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Dr. Martin Husemann

Dr. Martin Husemann

Dr. Martin Husemann

Researcher ID: C-4414-2015
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Berufliche Laufbahn

2014 - now Research Assistant at the Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Biology/Zoology, Prof. Dr. Robert Paxton

2013 – 2014 DAAD Fellow at the Technical University Munich, Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Prof. Dr. Weisser, PD Dr. Jan C. Habel


2009 – 2013 PhD, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Dissertation title: “Evolutionary forces driving population differentiation in Lake Malawi rock-dwelling cichlids (Pisces: Cichlidae)”

2008 – 2009 Internship in the Natural History Museum of Luxembourg: “The phylogeography of the Maghreb region”

2008 MSc, University of Osnabrück, Germany: “Genetic and morphological analysis on the phylogeny of the genus Sphingonotus Fieber, 1852: The Evolution of tegmino-femoral stridulation mechanisms”

2006 BSc, University of Osnabrück, Germany: “Phylogeny of the West- Mediterranean species of the genus Sphingonotus” (grade A with honours)


I am interested in the evolution of biodiversity, especially in rapidly diverging and species-rich systems. I am using population genetic, phylogenetic and biogeographic methods to understand how species diversify.


International, peer-reviewed publications

In review

Cousseau L, Husemann M, Vangestel C, Lens L (submitted) Spatiotemporal analyses of demography in a declining population of house sparrows.

Landaverde P, Murray TE, Quezada-Euan JJ, Theodorou P, Vandame R, Husemann M, Paxton RJ (submitted) Sweat bees on hot chillies: provision of pollination services by native bees in traditional slash-and-burn Neotropical agriculture in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Yanmanee S, Husemann M, Benbow ME, Suwannapong G (submitted) Larval development rates of the blow fly Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart, 1842) within its native range in South-East Asia.

Habel JC, Dennis R, Husemann M, Schmitt T, Dapporto L (submitted) A comparative analysis of phenotypic and genetic traits suggests multiple evolutionary drivers in the Marbled White butterfly (Lepidoptera, Satyridae).

Drees, C., Husemann, M., Brandt, P., Dieker, P., Homburg, K., von Wehrden, H., Zumstein, P., Assmann, T. (submitted) Relicts or refugia? – Phylogeography, population genetics and climate niche models for the flightless cold-adapted ground beetle Carabus sylvestris (Col., Carabidae).

Meimberg H, Curto M, Husemann M, Habel JC (submitted) Mitogenomic amplicon sequencing for phylogeography.

Husemann, M., Tobler, M., McCauley, C., Ding, B., Danley, P.D. (submitted) Heritable and plastic components of body shape and transgressive segregation in a pair of closely related Malawi cichlids.

Dey L-S, Saboori A, Hodjat SH, Tork M, Husemann M (submitted) A faunistic review of the Iranian species of Sphingonotus (Orthoptera, Oedipodinae) with a key to species.

Ray JW, Seidel M, Husemann M (submitted) A new color morph of Calosoma wilcoxi and a first phylogeny of the genus Calosoma.

Husemann M., Sturm S., Meimberg, H., Habel J.C. (submitted) The mitochondrial genomes of three species of the genus Zosterops with evaluation of the information content of genes.

Landaverde P, Paxton RJ, Husemann M (submitted) Cryptic sympatric lineage divergence but lack of within lineage geographical signal in Mexican Lasioglossum.


Sanaa E, Seiedy M, Skuhrovec J, Mazur MA, Kajtoch L, Husemann M (accepted) Deep divergence and evidence for translocations between Iranian and European populations of the alfalfa weevil (Hypera postica) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) based on mitochondrial DNA. Canadian Entomologist

Giraldo Deck LM, Habel JCH, Husemann M, Meimberg H (accepted) Microsatellite markers for two sympatric tinamou bird species, the ornate the Ornate Tinamou Nothoprocta ornata and the Darwin´s Nothura Nothura darwinii. Avian Biology Research


Habel JC, Husemann M, Ulrich W (2015) Patterns of contact call differentiation in the panmictic East African Abyssinian White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus (Aves: Passeriformes). Ecol Evol 5: 5974-5982.

Habel JC, Mulwa R, Day J, Rödder D, Husemann M, Lens L,  Ulrich W (2015) Evolution along the Great Rift valley: phenotypic and  genetic differentiation of East African White-eyes (Aves, Zosteropidae).  Eco Evol 5: 4849-4862.

