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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)

Communications Team

Scientific Coordination (Wiko)


Workers Council / Betriebsrat

Equal Opportunities Officer

Young Scientists     

Senckenberg Museum (new museum project)

as of 28.01.2021


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:

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. 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. doi.org/10.1007/s12526-021-01203-x

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

110. Thomas, E.A., Molloy, A., Hanson, N.B., Böhm, M., Seddon, M. & Sigwart, J.D. (2021): A Global Red List for Hydrothermal Vent Molluscs. — Frontiers in Marine Science, 8 (713022): 10 pp. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.713022

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., Sigwart, J.D. & Parkinson, D.Y. (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 EC, S Guist*, D Roberts, JD Sigwart (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 EM, Kiriakoulakis K, Dick JT, Kregting L, Schuchert P, Sigwart JD (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, G Bohrmann, JD Sigwart (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, SK, MD Sutton, JD Sigwart (2011): The last meal of the Late Ordovician mollusc ‘Helminthochitonthraivensis Reed, 1911, from the Lady Burn Starfish Beds, southwest Scotland. — Geological Journal.

18. Sigwart, JD, E Schwabe, H Saito, S Samadi, G Giribet (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, SK, MD Sutton, JD Sigwart (2010): Crinoids for lunch? An unexpected biotic interaction from the Upper Ordovician of Scotland. — Geology.

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

15. Sigwart, JD, LM Leonard (2009): Coming out of its shell: Molluscan collections in the National Museum of Ireland. Irish Naturalists’ Journal.

14. Chritz*, KL, GJ Dyke, A Zazzo, AM Lister, NT Monaghan, JD Sigwart (2009): Palaeobiology of an extinct Ice Age mammal: Stable isotope and cementum analysis of giant deer teeth. — Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

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

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

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

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

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

6. Sigwart, JD, KI Schnetler, SB Andersen (2007): First record of a chiton from the Palaeocene of Denmark (Polyplacophora: Leptochitonidae) and its phylogenetic affinities. — Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.

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

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

3. Viscardi, P, JD Sigwart, NT Monaghan (2006): Climate control in an uncontrollable building. — Collections Forum.

2. Sigwart, JD, E Callaghan, A Colla*, GJ Dyke, SL McCaffrey* NT Monaghan (2005): Belatedly hatching ornithology collections at the National Museum of Ireland. — Zoologische Mededelingen.

1. Dyke, GJ, JD Sigwart (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

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

Marianna Simoes
Dr. Marianna Simões
Curator Coleoptera

Field of specialization

  • Biodiversity, with focus on ecological biogeography
  • systematics and
  • macroevolution

Research Interests

  • Spatial ecology,
  • macroecology,
  • macroevolution and
  • systematics (with emphasis in Coleoptera)

Professional Appointments

2020 – Present
Researcher & Curator of Coleoptera
Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut (SDEI)
2019 – 2020
Lecturer, Researcher & Curator of Neuropteriformia
Universität Hamburg, Zoological Museum, Centrum für Naturkunde (CeNak)
2018 – 2019
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Senckenberg Research Institute and Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Staatlisches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Germany
Invited lecturer
Evolution and the History of Life, University of Kansas, USA
2016– 2017
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Human Anatomy, University of Kansas, USA
2007 – 2010
Research & Curatorial Assistant
Museu Nacional-UFRJ, Coleoptera Lab., Brazil


2017 – Ph.D. (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), University of Kansas, U.S.A.
            Advisors: Andrew Short & Andrew Townsend Peterson.

2012 – M.Sc. (Zoology), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
            Advisor: Marcela L. Monné.

2010 – B.Sc. (Biology), Universidade Veiga de Almeida, Brazil.
            Advisor: Marcela L. Monné.

Publications, Peer-reviewed

Leocádio, M., Simões, M. V. P., Sekerka, L., Schrago, C. G., Mermudes, J. R., & Windsor, D. M. (2020) Molecular systematics reveals the origins of subsociality in tortoise beetles (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Systematic Entomology.

