The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Prof. Dr. Heike Wägele

Head of Section
Tel: +49 228 9122-241
Fax: +49 228 9122-295
Mail: h.waegele [at]



Research interests

My main interest is to understand the evolutionary processes in speciation that explain biodiversity on earth. Our model organism group are marine slugs (the Opisthobranchia/Heterobranchia), that exhibit a large variety of biological phenomena which are rather unique within these animals. We use a broad range of methods to study these phenomena including molecular and morphological-histological analyses as well as behavioral and ecological studies.


Alexander-Koenig-Gesellschaft (AKG), Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft, Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik, Malacological Society of London, Deutsche Malakologische Gesellschaft


Annual Award Malacological Society London, Habilitationspreis der Westfälisch-Lippischen Universitätsgesellschaft

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