The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Kathleen Dittrich

Tel: +49 228 9122-406
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: k.dittrich [at]



Field of work

My research is focused on morphological investigations of arthropod tracheal systems, especially of myriapods and insects. Although there are many publications available on tracheal systems of arthropods, they are mainly restricted to only a smaller well-studied set of taxa within these groups (e.g. Scutigeromorpha and Lithobiomorpha (Chilopoda, Myriapoda), Glomerida (Diplopoda, Myriapoda) and Orthoptera (Insecta)). My research is divided into two main sections. The first section is focused on the sampling of already available morphological data of arthropod tracheal systems. To complement currently underrepresented groups (e.g. Siphonophorida (Diplopoda, Myriapoda) and Diplura (Hexapoda)) in the literature, the second part of the project is concentrated on the generation of new morphological data using histological sections, micro-CT, and synchrotron scanning. Especially micro-CT scanning is a promising tool to address the second part of the project, because micro-CT allows a virtual insight into specimens in situ, which can be subsequently used for further morphological analyses.

Research interests

My research interests include morphology and character evolution as well as intra- and interspecific variability of morphological characters with special attention to the tracheal systems of myriapods and insects and the phylogeny of nemerteans. I am further interested in the digitalization and processing of morphological data with micro-CT.

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