Andreas Wessel

Andreas Wessel
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity | MFN · Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery

Diplom-Biologe

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April 2014 - March 2015
University of Hamburg
Position
  • Guest Professor and Head of Department (Entomology & Arachnology)
October 2011 - March 2012
Universität Siegen
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  • Guest Professor and Group leader (Molecular Zoology)
April 2010 - October 2011
University of Münster
Position
  • Scientific Project Manager
Education
October 1992 - December 1997
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Field of study
  • Biology

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Publications (129)
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The Hawaiian Islands provide the venue of one of nature's grand experiments in evolution. Here, we present morphological, behavioral, genetic, and geologic data from a young subterranean insect lineage in lava tube caves on Hawai'i Island. The Oliarus polyphemus species complex has the potential to become a model for studying rapid speciation by st...
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Despite their enormous diversity, the bauplan of adult winged insects (pterygotes) is remarkably conservative since the Lower Devonian: a five-segmented head, a three-segmented thorax with three pairs of walking legs and an eleven-segmented abdomen without any non-sexual appendages [1 • Snodgrass R.E. Principles of Insect Morphology. McGraw-Hill B...
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Animal communication, including that among humans, is fascinating in its efficiency, diversity and its complexity. The evolution of a communication signal requires that the encoded content sent by an organism (sender) is detected and decoded by a receiver, who then must respond in such a way that the fitness of the sender is increased. The signal c...
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A new study has provided a major advance in understanding courtship communication in Drosophila, arguably the world’s best known model organism, by experimentally defining the complete pathway, step by step, from a male’s vibrational courtship signal to perception in the female’s brain.
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Ancient, long-extinct floras and faunas can be reassembled through fossils and phylogenetics, and even palaeo-environments can be reconstructed with the aid of palaeoclimatology. However, very little is known about the sound-scape of the past. Of what kind were the first biologically meaningful sounds and vibrations ever emitted and perceived? The...
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Biotremology is a new and emerging discipline in biological sciences that covers all aspects of behavior associated with substrate-borne mechanical waves. This volume provides state-of-the-art reviews and technical contributions from leading experts and invited younger researchers on topics from signal production and transmission to perception in i...
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Mocek, Reinhard 2012. Alfred Kühn (1885 bis 1968) - Ein Forscherleben. Mit einem Geleitwort von Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. (Biologia-Leben und Forschen, 2) Basilisken-Presse, Rangsdorf: 296 S., Klappenbroschur. ISBN 978-3-941365-23-0. € 24,90 Mocek, Reinhard (Hrsg.) 2020. Alfred Kühn (1885 bis 1968) - Lebensbilder in Briefen. Mit einem Geleitwort von H...
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We present a morphological study of Indonesian sponge-inhabiting barnacles using standard light microscopy in combination with micro-CT scanning and computer-aided 3D-reconstruction of the external shell morphology. A taxonomic analysis of the material detected four different genera of sponges inhabited by five different species of balanomorph barn...
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Zu Marx’ 200. Geburtstag trafen sich 2018 in Berlin Wissenschaftler verschiedenster Fachdisziplinen und Generationen, um sein Denken auf heuristisches Potential für gegenwärtige und künftige Probleme und Entwicklungen hin zu befragen. Sowohl durch positive Anknüpfung als auch durch kritische Distanzierung erarbeiteten sie sich einen Zugang unter de...
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We present a digital reconstruction (video) of non-invasive microCT scans of barnacle specimens (Acasta sulcata; catalogue number MZB Cru Cir 185) embedded in their sponge host (Spongia sp.) from the Indonesian island Saparua, Moluccas (for details see Pitriana et al. 2020). The sponge specimen, which was supposed to host barnacles, was subjected t...
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Nothing concerning the human consciousness makes sense except in the light of evolution. I propose a concept describing the evolution-based structure of human consciousness as an encaptic hierarchy of different “inborn teachers” („angeborene Lehrmeister“, K. Lorenz). This is based on A. G. Baumgarten’s idea of aesthetics as epistemology, which post...
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Dieses Themenheft unserer Sitzungsberichte ist das Ergebnis der Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin Anfang Juni 2016. Der Bogen spannt sich von der Phylogenie und Genetik bis zu einem spezifischen Parasiten als Teil unserer Umwelt. Doch liegt der Schwerpunkt in der Auseinandersetzung mit den Fragen danach, was uns zum M...
