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Dr.
Thomas Schwaha

Department of Integrative Zoology
UZA1 Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria

phone: +43 1 4277 76316
fax: +43 1 4277 876316
mail: thomas.schwaha@univie.ac.at

 

National & international cooperations

Mag. Stephan Handschuh
VetCore - Facility for Research, University of Veteriny Medicine, Austria

Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky
Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria

Dr. Timothy S. Wood
Department of Biological Sciences, Wright State University, USA

Dr. Bernhard Ruthensteiner
Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Bavaria

Dr. Georg Schifko
Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

 

Membership

DZG - Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft

GfbS – Gesellschaft für biologische Systematik

IBA – International Bryozoology Association

ISIM – International Society for Invertebrate Morphology

 

Publications

Peer-reviewed:

Ott J & Schwaha T. submitted. Chapter Bryozoa. In: Meiofauna, Schmidt-Rhaesa (ed.) Pfeil Verlag.

Wanninger M, Schwaha T & Heiss E. submitted. Skin glands in the Himalayan newt Tylototriton verrucosus: a concealed arsenal?

Seiter M, Löscher A, Handschuh S & Schwaha T. submitted. First description of spermatophore morphology, mating behavior, and cerotegument ultrastructure in Mastigoproctus proscorpio (Latreille, 1806): potentials and limitations of these traits for resolving phylogenetic relationships in Uropygi.

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

Mathew M, Schwaha T, Ostrovsky A & Lopanik N. accepted. Symbiont-dependent sexual reproduction in a marine colonial invertebrate: morphological and molecular evidence. Marine Biology

Pavlicek A, Schwaha T & Wanninger A. 2017. Towards a ground pattern reconstruction of bivalve nervous systems: Neurogenesis in the zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha.

Gawin N, Wanninger A & Schwaha T. 2017. Reconstructing the muscular ground pattern of phylactolaemate bryozoans: first data from gelatinous representatives. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17: 225.

Ambros M, Wanninger A & Schwaha T.  2017. Neuroanatomy of Hyalinella punctata: Common patterns and new characters in phylactolaemate bryozoans. Journal of Morphology. doi: 10.1002/jmor.20768.

Hollergschwandtner E, Schwaha T, Neumüller J, Kaindl U, Guber D, Eckhard M, Stöger-Pollach M & Reipert S. 2017. Novel mesostructured inclusions in the epidermal lining of Artemia franciscana ovisacs show optical activity. PeerJ: e3923

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 284: 20170764

Schwaha T, Hirose M & Wanninger A. 2016. The life of the freshwater bryozoan Stephanella hina (Bryozoa, Phylactolaemata)—a crucial key to elucidating bryozoan evolution. Zoological Letters 2016 2:25

Wolff JO, Schwaha T, Seiter M & Gorb SN. 2016. Whip spiders (Amblypygi) become water-repellent by a colloidal secretion that self-assembles into hierarchical microstructures. Zoological Letters 2016 2:23

Ostrovsky AN, Lidgard S, Gordon DP, Schwaha T, Genikhovich G, Eresekovsky A. 2016. Matrotrophy and placentation in invertebrates: a new paradigm. Biological Reviews, 91: 673-711.

Schwaha TF, Wanninger A. 2015. The serotonin-lir nervous system of the Bryozoa (Lophotrochozoa): a general pattern in the Gymnolaemata and implications for lophophore evolution of the phylum. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15: 223

Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Redl E, Wanninger A. 2015. Insights into the organization of plumatellid larvae (Lophotrochozoa, Bryozoa) by means of 3D-imaging and confocal microscopy. Journal of Morphology, 276: 109-120

Wurzinger-Mayer A, Shipway R, Kristof A, Schwaha T, Cragg S, Wanninger A. 2014. Developmental dynamics of myogenesis in the shipworm Lyrodus pedicellatus (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Frontiers in Zoology 11:90

Weber AV, Wanninger A, Schwaha TF. 2014. The nervous system of Paludicella articulata - first evidence of a neuroepithelium in a ctenostome ectoproct. Frontiers in Zoology 11:89

Fröschl M, Handschuh S, Erlach R, Schwaha T, Goldammer H, Fragner R, Walzl M. 2014. Computer-generated images for microscopic soil organisms for documentary films. Soil Organisms 86: 95-102.

Sonnleitner B, Schwaha T, Wanninger A. 2014. Inter- and intraspecific plasticity in distribution patterns of immunoreactive compounds in actinotroch larvae of Phoronida (Lophotrochozoa). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 52: 1-14 (cover image).

