., MARTINEZ ARBIZU, P., MOHRBECK, I.:  Application of molecular genetic tools in the assessment of North Sea zooplankton diversity. Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference 28 Nov -03 Dez 2011, Adelaide, Australia


HOLST, S., JARMS, G.: Development and identification of young scyphomedusa stages (Scyphozoa, Cnidaria) from German Bight, North Sea. Seventh Workshop of the Hydrozoan Society 10-18 Sept 2010, Lecce, Italy.


Mitarbeiterfoto Martin Packer
Martin Päckert
Head of Section Ornithology
Mitarbeiterin Jana Bingemer Görlitz
Dr. Lisa Lehnen
PostDoc, Member of Research Group 'Movement Ecology'

My main research interests are human relationships with, and the conservation of nature in general and wildlife in particular. For my PhD at Greifswald University, I investigated genetic aspects of lesser horseshoe bat recolonization in Central Germany. During the associated fieldwork and interaction with roost managers and other stakeholders, I discovered my interest for the human dimensions of wildlife conservation. As a postdoc at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, I am currently implementing two projects addressing socio-psychological aspects of wolf conservation, with a strong focus on the role of factual knowledge. (You are invited to test your own knowledge about wolves in my Leibniz quiz.) Inspired by this work and my integrative nature education training (Wildnispädagogik), I have also developed a keen interest in human-nature relationships in general and their ramifications for nature conservation and people’s quality of life.  

Peer-reviewed publications 

Lehnen, L., Arbieu, U., Böhning-Gaese, K., Díaz, S., Glikman, J.A., Mueller, T. (2022). Rethinking individual relationships with entities of nature. People and Nature, 3(7). https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10296 

Lehnen, L., Mueller, T., Reinhardt, I., Kaczensky, P., & Arbieu, U. (2021). Gesellschaftliche Einstellungen zur Rückkehr des Wolfs nach Deutschland. Natur und Landschaft, Schwerpunktausgabe: Luchs und Wolf zurück in Deutschland, 27–33. https://www.natur-und-landschaft.de/de/news/gesellschaftliche-einstellungen-zur-ruckkehr-des-wolfs-nach-deutschland-1617 

de Boon, A., Sandström, C., Arbieu, U., Hansen, I., Lehnen, L., Marino, A., Pohja-Mykrä, M., Risvoll, C., Strand, G.-H., & Rønningen, K. (2021). Governing dual objectives within single policy mixes: An empirical analysis of large carnivore policies in six European countries. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 23(4), 399–413. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2020.1841614 

Lehnen, L.*, Jan, P.-L., Besnard, A.-L., Fourcy, D., Kerth, G., Biedermann, M., Nyssen, P., Schorcht, W., Petit, E. J., & Puechmaille, S. J. (2021). Genetic diversity in a long-lived mammal is explained by the past’s demographic shadow and current connectivity. Molecular Ecology, 30(20), 5048–5063. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16123 (*Lehnen & Jan equally contributed to this work as first authors. Petit & Puechmaille equally contributed as senior authors.) 

Jan, P.-L., Lehnen, L.*, Besnard, A.-L., Kerth, G., Biedermann, M., Schorcht, W., Petit, E. J., Le Gouar, P., Puechmaille, S. J. (2019). Range expansion is associated with increased survival and fecundity in a long-lived bat species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1906), 20190384. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.0384 (Lehnen & Jan equally contributed to this work as first authors. Petit, Le Gouar, and Puechmaille equally contributed as senior authors.) 

Lehnen, L., Schorcht, W., Karst, I., Biedermann, M., Kerth, G., & Puechmaille, S. J. (2018). Using Approximate Bayesian Computation to infer sex ratios from acoustic data. PLOS ONE, 13(6), e0199428. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199428 

Zarzoso‐Lacoste, D.*, Jan, P., Lehnen, L., Girard, T., Besnard, A., Puechmaille, S. J., & Petit, E. J. (2018). Combining noninvasive genetics and a new mammalian sex‐linked marker provides new tools to investigate population size, structure and individual behaviour: An application to bats. Molecular Ecology Resources, 18(2), 217–228. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.12727 (*Zarzoso-Lacoste & Jan equally contributed to this work as first authors.) 

