LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Thomas Wilke

Prof. Dr.

Professor and Head of the Systematics and Biodiversity Group at Justus Liebig University in Giessen/

Phone: +49 641 99-35720

Email: thomas.wilke@ime.fraunhofer.de

Room: B414

Building: IFZ

Vita

Scientific Education

1989 Diploma, Biology, Potsdam College/Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
1994 PhD, Zoology, University of Potsdam, Germany
2001 Habilitation, Zoology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Appointments

2018 to date Member of Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME
2011 to date Full Professor (W2), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
2004-2011 Full Professor (C3), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
2001-2003 Assistant Research Professor, The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
1996-2001 Postdoctoral Associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
1995 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Ecology and Conservation, University of Potsdam, Germany
1993-1994 Scientific Assistant at the Research Station for Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology, Potsdam, Germany

Honors and Awards

since 2018 Vice Dean, Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, Justus Liebig University Giessen
since 2014 Coordinator for Biology, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: Innovative Training Network (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014): Pontocaspian Rise and Demise (PRIDE)
2013-2018 Chairman of the section Marine Biology of the International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences (GGL)
2012-2015 Past President, Society for Speciation in Ancient Lakes (SIAL)
2011-2014 Dean of Study Affairs, Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, Justus Liebig University Giessen
since 2009 German Program Director, DAAD Centre of Excellence “Coastal Columbian resources and environmental change”
2009-2010 Chairman, Research Centre for BioSystems, Land Use and Nutrition (IFZ), Giessen
since 2005 Vice President, German Malacological Society
1998 Jessup Award, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
1996-1997 DAAD research stipend, the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
1995-1995 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research stipend, Justus Liebig University Giessen

Research Interests

- Speciation processes
- Empirical modelling of biodiversity patterns
- Host-parasite coevolution in Schistosomiasis
- Global Change processes in aquatic ecosystems
- Aquaculture

Publications

Schellenberg J, Reichert J, Hardt M, Schmidtberg H, Kämpfer P, Glaeser SP, Schubert P, Wilke T (2019) The Precursor Hypothesis of Sponge Kleptocnidism: Development of Nematocysts in Haliclona cnidata sp. nov. (Porifera, Demospongiae, Haplosclerida). Frontiers in Marine Science, 5
Kirchhoff KN, Klingelhöfer I, Dahse HM, Morlock G, Wilke T (2014) Maturity-related changes in venom toxicity of the freshwater stingray Potamotrygon leopoldi. Toxicon, 92 , 97–101.