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Friedrich Schaller passed away on May 5th 2018, aged 97.

It is with deep regret that we must announce the decease of
Univ. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Friedrich Schaller. 
From 1968 to 1984, Schaller was a full professor of zoology at the University of Vienna. He died in Vienna on May 5th, 2018.

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Nachruf für Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schaller

Mit tiefer Betroffenheit müssen wir das Ableben von Univ. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Friedrich Schaller bekannt geben, der im 98 Lebensjahr am 5. Mai 2018 in seiner Wohnung in Wien verstorben ist. Er starb in seinem 98. Lebensjahr

Sein unermüdliches Engagement in diesen Jahren bewirkte eine wesentliche fachliche Erweiterung der Zoologie in Wien und war entscheidend für die Errichtung des Biozentrums Althanstraße. Sein wissenschaftliches Werk ist vor allem mit der Entdeckung der indirekten Spermatophorenübertragung bei verschiedenen Boden-Arthropoden und bioakustischer Forschung an tropischen Fröschen und Fischen verbunden.

Mit Schaller verlieren wir eine Person, die in seinem Leben und akademischen Wirken stets von Humanismus und Aufklärung geleitet war. In diesem Sinne ist auch sein großer Einsatz für die Ausbildung der Studierenden des Lehramtsstudiums Biologie zu verstehen.


Congratulations! (May 17th, 2018)

Diplomprüfung - Thursday, May 17th 2018

Markus Sehnal
Feldbestimmungsschlüssel der Kurzfühler-Heuschrecken Österreichs.
Advisors: Barbara Amina Gereben-KrennHarald Krenn


The Citizen Science project of mapping nest-sites of Common Swift (Apus apus) in Vienna gets in its second season (May 11th 2018)

For all those who are interested in participating please attend one of the following field trips where the methodology is explained in the field. Field trips with methodology training:

  • 14. May 2018, 19:00, U4/U6 Spittelau, meeting point next to Ströck
  • 15. May 2018, 19:00, U3/U4 Wien Mitte-Landstraße, meeting point at corner Landstraßer Hauptstraße/Invalidenstraße
  • 16. May 2018, 19:00, U3 Ottakring, meeting point at exit Thaliastraße
  • 17. May 2018, 19:00, U4 Pilgramgasse, meeting point at exit Pilgrambrücke
  • 18. May 2018, 19:00, U3 Ottakring, meeting point at exit Thaliastraße
April 2018


Congratulations! (April 26th, 2018)

Diplomprüfung - Thursday, April 26th 2018

Maria Wielscher
Außerschulischer Lernort "Lebensraum Alpen": Konzept für eine Projektarbeit für die Sekundarstufe.
Advisor: Barbara-Amina Gereben-Krenn, Harald Krenn


New paper in Herpetologica (April 26th, 2018)

©Iris Starnberger 2018

Starnberger I, Maier PM, Hödl W & Preininger D (2018).
Multimodal Signal Testing Reveals Gestural Tapping Behavior in Spotted Reed Frogs. 
Herpetologica In-Press. https://doi.org/10.1655/Herpetologica-D-17-00053.1


Congratulations! (April 24th, 2018)

Master's Defensio - Tuesday, April 24th 2018

Elisabeth Pinterich
Functional morphology of the proboscis in the fruit-piercing butterfly Consul fabius (Charaxinae).
Advisor: Harald Krenn

March 2018


Congratulations! (March 26th, 2018)

Public Defensio - Monday, March 26th 2018 

Iris Starnberger
The Role of the Vocal Sac in multimodal Signalling:
An explorative Study in African Reed Frogs (Anura: Hyperoliidae).
Advisors: Doris Preininger & Walter Hödl


New paper in Entomologica Austriaca  (March 20th, 2018)

Savchenko E, Nicklas L, Milasowszky NKrenn HW (2018).
Zeitliche und räumliche Verteilung alpiner Tagfalter (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea) entlang eines Höhengradienten in den Zillertaler Alpen (Österreich).
Entomologica Austriaca 25: 25–29.


New paper in RNA (March 19th, 2018)

Choudhary A, Vanichkina DP, Ender C, Crawford J, Baillie GJ, Calcino AD, Ru K &Taft RJ (2018).
Identification of miR-29b targets using 3-cyanovinylcarbazole containing mimics.
RNA. 2018 Apr;24(4):597-608. doi: 10.1261/rna.064923.117.
Published online March 16th, 2018.


New paper in Zoomorphology (March 17th, 2018)

Schwaha T (2018).
Morphology and ontogeny of Lophopus crystallinus lophophore support the epistome as ancestral character of phylactolaemate bryozoans.
Zoomorphology (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00435-018-0402-2
Published online March 16th, 2018.


New paper in Mammal Review (March 15th, 2018)

Zachos FE (2018).
Mammals and meaningful taxonomic units: the debate about species concepts and conservation.
Mam Rev. doi:10.1111/mam.12121
Published online March 5th, 2018.


