Researchers have identified an important regulatory protein that is essential for the patterning of the lymphatic system. Prof. Angelika Vollmar from the University of Munich was part of this international research collaboration.
I am interested in the evolution and development of vertebrate body plans and the relationship between ontogeny and phylogeny throughout the evolutionary history of tetrapods (animals with four extremities). Specifically, my main research focus is on the evolutionary and developmental biology of amphibians combining data from the fossil record and extant taxa to gain a broad perspective for the evolutionary history of amphibians through deep time. Thereby I seek to understand the evolution of developmental pathways and the acquisition of the derived morphologies seen in the modern taxa, which will ultimately help to elucidate the controversial origins of the three modern amphibian groups.
Palaeoanthropology, Human Evolution, Neanderthals, Palaeolithic Archaeology, Morphometry and 3D Visualization
She is specialized in Neanderthal evolution, modern human origins and the application of 3-D geometric morphometric methods to paleoanthropology but also working on primate and human evolution; evolutionary theory; evolution of primate and human life-history; the relationship of morphological variability to population history and the environment; and Paleolithic archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork in Europe and Africa, and recently directed paleoanthropological fieldwork in Greece and Tanzania.
Her research was named one of the top 10 scientific discoveries of the year 2007 by TIME magazine for demonstrating the African origin of all modern humans. In 2010 she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her contributions to Paleoanthropology.
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main
Area of specialisation
Taxonomy, phylogeny and evolutionary ecology of the Porifera (sponges)
Benthic ecology of deep-sea and Polar environments
Diversity, ecology and zoogeography of Antarctic and Arctic sponges
Diversity, zoogeography, phylogeny and evolutionary ecology of deep-sea sponges
Taxonomy and phylogeny of the Hexactinellida (Glass sponges)
Taxonomy and ecology of the sponges in the Chinese Yellow Sea
Phylogeny of fresh water sponges
Palaeobiology of the Porifera
Palaeontology, particularly invertebrate molluscs
Stratigraphy: age determination of geological formations, in particular that of sedimentary rock
Palaeogeographic reconstruction and maps, of Europe in particular
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Dresden
Area of specialisation
Mammalogy, Morphology, Taxonomy
Evolution and Ecolgy of Beavers, other rodents, wildcats,
Biodiversity, Craniometry and regional differences in several taxonomic grous including "insectivores", rodents, carnivores
morphology of fossil carnivores
Materials formed by organisms
molecular cell biology
fundamental control mechanisms of biomineralization (sea shells)
lightweight materials (bird's feathers)
biochemical-mechanical aspects on different length scales
in vivo experiments/developmental biology (animals, plants)
natural evolution of high-performance materials
biomimetic engineering materials