Simões, M.V.P., Cobos, M., Romero, D., & Jimenez, L. (2020) General Theory and Good Practices in Ecological Niche Modeling: A Basic Guide. Biodiversity Informatics Training Modules.

Saeedi, H., Simões, M.V.P., & Brandt, A. (2020) Biodiversity and distribution patterns of deep-sea fauna along the temperate NW Pacific. Progress of Oceanography. 183, 102296.

Saeedi, H., Simões M.V.P., & Brandt, A. (2019) Endemicity and community composition of marine species along the NW Pacific and the adjacent Arctic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography, 178, 102199.

Biging A.L., Querejeta Coma M., Simões M.V.P., Hawlitschek O. (2019) Évolution climatique et impacts sur les reptiles et amphibiens des Comores [Climate evolution and impact in the reptiles and amphibians of the Comoros]. pp. 50-56 in: Augros S. (e.d): Atlas des reptiles et amphibiens terrestres de l’archipel des Comores [Atlas of the terrestrial reptiles and amphibians of the Comoros Archipelago].Biotope éditions, Mèze, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris (Collection Inventaires & biodiversité), 224 pp.

Bhatta, C., Gonzales, V.H., Mayes, D., Simões, M.V.P., & Smith, D. R. (2019) Nesting biology, niche modelling, and traditional uses of stingless bees in Nepal (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Meliponini). Journal of Apicultural Research. DOI: 10.1080/00218839.2019.1614729. *Award winning: Best Dissertation chapter on an International Topic Award 2018 from Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society of International Scholars, Alpha Pi Chapter, University of Kansas.

Simões, M. V.P., & Peterson, A. T. (2018) Importance of biotic predictors in estimation of potential invasive areas: the example of the tortoise beetle Eurypedus nigrosignatus, in Hispaniola (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Peerj, 6: e6052. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.6052.

Cobos, M., Jiménez, L., Nuñes-Penichet, C., Romero-Alvarez, D & Simões, M.V.P. (2018) Sample data and training modules for cleaning biodiversity information. Biodiversity Informatics, 14, 49-50. DOI: 0000-0002-6683-9576

Simões, M. V.P., Baca, S., Toussaint, E., Windsor, D., & Short, A. (2018) Solving a thorny situation: DNA and morphology illuminate the evolution of the leaf beetle tribe Dorynotini (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zly079.

Strotz, L., Simões, M.V.P., Girard, M., Breitkreuz, L., Kimmig, J., & Lieberman, B. Getting (2018) somewhere with the Red Queen: chasing a biologically modern definition of the hypothesis. Biology Letters, 14 (5), 20170734. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0734.

Simões, M. V.P., & Peterson, A. T. (2018) Utility and limitations of climate‐matching approaches in detecting different types of spatial errors in biodiversity data. Insect Conservation and Diversity. DOI: 10.1111/icad.12288.

Ingenloff, K., Hensz, C., Anamza, T., Barve, V., Campbell, L., Cooper, J.C., Komp, E., Jimenez, L., Olson, K.V., Osorio-Olvera, L., Owens, H.L., Peterson, A.T., Sammy, A.M., Simões, M.V.P. & Soberón, J. (2017 ) Predictable invasion dynamics in North American populations of the Eurasian collared dove Streptopelia decaoto. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 284 (1862), 20171157. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1157.

Simões, M.V.P., Lieberman, B., Soberón, J., & Peterson, A.T. (2017) Testing environmental correlates of clines in clades: An example from Cassidinae beetles. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 10, 472–482. DOI: 10.1111/icad.12250.

Gonzalez, V.H., Griswold, T.L., & Simões, M.V.P. (2017) On the identity of the adventive species of Eufriesea Cockerell in the USA: systematics and potential distribution of the coerulescens species group (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 55, 55–102. DOI: 10.3897/jhr.55.12209.