Dr. Kerstin Höntsch
Head of the Scientific Coordination Department
Dr. Thomas Lehmann
Head of Section Palaeomammalogy


Peppe, D. J., S. M. Cote, A. L. Deino, D. L. Fox, J. D. Kingston, R. N. Kinyanjui, W. E. Lukens, L. M. MacLatchy, A. Novello, C. A. E. Strömberg, S. G. Driese, N. D. Garrett, K. R. Hillis, B. F. Jacobs, K. E. H. Jenkins, R. M. Kityo, T. Lehmann, F. K. Manthi, E. N. Mbua, L. A. Michel, E. R. Miller, A. A. T. Mugume, S. N. Muteti, I. O. Nengo, K. O. Oginga, S. R. Phelps, P. Polissar, J. B. Rossie, N. J. Stevens, K. T. Uno and K. P. McNulty (2023). „Oldest evidence of abundant C4 grasses and habitat heterogeneity in eastern Africa.“ Science 380(6641): 173-177. doi:10.1126/science.abq2834


Brochu, C. A., De Celis, A., Adams, A. J., Drumheller, S. K., Nestler, J. H. et al. (2022). Giant dwarf crocodiles from the Miocene of Kenya and crocodylid faunal dynamics in the late Cenozoic of East Africa. The Anatomical Record 305(10) 2729-2765. doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/ar.25005

Wagner, F., Ruf, I., Lehmann, T., Hofmann, R., Ortmann, S. et al. (2022). Reconstruction of evolutionary changes in fat and toxin consumption reveals associations with gene losses in mammals: A case study for the lipase inhibitor PNLIPRP1 and the xenobiotic receptor NR1I3. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35(2) 225-239. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13970

Weidtke, J., Schultz, J. A., Lang, A., Lehmann, T., Morlo, M. et al. (2022). Functional analysis of the dentition of Lesmesodon (Mammalia, Hyaenodonta). Paper presented at the 18th International Symposium on Dental Morphology 3rd Congress of the International Association of Paleodontology, Frankfurt.


Berlioz, E., Cornette, R., Lenoir, N., Santin, M. D. & Lehmann, T. (2021). Exploring the ontogenetic development of the inner ear in Aardvarks. Journal of Anatomy 238(5) 1128-1142. doi:10.1111/joa.13361

Hofmann, R., Lehmann, T., Warren, D. L. & Ruf, I. (2021). The squirrel is in the detail: Anatomy and morphometry of the tail in Sciuromorpha (Rodentia, Mammalia). Journal of Morphology 282(11) 1659-1682. doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.21412

Michel, L. A., Peppe, D. J., Deino, A. L., Cheng, K., Summers, H. et al. (2021). Stratigraphic revision of the early miocene deposits on rusinga island and its effect on interpretaions of paleoclimate and evolution. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 53(6). doi:10.1130/abs/2016AM-286613

Solé, F., Morlo, M., Schaal, T. & Lehmann, T. (2021). New hyaenodonts (Mammalia) from the late Ypresian locality of Prémontré (France) support a radiation of the hyaenodonts in Europe already at the end of the early Eocene Geobios 66-67 119-141.

Stefen, C., Wagner, F., Asztalos, M., Giere, P., Grobe, P. et al. (2021). Phenotyping in the era of genomics: MaTrics – a digital character matrix to document mammalian phenotypic traits coded numerically. bioRxiv 2021.2001.2017.426960. doi:10.1101/2021.01.17.426960

Wedmann, S., Schaal, S. & Lehmann, T. (2021). Online-Messel-Arbeitstreffen 2021. GMIT Geowissenschaftliche Mitteilungen 84 105-106.


