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General and Systematic Zoology

© Isabel Barwisch
© Lisa Männer
© Isabel Barwisch

EOU in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2019)

© Isabel Barwisch
© Swantje Furtak
© Ole Kracht

Research on breeding behaviour

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© Swantje Furtak

Geometric morphometrics

© Isabel Barwisch

The research of our group (@AG_Vogelwarte) focuses on a wide spectrum of ecological as well as phylogenetic and population genetic questions in birds, but also gastropods. We are interested in the relationships of organisms with their environment including other organisms as well as in their individual and evolutionary genetic relationships. Accordingly, our methodological spectrum encompasses classical ecological as well as molecular approaches. For more details concerning ongoing research projects, please visit the “Research” section.


Zoological Institute and Museum
Vogelwarte Hiddensee

Building 6.2

Soldmannstrasse 23
17489 Greifswald

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 86 4348 or
Tel.: +49 (0)3834 86 4347
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Looking for available theses topics?

Here, you can find all open topics for malacological or ornithological based theses.

Recent publications


Life history variation in space and time: environmental and seasonal responses of a parthenogenetic invasive freshwater snail in northern Germany

Verhaegen, G., von Jungmeister, K. & Haase, M. 2021. Hydrobiologia 848: 2153-2168.

The processes that lead to a successful invasion are complex. Here, we investigated life history characteristics potentially explaining the invasion success of Potamopyrgus antipodarum, a small parthenogenetic and ovoviviparous freshwater snail that was recently added to the top “hundred worst” alien species in Europe. We monitored monthly, over the course of 1 year, shell size, number of brooded embryos, and the presence of castrating parasites at three Northeast German sites: a lake (the Kiessee), a stream (Hohen Sprenz), and a small spring brook (Rügen) (N = 1165). ...


Inference of DNA methylation patterns in mollusks

Männer, L., Schell, T., Provataris, P., Haase, M., Greve, C. 2021. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences 376(1825).

Mollusca are the second largest and arguably most diverse phylum of the animal kingdom. This is in sharp contrast to our very limited knowledge concerning epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation in this invertebrate group. Here we inferred DNA methylation patterns by analyzing the normalized dinucleotide CG content in protein coding sequences and identified DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1 and 3) in published transcriptomes and genomes of 140 species across all eight classes of mollusks. Given the evolutionary age and morphological diversity of mollusks we expected to find evidence for diverse methylation patterns. ...

History of the Vogelwarte

Bird of the Year (2021)

European robin (Erithacus rubecula) Photo: Isabel Barwisch

Mollusc of the Year (2021)

Common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) Photo: Giuseppe Mazza
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