Simões, M.V.P., Breitkreuz, L., Alvarado, M., Baca, S., Cooper, J.C., Heins, L., Herzog K., & Lieberman, B.S. (2016) The evolving theory of evolutionary radiations. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31, 27–34. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.10.007

Simões, M.V.P. (2017) Revision of the Greater Antilles genus Paratrikona Spaeth, 1923 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Dorynotini). Zootaxa, 4238, 417–425. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4238.3.8.

Simões, M.V.P., & Sekerka, L. (2015) Review of the Neotropical leaf beetle subgenus Dorynota sensu stricto Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Dorynotini). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 69, 231–254. DOI: 10.1649/0010-065X-69.2.231.

Simões, M.V.P., & Monné, M.L. (2014) Taxonomic revision of the genus Mesomphalia Hope, 1839 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Zootaxa, 3835, 151–197. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3835.2.1.

Simões, M.V.P. (2014) Taxonomic revision of the genus Paranota Monrós & Viana, 1949 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 68, 631–655. DOI: 10.1649/0010-065X-68.4.631.

Simões, M.V.P. & Monné, M.L. (2014) Description of immatures of Mesomphalia gibbosa (Fabricius, 1781) and Mesomphalia turrita (Illiger, 1801) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Zootaxa, 3861, 466–478. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3861.5.4.

Simões, M.V.P. & Sekerka, L. (2014) Redescription of Heteronychocassis acuticollis Spaeth, 1915 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 68, 407–410. DOI: 10.1649/072.068.0312.

Monné, M.L., Monné, M.A., Quintino, H.Y., Botero, J.P., Machado, V.S., Carelli, A., Simões, M.V.P. & Cupello, M. (2012) Inventário das espécies de Lamiinae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil. Biota Neotropica, 12, 39–76. DOI: /10.1590/S1676-06032012000100004.

Machado, V. S., Botero, J. P., Carelli, A., Cupello, M., Quintino, H. Y. & Simões, M.V.P. (2012) Host plants of Cerambycidae and Vesperidae (Coleptera, Chrysomeloidea) from South America. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 56, 186–198. DOI: 10.1590/S0085-56262012005000029.

Simões, M.V.P. (2012) Male and female reproductive systems of Stolas conspersa (Germar, 1824) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 56, 19–22. DOI: 10.1590/S0085-56262012005000007.

Simões, M.V.P. & Monné, M.L. (2012) Inventario das especies de Cassidinae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro. Biota Neopropica, 11, 216-228. DOI: 10.1590/S1676-06032011000400019.

Monné, M.L., Monné, M.A., Martins, R.S., Simões, M.V.P. & Machado, V.S. (2010) Espécies de Cerambycidae (Insecta, Coleoptera) ocorrentes no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Arquivos do Museu Nacional, 67, 235–251. DOI: 10.1590/S1676-06032009000300027.

Simões, M.V.P. Quintino, H.Y.S. & Monné, M.L. (2009) Larva and pupa of Nilio (Linio) lanatus Germar, 1824 (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae). Zootaxa, 2175, 51–56.  ISSN 1175-5326 (print edition)/ ISSN 1175-5334 (online edition).

Simões, M.V.P. & Monné, M.L. (2008) New records of South American Cassidinae. Genus, 19, 709–715.

Publications, non-peer reviewed

Warren, D.L., N. Matzke, M. Cardillo, J. Baumgartner, L. Beaumont, N. Huron, M. Simões, and R. Dinnage (2019) ENMTools (Software Package). doi:10.5281/zenodo.3268814.

Saeedi, H., Simões M.V.P. & Brandt, A. (2019) Endemicity and community composition of marine species along the NW Pacific and the adjacent Arctic Ocean. Biodiversity Next. (Extended abstract).

Saeedi, H., Simões, M.V.P. & Brandt, A. (2018) Deep-sea fauna in the NW Pacific: biodiversity patterns and future invasions into the Arctic Ocean (Beneficial Project). Deep-Sea Life, 12.