New paper in Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift (March 14th, 2018)

Baranek B, Kuba K, Bauder JKrenn H (2018).
Mouthpart dimorphism in male and female wasps of Vespula vulgaris and Vespula germanica (Vespidae, Hymenoptera).
Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 65(1): 65-74
doi: 10.3897/dez.65.23593
Published online March 13th, 2018.


Best presentation at the Science Day Biology (March 13th, 2018)

André Luiz de Oliveira MSc

André Luiz de Oliveira's talk on "Key components of the neuropeptide signaling pathway  involving the eclosion hormone are found throughout the Metazoa" was awarded as the best presentation at the  Science Day Biology (March 12th 2018, UZA1 Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna) of the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria.


Departmental Seminar Winter Term 2017 - Abstracts online! (March 13th, 2018)

The abstract booklet of the Departmental Seminar of Integrative Zoology (Winter Term 2017) is now available as PDF.

For the printed version of the booklet please contact Sonja Matus.


New Schrödinger Grant (March 12th, 2018)

Tim Wollesen
Molluskenevolutionsforschung durch Einzelzellsequenzierungen.
J 4198 Schrödinger-Programm
decision board: 2018/03/05


New paper in ZooKeys (March 8th, 2018)

Ganske A-S, Edgecombe GE, Akkari N (2018).
The peristomatic structures as a source of systematic characters in the genus Lithobius Leach, 1814 (Myriapoda, Chilopoda).
In: Stoev P, Edgecombe GD (Eds) Proceedings of the 17thInternational Congress of Myriapodology, Krabi, Thailand. ZooKeys 741: 49-75.
https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.741.21706
Published online March 7th, 2018.


Public Defensio Iris Starnberger (March 8th 2018)

Iris Starnberger
The Role of the Vocal Sac in multimodal Signalling:
An explorative Study in African Reed Frogs (Anura: Hyperoliidae).
Advisors: Doris Preininger & Walter Hödl

Public Defensio on Monday, March 26th 2018, 10:00 (Invitation)
Konferenzraum Zoologie, UZA1 Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna


Irene Zweimüller  passed away (March 7th, 2018)

Unfortunately, we must regretfully inform you of the passing of Dr. Irene Zweimüller.

In recent years Dr. Irene Zweimüller has been an associate coworker 
at the Department of Integrative Zoology.

Our deepest condolences go to her family and friends. 


New paper in Journal of Phylogenetics & Evolutionary Biology (March 7th, 2018)

Merkel J, Wanninger A & Lieb B. 2018.
Novel and Conserved Features of the Hox Cluster of Entoprocta (Kamptozoa).
J Phylogenetics Evol Biol 6: 194. doi:10.4172/2329-9002.1000194 
Published online March 2nd, 2018.


New MSc Student in January 2018 - Welcome to the Department (March 7th, 2018)

Franziska Puhm 
Butterfly monitoring in Vienna.
Advisors:
Barbara-Amina Gereben-Krenn & Harald Krenn


New paper in Zoologischer Anzeiger (March 5th, 2018)

McArthur IW, Miranda GS de, Seiter M & Chapin KJ 2018.
Global patterns of sexual dimorphism in Amblypgyi.
Zoologischer Anzeiger (in press)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcz.2018.02.005
Published online February 24th, 2018.

February 2018


Congratulations! (February 27th, 2018)

Public Defensio -  Tuesday, February 27th 2017

Maik Scherholz
Inferring the Evolutionary History of Aculiferan Mollusks by Means of Comparative Myogenesis and Gene Expression Studies.
Advisor: Andreas Wanninger


New MSc Student in February 2018 - Welcome to the Department (February 14th, 2018)

Sven Goldermann BSc
The circulatory organs of the maxillary and labial palps in cockroaches.
Advisor: Günther Pass


Public Defensio Maik Scherholz (February 13th 2018)

Maik Scherholz
Inferring the Evolutionary History of Aculiferan Mollusks by Means of Comparative Myogenesis and Gene Expression Studies
Advisor: Andreas Wanninger

Public Defensio on Tuesday, February 27th 2018, 14:00 
Konferenzraum Zoologie, UZA1 Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna


New paper in PlosOne (February 9th, 2018)

Sumasgutner P, Adrion MGamauf A. 2018.
Carotenoid coloration and health status of urban Eurasian kestrels (Falco tinnunculus). 
PLoS ONE 13(2): e0191956. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191956, Published: February 8, 2018


Poster Award at the GfBS 19th Annual Meeting (February 14th, 2018)

Lisa-Maria Schmidt BSc

Lisa-Maria Schmidt received the award for the second-best poster presentation "Linking the ecological species concept with systematics of trochid gastropods in the Northern Adriatic Sea" at 19th Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS), 11h-14th February 2018, Geozentrum (UZA II) and the Natural History Museum Vienna, Vienna, Austria.


