The scientists at the Department of Invertebrate Zoology are specialists of different animal groups. They work on taxonomy, systematics and ecology.
Taxonomy, systematics, and phylogeny of nematodes, especially the groups Rhabditida, Teratocephalida, and Plectida
Soil fauna and Tardigrada (Water-bears)
Diversity of nematodes and plants
Microfauna on Antarctic nunataks
Microfauna in moss
Morphology, systermatics, and phylogeny of the clitellates (Annelida) especially the following topics: Development (morphogenesis) of the male and female ducts in representatives of the different subfamilies within Tubificidae.
Systematics and morphology of molluscs, particularly marine snails. Special interest in chemosynthetic environments (hydrothermal vents, cold seeps and similar).
Ophiuroidea (Brittle stars)
Taxonomy and systematics of brittle stars and basket stars, particularly morphology and ontogenic character development.
Speciation, macroecology, and patterns of diversity