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Prof. Dr. Oliver Niehuis


Prof. Dr.
Oliver Niehuis

Institute of Biology I

Group: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Biodiversity

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2506



Focus of research

  • Phylogenetics and comparative genomics of insects
  • Evolution, genetics, and biosynthesis of semiochemicals
  • Host-parasite interactions, in particular those within the insect order Hymenoptera


  • Since 2017 Full Professor (W3) of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity at the Faculty of Biology, Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg
  • 2014 Habilitation in Zoology at the University of Bonn
  • 2010-2016 Head of the section Evolutionary Genomics at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn
  • 2009 Postdoc at the University of Osnabrück
  • 2005-2009 Postdoc at Arizona State University in Phoenix (AZ), USA
  • 2001-2005 Doctoral candidate at the University of Bonn
  • 1993-2000 Study of Biology at the Technical University of Darmstadt and at the Philipps University of Marburg

Selected publications

  • Pauli T, Castillo-Cajas RF, Rosa P, Kukowka S, Berg A, van den Berghe E, Fornoff F, Hopfenmüller S, Niehuis M, Peters RS, Staab M, Strumia F, Tischendorf S, Schmitt T, Niehuis O (2019): Phylogenetic analysis of cuckoo wasps (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae) reveals a partially artificial classification at the genus level and a species-rich clade of bee parasitoids. – Systematic Entomology 44: 322–335.
  • Peters RS, Krogmann L, Mayer C, Donath A, Gunkel S, Meusemann K, Kozlov A, Podsiadlowski L, Petersen M, Lanfear R, Diez PA, Heraty J, Kjer KM, Klopfstein S, Meier R, Polidori C, Schmitt T, Liu S, Zhou X, Wappler T, Rust J, Misof B, Niehuis O (2017): Evolutionary history of the Hymenoptera. – Current Biology 27: 1–6.
  • Mayer C, Sann M, Donath A, Meixner M, Podsiadlowski L, Peters RS, Petersen M, Meusemann K, Liere K, Wägele JW, Misof B, Bleidorn C, Ohl M, Niehuis O (2016): BaitFisher: a software package for multispecies target DNA enrichment probe design. – Molecular Biology and Evolution 33: 1875–1886.
  • Niehuis O, Büllesbach J, Gibson JD, Pothmann D, Hanner C, Mutti NS, Judson AK, Gadau J, Ruther J, Schmitt T (2013): Behavioural and genetic analyses on Nasonia shed light on the evolution of sex pheromones. – Nature 494: 345–348.
  • Niehuis O, Hartig G, Grath S, Pohl H, Lehmann J, Tafer H, Donath A, Krauss V, Eisenhardt C, Hertel J, Petersen M, Mayer C, Meusemann K, Peters RS, Stadler PF, Beutel RG, Bornberg-Bauer E, McKenna DD, Misof B (2012): Genomic and morphological evidence converge to resolve the enigma of Strepsiptera. – Current Biology 22: 1309–1313.

[Link to complete publication list]

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