The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Dr. Benjamin Wasiljew

Museum Education
Tel: +49 228 9122-431
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: b.wasiljew [at]



Field of work

For my PhD project I investigate the functional morphology and ecomorphology within the adaptive radiation of sailfin silversides on the Indonesian island Sulawesi. The 16 species are all endemic for Sulawesi and show a high diversity in prey choice, habitat and body morphology. I analyse the differentiations between the species and sexes by using diverse imaging methods like X-rays, µCT scans and high-speed video recordings. The aim of this project is to explain the differences in morphology and ecology between the different sailfin silverside species and between the sexes.

Research interests

  • Morphology
  • Anatomy
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Adaptive radiations
  • Biodiversity research
  • Geometric morphometrics
  • µ-CT imaging


PhD scholarship of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung


German Ichthyological Society, Alexander Koenig Society

Further information

Newspaper article in the General Anzeiger Bonn

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