Martin Schwentner

curator of the collection Crustacea / staff scientist
Curatorial responsibility for the Natural History Museum's Crustacea collection
Phone: +43 1 52177-330

Phylogeny, biogeography and diversity of Spinicaudata and other Branchiopoda

Populationgenomics of deep-sea Amphipoda
DAN Barcoding of Austrian terrestial isopods


Third Party Funding including Stipends
2023                Project "Transformations in the evolution of Peracarida (Crustacea)" financed by the FWF
2022                Project "Poplation genetics and landscape ecology of large Branchiopoda" financed by the FWF
2022                Project "The terrestial isopods in Vienna - bridging historic and modern research" financed by the Hichschuljubiläumsfond of the city of Vienna
2018                Project “ Mapping invasive Crustacea in Hamburg” financed by the die Behörde für Energie und Umwelt (Hamburg)
2018                DAAD stipend for participating in the 9th International Crustacean Conference in Washington D.C.
2015                Fenner-Chase Fund for field work in Belize awarded by the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), Harvard University
2015                Forschungstipendium (Research Fellowship) awarded by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Science Foundation) for PostDoc at Harvard University
2010                Denton Belk Memorial Award awarded by The Crustacean Society, financing the participation at the „7th International Crustacean Congress 2010“ in China
2009                Postgraduate Award of the Australian Museum (Sydney) to finance a field trip to Australia
2009                PhD Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
2009                PhD Scholarship by the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Landesgraduierten Stipendium Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

2002 - 2004    Undergraduate studies at the FU Berlin (Free University, Germany)

2004 - 2008    Graduate studies at the Universität Rostock (Germany) with major in Zoology

2006 - 2007    six month internship at the University of Otago, NZ; assisting the group of Prof. C. Townsend and Ass. Prof. Gerry Closs in various experiments

2007 - 2008    Diploma thesis ‘Spinicaudata of Australia: Diversity and Phylogeography’, supervised by Prof. Dr. S. Richter and Dr. R. Bastrop, Universität Rostock

2008 - 2013    PhD thesis: ‘Diversity and Population Structure of Australian Spinicaudata’, supervised by Prof. Dr. Stefan Richter, Universität Rostock (Germany); handed in 1st November 2012

2014                Postdoctoral researcher at Christian-Albrecht Universität Kiel in the lab of Prof. Bosch, financed by the German Science Foundation

2015 - 2017     Postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University in the lab of Prof. Giribet, financed by a Research Fellowship of the German Science Foundation (DFG)

2017 - 2019     Interim/substitute professor, department Invertebrates II (Crustacea and Polychaeta), Centre of Natural History (CeNak), University of Hamburg

since 2019       Curator collection Crustacea, Natural History Museum, Vienna

Lörz, A.N., Schwentner, M., Bober, S., Jażdżewska, A.M. (2023): Multi-ocean distribution of a brooding predator in the abyssal benthos. Scientific Reports 13, 15867

Meißner, K., Schwentner, M., Götting, M., Knebelsberger, T., Fiege, D. (2023): Polychaetes distributed across oceans - examples of widely recorded species from abyssal depths of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society: zlad069

Hethke, M., Hartmann, K., Alberti, M., Kutzner, T., Schwentner, M. (2023): Testing the success of palaeontological methods in the delimitation of clam shrimp (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) on extant species. Palaeontology 66: e12634.

Surugiu, V., Schwentner, M., Meißner, K. (2022): Fixing the identity of Scolelepis squamata (annelida: Spionidae) - neotype designation, redescrption and DNA barcode sequence. Systematics and Biodiversity 20: 2003906.

Kürzel, K., Kaiser, S., Lörz, A.-N., Rossel, S., Paulus, E., Peters, J., Schwentner, M., Martinez Arbizu, P., Coleman, C.O., Svarvarsson, J., Brix, S. (2022): Ceorrect species identification and its implications for conservation using Haploniscidae (Crustacea, Isopoda) in Icelandic waters as a proxy. Frontiers in Marine Science 8: 795196

Paulus, E., Brix, S., Siebert, A., Martínez Arbizu, P., Rossel, S., Peters, J., Svavarsson, J., Schwentner, M. (2022): Recent speciation and hybridization in Icelandic deep-sea isopods: an integrative approach using genomics and proteomics. Molecular Ecology 31: 313-330.

