Luise Kruckenhauser

staff scientist
  • Deputy Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics
  • Research
  • Supervision of students
  • Scientific advice and support of guests
  • International contacts
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Scientific expertises
  • Management of library of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics
  • Management of tissue collection and data bases
Phone: +43 1 52177-403

The research projects of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics deal with phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies of a broad variety of animal species. These studies include also questions of genetic and morphological diversity. The projects are performed in cooperation with different departments of the NHM as well as in the course on national and international collaborations.


  • 23.5.2000 Ph.D. graduation (Zoology) at the University of Vienna
  • 1996-2000 Ph.D. thesis at the Institute of Medical Biology, Dept. of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna Title: "Molecular analysis of intra- and interspecific variation in the genus Marmota (marmots)."
  • 28.11.1995 M.Sc. graduation (Zoology) at the University of Vienna
  • 1993-1995 M.Sc. thesis at the Institute of General Biology, Department of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna: Title: "Genetic differentiation of Alpine Marmots traced by DNA-fingerprinting."
  • 1988-1995 Studies of zoology and genetics at the University of Vienna

Professional History

  • since 1.1.2009 Scientific researcher at the Museum of Natural History, Vienna (1st Zoological Dept., Laboratory for Molecular Systematics)
  • since 1.11.2007 Scientific researcher at the Museum of Natural History, Vienna Austrian Science Foundation project: "Phylogeographic analysis of selected Alpine land snails."
  • 7/2006-9/2006 Research assistent in the Mammal Collection, Natural History Museum Vienna
  • 1.2.2001 - 31.10.2007 Scientific work as freelancer:
    • Population genetic investigation of Garra barreimiae in Oman
    • WWF-Project "Genetic Monitoring of the brown bear population in Central Austria."
    • Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage "Genetic analysis of brown bear scats and hair samples collected in the Pyrenees."
  • 4/2000-9/2000 Scientific researcher at the Museum of Natural History, Vienna (Department of Zoology, Laboratory for Molecular Biology), Austrian Science Foundation project (P14069-BIO): "Molecular phylogeny of the genus Buteo."
  • 1/1997-2/2000 Research assistant at the Institute of Medical Biology, Dept. of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna, Austrian Science Foundation project (P11840-GEN): “Molecular analysis of intra- and intraspecific variation in the genus Marmota (marmots).”
  • 1994-1996 Teaching assistant at the Institute of General Biology, Dept. of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna
  • 1993-1996 Research assistant at the "Bundesanstalt für Wassergüte" (Vienna), project: "Neue Donau" (microbiological investigations of water quality of the New Danube)

Academic Teaching

  • 2005 Lecturer: Evolution of human and their diseases. (Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna
  • 1995-2000 Co-lecturer of the practical course "Genetics for medical students" (Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna)
  • 1994-2001 Co-lecturer of the practical course "Experimental population and evolutionary genetics" (Faculty of Science, University of Vienna)
  • 1995-1998 Co-lecturer of the theoretical and practical course "Experimental systems in developmental genetics" (Faculty of Science, University of Vienna)
  • 1994-1997 Co-lecturer of the practical course "Biology for medical students" (Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna)

Research Visits and Advanced Training Courses

  • 2006 Wildlife Forensics course bei Wildlife DNA Services, Dr. Rob Ogden, Bangor UK
  • 2000 R.J. Nelson, University of Victoria, Victoria (Canada): 3 months
  • 1998 A. Bryant, Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Team, The Nature Trust of B.C., Nanaimo (Canada)
  • 1996 Prof. Pierre Taberlet, Laboratoire de Biologie des Populations d´Altitude, CNRS UMR 5553, Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (France)
  • 1996 EU-workshop "Molecular tools for biodiversity", Bristol (England)
  • 1995 EMBO course "Computer based sequence analysis and molecular evolution", Lyon (France)

Thesis and Master thesis

KRUCKENHAUSER L. (2000) Molekulare Analyse der intra- und interspezifischen Variation in der Gattung Marmota.- Dissertation, Universität Wien, pp. 1-150.


KRUCKENHAUSER L. (1995) Untersuchung der genetischen Variation des Alpenmurmeltieres (M. m. marmota) mittels DNA-Fingerprinting.- Diplomarbeit, Universität Wien, pp. 1-86.


