Dipl.-Hum.Biol. Marie K. Hörnig

Zoologisches Institut und Museum
Cytologie und Evolutionsbiologie

Soldmannstr. 23
Haus 6.1
17489 Greifswald

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Research interests / CV

My main research interest is the evolution of arthropods, with a focus on the evolution of ontogenetic patterns including fossil representatives. Currently, I especially investigate the insect group Dictyoptera. Modern dictyopteran insects, which comprise roaches, termites and mantodeans, show a wide range of social behaviour including different types of brood care: carrying an ootheca (“egg packages”), ovovivipary (retraction of oothecae into brood pouch) right up to vivipary. Different species also feed and protect the young after hatching and exhibit a sub-social and even eu-social behaviour. Roach-like insects possess a long-ranging fossil record. They already dominated the fauna of Carboniferous coal-swamp forests 300 million years ago. My research focusses on the evolution of ontogenesis and the deep-time aspects of social and brood care behaviour. Furthermore I plan to investigate the origin of the different morphotypes within Dictyoptera. Behaviour cannot directly be observed in extinct species, yet the morphology of fossilised organisms can show some aspects that indicate specific behaviour (e.g. predation) or different grades of intraspecific sociality and brood care. For reconstructing the evolution of these aspects I investigate extinct fossilized representatives of Dictyoptera (especially fossil inclusions in amber) and compare these with observations of extant species. Different methods are used for the documentation of the fossilised and extant insects, e.g. light microscopy and composite macrophotography under polarised light, stereo photography, micro-computed tomography, and virtual surface reconstructions. For further information see www.palaeo-evo-devo.info.

