Dr. Nikolaus Szucsich




Phone:+43 1 5237302-135
since 2011                 1KITE; Phylogenomics of Hexapoda (1000 insect species)
since 2012-               DNA-Barcoding of Protura
since 2012-               complete genomes of primarily wingless insects– in cooperation with (i) ZMB of the Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (Bonn, Germany) (ii) i5K and (iii) AG Zdobnov (University Geneva, Switzerland)
since 2013-               DNA-Barcoding of Austrian myriapods and primarily wingless insects
since 2013-               Phylogenomics of Myriapoda
Date and place of birth: 22. 11. 1969 in Eisenstadt/ Austria

1979 – 1987              secondary school: BG Mattersburg
1988 – 1993              study of Journalism and Arts History: University of Vienna
1989 – 1990              study of Technical Mathematics: Technical University of Vienna
1990 – 1998              study of Biology (Zoology): University of Vienna
2004 – 2007              doctoral thesis (Zoology): University of Vienna (FWF project P17038-B03: "Phylogenetic relationships of basal hexapods: a combined approach" - Prof. Dr. Günther Pass)
2007/2008                 Postdoc, Institut für Allgemeine Zoologie, Universität Rostock (Dr. Christian Wirkner)
2008-2010                 Postdoc, Research assistant, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna (FWF project P 20497-B17: "Are the Hexapoda monophyletic? Conflicting hypotheses regarding their relationships to myriapods and crustaceans " – Prof. Dr. Günther Pass)
2010-2011                 Substitute Professor for Entomology, Biozentrum Grindel & Zoological Museum, University of Hamburg
2011-2012                 Postdoc, Research assistant, Dept. of Integrative Zoology, University of Vienna (FWF project P 20497-B17: "Are the Hexapoda monophyletic? Conflicting hypotheses regarding their relationships to myriapods and crustaceans " – Prof. Dr. Günther Pass)
Since 2014                 ABOL Manager
  • Richter, S., M. Stein, T. Frase and N. U. Szucsich (2013) The Arthropod Head. In: Minelli, A., G. Boxshall and G. Fusco (eds.) Arthropod Biology and Evolution. Berlin – Heidelberg, Springer: 223-240
  • Szucsich, N. U. and U. Scheller (2011) Chapter 20 Symphyla. In: Minelli, A. (ed.) Treatise of Zoology – Anatomy; Taxonomy, Biology – The Myriapoda 1. Leiden, NL, Brill: 445-466
  • Szucsich, N. U. (2004) Die Schwebfliegen (Syrphidae, Diptera) des Botanischen Gartens der Universität Wien. In: Pernstich, A., Krenn, H.W. (eds.), Die Tierwelt des Botanischen Gartens der Universität Wien: 115-120.