Timms, B., Schwentner, M., Rogers, D.C (2021): On the biodiversity hotspot of large branchiopods (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) in the central Paroo in semiarid Australia. Zoodiversity 55: 439-450. DOI 10.15407/zoo2021.06.439

Brenneis, G., Schwentner, M., Giribet, G., Belz, B. (2021): Insights into the genetic regulatory network underlying neurogenesis in the parthenogenetic marbled crayfish Procambarus virginalis. Developmental Neurobiology 81: 939-974 https://doi.org/10.1002/dneu.22852

Uhlir, C., Schwentner, M., Meland, K., Konsgrund, J.A., Glenner, H., Brandt, A., Thiel, R., Svarvarsson, J., Lörz, A.N., Brix, S. (2021): Adding pieces to the puzzle: insights into diversity and distribution patterns of Cumacea (Crustacea: Peracarida) from the deep North Atlantic to the Arctic Ocean. PeerJ 9: e12379 DOI 10.7717/peerj.12379

Xu, S.-L., Han, B.-P., Martínez, A., Schwentner, M., Fontanetao, D., Dumont, H.J., Kotov, A.A. (2021): Mitogenomics of Cladocera (Branchiopoda): Marked gene order rearrangements and independent predation roots. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 164: 107275 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2021.107275

Schwentner, M., Zahiri, R., Yamamoto, S., Husemann, M., Kullmann, B., Thiel, R. (2021): eDNA as a tool for non-invasive monitoring of the fauna of a turbid, well-mixed system, the Elbe estuary in Germany. PLoS ONE 16: e0250452. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0250452

Ewers-Saucedo, C., Allspach, A., Barilaro, C., Bick, A., Brandt, A., Fiege, D., Füting, S., Hausdorf, B., Hayer, S., Husemann, M., Joger, U., Kamcke, C., Küster, M., Lohrmann, V., Martin, I., Michalik, P., Reinicke, G.-B., Schwentner, M., Stiller, M., Brandis, D. (2021): Natural history collections recapitulate 200 years of faunal change. Royal society Open Science 8: 201983. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.201983

Timm, R., Schwentner, M., Bober, S., Lörz, A.-N. (2021): Testing the impact of non-destructive DNA extraction on setae structure of Amphipoda (Crustacea). Zootaxa 4950, 181-188. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4950.1.10

Schwentner, M., Lörz, A. (2021): Population genetics of cold‐water coral associated Pleustidae (Crustacea, Amphipoda) reveals cryptic diversity and recent expansion off Iceland. Marine Ecology 42: e12625. https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12625

Rogers, D.C., Schwentner, M., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J. (2021): A review of Triops granarius (Lucas, 1864) sensu lato (Notostraca: Triopsidae) of southern Africa and Madagascar, with comments on the group. Journal of Crustacean Biology 41: 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcbiol/ruaa089

Brenneis, G., Arango, C.P., Sharma, P.P., Schwentner, M. (2020): The more the merrier: unparalleled sympatric species richness in a sea spider genus (Pycnogonida : Callipallenidae : Pallenella) from Tasmanian waters. Invertebrate Systematics 34: 837-870.

Schwentner, M., Rabet, N., Richter, S., Giribet, G., Padhye, S., Cart, J.-F., Bonillo, C., Rogers, D.C. (2020): Phylogeny and biogeography of Spinicaudata (Crustacea: Branchiopoda). Zoological Studies 59: 44. doi:10.6620/ZS.2020.59-44

Schwentner, M., Rudov, A.V., Rajaei, H. (2020): Some like it hot: Phallocryptus fahimii sp.n. (Crustacea: Anostraca: Thamnocephalidae) from the Lut desert, the hottest placed on Earth. Zoology in the Middle East 66: 331-341. doi.org/10.1080/09397140.2020.1805139

Timms, B.V., Schwentner, M. (2020): A redescription of Paralimnadia urukhai Webb and Bell 1979 with the description of a new species P. minyspinosa (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Limnadiidae). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 142: 1-14. openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/LIN/index

