Prof. Dr.

Michael T. Monaghan

+49 (0)30 64181 684

Müggelseedamm 301, 12587 Berlin


molecular ecology, evolution, biodiversity, population genetics, molecular phylogenetics, genomics



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


2018- Professor of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin

2016 Visiting Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

2015- Guest Professor, Ehime University, Matsuyama

2008- Senior Scientist and Research Group Leader, IGB

2008-18 Lecturer (Adjunct), Freie Universität Berlin, Institut of Biology and Institute of Computer Science

2003-08 Research Fellow/Associate, 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)

Recent Publications

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)

23306 Experimental and Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology -- Master's program Biology / Biodiversity-Evolution-Ecology (10 LP)

23308 Biotic Interactions in a Changing World (5 LP)

Research Project Biology (15 LP)

Project Biology (10 LP)

Master's Research Project (on application)

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

23780 Environmental Metagenomics -- Praxisseminar, Master's program Bioinformatics (5 LP)

23781 Evolutionary Bioinformatics and Next-Generation Sequencing Applications -- Seminar (5 LP)

23779 Biodiversity and Evolution -- Core module, Master's program Bioinformatics (10 LP)

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