Stipends
05/2015-12/2017: PhD fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
Bogislaw PhD fellowship of the University of Greifswald (declined in favour of Studienstiftung fellowship)
Travel grants of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (390 €, 475 €)
EU-Synthesys grant (AT-TAF-4835) for three weeks at the Natural History Museum Vienna (4900 €)
EU-Synthesys grant (DF-TAF-3895) for two weeks at the Zoological Museum Copenhagen (2600 €)
Travel grant of the GlaxoSmithKline Stiftung (300 €)
Awards
3rd Place - Poster Award of the 108. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft (DZG), Graz, Austria.
1st Place - Poster Award of the 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Dresden.
Memberships
Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft e.V. (DZG)
International Society for Invertebrate Morphology (ISIM)
Paläontologischen Gesellschaft (PalGes)
Contributions to conferences
Published abstracts
  • Haug JT, Hörnig MK, Haug C (2017). More than just adults – arthropod ontogeny preserved in amber. Mitteilungen der DGaaE.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2017). Multi-methodical documentation of arthropods in amber – squeezing out the last bits of information. Mitteilungen der DGaaE.
  • Izquierdo A, Hörnig MK, Haug C (2017). Convergent evolution of raptorial appendages in insects – clues from the fossil record. DGaaE, Freising.
  • Kiesmüller C, Hörnig MK, Haug JT (2017). Segmental mismatch in a nymphal cockroach: a case of left-right asymmetry. DGaaE, Freising.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2015). Documentation methods for arthropods in amber. Mitteilungen der DGaaE.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Schneider JW, Haug JT (2015). The evolution of ovipositor morphology of dictyopteran insects and the consequences for reproductive strategies. Mitteilungen der DGaaE.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Hädicke CW, Haug JT (2014). Arthropods in Baltic amber – documentation with a multi-methodological approach. In: Mallison, H., Vogel, J. & Belvedere, M. (eds.) 2014. Digital Specimen 2014 - Abstracts of Presentations. Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. 76 p.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Haug JT (2013). The evolution of brood care behaviour in dictyopteran insects and its fossil record. 106th Annual Meeting German Zoological Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Unversität München, Abstracts, 120.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Haug JT (2013). The evolution of brood care behavior in dictyopteran insects and its fossil record. In: Reitner, J., Yang, Q., Wang, Y. & Reich, N. (eds.), Palaeobiology and Geobiology of Fossil Lagerstätten through Earth History. Universitätsdrucke Göttingen, Göttingen, pp. 71-72.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Harzsch S, Haug JT (2013). The deep time aspect of brood care evolution – dictyopteran insects as an example. The Paleontological Newsletter 84, abstract 75.
Talks/Workshops
  • Hörnig MK, Haug JT, Haug C (2017). Raptorial behaviour of extinct mantids – Clues from Cretaceous fossils. ICIM 4, Moscow, Russia.
  • Starck JM, Mehnert L, Biging A, Bjarsch J, Franz-Guess S, Kleeberger D, Hörnig MK (2017). Morphological responses to feeding in ticks (Ixodes Ricinus). ICIM 4, Moscow, Russia.
  • Hörnig MK (2017). Bildgebende Methoden zur Dokumentation fossiler Arthropoden. 2. Hansetag 2017, Greifswald.
  • Haug JT, Hörnig MK, Haug C (2017). More than just adults – arthropod ontogeny preserved in amber. DGaaE, Freising.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2017). Multi-methodical documentation of arthropods in amber – squeezing out the last bits of information. DGaaE, Freising.
  • Hörng MK (2017). Evolution von Fortpflanzungsstrategien geflügelter Insekten: Was Fossilien über komplexe Verhaltensweisen verraten. Tagung der Doktorandenforen, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Bad Homburg.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2016). Interaction behaviour of extinct arthropods? Approaches for reconstructing the reproductive strategies of fossil arthropods. 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Dresden.
  • Hörnig MK (2016; Workshop, Invited speaker). Workshop: Macro- and microphotographic documentation of arthropods. European School on Ostracoda. Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
  • Hörnig MK (2015). Evolution des Ovipositors schabenartiger Insekten und deren Bedeutung für die Rekonstruktion von Eiablageverhalte. Paläoentomologentreffen 2014, Bonn.
  • Hörnig MK (2015; Workshop, Invited speaker). Workshop: Drishti. Micro-CT application on fossil research, Zoologische Staatssammlung, München.
  • Hörnig MK (2015; Talk, Invited speaker). Documentation of fossils in amber: A multi-methodical approach. Micro-CT application on fossil research, Zoologische Staatssammlung, München.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Schneider JW, Haug JT (2015). The evolution of ovipositor morphology of dictyopteran insects and the consequences for reproductive strategies. DGaaE, Frankfurt a.M.
  • Hörnig MK (2014). Multimethodischer Ansatz zur Dokumentation fossiler Arthropoden. Paläoentomologentreffen 2014, München.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2014). Cockroach-like insects: successful since 300 million years and therefore “living fossils”?. Euro Evo Devo, Wien.