Peer reviewed Journals

  • Resch, C., J. Shrubovych, D. Bartel, N. U. Szucsich, G. Timelthaler, Y.  Bu and G. Pass (2014) DNA barcoding in Protura: Where subtle morphological differences are perfectly mirrored by huge genetic distances. PLOS ONE
  • Dell'Ampio, E., K. Meusemann , N. U. Szucsich, R. S. Peters, B. Meyer, J. Borner, M. Petersen, A. A. Aberer, A. Stamatakis, M. G. Walzl, A. von Haeseler, I. Ebersberger, G. Pass and B. Misof (2014) Decisive data sets in phylogenomics: lessons from studies on the phylogenetic relationships of primarily wingless insects. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31(1): 239-249 (doi: 10.1093/molbev/mst196 )
  • Szucsich, N. U., C. S. Wirkner and G. Pass (2013) Deconstructing morphology: reply to Scholtz (2010). Acta Zoologica 94 (2): 215-217
  • Karolyi, F., N. U Szucsich, J. F. Colville and H. W. Krenn (2012) Adaptations for nectar-feeding in the mouthparts of long-proboscid flies (Nemestrinidae: Prosoeca). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107 (2): 414-424
  • Böhm, A., N. U. Szucsich and G. Pass (2012) Brain anatomy in Diplura (Hexapoda). Frontiers in Zoology 9 (1): 26.
  • Szucsich, N. U., M. Pennerstorfer and C. S. Wirkner (2011) The mouthparts of Scutigerella immaculata: Correspondences and variation among serially homologous head appendages. Arthropod Structure & Development 40 (2): 105-121
  • Pass, G. and N. U. Szucsich (2011) 100 years of research on the Protura: many secrets still retained. Soil Organisms 83 (3): 309-334
  • Böhm, A., D. Bartel, N. U. Szucsich and G. Pass (2011) Confocal imaging of the exo- and endoskeleton of Protura after nondestructive DNA extraction. Soil Organisms 83 (3): 335-345
  • Dell’Ampio, E., N. U. Szucsich and G. Pass (2011) Protura and molecular phylogenetics: status quo of a young love. Soil Organisms 83 (3): 347-358
  • Dell’Ampio, E., N. U. Szucsich, A. Carapelli, F. Frati, G. Steiner, A. Steinacher and G. Pass (2009) Testing for the misleading effects of phylogenetic reconstructions using 28S rRNA sequences: influences of character dependence, character choice and biases in nucleotide frequencies on the placement of basal hexapods. Zoologica Scripta 38 (2): 155-170
  • von Reumont , B. M., K. Meusemann , N. U. Szucsich, E. Dell'Ampio, V. Gowri-Shankar, D.Bartel, S. Simon, H. O. Letsch, R. R. Stocsits, Y.-x. Luan, J. W. Wägele, G. Pass, H. Hadrys and B. Misof (2009) Can comprehensive background knowledge be incorporated into substitution models to improve phylogenetic analyses? A case study on major arthropod relationships. - BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 119
  • Szucsich, N. U. and G. Pass (2008) Incongruent phylogenetic hypotheses and character conflicts in morphology: The root and early branches of the hexapodan tree. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 16, 415-429
  • Milasowszky, N., M. Hepner, N. U. Szucsich and K. P. Zulka (2007) Urozelotes yutian (Platnick & Song, 1986), a junior synonym of Zelotes mundus (Kulczyński, 1897) (Araneae: Gnaphosidae). The Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 14 (1), 22-26
  • Szucsich, N. U. and C. S. Wirkner (2007) Homology - a synthetic concept of evolutionary robustness of patterns. Zoologica Scripta 36, 281-289
  • Pass, G., B.-A. Gereben-Krenn, M. Merl, J. D. Plant, N. U. Szucsich and M. Tögel (2006) Phylogenetic relationships of the orders of Hexapoda: Contributions from the circulatory organs for a morphological data matrix. Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny 64, 165-203.
  • Krenn, H. W., J. D. Plant, and N. U. Szucsich (2005) Mouthparts of flower-visiting insects. Arthropod Structure & Development 34, 1-40.
  • Szucsich, N. U. and H. W. Krenn (2002) Flies and concealed nectar sources: morphological innovations in the proboscis of Bombyliidae (Diptera). Acta Zoologica 83 (3), 183-192
  • Szucsich, N. U. and H. W. Krenn (2000) Morphology and function of the proboscis in Bombyliidae (Diptera, Brachycera) and implications for proboscis evolution in Brachycera. : 79-90
    Andere Journals
  • Szucsich, N. U., D. Bartel and K. P. Zulka (2011) Short note on the occurrence of Lithobius microps and L. curtipes (Chilopoda, Myriapoda) in Austria. – Entomologische Mitteilungen aus dem Museum Hamburg 15 (185): 271-273
  • Herzig, A. and Szucsich, N. (1997) Rote Liste gefährdeter Tiere des Burgenlandes. Biologisches Forschungsinstitut Burgenland, Bericht 87: 15-33 (compiled from literature)
  • Arthropod evolution, phylogeny and phylogenomics
  • Barcoding & Integrative Taxonomy of soil arthropods (myriapods, primarily wingless insects)
  • Fauna Austriaca (own focus: myriapods, primarily wingless insects)
  • Scientific concepts of phylogeny and evolutionary biology
  • 3D-Reconstruction & Visualization of arthropod morphology