Congratulations! (February 6th, 2018)

Master's Defensio - Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Sabine Schoder
The Hylaeus brevicornis group revisited - an integrative approach to delimit four closely related species of masked bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). 
Advisor: Harald Krenn


Lisa-Maria Schmidt selected for the "Natur Talente"-Program (February 5th, 2018)

Lisa-Maria Schmidt 
MSc Student, Department of Integrative Zoology, Advisor: Gerhard Steiner

33 Master and PhD students, as well as graduates in the field of natural sciences and life sciences, nominated by their faculties, have been selected to join the High-Potential Program  "NaturTalente" of uniport. Lisa-Maria Schmidt, a master student at the Department of Integrative Zoology, is one of those selected talents.

January 2018


New Book Chapter in Annals of Bryozoology (January 31st, 2018)

Martha SO, Afshar Y, Ostrovsky AN, Scholz J, Schwaha T & Wood TS. 2018.
Variation of the tentacles in Paludicella": The unfinished work of the german bryozoologist and embryologist Fritz Braem.
n: Annals of Bryozoology 6, Patrick Wyse Jackson (ed.).45-73.


New papers in Organisms Diversity & Evolution (January 22nd, 2018)

Pavlicek A, Schwaha T & Wanninger A. 2018.
Towards a ground pattern reconstruction of bivalve nervous systems: neurogenesis in the zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha.
Organisms Diversity & Evolution 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-017-0356-0.
Published online January 18th, 2018


New papers in Arthropod Structure & Development (January 16th, 2018)

Düster JV, Gruber MH, Karolyi F, Plant JD & Krenn HW. 2017.
Drinking with a very long proboscis: Functional morphology of orchid bee mouthparts (Euglossini, Apidae, Hymenoptera).
Arthropod Structure & Development,
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asd.2017.12.004, Published online December 29th, 2017


New MSc Student in January 2018 - Welcome to the Department (January 16th, 2018)

Barbara Riegler BSc
Pollination of Phaseolus by honeybees (Apis mellifera) in a glasshouse.
Advisors: Harald Krenn, Linde Morawetz (AGES)


New paper in Journal of European Orchids (January 15th, 2018)

Paulus HF. 2017. 
Zur Bestäubungsbiologie der Gattung Ophrys in Nordspanien: Freilandstudien an Ophrys aveyronensis, O. subinsectifera, O. riojana, O. vasconica und O. forestieri (Orchidaceae und Insecta, Hymenoptera, Argidae und Apoidea). (Pollination biology of Ophrys in northern Spain: Field studies on Ophrys aveyronensis, O. subinsectifera, O. riojana, O. vasconica und O. forestieri (Orchidaceae and Insecta, Hymenoptera, Argidae and Apoidea).
J.Eur.Orchid. 49 (3-4): 427-471.

December 2017


New papers in Acta Zoologica Bulgarica (December 22nd, 2017)

Fritz U, Kornilev YV, Vamberger M, Natchev N, Havaš P. 2017.
The Fifth International Symposium on Emys orbicularis and the other European Freshwater Turtles, Kiten, Bulgaria: Over Twenty Years of Scientific Collaboration.
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Supplement 10: 3–7. Available online  

Kornilev YV, Popgeorgiev G, Naumov B, Stoyanov A, Tzankov N. 2017.
Updated Distribution and Ecological Requirements of the Native Freshwater Turtles in Bulgaria.
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Supplement 10: 65–76. Available online

Kummer S, Heiss E, Singer K, Lemell P, Natchev N. 2017.
Feeding Behaviour and Feeding Motorics in Subadult European Pond Turtles, Emys orbicularis (Linnaeus, 1758).
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Supplement 10: 77–84. Available online

Popgeorgiev G, Kornilev YV, Natchev N, Naumov B, Ivanchev I, Slavchev M, Stoyanov A, Tzankov N. 2017.
Spatial Distribution of Emys orbicularis (L., 1758) and Mauremys rivulata (Valenciennes, 1833) in the Lower Veleka River, Bulgaria: First Observations.
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Supplement 10: 129–132. Available online

Schindler M, Frötscher H, Hille A, Bruck MR, Schmidt M, Kornilev YV. 2017.
Nest Protection during a Long-term Conservation Project as a Tool to Increase the Autochthonous Population of Emys orbicularis (L., 1758) in Austria.
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Supplement 10: 147–154. Available online

Stoilova N, Natchev N. 2017.
Prevention of Turtle’s Access to the Road: Specifics of the Environmental Impact Assessment Conditions and Measures Issued for the Priority Objects from the National Linear Infrastructure Network in Bulgaria.
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Supplement 10: 155–160. Available online

Kornilev YV, Natchev N, Mascort R, Fritz U. 2017.
Best Practices for Handling Confiscated Turtles: The Kiten Protocol.
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Supplement 10: 165–168. Available online


New paper in Zoologischer Anzeiger (December 22nd, 2017)

Seiter M, Löscher A, Handschuh S & Schwaha T. 2017.
First description of spermatophore morphology and mating behavior in Mastigoproctus proscorpio (Latreille, 1806) from Hispaniola, Greater Antilles
Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcz.2017.12.007
Published online December 22nd, 2017. 


