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Dr.Egon Heiss

room: 2.031
phone: +43 1 4277 76341
mail: egon.heiss@univie.ac.at
or: egon.heiss@ua.ac.be  

Professional background

2011-2014: post-doc fellow at the Laboratory for Functional Morphology, University of Antwerp, Belgium and the Department of Integrative Zoology, University of Vienna

2010-2011: post-doc fellow at the Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

2008-2010: phD-student at the Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

Since 2008: lecturer in general zoology, comparative and experimental vertebrate morphology at the University of Vienna

2007-2008: graduate researcher at the Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

2005- 2008: tutor in general zoology and vertebrate morphology at the University of Vienna

2004-2007: laboratory technician at the Department of Oral Implantology, Medical University of Vienna

Education

July 2010 Doctor’s degree in natural sciences, University of Vienna

June 2006 Master’s degree in zoology, University of Vienna

2002-2006 study of zoology at the University of Vienna, Austria

1999-2002 study of biology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria

Publications

Heiss E, Aerts P, Van Wassenbergh S. 2013. Masters of change: seasonal plasticity in the prey-capture behaviour of the Alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris (Salamandridae). Journal of Experimental Biology 216:4426-4434.

Heiss E, Natchev N, Gumpenberger M, Weissenbacher A, Van Wassenbergh S. 2013. Biomechanics and hydrodynamics of prey capture in the Chinese giant salamander reveal a high-performance jaw-powered suction feeding mechanism. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 2013 10: 20121028.

Lintner M, Weissenbacher A, Heiss E. 2012. The oropharyngeal morphology in the semiaquatic Giant Asian pond turtle, Heosemys grandis, and its evolutionary implications. PLoS ONE 7(9): e46344.

Heiss E, Natchev N, Schwaha T, Salaberger D, Lemell P, Beisser CJ, Weisgram J. 2011. Oropharyngeal morphology in the basal tortoise Manouria emys emys with comments on form and function of the testudinid tongue. Journal of Morphology 272: 1217-1229 [cover image]

Natchev N, Heiss E, Singer K, Kummer S, Salaberger D, Weisgram J. 2011. Structure and function of the feeding apparatus in the common musk turtle Sternotherus odoratus (Chelonia, Kinosternidae). Contributions to Zoology 80:143-156

Lechner W, Heiss E, Schwaha T, Glösmann M, Ladich F. 2011. Ontogenetic Development of Weberian Ossicles and hearing abilities in the African Bullhead Catfish. Plos One 6(4): e18511

Heiss E, Natchev N, Beisser CJ, Lemell P, Weisgram J. 2010. The fish in the turtle: On the functionality of the oropharynx in the common musk turtle Sternotherus odoratus (Chelonia, Kinosternidae) concerning feeding and underwater respiration. The Anatomical Record 293: 1416-1424

Natchev N, Lemell P, Heiss E, Beisser CJ, Weisgram J. 2010. Aquatic feeding in a terrestrial turtle: a functional-morphological study of the feeding apparatus in the Indochinese box turtle Cuora galbinifrons (Chelonia, Geoemydidae). Zoomorphology 129: 111-119

Heiss E, Natchev N, Salaberger D, Gumpenberger M, Rabanser A, Weisgram J. 2010. Hurt yourself to hurt your enemy: new insights on the function of the bizarre antipredator mechanism in the salamandrid Pleurodeles waltl. Journal of Zoology 280:156-162 [cover image]

Natchev N, Heiss E, Lemell P, Kummer S, Schwaha T, Weisgram J. 2009. Kinematical analysis of animal behaviour - the challenge to increase the frame rate in digital high - speed cinematography. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment  23SE: 117-120

Heiss E, Natchev N, Rabanser A, Weisgram J, Hilgers H. 2009. Three types of cutaneous glands in the skin of the salamandrid Pleurodeles waltl: A histological and ultrastructural study. Journal of Morphology 270:892-902

Natchev N, Heiss E, Lemell P, Stratev D, Weisgram J. 2009. Analysis of prey capture and food transport kinematics in two Asian box turtles, Cuora amboinensis and Cuora flavomarginata (Chelonia, Geoemydidae), with emphasis on terrestrial feeding patterns. Zoology. 112: 113-127

Heiss E, Plenk H Jr, Weisgram J. 2008. Microanatomy of the palatal mucosa of the Malayan box turtle, Cuora amboinensis, and functional implications. Anatomical Record 291: 876-885

 

Other publications

Heiss E. 2011. Die Papua-Weichschildkröte (Carettochelys insculpta) und ihre Nachzucht in Down Under. Marginata 3(2011):45-51

Lechner W, Heiss E. 2011. Im ältesten Zoo der Welt. DATZ 2(2011):10-12

Heiss E, Wolfram MT, Redl E, Schwaha T, Weisgram J. 2008. Defense mechanisms of Pleurodeles waltl (Amphibia, Urodela) against predators. Annual of the Konstantin Preslavsky Univeristy, Shumen, 18, B6:99-108

Redl E, Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Heiss E, Wolfram MT. 2008. Reconstruction techniques in morphological and developmental research. Part I: Historical overview, traditional methods and general principles. Annual of the Konstantin Preslavsky Univeristy, Shumen, 18, B6:201-203

Schwaha T, Redl E, Handschuh S, Wolfram MT, Heiss E. 2008. Reconstruction techniques in morphological and developmental research. Part II: computergenerated 3D – reconstruction. Annual of the Konstantin Preslavsky Univeristy, Shumen, 18, B6:214-221

Natchev N, Heiss E, Weisgram J. 2008. On the hyobranchial musculature in Cuora amboinensis (Daudin, 1802): Chelonia, Geoemydidae. Annual of Konstantin Preslavsky University, Shumen, 18, B6:109-119

Congresses and meetings

Heiss E, Aerts P, Van Wassenbergh S. 2013. Seasonal plasticity in the prey-capture behaviour of the Alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris (Salamandridae). [talk]
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Valencia (Spain) 02.-05.07.2013. 