Gu Q-H*, Husemann M*, Ding B, Luo Z, Xiong B-X (2015) Population genetic structure of Bellamya aeruginosa (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Viviparidae) in China: weak divergence across  large geographic distances. Ecol Evol 5: 4906-5919.*equally contributed

Kahnt, B., Gerth, M., Bleidorn, C., Paxton, R. Husemann, M. (2015) The complete mitochondrial genome of the endemic and highly specialized South African bee species Rediviva intermixta (Hymenoptera: Melittidae), with a comparison with other bee mitogenomes. Biol J Linn Soc 116: 940-953.

Husemann, M., Nguyen, R., Ding, B., Danley, P.D. (2015) A  genetic demographic analysis of Lake Malawi rock-dwelling cichlids using  spatio-temporal sampling. Mol Ecol 24: 2686-2701.

Husemann, M., Habel, J. C., Namkung, S.J., Hochkirch, A.,  Otte, D., Danley, P.D. (2015) Molecular evidence for an Old World origin  of Galapagos and Caribbean grasshoppers (Acrididae: Oedipodinae: Sphingonotus). PloS One 10: e0118208.

Husemann, M.*, Cousseau, L.*, Callens, T., Matthysen, E., Vangestel, C., Durand, E.Y., Hallmann, C., Githiru, M. & Lens L. (2015) Post-fragmentation  population structure in a cooperative breeding Afrotropical cloud  forest bird: emergence of a source-sink population network. Mol Ecol 24:  1172-1187. *equally contributed

Ray, J.W.*, Husemann, M.*, Lutz-Carillo, D., King, R.S., Danley, P.D. (2015) Life at the leading edge: Genetic impoverishment of the spotted bass, Micropterus punctulatus, at its Western edge. Environ Biol Fish 98: 1823-1832 *equally contributed

Husemann, M., Cousseau, L., Borghesio, L.,  Lens L., Habel, J.C. (2015) Effects of population size and isolation on  the genetic structure of the East African Mountain White-eye Zosterops poliogaster (Aves). Biol J Linn Soc 114: 828-836.


Habel, J.C., Brückmann, S.V., Krauss, J., Schwarzer, J., Weig, A., Husemann, M., Steffan-Dewenter, I. (2014) Fragmentation genetics of the grassland butterfly Polyommatus coridon: Stable genetic diversity or extinction dept? Conservation Genetics DOI 10.1007/s10592-014-0679-8.

Ding, B., Daugherty, D.W., Hester, S., Husemann, M.,  Chen, M., Howe, A., Danley, P.D. (2014) Quantitative genetic analyses  of male color pattern and female mate choice in a pair of cichlid fishes  of Lake Malawi, East Africa. PLoS One 9: e114798.

Engler, J., Husemann, M. (2014) Data constraints, bias and the  
(mis-)use of scientometrics for predicting academic success: A comment  
on van Dijk et al. ProcPoS 1:e8.

Husemann, M., Deppermann, J., Hochkirch, A. (2014) Multiple independent colonization of the Canary Islands by the winged grasshopper genus Sphingonotus Fieber, 1852. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 81: 174-181.

Husemann, M., Ulrich, W., Habel, J.C. (2014) The  effects of geographic isolation and sympatry on acoustic traits of two  bird species (Aves, Zosteropidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 115.

Ding, B., Curole, J.P., Husemann, M., Danley, P.D.  (2014) Habitat complexity predicts the community diversity of  rock-dwelling cichlid fish in Lake Malawi, East Africa. Hydrobiologia  748: 133-143.

Habel, J.C., Mulwa, R.K., Gassert, F., Rödder, D., Husemann, M.,  Ulrich, W., Borghesio, L. Meyer, J., Lens, L. (2014) Population  signatures of large-scale, long-term disjunction and small-scale,  short-term habitat fragmentation in an Afromontane forest bird. Heredity  113: 205-214.

Husemann, M., Tobler, M., McCauley, C., Ding, B.,  Danley, P.D. (2014) Evolution of body shape in differently coloured  sympatric congeners and allopatric populations of Lake Malawi’s  rock-dwelling cichlids. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 826-839.

Habel, J.C., Husemann, M., Finger, A., Danley, P.D.,  Zachos, F.E. (2014) The relevance of time series in molecular ecology  and conservation biology. Biological Reviews 89: 484-492. *JCH & MH  have equally contributed

Habel, J.C., Ulrich, W., Peters, G., Husemann, M.,  Lens, L. (2014) Lowland panmixia versus highland disjunction: genetic  and bioacoustic differentiation in two species of East African White-eye  birds. Conservation Genetics 15: 655-664.

Habel, J.C., Meyer, M., Husemann, M., Schmitt, T., Varga. Z. (2014) The molecular biogeography of the Violet Copper Lycaena helle. In: Habel, J.C., Schmitt, T., Meyer, M.: Jewels in the Mist, Pensoft.


