Martin Schwentner

curator, staff scientist
Curatorial responsibility for the Natural History Museum's Crustacea collection
Phone: +43 1 52177-330

Phylogeny, biogeography and diversity of Spinicaudata and other Branchiopoda

Populationgenomics of deep-sea Amphipoda

Third Party Funding including Stipends
2018                Project “ Mapping invasive Crustacea in Hamburg” financed by the die Behörde für Energie und Umwelt (Hamburg)
2018                DAAD stipend for participating in the 9th International Crustacean Conference in Washington D.C.
2015                Fenner-Chase Fund for field work in Belize awarded by the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), Harvard University
2015                Forschungstipendium (Research Fellowship) awarded by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Science Foundation) for PostDoc at Harvard University
2010                Denton Belk Memorial Award awarded by The Crustacean Society, financing the participation at the „7th International Crustacean Congress 2010“ in China
2009                Postgraduate Award of the Australian Museum (Sydney) to finance a field trip to Australia
2009                PhD Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
2009                PhD Scholarship by the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Landesgraduierten Stipendium Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

2002 - 2004    Undergraduate studies at the FU Berlin (Free University, Germany)

2004 - 2008    Graduate studies at the Universität Rostock (Germany) with major in Zoology

2006 - 2007    six month internship at the University of Otago, NZ; assisting the group of Prof. C. Townsend and Ass. Prof. Gerry Closs in various experiments

2007 - 2008    Diploma thesis ‘Spinicaudata of Australia: Diversity and Phylogeography’, supervised by Prof. Dr. S. Richter and Dr. R. Bastrop, Universität Rostock

2008 - 2013    PhD thesis: ‘Diversity and Population Structure of Australian Spinicaudata’, supervised by Prof. Dr. Stefan Richter, Universität Rostock (Germany); handed in 1st November 2012

2014                Postdoctoral researcher at Christian-Albrecht Universität Kiel in the lab of Prof. Bosch, financed by the German Science Foundation

2015 - 2017     Postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University in the lab of Prof. Giribet, financed by a Research Fellowship of the German Science Foundation (DFG)

2017 - 2019     Interim/substitute professor, department Invertebrates II (Crustacea and Polychaeta), Centre of Natural History (CeNak), University of Hamburg

since 2019       Curator collection Crustacea, Natural History Museum, Vienna

Bober, J., Brandt, A., Frutos, I., Schwentner, M. (2019): Diversity and distribution of Ischnomesidae (Crustacea: Isopoda: Asellota) along the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench - A Gentic perspective. Progress in Oceanography 178: 102174.
Guggolz, T., Meißner, K., Schwentner, M., Brandt, A. (2019): Diversity and distribution of Laonice species (Annelida: Spionidae) in the tropical North Atlantic and Puerto Rico Trench. Scientific Reports 9: 9260.
Gerdes, K., Martínez Arbizu, P., Schwentner, M., Kihara, T. C. (2019): Detailed Mapping of Hydrothermal Vent Fauna: A 3D Reconstruction Approach Based on Video Imagery. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 96.
Schwentner, M., Richter, S., Rogers, D. C., Giribet, G. (2018): Tetraconatan phylogeny with special focus on Malacostraca and Branchiopoda: highlighting the strength of taxon-specific matrices in phylogenomics. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 285: 20181524.
Schwentner, M., Giribet, G. (2018): Phylogeography, species delimitation and population structure of a Western Australian short-range endemic mite harvestman (Arachnida: Opiliones: Pettalidae: Karripurcellia). Evolutionary Systematics 2:81-87.
Tippelt, L., Schwentner, M. (2018): Taxonomic assessment of Australian Eocyzicus species (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata). Zootaxa 4410(3):401-452.
Bober, S., Brix, S., Riehl, T., Schwentner, M., Brandt, A. (2018): Does the Mid-Atlantic Ridge affect the distribution of benthic crustaceans across the Atlantic Ocean? Deep-Sea Research Part II 148:91-104.
Richter, S., Schwentner, M., Wirkner, SC. S., Ahyong, S. T. (2018): Phylogeny and Diversity of Tasmanian Mountain Shrimps (Crustacea, Malacostraca, Anaspidacea Anaspidesidae) – independent immigration from surface to subterranean habitats. Zoologica Scripta 47:84-105.
Augustin, R., Schröder, K., Murillo Rincón, A. P., Herbst, E.-M., Fraune, S., Anton-Erxleben, F., Schwentner, M., Grötzinger, J., Wassenaar, T. M., Bosch, T. C. G. (2017): A secreted antibacterial neuropeptide shapes the microbiome of Hydra. Nature Communications 8: 698. 
Ahyong, S., Schwentner, M., Richter, S. (2017): The Tasmanian Lake Shrimps, Paranaspides Smith 1908 (Crustacea, Syncarida, Anaspididae). Records of the Australian Museum 69:259-275.
Timms, B.V., Schwentner, M. (2017): A revision of the clam shrimp Australimnadia Timms and Schwentner, 2012 (Crustacea: Spinicaudata: Limnadiidae) with two new species from Western Australia. Zootaxa 4291:081-098.Schwentner, M., Combosch, D.J., Pakes Nelson, J., Giribet, G. (2017): A Phylogenomic Solution to the Origin of Insects by Resolving Crustacean-Hexapod Relationships. Current Biology 27:1818-1824.

Meusel, F., Schwentner, M. (2017): Molecular and morphological delimitation of Australian Triops species (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Notostraca)—large diversity and little morphological differentiation. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 17:137-156.

