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Kirsten Ferner

Kirsten Ferner
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

Research interests

Reproductive strategies of mammals.

  • Comparative anatomy of neonate mammals (placentals, marsupials und monotremes)
  • Morphological and morphometric investigation of the skin in newborn Marsupialia and newly hatched Monotremata with respect to cutaneous gas exchange
  • Structural development of essential organ systems (lung, kidney) and the gene expression of relevant genes

Publications (selected)

Zeller, U., Ferner, K., Göttert, T., Starik, N. 2018. Eutheria: Placental Mammals. In: Reference Module in Life Sciences, Elsevier. ISBN 9780128096338. DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.20608-0

Ferner, K., Schultz, J.A., Zeller, U. 2017. Comparative anatomy of neonates of the three major mammalian groups (monotremes, marsupials, placentals) and implications for the ancestral mammalian neonate morphotype. Journal of Anatomy 231: 798—822. doi: 10.1111/joa.12689

Ferner, K., Siniza, S., Zeller, U. 2014. The Placentation of Eulipotyphla—Reconstructing a Morphotype of the Mammalian Placenta. Journal of Morphology 275: 1122-1144.

Ferner, K., Mess, A. 2011. Evolution and development of fetal membranes and placentation in amniote vertebrates. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology 178 (1): 39-50.

Mess, A.M., Ferner, K.J. 2010. Evolution and development of gas exchange structures in Mammalia: The placenta and the lung. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology 173, Suppl.: S74-S82.

Ferner, K., Zeller, U., Schmelting, B., Fuchs, E. 2010.Ontogenetic and lung development in Tupaia belangeri during the early postnatal period. Mammalian Biology 75 (2): 95-105.

Ferner, K., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B. 2009. Lung development of monotremes: Evidence for the mammalian morphotype. Anatomical Record 292: 190-201.

Szdzuy, K., Zeller, U. 2009. Lung and metabolic development in mammals: contribution to the reconstruction of the marsupial and eutherian morphotype. Journal of Experimental Zoology 312B: 555-578.

Szdzuy, K., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B., Tzschentke, B., Janke, O. 2008. Postnatal lung and metabolic delopment  in two marsupial and four eutherian species. Journal of Anatomy 212: 164-179.

Szdzuy, K., Dehnhard, M., Strauss, G., Eulenberger, K., Hofer, H. 2006. Behavioural and endocrinological parameters of female African and Asian elephants Loxodonta africana and Elephas maximus in the peripartal period. International Zoo Yearbook 40: 41–50.