Husemann, M., Schmitt, T., Zachos, F.E., Habel, J.C. (2013) Palaearctic biogeography revisited - Evidence for the existence of a North African refugium for western Palaearctic biota. Journal of Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12180 *Featured as Cover Story

Husemann, M., Llucia Pomares, D., Hochkirch, A. (2013) A review of the Iberian Sphingonotini with description of a new species (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Oedipodinae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 29-60.

Gassert, F., Ulrich, S., Husemann, M., Ulrich, W., Rödder, D. Hochkirch, A. Engel, E., Meyer, J. Habel, J.C. (2013) From southern refugia to the northern range margin: Genetic population structure of the Common Wall Lizard Podarcis muralis. Journal of Biogeography 40: 1475-1489.


Habel, J.C., Husemann, M., Schmitt, T., Dapporto, L., Vanderwoistijne. S. (2012) A forest butterfly in the oasis of the Sahara desert: isolation does not matter. Journal of Heredity 104: 234-247.

Husemann, M., Confalonieri, V., Guzman, N., Danley, P.D., Cigliano, M.M. (2012) Biogeography of Trimerotropis pallidipennis (Acrididae: Oedipodinae): deep divergence within the Americas. Journal of Biogeography 40: 261-273. *Featured as Cover Story

Husemann, M.*, Ray, J.*, King, R., Hooser, E., Danley, P.D. (2012) Comparative biogeography reveals differences in population genetic structure of five species of stream fishes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107: 867-885. *equally contributed

Husemann, M., Namkung, S.J., Habel, J.C., Hochkirch, A., Danley, P.D. (2012) Phylogenetic analyses of band-winged grasshoppers (Orthoptera, Acrididae, Oedipodinae) reveal convergence of wing morphology. Zoologica Scripta 41: 515-526.

Danley, P.D., Husemann, M., Ding, B., Peppe, D., DelPietro, L., Beverly, E. (2012) The Impact of the Geologic History and Paleoclimate on the Diversification of East African Cichlids. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2012, Article ID 574851, 20 pages.

Ray, J.*, Husemann, M.*, Danley, P.D., King, R.S. (2012) Genetic Analysis Reveals Dispersal of Florida Bass Haplotypes from Reservoirs to Rivers in Central Texas. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:1269–1273. *equally contributed

Habel, J.C., Husemann, M., Schmitt, T., Zachos, F.E., Honnen, A.-C., et al. (2012) Microallopatry Caused Strong Diversification in Buthus scorpions (Scorpiones: Buthidae) in the Atlas Mountains (NW Africa). PLoS ONE 7: e29403.

Husemann, M., Schmitt, T., Stathi, I., Habel, J.C. (2012) Evolution and radiation in the scorpion Buthus elmouatakili (Scorpiones: Buthidae) at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains (North Africa). Journal of Heredity 103: 221-229.


Habel, J.C., Husemann, M., Rödder, D., Schmitt, T. (2011) Is the Atlanto-Mediterranean refuge real? Speciation hotspot and expansion dynamics of Melanargia ines in Western Mediterranean. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104: 828-837

Danley, P. D., Husemann, M., Chetta, J. (2011): Acoustic diversity in Lake Malawi rock-dwelling cichlids. Environmental Biology of Fishes 93: 23-30.

Yin, X.-C., Husemann, M., Li, X.-J. (2011) A new species of the genus Tuarega Uvarov, 1943 from Morocco (Orthoptera: Pamphagidae). Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 36: 539-542.

Husemann, M., Ray, J., Hochkirch, A. (2011) Review of the subgenus Parasphingonotus. Zootaxa 2916: 51–61.

Sturmbauer, C., Husemann, M., Danley, P. (2011): New insights on explosive speciation and adaptive radiation from African cichlid fishes. In: Habel, J.C., Zachos, F.E.: Hotspots, Springer .


Hochkirch, A., Husemann, M. (2008): A review of the Canarian Sphingonotini with description of a new species from Fuerteventura (Orthoptera: Acrididae, Oedipodinae). Zoological Studies 47: 495-506.

National and non-peer reviewed publications

Ray, J.W., Husemann, M., Back, J. (2014). Notes on the tiger beetles (Cicindelinae) of the Waco region of central Texas. Cicindela

Husemann, M., Danley, P.D. (2014) Population differentiation in Lake Malawi cichlids. Buntbarsche Bulletin 281: 24-28.

Habel, J.C., Husemann, M., Meyer, M. (2012) The biogeographical relevance of the Maghreb region exemplified by invertebrate species. Entomologie heute 24: 123-135.

Husemann, M., Hochkirch, A., Habel, J.C., Namkung, S., Danley, P.D. (2012) Intercontinental relationships of band-winged grasshoppers. Metaleptea 32: 4-5.