Guggolz, T., Meißner, K., Schwentner, M., Dahlgren, T.G., Wiklund, H., Bonifácio, P., Brandt, A. (2020): High diversity and pan-oceanic distribution of deep-sea polychaetes: Prionospio and Aurospio (Annelida: Spionidae) in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 20: 171-187. doi.org/10.1007/s13127-020-00430-7)

Schwentner, M., Giribet, G., Combosch, D.J., Timms, B.V. (2020): Genetic differentiation in mountain-dwelling clam shrimp Paralimnadia (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata), in eastern Australia. Invertebrate Systematic 34: 88-100. doi.org/10.1071/IS19027

Gerdes, K.H., Martínez Arbizu, P., Schwentner, M., Freitag, R., Schwarz-Schampera, U., Brandt, A., Kihara, T.C. (2019): Megabenthic assemblages at the southern Central Indian Ridge – Spatial segregation of inactive hydrothermal vents from active-, periphery- and nonvent sites. Marine Environmental Research 151: 104776. doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.104776

Bober, J., Brandt, A., Frutos, I., Schwentner, M. (2019): Diversity and distribution of Ischnomesidae (Crustacea: Isopoda: Asellota) along the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench - A Gentic perspective. Progress in Oceanography 178: 102174. doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2019.102174

Guggolz, T., Meißner, K., Schwentner, M., Brandt, A. (2019): Diversity and distribution of Laonice species (Annelida: Spionidae) in the tropical North Atlantic and Puerto Rico Trench. Scientific Reports 9: 9260. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-45807-7

Gerdes, K., Martínez Arbizu, P., Schwentner, M., Kihara, T. C. (2019): Detailed Mapping of Hydrothermal Vent Fauna: A 3D Reconstruction Approach Based on Video Imagery. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 96. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00096

Schwentner, M., Richter, S., Rogers, D. C., Giribet, G. (2018): Tetraconatan phylogeny with special focus on Malacostraca and Branchiopoda: highlighting the strength of taxon-specific matrices in phylogenomics. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 285: 20181524. dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1524

Schwentner, M., Giribet, G. (2018): Phylogeography, species delimitation and population structure of a Western Australian short-range endemic mite harvestman (Arachnida: Opiliones: Pettalidae: Karripurcellia). Evolutionary Systematics 2:81-87. DOI 10.3897/evolsyst.2.25274

Tippelt, L., Schwentner, M. (2018): Taxonomic assessment of Australian Eocyzicus species (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata). Zootaxa 4410(3):401-452. doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4410.3.1

Bober, S., Brix, S., Riehl, T., Schwentner, M., Brandt, A. (2018): Does the Mid-Atlantic Ridge affect the distribution of benthic crustaceans across the Atlantic Ocean? Deep-Sea Research Part II 148:91-104. doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.02.007

Richter, S., Schwentner, M., Wirkner, SC. S., Ahyong, S. T. (2018): Phylogeny and Diversity of Tasmanian Mountain Shrimps (Crustacea, Malacostraca, Anaspidacea Anaspidesidae) – independent immigration from surface to subterranean habitats. Zoologica Scripta 47:84-105. DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12263

Augustin, R., Schröder, K., Murillo Rincón, A. P., Herbst, E.-M., Fraune, S., Anton-Erxleben, F., Schwentner, M., Grötzinger, J., Wassenaar, T. M., Bosch, T. C. G. (2017): A secreted antibacterial neuropeptide shapes the microbiome of Hydra. Nature Communications 8: 698. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00625-1

Ahyong, S., Schwentner, M., Richter, S. (2017): The Tasmanian Lake Shrimps, Paranaspides Smith 1908 (Crustacea, Syncarida, Anaspididae). Records of the Australian Museum 69:259-275. doi.org/10.3853/j.2201-4349.69.2017.1679

Timms, B.V., Schwentner, M. (2017): A revision of the clam shrimp Australimnadia Timms and Schwentner, 2012 (Crustacea: Spinicaudata: Limnadiidae) with two new species from Western Australia. Zootaxa 4291:081-098. doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4291.1.5

Schwentner, M., Combosch, D.J., Pakes Nelson, J., Giribet, G. (2017): A Phylogenomic Solution to the Origin of Insects by Resolving Crustacean-Hexapod Relationships. Current Biology 27:1818-1824. /dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.05.040