  • Hörnig MK (2013). Hinweise auf Brutpflege bei Schaben in Baltischem Bernstein. 1. Hansetag 2013, Rostock.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Sombke A, Harzsch S, Haug JT (2013). Evolution und erdgeschichtliches Auftreten von Brutpflegeverhalten innerhalb der dictyopteren Insekten. 6. Graduiertenforum Morphologie 2013, Ulm.
Poster
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2017). Documentation of amber inclusions: Multimethodical approach for a maximum gain of morphological information. 4. Jenaer µCT-Workshop, Jena.
  • Izquierdo López A, Haug JT, Hörnig MK, Krieger J, Haug C. (2017) Convergent evolution of raptorial appendages in arthropods: first steps towards a quantitative approach. 110th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society, Bielefeld, Germany (Poster).
  • Haug C, Izquierdo López A, Hörnig MK, Krieger J, Haug JT (2017). Convergent evolution of raptorial appendages in arthropods. ICIM 4, Moscow, Russia.
  • Mehnert L, Hörnig MK, Dietze Y, Haug C, Starck JM (2017). Microscopic anatomy of pseudoscorpions reveals new insights in segmental body organisation. ICIM 4, Moscow, Russia.
  • Mehnert L, Hörnig MK, Haug C, Starck JM (2017). Morphology of the rostrosoma and preoral cavity of pseudoscorpions. ICIM 4, Moscow, Russia.
  • Bjarsch J, Kiesmüller C, Kolb T, Biging A, Brück L, Chretien J, Gauweiler J, Kammerer D, Klaffke K, Kraemer P, Nagler C, Wagner P, Richter AC, Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2017). Studentische Exkursion mal anders – ab in die Sammlung. 18. Crustaceologen-Tagung, Berlin.
  • Hörnig MK, Izquierdo López A, Krieger J, Haug JT, Haug C (2017). Konvergente Evolution der Raubbeine bei Gespenstkrebsen und Gottesanbeterinnen: ein funktionsmorphologischer Vergleich. 18. Crustaceologen-Tagung, Berlin.
  • Richter AC, Hörnig MK, Martin I, Harzsch S, Kieger J (2017). Sensing the environment – the morphological diversity of first and second antennal appendages in Malacostraca. 18. Crustaceologen-Tagung, Berlin.
  • Izquierdo López A, Hörnig MK, Haug C (2017). Convergent evolution of raptorial appendages in insects – clues from the fossil record. DGaaE, Freising.
  • Kiesmüller C, Hörnig MK, Haug JT (2017). Segmental mismatch in a nymphal cockroach: a case of left-right asymmetry. DGaaE, Freising.
  • Haug C, Hörnig MK, Haug JT (2016). The fossil record of the other end of the size range – tiny predatory arthropods. 60th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Lyon.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2016). Palaeo-morphology: extracting the maximum information from extinct arthropods preserved in amber. 109. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Kiel.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2016). Documentation of amber inclusions: Towards a maximum gain of information from extinct arthropods. 87. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Dresden.
  • Dittmann I, Haug JT, Hörnig MK, Ilic M, Haug C (2015). Early nymphal development of the praying mantis Hierodula cf. grandis. 108. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Graz, Austria. 
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2015). Inferring reproductive mechanisms of extinct organisms: Examples from dictyopteran insects. 108. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Graz, Austria. 
  • Kiesmüller C, Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2015). Evolution of the ontogenetic development of wings: data from supposedly ‘primitive’ flying insects. 108. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Graz, Austria. 
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2015). Documentation methods for arthropods in amber. DGaaE, Frankfurt a.M.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Harzsch S, Kenning M, Haug C, Haug JT (2015). Isopoden in Baltischem Bernstein – Methoden zur Dokumentation von externen und internen Strukturen. 17. Crustaceologen-Tagung, Bremerhaven, Germany.
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2014). The evolution of dictyopteran oothecae and their fossil record. 3rd International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Berlin.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Hädicke CW, Haug JT (2014). Arthropods in Baltic amber – documentation with a multi-methodological approach. Digital specimen 2014, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Harzsch S, Haug JT (2013). The evolution of brood care behaviour in dictyopteran insects and its fossil record- Brood care behaviour in a 50 million years old cockroach. 106. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Harzsch S, Haug JT (2013). The evolution of brood care behaviour in dictyopteran insects and its fossil record – Brood care in Eocene and Cretaceous cockroaches. 84. Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, Göttingen, Germany.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Harzsch S, Haug JT (2013). Nachweis von Brutpflegeverhalten bei 50 Millionen Jahre alten Schaben. 6. Graduiertenforum Morphologie 2013 Ulm, Germany.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Harzsch S, Haug JT (2013). The evolution of oothecae and brood care behaviour in dictyopterans insects and its fossil record. 57th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Publications

