Research Projects of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics

current projects

  • Dragonflies in Vienna: DNA barcoding and survey, with focus on FFH-species Cordulegaster heros and Leucorrhinia pectoralis. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; Iris Fischer, MSc; Marcia Sittenthaler, MSc; Dr. Helmut Sattmann (NHM Vienna, 3rd Zoolog. Department); Mag. Susanne Randolf (NHM Vienna, 2nd Zoolog. Department) in cooperation with Univ.-Doz. Dr. Andreas Chovanec (Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Dep. of National and international Water Management), start 2017.
    The project is funded by the Municipal Department 22 - Environmental Protection in Vienna (MA22) & the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2014-2020
  • Speciation in rock-dwelling land snails: Understanding the origin of diversity using Montenegrina as a model system. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring, Dr. Zoltan Feher, Mag. Katharina Jaksch, Sonja Bamberger, Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser; joint project with the 3. Zool. Department: HR Dr. Helmut Sattmann; start 2014; funded by the FWF (P 26581).
     
  • Evolution of cave dwelling and surface populations of Garra barreimiae from Oman. Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser, Mag. Sandra Kirchner, Arthur Pichler, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the 3. Zool. Department: HR Dr. Helmut Sattmann; in co-operation with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Harald Krenn (University Vienna), Anton Weissenbacher (Zoo Schönbrunn); Dr. Cristiano Bertolucci (University Ferrara), Dr. Reginald Victor (Sultan Qabus University Oman); start 2005; supported by the uni:docs fellowship program of the University Vienna.
     
  • Genetic diversity and phylogeography of selected Alpine land snails. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring, Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser, Mag. Katharina Jaksch, Mag. Josef Harl, Mag. Laura Zopp, Mag. Sandra Kirchner; joint project with the 3. Zool. Department: HR Dr. Helmut Sattmann, Dr. Michael Duda; since 2011 - continuation of a former FWF project (P 19592; 2007-2011). http://snails.nhm-wien.ac.at/
     
  • ABOL – The Austrian Barcode of Life. Biodiversity initiative to generate DNA-Barcodes of all species of animals, plants, and fungi recorded from Austria. Joint project of the NHM, the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the Karl-Franzens-University Graz, and the Tiroler Landesmuseen. Project management at the NHM: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring, HR Dr. Helmut Sattmann, Dr. Nikola Szucsich; start 2014; funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics. http://www.abol.ac.at/
     
  • ABOL Pilot study: DNA barcoding of Austrian molluscs. Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser, Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser, Julia Schindelar, Oliver Macek, Mag. Katharina Jaksch; joint project with the 3. Zool. Department: Mag. Anita Eschner, Dr. Michael Duda, HR Dr. Helmut Sattmann; start 2014; funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics. http://www.abol.ac.at/project/pilotprojekt-mollusken
     
  • Genetic Monitoring of Austrian brown bears. Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser, Barbara Däubl, in co-operation with Dr. Georg Rauer (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna); since 2001; funded by WWF and FIWI (Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine).
     
  • Non-invasive genetic monitoring of otter (Lutra lutra) populations in Lower Austria. Mag. Marcia Sittenthaler, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring, in cooperation with Ass. Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Parz-Gollner (Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna); start 2013; Funded by the „Niederösterreichischer Landesfischereiverband“ and the “Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Naturschutz”.
     
  • Phylogeography and population genetics of the Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Mag. Carina Nebel,  Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anita Gamauf (project management), Priv.-Doz. Dr Frank Zachos; in cooperation with Gernot Segelbacher (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Deutschland), Dr. Alex Villers (Université de la Rochelle, Frankreich); start 2013; funded by FFG (Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft/Austria), Deutscher Falkenorden / Germany, Dr.-Elmar-Schlögl-Stiftung an der Klinik für Vögel / Germany.
     
  • Distribution and Taxonomy of Helicopsis striata in eastern Austria. Mag. Katharina Jaksch; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Mag. Anita Eschner (project management), Dr. Michael Duda; in cooperation with Dr. Georg Bieringer, DI Alexander Mrkvicka; start 2013; funded by „Amt der Burgenländischen Landesregierung“.
  • Re-evaluating the status of Red Sea Tripneustes gratilla (Linnaeus 1758). Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the Palaeontological Department: Dr. Andreas Kroh; in cooperation with Dr. Omri Bronstein (Universität Tel-Aviv); start 2014.

previous projects

  • Molecular genetic analyses of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in human remains from Austrian burial sites. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring, Barbara Däubl, Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser; joint project with the Department of Anthropology: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Maria Teschler-Nicola; 2007 – 2009 in cooperation with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Lutz Bachmann (University of Oslo and Natural History Museum of Oslo); 2007 – 2014.
     