Čerňanský, A., Herrel, A., Kibii, J., Anderson, Christopher V., Boistel, R., Lehmann, T. (2020) The only complete articulated early Miocene chameleon skull (Rusinga Island, Kenya) suggests an African origin for Madagascar’s endemic chameleons. Scientific Reports, 10 (109). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2045-2322

Michel, L. A., Lehmann, T., McNulty, K. P., Driese, S. G., Dunsworth, H. M., Fox, D. L., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H., Jenkins, K., Peppe, D. J. (2020) Sedimentological, paleoenvironmental study from Waregi Hill in the Hiwegi Formation (early Miocene) on Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Sedimentology. ISSN 0037-0746

Lehmann, T., Storch, A., Helfricht, A., Krohmann, K., Horáček, I. et al. (2020). Gerhard Storch – a legend in mammal research (II). Fossil Imprint 76(1) iii-v. doi:10.37520/fi.2020.001

Weyer, N., Taylor, A., Lehmann, T. (2020) Demystifying aardvark tracks, how (not) to determine aardvark sex. Afrotherian Conservation, 16. ISSN 1664-6754


Taylor, A., Lehmann, T., Weyer, N. (2019) A roadmap for future aardvark research. Afrotherian Conservation, 15. pp. 25-10. ISSN 1664-6754

Garrett, N., Fox, D. L., Peppe, D. J., Michel, L. A., Lehmann, T., McNulty, K. P. (2019) Stable Isotope Ecology of the Early Miocene Rusinga Island Mammalian Communities from the Kulu, Hiwegi Formations. Journal of Human Evolution. ISSN 0047-2484 (Submitted)

Horáček, I., Lehmann, T., Ruf, I., Maul, L.C. (2019) Gerhard Storch – a legend in mammal research. Fossil Imprint, 75 (3-4). v-xxi. ISSN 2533-4069

Vianey-Liaud, M., Marivaux, L., Lehmann, T. (2019) A reevaluation of the taxonomic status of the rodent Masillamys Tobien, 1954 from Messel (Germany, Late Early to Early Middle Eocene, 48–47 m.y.). Fossil Imprint, 75 (3-4). pp. 454-483. ISSN 2533-4069

Hofmann, R., Lehmann, T., Warren, D. L., Ruf, I. (2019) A morphofunctional Study of the Tail in Sciuridae (Rodentia, Mammalia). Journal of Morphology. ISSN 0362-2525

Hofmann, R., Lehmann, T., Warren, D. L., Ruf, I. (2019) The squirrel is in the detail: A morphofunctional study on the tail in Sciuridae (Rodentia, Mammalia). Conference Abstract.


Taylor, A., Lehmann, T., Weyer, N. (2018) Will aardvarks go thirsty under climate change? Afrotherian Conservation, 14. pp. 3-9. ISSN 1664-6754

Peppe, D. J., Cote, S., Deino, A. L., Driese, S. G., Fox, D. L., Kingston, J., Kinyajui, R., Kityo, R., Lehmann, T., Lukens, W. E., Jenkins, K., MacLatchy, L., Manthi, F. K., Mbua, E. N, McNulty, K. P., Michel, L. A., Miller, E. R, Mugume, A., Nengo, I., Novello, A., Ogonga O.K., Rossie, J. B. (2018) Adaptable apes: reconstructing habitats through space, time in the early Miocene of East Africa. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165. p. 203. ISSN 0002-9483

Michel, LA, Cheng, K, Chan, RL, Bowen, AF, Fox, DL, Lehmann, T., Peppe, DJ, McNulty, KP (2018) Evidence for seasonality from the Kiahera Formation from the Early Miocene deposits of Rusinga Island, Kenya. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165. p. 177. ISSN 0002-9483

McNulty, KP, Lehmann, T., Jansma, RJW, Muteti, SN (2018) First fossil ape specimen from the early Miocene locality Magare, Kenya. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165. p. 173. ISSN 0002-9483

Wedmann, S., Uhl, D., Lehmann, T., Garrouste, R., Nel, A., Gomez, B., Smith,K. T., Schaal, S. F.K. (2018) The Konservat-Lagerstätte Menat (Paleocene; France) – an overview, new insights. Geologica Acta, 16 (2). pp. 189-213. ISSN 1696-5728

Sharma, V., Lehmann, T., Stuckas, H., Funke, L., Hiller,M. (2018) Loss of RXFP2, INSL3 genes in Afrotheria shows that testicular descent is the ancestral condition in placental mammals. PLOS Biology, 16 (6). e2005293. ISSN 1545-7885