Rogers, D.C., Schwentner, M., Olesen, J., Richter, S. (2015): Evolution, classification, and global diversity of large Branchiopoda. Journal of Crustacean Biology 35(3): 297-300.

Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2015): Spinicaudata (Crustacea: Branchiopoda) in Australia’s arid zone: Unparalleled diversity at regional scales and within water bodies. Journal of Crustacean Biology 35(3): 366-378.
Schwentner, M., Richter, S. (2015): Stochastic effects associated with resting egg banks lead to genetically differentiated active populations in large branchiopods from temporary water bodies. Hydrobiologia 760: 239-253.
Schwentner, M., Bosch, T.C.G. (2015): Revisiting the age, evolutionary history and species level diversity of the genus Hydra (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 91: 41-55.

Schwentner, M., Just, F., Richter, S. (2015): Evolutionary systematics of the Australian Cyzicidae (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Spinicaudata) with the description of a new genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 173: 271-295.
Kaji, T., Fritsch, M., Schwentner, M., Olesen, J., Richter, S. (2014): Male claspers in clam shrimps (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) in the light of evolution: A case study on homology versus analogy. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Molecular and Developmental Evolution) 322: 269-280.
Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2014): Evolutionary systematics of the Australian Eocyzicus fauna (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata) reveals hidden diversity and phylogeographic structure. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 52: 15-31.
Schwentner, M., Clavier S., Fritsch M., Olesen J., Padhye S., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2013): Cyclestheria hislopi (Crustacea: Branchiopoda): a group of morphologically cryptic species with origins in the Cretaceous. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 80-810.
Timms, B.V., Schwentner, M. (2012): A new genus and species of large limnadiid clam shrimp from Australia (Spinicaudata: Limnadiidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology 32(6): 981-990.
Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2012): Flying with the birds? Recent large-area dispersal of four Australian Limnadopsis species (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata). Ecology and Evolution 2(7):1605–1626.
Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2012): Description of four new species of Limnadopsis from Australia (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata). Zootaxa 3315:42-64.
Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2011): An integrative approach to species delineation incorporating different species concepts: a case study of Limnadopsis (Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104: 575-599.
Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Bastrop, R., Richter, S. (2009): Phylogeny of Spinicaudata (Branchiopoda, Crustacea) based on three molecular markers – An Australian origin for Limnadopsis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53: 716-725.
Published Abstracts
Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Bastrop, R., Richter, S. (2008): Combining morphological and molecular characters to distinguish spinicaudatan species (Crustacea: Branchiopoda) with special focus on the male claspers. Journal of Morphology 269 (12): 1485-1486

I am interested in various aspects of crustacean evolution. This includes phylogenetics, systematics, phylogeography, population genetics and integrative taxonomy. In my studies, I employ and combine various molecular genetic techniques (e.g., DNA barcoding, ddRADseq, transcriptomics) with morphological data. I work manly with freshwater Branchiopoda, but also deep-sea Peracarida (especially Amphipoda) as well as other organisms.

2018                mapping invasive Crustacea in Hamburg

2015                field trip to Belize

2011                field trip in Australia including stays at the Australian Museum in Sydney

2010                field trip in Australia including stays at the Australian Museum in Sydney

2009                field trip in Australia including stays at the Australian Museum in Sydney

Editorial Work
since 2019      Associate Editor of Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny

2015                Guest Editor of Journal of Crustacean Biology, special issue on Large Branchiopoda (issue 35:3)

since 2013      Editorial Board Member of Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research
Society of Systematic Biologists
Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (DZG)
International Society for Invertebrate Morphology
Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Zoologischen Sammlung Rostock e.V. (Friends and Patrons of the Zoological Collection Rostock)
2017- 2019     Organisationsformen des Tierreichs (zoological lab course), a weekly zoological undergraduate lab course, Universität Hamburg

2017 - 2018    Systematik und Biodiversität der Crustacea (Systematics and biodiversity of Crustacea), lecture, Universität Hamburg

2017 - 2018    Aktuelle Themen aquatischer Biodiversitätsforschung (Current topics in marine biodiversity studies), seminar, Universität Hamburg

2017 - 2018    Taxonomische Übungen an Fischen und benthischen Wirbellosen (Taxonomic excercises on fish and crustacean), 2-week lab course, Universität Hamburg

2016                Life Sciences 1b (as a teaching assistant), a weekly undergraduate lab and discussion course on genetics, genomic and evolution at Harvard University

2011 - 2013    Molekulare Systematik (Molecular Systematics), yearly two week lab course, Universität Rostock

2011 - 2013    Lectures on Phylogeography and DNA Barcoding as part of the lecture Grundlagen der Diversitätsforschung und evolutionären Entwicklungsbiologie, Universität Rostock

2005                Zoologisches Grundpraktikum (Zoological lab course), Universität Rostock

3. zoology

Akkari Nesrine
Curator of the Myriapod Collection, researcher
Belicic Elisabeth
biological technical assistant
Duda Michael
project researcher
Eschner Anita
curator, staff scientist
Hörweg Christoph
curator, staff scientist, deputy head of the 3. Zoology
Mason Katharina
staff scientist & office of the Freunde des NHM
Sattmann Helmut
head of department, curator, staff scientist
Schiller Edmund
part-time employee
Schnedl Sara Maria
Collection Assistant
Szeiler Stefan
Preparator, Collection Manager
Szucsich Nikolaus
Tesarik Eva