Original papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals

DUDA, M., SCHINDELAR, J., MACEK, O., ESCHNER, A., & KRUCKENHAUSER, L. (2017). First record of Trochulus clandestinus (Hartmann, 1821) in Austria (Gastropoda: Eupulmonata: Hygromiidae). Malacologica Bohemoslovaca, 16: 37–43

JAKSCH, K., KRUCKENHAUSER, L., HARING, E., & FEHÉR, Z. (2017). First establishment of microsatellite markers in clausiliid snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Clausiliidae). BMC Research Notes10. doi:10.1186/s13104-017-2462-7

KIRCHNER, S., SATTMANN, H., HARING, E., PLAN, L., VICTOR, R., & KRUCKENHAUSER, L. (2017). Investigating gene flow between the blind cavefish Garra barreimiae and its conspecific surface populations. Scientific Reports7(1), 5130. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05194-3

KRUCKENHAUSER, L., HARING, E., TAUTSCHER, B., CADAHÍA, L., ZOPP, L., DUDA, M., SATTMANN, H. (2017). Indication for selfing in geographically separated populations and evidence for Pleistocene survival within the Alps: the case of Cylindrus obtusus (Pulmonata: Helicidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology17, 138. doi:10.1186/s12862-017-0977-0

ZOPP, L., HARING, E., KRUCKENHAUSER, L., SCHILEYKO, A., & SATTMANN, H. (2017). Anatomical and morphological variation in the eastern Alpine endemic Cylindrus obtusus (Draparnaud, 1805) (Gastropoda: Helicidae). Journal of Molluscan Studies83(3), 316–324. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyx022

CALDERONI, L., ROTA-STABELLI, O., FRIGATO, E., PANZIERA, A., KIRCHNER, S., FOULKES, N. S., FUSELLI, S. (2016). Relaxed selective constraints drove functional modifications in peripheral photoreception of the cavefish P. andruzzii and provide insight into the time of cave colonization. Heredity117(5), 383–392. doi:10.1038/hdy.2016.59

KIRCHNER S., HARL J., KRUCKENHAUSER L., DUDA M., SATTMANN H. & HARING E. (2016): Phylogeography and systematics of Pyramidula (Pulmonata: Pyramidulidae) in the eastern Alps: still a taxonomic challenge. – Journal of Molluscan Studies, 82/1: 110-121. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyv047

KRUCKENHAUSER, L., ESCHNER, A. & DUDA, M. (2015): DNA-Barcoding Mollusken - Verborgene Diversität. – Acta ZooBot Austria, 152: 179-181.

KIRCHNER S., WEINMAIER T., RATTEI T., SATTMANN H., KRUCKENHAUSER L. (2014) Characterization of 19 new microsatellite loci for the Omani barb Garra bareimiae from 454 sequences. BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:522,  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-7-522

DUDA M., KRUCKENHAUSER L., SATTMANN H., HARL J., JAKSCH K., HARING E. (2014) Differentiation in the Trochulus hispidus complex and related taxa (Pulmonata: Hygromiidae): Morphology, ecology and their relation to phylogeography. J. Mollus. Stud., doi: 10.1093/mollus/eyu023

HARL, J., DUDA, M., KRUCKENHAUSER, L., SATTMANN, H., HARING, E. (2014): In Search of Glacial Refuges of the Land Snail Orcula dolium (Pulmonata, Orculidae) - An Integrative Approach Using DNA Sequence and Fossil Data. – PLOS ONE, 9/5: e96012. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096012.
HARL, J., PÁLL-GERGELY, B., KIRCHNER, S., SATTMANN, H., DUDA, M., KRUCKENHAUSER, L., HARING, E. (2014): Phylogeography of the land snail genus Orcula (Orculidae, Stylommatophora) with emphasis on the Eastern Alpine taxa: speciation, hybridization and morphological variation. – BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14/1: 223. doi:10.1186/s12862-014-0223-y.

KRUCKENHAUSER L., DUDA M., BARTEL D., SATTMANN H., HARL J., KIRCHNER S., HARING E. (2014) Paraphyly and budding speciation in the hairy snail (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Hygromiidae).- Zoologica Scripta, 10.1111/zsc.12046.


CADAHÍA L., HARL J., DUDA M., SATTMANN H., KRUCKENHAUSER L., FEHÉR Z., ZOPP L., HARING E. (2014) New data on the phylogeny of Ariantinae (Pulmonata, Helicidae) and the systematic position of Cylindrus obtusus based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA marker sequences.- J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Research, in press, doi: 10.1111/jzs.12044.


ZACHOS, F.E., APOLLONIO, M., BÄRMANN, E.V., FESTA-BIANCHET, M., GÖHLICH, U.B., HABEL, J.C., HARING, E., KRUCKENHAUSER, L., LOVARI, S., MCDEVITT, A.D., PERTOLDI, C., RÖSSNER, G.E., SÁNCHEZ-VILLAGRA, M.R., SCANDURA, M. & SUCHENTRUNK, F. (2013): Species inflation and taxonomic artefacts – A critical comment on recent trends in mammalian classification. – Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 78/1: 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2012.07.083.