2011  Simões, M.V.P. Padre Moure and young scientists. Chrysomela, 53: 10.

2009  Machado, V.S., Monné, M.A., & Simões, M.V.P. Composição e riqueza de espécies de Cerambycidae em duas localidades da região Amazônica, Brasil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae). Extended abstract. Anais do IX Congresso de Ecologia do Brasil.

2009  Simões, M.V.P., Monné, M.L., & Machado, V. Inventário de Cassidinae do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Extended abstract. Anais do IX Congresso de Ecologia do Brasil.

Published, software package

Warren, D.L., N. Matzke, M. Cardillo, J. Baumgartner, L. Beaumont, N. Huron, M. Simões, and R. Dinnage (2019) ENMTools (Software Package). doi:10.5281/zenodo.3268814

Presentation at scientific meetings

Oral Presentations

Simões, M.V.P. (2020) Primary data and Entomological collections: utility, best practices and challenges. FAIR Heritage: Digital Methods, Scholarly Editing and Tools for Cultural and Natural Heritage (Invited speaker) (Tours, France).

Simões, M.V.P. (2020) Ecologia especial e a Entomologia: onde estamos e pra onde vamos? (Invited speaker) (Universidade Fedearl do Parana, Brazil).

Simões, M.V.P. (2019) Systematics Leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomleidae): morphology, behavior and environment. Universität Hamburg, Zoological Museum, Centrum für Naturkunde (CeNak) (Invited speaker) (Hamburg, Germany).

Simões, M.V.P. (2019) Vulnerability of NW Pacific and Arctic Ocean Crustacean fauna under climate change scenarios. The Crustacean Society Mid-Year Meeting 2019. (Hong Kong). 

Simões, M.V.P. (2018) Ecological Niche Modeling: Shall we finally reach a common ground between Elton and Grinnell?  Evolution Meeting in August 2018 (Montpellier, France).

Simões, M.V.P. (2017) Total evidence phylogeny and biogeography of the tortoise beetle tribe Dorynotini (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). The Entomological Society of America 65th Annual Meeting. (Denver, CO, USA).

Simões, M.V.P. (2017) Testing environmental correlates of clines in clades: an example of Cassidinae beetles. University of Kansas, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Graduate Student Organization Retreat. (Lawrence, KS, USA).

Simões, M.V.P. (2016) Niche and morphological evolution of tortoise beetle tribe Dorynotini, within the context of geographical radiation (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). XXV International Congress of Entomology. (Orlando, FL, USA).

Simões, M.V.P. (2016) Using hypervolumes to explain morphological latitudinal gradient in tortoise beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Evolution Meeting. (Austin, TX, USA).

Simões, M.V.P. (2015) Phylogeny of the Neotropical leaf beetle tribe Dorynotini Monrós and Viana, 1949 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). The Entomological Society of America 63th Meeting. (Minneapolis, MN, USA).

Simões, M.V.P. (2015) Phylogeny of the Neotropical leaf beetle tribe Dorynotini Monrós and Viana, 1949 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Bug Lunch. University of Kansas. (Lawrence, KS, USA).

Simões, M.V.P. (2014) Where can I find my beetles? Kansas Entomological Meeting. (Pittsburg, KS, USA).

Simões, M.V.P. (2014) The need for the R function: self-cleaning(data). The Entomological Collections Network. (Minneapolis, MN, USA). (Invited talk).

Simões, M.V.P. (2014) Predicting distributions of tortoise-beetles (Chrysomelidae, Coleoptera) using niche modeling and cost surfaces with remote sensing images. The Entomological Society of America 62nd Meeting (Portland, OR, USA).

Poster Presentations

Leocádio, M, Simões, M.V.P. & Windsor, D. Sekerka, L. (2020)Evolution of parental care in the tribe Mesomphaliini (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). 21st Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (Society for Biological Systematics, GfBS) (Hamburg, Germany).

