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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 | N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, Namibia; breeding & behaviour of parrots; keeping of dolphins | Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain

    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 field of aquatic/fish ecology, HS Bremen, and the phylogeography of asian civets, Dept. Evolutionary Genetics, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin  &  HS Bremen

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    Research Associate for the EU project SYNTHESYS+

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

    --->  CURRENTLY on maternity/parental leave. Deputy: Ulla Lächele

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    Dept. Collection Development


    PhD student

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

    Dept. Evolutionary Morphology (research group Michael Ohl)

    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