Lukens, WE, Lehmann, T., Peppe, DJ, Fox , DL, Driese, SG, Kinyajui, R, Kingston, JD, McNulty, KP (2018) Open-canopy habitats at Karungu, Kenya: an early Miocene fossil site with few primate remains. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165. p. 161. ISSN 0002-9483

Hillis, K R, Michel, L A, Fox , D L, Driese, S G, Peppe , D L, Lehmann, T., McNulty, P (2018) Paleoclimate reconstruction from pedogenic carbonates from the early Miocene Wayando Formation, Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya, the impact on early ape evolution. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165. p. 120. ISSN 0002-9483

Hofmann, R., Lehmann, T., Ruf, I. (2018) Structure, characteristics of the tail in Rodentia – Why primates should not be considered as the model organism for tail regionalization. Abstracts 92nd Annual Meeting German Society for Mammalian Biology (DGS), Bonn.

Lehmann, T. and Ruf, I. (2018) The Advent of Even-toed Hoofed Mammals. In: Messel – An ancient Greenhouse Ecosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 285-292.

Lehmann, T. and Ruf, I. (2018) Das Aufkommen der Paarhufer. In: Messel – Ein fossiles Tropenökosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 285-292.

Smith, K.T. and Lehmann, T. and Mayr, G. and Micklich, N. and Rabenstein, R. and Wedmann, S. (2018) Das Ökosystem Messel. In: Messel – Ein fossiles Tropenökosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 303-312.

Gunnell, G.F. and Lehmann, T.and Ruf, I. and Habersetzer, J. and Morlo, M. and Rose, K.D. (2018) Ferae – Animals that Eat Animals. In: Messel – An ancient Greenhouse Ecosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 271-294.

Gunnell, G.F. and Lehmann, T. and Ruf, I. and Habersetzer, J. and Morlo, M. and Rose, Ke.D. (2018) Ferae – Tiere, die andere Tiere fressen. In: Messel – Ein fossiles Tropenökosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 271-284.

Koenigswald, W.von and Gunnell, G.F. and Lehmann, T.and Rose, K.D. and Ruf, I. (2018) Four Archaic Yet Highly Specialized Mammals. In: Messel – An ancient Greenhouse Ecosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 223-234.

Smith, K.T. and Lehmann, T. and Mayr, G. and Micklich, N. and Rabenstein, R. and Wedmann, S. (2018) The Messel Ecosystem. In: Messel – An ancient Greenhouse Ecosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 303-314.

Wedmann, S. and Habersetzer, J. and Lehmann, T. and Ruf, I. and Schaal, S.F.K. and Smith, K.T. (2018) Messel Research – Methods and Concepts. In: Messel – An ancient Greenhouse Ecosystem. E. Schweizerbart´sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 34-41.

Wedmann, S. and Habersetzer, J. and Lehmann, T. and Ruf, I. and Schaal, S.F.K. and Smith, K.T. (2018) Messelforschung – Methoden und Begriffe. In: Messel – Ein fossiles Tropenökosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 35-42.

Lehmann, T. (2018) Mit oder ohne Stacheln – die Igel-Verwandten. In: Messel – Ein fossiles Tropenökosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 235-240.

Ruf, I. and Lehmann, T. (2018) Nagetiere: Erfolgsgeschichte mit Biss. In: Messel – Ein fossiles Tropenökosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 263-270.

Ruf, I. and Lehmann, T. (2018) Rodents – Gnawing Their Way to Success. In: Messel – An ancient Greenhouse Ecosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 263-270.

Koenigswald, W.von and Gunnell, G.F. and Lehmann, T.and Rose, K.D. and Ruf, I. (2018) Vier ursprüngliche, aber hoch spezialisierte Säugetiere. In: Messel – Ein fossiles Tropenökosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 223-234.

Lehmann, T. (2018) With and Without Spines: the Hedgehog Kindred from Messel. In: Messel – An ancient Greenhouse Ecosystem. E. Schweizerbart‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 235-240.


