• Ph.D., Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, Germany, 2001
  • B.S., Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, Germany, 1998

Dr. Andreas Wanninger is Head of the Department of Integrative Zoology at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Biography from Conchology, Inc.:

"I obtained my PhD degree in 2001 from the University of Munich/Germany where I worked on comparative aspects of molluscan development. Since then, I have expanded my research interests across a wide diversity of marine invertebrate phyla including platyhelminths, annelids, brachiopods, entoprocts, ectoprocts, cycliophorans, and acoels. I am mostly interested in the ontogeny of the neuromuscular systems of these animals and we use immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy, 3D reconstruction techniques, and gene expression analysis to infer lophotrochozoan interrelationships and basal morphological traits of hypothetical ancestors of selected nodes in the bilaterian tree of life."

Relevant to the biota of the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Wanninger has published the following:

Schwabe, E., and A. Wanninger. 2006. Polyplacophora. Pp. 217–228 in C. F. Sturm, T. A. Pearce, and A. Valdés, eds. The Mollusks: A Guide to their Study, Collection, and Preservation. American Malacological Society.