Handschuh S, Baeumler N, Schwaha T, Ruthensteiner B. 2013. A correlative approach for combining microCT, light and transmission electron microscopy in a single 3D scenario. Frontiers in Zoology 10: 44

Hindinger S, Schwaha T, Wanninger A. 2013. Immunocytochemical studies reveal novel neural structures in nemertean pilidium larvae and provide evidence for incorporation of larval components into the juvenile nervous system. Frontiers in Zoology 10: 31

Moosbrugger M, Schwaha T, Walzl M, Obst M, Ostrovsky A. 2012. The placental analogue and the pattern of sexual reproduction in the cheilostome bryozoan Bicellariella ciliata (Gymnolaemata). Frontiers in Zoology 9: 29

Von Byern J, Wani R, Schwaha T, Cyran N. 2012. Old and sticky - adhesive mechanisms in the living fossil Nautilus pompilius. Zoology 115: 1-11 (cover image)

Schwaha T, Wanninger A. 2012. Myoanatomy and serotonergic nervous system of plumatellid and fredericellid Phylactolaemata (Lophotrochozoa, Ectoprocta). Journal of Morphology 273: 57-67.

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]

Schwaha T, Wood TS. 2011. Organogenesis in the budding process of Hislopia malayensis Annandale, 1916 (Bryozoa, Ctenostomata). BMC Developmental Biology, 11: 23

Lechner W, Heiss E, Schwaha T, Glösmann M, Ladich F. 2011. Ontogenetic development of Weberian Ossicles and hearing abilities in the African Bullhead Catfish. PlosONE, 6: e18511

Schwaha T, Wood TS, Wanninger A. 2011. Myoanatomy and serotonergic nervous system of the ctenostome Hislopia malayensis: Evolutionary trends in bodyplan patterning of Ectoprocta. Frontiers in Zoology, 8: 11

Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Redl E, Walzl MG. 2011. Organogenesis in the budding process of the freshwater bryozoan Cristatella mucedo, Cuvier, 1798 (Phylactolaemata, Cristatellidae). Journal of Morphology, 272: 320-341

Cyran N, Klinger L, Scott R, Griffiths C, Schwaha T, Zheden V, Plasczanski L, Von Byern J. 2010. Characterization of the adhesive systems in cephalopods. In: Biological adhesive systems: From nature to technical and medical applications. Von Byern J., Grunwald I (Eds). Springer Wien, New york. Pp. 54-82

Handschuh S, Schwaha T, Metscher B. 2010. Showing Their True Colors: A Novel Approach to Volume Rendering from Serial Sections. BMC Developmental biology, 10: 41

Schwaha T, Wood TS, Wanninger A. 2010. Trapped in freshwater: The internal anatomy of Loxosomatoides sirindhornae Wood 2005, a freshwater kamptozoan. Frontiers in Zoology, 7: 7

Schwaha T, Gith R, Walzl M. 2008. The nutritive chamber in the ovaries of astigmatic mites. Soil Organisms, 80 (2): 249-259

Handschuh S, Schwaha T, Neszi NZ, Walzl MG, Woess ER. 2008. Advantages of 3D-Reconstruction in bryozoan development  research: Tissue formation in germinating statoblasts of Plumatella fungosa (Pallas, 1768) (Plumatellidae, Phylactolaemata). In: Bryozoan Studies 2007. Proceedings of the 14th International Bryozoology Association Conference, Boone, North Carolina. Hageman S.J., Key M.M. & Winston J.E. (eds.) Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication 15: 49-55

 

Other publications:

Schifko G, Schwaha T. 2010. Betrachtungen zu einer ursprünglichen Maori-Keule im Lichte Gustav Klemms Theorie von der Vorbildwirkung natürlicher Formen in der materiellen Kultur. Münchner Beiträge zur Völkerkunde, 14:412-419

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, 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

 

Published Abstracts

Redl E, Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Salvini-Plawen L. 2008. The ctenidial retractors of Caudofoveata (Mollusca): a comparative study. Journal of Morphology 269: 1474

Siderits D, Handschuh S, Redl E, Schwaha T, Metscher B. 2008. X-ray microtomography and histological based 3-D reconstruction in invertebrate morphology: comparing different techniques of visualisation. Journal of Morphology 269: 1474

Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Redl E, Walzl MG. 2008. Asexual development in phylactolaemate bryozoans. Journal of Morphology 269: 1475

