Scientific staff

DDr. Andreas Wanninger

Lophotrochozoan MorphoEvoDevo
Marine invertebrates group

room: 4.049
phone: +43 1 4277 76300
mobile: +43 664 60277 76300

Ao. Univ.-Prof.
Mag. Dr. Harald W. Krenn

Insect funtional morphology

Terrestrial arthropods group

room: 4.045
phone: +43 1 4277 76368
mobile: +43 664 60277 76368

Dr. Georg Brenneis
Sea spider evo-devo, neuroanatomy, morphology, taxonomy and phylogeny

Marine invertebrates group

room: 4.042
phone: +43 1 4277 76307

Barbara-Amina Gereben-Krenn

Biology of alpine insects

Terrestrial arthropods group

room: 4.048
phone: +43 1 4277 76362
mobile: +43 664 60277 76362

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andrea Möller
Head of the Austrian Educational Competence Centre Biology
(AECC Biology)
Science education

room: 201, Porzellangasse 4/2
phone: +43-1-4277-603 10
mobile: +43-664-60277-60310

Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics, imaging, 
single-cell transcriptomics,

room: 4.042
phone: +43 1 4277 76308

PD Dr. Thomas Schwaha
Evolutionary zoology of various animal phyla with focus on bryozoans, microscopy and imaging
Marine invertebrates group

room: 4.047
phone: +43 1 4277 76316

Dr. Elisabeth Zieger
Evolution and development of invertebrate nervous systems

Marine invertebrates group

room: 4.047
phone: +43 1 4277 76330


Dr. Ahmed Saadi
Phylactolaemate phylogenomics

Marine invertebrates group

room: 4.052
phone: +43 1 4277 76319

Technical staff

Mag. Christian Baranyi
Labmanager Molecular Lab

room: 4.051
phone: +43 1 4277 76329

Cristian Camilo Barrera Grijalba, MSc

Lab Technician
FWF Project: Revealing ancestral bilaterian cell types in chaetognaths.
PI: Tim Wollesen

Julia Bauder, PhD
Labmanager Histology

room: 4.051
phone: +43 1 4277 76366

Nadja Hattinger
Lab Technician, responsible for Cluster Room 4.114

room: 4.050
phone: +43 1 4277 76311

Mag. Martin Hepner
Teaching media,
multiple choice exams

room: 4.051
phone: +43 1 4277 76364

Mag. Sonja Matuš
IT management,
system administrator and webmaster

room: 4.050
phone: +43 1 4277 76372
mobile: +43 664 60277 76372

Anita Morth

room: 4.008
phone: +43 1 4277 76301
fax: +43 1 4277 876301

Doris Nemeth

room: 4.008
phone: +43 1 4277 76302
fax: +43 1 4277 876302

Mag. Marion Wanninger
Lab Technician 

room: 4.042
phone: +43 1 4277 76309


Teaching assistants

Jakob Eggenhofer
Teaching Assistant
Bee.Ed Forschungs- und Lehrbienenstand AECC Biologie

Science education

Associated researchers

Dr. Nesrine Akkari
Curator of Myriapoda Collection
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Dr. Ulrike Aspöck
Ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R.
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Yurii Kornilev, MSc
Amphibian and reptilian conservation, ecophysiology, and ecology.
PhD candidate at Natural History Museum-Sofia

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Website NHM

Dr. Doris Preininger
Tiergarten Schönbrunn

phone: T +43 1 877 92 94 602

Dipl.-Ing. Mag. Dr. Michael Seiter
Behavior, Functional Morphology, Systematics and Evolution of Pedipalpi (Amblypygi, Uropygi). Life History, Taxonomy and Biogeography of Scorpiones.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. habil. Frank Emmanuel Zachos
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

phone: +43 1 52177 550
fax: +43 1 52177 234

Dr. Klaus Peter Zulka
Environment Agency Austria

phone: +43 1 31304 3391

Staff alumni

Andrew Calcino, PhD

Molecular EvoDevo of bivalve mollusks
Marine invertebrates group

Dr. Helge Hilgers
Ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R.

Mag. Dr. Walter Hödl
Ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R.

Dr. Helmut Kratochvil
Ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R.

phone: +43 1 4277 76328

Dr. Günther Pass
Ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R.

Dr. Hannes Paulus
emer. o. Univ.- Prof.

room: 4.037
phone: +43 1 4277 76317
fax: +43 1 4277 876317

Mag. Dr. Manfred G. Walzl
Ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R.

PhD students

Julian Bibermair, MSc

Embryonic development of phylactolaemate bryozoans 
Advisor: Thomas Schwaha

room: 4.052
phone: +43 1 4277 76314

Sebastian Decker, MSc

Life cycle and systematics of boring bryozoans.
Advisor: Thomas Schwaha

room: 4.052
phone: +43 1 4277 76315

Willy De Mattia, MSc

Anatomical revision of Allopiinae (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Clausiliidae): testing anatomical characters in clausiliid systematics
Advisor: Elisabeth Haring

Margret Eckhard, MSc

Characterisation of defense secretions of centipedes
Advisors: Andreas Wanninger, Janek von Byern

phone: +43 1 4277 76343

Iris Fischer, MSc

Ecological status of aquatic habitats in Vienna: critical comparison of classical monitoring and molecular genetic methods to assess species distribution and composition of the dragonfly fauna
Advisor: Elisabeth Haring

