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Manja Voß

Manja Voß
  • E-Mail: manja.voss@mfn.berlin
  • Tel: +49 30 889140 - 8662
  • Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8561
  • Museum für Naturkunde
    Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
    Invalidenstraße 43
    10115 Berlin
    Deutschland
  • Publications

    Manja Voss

    Technical papers (peer-reviewed):

    Voss, M. 2014. On the invalidity of Halitherium schinzii Kaup, 1838 (Mammalia, Sirenia), with comments on systematic consequences. Zoosystematics and Evolution 90: 87-93

    Voss, M. 2012: A new sea cow record from the lower Oligocene of western Germany: new indications on the skeletal morphology of Halitherium schinzii (Mammalia: Sirenia). Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 86(2): 205-217.

    Voss, M., ASBACH, P. & HILGER, A. 2011: Vertebral anomaly in fossil sea cows (Sirenia, Mammalia). The Anatomical Record, 294: 980-986.

    Voss, M. 2008: New finds of Halitherium (Sirenia, Mammalia) from the lower Oligocene of the Rhine area, Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen, 249: 257-269; Stuttgart.

    Conference abstracts:

    Voss, M., Asbach, P. 2014. Multiple anomalies of vertebrae in fossil sea cows (Mammalia, Sirenia): characteristics and potential causes. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: 250. (published online)

    Voss, M. 2014. Three exceptionally preserved phocid pinnipeds from the late Miocene of Peru - new implications for phocid phylogeny and the late Neogene radiation of “southern” seals. In: Röhling H-G and Zulauf G, eds. GeoFrankfurt 2014 – Dynamik des Systems Erde / Earth Systems Dynamics. Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 85: 282.

    Voss, M., Hilger, A., Asbach, P. 2014. Facing the challenge of scanning pachyosteosclerotic bones: a comparison of neutron tomography with X-ray computed tomography using the example of sirenian vertebrae. Abstract Volume of the Digital Specimen. (published online)

    Voss, M. 2013a. Breaking with traditional concepts – a new classification for the order Sirenia (Mammalia). In: Reitner J, Qun Y, Yongdong W and Reich M, eds. Palaeobiology and Geobiology of Fossil Lagerstätten through Earth History. Universitätsdrucke Göttingen: 168-169.

    Voss M. 2013b. Sea cows through time and space – a new classification concept for the order with biogeographic implications. Biosystematics EU 2013 – Global systematics Abstract Volume: 226.

    Voss M. 2012a. To validate or not to validate: the re-evaluation of the Halitherium-species complex and its impact on sirenian systematics. Terra Nostra 2012/3: 185.

    Voss M. 2012b. Anomalies of the vertebral column in fossil sea cows (Mammalia, Sirenia). Terra Nostra 2012/3: 185-186.

    Fahlke JM, Voss M, Gingerich PD, Antar MSM, Zalmout IS. 2012. Predation of Basilosaurus isis on Dorudon atrox (Cetacea, Basilosauridae): A case study from the Eocene of Egypt. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: 91-92. (published online)

    Voss M. 2011a. Vertebral anomaly in fossil sea cows (Mammalia, Sirenia): also sea cows had backaches. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(Suppl. 6): 210.

    Voss M. 2011b. On the origin of manatees: a still speculative history. Beiträge zur Paläontologie 32: 83.

    Voss M. 2010a. New insights into the interrelationships of the Halitherium-species complex. Abstract volume of the Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA): 25. (published online)

    Voss M. 2010b. Character evolution, homoplasy and interrelationships of Sirenia. Zitteliana B 29: 103.

    Voss M. 2010c. Sirenian diversity in the Oligocene of Germany. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: 183A. (published online)

    Voss M. 2009a. New aspects on innerspecific variation in the genus Halitherium
    (Mammalia: Sirenia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(Suppl. 3): 196.

    Voss M. 2009b. Taxonomic and systematic problems within the genus Halitherium (Mammalia, Sirenia). Terra Nostra 2009/3: 118.

    Voss M. 2008. Vertebral anomaly in fossil sea cows (Mammalia, Sirenia). Erlanger Geologiche Abhandlungen 6: 117.

    Voss M. 2007. Discoveries of Sirenian Remains from the early Oligocene of the Rhine-Ruhr Area (Germany) and a new look on the genus Halitherium. In: Warren A, ed. Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics. Geological Society of Australia 85: 45.

