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Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Phylogeny and evolution of Metazoa, particularly sponges (Porifera); systematics, phylogeny, and evolution of glass sponges (Hexactinellida); theoretical phylogenetics and computational molecular evolution, especially performance and accuracy of model-based inference methods, effects of character- and taxon-sampling, molecular divergence time estimation, reconstruction of character evolution and diversification patterns.

Current position

Since June 2013 Research fellow, LMU Munich, Dept. of Earth- & Environmental Sciences, Palaeontology & Geobiology.

Previous positions

October 2010-April 2012 Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA.

June 2009-September 2010 Postdoctoral researcher, LMU Munich, Dept. of Earth- & Environmental Sciences, Palaeontology & Geobiology.

Education

July 2009 Dr. rer. nat. ("Magna cum laude"), University of Göttingen, Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, Dept. of Geobiology. "Phylogeny and Evolution of Hexactinellida (Porifera)". Supervisors Prof. Gert Wörheide, Prof. Joachim Reitner.

July/August 2006 "Workshop on Molecular Evolution", Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA.

June 2005 Diplom ("very good"), University of Göttingen, Faculty of Biology and Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, Dept. of Geobiology. "Molekulare Phylogenie der Kalkschwämme" ("Molecular phylogeny of calcareous sponges"). Supervisors Prof. Gert Wörheide, Prof. Rainer Willmann.

1999-2005 Biology and geosciences, University of Göttingen. Main focus: systematic zoology and botany, phylogenetic systematics, evolution of the biosphere.

Professional Service

Reviewer for BMC Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Integrative and Comparative Biology, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Hydrobiologia, Zootaxa, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Journal of Paleontology, Journal of Systematic Paleontology, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, NIWA Biodiversity Memoirs, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, F1000 Research ( HYPERLINK "https://publons.com/a/1131814" https://publons.com/a/1131814).

Subject editor Hexactinellida for World Porifera Database ( HYPERLINK "http://www.marinespecies.org/porifera/" http://www.marinespecies.org/porifera/).

Society Memberships

Society of Systematic Biologists (since 2004)
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (since 2008)
The Paleontological Society (since 2008)
Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (since 2004)