Prof. Dr.

Michael T. Monaghan

+49 (0)30 64181 684

Müggelseedamm 301, 12587 Berlin


molecular ecology, evolution, biodiversity, population genetics, 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

Rodriguez-Ezpeleta et al. (in press) Trade-offs between reducing complex terminology and producing accurate interpretations from environmental DNA. Molecular Ecology

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

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

  • 23780 Environmental Metagenomics -- Praxisseminar, Master's program Bioinformatics (5 LP)
  • 23781 Evolutionary Bioinformatics and NGS Applications -- Seminar (Current Research Topics in Advanced Algorithms) (5 LP)
  • 23779 Biodiversity and Evolution -- Core module, Master's program Bioinformatics (10 LP)

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