    Voss M. 2006. Funde von Halitherium (Sirenia) aus dem Unteroligozän des Rhein-Ruhr-Gebietes. Berichte des Instituts für Geowissenschaften Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel 22: 146.

    Unpublished Abstracts:

    Voss, M. 2014. Phylogenetic relationships and potential hybridization of South American sea
    cows (Mammalia‚ Sirenia). Congreso de Colombiano de Zoologia, Cartagena, Colombia.

    Voss, M. 2013. Revision of the Halitheriinae and a new classification concept for the order Sirenia (Mammalia). Young Systematists' Forum, November 2013, Natural History Museum, London, UK.

    Voss, M. 2008. Discoveries of sirenian remains from the early Oligocene of the Rhine-Ruhr area (Germany) with comments on the genus Halitherium. “PaleoPodium 13”, Budapest, Hungary.

    Voss, M. 2006. Funde von Halitherium (Sirenia) aus dem Unteroligozän des Ruhr-Gebietes. 33. Treffen des Arbeitskreises Wirbeltierpaläontologie, Greifswald.

     

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Manja Voss

    Professional Background:

    • since 10/2013 Scientific fellow in the EU-Project SYNTHESYS (Access and NA2), FB2, MfN Berlin
    • since 01/2008 Service for Public Education, MfN Berlin
    • 01/2007 – 05/2010 Scientific fellow in the research project at the MfN Berlin: "Revision of the genus Halitherium (Mammalia, Sirenia) from the early Oligocene of Europe" (DFG, PD Dr. Oliver Hampe)
    • 09/2005– 09/2013 Scientific fellow in the EU-Project SYNTHESYS (Access), Department for Collections, MfN Berlin
    • 07/2003 – 08/2003 Internship, UNESCO World Heritage Site "Grube Messel", Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Germany
    • 07/2002 – 09/2005 Tutor for students for the lectures and exercise courses "Zoology and morphology for geologists and palaeontologists" and "Analysis of DNA sequences" at the Department of Geo- and Environmental Sciences, Section Palaeontology, FU Berlin
    • 06/2001 – 09/2002 Scientific assistant in the Postgraduate program at the Institute of Zoology, MfN Berlin
    • 03/1999 – 04/1999 Internship in the palaeontological collections, MfN Berlin

    Education:

    • 11/2013 Disputation at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, field Biology
    • 06/2013 Dissertation at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, field Biology
    • Thesis: "Revision of the Halitherium-species complex (Mammalia, Sirenia) from the late Eocene to early Miocene of Central Europe and North America"
    • 09/2005 – 12/2013 PhD-Student at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    • 08/2005 Diploma in Geology/Palaeontology, FU Berlin                    
    • Thesis: "Partial skeletons of Halitherium (Sirenia, Mammalia) from the early Oligocene of the Rhine-Ruhr area (Germany)"                    
    • Geological Mapping: "Geological mapping of the area north-east of Forchheim/Upper Francon"
    • 12/2000 Vordiploma in Geology/Paleaontology, FU Berlin
    • 10/1998 – 08/2005 Student at the Department of Geo- and Environ-mental Sciences, FU Berlin
    • 10/1998 – 07/2000 Student at the Department of Anthropology, HU Berlin
  • Tasks

     
    • Research on marine mammals
    • Scientific fellow in the EU-Project SYNTHESYS (Acces and NA2)
    • Service for public education

    Research

     

    Research interests:

    • Evolution, Morphology and Diversity of marine mammals, especially of sea cows (Sirenia), but also whales (Cetacea) and seals (Pinnipedia)
    • evolutionary drivers for the secondary adaptations to life in the water
    • Taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, Palaeobiogeography and Palaeoecology
    • Paläopathology and skeletal anomalies
    • Application of computed tomography (CT)
       

    Research projects:

    Revision of the Halitherium - species complex (DFG, PD Dr. Oliver Hampe)

    Publications (Selection)

     

    Voss, M. 2014. On the invalidity of Halitherium schinzii Kaup, 1838 (Mammalia, Sirenia), with comments on systematic consequences. Zoosystematics and Evolution 90(1): 87-93

    Voss M. 2012. A new sea cow record from the lower Oligocene of western Germany: new indications on the skeletal morphology of Halitherium schinzii (Mammalia: Sirenia). Paläontologische Zeitschrift 86: 205-217.

    Voss M, Asbach P, Hilger A. 2011. Vertebral anomaly in fossil sea cows (Sirenia, Mammalia). The Anatomical Record 294: 980-986.