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Prof. Dr. Thomas Wilke

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics
Justus Liebig University
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ
D-35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99-35720
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99-35709

Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Phylogeny, biodiversity, and evolutionary strategies in selected gastropod groups
  • Phenotypic adaptation of mollusks in response to environmental change
  • Population genetics, phylogeography, and infection risks of Oncomelania hupensis (intermediate host of schistosomiasis) in China
  • Evolutionary biology, spatial distribution of biodiversity, and conservation of ancient lakes
  • Invasion biology of selected aquatic mollusk groups in Europe
  • Evolutionary processes in sponge and coral holobionts


Scientific career

  • 1989: Diploma in Biology, Potsdam College/Humboldt University Berlin with summa cum laude
  • 1989-1992: Ph.D. stipendee, University of Potsdam
  • 1992-1994: Scientific Assistant at the Research Station of Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology, Potsdam
  • 1994: Ph.D., Department of Zoology, University of Potsdam
  • 1995: Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Ecology and Conservation, University of Potsdam
  • 1995-1996: Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen
  • 1996-1997: Research Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (Davis Lab)
  • 1998-2001: Postdoctoral Associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (Davis Lab)
  • 2001: Habilitation, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany): Cryptic radiations in the superfamily Rissooidea (Gastropoda): morphostasis, population genetics and phylogenetic relationships, Venia legendi in Zoology
  • 2001-2003: Assistant Research Professor at the George Washington University in Washington D.C., Department of Microbiology and Tropical Medicine
  • since 2004: Professor and Head of the Systematics and Biodiversity Group at Justus Liebig University in Giessen




Awards & academic duties

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Stipend (1995-1996)
  • Jessup Award, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (1998)
  • DFG "Habilitanden-Stipendium" (2000-2002)
  • Vice President, German Malacological Society (2005 to date)
  • President Elect, Society for Speciation in Ancient Lakes (SIAL) (2006-2012)
  • Past President, Society for Speciation in Ancient Lakes (SIAL) (2012 to date)


Office hours (Sprechzeiten)

  • Semester: Thursday 3.00 p.m.-4.00 p.m. (Semester: Donnerstags von 15:00 bis 16:00 Uhr)
  • Semester break: by appointment only (Zwischensemester: nach Vereinbarung)