Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981 – 1988
    Study of geology and palaeontology, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Geology

  • 1988 – 1991
    Scientific employee in research program on the systematics and palaeoecology of Mesozoic and Recent hexactinellid sponges

  • 1989 – 1991
    Ph.-D. student FU Berlin, Department of Palaeontology

  • 1992
    Ph.-D. With the topic: Mesozoic and Recent Hexactinellida – taxonomy, phylogeny and evolutionary ecology

  • 1992 – 1994
    Scientific employee in research program on the Palaeozoic siliceous sponges

  • 1992 – 1998
    Habilitation grant and jobs in research projects at FU Berlin

  • 1995 – 1998
    DFG habilitation grant for investigation of the early evolution of the Porifera

  • 1999
    Habilitation in palaeontology at FU Berlin, topic: “The early evolution of the Porifera with special emphasis on the desma-bearing Demospongiae (”Lithistida”)”

  • 2000 – 2001
    Scientific employee in reseach program on the biology of the endemic fresh water sponges of Lake Baikal

  • Since 2011
    Leader of section and curator of Marine evertebrates at Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg

  • Since 2004
    Associate professorship (Privatdozentin) in Zoology at Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main

Selected publications

  • Downey, R. V.; Griffiths, H. J.; Linse, K. & Janussen, D. 2012: Diversity and distribution patterns in high southern latitude sponges.- PLoS One, 7 (7), 1-16: e41672. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041672 (

  • Dohrmann, M.,Göcke, C., Reed, J. & Janussen, D. 2012: Integrative taxonomy justifies a new genus, Nodastrella gen. nov., for North Atlantic "Rossella" species (Porifera: Hexactinellida: Rossellidae).- Zootaxa, 3383, 1–13.

  • Janussen, D. & Rapp, H. T. 2011: Rediscription of Jenkina articulata Brøndsted from the deep Eckström Shelf, E-Weddell Sea, Antarctica and a comment on the possible mass occurrence of this species.- Deep-Sea-Research, II, 58: 2022–2026.

  • Göcke, C. & Janussen, D. 2011: ANT-XXIV/2 (SYSTCO) Hexactinellida (Porifera) and bathymetric traits of Antarctic glass sponges (incorporating ANDEEP-material); including an emendation of the rediscovered genus Lonchiphora. Deep-Sea-Research II, 58, 2013-2021.

  • Henkel, D. & Janussen, D. 2011: Redescription and new records of Celtodoryx ciocalyptoides (Demospongiae: Poecilosclerida) – A sponge invader in the North-East Atlantic Ocean of Asian origin?.- Journal of Marine Biology Association, 91(2), 347–355.

  • Janussen, D. & Reiswig, H. M. 2009: Hexactinellida (Porifera) from the ANDEEP III Expedition to the Weddell Sea, Antarctica.- Zootaxa 2136: 1-20.

  • Plotkin, A.S. & Janussen, D. 2007: New genus and species of Polymastiidae (Demospongiae: Hadromerida) from the Antarctic deep sea.- Journal of the Marine Biology Association, 87, 1395–1401.

  • Janussen, D. & Tendal, O. S. 2007: Diversity and distribution of Porifera in the bathyal and abyssal Weddell Sea and adjacent areas.- Deep-Sea Research, II, 54 (16/17): 1864-1875.

  • Brandt, A., Gooday, A., Brix, S., Brökeland, W., Cedhagen T., Choudhury, M., Cornelius, N., Danis, B., Mesel, I. De, Diaz R., Gillan, D., Hilbig, B., Howe, J., Janussen, D., Kaiser, S., Linse, K., Malyutina, M., Brandao, S., Pawlowski, J., Raupach, M., vanreusel, A. 2007: The Southern Ocean deep sea: first insights into biodiversity and biogeography.- Nature, 447 (17.05.2007): 307-311.

  • Meixner, M. J., Lüter, C., Eckert, C., Itskovich, V., Janussen, D., Rintelen, T. von, Bohne, A. V., Meixner, J. M., Hess, W. R. 2007: Phylogenetic analysis of freshwater sponges provide evidence for endemism and radiation in ancient lakes.- Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 45: 875-886.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Language skills: Danish (native language), English + German (fluent), French (understanding)

  • Other interests: Ancient cultural history and mythology

  • Sporting activity (hiking, running, bicycling, swimming, diving)

  • Music (Rock, Metal, Classical, a. o.)

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, one child


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