Congratulations! (December 18th, 2017)

Public Defensio -  Monday, December 18th 2017

Demetra Rakosy
Evolution and diversification of flower traits in the sexually deceptive genus Ophrys (Orchidaceae): insights from the Eucera pollinated Ophrys tenthredinifera complex.
Advisor: Hannes F. Paulus


New paper in Journal of Morphology (January 5th, 2018)

Krenn HW & Bauder J. 2017.
Morphological fine tuning of the feeding apparatus to proboscis length in Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera).
Journal of Morphology. 2017;00:1–13. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20780
Published online December 6th, 2017. 


New paper in Evolution & Development (December 15th, 2017)

Redl E, Scherholz M, Wollesen T, Todt C & Wanninger A. 2017.
Expression of six3 and otx in Solenogastres (Mollusca) supports an ancestral role in bilaterian anterior-posterior axis patterning.
Evolution & Development. 2017;1–12. DOI: 10.1111/ede.12245
Published online December 15th 2017


Public Defensio Demetra Rakosy (December 14th 2017)

Demetra Rakosy
Evolution and diversification of flower traits in the sexually deceptive genus Ophrys (Orchidaceae): insights from the Eucera pollinated Ophrys tenthredinifera complex.
Advisor: Hannes F. Paulus

Public Defensio on Monday, 18. December 2017, 14:00 (Invitation)
Lecture Hall Botany (Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, Rennweg 14, 1030, Vienna).


New Book Chapter on Bioethics (December 13th, 2017)

Schroeder D et al. (eds.), 2017
Ethics Dumping
Chapter 13: Rath J, Safety and Security Risks of CRISPR/Cas9
Springer Briefs in Research and Innovation Governance
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64731-9_13 
published online: 05 December 2017


New ÖFFH - Project (November 11th, 2017)

Christian Beisser, Valentin Blüml
Dorsal tongue morphology in Cuora - evolution under the pressure of physical constraints?
Start: 01.01.2018

Austrian research fund for herpetology (ÖFFH)


Nobis Award 2017 (December 4th, 2017)

Hannah Schmidbaur MSc

Hannah Schmidbaur, graduate of the Department of Integrative Zoology (Advisor: Gerhard Steiner) received the Nobis Award 2017 for the presentation of her master's thesis 
"A comparative study on the nervous system of Syllidae (Annelida: Phyllodocida)"
at the 2nd NOBIS Young Researchers’ Day, which took place at the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, Rennweg 14, 1030 Vienna on December 1st 2017 .

November 2017


Rupert Riedl Preis 2017 (November 30th, 2017)

Hannah Schmidbaur MSc

On November 28th 2017 Hannah Schmidbaur, graduate of the Department of Integrative Zoology (Advisor: Gerhard Steiner) received the Rupert-Riedl-Preis 2017 for her master's thesis 
"Das Nervensystem der Sylliden Grube, 1850 (Annelida: Phyllodocida): Eine vergleichende Studie anhand von Immunozytochemie, CLSM und Licht-Mikroskopie"
at the Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo Vienna, Austria


Congratulations! (November 28th, 2017)

Public Defensio - Tuesday, November 28th  2017

Herbert Gasser
Life-history traits in the pan-Amazonian poison frog Allobates femoralis: lessons from populations and individual playback experiments in the field.
Advisor: Walter Hödl, Norbert Milasowszky


New MSc Student in November 2017 - Welcome to the Department (November 28th, 2017)

Katharina Zenz BSc
Phylogeny, morphology and pollen preferences of five Austrian species in the Colletes succinctus group (Hymenoptera, Apidae).
Advisors: Harald Krenn, Herbert Zettel (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien)


Public Defensio Herbert Gasser (November 24th 2017)

Herbert Gasser
Life-history traits in the pan-Amazonian poison frog Allobates femoralis: lessons from populations and individual playback experiments in the field.
Advisor: Walter Hödl

Public Defensio on Tuesday, November 28th 2017, 10:30
Konferenzraum Zoologie, UZA1 Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna


New paper in Marine Biology (November 25th, 2017)

Mathew M, Schwaha T, Ostrovsky AN et al. 2018.
Symbiont-dependent sexual reproduction in marine colonial invertebrate: morphological and molecular evidence.
Mar Biol (2018) 165: 14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-017-3266-y
Published online November 18th 2017


Congratulations! (November 15th, 2017)

Diplomprüfung - Wednesday, November 15th 2017

Stephanie Kunisch
Die Anatomie des Nahrungsaufnahme-Apparates bei Calyptocephalella gayi.
Advisor: Patrick Lemell

Public Defensio - Wednesday, November 15th 2017

Harald Singer
Breeding Carnolian bees Apis mellifera carnica (Pollmann, 1879) (Hymenoptera: Apidae) on different comb cell sizes and analyzing the effect of the different cell sizes on Varroa (Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman, 2000) (Mesostigmata:Varroidae) infestation rates.
Advisor: Hannes Paulus


New paper in BMC Evolutionary Biology (November 9th, 2017)

Gawin N, Wanninger A & Schwaha T. 2017.
Reconstructing the muscular ground pattern of phylactolaemate bryozoans: first data from gelatinous representatives.
BMC Evolutionary Biology, 201717:225, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-017-1068-y
Published November 7th, 2017. 


