Tobias Siemensmeyer

Researcher (Molecular Ecology)
PhD student
Building CIII, Room 41 A

Research interests

In general, I am interested in ecological and evolutionary questions, the biology of ecosystems, biodiversity and biogeography. During my Bachelor and Master studies I came in touch with the field of molecular ecology, i. e., DNA- Barcoding and Metabarcoding of microbial eukaryotes. These powerful tools and their possibilities, also beside species identification, were and still are fascinating to me.

At the moment, I’m deeply involved in studying Groundwater ecosystems and the fauna inhabiting these cryptic habitats covering several taxa of invertebrates. Here, I am implementing DNA-Barcoding and Metabarcoding for quick and standardized species identification and bio assessment. My current research interest concerns the Biogeography, Phylogeny and cryptic speciation of the so called stygofauna.


Phylogenetic and Population genetic analysis (M 13b.2, AÖK5b, EXT7)

Publication list

Mahé, F., C. de Vargas, D. Bass, L. Czech, A. Stamatakis, E. Lara, D. Singer, J. Mayor, J. Bunge, S. Sernaker, T. Siemensmeyer, I. Trautmann, S. Romac, C. Berney, A. Kozlov, E. A. D. Mitchell, C. V. W. Seppey, E. Egge, G. Lentendu, R. Wirth, G. Trueba & M. Dunthorn (2017) Parasites dominate hyperdiverse soil protist communities in Neotropical rainforests. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:0091.

Mahé, F., J. Mayor, J. Bunge, J. Chi, T. Siemensmeyer, T. Stoeck, B. Wahl, T. Paprotka, S. Filker & M. Dunthorn (2015) Comparing high-throughput platforms for sequencing the hypervariable V4 region in environmental eukaryotic diversity surveys . Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 62: 338-345.