HARING E., KRUCKENHAUSER L., LUKENEDER A. (2012): New DNA sequence data on the enigmatic Spirula spirula (Linnaeus, 1758) (Dekabrachia, suborder Spirulina). – Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie B, 113: 37-48. 


KRUCKENHAUSER L., HARING E., SEEMANN R., SATTMANN H. (2011) Genetic differentiation between cave and surface dwelling populations of Garra barreimiae (Cyprinidae) in Oman.- BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 172


KRUCKENHAUSER L., HARL J., SATTMANN H.(2011) Optimized drowning procedures of pulmonate landsnails allowing subsequent DNA analysis and anatomical dissections.- Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums (B), 112: 173-175.


DUDA M., SATTMANN H., HARING E., BARTEL D., WINKLER H., HARL J., KRUCKENHAUSER L. (2011) Genetic differentiation and shell morphology of Trochulus oreinos oreinos (Wagner, 1915), Trochulus oreinos scheerpeltzi (Mikula, 1957), and Trochulus hispidus (Linnaeus, 1785) in the North-Eastern Alps (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Hygromiidae).- J. Mollus. Stud. 77: 30-40. [PDF]


DUDA M., KRUCKENHAUSER L., HARING E., SATTMANN H. (2010) Habitat requirements of the pulmonate land snails Trochulus oreinos oreinos and Cylindrus obtusus endemic to the Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria.- eco.mont / Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research 2, 5-12. [PDF]


KRUCKENHAUSER L., HARING E. (2010) Advantages and limits of DNA analyses of specimens from scientific museum collections. - In: Bauernfeind E., Gamauf A., Berg H.-M. (eds.) - Collections in context.- Proceedings of the 5th International Meeting of European Bird Curators. Verlag NHMW, Wien, pp 225-235. 


ARTHOFER W., CADAHÍA L., KRUCKENHAUSER L. (2010) Ten new microsatellite loci for analysis of genetic diversity in isolated populations of the Alpine land snail Cylindrus obtusus.- Conserv. Genet. 11, 1115-1118.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., BRYANT A.A., GRIFFIN S.C., AMISH S.J., PINSKER W. (2009) Patterns of within and between-colony microsatellite variation in the endangered Vancouver Island marmot (Marmota vancouverensis): implications for conservation.- Conserv. Genet. 10, 1759-1772.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., RAUER G., DÄUBL B., HARING E. (2009) Genetic monitoring of a founder population of brown bears (Ursus arctos) in central Austria.- Conserv. Genet. 10, 1223-1233.


BACHMANN L., DÄUBL B., LINDQVIST C., KRUCKENHAUSER L., TESCHLER-NICOLA M., HARING E. (2008) PCR diagnostics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in historic human long bone remains from 18th century burials in Kaiserebersdorf, Austria.- BMC Research Notes 1, 83. [PDF]


RAUER G., KRUCKENHAUSER L., DÄUBL, B., HARING E. (2005) Genetisches Monitoring 2000-2005.- In: Rauer G., Laass J., Striebel B. (eds) Der Braunbär in Österreich III - Aktueller Status, Lebensraum und Strategien für die Zukunft.- Report REP-0014, Umweltbundesamt, Wien, pp 15-29.


ZEDROSSER A., RAUER G., KRUCKENHAUSER L. (2004) Early primiparity in brown bears.- Acta theriol. 49, 427-432.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., HARING E., PINSKER W., RIESING M.J., WINKLER H., WINK M., GAMAUF A. (2004): Genetic versus morphological differentiation of Old World Buzzards (genus Buteo, Accipitridae).- Zool. Scripta 33: 197-211.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., PINSKER W. (2004) Microsatellite variation in autochthonous and introduced populations of the Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) along a European west-east transect.- J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Research 42, 19-26.


RIESING M.J., KRUCKENHAUSER L., GAMAUF A., HARING E. (2003): Molecular phylogeny of the genus Buteo based on mitochondrial marker sequences.- Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 27: 328 - 342.


HARING E., KRUCKENHAUSER L., GAMAUF A., RIESING M., PINSKER W. (2001): The complete sequence of the mitochondrial genome of Buteo buteo (Aves, Accipitridae) indicates an early split in the phylogeny of raptors.- Mol. Biol. Evol. 18: 1892-1904. [PDF]


HANSLIK S., KRUCKENHAUSER L. (2000) Microsatellite loci for two European Sciurids (Marmota marmota, Spermophilus citellus).- Mol. Ecol. 9, 2163-2165.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., PINSKER W., HARING E., ARNOLD W. (1999) Marmot phylogeny revisited: molecular evidence for a diphyletic origin of sociality.- J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Research 37, 49-56.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., MILLER W.J., PRELEUTHNER M., PINSKER W. (1997) Differentiation of Alpine marmot populations traced by DNA fingerprinting.- J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Research 35, 143-149.