Bogdanović, N. & Simões M.V.P.. (2019) Distribution of white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala)and ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaiquencis)under future climate scenarios: potential application for conservation. Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft e.V.Annual meeting

Simões, M.V.P. & Breitkreuz, L. (2019) Assessing the future of German insect diversity by applying species and community distribution modeling through time and space. 20th Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (Society for Biological Systematics, GfBS) (Munich, Germany). *Award wining

Simões, M.V.P., Saeedi, H & Brandt, A. (2019) Bottom-up: Exploring climate change effects on habitat suitability for the deep sea fauna of Isopods (Crustacea: Isopoda). International Biogeography Society Meeting. (Malaga, Spain).

Cobos, M, Jiménez, L., Nuñes-Penichet, C., Romero-Alvarez, D & Simões, M.V.P. (2018) Sample data and training modules for cleaning biodiversity information. GIS day. (Lawrence, KS , USA).

Simões, M.V.P. (2013) Taxonomic revision and phylogenetic analysis of Paranota Monros & Viana, 1949 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). The Entomological Society of America 61st Meeting. (Austin, TX, USA).

Simões, M.V.P., & Sekerka, L. (2013) Contribución al conocimiento del género Dorynota Chevrolet (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae, Dorynotini): Dorynota s. stricto. LV Convención Nacional de Entomología. (La Molina, Peru).

Simões, M.V.P., Baruch, V.A., & Alvarado, M. (2013) Assessing the environmental differences within Mesomphalia turrita Illiger, 1801 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae) distribution. Kansas Entomological Meeting. (Pittsburg, KS, USA).

Simões, M.V.P., & Monné, M.L. (2013) Taxonomic revision of the genus Mesomphalia Hope, 1839 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Kansas Entomological Meeting. (Pittsburg, KS, USA).

Simões, M.V.P., & Monné, M.L. (2012) Morfologia dos estágios imaturos de Mesomphalia turrita (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). XXIX Congresso Brasileiro de Zoologia. (Salvador, BA, Brazil).

Simões, M.V.P., & Monné, M.L. (2011) Nuevos registros de distribuición para especies de Mesomphalia Hope, 1839 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). XXXIII Congreso Nacional de Entomologia / I Congreso Sudamericano de Entomología. (La Serena, Chile).

Machado, V.S., Botero, J.P., Aragão, A., Cupello, M., Quintino, H., & Simões, M.V.P. (2011) Contribuição ao conhecimento de plantas-hospedeiras de Cerambycidae e Vesperidae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomeloidea) da América do Sul. X Brazilian Congress of Ecology, Sociedade Ecologia do Brasil. (São Lourenço, MG, Brazil).

Simões, M.V.P., & Monné, M.L. (2011) Mesomphalia Hope, 1839: nova espécie e chave para identificação das espécies (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae”. I Entomology Symposium of Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil).

Simões, M.V.P., & Monné, M.L. (2010) Description of the final instar larva of Mesomphalia gibbosa (Fabricius, 1781) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae, Stolaini). The 58th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. (San Diego, CA, U.S.A.).

Simões, M.V.P., & Monné, M.L. (2009) Caracterização da fauna de Cassidinae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil. XXXI Giulio Massarani Scientific, Artistic and Cultural Iniciation Journey of the UFRJ, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil).

Machado, V.S., Monné, M.L., & Simões, M.V.P. (2009) Composição e riqueza de espécies de Cerambycidae em duas localidades da região Amazônica, Brasil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae). IX Brazilian Congress of Ecology, Sociedade Ecologia do Brasil. (São Lourenço, MG, Brazil).

Simões, M.V.P., Machado, V.S., & Monné, M.L. (2009) Inventario de Cassidinae do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chyrsomelidae). IX Brazilian Congress of Ecology, Sociedade Ecologia do Brasil. (São Lourenço, MG, Brazil).

Simões, M.V.P., Quintino, H.Y., & Monné, M.L. (2008) Descrição da larva e pupa de Nilio lanatus (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae, Nilioninae). XXII Brazilian Congress of Entomology, Universidade Federal de Viçosa. (Uberlândia, MG, Brazil).

