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Dr. Patrick Beckers



Research focus

  • Comparative anatomy of the nervous systems in Spiralia
  • Phylogeny and evolution of Spiralia
  • Systematics and evolution of ribbon worms (Nemertea)
  • Ecology and reproductive behaviour of ribbon worms (Nemertea)
  • Ultrastructure of nemertean spermatozoa



  • BP02 Morphologie und Evolution der Tiere
  • BP16 Ökologie mit Bestimmungsübungen
  • WP06 Biodiversität und Evolution der Tiere: Evolution und adaptive Radiation der Metazoa
  • WP09 Ökologische Untersuchungen an ausgewählten Organismen in der Gezeitenzone


  • OEP1 Organismic Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, Physiology
  •  OEP Free 3C: Histology, tomography and computer aided 3D- reconstruction of animal anatomy


2012- dato Postdoc Institute of Evolutionary Biology University of Bonn
2009- 2012 PhD Student University of Bonn
2001- 2007 Diplomastudent FU- Berlin




Beckers P, Helm C, Bartolomaeus T (2019) The anatomy and development of the nervous system in Magelonidae (Annelida)–insights into the evolution of the annelid brain. BMC Evolutionary Biology 19 (173)

Beckers P, Helm C, Purschke G, Worsaae K, Hutchings P, Bartolomaeus T (2019) The central nervous system of Oweniidae (Annelida) and its implications for the structure of the ancestral annelid brain. Frontiers in Zoology 1–21.

Strand, M, Norenburg, J, Alfaya, JE, Ángel Fernández‐Álvarez, F, Andersson, HS, Andrade, S.C, Beckers,P, & Chernyshev, A. (2018) Nemertean taxonomy—Implementing changes in the higher ranks, dismissing Anopla and Enopla. Zoologica Scripta.

Helm C, Beckers P, Bartolomaeus T, Drukewitz SH, Kourtesis I, Weigert A, Purschke G, Worsaae K, Struck TH, Bleidorn C (2018) Convergent evolution of the ladder-like ventral nerve cord in Annelida. Frontiers in Zoology 15: 36

Beckers P, Kraemer D, Bartolomaeus T (2018) The nervous system of Hoplonemertea. Zoomorphology 1-28

Weidhase M, Beckers P, Bleidorn C, Aguado MT (2017) Nervous system regeneration in Typosyllis antoni (Annelida: Syllidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger- A Journal of Comparative Zoology 269: 57-67

Helm C, Karl A, Beckers P et al. (2017) Early evolution of radial glial cells in Bilateria. Proc. R. Soc. B 284:

Weidhase M,·Beckers P, Bleidorn C, Aguado MT (2016) On the role of the proventricle region in reproduction and regeneration in Typosyllis antoni (Annelida: Syllidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:196

Krämer D, Schmidt C, Podsiadlowski L, Beckers P, Horn L, Döhren J. (2016) Unravelling the Lineus ruber/viridis species complex (Nemertea, Heteronemertea). Zoologica Scripta DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12185

Sundberg P, Andrade S, Bartolomaeus T, Beckers P et al. (2016) The future of nemertean taxonomy (phylum Nemertea) - a proposal. Zoologica Scripta 45(6)

Beckers P, Döhren J (2015) Nemertini (Nemertea) in Schmidt-Rhaesa A, Harzsch S, Purschke G (eds) Structure and evolution of invertebrate nervous systems. Oxford university press. pp 748

Beckers P, Bartolomaeus T, Döhren J (2015) Observations and experiments on the biology and life history of Riseriellus occultus (Heteronemertea: Lineidae). Zoological science

Weidhase M, Bleidorn C, Beckers P, Helm C (2015) Myoanatomy and anterior muscle regeneration of the fireworm Eurythoe cf. complanata (Annelida: Amphinomidae). Journal of morphology.

Tilic E, Döhren J, Quast B, Beckers P, Bartolomaeus T (2015) Phylogenetic significance of chaetal arrangement and chaetogenesis in Maldanidae (Annelida). Zoomorphology, 134 (3), 383-401.

Beckers P (2015). The nervous systems of Pilidiophora (Nemertea). Zoomorphology, 1, 1-24.

Beckers P, Loesel R, Bartolomaeus T (2013) The nervous systems of basally branching Nemertea (Palaeonemertea). PLoS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066137

von Döhren J, Beckers P, Bartolomaeus T (2012) Life history of Lineus viridis (Müller, 1774) (Heteronemertea, Nemertea). Helgol Mar Res 66:243–252. doi: 10.1007/s10152-011-0266-z

Beckers P, Faller S, Loesel R (2011) Lophotrochozoan neuroanatomy: An analysis of the brain and nervous system of Lineus viridis (Nemertea) using different staining techniques. Front. Zool. 8:17. doi: 10.1186/1742-9994-8-17

von Döhren J, Beckers P, Vogeler R, Bartolomaeus T (2010) Comparative sperm ultrastructure in Nemertea. J Morphol 271:793–813. doi: 10.1002/jmor.10834



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