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Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. Alexander Blanke

Academic career

  • since 2020 W2 Professor (tenure-track) for Evolutionary Morphology at the Rheinischen Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn
  • 2018 - 2020 ERC Starting Grant Project „Mech-Evo-Insect“ at the University of Cologne
  • 2017 Visiting researcher at the University of Cologne
  • 2015 - 2017 Researcher in Prof. Fagan's lab, University of Hull, UK
  • 2014 - 2015 Researcher in Prof. Machida's lab, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • 2013 - 2014 Researcher in Prof. Misof's lab at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn
  • 2008 - 2013 PhD student at ZFMK, Bonn
  • 2007 - 2008 Research Assistant at ZFMK, Bonn
  • 2001 - 2007 Diploma student in Biology at the Univ. Bonn and ZFMK


  •  2013 PhD, University of Bonn and ZFMK
  •  2007 Diploma, University of Bonn und ZFMK


  • 2015 Horst Wiehe PhD award of the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (DZG)
  • 2014 Bernhard Rensch PhD award of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)


Advisory activities

  • since 2016 Associate Editor Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research
  • since 2016 Editorial Board Insect Systematics and Diversity (Entomological Society of America)
  • Peer reviews for the European Research Council (H2020-ERC) starting grants programme, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (H2020-MSCA-IF), Human Frontier Science Programm (HFSP), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR; National research agency of France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Peer reviews for journals: PNAS, Current Biology, PLOS Computational Biology, Science Advances, Cladistics, Proceedings B, Scientific Reports, Systematic Entomology, Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Biogeography, Ecography, Cretaceous Research, Palaeontology, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Frontiers in Zoology, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Journal of Morphology, Journal of Microscopy, Insects, Royal Society Open Science, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Organisms Diversity & Evolution, Animal Biology, Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, Arthropod Structure & Development, International Journal of Odonatology, International Journal of Biodiversity, Zoomorphology, JoVE, Ecology and Evolution, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine


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