Monné, M.L., Monné, M.A., Martins, R., & Simões, M.V.P. (2008) Fauna de Cerambycidae (Insecta, Coleoptera) ocorrente no estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil). XXVII Brazilian Congress of Zoology, Universidade Federal do Paraná. (Curitiba, PR, Brazil).

Simões, M.V.P., & Monné, M.L. (2008) Novos registros para espécies de Cassidinae na América do Sul (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). XXVII Brazilian Congress of Zoology, Universidade Federal do Paraná. (Curitiba, PR, Brazil).

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
Dr. Yun Jäschke

March 1984 born in Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China

One daughter, born in June 2018



2002-2006 Bachelor of Science, Biology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. Thesis title: Study on gender transformation in Arisaema yunnanense

2006-2009 Master of Natural Science, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science, Kunming, Yunnan, China. Thesis title: Pollination mechanism and ecological adaptation of Anisodus luridus and A. carniolicoides (Solanaceae)

2012-2016 Doctor of Nature Science, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Geobotany and Botanical Garden, Institute of Biology. Thesis title: The shaping of Tibetan grasslands: Combined effects of livestock-grazing and environment – a multi-site, interdisciplinary study (megna cum laude)

–Work experience

July 2009-2011 Scientific assistant in “Evolutionary ecology of alpine plants” group at Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), focusing on pollination ecology of alpine plants

Nov 2011-2015 Scientific assistant in Botany Department, Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz, in BMBF project “PaDeMoS” (Pasture Development Monitoring System), focusing on plant biodiversity and soil nutrients, working on plant determination, soil analysis and data analysis

Oct 2016 Scientific assistant in Faculty of Geography, Philipps-University Marburg, for DFG project “The making of a Tibetan Landscape: Identification of Parameters, Actors and Dynamics of the Kobresia pygmaea pastoral ecosystems”, focusing on vegetation dynamics, biomass allocation and water consumption of Kobresia as a function of grazing and environmental conditions

since Sept 2017 Post doc researcher in Botany Department, Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz, for BMBF project “Mongolei-MoreStep”(Mobility at risk: Sustaining the Mongolian Steppe Ecosystem), working on sub-projecct “Vegetation change”

–Research interest

·        Vegetation dynamics in grassland systems, particularly in Central Asia, e.g. Tibet (PaDeMos) and Mongolia (MoreStep)

·        Interaction of abiotic and biotic drivers of ecosystem

·        Plant strategies in response of environmental stresses and human impact

Munkhzul, O., Oyundelger, K., Narantuya, N., Tuvshintogtokh, I., Oyuntsetseg, B., Wesche, K., & Jäschke, Y. 2021. Grazing Effects on Mongolian Steppe Vegetation—A Systematic Review of Local Literature. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.703220

Dashpurev, B., Wesche, K., Jäschke, Y., Oyundelger, K., Phan, T. N., Bendix, J., & Lehnert, L. W. 2021. A cost-effective method to monitor vegetation changes in steppes ecosystems: A case study on remote sensing of fire and infrastructure effects in eastern Mongolia. Ecological Indicators, 132, 108331. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.108331

Jäschke, Y., Heberling, G. & Wesche, K. 2020. Environmental controls override grazing effects on plant functional traits in Tibetan rangelands. Functional Ecology, 34, 747-760.

Li, F.Y., Jäschke, Y., Guo, K. & Wesche, K. 2019. Grasslands of China. Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes, Elsevier Inc.

Rosche, C., Hensen, I.,…Wang, Y. … ,Shah, M. A. 2019. Climate outweighs native vs. nonnative range-effects for genetics and common garden performance of a cosmopolitan weed. Ecological Monographs 89(4): e01386.