Husemann M. (2009): Mit Schirmchen, Charme und Melone… - Form, Funktion und Vielfalt pflanzlicher Früchte. Schriftenreihe des Botanischen Gartens

Husemann, M. & Hochkirch, A. (2009): Prezygotic isolation in the genus Sphingonotus. Metaleptea 29: 16.

Husemann M., Abeln B., Wagner M., Müller M. C. M. (2008): Heimlichtuer im Rampen“licht“ – Flohkrebse unter dem Rasterelektronenmikroskop. Mikrokosmos 97: 13-21.

Husemann, M., Michalik, A. & Hochkirch, A. (2008): Erstnachweis der Südlichen Eichenschrecke, Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860), in Osnabrück (Niedersachsen). Articulata 23: 77-80.

Husemann, M. (2008): Eine alte Wissenschaft modern aufgearbeitet - Ausstellung zum Thema Früchte, Fruchttypen und pflanzliche Ausbreitung im Botanischen Garten Osnabrück. Palmengarten 72: 47-51.

Husemann, M., Deppermann, Jana, Hochkirch, Axel (2008): A phylogeography of the Canarian Sphingonotini. Metaleptea 28: 15-18.

Husemann M. & Hochkirch A. (2007): Notizen zur Heuschreckenfauna (Insecta, Orthoptera) von Fuerteventura (Kanarische Inseln, Spanien). Entomologie heute 19: 59-74.

Husemann M. (2007): „Kalter Kaffee oder Up-to-Date?“ – Ausstellung einer karpologischen Sammlung im Botanischen Garten Osnabrück. Gärtnerisch Botanischer Brief 167: 28-31.

Husemann M. (2007): Ausstellung der karpologischen Sammlung des Botanischen Gartens. Der Freundeskreis informiert…10: 9-12.

Awards and funding

Thailand Science Foundation 2015: Distribution and virulence of  Nosema ceranae in Thai giant honeybee, Apis dorsata Fabricius, 1793  (Grant: 2,007,000 Bath, CO-PI, PI: Guntima Suwannapong)

Thailand  Science Foundation 2015: A Linear Model for Calculating Post-Mortem  Intervals Using Developmental Data for Forensically Important Blow Flies  (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Thailand (Grant: 1,643,100 Bath, CO-PI, PI:  Guntima Suwannapong)

DAAD travel grant for DZG meeting 2015 in Graz (€716)

OSF Contributor Grant 2014 ($3547)

16. RJH Hintelmann Wissenschaftspreis 2014 (€5000)

IDiv sequencing grant (Co-PI with Prof. Dr. Weisser and PD Dr. Jan C. Habel, €3184.57 for White-Eye mitogenomics)

DAAD Rückkehrstipendium (2013-2014, 6 month, €1500 each = €9000)

Bob Gartner Grant BBB Biology Honour Society 2013 ($1000)

Travel grant for workshop on new methods in phylogenomics in Austin 2013


Graduate School Travel Award 2012, Evolution, Ottawa, Canada, Baylor University ($300)

Folmer Award from Baylor University 2012 ($700)

Travel Grant from the SSE for the Evolution 2012 meeting in Canada ($500)

Graduate School Travel Award 2012, DZG, Konstanz, Germany,  Baylor University ($300)

C. Gus Glasscock, Jr. Endowed Fund of Excellence in Environmental Sciences 2011 ($8650)

Jordan grant of the American Cichlid Association 2011 ($1500)

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for Fall 2010

Master thesis awarded by the Biology department of the University of Osnabrück (Best Master thesis in Biology of organisms 2009)

Mini Research Grant of the Orthopterists´ Society 2009 ($1000)

Folmer Award from Baylor University 2009 ($500)

Synthesis grant 2008 (TAF-NL, ZMA, Amsterdam)

Mini Research Grant of the Orthopterists´ Society 2008 ($1000)

Jessup Award 2007 of the Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia (ANSP)

Poster Award at the 100th annual conference of the German Society for Zoology 2007 (€150)

Synthesis grant 2007 (TAF-GB, NHM, London)

Bachelor thesis awarded by Weser-Ems-Wissenschaftspreis 2006

Mini Research Grant of the Orthopterists´ Society 2006 ($500)

Editor for

Annals of Agrarian Science (   ), guest editor for special issue on effective population size for Heredity

Reviewer for

Molecular Ecology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Royal Society Open Science, Conservation Biology, Oikos, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Journal of Biogeography, Insect Systematics and Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation, Zoological Science, Journal of Crop Protection, Iranian Journal of Entomological Research, African Zoology, Entomologie heute, Hydrobiologia, Zootaxa, Proceedings of the Peerage of Science, Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, Florida Entomologist, African Journal of Biotechnology

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