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 Nature, Ecology & Evolution

Monitoring of species’ genetic diversity in Europe varies greatly and overlooks potential climate change impacts


Neuromuscular development in the emerging scyphozoan model system, Cassiopea xamachana: implications for the evolution of cnidarian nervous systems.


New paper in Zoological Letters

Epimorphic development in tropical shallow-water Nymphonidae (Arthropoda: Pycnogonida) revealed by fluorescence imaging.


New paper in Journal of Apicultural Research

Impact of heat stress on flower visitation and pollination of Phaseolus coccineus by honey bees (Apis mellifera).


New paper in BMC

Genomic and transcriptomic survey of bryozoan Hox and ParaHox genes with emphasis on phylactolaemate bryozoans.


Journeys into the hidden microscopic world: technological advances in microscopic imaging and their impact on biology and science visualisation.


New paper in PNAS

Widespread support for a global species list with a formal governance system.


New paper in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Editorial: MorphoEvoDevo: a multilevel approach to elucidate the evolution of metazoan organ systems


Personality traits differentially affect components of reproductive success in a Neotropical poison frog.



Milica Djokic

Diversity of cheilostome Bryozoa in three Arctic seamounts: Vesteris, Boyd and Southern Seamount.


Anna-Chiara Barta

DNA Barcoding of Terrestrial Isopods in Austria Integrating Museum Specimens


David Koller

Developmental Gene Expression in Cephalopod Eyes