Evolutionary biology and venomics

All models are wrong, but some are useful [George E. P. Box]

Who am I ?

I was always intrigued by nature, different habitats and animal diversity which manifested in extensive observations, monitoring, collection and breeding experiments of a variety of animal groups. As a now trained zoologist and evolutionary biologist I am still curious to understand how the origin and evolution of species takes place and which processes led to their current diversity. Species-wise I focus on higher arthropods and in particular pancrustaceans (insects and crustaceans).

Especially one major evolutionary invention that evolved in all major animal lineages caught my attention since 2012 – venom. Modern venomics, the research area on animal venoms, is extremely diverse and combines almost all areas of modern biology and evolution including applied research aspects.

As a scientist who is interested in the theory of evolution, loves to be in the field to collect specimens and has an affinity to technology – modern evolutionary venomics is an ideal and fascinating playground. With my major projects in venom research I aim to contribute to a better understanding which processes are the drivers of venom evolution. Especially so far little studied invertebrate/pancrustacean groups such as centipedes, nemertenas, remipede crustaceans, robber flies, solitary bees and wasps (Hymenotperans), assassin bugs and other selected species caught my attention. In an integrative approach I use morphology, molecular systematics and new omics methods including bioinformatic tools to test my hypotheses.



Impressum | Dr. Bjoern M v. Reumont, 35396 Gie├čen, Germany. Please notice that all pictures and videos on this page are my courtesy and that I own the copyrights. Pictures were taken with Nikon coolpix 950, 995, Nikon D200, Nikon D300s, Lumix DMC-TZ10, Canon EOS500, Olympus OMD EM5iii. I am not responsible for any illegal content of sites that are linked.

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Institute address

Guest Scientist
Goethe University Frankfurt
Faculty of Biological Sciences
Applied Bioinformatics (Prof. Ingo Ebersberger)
Max-von-Laue Str. 13
D-60438 Frankfurt
Germany

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