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Matthias Obst

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    Curriculum vitae: Matthias Obst Personal data Born Aug 18 1974, Erfurt, Germany; German citizen; marital status almost married with one daughter Current position Project coordinator, Göteborg University, Department of Zoology, Systematics and Biodiversity Box 463, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden, Tel: +46 (0) 317863662, Fax: +46 (0) 523 18502, Email: matthias.obst@zool.gu.se Education 2004: Ph.D at University of Aarhus, Denmark; 2000: M.Sc. Biology (Diplom) at University of Jena, Germany; 1993: Graduated from high school in Erfurt, Germany Appointments 2009-: Project coordinator, Göteborg University 2005-2008: Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Sweden (Postdoctoral fellow) 2003-2004: Harvard University, USA (Doctoral student, Ph.D.) 2001-2003: University of Aarhus, Denmark (Doctoral student, Ph.D.) 1999-2000: University of Jena, Germany (Diploma student, M.Sc.) 1997-1998: University of Manchester, UK (Erasmus student) 1994-1997: University of Jena, Germany (Student Biology) Research projects 2009-: LifeWatch 2005-2008: Inventory of the marine bottom fauna along the Swedish west coast 2005-2008: Systematics and taxonomy of Swedish bryozoans 2006-2008: Phylogeographic studies on horseshoe crabs 2003-2004: Population genetic studies on Cycliophora. 2001-2004: Ph.D. thesis “Diversity and Evolution of Cycliophora”. 2000-2001: Studies on life history and morphology of Symbion pandora (Cycliophora). 1999-2000: "A study on the life cycle and ecology of Symbion pandora (Cycliophora)". Publications Author/coauthor of 27 articles in English, Danish, German, and Swedish (18 in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books, 5 in cited conference proceedings, and 4 in popular scientific journals). Expeditions and field trips 2009: BioSkag II expedition 2007: Galathea3 expedition – conservation of Asian horseshoe crabs 2006-09: Pandalina expeditions - Inventory of the marine bottom fauna of the Swedish west coast. 2006: Thailand - conservation of Asian horseshoe crabs 2006: Pandalina expedition - Inventory of the marine bottom fauna of the Swedish west coast. 2004: East coast of USA. 2003: Woods ¨Hole Laboratories 2003-2001: Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Sweden. 1998, 1996, 1994: Roscoff Marine Biological Station, France. 1995: Marine Biological Station Boinsdorf, Germany. 1992: Greenland Vessel time and scientific cruises 2009 (2 weeks) Bottom dredging in Norway 2008 (4 weeks) Bottom dredging in Skagerrak and Kattegat 2007 (4 weeks) Bottom dredging in Skagerrak and Kattegat 2007 (1 month) Deep water dredging and trawling in the North Atlantic 2006 (4 weeks) Bottom dredging in Skagerrak and Kattegat Methods Sampling methods: diving, dredging, epibethic sledges, box cores, plankton hauling Extraction methods: sieving, ultracentrifugation, freshwater shocking, MgCl extraction, oxygen depletion Analytical methods: Light- and fluorescence microscopy, Confocal laser scanning microscopy, Transmission- and scanning electron microscopy, PCR-based sequencing techniques Diving license - CMAS** Languages German (native), English, Danish, Swedish Research Interests Marine and benthic ecology, invertebrate phylogeny and systematics, marine conservation biology, marine phylogeography, molecular taxonomy, barcoding, complex life cycles, zoomorphology, meiofauna, polar biology Grants 2010: LifeWatch 2009: Swedish Taxonomy Initiative 2008: Danish Research Agency - Endosymbiotic bacteria in the marine worm Xenoturbella 2006: Danish Research Agency - Studying horseshoe crabs 2006: Knud Højgaards Fond - Studying horseshoe crabs 2006: Dansk Ekspeditionsfond - Participation in the Galathea3 expedition 2006: Swedish Taxonomy Initiative - Collection of bryozoans 2005: Royal Swedish Academy - Postdoc fellowship 2005: Swedish Taxonomy Initiative - Collection of bryozoans 2003: Danish Research Agency - Population genetic study on Cycliophora 2003-2001: Access to Research Infrastructure - Experiments & collection 2003: Danish Natural History Society - Travel grant 2001: Univ. of Aarhus, Denmark - PhD scholarship 2000: German Academic Exchange Service - Visiting Univ. of Aarhus 1997: ERASMUS scholarship - Visiting Univ. of Manchester Supervision 2006-2011: PhD thesis Judith Fuchs ”Taxonomy & systematics of Swedish bryozoans” 2007-2008: M.Sc. thesis Kasper Nielsen „Morphometric methods for stock assessment in horseshoe crabs“ 2003-2004: M.Sc. thesis Judith Fuchs “On morphology and phylogeny of Entoprocta” 2003-2004: M.Sc. thesis Khy An “The impact of population densities and salinity on the reproduction of the rotifer B. plicatilis” 2003-2006: B.Sc. theses Kasper Nielsen & Bo F. Rasmussen “Feeding in lophophorate animals” Member of Professional Bodies EDIT: European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy SSF: Svenska Systematikers Förening MGE: Marine Genomics Network of Excellence AToL: Assembling the Tree of Life IBA: The International Bryozoology Association DNF: Danish Natural History Society IRC: The International Rotifer Community Collaborations Assoc Prof. Andreas Schramm (Inst. of Biological Sciences, Microbiology, University of Aarhus, Denmark); Prof. Per Sundberg (Dept. of Zoology, Göteborg University, Sweden), Assoc. Prof. Peter Funch (Ecology & Genetics, University of Aarhus, Denmark), Prof. Tobias Wang (Dept. of Zoophysiology, Aarhus University, Denmark), Assoc. Prof. Gonzalo Giribet (Dept. of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, USA), Anna Karlsson (ArtDatabanken, Swedish Species Information Centre, Uppsala, Sweden), Dr Sarah J. Bourlat (Dept. of Biology, University College London, United Kingdom), Referee work (>15 occasions): Zoologica Scripta, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Helgoland Marine Research, Zoomorphology, Zoologischer Anzeiger, Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

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    • Molecular phylogeny of extant horseshoe crabs (Xiphosura, Limulidae) indicates Paleogene diversification of Asian species.

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    • The spermatozoan ultrastructure of Xenotubella bockiWestblad 1949.

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    • The fauna of hydrothermal vents on the Mohn Ridge (North Atlantic)

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    • Two types of endosymbiotic bacteria in the enigmatic marine worm Xenoturbella

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    • Cycliophoran relationships revisited

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