General and Systematic Zoology
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.
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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). ...
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. ...
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