Project Info

Coordination of the Programme "Deep Metazoan Phylogeny"

The Priority Programme ???Deep Metazoan Phylogeny??? combines resources and expertise to clarify important aspects of the phylogeny of large metazoan taxa and to infer processes of molecular evolution and of the historical evolution of phenotypes. Synergistic effects will improve greatly personal training as well as scientific achievements. Bringing together specialists that are experts for different taxa and techniques should enable us to compile a data set of unprecedented high quality and quantity. The Priority Programme will contribute to the growth of gene banks and promote the implementation of a new morphological data bank. Systematics and biodiversity research have suffered a substantial loss of manpower during the past 30 years, not only in Germany but also on a global scale. The Priority Programme will help to educate a new generation of scientists familiar with modern tools of phylogeny inference. This particular Priority Programme differs from others in the necessity for a strict coordination of single projects. The goal can only be reached when all data can be interlocked for a final total evidence analysis. Furthermore, several workshops are necessary for the training of PhD students and for the comparison of preliminary results. The present application is exclusively for funding the coordination of the Programme and for service functions that can not be accommodated in single projects.


Prof. Dr. Arndt von Haeseler, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang W. Waegele, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn