Unit for Integrative Zoology

Teaching and research in our group spans across a wide range of animals including vertebrates, arthropods, and lophotrochozoans. These are analyzed using various morphological and molecular methods, including immunolabeling, advanced light and confocal microscopy, 3D reconstruction, high speed video analysis, electron microscopy, and gene expression studies. The data generated are used in integrative and comparative approaches to elucidate body plan evolution, development, functional morphology, ecomorphology and phylogeny of non-model organisms.

New publications


New paper in Ethology

Mate choice in a promiscuous poison frog


New paper in Scientific Reports

Novel 3D in situ visualization of seal heartworm (Acanthocheilonema spirocauda) larvae in the seal louse (Echinophthirius horridus) by X-ray microCT.


New paper in Salamandra

Male life history of a harlequin toad population in French Guiana.


New paper in BioRisk

A study of the microbiology of the intestinal tract in different species of Teleost fish from the Black Sea.


Pollination biology of two phenological forms of Neotinea ustulata (Orchidaceae) in Austria, with field experiments to clarify the biological...


New Paper in Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution

In the Spotlight—Established Researcher.


New paper in Pharmacia

Determination of the antimicrobial activity of lactic acid bacteria isolated from the Black sea mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis Lamarck, 1819.


New paper in Cymbium

An annotated checklist of the fishes of Gabon


New paper in PeerJ

Temperature regulation in the Balkan spadefoot (Pelobates balcanicus Karaman, 1928) at the beginning of nocturnal activity.



Scholarships - Call for Proposals 2022

La Gamba - Rainforest of the Austrians Scholarship and Roland Jehle Scholarship – Call for Proposals 2022