Lukens, W. E., Lehmann, T., Peppe, D. J., Fox, D. L., Driese, S. G., McNulty, K. P. (2017) The Early Miocene Critical Zone at Karungu, Western Kenya: An Equatorial, Open Habitat with Few Primate Remains. Frontiers in Earth Science, 5 (87). pp. 1-21. ISSN 2095-0195 (print version); 2095-0209 (electronic version)

Peppe, D. J., Deino, A. L., Driese, S. G., Fox, D. L., Kingston, J., Kinyajui, R., Lukens, W. E., Lutz, J. A., O.K., Michel, L. A., Cote, S., Lehmann, T., MacLatchy, L., McNulty, K. P., Miller, E. R, Nengo, I., Rossie, J. B. (2017) Early Miocene paleoclimate, paleoenvironments across East Africa. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 49.

Kinyajui, R., Peppe, D. J., MacLatchy, L., Kingston, J., Cote, S., Driese, S. G., Fox, D. L., Jacobs, B. F., Lehmann, T., Lukens, W. E., Rossie, J. B., McNulty, K. P. (2017) Early Miocene vegetation across eastern Africa as reconstructed from phytolith data. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 49.

Lächele, U., Giere, P., Ansorge, H., Hampe, J., Lehmann, T., Ortmann,S., Ruf, I., Stefen, C., Hiller,M., Stuckas, H. (2017) “Forward Genomics in Mammals”: morphological traits during ontogeny. Online Abstracts BioSyst.EU Meeting in Gothenburg 2017.

Giere, P., Hiller,M., Ansorge, H., Chavakis, T., Fickel, J., Grobe, P., Hampe, J., Lehmann, T., Ortmann,S., Ruf, I., Stefen, C., Tanaka, E., Vogt, L., Stuckas, H. (2017) Forward Genomics in Mammals: identifying the Genomic Basis of phenotypic differences in placental mammals. Abstract book of BioSyst.EU Meeting in Gotheburg 2017.

Lächele, U., Giere, P., Ansorge, H., Hampe, J., Lehmann, T., Ortmann,S., Ruf, I., Stefen, C., Hiller,M., Stuckas, H. (2017) “Mammalian Forward Genomics”: an ontogenetic approach. Abstract book 91st Annual Meeting Deutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde (DGS). p. 136.

Cheng, K., Michel, L. A., Lehmann, T., McNulty, K. P., Fox, D. L., Driese, S. G., Peppe, D. J. (2017) Paleoclimate, paleoenvironmental reconstructions from stratigraphic analysis, paleosol descriptions from the early Miocene, Kiahera Formation, Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 49.

Michel, L. A., Cheng, K., Lehmann, T., McNulty, K. P., Driese, S. G., Fox, D. L., Peppe, D. J. (2017) Paleoclimatic variability, the role of seasonality from the early Miocene deposits on Rusinga, Mfangano Islands, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 49.

Hofmann, R., Lehmann, T., Ruf, I. (2017) Patterns of tail reduction/loss among different locomotory types in Rodentia. Abstract book 91st Annual Meeting Deutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde (DGS). p. 130.


Driese, S. G., Peppe, D. J., Beverly, E. J., DiPietro, L., Arellano, L. N., Lehmann, T. (2016) Paleosols, paleoenvironments of the early Miocene deposits near Karungu, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 443. pp. 167-182. ISSN 00310182

Jansma, R. J. W., McNulty, K. P., Dunsworth, H. M., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H., Jenkins, K., Lehmann, T., Peppe, D. J. (2016) Another partial skull from the early Miocene: the first cranial fragments associated with both upper, lower dentition of Limnopithecus legetet. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 159. p. 185. ISSN 0002-9483

Ruf, I., Volpato, V., Rose, K. D., Billet, G., de Muizon, C., Lehmann, T. (2016) Digital reconstruction of the inner ear of Leptictidium auderiense (Leptictida, Mammalia), North American leptictids reveals new insight into leptictidan locomotor agility. Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 90 (1). pp. 153-171.