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An Essay, first published in the magazine "Melodie & Rhythmus - Magazin für Gegenkultur" in 2019, with original illustrations by Marc Gröszer, printed by Reiner Slotta as serigraphy limited to 99 signed prints.
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The Animal Sound Archive (Tierstimmenarchiv) of the Museum of Natural History Berlin (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin) is one of the oldest and largest collections of animal sounds worldwide. It was founded in 1951 by Günter Tembrock and comprises now more than 18,000 hours of audio material. During the last decades, the animal sound archive has been...
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In the past 5 years since the publication of the forerunner of the present volume, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in research, published and ongoing, in the field of vibrational communication—the range of taxa studied and of methods used is expanding rapidly, the questions asked are multiplying and are more sharply delineated. This internati...
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When a new discipline emerges in science with many unique characteristics, but others that are shared with sister disciplines, defining the boundaries is critical. What is and is not part of the core precepts of this discipline is probably easier to establish within the community than what exists along the edges. Due to our perceptional bias in fav...
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This volume is a self-contained companion piece to Studying Vibrational Communication, published in 2014 within the same series. The field has expanded considerably since then, and has even acquired a name of its own: biotremology. In this context, the book reports on new concepts in this fascinating discipline, and features chapters on state-of-th...
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This volume is a self-contained companion piece to Studying Vibrational Communication, published in 2014 within the same series. The field has expanded considerably since then, and has even acquired a name of its own: biotremology. In this context, the book reports on new concepts in this fascinating discipline, and features chapters on state-of-t...
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Adaptive shift is an evolutionary phenomenon in which individuals from an existing population change to exploit a new habitat or food resource. If successful, the new population may diverge behaviorally, morphologically, and physiologically to become a distinct population or species. The phenomenon is inferred from the many examples of adaptive rad...
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Zusammenfassung: In ihrer kürzlich erschienenen Arbeit (Davranoglou et al. 2019) unter-suchten die Autoren an lebenden Exemplaren von Agalmatium bilobium (Issidae) mit mo-dernsten Methoden (microCT) die Interaktionen zwischen Muskulatur und bestimmten An-teilen des Exoskeletts zur Vibrationserzeugung und beschreiben deren biomechanische Grundlage....
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Critical Essay about Fabre's Souvenirs entomologiques on the occasion of it's complete german translation.
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Der Text „Für Gegenkultur“ wurde am 30. Juli 2018 als Beitrag für die Kampagne Künstler und Intellektuelle unterstützen Melodie & Rhythmus auf http://www.melodieundrhythmus.com/ publiziert. Der Text „Der Künstler als Ware“ wurde in deutlich gekürzter und leicht veränderter Fassung unter dem Titel „Markt frisst Kunst“ abgedruckt in Melodie & Rhythmu...
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Dieser Band ehrt den Philosophen und Erziehungswissenschaftler Dieter Kirchhöfer (1936-2017). Freunde und Weggefährten geben Einblick in sein Leben und Wirken, jedoch ist es nicht nur ein Buch über Kirchhöfer, sondern ein Buch mit Dieter Kirchhöfer. Nachdrucke eines Interviews von 1994 und eines Beitrages zur Selbstentfremdung in der Wissenschaft z...
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Essay about the so-called "Debate on Formalism" in East Germany in the 1940s and 1950s.
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Communication between partners is an essential part of reproductive behaviour and as such, it is subjected to sexual selection. Considerable indirect costs are resulting from high energy expenditure during signalling. We already know quite a lot about leafhoppers’ behaviour and their vibrational signals, yet the production of their signals is not c...
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Exhibition cataloge on the early work of the German artist Arno Mohr (1910-2001).
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Bei der Durchsicht der reichhaltigen Wissenschaftlersammlungen des Museums für Naturkunde Berlin, die zu dem bemerkenswertesten, wenn auch nicht mehr zu den grössten ihrer Art gehören, gelang es den Autoren rein zufällig, ein einzelnes Exemplar einer Rhynchophilide zu identifizieren, das eine bisher unbekannte Spezies der Familie repräsentiert. Den...
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„Betrachtet man die Liste der fields of applied sciences und geht die einzelnen Positionen durch, so gewinnt man den Eindruck, dass in unserer Zeit starke applikative Anforderungen, die auch interdisziplinäre Synthesen nahelegen, die bei Weitem wirksamsten Katalysatoren für die Etablierung und Institutionalisierung neuer Disziplinen sind.“ (H. Lait...
