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apl. Prof. Dr. Christian Albrecht

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics
Justus Liebig University
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ
D-35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99-35722
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99-35709

Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Patterns and processes of invertebrate diversification in long-lived limnic ecosystems
  • Mechanisms of species invasions in freshwater
  • Biogeography of freshwater invertebrates, primarily mollusks
  • Phylogeny and systematics of aquatic pulmonate gastropods and sphaeriid bivalves
  • Freshwater molluscs diversity and biogeography on oceanic islands
  • Neglected tropical diseases (schistosomiasis and fasciolosis)

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Scientific career

  • 1995-2001: Studies in biology, F. Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • 1999-2000: "Visiting research student", University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2001: Diploma (MSc) in Biology, F. Schiller University Jena: "Invasion biology of a species with low mobility – the Mediterranean terrestrial snail Otala lactea (O.F. Müller 1774) in southern California"
  • 2001-2004: Research fellow, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt/M., Germany
  • 2005: Ph.D. "summa cum laude", J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt/M., Institute of Zoology, Department of Ecology and Evolution: "Patterns and processes of diversification in the Basommatophora (Gastropoda: Pulmonata)"
  • 2005-2010: Post-doctoral researcher, Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • since 2010: Senior research scientist/lecturer, Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • since 2012: Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat), Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • since 2019: Assistant Professor (Akademischer Oberrat), Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • since 2021: Associate Professor, Justus Liebig University Giessen





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Awards & scholarships

  • Winner "Young Scientists - Biology" Federal state Thüringen 1991
  • German contest "Young Scientists - Biology"; delegation to European contest "YEER - Young Europeans Environmental Research", representing Germany (1991)
  • 2nd Award Winner European contest "YEER - Young Europeans Environmental Research" (1991)
  • Guest of Honor, Air Lingus Young Scientist Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland 1992
  • Winner "Young Scientists - Geo- and Space Sciences" Federal state Thüringen 1992
  • Representative of Germany at 1st International Summercamp in Ecology (1992)
  • Scholarship of the "Studienstiftung des deutsches Volkes" (1997-2001)
  • Third best poster at triannual World Congress of Malacology, Perth 2004
  • Award for the best Poster Presentation (as co-author), SIAL IV, Berlin 2006
  • Young Scientists Award of the Justus Liebig University Giessen 2007
  • Secretary of SIAL V "Speciation In Ancient Lakes", Ohrid 2009 (2008 to date)
  • Award for the best Poster Presentation (as co-author), SIAL V, Ohrid 2009
  • Assessor of the IUCN SSC Mollusc Specialist Group, since 2009
  • Award for the best Poster Presentation (as co-author), World Congress of Malacology, Phuket 2010
  • President Elect SIAL "Speciation In Ancient Lakes" (2015 to 2019)

Academic duties

  • Editorial Board of "BMC Ecology and Evolution" (2020 to date)
  • Editorial Board of "Integrative Zoology" (2011 to 2016)
  • Editorial Board of "International Journal of Biodiversity" (2012 to 2014)
  • Appointed Examiner of the Federal State Hesse for teachers students "biology"
  • Appointed Trainer for technical assistents in biology
  • Appointed Member of the examination commission of the M.Sc. "Global Change"
  • Associated Member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF)
  • Appointed Visiting Professor at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)


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