Hiller, M., Ansorge, H., Chavakis, T., Fickel, J., Giere, P., Grobe, P., Hampe, J., Lehmann, T., Ortmann, S., Ruf, I., Stefen, C., Tanaka , E., Vogt, L., Stuckas, H. (2016) Discovering the genomic basis of morphological, physiological differences between mammalian species with Forward Genomics. Mammalian Biology, 81 (suppl.). pp. 9-10. ISSN 1616-5047

Peppe, D. J., McNulty, K. P., Deino, A. L., Michel, L. A., McCollum, M. S., Driese, S. G., Dunsworth, H. M., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H., Jenkins, K., Lehmann, T. (2016) Early Miocene paleoenvironments of the Hiwegi formation on Rusinga island (Equatorial Africa, lake Victoria, Kenya) and their implications for hominoid evolution. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 48 (7). ISSN doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-286613

Lukens, W. E., Lehmann, T., Kingston, J., Fox, D. L., Deino, A. L., Peppe, D. J., Driese, S. G. (2016) Early Miocene Paleoenvironments near Karungu, Western Kenya. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 48 (7).

Geraads, D., Lehmann, T., Peppe, D. J., McNulty, K. P. (2016) New Rhinocerotidae from the Kisingiri localities (Lower Miocene of Western Kenya). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 36 (3). e1103247. ISSN 0272-4634

Lehmann, T., Wenzel, T. (2016) Special: Paläontologische Grabungen in Kenia. Senckenberg Natur Forschung Museum, 7/8. ISSN 0028-1301

Lehmann, T. (2016)  Victoriaceros hoojieri Eine neue Nashornart aus dem Unteren Miozän Kenias. Senckenberg Natur Forschung Museum. pp. 236-237. ISSN 0028-1301


Crochet, J.-Y., Hautier, L., Lehmann, T. (2015) A pangolin (Manidae, Pholidota, Mammalia) from the French Quercy phosphorites (Pech du Fraysse, Saint-Projet, Tarn-et-Garonne, late Oligocene, MP 28). Palaeovertebrata, 39 (2). pp. 1-8. ISSN 0031-0247

Benoit, J., Lehmann, T., Vatter, M., Lebrun, R., Merigeaud, S., Costeur, L., Tabuce, R. (2015) Comparative anatomy, three-dimensional geometric-morphometric study of the bony labyrinth of Bibymalagasia (Mammalia, Afrotheria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. ISSN 0272-4634

Uhl, D., Wedmann, S., Lehmann, T., Hervet, S., Schaal, S. (2015) A fresh look on the Paleocene Maar lake of Menat in France. ZfB-Scriptum. pp. 53-54.

Uhl, D., Wedmann, S., Lehmann, T., and Hervet, S. and Schaal, S.F.K. (2015) A fresh look on the Paleocene maar lake of Menat in France. In: Tagungsband zur 86. Tagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft e. V. vom 14.- 16. September in Landsweiler-Reden (Saarland). Zentrum für Biodokumentation, pp. 53-54. ISBN 978-3-938381-19-8


Michel, L. A., Peppe, D. J., Lutz, J. A., Driese, S. G., Dunsworth, H. M., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H., Horner, W. H., Lehmann, T., Nightingale, S., McNulty, K. P. (2014) Remnants of an ancient forest provide ecological context for Early Miocene fossil apes. Nature Communications, 5:3236. ISSN 2041-1723

Pohlová, L., Schepsky, P., Lehmann, T., Hochkirch, A., Masopustová, R., Simek, J., Schoo, W., Robovský, J. (2014) Defining management units for European captive aardvarks. Zoo Biology, 33. pp. 433-439. ISSN 0733-3188

McNulty, K. P., MacLatchy, L., Rossie, J. B., Peppe, D. J., Deino, A. L., Mbua, E. N, Manthi, F. K., Nengo, I., Miller, E. R, S.s, Nancy J., Cote, S., Lehmann, T., Gutierrez, M. (2014) Research on East African catarrhine, hominoid evolution: Results from the first year. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153. p. 182. ISSN 0002-9483