  • Phylogeny of two relictary lacertid species of the Balkan peninsula (Dalmatolacerta oxycephala and Dinarolacerta mosorensis) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences; Dr. Werner Mayer in collaboration with Dr. Martina Podnar (Museum of Natural History Zagreb); 2008 – 2013.
     
  • Comparative study of DNA analyses from arsenic-treated bird specimens of ornithological collections. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anita Gamauf; in cooperation with Dr. Till Töpfer (Staatliche Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden, Museum für Tierkunde); 2009 – 2011.
     
  • Molecular Phylogeny of the Buteoninae. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anita Gamauf; in cooperation with Dr. Fabio Sarubbi Raposo do Amaral, Dr. Luís Fábio Silveira, Dr. Anita Wajntal (University of São Paulo, Brazil); 2008 – 2010.
     
  • Genetic diversity and phylogeography of selected Alpine land snails: In the search for glacial refugia. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring, Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser, Mag. Josef Harl; Mag. Sandra Kirchner; joint project with the 3. Zool. Department: HR Dr. Helmut Sattmann, Dr. Michael Duda, Mag. Laura Zopp, Mag. Kathariana Jaksch; 2007 – 2011; funded by the FWF (P 19592).
     
  • Investigation of potential hybridization between oviparous and viviparous populations of Zootoca vivipara in a contact zone in the Karnischen Alpen (Carinthia). Dr. Werner Mayer in cooperation with Dorothea Lindtke (University of Bonn). 2007 – 2009.
     
  • Origin of allochthonous wall lizards in Central Europe. Dr. Werner Mayer; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Mag. Silke Schweiger; in cooperation with Dr. Ulrich Schulte (Universität Trier); 2006 – 2008.
     
  • Phylogeny of Lacertinae (Reptilia; Lacertidae) based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences. Dr. Werner Mayer, in cooperation with Dr. Mihaela Pavlicev (University of Oslo); 2005 – 2007.
     
  • The impact of hybridization on the population structure of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug): genetic comparison between historical and recent populations. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring, Dr. Franziska Nittinger, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Pinsker; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anita Gamauf; 2003 – 2006; funded by the FWF (P 16305).
     
  • Genetic variation of widespread Palearctic species. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anita Gamauf; in cooperation with Dr. Alexey Kryukov, Irina Sheremetyeva (IBSS, Vladivostok, Russia); 2001 – 2009; funded by the ÖAD (2001 – 2003).
     
  • Comparative study of intraspecific biodiversity of selected amphibians and reptiles in Austria. Dr. Werner Mayer; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Mag. Silke Schweiger; in cooperation with Dr. Martina Podnar (Museum of Natural History Zagreb); 2001 – 2003; funded by the FWF (P 14905).
     
  • Molecular phylogeny of the genus Corvus. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anita Gamauf; in cooperation with Dr. Alexey Kryukov (IBSS, Vladivostok, Russia); 2001 – 2009; supported by the ÖAD (2001 – 2003).
     
  • Molecular systematic analyses of Neuropterida. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the 2. Zool. Department: Ao.Univ. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Aspöck; in cooperation with Ao.Univ. Prof. Dr. Horst Aspöck. (Medical University of Vienna), Mag. Daniela Bartel (University of Vienna); 2000 – 2011.
     
  • Evolution of the mitochondrial control region in the genus Buteo and other Falconiformes. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring, Dr. Luise Kruckenhauser, Martin Riesing; Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Pinsker; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anita Gamauf; 2000 – 2002; funded by the FWF (P 14069).
     
  • Molecular systematic analyses of alpine voles (genus Microtus) based on material of the scientific collection of the NHM. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Dr. Friederike Spitzenberger, Dr. Barbara Herzig-Straschil;. funded by the HJSt-Stadt Wien; 2000.
     
  • Molecular Phylogeny of hawk eagles of the genus Spizaetus. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Haring; joint project with the 1. Zool. Department: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anita Gamauf. In cooperation with Dr. Jan Ove Gjershaug, Dr. Nils Rov, Dr. Kirsti Kvaloy (Trondheim, Norway); 1999 – 2007; funded by JF-Nationalbank (No 8077; 1999 – 2001).

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