Collections and research
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Current researchRunning major research projects:
1. Taxonomy of Australian meiofauna, with special attention to the minor invertebrate taxa, Loricifera and Kinorhyncha, from eastern Australian waters (Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) Participatory Program and Danish Natural Science Research Counsil (SNF)).
2. Meiofauna study of Boggomosses (Mound Springs) in the Dawson River Valley , Queensland (Commissioned by the Department of Natural Resources, Queensland Government)
3. Meiofauna study of the springs and the marine ikaite pillars from Ikka Fjord, SW Greenland (The Commission for Scientific Research in Greenland).
4. Investigation of the fauna from the radioactive, homothermic springs at Disko Island, W Greenland (Arctic Station, University of Copenhagen)
5. Ultrastructural investigation of a new group of microscopical animal, Micrognathozoa from a cold spring of Disko Island with a discussion of the phylogenetic position of Gnathostomulida inside monophylum Gnathifera. Visit the Micrognathozoa pages and read about Limnognathia maerski (NB: the pages should be viewed with a 1024 by 768 pixels screen area).
6. New cycliophorans from crustaceans.
7. The life-cycle studies of Loricifera including the "ghost-larva" from the Faroe Bank.
8.3-D reconstruction of a Cambrian fossil, the stem-group of Tardigrada, from Sibirian Limestone (co-operation with Professor Dieter Waloszek, Ulm).
Arctic Biology, autumn semester (2. & 3. year).
Marine invertebrates: morphology, biology, evolution: spring semester (2. & 3. year).
Field course in Arctic Biology, Arctic Station, Greenland, 28 days (even years).
Students at University of Copenhagen
Postdoctoral co-operation: Jette Eibye-Jacobsen (ZMUC): Ultrastructural investigation of the pharyngeal apparatus in Arthrotardigrada and Eutardigrada. -- Dr. Martin Vinter Sørensen (Niels Bohr Institute & Institute of Biology): A comparative study of the pharyngeal muscles in Rotifera, Gnathostomulida and Micrognathozoa.
Primary fields of research
Systematics and phylogeny of Tardigrada, Loricifera, Cycliophora, Micrognathozoa and several other meiofaunal groups.
Recently published the description and the molecular data (18S rRNA) of the new phylum Cycliophora in Nature together with Drs. Peter Funch, Birgitta Winnepenninckx and Thierry Backeljau
A new group of microscopical animals, Micrognathozoa , from a cold spring at Disko Island has been described in the October number, 2000 of Journal of Morphology.
Galathea3 - head of project: The benthic fauna of the continental slopes of the Solomon Sea and on the shelf of the Solomon Islands - an investigation of marine biodiversity.
Curatorial responsibility for the Zoologisk Museum's collections of Acanthocephala, Cycliophora, Gastrotricha, Gnathostomulida, Kinorhyncha , Loricifera, Mesozoa, Micrognathozoa, Nematoda, Nematomorpha, Nemertini, Onychophora, Pentastomulida, Platyhelminthes, Priapulida, Rotifera and Tardigrada.
Zoological Museum: Chairman of the Committee for the Faunistics of Greenland. Member of the Research Committee and of the Education Committee.
University of Copenhagen: Director of the Board of the Arctic Station, Godhavn, Greenland.
Danish Polar Center: Zoological Member of the Advisory Board of ZERO (Zackenberg Field Station, NE Greenland).
Editorial work: Associate Editor of Zoologischer Anzeiger. Member of the Editorial Committee of Zoologica Scripta, field editor of Helgoland Marine Research and member of the editorial Board of Systematics and Biodiversity.
Member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (2002 -)
Member of the Danish National Committee for IUBS (International Union of Biological Societies).
Member of the International Arctic Polynya Program (SCG).
Member of the American NSF-AToL project: Assembling the tree of life - an integrated approach to the origin and diversification of protostomes.