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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 Spheciformes, Entomology

2013 Research associate taxonomy Lepidoptera, Directorate-General

2012 Assistant dept. Evaluation, Directorate-General

2012 Intern Mammal collection


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 (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.


  • Willsch M, Friedrich F, Baum D, Ohl M (2020) Phylogenetic meaning of the multifarious anatomy of the mesosoma in aculeate Hymenoptera (Apoidea and Vespoidea). Manuscript in preparation.
  • Willsch M (2020) 3D imaging of anatomic structures in the mesosoma of Hymenoptera (Apoidea and Vespoidea). [Dataset]. Data Publisher: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity. Dataset in preparation.
  • Graf S, Willsch M, Ohl M (2019) Comparative morphology of the musculature of the sting apparatus in digger wasps by means of 3D imaging (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Manuscript in preparation.
  • Jurisch I, Willsch M, Ohl M (2019) Flightless wasps: The mesosomal musculature of aculeate Hymenoptera (Heterogynaidae, Mutillidae, Tiphiidae). Manuscript in preparation.