Heiss E & Van Wassenbergh S. 2013. Prey capture throughout the seasons: functional demands of a multiphasic lifestyle in the Alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris (Salamandridae). [talk]
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Main meeting, San Francisco (Ca, USA) 03.01.-07.01.2013.

Heiss E, Van Wassenbergh S. 2012. Biomechanics of prey capture in the Chinese giant salamander and what it might tell us about early tetrapod evolution. [talk]
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Salzburg (Austria) 28.06.-03.07.2012.

Heiss E, Lintner M, Natchev N, Weisgram J. 2011. Form and function of the turtle tongue with special emphasis on the myo‐skeletal system. [talk]
5th International Meeting on Cranio-Cervical Systems in Vertebrates.
Paris (France) 05-08.08.2011

Heiss E, Natchev N, Weissenbacher A, Gumpenberger M. 2011. Analysis of the prey capture mechanism in the Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus. [talk]
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Glasgow (UK) 01-04.08.2011

Heiss E, Natchev N, Weisgram J. 2010. Morphology of the feeding apparatus and food uptake performance in the tortoise Manouria emys with comments on the evolution of terrestrial feeding in turtles. [talk]
9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este (Uruguay) 26-31.07.2010

Heiss E, Natchev N, Schwaha T, Weisgram J. 2010. Lieber morgen leben als heute sterben: Über die ungewöhnliche Verteidigungsstrategie des Spanischen Rippenmolches, Pleurodeles waltl (Amphibia, Salamandridae). [talk]
3. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Vienna (Austria) 21-24.10.2010

Natchev N, Heiss E, Handschuh S, Weisgram J, Schwaha T. 2010. Defensive response in the ctenostome bryozoan Paludicella articulata: First kinematics of polypide retraction and associated muscles. [talk]
3. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Vienna (Austria) 21-24.10.2010

Lechner W, Heiss E, Schwaha T, Glösmann M, Ladich F. 2010. Ontogeny of the Weberian apparatus and hearing abilities in the African claroteid catfish Lophiobagrus cyclurus. [talk]
9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este (Uruguay) 26-31.07.2010

Heiss E, Weisgram J, Natchev N. 2009. Feeding performance in two chelonian frontier-runners: Manouria emys and Sternotherus odoratus. [talk]
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Glasgow (UK) 28.06-01.07.2009

Heiss E, Natchev N, Weissenbacher A, Weisgram J. 2009. Fast and furious: Prey capture in the Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus. [poster]
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Glasgow (UK) 28.06-01.07.2009

Natchev N, Heiss E, Lemell P, Weisgram J. 2009. Diversity in terrestrial food uptake strategies within testudinoids (Chelonia; Cryptodira). [talk]
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Glasgow (UK) 28.06-01.07.2009

Heiss E, Natchev N, Weisgram J. 2008. On the biochemical and bizarre mechanical defensive strategies of the salamandrid Pleurodeles waltl. [talk]
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Marseille (France) 28.06-01.07.2008

Natchev N, Heiss E, Lemell P, Weisgram J. 2008. Kinematic analysis of prey capture, prey transport and swallowing in the common musk turtle Sternotherus odoratus (Chelonia, Kinosternidae). [talk]
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Marseille (France) 28.06-01.07.2008

Heiss E, Wolfram MT, Redl E, Schwaha T, Weisgram J. 2007. Defense mechanisms of Pleurodeles waltl (Amphibia, Urodela) against predators. [talk]
Natural Sciences’ 2007 Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria) 27-30.09.2007

Redl E, Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Heiss E, Wolfram MT. 2007. Reconstruction techniques in morphological and developmental research. Part I: Historical overview, traditional methods and general principles. [talk]
Natural Sciences’ 2007 Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria) 27-30.09.2007

Schwaha T, Redl E, Handschuh S, Wolfram MT, Heiss E. 2007. Reconstruction techniques in morphological and developmental research. Part II: computergenerated 3D – reconstruction. [talk]
Natural Sciences’ 2007 Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria) 27-30.09.2007

Natchev N, Heiss E, Weisgram J. 2007. On the hyobranchial musculature in Cuora amboinensis (Daudin, 1802): Chelonia, Geoemydidae. [talk]
Natural Sciences’ 2007 Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria) 27-30.09.2007

Heiss E, Plenk H Jr, Weisgram J. 2007. Structure and function of the palatal oral mucosa of the Malayan box turtle, Cuora amboinensis (Daudin, 1802). [poster]
8th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Paris (France) 16-21.08.2007

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