PRELEUTHNER M., PINSKER W., KRUCKENHAUSER L., MILLER W.J., PROSL H. (1995) Alpine marmots in Austria: The present population structure as a result of the postglacial distribution history.- In: Hartl G.B., Markowski J. (eds): Ecological genetics in mammals II.- Acta theriol. 40 (Suppl. 3), 87-100.


Conference proceedings, scientific reports, popular science articles

KIRCHNER, S. & KRUCKENHAUSER, L. (2014): Geheimnisvolle Höhlenbewohner. – Das Naturhistorische: das Magazin des NHM in: Universum, 9: 9.

MIKSCHI E., WELLENDORF H., HARING E., KRUCKENHAUSER L. (2010) Darwins rEvolution.- Verlag des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien, 166


SATTMANN H., KRUCKENHAUSER L., HARING E. (2010) Vielfalt versus Einfalt.- Das Naturhistorische (Magazin des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien), Sommer 2010, p 10


HARING E., KRUCKENHAUSER L., DUDA M., HARL J., SATTMANN H. (2010) Alpine Ureinwohner.- Das Naturhistorische (Magazin des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien), Sommer 2010, pp 6-7


HARING E., KRUCKENHAUSER L. (2008) Prähistorische DNA.- Salz - Reich, 7000 Jahre Hallstatt. Verlag des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien.


HARING E., KRUCKENHAUSER L., DÄUBL B, RAUER G. (2007) Kommissar DNA jagt den Ötscherbären.- Das Naturhistorische (Magazin des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien), Frühling 2007, pp 10-12.


RAUER G., KRUCKENHAUSER L., DÄUBL B, HARING E. (2005) Genetisches Monitoring 2000-2005.- In: Rauer G., Laass J., Striebel B. (eds) Der Braunbär in Österreich III - Aktueller Status, Lebensraum und Strategien für die Zukunft.- Report, REP-0014. Umweltbundesamt, Wien, pp 15-29.


HARING E., KRUCKENHAUSER L., DÄUBL B. (2001) Charakterisierung der Bärenpopulation der niederösterreichisch-steirischen Kalkalpen anhand von Haar- und Faecesproben. Etablierung und Screening, Jahresbilanz Braunbär 2001, WWF Österreich, Wien.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., HARING E., ARNOLD W., PINSKER W. (1999) Die Phylogenie der Gattung Marmota (Rodentia, Sciuridae): Ein Stammbaum auf der Basis von DNA-Sequenzdaten.- Stapfia 63, 169-176.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., PINSKER W., BRYANT A.A. (1999) Die Murmeltiere auf Vancouver Island (Marmota vancouverensis, Rodentia, Sciuridae): Bedrohung einer seltenen Art durch Habitatverlust und genetische Verarmung.- Stapfia 63, 159-168.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., PRELEUTHNER M., HERRERO J., PINSKER W. (1999) Genetische Differenzierung der Populationen des Alpenmurmeltieres Marmota marmota (Rodentia, Sciuridae): Untersuchungen mittels DNA-Fingerprinting und Mikrosatellitenanalyse.- Stapfia 63, 149-158.


KRUCKENHAUSER L., MILLER W.J., PRELEUTHNER M., PINSKER W. (1996) Variation génétique acquise de populations sauvages de M. marmota détectée par empreintes digitales d’ ADN.- In: Le Berre M., Ramousse R., Le Guelte L. (eds): Biodiversité chez les Marmottes.- International Marmot Network publisher, Lyon, pp 239-240.


MILLER W.J., KRUCKENHAUSER L., PINSKER W. (1996) The impact of TEs on genome evolution in animals and plants.- In: Tomiuk J., Sentker A., Wöhrmann K. (eds): Transgenic organisms - Biological and social implications.- Birkhäuser, Basel (Switzerland), pp 21-35.

Central Research Laboratories

Bamberger Sonja
project researcher
De Mattia Willy
project researcher
Duda Michael
project researcher
Fischer Iris
project researcher
Haring Elisabeth
head of department
Hille Astrid
Employee / library
Kirchner Sandra
project researcher
Macek Oliver
project researcher & office of the "Freunde des NHM"
Mason Katharina
staff scientist & office of the Freunde des NHM
Nebel Carina
project researcher
Reier Susanne
project researcher
Sittenthaler Marcia
project researcher, administration
Sonnleitner Michaela
taxonomic coordination – ABOL
Szucsich Nikolaus
Topa Dan
Operator for analytical electron microscopy
Wegner Wencke
project researcher
Wolf Paul
project researcher