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Molekulare Geo- und Paläobiologie mariner Organismen

  • Biomineralisation in marinen Invertebraten
  • Molekulare Biodiversität mariner Invertebraten
  • Evolution und Phylogenie früh abzweigender Linien der Metazoa


Current Research Grants

DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)


Wo896/9-1: Pylogeny of selected key taxa of Antarctic deep-sea Porifera (Sponges) and the history of their radiation. G. Wörheide (München), C. Lüter (Berlin), J. Reitner (Göttingen). 2008-2010.

Wo896/7-1: Deep DownUnder - Exploration of relict faunas on the deep slopes of the Queensland Plateau (Coral Sea, Australia). G. Wörheide (München), C. Lüter (Berlin), J. Reitner (Göttingen). 2008-2010.

Wo896/6-1,2: A combined phylogenomic and palaeontological approach to resolve deep phylogenetic incongruences among Phylum Porifera. G. Wörheide (München), B. Morgenstern, J. Reitner (Göttingen). Within DFG Priority Programme SPP 1174 "Deep Metazoan Phylogeny - Stammesgeschichte der Großgruppen der Tiere". 2005-2009.

Kürzlich abgschlossen

Wo896/5-1,3: Phylogenetic analysis of hexactinellid sponges (Porifera: Hexactinellida) based on molecular and comparative morphological data. G. Wörheide, J. Reitner (Göttingen). In cooperation with D. Janussen (Frankfurt). 2005-2008.

Wo896/4-1,2,3: Characterization of matrix proteins of the coralline demosponge Astrosclera willeyana - A contribution to understanding the evolution of biomineralization. G. Wörheide & J. Reitner (Göttingen). 2005-2008.

Wo896/3-1,3: The phylogeny of calcareous sponges (Porifera: Calcarea). G. Wörheide, V. Thiel, J. Reitner (Göttingen). 2005-2008.

Marie-Curie Actions, European Union


European Union, 6th Framework Programme: Human Resources and Mobility (HRM) Activity. Marie Curie Actions. Host Fellowships for Early Stage Research Training (EST): Proposal FP6-020561: "HOTSPOTS" (Understanding and Conserving Earth's Biodiversity Hotspots). Coordinator: Dr. Vincent Savolainen, Kew Botanical Gardens. One EuroPhD fellowship to be supervised by G. Wörheide. 2006-2010.

Kürzlich abgschlossen

Coordination of EU - Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship (OIF) of Dr. Dirk Erpenbeck (Contract No. MCOIF-2004-2882): The systematics of Sponges without Mineral Skeleton and its Phylogeographic implications. 2005-2008.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Linkage Project LP0775179: Deep Downunder: designing a deep-sea exploration and discovery capability for Australia. Project Coordinator J. Marshall, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. 2008-2011.

Kürzlich abgschlossen

International Linkage Project LX0775962: Evolution of the biofabrication of mineralized structures in animals. B. Degnan, D.J. Jackson, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; G. Wörheide, Universität Göttingen. 2007.

Discovery Project DP0558901: The making of a sea shell: function and evolution of genes encoding calcareous architectures of phenomenal strength, purity and beauty. B. Degnan, F. Simpson, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; G. Wörheide, Universität Göttingen; V. Hinman, California Institute of Technology, USA. 2005-2008.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

PorToL - The Porifera Tree of Life Project (Assembling the Tree of Life Program). 2008-2012. Co-PI.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

DNA Barcoding of Marine Biodiversity (MarBOL). 2008-2010. Co-PI.