The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Thore Koppetsch

Mail: t.koppetsch [at]



Research interests

  • Evolution and biodiversity
  • Systematics and taxonomy, distribution and phylogeny of reptiles and amphibians
  • Patterns and processes of speciation
  • Characteristics and mechanisms of adaptation
  • Biogeography
  • Functional morphology and ecomorphology
  • Ecology and interaction of species and species communities
  • Ethology


Societas Europaea Herpetologica (SEH), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT)

Further information

Field experience:


Participation in a three-month research expedition (Project: Biogeography, habitat use and coexistence of fish species in tropical streams) to Sulawesi, Indonesia (travel grant from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation)

August 2017 – September 2017:

Field trip to Kyrgyzstan (“Zoology, ecology and Fauna of Kyrgyzstan”) of the Institute of Ecology and Regional Studies from Bishkek (travel grant by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation)

August 2015 – September 2015:

Field trip to Ecuador (Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Yasuni National Park, El Cajas National Park, Galápagos National Park)

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