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Ich will die Geschichte eines Steines erzählen. Es muss etwa zu der Zeit gewesen sein, da Werner Stötzer meinen akademischen Lehrer Günter Tembrock porträtierte: ...
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„Herneck war der erste, der aus einer falsch konzipierten Defensiv-Stellung der Philosophen herausging und zur Offensive gegen den gemeinsamen Feind rief, gegen den Dogmatismus.“ Diese Aussage von Robert Havemann im Jahr 1956 markiert einen ersten Höhepunkt im Kampf gegen den ideologischen Dogmatismus in der DDR und gleichzeitig einen Wendepunkt im...
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Die ‚Wende‘ im Herbst 1989 brachte für meine Generation – geboren in der ersten Hälfte der 1970er Jahre in der DDR – eine einmalige Gelegenheit, etwas über Menschen zu lernen. Die 1989er Reformbewegungen, die Grenzöffnung, der anschließende Staatszusammenschluss und besonders die folgenden Veränderungen im gesamtgesellschaftlichen und im persönlich...
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Editorische Vorbemerkung (A. W.) Das hier dokumentierte Konvolut entstand als Ergebnis einer Projektarbeit in der 11. Klasse des 3. Gymnasiums Prenzlauer Berg (zuvor EOS „Käthe Kollwitz“, ab 1992 „Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium“). Als Fachbetreuer nennt das Titelblatt Doz. Dr. habil. Michael Mortag am Interdisziplinären Institut für Wissenschaftsphilosop...
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Die vorliegende Zusammenstellung der Herneckschen Publikationen geht von der 1984 publizierten „Bibliographie der wissenschaftlichen Veröffentlichungen Friedrich Hernecks für den Zeitraum 1953-1984“ (IX.1-1-2) aus, welche vermutlich von Friedrich Herneck selbst stammt. Wir haben jedoch den Inhalt auf alle Publikationen Hernecks erweitert und, sowei...
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On the evolution of the tymbal organ in the Tymbalia (Hemiptera excl. Sternorrhyncha). The tymbal apparatus is the most complex vibration-producing organ in arthropods. The tymbal organ was first described from the large cicadas which use it to produce sound levels of more than 100 dB. Subsequently, it was discovered that leaf- and planthoppers, as...
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An essay containing some considerations on the history, theory and contemporary position of the science of biological taxonomy (in German language). It was written for a festschrift, but has not yet been published.
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Cixiidae require a set of clues in order to recognize and localize potential conspecific partners for mating (specific mate recognition system = SMRS). The use of acoustic and/or vibrational signals as part of the SMRS is ubiquitous in Hemiptera. However, the general knowledge of the mating behaviour of Cixiidae is still patchy. Here we report for...
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This volume explains the key ideas, questions and methods involved in studying the hidden world of vibrational communication in animals. The authors dispel the notion that this form of communication is difficult to study, and show how vibrational signaling is a key to social interactions in species that live in contact with a substrate, whether it...
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This volume explains the key ideas, questions and methods involved in studying the hidden world of vibrational communication in animals. The authors dispel the notion that this form of communication is difficult to study, and show how vibrational signaling is a key to social interactions in species that live in contact with a substrate, whether it...
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Vibrational communication holds the unique position of being one of the most ancient and widespread forms of animal communication and yet the most poorly known. The long evolutionary history of vibrational communication, the remarkable diversity of species in which it occurs, and its central role in biotic interactions provide unparalleled opportun...
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This laudation honors the role of H. Strübing as one of the early researchers of vibrational communication. In 1958, Strübing was the first to show the significance of vibrational signals in mate finding of small Auchenorrhyncha. She then devoted her entire scientific life to the further study and deeper understanding of this particular behavior.
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The tymbal is the most complex sound- and vibration-producing organ in arthropods. The tymbal organ was first described from cicadas which use it to produce sound levels of more than 100 dB. Subsequently, it was discovered that leaf- and planthoppers, as well as true bugs and moss bugs, communicate by substrate-borne vibrations, which are also prod...
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Following the discovery of acoustic or rather vibrational communication in small Auchenorrhyncha by Ossiannilsson (1949), the role of those signals in mate finding is studied. For the delphacid planthopper Calligypona lugubrina, we present conclusive evidence that optical as well as chemical stimuli play no role in mate finding, which is rather fac...
