Prof. Dr.

Michael T. Monaghan

Research Group Leader
+49 (0)30 64181 684

Müggelseedamm 301, 12587 Berlin / Königin-Luise-Str. 2-4 Gartenhaus, 14195 Berlin


molecular ecology, evolution, biodiversity, phylogeny / rivers, streams, lakes



at Freie Universität Berlin, Faculty of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Biology


since 2018  Professor of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin

2016  Visiting Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

since 2015  Guest Professor, Ehime University, Matsuyama

since 2008  Senior Scientist and Research Group Leader, IGB

2003-08  Research Fellow, Imperial College and Natural History Museum, London

2002  Dr. sc. nat. ETH Zürich

1998-2002  Doctoral student, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)

1998  M.S. Biology, Idaho State University

1995  B.S. Natural Resources Management, The Ohio State University

Recent Publications

Strassert & Monaghan (2022) Phylogenomic insights into the early diversification of fungi. Current Biology 32:3628-3635.e3.

Premke et al. (2022) Large-scale sampling of the freshwater microbiome suggests pollution-driven ecosystem changes. Environmental Pollution 308:119627.   

Sire et al. (2022) Climate-induced forest dieback drives compositional changes in insect communities that are more pronounced for rare species. Communications Biology 5:57.

Maasri et al. (2022) A global agenda for advancing freshwater biodiversity research. Ecology Letters 25:255-263.

Formenti et al. (2022) The era of reference genomes in conservation genomics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 37:197-202.

Welti et al. (2022) Temperature drives variation in flying insect biomass across a German malaise trap network. Insect Conservation and Diversity 15:168-180.

Heeger et al. (2021) Evidence for lignocellulose-decomposing enzymes in the genome and transcriptome of the aquatic hyphomycete Clavariopsis aquatica. Journal of Fungi 7:854.

Beng et al. (2021) Temporal dynamics of freshwater planktonic parasites inferred using a DNA metabarcoding time-series. Parasitology 148:1602-1611.

Rutschmann et al. (2021) Three mitochondrial genomes of early-winged insects (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae and Leptophlebiidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources 6:2969-2971

Hoffmann et al. (2021) PriSeT: Efficient de novo primer discoveryProceedings of the 12th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics Article No.: 2, pp. 1-12.

Rodriguez-Ezpeleta et al. (2021) Trade-offs between reducing complex terminology and producing accurate interpretations from environmental DNA. Molecular Ecology 30:4601-4605.

Bracamonte et al. (2021) Encapsulation of Anguillicola crassus reduces the abundance of adult parasite stages in the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Journal of Fish Diseases 44:771-782.

van Rees et al. (2021) Safeguarding freshwater life beyond 2020: recommendations for the new Global Biodiversity Framework from the European experience. Conservation Letters 14:e12771

Jähnig et al. (2021) Revisiting global trends in freshwater insect biodiversity. WIREs Water 8:e1506.

Lu et al. (2020) Revisiting the phylogenetic position of Caullerya mesnili (Ichthyosporea), a common Daphnia parasite, based on 22 protein-coding genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 151:106891

Serlet et al. (2020) SMART Research: towards interdisciplinary river science in Europe. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8:63.

Honnen et al. (2019) Artificial light at night influences clock-gene expression, activity, and fecundity in the mosquito Culex pipiens f. molestus. Sustainability 11:6220.

Heeger et al. (2019) Combining the 5.8S and ITS2 to improve classification of fungi. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:1702-1711.

Jähnig et al. (2019) In-depth approach to river management. (corresp). Nature 573:32.

Bracamonte et al. (2019) Experimental infection with Anguillicola crassus alters immune gene expression in both spleen and head kidney of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Marine Genomics 45:28-37.

Heeger et al. (2018) Long-read DNA metabarcoding of ribosomal rRNA in the analysis of fungi from aquatic environments. Molecular Ecology Resources 18:1500-1514.

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Freie Universität Berlin

Institute of Biology (Faculty of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy)

  • 23204 Data Science in Biology (ABV)
  • 23306 Experimental and Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology
  • 23308 Biotic Interactions in a Changing World
  • Project (10 LP)
  • Research Project (15 LP)
  • Master's Project

Institute of Computer Science (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science)

  • 23779 Biodiversity and Evolution
  • 23780 Environmental Genomics (Practical Seminar)
  • 23781 Evolutionary Bioinformatics and NGS Applications (Seminar)
  • Research Internship (10 LP)
  • Maser's Project

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