Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller
My research focuses on the evolution of tetrapods, particularly reptiles. I am especially interested in patterns of phylogenetic and morphological diversification, both from a neontological and paleontological perspective. In order to address these issues my lab integrates methods from morphology, ecology, phylogenetics, and molecular biology, and uses modern and extinct organisms as study systems. A major methodological approach in our research is the application of computed tomography to investigate fossil and extant morphologies.
Müller, J., Hipsley, C. A., Head, J. J., Kardjilov, N., Hilger, A., Wuttke, M. & Reisz, R. R. (2011): Eocene lizard from Germany reveals amphisbaenian origins. Nature 473 (7347): 364–367. doi:10.1038/nature09919
Müller J., Scheyer T.M., Head J.J., Barrett P.M., Werneburg I., Ericson P.G.P., Pol D. & Sánchez-Villagra M.R. (2010): Homeotic effects, somitogenesis and the evolution of vertebral numbers in recent and fossil amniotes. PNAS 107:2118-2123.
Müller, J. & Tsuji, L. A. (2007): Impedance-matching hearing in Paleozoic reptiles: evidence of advanced sensory perception at an early stage of amniote evolution. PLoS ONE 2(9): e889. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000889
Müller, J. & Reisz, R. R. (2006): The phylogeny of early eureptiles: comparing parsimony and Bayesian approaches in the investigation of a basal fossil clade. Systematic Biology 55: 503-511.
Reisz, R. R. & Müller, J. (2004): The fossil record and molecular timescales: a paleontological perspective. Trends in Genetics 20(5): 237-241.