Conrad, J., Jenkins, K., Lehmann, T., Manthi, F. K., Peppe, D. J., Nightingale, S., Cosette, A., Dunsworth, H. M., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H., McNulty, K. P. (2013) New specimens of ‘Crocodylus’ pigotti (Crocodylidae) from Rusinga Island, Kenya,, generic re-allocation of the species. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33 (3). pp. 629-646. ISSN 0272-4634

Lehmann, T. (2013) Family Orycteropodidae. In: The Mammals of Africa Vol. 1: Introductory Chapters and Afrotheria. The Mammals of Africa, 1 (6). A & C Black Publishers Ltd, p. 289. ISBN 9781408122518

Lehmann, T., Taylor, A. (2013) Genus Orycteropus. In: The Mammals of Africa Vol. 1: Introductory Chapters and Afrotheria. The Mammals of Africa, 1 (6). A & C Black Publishers Ltd, p. 289. ISBN 9781408122518

Lehmann, T. (2013) Order Tubulidentata. In: The Mammals of Africa Vol. 1: Introductory Chapters and Afrotheria. The Mammals of Africa, 1 (6). A & C Black Publishers Ltd, p. 288. ISBN 9781408122518


Ungar, P. S., Scott, J. R., Curran, S. C., Dunsworth, H. M., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H., Lehmann, T., Manthi, F. K., McNulty, K. P. (2012) Early Neogene environments in East Africa: Evidence from dental microwear of tragulids. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 342-3. pp. 84-96. ISSN 00310182

Ruf, I., Volpato, V., Billet, G., de Muizon, C., Lehmann, T. (2012) Inner ear anatomy of Leptictidium auderiense (Leptictida, Mammalia) reveals highly agile locomotion. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2012. p. 163. ISSN 1937-2809

Schepsky, P., Hochkirch, A., Veith, M., Wilms, T. M., Lehmann, T. (2012) Intra-specific variability of aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) – last living representatives of the Tubulidentata (Mammalia, Afrotheria). Mammalian Biology, 77S. p. 18. ISSN 1616-5047

Lehmann, T., Schaal, S. F.K. (2012) „Messel, the terrestrial Eocene” – Proceedings of the 22nd Senckenberg conference. Palaeobiodiversity, Palaeoenvironments, 92 (4). pp. 397-402. ISSN 1867-1594

Parys, A., Lehmann, T., Schoo, W., Wilms, T. M. (2012) Newcomers enrich the European zoo aardvark population. Afrotherian Conservation, 9. pp. 2-5. ISSN 1664-6754

Lehmann, T., Schaal, S. F.K. (2012) The World at the Time of Messel. Paläontologen aus fünf Kontinenten nahmen an der 22. Internationalen Senckenberg-Konferenz teil. Senckenberg Natur Forschung Museum. pp. 138-139. ISSN 0028-1301

Vatter, M., Lehmann, T. (2012) Is the ear region of the modern aardvark really primitive? – A comparison of the ear region in fossil and extant Tubulidentata (Mammalia). In: Terra Nostra. GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung, pp. 181-182.

Lehmann, T., Ungar, P.S., Scott, J.R., Curran, S.C., Dunsworth, H.M., Harcourt-Smith, W.E. H., Manthi, F.K., McNulty, K.P. (2012) Paleoecological context of the early Miocene African mammal transition: Evidence from dental microwear of tragulids. In: Terra Nostra. GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung, pp. 109-110.

Ruf, I., Volpato, V., Billet, G., de Muizon, C., Lehmann, T. (2012) The inner ear of Leptictidium auderiense (Leptictida, Mammalia) – a key to the reconstruction of leptictid locomotion. In: Terra Nostra. GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung, pp. 146-147.