Handschuh S, Schwaha T, Redl E, Walzl MG. 2008. The larva of Plumatella fungosa (Pallas, 1768) (Bryozoa, Phylactolaemata): a 3D perspective. Journal of Morphology 269: 1490

 

Congresses and Meetings

Schwaha T. 2013. Soft-body morphology evolution in the Bryozoa. 16th Meeting of the International Bryozoology Association, Catania (Sicily)

Schwaha T, Moosbrugger M, Ostrovsky A. 2013. Extra-embryonic nutrition in the Ctenostomata and Phylactolaemata. (talk). 16th Meeting of the International Bryozoology Association, Catania (Sicily)

Schwaha T, Ambros M, Gawin N, Petschinger K, Wanninger A. 2013. The protrusion process of Cellaria fistulosa (Cheilostomata). (poster). 16th Meeting of the International Bryozoology Association, Catania (Sicily)

Schwaha T, Weber A, Kotlubei A, Ostrovsky A, Wanninger A. 2013. How Synnotum (Cheilostomata, Epistomiidae) got its twist. (poster). 16th Meeting of the International Bryozoology Association, Catania (Sicily)

Schwaha T. 2012. Polypide retraction and protrusion of bryozoans. (talk). 5. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Tübingen (Germany)

Schwaha T., Handschuh S., Wanninger A. 2012. Integrative approaches for developmental imaging. (talk). Euro EvoDevo meeting, Lisbon (Portugal)

Schwaha T. 2012. First observations on the early embryology of Hislopia malayensis (Bryozoa, Ctenostomata). (poster) Larwood Meeting 2012, Brno (Czech Republic) 

Schwaha T., Moosbrugger M., Ostrovsky A. 2012. Placental nourishment in the genus Bugula (Bryozoa, Cheilostomata). (talk) Larwood Meeting 2012, Brno (Czech Republic) 

Schwaha T. 2012. What is a ctenostome bryozoan? (talk) Larwood Meeting 2012, Brno (Czech Republic) 

Moosbrugger M., Schwaha T., Walzl M., Ostrovsky A. 2012. The placental analogue and the pattern of oogenesis in the cheilostome bryozoan Bicellariella ciliata (Bryozoa, Cheilostomata). Larwood Meeting 2012, Brno (Czech Republic)

Moosbrugger, Schwaha T, Ostrovsky A. 2011. The placental analogue and pattern of oogenesis in the cheilostome bryozoan Bicellariella ciliata (Bryozoa, Cheilostomata). Fifth annual meeting of NOBIS Austria, Salzburg (Austria)

Schwaha T. 2011. Vergleichende Analyse des Funiculus der Bryozoen. (talk)
4. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), München (Bavaria)

Moosbrugger M, Schwaha T, Ostrovsky A. 2011. Struktur unf Funktion des Plazenta-analogen Systems bei Bicellariella ciliata (Bryozoa, Cheilostomata).
4. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), München (Bavaria)

Schwaha T, Handschuh S. 2011. 3D-Anatomy of the organ systems of solitary Kamptozoa. (poster)
Second International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Cambridge (USA)

Handschuh S, Moosbrugger M, Zatlokal A, Zopp L, Schwaha T. 2011. Funiculus development in the freshwater bryozoan Cristatella mucedo (Bryozoa, Phylactolaemata). (poster)
Second International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Cambridge (USA)

Schwaha T, Moosbrugger M, Ostrovsky A. 2011. Structure of placental analogues in the phylum Bryozoa. (talk)
Second International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Cambridge (USA)

Schwaha T, Wood TS, Wanninger A. 2011. First observations on the embryonic development and larval morphology of the freshwater entoproct Loxosomatoides sirindhornae, Wood 2005. (talk)
Second International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Cambridge (USA)

Moosbrugger M, Schwaha T, Ostrovsky A. 2011. Structure and function of the placental analogue of Bicellariella ciliata (Bryozoa, Cheilostomata). 11th Larwood Meeting 2011, Santiago de Compostella (Spain)

Schwaha T, Moosbrugger M, Ostrovsky A. 2011. Brooding and maternal provisioning in ctenostome bryozoans. (talk)
11th Larwood Meeting 2011, Santiago de Compostella (Spain)

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. 9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este (Uruguay)

Schwaha T, Wood TS, Wanninger A. 2010. Larval morphology of the freshwater entoproct Loxosomatoides sirindhornae, Wood 2005. (poster) 15th Meeting of the International Bryozoology Association, Kiel (Germany)

