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Melina Frenzel

PhD student



My work focuses on a quantitative analysis of the head shape variation among Condylognatha. Condylognatha are a monophyletic lineage composed of Thysanoptera and Hemiptera. A comparative approach on a macroevolutionary scale is possible with methods such as three-dimensional reconstruction and geometric morphometrics based on µCT-scans and serial sections. I plan to analyse the potential correlation of head shapes and mouthparts with their function, several ecological traits and the underlying phylogeny in three main projects:
  • Head shape variation within Condylognatha
  • Functional morphology of the stylet tips in Hemiptera
  • Biomechanical properties of plant tissues which are hosts for several Hemiptera




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