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M.Sc. Maraike Willsch

Maraike Willsch
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

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

Tasks & affiliation

Biologist with focus on Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology & Conservation

  • Doctoral candidate, Research group of PD Dr Michael Ohl - Science Programme 1 Evolution and Geoprocesses, dept. Evolutionary Morphology, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
  • Biology/Zoology, Humboldt-University of Berlin


Former positions at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin:

2013/2014 Collection Manager, Entomology

2013 Research associate, Directorate-General

2012 Assistant dept. Evaluation, Directorate-General

2012 Intern, Mammals


->  ResearchGate

Current research project

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 animals. A broad morphological data set should clarify phylogenetic relationships. More information is provided here.


  • Willsch M, Friedrich F, Baum D, Jurisch I, Ohl M (in prep.) A comparative description of the mesosomal musculature in Sphecidae and Ampulicidae (aculeate Hymenoptera: Apoidea) using MicroCT and 3D Technique.
  • Graf S, Willsch M, Ohl M (in prep.) Comparative morphology of the sting apparatus in digger wasps by means of micro-computed tomography.
  • Jurisch I, Willsch M, Ohl M (in prep.) The morphology of the mesosoma of aculeate Hymenoptera with reduced wings.
  • Willsch M (2018) MicroCT scans of the mesosomal musculature in Apoidea (aculeate Hymenoptera). Data publication.
  • Gaubert P, Patel RP, Veron G, Goodman SM, Willsch M, Vasconcelos R, Lourenco A, Sigaud M, Justy F, Joshi BD, Fickel J, Wilting A (2017) Phylogeography of the Small Indian Civet and Origin of Introductions to Western Indian Ocean Islands. J Hered 2017; 108 (3): 270-279.
  • Veron G, Willsch M, Dacosta V, Patou ML, Seymour A, Bonillo C, Couloux A, Wong ST, Jennings AP, Fickel J, Wilting A (2014) The distribution of the Malay civet Viverra tangalunga (Carnivora: Viverridae) across Southeast Asia: natural or human-mediated dispersal? Zool J Linn Soc. 170: 917–932.