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Dr. Catharina Clewing

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics
Justus Liebig University
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ
D-35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99-35721
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99-35709

Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Evolution and biogeography of freshwater molluscs (Radix, Pisidium) on the Tibetan Plateau and its surroundings (e.g. Nepal)
  • Population dynamics of freshwater gastropods (Radix spp.) at two model lakes on the Tibetan Plateau (Dongi Tsona & Pangong Tso)


Scientific career

  • 2004-2007: Undergraduate student at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany
  • 2007-2011: Graduate student with focus on zoology, ecology and animal physiology
  • 2011: Diploma Thesis "Establishment of microsatellite analyses for Oncomelania hupensis robertsoni (Gastropoda, Rissooidea) - intermediate host for the human blood fluke"
  • 2011: Diploma in Biology at Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • 2011-2016: Ph.D. student at the Department of Animal Ecology and Systematics, Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • 2016: Ph.D. Thesis: "Evolutionary and biogeographical drivers shaping freshwater biodiversity and endemism on the Tibetan Plateau"
  • Since 2016: Postdoc at the Department of Animal Ecology and Systematics, Justus Liebig University Giessen


Peer-reviewed articles

  • Clewing, C.; Kehlmaier, C.; Stelbrink, B.; Albrecht, C. & Wilke, T. (2022): Poor hDNA-derived NGS data may provide sufficient phylogenetic information of potentially extinct taxa. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10, 907889.
  • Van Bocxlaer, B.; Clewing, C.; Duputié, A.; Roux, C. & Albrecht, C. (2021): Population collapse in viviparid gastropods of the Lake Victoria ecoregion started before the Last Glacial Maximum. Molecular Ecology, 30, 364-378.
  • Wembo Ndeo, O.; Clewing, C.; Stelbrink, B. & Albrecht, C. (2020): Lake Tanganyika endemic gastropods also occur in the Lukuga River. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 46, 1162-1167.
  • Groh, K.; Bössneck, U.; Clewing, C.; Albrecht, C. & Richling, I. (2020): A new pill clam from an unusual habitat: the interstitial Pisidium interstitialis n. sp. (Bivalvia: Sphaeriidae) from southwestern and Central Germany. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 86, 104-119.
  • Clewing, C.; Van Bocxlaer, B. & Albrecht, C. (2020): First report of extraordinary corkscrew gastropods of the genus Bulinus in Lake Malawi. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 46, 1168-1175.
  • Clewing, C.; Stelbrink, B.; Bößneck, U.; Neubauer, T.A.; von Rintelen, T.; Köhler, F.; Marwoto, R.M. & Albrecht, C. (2020): Freshwater biogeography in Wallacea: the case of sphaeriid bivalves in the Malili lake system (Sulawesi, Indonesia). Journal of Great Lakes Research, 46, 1176-1186.
  • Wiese, R.; Clewing, C.; Albrecht, C.; Rabethge, C.; Zhang, H. & Riedel, F. (2020): How ancient is Lake Lugu (Yunnan, China)? The gastropods’ viewpoint with focus on Radix (Lymnaeidae). Journal of Great Lakes Research, 46, 1099-1112.
  • Mahulu, A.; Clewing, C.; Stelbrink, B.; Chibwana, F.D.; Tumwebaze, I.; Stothard, J.R. & Albrecht, C. (2019): Cryptic intermediate snail host of the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica in Africa. Parasites & Vectors, 12, 573.
  • Tumwebaze, I.; Clewing, C.; Dusabe, M.C.; Tumusiime, J.; Kagoro-Rugunda, G.; Hammoud, C. & Albrecht, C. (2019): Molecular identification of Bulinus spp. intermediate host snails of Schistosoma spp. in crater lakes of western Uganda with implications for the transmission of the Schistosoma haematobium group parasites. Parasites & Vectors, 12, 565.
  • Stelbrink, B.; von Rintelen, T.; Albrecht, C.; Clewing, C. & Naga, P.O. (2019): Forgotten for decades: Lake Lanao and the genetic assessment of its mollusc diversity. Hydrobiologia, 843, 31-49.
  • Head, J.R.; Chang, H.; Li, Q.; Hoover, C.M.; Wilke, T.; Clewing, C.; Carlton, E.J.; Liang, S.; Lu, D.; Zhong, B. & Remais, J.V. (2016): Genetic evidence of contemporary dispersal of the intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum: Movement of an NTD host is facilitated by land use and landscape connectivity. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10, e0005151.
  • Clewing, C.; Albrecht, C. & Wilke, T. (2016): A complex system of glacial sub-refugia drives endemic freshwater biodiversity on the Tibetan Plateau. PLoS ONE, 11, e0160286.
  • Bößneck, U.; Clewing, C. & Albrecht, C. (2016): Exploring high-mountain limnic faunas: discovery of a novel endemic bivalve species (Sphaeriidae: Pisidium) in the Nepal Himalaya. Invertebrate Systematics, 30, 588-597.
  • Elderkin, C.L.; Clewing, C.; Ndeo, O.W. & Albrecht, C. (2016): Molecular phylogeny and DNA barcoding confirms cryptic species in the African freshwater oyster, Etheria elliptica Lamarck, 1807 (Bivalvia: Etheriidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118, 369-381.
  • Clewing, C.; Wilke, T.; Ilge, A. & Albrecht C. (2016) Phylogenetic patterns of freshwater amphipods inhabiting the Tibetan Plateau. Crustaceana, 89, 239-249.
  • Stelbrink, B.; Shirokaya, A.A.; Clewing, C.; Sitnikova, T.Y.; Prozorova, L.A. & Albrecht, C. (2015): Conquest of the deep, old and cold: an exceptional limpet radiation in Lake Baikal. Biology Letters, 11, 20150321.
  • Clewing, C.; Riedel, F.; Wilke, T. & Albrecht, A. (2015): Ecophenotypic plasticity leads to extraordinary gastropod shells found on the "Roof of the World". Ecology and Evolution, 5, 2966-2979.
  • Van Bocxlaer, B.; Clewing, C.; Mongindo Etimosundja, J.-P.; Kankonda Busanga, A.; Wembo Ndeo, O. & Albrecht, C. (2015): Recurrent camouflaged invasions and dispersal of an Asian freshwater gastropod in tropical Africa. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15, 33.
  • Clewing, C.; Oheimb, P.V. von; Vinarski, M.; Wilke, T. & Albrecht, C. (2014): Freshwater mollusc diversity at the roof of the world: phylogenetic and biogeographical affinities of Tibetan Plateau Valvata. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 80, 452-455.
  • Albrecht, C.; Föller, K.; Hauffe, T.; Clewing, C. & Wilke, T. (2014): Invaders versus endemics: alien gastropod species in ancient Lake Ohrid. Hydrobiologia, 739, 163-174.
  • Weigand, A.M.; The Volkswagen Foundation Lake Malawi Field School 2012 Consortium & Plath, M. (2014): Prey preferences in captivity of the freshwater crab Potamonautes lirrangensis from Lake Malawi with special emphasis on molluscivory. Hydrobiologia, 739, 145-153.
  • Clewing, C.; Bößneck, U.; Oheimb, P.V. von & Albrecht, C. (2013): Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of a high mountain bivalve fauna: the Sphaeriidae of the Tibetan Plateau. Malacologia, 56, 231-252.
  • Clewing, C.; Schultheiß, R.; Wilke, T. & Albrecht, C. (2013): Isolation, characterization and cross-species amplification of 15 microsatellite markers for the African species of the freshwater gastropod genus Bellamya. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5, 51-54.

