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Jørgen Olesen

Jørgen Olesen

Associate Professor, Curator

  • Natural History Museum of Denmark

    Universitetsparken 15, 2100 København Ø

    Phone: +45 35 32 10 45

Primary fields of research

My general field of interest is the diversity, phylogeny, and evolution of Crustacea.

Teaching

Current research

  • I am an evolutionary zoologist focusing on the diversity and classification of Crustacea, a diverse group of mainly marine arthropods, but with both limnic and terrestrial representatives. I also curate the large museum collection of Crustacea. My research interests ranges from species level taxonomy of Laevicaudata, a small group of freshwater crustaceans, to higher level phylogeny of various crustacean groups. I am interested in a large range of crustacean taxa such as branchiopods from inland temporary water bodies, thermosbaenaceans from anchialine caves, raptorial cladocerans from the Caspian Lake, and many others. I mainly work with morphology as a basis for phylogeny, but also include molecular data. I have a particular focus on obscure, microscopic taxa and their larvae, about which little are still known. I also work on various important Cambrian fossil taxa on a collaborative basis. One of my overall goals is to contribute bringing our understanding of crustacean evolution and phylogeny to a higher level, not least with respect to how various key characters such as the evolutionary crucial ‘arthropod limbs’ have evolved in different crustacean linages.

Selected publications

  1. Published
  2. Published

    Onychocaudata (Branchiopoda: Diplostraca), a new high-level taxon in branchiopod systematics

    Olesen, J. & Richter, S. 2013 In : Journal of Crustacean Biology. 62, p. 62-65 4 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Phylogeny of Branchiopoda (Crustacea) based on a combined analysis of morphological data and six molecular loci

    Richter, S., Olesen, J. & Wheeler, W. C. 2007 In : Cladistics. 23, p. 301-336

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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