Promotional Video for the Master's Program Zoology (November 7th, 2017)

Why study ....Zoologie?
Promotional Video for the Master's Program Zoology 
published at the Medienportal of the University of Vienna
Published online November 6th, 2017. 


New paper in Journal of Morphology (November 7th, 2017)

von Byern J, Cyran N, Klepal W, Rudoll L, Suppan J & Greistorfer S. 2017.
The structure of the cutaneous pedal glands in the banded snail Cepaea hortensis (Müller, 1774).
Journal of Morphology. EARLY VIEW. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20763.
Published November 3rd, 2017. 


New PhD Student in November 2017 - Welcome to the Department! (November 7th, 2017)

Anne-Sarah Ganske MSc
Lithobius: a big genus of a small subphylum (Myriapoda) - phylogeny and evolutionary history
Advisors: Andreas Wanninger, Nesrine Akkari (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien)


New paper in Journal of Morphology (November 6th, 2017)

Ambros M, Wanninger A, Schwaha T. 2017.
Neuroanatomy of the plumatellid bryozoan Hyalinella punctata reveals a common pattern in a small group of freshwater bryozoans.
Journal of Morphology. EARLY VIEW. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20768.
Published November 3rd, 2017. 


Congratulations! (November 3rd, 2017)

Public Defensio - Friday, November 3rd  2017

Emanuel Redl
A multi-level approach to the evolutionary development of aplacophoran mollusks.
Advisor: Andreas Wanninger

October 2017


New MSc Student in October 2017 - Welcome to the Department! (October 31st, 2017)

Sebastian Decker
The unusual life cycle of Pherusella cf. brevituba.
Advisors: Thomas Schwaha, Andreas Wanninger


New paper in Journal of European Orchids (October 30th, 2017)

Paulus HF & Hirth M. 2017. 
Bestäubungsbiologie und Systematik des Ophrys mammosa-Komplexes im östlichen Mittelmeerraum mit Neubeschreibungen von Ophrys prespaensis und Ophrys willingii vom griechischen Festland. 
J.Eur.Orch. 49 (2): 221-314.
Published October 31st, 2017. 


New paper in PeerJ (October 27th, 2017)

Hollergschwandtner E, Schwaha T, Neumüller J, Kaindl U, Gruber D, Eckhard M, Stöger-Pollach M & Reipert​ S. 2017. 
Novel mesostructured inclusions in the epidermal lining of Artemia franciscana ovisacs show optical activity. 
PeerJ 5:e3923 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3923
Published online October 27th, 2017. 


Feature at NYTimes Science Take on "How Poison Frogs Parent" (October 27th, 2017)

Feature "How Poison Frogs Parent" at the NYTimes Science Take
by James Gorman and Christopher Whitworth (Link)

based on the current paper
Pašukonis A, Beck KB, Fischer M-T, Weinlein S, Stückler S, Ringler E. 2017.
Induced parental care in a poison frog: a tadpole cross-fostering experiment. 
Journal of Experimental Biology. Published online September 1st, 2017. doi: 10.1242/jeb.165126 


New paper in Journal of Evolutionary Biology (October 27th, 2017)

Rakosy D, Cuervo M, Paulus HF & Ayasse M. 2017. 
Looks matter: changes in flower form affect pollination effectiveness in a sexually deceptive orchid. 
J. Evol. Biol.. doi:10.1111/jeb.13153.
Published online October 16th, 2017. 


Public Defensio Emanuel Redl (October 25th 2017)

Emanuel Redl
A multi-level approach to the evolutionary development of aplacophoran mollusks.
Advisor: Andreas Wanninger

Public Defensio on Friday, 3. November 2017, 20:00 (Invitation)
Seminarraum 3, UZA1 Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna


New paper in Organisms Diversity & Evolution (October 19th, 2017)

Affenzeller S, Haar NSteiner G. 2017. 
Revision of the genus complex Gibbula: an integrative approach to delineating the Eastern Mediterranean genera Gibbula Risso, 1826, Steromphala Gray, 1847, and Phorcus Risso, 1826 using DNA-barcoding and geometric morphometrics (Vetigastropoda, Trochoidea). 
Organisms Diversity & Evolution, DOI: 10.1007/s13127-017-0343-5
Published online October 7th, 2017. 


