Marine Invertebrates I
Diversity, phylogeny, zoogeography and evolutionary ecology of the Porifera (sponges)
Sponges play an important ecological role as active filter feeders contributing to the nutrient flow in the pelago-benthic coupling. Furthermore, sponges are important in structuring the sea floor where they act hosts creating habitats for other organisms. The evolutionary radiation of poriferan taxa can be seen as one ecological key factor triggering the diversity of benthic communities.
Diversity of Sponges in the deep-sea
Research on sponges of selected deep-sea regions, zoogeographical and ecological comparisons
We use an integrative approach combining molecular techniques with morphological and paleontological data to understanding the history of the diversification of deep-sea Porifera.