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Dr. Thomas von Rintelen

Dr. Thomas von Rintelen
  • Tasks

    • Senior researcher in integrative taxonomy, biogeography, and evolution
    • Scientific head of mollusc collection
    • Research leader for Southeast Asia


    In my group we study on the biodiversity, distribution and origin of freshwater invertebrates in the tropics, particularly SE Asia. Focussing on molluscs and crustaceans, we use integrative taxonomy to establish a baseline for follow-up research on the phylo- and biogeography of species and higher taxa as well as in-depth studies on speciation, especially in ancient lakes. To this purpose, we employ morphological (e.g., light microscopy, SEM, µCT, histology) as well as genetic (molecular phylogenetics, transcriptomics, phylogenomics) methods. International collaboration is an important part of our research, with long-term partnerships established with countries in SE Asia (Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and W Africa (Cameroon).

    • Integrative taxonomy of tropical freshwater molluscs and crustaceans
    • Species and speciation in the ancient lakes of Sulawesi
    • Phylog- and biogeography of SE Asian freshwater taxa


    See Thomas von Rintelen on Google Scholar.