New paper in Zootaxa (October 19th, 2017)

Affenzeller S Steiner G. 2017. 
Catalog of taxa introduced by Luitfried Salvini-Plawen (1939–2014).
Zootaxa 4337(1):73-90. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4337.1.3


New MSc Student in October 2017 - Welcome to the Department (October 19th 2017)

Sarah Chaloupka
Is there personality in Allobates femoralis.
Advisors: Walter Hödl, Eva Ringler


New Diploma Student in October 2017 - Welcome to the Department (October 18th 2017)

Patrick Fahser
Lucanus cervus in Vorarlberg: distribution and development of a Citizen Science Project.
Advisor: Günther Pass


New Book on Flight Evolution (October 13th, 2017)

Glaeser G, Paulus HF & Nachtigall W. 2017
The Evolution of Flight.
Springer International Publishing AG, © 2017


New paper in Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology (October 6th, 2017)

Seiter M & Stockmann M. 2017.
The life history of the parthenogenetic scorpion Lychas tricarinatus (Simon, 1884) from Odisha province, India and supplementary notes on Tityus trivittatus Kraepelin, 1898 (Scorpiones, Buthidae). 
Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcz.2017.10.003
Published online October 5th, 2017. 


New PostDoc in October 2017 - Welcome to the Department (October1st 2017)

Dr. Elisabeth Zieger
Evolution and development of invertebrate nervous systems

since October 1st 2017 PostDoc in the Workgroup Andreas Wanninger

September 2017


Poster Award at the SEH 19th European Congress of Herpetology (September 29th, 2017)

Ria Sonnleitner BSc

Ria Sonnleitner received the award for the second-best poster presentation "The interplay between precision and aggression during male-male competition in the poison frog Allobates femoralis" at SEH 19th European Congress of Herpetology, 18th-23rd September 2017, Salzburg, Austria.


Poster Award at the 4th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition (September 29th, 2017)

Susanne Stückler BSc

Susanne Stückler received the award for the second-best poster presentation  "Courtship march not for courting?" at the 4th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition , on September 7th-8th2017 in České Budějovice (Czech Republic).


New paper in Journal of Comparative Physiology A (September 22nd, 2017)

Antemann V, Pass G & Pflüger HJ. 2017
Octopaminergic innervation and a neurohaemal release site in the antennal heart of the locust Schistocerca gregaria.
Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology. doi:10.1007/s00359-017-1213-5
Published online September 16th, 2017. doi:10.1007/s00359-017-1213-5


Congratulations! (December 15th, 2017)

Public Defensio - Monday, September 18th 2017

Silke Schweiger
Molecular evolution of reptiles in Austria: Intraspecific genetic diversity, Würm glacial refuges and post glacial colonization routes of selected species.
Advisor: Hannes Paulus


New paper in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A (September 15th, 2017)

Brischoux F, Kornilev YV, Lillywhite HB. 2017
Physiological and behavioral responses to salinity in coastal Dice snakes.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 214: 13–18.
Published online September 8th, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.09.003


New paper in Journal of Experimental Biology (September 12th, 2017)

Pašukonis A, Beck KB, Fischer M-T, Weinlein S, Stückler S, Ringler E. 2017.
Induced parental care in a poison frog: a tadpole cross-fostering experiment.
Journal of Experimental Biology.
Published online September 1st, 2017. doi: 10.1242/jeb.165126 


Talks at the  International Kerner von Marilaun Symposium 2017 (September 8th 2017)

International Kerner von Marilaun Symposium 2017 
INSECTS AND FLOWERS: New Views of an Old Partnership (Programme)

20.10.2017 9.00 - 18.00 Uhr
Festsaal der ÖAW, Dr. Iganz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien

9:20–10:10 Hannes Paulus (Universität Wien, Österreich)  
Allgemeine Fragen und Antworten eines speziellen Falles: Mustererkennung und Artbildung bei der Bestäubung von Orchideen (Ophrys)
10:30–11:10 Harald Krenn (Universität Wien, Österreich)
Die wundersamen Mundwerkzeuge für die Nahrungsaufnahme der Insekten


Departmental Seminar Summer Term 2017 - Abstracts online! (September 8th, 2017)

The abstract booklet of the Departmental Seminar of Integrative Zoology (Summer Term 2017) is now available as PDF.

For the printed version of the booklet please contact Sonja Matus.


New Teaching Assistant (September 7th, 2017)

Clara-Sophie Bader

since September 1st Teaching Assistent
for the Vice-
Director of Study Program in Biology


New paper in Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology (September 4th, 2017)

Seiter M, Lanner J & Karolyi F. 2017.
Mating behaviour and spermatophore morphology of four Cuban whip spiders (Arachnida, Amblypygi, Phrynidae) – Taxonomic relevance and evolutionary trends.
Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcz.2017.08.006

August 2017


New Article in uni:view (August 24th, 2017)

Agnes Dellinger, Erich Draganits & Barbara-Amina Gereben-Krenn
Naturvermittlung im Kaunertal.
uni:view MAGAZIN
August 24th, 2017


New MSc Student in August 2017 - Welcome to the Department (August 24th 2017)

Gerlinde Kaineder
Embryology of Phylactolaemata
Advisors: Thomas Schwaha, Andreas Wanninger


New paper in Scientific Reports (November 6th, 2017)

Kaul-Strehlow S, Urata M, Praher D & Wanninger A. 2017
Neuronal patterning of the tubular collar cord is highly conserved among enteropneusts but dissimilar to the chordate neural tube.
Scientific Reports 7: 7003. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-07052-8.
Published August 1st, 2017. 