Meusel, F., Schwentner, M. (2017): Molecular and morphological delimitation of Australian Triops species (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Notostraca)—large diversity and little morphological differentiation. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 17:137-156. DOI 10.1007/s13127-016-0306-2

Rogers, D.C., Schwentner, M., Olesen, J., Richter, S. (2015): Evolution, classification, and global diversity of large Branchiopoda. Journal of Crustacean Biology 35(3): 297-300. DOI: 10.1163/1937240X-00002344

Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2015): Spinicaudata (Crustacea: Branchiopoda) in Australia’s arid zone: Unparalleled diversity at regional scales and within water bodies. Journal of Crustacean Biology 35(3): 366-378. DOI: 10.1163/1937240X-00002339

Schwentner, M., Richter, S. (2015): Stochastic effects associated with resting egg banks lead to genetically differentiated active populations in large branchiopods from temporary water bodies. Hydrobiologia 760: 239-253. DOI 10.1007/s10750-015-2382-2

Schwentner, M., Bosch, T.C.G. (2015): Revisiting the age, evolutionary history and species level diversity of the genus Hydra (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 91: 41-55. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2015.05.013

Schwentner, M., Just, F., Richter, S. (2015): Evolutionary systematics of the Australian Cyzicidae (Crustacea, Branchiopoda, Spinicaudata) with the description of a new genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 173: 271-295. doi.org/10.1111/zoj.12209

Kaji, T., Fritsch, M., Schwentner, M., Olesen, J., Richter, S. (2014): Male claspers in clam shrimps (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) in the light of evolution: A case study on homology versus analogy. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Molecular and Developmental Evolution) 322: 269-280. 10.1002/jez.b.22574

Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2014): Evolutionary systematics of the Australian Eocyzicus fauna (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata) reveals hidden diversity and phylogeographic structure. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 52: 15-31. doi: 10.1111/jzs.12038

Schwentner, M., Clavier S., Fritsch M., Olesen J., Padhye S., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2013): Cyclestheria hislopi (Crustacea: Branchiopoda): a group of morphologically cryptic species with origins in the Cretaceous. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 80-810. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2012.11.005

Timms, B.V., Schwentner, M. (2012): A new genus and species of large limnadiid clam shrimp from Australia (Spinicaudata: Limnadiidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology 32(6): 981-990. DOI: 10.1163/1937240X-00002098

Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2012): Flying with the birds? Recent large-area dispersal of four Australian Limnadopsis species (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata). Ecology and Evolution 2(7):1605–1626. doi: 10.1002/ece3.265

Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2012): Description of four new species of Limnadopsis from Australia (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata). Zootaxa 3315:42-64. dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3315.1.2

Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Richter, S. (2011): An integrative approach to species delineation incorporating different species concepts: a case study of Limnadopsis (Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104: 575-599. doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01746.x

Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Bastrop, R., Richter, S. (2009): Phylogeny of Spinicaudata (Branchiopoda, Crustacea) based on three molecular markers – An Australian origin for Limnadopsis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53: 716-725. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2009.07.021
Published Abstracts
Schwentner, M., Timms, B.V., Bastrop, R., Richter, S. (2008): Combining morphological and molecular characters to distinguish spinicaudatan species (Crustacea: Branchiopoda) with special focus on the male claspers. Journal of Morphology 269 (12): 1485-1486

I am interested in various aspects of crustacean evolution. This includes phylogenetics, systematics, phylogeography, population genetics and integrative taxonomy. In my studies, I employ and combine various molecular genetic techniques (e.g., DNA barcoding, ddRADseq, transcriptomics) with morphological data. I work manly with freshwater Branchiopoda, but also deep-sea Peracarida (especially Amphipoda) as well as other organisms.