Miehe, G., Schleuss, P.-M., Seeber, E., Babel, W., Biermann, T., Braendle, M., Chen, F., Coners, H., Foken, T., Gerken, T., Wang, Y., …. 2019. The Kobresia pygmaea ecosystem of the Tibetan highlands: Origin, functioning and degradation of the world’s largest pastoral alpine ecosystem. Science of the Total Environment 648,754-771.

Wang, Y., Lehnert, W.L., Holzapfel, M., Schultz, R., Heberling, G., Görzen, E. Meyer, H., Seeber, E., Pinkert, S., Ritz, M., Fu, Y., Ansorge, H., Bendix, J., Seifert, B., Miehe, G., Long, R.J., Yang, Y.P., Wesche, K., 2018. Multiple indicators yield diverging results on grazing degradation and climate controls across Tibetan pastures. Ecological Indicators 93, 1199-1208.

Pfeiffer, M., Dulamsuren, C., Wang, Y. & Wesche, K. 2018. Grasslands of China and Mongolia: Spatial extent, land use and conservation. Grasslands of the World (eds V. R. Squires, J. Dengler, L. Hua & H. Feng), 182-210. CRC Press.

Dengler, J., Wagner, V., …Wang, Y…& Dembicz, I 2018. GrassPlot – A database of multi-scale plant diversity… – Google Scholar. Phytocoenologia, 48(3), 331–347.

Mehring, M., Batbuyan., B.,… Wang, Y… & Wesche, K. 2018. Keep on moving – How to facilitate nomadic pastoralism in Mongolia in the light of current societal transformation processes. ISOE Policy Brief No.7

Wang, Y., Heberling, G., Görzen, E., Miehe, G., Seeber, E., Wesche, K. 2017. Combined effects of livestock grazing and abiotic environment on vegetation and soils of grasslands across Tibet. Applied Vegetation Science 20, 327-339.

Meyer, H., Lehnert, L.W., Wang, Y., Reudenbach, Nauss T., Bendix, J., 2017. From local spectral measurements to maps of vegetation cover and biomass on the Qinghai-Tibet-Plateau: Do we need hyperspectral information? Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 55, 21-31.

Wang, Y., Wesche, K. 2016. Vegetation and soil responses to livestock grazing in Central Asian grasslands: a review of Chinese literature. Biodiversity and Conservation 25, 2401-2420.

Fu, Y., Wang, Y., Yang, Y.P., Yang, X.F., 2015. Indigenous knowledge and use of Anisodus tanguticus in pastoral communities of Eastern Tibet, China, and its implications for local adaptation. Plant Diversity and Resources 37, 1-10. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Lehnert, L.W., Meyer, H., Wang, Y., Miehe, G., Thies, B., Reudenbach, C., Bendix, J., 2015. Retrieval of grassland plant coverage on the Tibetan Plateau based on a multi-scale, multi-sensor and multi-method approach. Remote Sensing of Environment 164, 197-207.

Meng, L.H., Wang, Y., Luo, J., Yang, Y.P. & Duan, Y.W. 2014. The trade-off and altitudinal variations in seed weight-number in Sinopodophyllum hexandrum (Royle) Ying (Berberidaceae) populations from the Hengduan Mountains. Polish Journal of Ecology, 62, 413-419.

Zhang, C., Hu, L.J., Wang, Y., 2014. Reproductive allocation of three sympatric Comastoma (Gentianaceae) species. Guihaia 34, 38-45. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Meyer, H., Lehnert, L.W., Wang, Y., Reudenbach, C., Bendix, J., 2013. Measuring pasture degradation on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau using hyperspectral dissimilarities and indices, In SPIE Remote Sensing, eds U. Michel, D.L. Civco, K. Schulz, M. Ehlers, K.G. Nikolakopoulos, p. 88931F. International Society for Optics and Photonics.


Dr. Kerstin Höntsch
Head of the Scientific Coordination Department
Dr. Heiko Stuckas
Head of Department Population Genetics


mitarbeiter dörte florack
Dörte Florack
Equal Opportunities Officer
Dr. Brigitte Franzen
Dr. Brigitte Franzen
Museum director