July 2017


Congratulations! (July 21st, 2017)

Master's Defensio - Thursday, July 20th 2017

Hannah Schmidbaur
The nervous system of Syllidae (Annelida: Phyllodocida)
Advisor: Gerhard Steiner


New paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B (July 19th, 2017)

Helm C, Karl A, Beckers P, Kaul-Strehlow S, Ulbricht E, Kourtesis I, Kuhrt H, Hausen H, Bartolomaeus T, Reichenbach A & Bleidorn C. 2017.
Early evolution of radial glial cells in Bilateria.
Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20170743.
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0743


New Technical Assistent in July 2017 - Welcome to the Department (July 19th, 2017)

Kesiban Karasungur
Lab Technician (HRSM-Project Gerhard Steiner & Irmgard Greilhuber)

room: 2.034
phone: +43 1 4277 76343
mail: kesiban.karasungur@univie.ac.at


New paper in Scientific Reports (July 17th, 2017)

Wollesen T, Scherholz M, Rodríguez Monje SV, Redl E, Todt C & Wanninger A. 2017.
Brain regionalization genes are coopted into shell field patterning in Mollusca.
Scientific Reports 7: 5486
First Online: 14 July 2017 DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-05605-5


New paper in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (July 12th, 2017)

Ringler M, Szipl G, Hödl W, Khil L, Kofler B, Lonauer M, Provin C & Ringler E. 2017.
Acoustic ranging in poison frogs—it is not about signal amplitude alone.
Behav Ecol Sociobiol (2017) 71:114
First Online: 12 July 2017, DOI 10.1007/s00265-017-2340-2


New paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B (July 12th, 2017)

Seah KBK, Schwaha T, Volland JM, Huettel B, Dubilier N & Gruber-Vodicka HR. 2017.
Specificity in diversity: single origin of a widespread ciliate-bacteria symbiosis.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences
Published 12 July 2017.DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0764


New paper in Scientific Reports (July 12th, 2017)

Kirchner S, Sattmann H, Haring E, Plan L, Victor R & Kruckenhauser L. 2017.
Investigating gene flow between the blind cavefish Garra barreimiae and its conspecific surface populations .
Scientific Reports, 7: 5130, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-05194-3


New Article in uni:view  (July 12th, 2017)

Andreas Wanninger
Evolution einer invasiven Art: Die Zebramuschel.
uni:view MAGAZIN, July 6th, 2017


New paper in Salamandra (July 12th, 2017)

Pichler C, Weinlein S, Kopeinig L & Pašukonis A. 2017.
Homing performance in a territorial dendrobatid frog, Allobates talamancae.
Salamandra 53(2) 309–313 (2017) available online


New paper in Journal of Microscopy (July 10th, 2017)

Handschuh S, Beisser CJ, Ruthensteiner B & Metscher BD. 2017.
Microscopic dual-energy CT (microDECT): a flexible tool for multichannel ex vivo 3D imaging of biological specimens.
Journal of Microscopy Volume 267, Issue 1 July 2017 Pages 3–26
DOI: 10.1111/jmi.12543, available online


New paper in Journal of Theoretical Biology (July 6th, 2017)

Filipov AÉ, Wolff JO, Seiter M & Gorb SN. 2017.
Numerical simulation of colloidal self-assembly of super-hydrophobic arachnid cerotegument structures.
Journal of Theoretical Biology (in Press).
Available online 4 July 2017: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.07.001


New paper in The Anatomical Record (July 5th, 2017)

Andonov K, Natchev N, Kornilev YV &  Tzankov N. 2017.
Does sexual selection influence ornamentation of hemipenes in Old World snakes?
The Anatomical Record 300:1680–1694 (2017).
DOI 10.1002/ar.23622, available online


Congratulations! (December 15th, 2017)

Public Defensio - Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Ahmad Sohel
Adaptation to laboratory conditions, improvements in mass rearing methodologies and pre-zygotic and post-zygotic isolation studies on the olive fruit fly Bactrocera oleae (Rossi) (Diptera:Tephritidae) in relation with the application of the sterile insect technique (SIT) for area-wide pest management.
Advisor: Hannes Paulus

June 2017


Congratulations! (Jule 21st, 2017)

Diplomprüfung - Monday, June 27th 2017

Magdalena Sammer
Systematischer Wert der Radulamorphologie von Steromphala und Phorcus (Gastropoda: Trochidae).
Advisor: Gerhard Steiner


New Diploma Students in June 2017 - Welcome to the Department (June 26th 2017)