2018                mapping invasive Crustacea in Hamburg

2015                field trip to Belize

2011                field trip in Australia including stays at the Australian Museum in Sydney

2010                field trip in Australia including stays at the Australian Museum in Sydney

2009                field trip in Australia including stays at the Australian Museum in Sydney

Editorial Work
since 2020      Editor Crustacea & Myriapoda of Zoologischer Anzeiger

since 2019      Associate Editor of Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny

2015                Guest Editor of Journal of Crustacean Biology, special issue on Large Branchiopoda (issue 35:3)

2013 -2021      Editorial Board Member of Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research

Described species and taxa
Australimnadia gigantea Timms & Schwentner, 2012 (junior synonym of A. grobbeni)
Australimnadia multifaceata Timms & Schwentner, 2017
Australimnadia torqueova Timms & Schwentner, 2017
Eocyzicus armatus Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Eocyzicus breviantennus
Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Eocyzicus careyensis Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Eocyzicus occidentalis
Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Eocyzicus parvus
Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Eocyzicus phytophilus
Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Eocyzicus richteri
Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Eocyzicus timmsi
Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Eocyzicus ubiquus
Tippelt & Schwentner, 2018
Limnadopsis bloodwoodensis Schwentner, Timms & Richter, 2012
Limnadopsis brevirostris Schwentner, Timms & Richter, 2012
Limnadopsis centralensis Schwentner, Timms & Richter, 2012
Limnadopsis paratatei Schwentner, Timms & Richter, 2012
Pallenella karenae Brenneis, Arango, Sharma & Schwentner 2020
Pallenella baroni Brenneis, Arango, Sharma & Schwentner 2020
Paranaspides williamsi Ahyong, Schwentner & Richter, 2017
Paralimnadia minyspinosa Timms & Schwentner, 2020
Phallocryptus fahimii Schwentner, Rudov & Rajaei, 2020

Australimnadia Timms & Schwentner, 2012
Labiocarida Schwentner, Combosch, Pakes Nelson & Giribet, 2017
Ozestheria Schwentner & Richter, 2015 (in Schwentner, Just & Richter, 2020)
Society of Systematic Biologists
Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (DZG)
International Society for Invertebrate Morphology
Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Zoologischen Sammlung Rostock e.V. (Friends and Patrons of the Zoological Collection Rostock)
2017- 2019     Organisationsformen des Tierreichs (zoological lab course), a weekly zoological undergraduate lab course, Universität Hamburg

2017 - 2018    Systematik und Biodiversität der Crustacea (Systematics and biodiversity of Crustacea), lecture, Universität Hamburg

2017 - 2018    Aktuelle Themen aquatischer Biodiversitätsforschung (Current topics in marine biodiversity studies), seminar, Universität Hamburg

2017 - 2018    Taxonomische Übungen an Fischen und benthischen Wirbellosen (Taxonomic excercises on fish and crustacean), 2-week lab course, Universität Hamburg

2016                Life Sciences 1b (as a teaching assistant), a weekly undergraduate lab and discussion course on genetics, genomic and evolution at Harvard University

2011 - 2013    Molekulare Systematik (Molecular Systematics), yearly two week lab course, Universität Rostock

2011 - 2013    Lectures on Phylogeography and DNA Barcoding as part of the lecture Grundlagen der Diversitätsforschung und evolutionären Entwicklungsbiologie, Universität Rostock

2005                Zoologisches Grundpraktikum (Zoological lab course), Universität Rostock

3. zoology

Akkari Nesrine
Curator of the collection Myriapoda / staff scientist
Barta Anna-Chiara
Project researcher
Coelho David
Associated scientist
Dworschak Peter C.
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Crustacea
Eschner Anita
curator of the collection Mollusca / staff scientist
Feiler Gloria
Assistant for the 3rd Zoology
Frade Pedro
curator of the collection Evertebrata Varia
Gallmetzer Ivo
staff scientist
Greilhuber Matthäus
Associated scientist
Gruber Jürgen
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Arachnoidea
Hörweg Christoph
Head of the 3. Zoological Department / curator of the collection Arachnoidea / staff scientist
Macek Oliver
Manager DNA & tissue collection, Collection Assistant (Myriapoda)
Marchioro Giulia
Associated scientist
Mason Katharina
staff scientist
Pruckner Christian
Associated scientist
Sattmann Helmut
Associated scientist / formerly head of department and curator of the collection Evertebrata varia
Schiller Edmund
collection assistant in the collections Arachnoidea & Crustacea
Schnedl Sara Maria
collection assistant in the collection Mollusca, currently on maternity leave
Seiter Michael
Associated scientist
Stagl Verena
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Myriapoda
Szeiler Stefan
collection manager
Wöss Emmy
Associated scientist