Prof. Dr.

Michael T. Monaghan

+49 (0)30 64181 684
+49 (0)30 64181 682

Müggelseedamm 301, 12587 Berlin


My background is in freshwater ecology and evolutionary biology (molecular phylogenetics and popgen). I use both to study biodiversity, namely the processes of diversification and adaptation and the influence of environmental changes (e.g., climate, habitat). My group also works on the development and application of genomics methods (next-gen. sequencing, evolutionary bioinformatics) to problems in freshwater ecology and biodiversity. I have lived and worked in Germany, England, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Tanzania, Madagascar, New Zealand, and the USA and lead an international research group with a broad outlook.


2018- Professor of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin

2018- Guest Professor, Ehime University, Japan

2016 Visiting Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

2015-16 Guest Professor, Ehime University

2008- Senior Scientist, IGB

2008-18 Lecturer (Adjunct), Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Biologie and Institut für Informatik

2003-08 Post-doc, Imperial College and Natural History Museum, London

2002 PhD ETH Zürich (Eawag)



Jean-Luc Gattolliat; Sereina Rutschmann; Michael T. Monaghan; Michel Sartori

From molecular hypotheses to valid species: description of three endemic species of Baetis (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) from the Canary Islands

Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny. - 76(2018)3, S. 509-528

Wiliam Darwall; Vanessa Bremerich; Aaike De Wever; Anthony I. Dell; Jörg Freyhof; Mark O. Gessner; Hans-Peter Grossart; Ian Harrison; Ken Irvine; Sonja C. Jähnig; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Jessica J. Lee; Cai Lu; Aleksandra M. Lewandowska; Michael T. Monaghan; Jens C. Nejstgaard; Harmony Patricio; Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber; Simon N. Stuart; Michele Thieme; Klement Tockner; Eren Turak; Olaf Weyl

The Alliance for Freshwater Life: a global call to unite efforts for freshwater biodiversity science and conservation

Aquatic Conservation. - 28(2018)4, S. 1015-1022


Ann-Christin Honnen; Michael T. Monaghan

City-dwellers and country folks: lack of population differentiation along an urban-rural gradient in the mosquito Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae)

Journal of Insect Science. - 17(2017)5, 107




Steffen U. Pauls; Maria Alp; Miklós Bálint; Paola Bernabò; Fedor Ciampor; Zuzana Ciamporová-Zatovicová; Debra S. Finn; Jan Kohout; Florian Leese; Valeria Lencioni; Ivan Paz-Vinas; Michael T. Monaghan

Integrating molecular tools into freshwater ecology

Freshwater Biology. - 59(2014)8, S. 1559-1576

M. F. Geiger; F. Herder; M. T. Monaghan; V. Almada; R. Barbieri; M. Bariche; P. Berrebi; J. Bohlen; M. Casal-Lopez; G. B. Delmastro; G. P. J. Denys; A. Dettal; I. Doadrio; E. Kalogianni; H. Kärst; M. Kottelat; M. Kovacić; M. Laporte; M. Lorenzoni; Z. Marcić; M. Özulig; A. Perdices; S. Perea; H. Persat; S. Porcelotti; C. Puzzi; J. Robalo; R. Sanda; M. Schneider; V. Slechtová; M. Stoumboudi; S. Walter; J. Freyhof

Spatial heterogeneity in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot affects barcoding accuracy of its freshwater fishes

Molecular Ecology Resources. - 14(2014)6, S. 1210-1221



Reinhard Gerecke; Michael Monaghan

Eintagsfliegen (Ephemeroptera)

Quellen / Red.: Reinhard Gerecke. - Weng im Gesäuse, 2012. - Kapitel IV/3. - S. 132-141

Johannes Bergsten; David T. Bilton; Tomochika Fujisawa; Miranda Elliott; Michael T. Monaghan; Michael Balke; Lars Hendrich; Joja Geijer; Jan Herrmann; Garth N. Foster; Ignacio Ribera; Anders N. Nilsson; Timothy G. Barraclough; Alfried P. Vogler

The effect of geographical scale of sampling on DNA barcoding

Systematic Biology. - 61(2012)5, S. 851-869

Maribet Gamboa; Ryan K. Kimbirauskas; Richard W. Merritt; Michael T. Monaghan

A molecular approach to identifying the natural prey of the African creeping water bug Naucoris, a potential reservoir of Mycobacterium ulcerans

Journal of Insect Science. - 12(2012)art.2


Norbert Walz; Rita Adrian; John J. Gilbert; Michael T. Monaghan; Guntram Weithoff; Heike Zimmermann-Timm


Hydrobiologia. - 662(2011), S. 1-4


Aurel I. Lozan; Sergey Belokobylskij; Cees van Achterberg; Michael T. Monaghan

Diversity and distribution of Braconidae, a family of parasitoid wasps in the Central European peatbogs of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Journal of insect science. - 10(2010)16

Thomas Mehner; Kirsten Pohlmann; Che Elkin; Michael T. Monaghan; Barbara Nitz; Jörg Freyhof

Genetic population structure of sympatric and allopatric populations of Baltic ciscoes (Coregonus albula complex, Teleostei, Coregonidae)

BMC evolutionary biology. - 10(2010)85



Jean-Luc Gattolliat; Samantha J. Hughes; Michael T. Monaghan; Michel Sartori

Revision of Madeiran mayflies (Insecta, Ephemeroptera)

Zootaxa. - 1957(2008), S. 52-68

Jean-Luc Gattolliat; Michael T. Monaghan; Michel Sartori; Jean-Marc Elouard; Helen Barber-James; Pascale Derleth; Olivier Glaizot; Ferdy de Moor; Alfried P. Vogler

A molecular analysis of the afrotropical Baetidae

International advances in the ecology, zoogeography, and systematics of mayflies and stoneflies / ed. by F. R. Hauer ... - Berkeley, Calif., 2008, S. 219-232

Anna Papadopoulou; Johannes Bergsten; Tomochika Fujisawa; Michael T. Monaghan; Timothy G. Barraclough; Alfried P. Vogler

Speciation and DNA barcodes

Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London : ser. B, Biological sciences. - 363(2008)1506, S. 2987-2996

Research Group

Link to the Molecular Ecology and Genomics home page


IGB Doctoral Programme

Introduction to R/RStudio


Freie Universität Berlin

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

23306 Experimental and Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology -- Core Module, Master Biology / Biodiversity-Evolution-Ecology (10 LP)(Winter Semester)

23308 Biotic Interactions in a Changing World  -- Master Biology (3 SWS)(Summer Semester)

ad hoc: Research Project Biology (15 LP), Project Biology (10 LP)

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

23779 Biodiversity and Evolution -- Core Module, Master Bioinformatics (10 LP)(Summer Semester)

23780 Environmental Metagenomics -- Praxisseminar, Master Bioinformatics (5 LP)(Winter Semester)

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

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