2018

  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Schneider JW, Haug JT (2018). Evolution of reproductive strategies in dictyopteran insects – clues from ovipositor morphology of extinct roachoids. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 63(1): 1-24. doi.org/10.4202/app.00324.2016
  • Haug JT, Haug C, Neumann C, Sombke A, Hörnig MK (2018). Early post-embryonic bristly millipedes (Myriapoda, Polyxenida) from Saxonian amber (Eocene). Bulletin of Geosciences 93(1). Open Access
  • Mehnert L, Dietze Y, Hörnig MK, Starck JM (2018). Body tagmatization in pseudoscorpions. Zoologischer Anzeiger. doi.org/10.1016/j.jcz.2017.12.012
  • Bai M, Beutel RG, Zhang W, Wang S, Hörnig MK, Gröhn C, Yan E, Yang X, Wipfler B (2018). A new Cretaceous insect with a unique cephalo-thoracic scissor device. Current Biology 28(3): 438-443. doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.12.031

2017

  • Haug JT, Nagler C, Haug C, Hörnig MK (2017). A group assassin fly pupa preserved in single piece of amber. Bulletin of Geosciences 92 (3): 283 – 295.
  • Schmelzle S, Heethoff M, Heuveline V, Lösel P, Becker J, Beckmann F, Schluenzen F, Hammel JU, Kopmann A, Mexner W, Vogelgesang M, Jerome NT, Betz O, Beutel R, Wipfler B, Blanke A, Harzsch S, Hörnig MK, Baumbach T, van de Kamp T (2017). The NOVA project: maximizing beam time efficiency through synergistic analyses of SRμCT data. Proc. SPIE 10391, Developments in X-Ray Tomography XI, 103910P; doi: 10.1117/12.2275959; dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2275959
  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2017). An exceptionally preserved 110 million years old praying mantis provides new insights into the predatory behaviour of early mantodeans. PeerJ.
  • Nagler C, Hörnig MK, Haug J, Noever C, Høeg J, Glenner, H (2017). The bigger, the better? Volume measurements of parasites and hosts: parasitic barnacles (Cirripedia, Rhizocephala) and their decapod hosts. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0179958.
  • Haug JT, Poschmann M, Hörnig MK & Lutz H (2017). A crustacean with eumalacostracan affinities from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate (SW Germany). Papers in Palaeontology 3(2): 151-159.

2016

  • Liu Y, Melzer RR, Haug JT, Haug C, Briggs DEG, Hörnig MK, He Y, Hou X (2016) Three-dimensionally preserved minute larva of a great-appendage arthropod from the early Cambrian Chengjiang biota. PNAS 113(20):5542–5546.
  • Hörnig MK, Sombke A, Haug C, Harzsch S, Haug JT (2016). What nymphal morphology can tell us about parental investment - a group of cockroach hatchlings in Baltic amber documented by a multi-method approach. Palaeontologia Electronica 19.1.6A, 1-20. Open Access
  • Lehmann T, Melzer RR, Hörnig MK, Michalik P, Sombke A, Harzsch S (2016). Arachnida (excluding Scorpiones). In: Schmidt-Rhaesa A, Harzsch S, Purschke G. (Eds.) Structure and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems. pp. 453-477. Oxford University Press.

2015

  • Dittmann IL*, Hörnig MK*, Haug JT, Haug C (2015). Raptoblatta waddingtonae n. gen. et n. sp. – an Early Cretaceous roach-like insect with a mantodean-type raptorial foreleg. Palaeodiversity 8: 103-111. *shared first authorship download PDF
  • Haug JT, Hädicke CW, Haug C, Hörnig MK (2015). A possible hatchling of a jumping bristle tail in 50 million years old amber. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie-Abhandlungen, 278(2), 191-199.

2014

  • Hörnig MK, Haug C, Herd KJ, Haug JT (2014). New insights into dictyopteran early development: smallest Palaeozoic roachoid nymph found so far. Palaeodiversity 7:159-165. download PDF
  • Hädicke CW, Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2014). New data on fossil Archaeognatha from Baltic amber and the origin of the insect ovipositor. Palaeodiversity 7:167-183. download PDF

2013

  • Hörnig MK, Haug JT, Haug C (2013). New details of Santanmantis axelrodi and the evolution of the mantodean morphotype. Palaeodiversity 6: 157-168. download PDF