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Maraike Willsch

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    • Graf S, Willsch M, Ohl M (2021) Comparative morphology of the musculature of the sting apparatus in Ampulex compressa (Hymenoptera, Ampulicidae) and Sceliphron destillatorium (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift. 68(1): 21-32.
    • Willsch M, Friedrich F, Baum D, Jurisch I, Ohl M (2020) A comparative description of the mesosomal musculature in Sphecidae and Ampulicidae (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) using 3D techniques. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 67(1): 51-67.
    • Willsch M (2019) Micro-computed tomography scanning of the mesosomal musculature in Apoidea (aculeate Hymenoptera) – segmented structures and raw data. [Dataset]. Data Publisher: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity.
    • Gaubert P, Patel R, Veron G, Goodman SM, Willsch M et al. (2017) Phylogeography of the small Indian civet and origin of introductions on western Indian Ocean islands. Journal of Heredity. 108(3): 270–279.
    • Veron G, Willsch M et al. (2014) The Distribution of the Malay Civet Viverra tangalunga (Carnivora: Viverridae) across Southeast Asia: Natural or Human-mediated Dispersal? Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 170(4): 917–932.
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    Curriculum Vitae

    Since 08/2020 | Research associate, EU project SYNTHESYS+ | Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN)

    2019 | Research associate, conservation of pollinating insects | Stiftung Naturschutz Berlin

    2019 | Freelance scientist for science communication with museum visitors on basis of my PhD project, Experimental Field for Participation and Open Science | MfN

    2016-2019 | Freelance translator Engl-Ger

    Since 2014 | PhD student, evolutionary morphology, skeletal musculature of Aculeata | MfN  &  Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    2013/2014 | Collection Manager Spheciformes, Entomology | MfN

    2013 | Qualified Dog Coach | DCI Berlin

    2013 | Research associate, taxonomy Lepidoptera, Directorate-General | MfN

    2012 | Assistant dept. Evaluation, Directorate-General | MfN

    2012 | Intern Mammal collection | MfN

    2008 - 2009 | Practical semester abroad: reintroduction & tracking of cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, Namibia | breeding & behaviour of parrots; keeping of dolphins at the Loro Parque, Tenerife

    2007-2011 | Studies in Biology (BSc, MSc) | Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Conservation | Hochschule Bremen - City University of Applied Sciences, Germany & University of Salford - Greater Manchester, UK 

    • Theses in the fields of aquatic and fish ecology
    • and the phylogeography of asian civets, Dept. Evolutionary Genetics at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin
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    Research Associate for the EU project SYNTHESYS+

    Coordinator & Admin of the Taxonomic Access Facilities Germany (DE-TAF), Transnational Access

    Science Programme Collection Future, Dept. Collection Development


    PhD student

    The evolution and phylogeny of aculeate Hymenoptera using 3D imaging techniques, analysis of the skeletal musculature

    Science Programme Dynamics of Nature, Dept. Evolutionary Morphology 

    Biology/Zoology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Wasp muscles_Maraike Willsch MfN


    My PhD-project is about the phylogeny and evolution of aculeate Hymenoptera. Using µCT-scans and 3D-reconstructions I investigate characters of skeletal-muscles of these insects. A broad morphological data set should help clarifying phylogenetic relationships. Project description