Conference contributions

  • Clewing, C.; Albrecht, C.; Oheimb, P.V. von; Riedel, F. & Wilke, T. (2014): Comparative biogeography of freshwater mollusks inhabiting the "Roof of the World" (Tibetan Plateau). BioDivEvo 2014, Dresden (Germany).
  • Clewing, C.; Hauffe, T.; Oheimb, P.V. von; Riedel, F.; Wilke, T. & Albrecht, C. (2014):  Environmental drivers of freshwater mollusk community assembly on the Tibetan Plateau. Biodiversity and Natural Heritage of the Himalayas, Erfurt (Germany).
  • Gauffre Autelin P.; Bößneck U. ; Clewing C.; Stelbrink B.; von Rintelen T. & Albrecht C. (2013): New discoveries in old lakes: Pea-clams (Bivalvia: Sphaeriidae: Pisidium spp.) of the Malili lake system (Indonesia, Sulawesi). SAGE 2013, Berlin (Germany), 57.
  • Clewing, C.; Albrecht, C.; Oheimb, P.V. von; Riedel, F. & Wilke, T. (2012): Molecular Clock Analyses in Freshwater Gastropods (Radix spp.) Suggest the Existence of an Ancient Lake on the Tibetan Plateau. SIAL VI, Bogor (Indonesia), 7.
  • Clewing, C.; Hauswald, A.K. & Wilke, T. (2011): Microsatellite analyses of Oncomelania hupensis robertsoni - intermediate host for the human blood fluke. Annual Meeting of the German Malacological Society (DMG), Hofgeismar (Germany), Poster.

Awards & grants

  • Selected participation in the 2nd TiP Summer School/TPE Training Course on Tibetan Plateau Research
  • Selected participation in the International Field School "Evolution of Lake Malawi Biodiversity" funded by Volkswagenstiftung
  • Student grant SIAL 6 (August 2012), Bogor, Indonesia
  • Publication Award, J. Frances Allen Institute of Malacology Outstanding Publication Award (2013)

Scientific memberships

Teaching experience

  • Supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in courses at Giessen University