German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)


Head of Junior Research Group
Phone: mail to person +49 341 9739145

I joined iDiv in 2022 as Junior Research Group Leader funded by DFG's Emmy-Noether-Programme. Previously, I was a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a Postdoc in University of Liverpool. I am broadly interested in the evolution of arthropod symbiosis, with a focus on inherited bacterial symbionts. My work has comprised approaches from genomics, phylogenetics, ecology, bioinformatics, and faunistics.

Administrative Assistant
Phone: mail to person +49 341 9733239
Doctoral Researcher
Phone: mail to person +49 341 9739220

I commenced my Doctoral studies at iDiv in November 2022 after completing my master in Organismic, Evolution and Paleobiology (OEP-Biology) at the University of Bonn in Germany. My research was focused on the "Inter- and Intraspecific differences of host finding traits in parasitoid wasp, Nasonia spp. (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae)". After completing my master’s, I was a part of a project on "Minnow project" at the Leibniz-Institut zur Analyse des Biodiversitätswandels (LIB) Bonn, which investigated the spread of Phoxinus, an ecologically important schooling fish, in the River Sieg and its territories. Coming from this diverse background, I am broadly interested in the behavior and evolution of arthropods. I want to understand how, what and why makes an animal adapt to different environmental conditions, and how it affects interactions with others. To answer those questions was my primary motivation to start a PhD on Symbiont Evolution investigating the adaptation of inherited symbionts in novel host.

Technical Employee
Phone: mail to person +49 341 9739220

During my studies of food chemistry at the Martin Luther University (MLU) in Halle, I wrote my diploma thesis in the Department of Analytical Environmental Chemistry at the Helmholtz Institute for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig. This sparked my interest in interdependent processes and relationships in the environment, and I subsequently worked there as a research assistant. Since November 2022 I am a technical assistant in the Department Symbiont Evolution at iDiv and support the team especially in the laboratory.

Symbiont Evolution
Dr Michael GerthHead of Junior Research Group+49 341 9739145mail to personmail to person
Karolin DietrichAdministrative Assistant+49 341 9733239mail to personmail to person
Nina KlötzerTechnical Employee+49 341 9739220mail to personmail to person
Pratyaksh SinghDoctoral Researcher+49 341 9739220mail to personmail to person
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