Research areas

  • Animal EvoDevo
  • Metazoan Functional and Evolutionary Morphology
  • Invertebrate Phylogeny
  • Invertebrate Sensory Systems and Neurobiology
  • Evolutionary Morphology: interface between palaeobiology and evolutionary developmental biology of vertebrates.
    For this we integrate living and fossil organisms, knowledge of their evolutionary relationships, past diversity patterns, and developmental biology, to provide a holistic understanding of their evolutionary history.
  • NHM main research areas and methodological approaches ares:
    • Biological systematics / integrative taxonomy / phylogenetics / phylogenomic
    • Molecular genetic analyses / phylogeography / population genetics / species delimitation
    • Molecular methods applied to conservation and biodiversity research
    • Collection-based research / comparative morphology
    • Co-evolution and symbiosis






at the Department of Evolutionary Biology
Althanstraße 14 (UZA I)
1090 Vienna

at the Department of Palaeontology
Althanstraße 14 (UZA II)
1090 Vienna

Diversity, Taxonomy and Systematics @ NHMW
Natural History Museum Vienna
Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna


Andreas Wanninger


Research Areas: Animal morphology, development and evolutio; Lophotrochozoan, MorphoEvoDevo,  Marine invertebrates group

Jürgen Kriwet


Pedro Frade

Research Areas: Corals and coral reef science; coral biology, ecology and evolution; integrated systematics, phylogenetics and phylogenomics; biodiversity, symbiosis, microbial ecology and host-associated microbes; invertebrate zoology

Elisabeth Haring

Research areas: Phylogenetics, molecular systematics, evolutionary genetics, biodiversity

Harald W. Krenn

Research Areas: Terrestrial arthropods group, insect functional morphology

Luise Kruckenhauser

Research Areas: Population and conservation genetics, species delimitation, molecular systematics, phylogeography, biodiversity, genetic monitoring, evolution of cave fish, DNA barcoding of molluscs

Research Areas: Science education

Anja Palandačić

Research Areas: Population and conservation genetics, species delimitation, molecular systematics & taxonomy, phylogeography, biodiversity, historic & ancient DNA analysis

Thomas Schwaha

Research Areas: Animal Morphology and Evolution

Andy Sombke

Research Areas: Evolutionary & functional morphology of myriapods and comparative neuroanatomy of arthropods.

Gerhard Steiner

Research Areas: Invertebrate phylogenetics and evolution

Frank Zachos

Research areas: Research Areas: Biodiversity, Phylogeography, Population/Conservation genetics of mammals and birds, Species concepts, Theoretical foundations of taxonomy, History and Philosophy of Biology