Lisa Liska
Biologie und Ökologie der beiden nahverwandten Orthopteren-Arten Barbitistes constrictus und Barbitistes serricauda im Kamptal.
Advisor: Harald KrennBarbara-Amina Gereben-Krenn

Lisa Reiss
Biologie und Ökologie der beiden nahverwandten Orthopteren-Arten Barbitistes constrictus und Barbitistes serricauda im Nationalpark Thayatal
Advisor: Harald KrennBarbara-Amina Gereben-Krenn


New Paper in Arachnology (June 24th, 2017)

Seiter M & Lanner J. 2017.
Description and first record of Phrynus tessellatus (Pocock, 1894) (Arachnida: Amblypygi: Phrynidae) from northwestern Trinidad, with the description of its mating behaviour.
Arachnology (2017) 17 (5), 201–209.


Congratulations! (June 20th, 2017)

Diplomprüfung - Tuesday, June 20th 2017

Marlene Weberndorfer
Feeding in Ambystoma andersoni (Krebs & Brandon 1984) (Salamandroidea, Amphibia).
Advisor: Patrick Lemell


Congratulations! (June 20th, 2017)

Diplomprüfung - Tuesday, June 20th 2017

Sophia Stojan
Räumliche Einnischung zweier Gnaphosiden-Arten in einem alpinen Lebensraum.
Advisor: Harald Krenn


Upcoming Talk (June 14th, 2017)

Andreas Wanninger
Die Metazoen:
Fiktion, Fakten und Fortschritte in der Evolution tierischer Vielfalt

phylogenie kontroversiell
at the Natural History Museum Vienna
on June 27th,2017, 14:00 – 15:30 at the "Kurssaal" of the Natural History Museum Vienna, Burgring 7 (side entrance) 1010 Vienna


Postdoc Position available (June 14th, 2017)

The University of Vienna seeks to fill the position of an  
University Assistant
at the Department of Integrative Zoology.

For further information see the advertisement at the Job Centre of the University of Vienna.
The application deadline is July 4th 2017.


Congratulations! (June 8th, 2017)

Diplomprüfung - Thursday, June 8th 2017

Verena Wiesinger
Feeding mechanism of Calyptocephalella gayi.
Advisor: Patrick Lemell


New MSc Student in June 2017 - Welcome to the Department (June 1st 2017)

Valentin Blüml
Nahrungsaufnahme-Mechanismen bei der Dreikiel-Schanierschildkröte Cuora mouhotii (Gray 1862).
Advisor: Christian Beisser

May 2017


Congratulations! (May 29th, 2017)

Master's Defensio - Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

Ekaterina Savchenko
Phenology of alpine butterflies.
Advisor: Harald Krenn


Congratulations! (July 21st, 2017)

Diplomprüfung - Thursday, May 18th 2017

Johanna Seelich
Vögel im Botanischen Garten der Universität Wien.
Advisor: Harald Krenn


New Fieldguide for Bumblebee Determination (November 10th, 2017)

Gokcezade JF, Gereben-Krenn B-A & Neumayer J. 2017
Feldbestimmungsschlüssel für die Hummeln Deutschlands, Österreichs und der Schweiz.
Quelle & Meyer, Wiebelsheim 2017.
ISBN: 9783494017150


New Paper in Zootaxa (May 17th, 2017)

Milasowszky N, Bauder J, & Hepner M 2017.
Diplocephalus komposchi n. sp., a new species of erigonine spider (Araneae, Linyphiidae) from Austria.
Zootaxa 4268: 296–300.
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4268.2.10, available online


New Lab Manager in May 2017 - Welcome to the Department (May 16th 2017)

Christian Baranyi
Laboratory Manager for the Molecular Laboratories


New MSc Student in April 2017 - Welcome to the Department (May 9th 2017)

Dominik Reischl
Circulatory organs in the cerci of polyneopteran insects.
Advisor: Günther Pass


New MSc Student in May 2017 - Welcome to the Department (May 2nd 2017)

Thomas Starkmann
The Swifts in Vienna.
Advisor: Harald Krenn

April 2017


Congratulations! (July 24th, 2017)

Diplomprüfung - Wednesday, April 26th 2017

Christoph Winter
"We want the world and we want it now!“ Flipped Classroom an der Universität Wien – ein hochschuldidaktisches Konzept für zoologische Bestimmungsübungen.
Advisors: Barbara-Amina Gereben-Krenn, Harald Krenn


Congratulations! (April 26th, 2017)

Master's Defensio - Tuesday, April 4th 2017

Natalie Gawin
Myoanatomy of Pectinatella magnifica and Cristatella mucedo (Bryozoa, Phylactolaemata).
Advisors: Thomas Schwaha & Andreas Wanninger


New MSc Student in April 2017 - Welcome to the Department (April 25th 2017)

Stephanie Kunisch
Die Anatomie des Nahrungsaufnahme-Apparates bei Calyptocephalella gayi.
Advisor: Patrick Lemell

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