The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

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Dr. Karen Meusemann

Scientific Research Assistant
Tel: +49 228 9122-307
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: k.meusemann [at]



Field of work

Since April 2021 I am working as a Scientific Research Assistant at the LIB (Bonn, ZFMK). My areas of responsibility include the internal exchange within the LIB between the scientists between the different sites in Bonn and between Bonn and Hamburg, organization, support of projects, assistance of the directorate and the directorate staff, committee work & reporting, support of the graduate school, establishment and support of our mentoring program, etc. Furthermore, I am involved in various projects at the LIB (1KITE, Evolution of Ricefish, Molecular Methods, Evolution of Dexiarchia, etc.).

My scientific focus is on molecular biodiversity research, especially on phylogenomics and transcriptomics of diverse insect groups ( Basal Hexapods, Neuropterida, Mecoptera, Antliophora, Diptera). I am in particular interested in the establishment of new methods and critical evaluation of data sets.

After my Diploma (karyology in Agrodiaetus, Lycenidaeblue butterflies) I did my PhD within the SPP "Deep Metazoan Phylogeny" at the zmb (Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research, ZFMK Supervision: Prof. Dr. B. Misof) from 2005 - 2012 in the field of molecular phylogenomics of "basal" hexapods and myriapods. Furthermore, I am co-founder and co-coordinator in international 1KITE ( is external)) and with focus on phylogenomics in insects and method development (transcriptomics). After working on phylogenomics of Diptera & Antliophora from 2013 - 2016 at the Australian National Insect Collection (CSIRO, Canberra), I was Scientific Coordinator of the Research Group (Sociality and the reversal of the fecundity-longevity trade-off: is external)) in the AG Prof. Dr. J. Korb at the University of Freiburg from 2016 - 2020.

Research interests

Project and science management, project coordination and organization in the area biodiversity research, science-policy interactions, molecular evolution, phylogenomics, hexapods, speciation, hybridization, systematics & taxonomy


Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS), Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (DZG)

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