Volpato, V., Kardjillov, N., Hilger, A., Paulke, A., Lehmann, T. (2011) Endostructural morphology of the humerus, femur in placental quadrupeds, bipedal hoppers. Mammalian Biology, 76S. p. 24. ISSN 1616-5047

Peppe, D. J., Deino, A. L., McNulty, K. P., Lehmann, T., Dunsworth, H. M., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H. (2011) New age constraints for the early Miocene faunas of Rusinga, Mfangano islands (lake Victoria, Kenya). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2011. p. 173. ISSN 0272-4634

Peppe, D. J., Deino, A. L., McNulty, K. P., Lehmann, T., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H., Dunsworth, H. M., Fox, D. L. (2011) New age constraints on the early miocene faunas from Rusinga, Mfangano Islands (Lake Victoria, Kenya). American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 144 (S52). p. 166. ISSN 0002-9483

Ganswindt, A., Parys, A., Wielebnowski, N., Lehmann, T. (2011) Non-invasive assessment of reproductive, adrenocortical steroid hormones in captive aardvarks (Orycteropus afer). Afrotherian Conservation, 8. pp. 17-18. ISSN 1664-6754

Michel, L. A., Peppe, D. J., Driese, Steve, McNulty, K. P., Lehmann, T., Dunsworth, H. M., Harcourt-Smith, W. E. H. (2011) Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of early Miocene catarrhine localities using fossil forest paleosols from Rusinga Island, lake Victoria, Kenya. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 43 (5). p. 429. ISSN 0016-7606

Lehmann, T., Schaal, S. F.K. (2011) Preface. In: The world at the time of Messel: Puzzles in Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironment, and the history of early primates. Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, pp. 7-9. ISBN 978-3-929907-86-5

Stefen, C., Lehmann, T. (2011) New skeletal finds of Kopidodon macrognathus (Mammalia: Paroxyclaenidae) including a juvenile from Messel, Germany. In: 22nd International Senckenberg Conference, The World at the Time of Messel: Puzzles in Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironment, and the History of Early Primates. Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main. ISBN 978-3-929907-86-5


Lehmann, T. (2010) Evolutionary history of Tubulidentata (Mammalia, Afrotheria), the origin of the living aardvark. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2010. 122. ISSN 1937-2809

Stefen, C., Lehmann, T. (2010) New juvenile, adult material of Kopidodon macrognathus (Mammalia: Paroxyclaenidae) from Messel, Germany. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2010. p. 170. ISSN 0272-4634

Lehmann, T. (2010) What if elephant shrews really were related to elephants? Palaios, 25 (3-4). pp. 141-143. ISSN 0883-1351

Volpato, V., Lehmann, T. (2010) Endostructural variations in the appendicular elements of running and hopping extant mammals. Implications for the reconstruction of Leptictidium (eocene, Messel Pit) locomotion. In: GeoDarmstadt2010 – Geowissenschaften sichern Zukunft. GeoDarmstadt2010 – Geowissenschaften sichern Zukunft, pp. 579-580. ISBN 978-3-510-49219-0

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Francesca Lanterna
Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

I am a geologist interested in volcanology, paleoenvironmental studies and climate change.

I am currently working on reconstructing sea surface temperature and sea surface salinity at the scale of the entire Mediterranean Sea during the time interval between 7.25 and 5.97 Ma. I plan to quantify changes in these essential palaeoceanographic parameters recorded in the cyclic sedimentary successions exposed now on land in the Mediterranean region (e.g. Spain, Italy, Cyprus). The targeted 7.25 and 5.97 Ma time interval was marked by increased restriction of Mediterranean Sea – Atlantic connection, ultimately leading to the Messinian Salinity Crisis (5.97 – 5.33 Ma) when the Mediterranean Sea transformed into a huge evaporitic basin, causing a hydrological and subsequent ecological crisis.

To quantify changes in the sea surface temperature, I will simultaneously use  and TEX86, proxies base on alkenones and glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers, biomarkers produced by coccolithophorid algae and Archaea, respectively. Afterwards, the sea surface temperature estimates will be combined with δ18O measured on planktonic foraminiferafor ultimately reconstructing the sea surface salinity for the interval preceding the Mediterranean Messinian Salinity Crisis.

The areas I am focusing on are Sorbas basin, Spain (in the Western Mediterranean), Gibilscemi/Falconara, Italy (in the Central Mediterranean) and Pissouri, Cyprus (in the Eastern Mediterranean).


2022-Present: PhD student at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F), Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2021: M.Sc. in Field and Natural Resources Geology (Geodynamics and Volcanology), Roma Tre University, Italy
2018: B.Sc. in Geological Sciences, Roma Tre University, Italy

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