Sophie Greistorfer, MSc

Glowing mucus – Characterisation of the unique defence secretion of Latia neritoides (Gastropoda)
Advisors: Gerhard Steiner, Janek von Byern

room: 4.053
phone: +43 1 4277 76342

Sebastian Guzman Rodriguez, MSc

Mesoderm development and evolution in chaetognaths and related spiralians
Advisor: Tim Wollesen

room: 4.037

Mildred Johnson, MSc

Life cycle and systematics of boring bryozoans.
Advisor: Thomas Schwaha

room: 4.052
phone: +43 1 4277 76318

June Feliciano Fronda Ordonez, BSc MSc

Advisor: Tim Wollesen

room: 4.037

Susanne Reier, MSc

Genetic variation of small cyprinids in the karst area
Advisor: Luise Kruckenhauser

Mag. Katharina Wechselberger

Analysis of the main factors influencing the behavior of wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae) as a basis for the optimization of available crop protection measures on arable land.
Advisor: Harald Krenn


David Salamanca MSc

How to build a bivalve: Lessons from gene expression and single cell analyses
Advisor:  Andreas Wanninger

PhD Defensio - Wednesday, May 18th 2022, 4:00 pm CET (via Zoom)

Master students

Klara Amplatz BSc
Tyrosinated tubulin and serotonin immunoreactive components in neurogenesis of the upside down jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana 
Advisor: Andreas Wanninger

Anna-Chiara Barta BSc

DNA barcoding of Austrian terrestrial Isopoda integrating historic museum material
Advisor: Luise Kruckenhauser

Markus Delitz BSc

Duplicate control regions in avian mitochondrial genomes
Advisor: Elisabeth Haring

Milica Djokic, BSc
Bryozoan biodiversity of Vesteris seamount.
Advisor: Thomas Schwaha

room: 4.040

Stefanie Gruber BEd
Thoraxtemperatur bei Tagfaltern
Advisor: Harald Krenn

Michaela Haas BEd
Morphology of the proboscis of Lycanidae, with focus on sensilla
Advisor: Harald Krenn

David Koller BSc
Gene Expression in Cephalopod Eyes
Advisor: Tim Wollesen

Anna Lanen BEd BA
Imaging of two endemic lumbricid earthworm taxa using micro-CT-scanning
Advisor: Gerhard Steiner

Kathrin Lunzer BSc

Muscle development in the chaetognath Spadella cephaloptera 
Advisor: Tim Wollesen     

room: 4.040

Mag. Philipp Maier
Morphology of the proboscis of Manduca sexta
Advisor: Harald Krenn


Antonia Mandl BSc

Species Determination using DNA-Barcoding in Spiders from Cambodian Wet Markets
Advisor: Elisabeth Haring

Foto ©A.Sommerfeld

Mario Oswald BSc
A sample-based survey about the biomass of insects and biodiversity in grass clippings of agriculturally used meadows.
Advisor: Harald Krenn

room: 4.040

Laura Plazer BSc

In situ mini barcode sequencing and snip typing in cheetas using Oxford nanopore technologies (MinION).
Advisor: Elisabeth Haring

Christina Proßegger BSc
Mosquitoes in Austria - Ovitrap-Monitoring and Barcoding (2021) 
Advisor: Harald Krenn

Simone Raus BSc
Reproduction biology of trochid gastropods.
Advisor: Gerhard Steiner

Seyedeh Saghar Sadraei BSc
The expression of anterior nervous system markers in the chaetognath Spadella cephaloptera
Advisor: Tim Wollesen

Bianca Sandgruber BSc
Schalenmorphologie bei Scaphopoda (Mollusca)
Advisor: Gerhard Steiner

Thomas Starkmann BSc
The Swifts in Vienna.
Advisor: Harald Krenn

Simon Züger BSc
Functional morphology of maxillipeds of Chilopoda
Advisors: Harald Krenn, Andy Sombke



Tabea Kinigadner BSc
Cranial kinesis of the leopard gecko Eublepharis macularius
Advisor: Patrick Lemell

Master's Defensio - Monday, January 30th 2023, 11:30 am CET (SR 1.2, UBB)

Stephan Barton BSc
The proboscis morphology of frog-biting midges (Corethrellidae)
Advisor: Harald Krenn

Master's Defensio - Friday, November 25th 2022, 12:00 am CET (SR 1.8 in the UBB)

Iulia Barutia BSc
Building legs: a morphological investigation of leg development and regeneration in post-embryonic stages of Scutigera coleoptrata (Chilopoda)
Advisor: Thomas Schwaha

Master's Defensio - Wednesday, November 23rd 2022, 11:30 am CET (SR 1.3, UBB)

Min Chai BSc

Phylogenetic relationships of the goshawk  Accipiter [gentilis] superspecies
Advisor: Elisabeth Haring

Master's Defensio - Friday, October 28th 2022

Nikolaus Helmer BSc
Multigene approach on the Phylogeny of Scaphopoda (Mollusca)
Advisor: Gerhard Steiner

Master's Defensio - Tuesday, April 25th 2022, 15:00 (SR 1.2 in the UBB)

Anna Ennsgraber BEd
Funktionsmorphologische Untersuchung der Mundwerkzeuge von Colletes cunicularius (Apoidea, Hymenoptera)
Advisor: Harald Krenn

Master's Defensio - Monday, March 21st 2022