Schwaha T, Wanninger A. 2010. Ectoproct muscle systems and their significance for phylogenetic considerations. (talk) 15th Meeting of the International Bryozoology Association, Kiel (Germany)

Redl E, Schwaha T, Todt C, Schander C, Salvini-Plawen L. 2010. The nervous system of Scutopus ventrolineatus (Caudofoveata): A study using histology and 3D-reconstruction. 17th World congress of Malacology, Phuket (Thailand)

Handschuh S, Schwaha T, Metscher B. 2010. Volume-Visualisierungen basierend auf histologischen Schnitten: Ein Zugang zu einer drei-dimensionalen Histologie. 3. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Wien (Austria)

Lechner W, Heiss E, Schwaha T, Glösmann M, Ladich F. 2010. Ontogenetische Entwicklung der Weberschen Knöchelchen und des Hörvermögens beim Tanganjika-Stachelwels Lophiobagrus cyclurus. 3. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Wien (Austria)

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). 3. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Wien (Austria)

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. 3. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Wien (Austria)

Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Redl E, Walzl MG. 2009. Development of the bud in Cristatella mucedo. (talk) Larwood meeting 2009, Oslo (Norway)

Schwaha T. 2009. Morphologische Untersuchungen an Bryozoen. (talk) 2. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Greifswald (Germany)

Redl E, Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Metscher B, Todt C, Schander C, Salvini-Plawen L. 2009. Vergleichend-anatomische und organogenetische Studien an aplacophoren Mollusken. 2. Graduiertenforum Morphologie (DZG), Greifswald (Germany)

Redl E, Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Salvini-Plawen L. 2009. In search of phylogenetic signals in the soft body of Caudofoveata (Mollusca). Third annual meeting of NOBIS Austria, Vienna (Austria)

Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Redl E, Metscher B, Walzl MG. 2008. The affinities of bryozoans – searching for phylogenetic characters with new techniques. (talk) Larwood Meeting 2008, Vienna

Redl E, Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Salvini-Plawen L. 2008. The ctenidial retractors of Caudofoveata (Mollusca): a comparative study. First international congress on invertebrate morphology. Copenhagen 2008

Siderits D, Handschuh S, Redl E, Schwaha T, Metscher B. 2008. X-ray microtomography and histological based 3-D reconstruction in  invertebrate morphology: comparing different techniques of  visualisation. First international congress on invertebrate  morphology. Copenhagen 2008

Schwaha T, Handschuh S, Redl E, Walzl MG. 2008. Asexual development in phylactolaemate bryozoans. (talk) First international congress on invertebrate morphology. Copenhagen 2008

Handschuh S, Schwaha T, Redl E, Walzl MG. 2008. The larva of Plumatella fungosa (Pallas, 1768) (Bryozoa, Phylactolaemata): a 3D perspective. (poster) First international congress on invertebrate morphology, Copenhagen 2008

Schwaha T, Redl E. 2008. The position of the bryozoans in the animal kingdom – past and present. (talk) Natural Sciences 2008, Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria)

Redl E, Schwaha T. 2008. The position of the aplacophorans in the animal kingdom – past and present. Natural Sciences 2008, Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria)

Schwaha T, Walzl MG, Gith R. 2007. Die zentrale Nährkammer im Ovar der astigmaten Milben. (talk) 6. Milbenkundliches Kolloquium, Kiel (Germany)

Handschuh S, Schwaha T, Neszi NZ, Walzl MG, Wöss ER. 2007. Advantages of 3D-Reconstruction in bryozoan development  research: Tissue formation in germinating statoblasts of Plumatella  fungosa (Pallas, 1768) (Plumatellidae, Phylactolaemata). 14th Meeting of the International Bryozoology Association, Boone,  North Carolina (USA)

Heiss E, Wolfram MT, Redl E, Schwaha T, Weisgram J. 2007. Defense mechanisms of Pleurodeles waltl (Amphibia, Urodela) against Predators. Natural Sciences 2007, Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria)

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. Natural Sciences 2007, Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria)

Schwaha T, Redl E, Handschuh S, Wolfram MT, Heiss E. 2007. Reconstruction techniques in morphological and developmental research. - Part II: computer-generated 3D reconstruction. Natural Sciences 2007, Scientific Conference, Varna (Bulgaria)

Schwaha T, Walzl MG. 2006. The early development of Sancassania berlesei (Michael, 1903) (Acaridida, Acaridae) (poster) 12th  International Congress of Acarology; Amsterdam, (Netherlands)

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