WAGNER Herbert Christian Mag.

Herbert Wagner

University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology

Research Group: Molecular Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25     (Room 514)
A-6020 Innsbruck

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There are still many unsolved questions about ant diversity. For a few years it has been known that there is a cryptic ant species complex in the Western Palaearctic Tetramorium caespitum group – eight species which are morphologically very similar but genetically significantly different. A lot of questions relating to the evolution of cryptic diversity remain to be solved: Is the morphological similarity due to convergence or stasis? Is there a relation between morphological similarity and evolutionary proximity or ecological similarity? My PhD-thesis aims to fill these gaps in the cryptic biodiversity research of the Tetramorium caespitum/impurum complex in a multidisciplinary way, including methods like morphometrics, molecular genetics and near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy.

Research Topics

  • Biogeography and faunistics
  • Integrative taxonomy
  • Morphology
  • Phylogeny and phylogeography
  • Population genetics
  • Routine identification tools

 I am also interested in

  • Conservation biology
  • Behaviour
  • Social organisation

Working title PhD thesis:

Filling gaps in cryptic-biodiversity research: evolutionary profile building on multi-source species delimitation


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