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Mitt Ges Humanontogenet 3(1/2) 2014 – 3 – kend erlebt, da das Selbstmitleid, das der Betroffene wäh-rend des gesamten Suchtprozesses aufgebaut hat, relativ unausgeglichen macht. Das findet seinen Ausdruck in heftigen Stimmungsschwankungen, die durchaus rück-fallgefährdend sein können. In der Labilitätsphase kann die unausgeglichene Stim-mungslage s...
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Although Aristotle already noticed that the sound-production of cicadas was achieved by a different mode than that of locusts or crickets it took almost 2000 years before the tymbal apparatus was first described by Casserius (1552?–1616). This achievement by an anatomist who mostly worked on humans was then forgotten for centuries. The tymbal was r...
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A new giant cave-dwelling species of planthopper of the family Meenoplidae (Fulgoromorpha) is described from the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in western Madagascar, with information on its distribution and ecology. As the new species could not be placed in any of the previously described genera, a new genus is established. This is the first rec...
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A recently discovered, and apparently autochthonous, population of Trigonocranus emmeae Fieber, 1876 in Germany (Rhineland-Palatinae: Bernkastel) confirmed the large degree of intraspecific variation with regard to the size of the compound eyes, length of tegmina and bodily pigmentation reported in the literature. For the first time, intraspecific...
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The development of organisms shows an end-state-directedness at various levels of organization. The concept of “self-organization”, arising from the study of physico-chemical processes, has been used for the understanding of the nature and causality of this specific characteristic of organismic development. Based on that concept it is currently att...
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In many insects, the male genitalia are widely used for taxonomic purposes as they have a sufficiently complex structure possessing many species- or taxon-specific characters. In Fulgoridae, a poor understanding of the structure of the external male genitalia has so far largely prevented their use in systematics. The preparation method described he...
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Although Aristotle already noticed that the sound-production of cicadas was achieved by a different mode than that of locusts or crickets it took almost 2000 years before the tymbal apparatus was first described by Casserius (1552?–1616). This achievement by an anatomist who mostly worked on humans was then forgotten for centuries. The tymbal was r...
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Nothing in science makes sense except in the light of history, and ethology does have a rather complex one. In this introductory lecture I will shortly explore the roots and the growth of behavioural biology focusing on developments in Berlin up to the foundation of the first German ethological research institution by G. Tembrock in 1948.
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A systematic survey of Maros karst caves in summer 2009 revealed the first known terrestrial cave with roots in the dark zone and an associated fauna for Southeast Asia (cf. Deharveng & Bedos 2000). Remarkably, this very first discovery of available resources for a root community in the region coincides with the finding of planthoppers as sap-sucki...
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Mit Günter Tembrock starb am 26. Januar 2011 eines der Gründungsmitglieder der DGGTB. Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Günter Tembrock, geboren am 7. Juni 1918 in Berlin, gehörte zu den Mitbegründern der modernen Verhaltensbiologie (siehe Wessel 2011). 1948 konnte er mit Hilfe der Akademie der Wissenschaften an der Berliner Universität die „Forschungsstät...
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A new species of the cixiid tribe Bennini from Sulawesi is described and a new genus is erected to accommodate it. This is the first record of a Bennini from Sulawesi and the first discovery of this group in a subterranean environment. We report preliminary observations of its ecology and behaviour. According to the ecological parameters of its hab...
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Die große Komplexität des Phänomens Information in der Biologie ist unbestreitbar. Wir sprechen von der Information von Gensequenzen, von der Strukturinformation von Gewebe, vom Informationsgehalt biologischer Signale. Nur das Zusammenspiel zahlreicher Konzepte aus so verschieden erscheinenden natur-und geisteswissenschaftlichen Disziplinen wie der...
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Als eine der „eigenwilligsten Berliner Künstlerinnen“ ehrte das Berliner Kolbe-Museum Margarete Godon mit einer Retrospektive zu ihrem 90. Geburtstag. Damit wurden ihre Gemälde, Batiken, Knüpfungen, Zeichnungen, Druckgrafiken und Plastiken „offiziell“ als Kunst geadelt. Ihr vielfältiges Werk hat seinen gültigen Platz in der Kunstgeschichte jedoch n...