Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs

Anne-Sarah Ganske

Anne-Sarah is currently working in the 3rd Zoological Department of the Natural History Museum Vienna in Austria. Her research focuses on the phylogeny of the large centipede genus Lithobius (Chilopoda, Myriapoda) with ca. 500 species using state-of-the-art morphological and molecular techniques. The morphological part relies on an intense microanatomical investigation of the peristomatic structures and cephalic musculature using SEM and microCT. In parallel, a molecular investigation will help to understand the taxa inter-relations and get a better overview on the evolutionary history of the genus. "Non-destructive study of morphology of rare or incompletely preserved specimens" is supervised by Dr. Nesrine Akkari (NHM Vienna) and Dr. Gregory Edgecombe (NHM London).
Anne-Sarah is from Germany and completed her M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Ecology at the University of Greifswald (Germany). Afterwards, she was employed as a research assistant in the Department of General and Systematic Zoology (University of Greifswald) and worked together with Prof. Dr. Gabriele Uhl and Dr. Carsten Müller. Her previous work focused on the functional morphology of different sensilla types in the wasp-spider Argiope bruennichi (Araneae, Araneidae) using a broad methodological spectrum ranging from SEM and TEM to electrophysiology, which helped identifying ’chemosensory tip-pore sensilla’ – presumed olfactory organs for an airborne sex pheromone.

Anne-Sarah visited several research institutes such as Lund University (Sweden), University of Gießen (Germany) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Jena (Germany) to exchange scientific experience and improve her skills. Additionally, she was active with pedagogic aspects and supervised practical courses and seminars for bachelor and master students on morphology of spider genitalia, communication in crickets and how to present scientific data.
As a zoologist, Anne-Sarah has a strong interest in arthropod morphology and anatomy, which she is using in this project to help understanding the evolutionary history of this large and poorly understood group.Besides science, she is interested in team sports like basketball and enjoys many social activities. Team work is something she values and taking up challenges is something she is always up for.

Read more about Anne-Sarah's project: "Non-destructive study of morphology of rare or incompletely preserved specimens"


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