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Dr. Alexander Blanke


  • 2015 - 2017 Postdoctoral fellow in the workgroup of Prof. Fagan, University of Hull, UK
  • 2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral fellow in the workgroup Prof. Machida, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • 2013 - 2014 Postdoc in the workgroup Prof. Misof, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn, Germany
  • 2008 - 2013 PhD candidate at the ZFMK
  • 2007 - 2008 Scientific assistant at the ZFMK
  • 2001 - 2007 Diploma and Studies in Biology at the University of Bonn and ZFMK


  • 2015 Horst-Wiehe dissertation prize of the German Zoological Society (DZG)
  • 2014 Bernhard-Rensch dissertation prize of the Society for Biological Systematics (GfBS)


(*= equal contribution)

  • Suring, W., Meusemann, K., Blanke, A., Marien, J., Schol, T., Agamennone, V., Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva, A., Berg, M. P., Brouwer, B., 1KITE Basal Hexapod consortium, van Straalen, N. M., Roelofs, D. 2017. Evolutionary ecology of beta-lactam gene clusters in animals. Molecular Ecology 26: 3217-3229.
  • Blanke, A., Schmitz, H., Dutel, H., Patera, A., Fagan, M. 2017. Form function relationships in dragonfly mandibles under an evolutionary perspective. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 14: 20161038.
  • Blanke, A., Watson, P.J., Holbrey, R., Fagan, M.J. 2017. Computational biomechanics changes our view on insect head evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20162412.
  • *David, S., Funken, J., Potthast, W., Blanke*, A. 2016. Muskuloskeletal modeling under an evolutionary perspective: Deciphering the role of single muscle regions in closely related insects. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 13: 20160675.
  • Sato, Y., Ruehr, P.T., Schmitz, H., Egas, M., Blanke, A. 2016. Age-dependent male mating tactics in a spider mite - a life history perspective. Ecology and Evolution 6: 7367–7374.
  • Fujita, M., Blanke, A., Nomura, S., Machida, R. 2016. Simple, artifact-free SEM observations of insect embryos: Application of the nano-suit method to insect embryology. Proceedings of the Arthropod Embryological Society of Japan 50: 7-10.
  • *David, S., Funken, J., Potthast, W., Blanke*, A. 2016. Musculoskeletal modelling of the dragonfly mandible system as an aid to understanding the role of single muscles in an evolutionary context. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 1041-1049.
  • Blanke, A., Machida, R. 2016. The homology of cephalic muscles and endoskeletal elements between Diplura and Ectognatha (Insecta). Organisms Diversity & Evolution 16: 241-257.
  • Kjer, K. M., Ware, J.L., Rust, J., Wappler, T., Lanfear, R., Jermiin, L.S., Zhou, X., Aspöck, H., Aspöck, U., Beutel, R.G., Blanke, A., Donath, A., Flouri, T., Frandsen, P.B., Kapli, P., Kawahara, A.Y., Letsch, H., Mayer, C., McKenna, D.D., Meusemann, K., Niehuis, O., Peters, R.S., Wiegmann, B.M., Yeates, D.K., Reumont, B.M. v., Stamatakis, A., Misof, B. 2015. Response to comment on "Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution". Science 349: 487c.
  • Blanke, A., Rühr, P. T., Mokso, R., Stampanoni, M., Wilde, F., Machida, R., Misof, B. 2015. Structural Mouthpart Interaction Evolved Already in the Earliest Lineages of Insects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20151033.
  • Blanke, A., Büsse, S., Machida, R. 2015. Coding characters from different life stages for phylogenetic reconstruction: a case study on dragonfly adults and larvae including a description of the larval head anatomy of Epiophlebia superstes (Odonata: Epiophlebiidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 718-732.
  • Blanke, A., R. Machida, N. U. Szucsich, F. Wilde, and B. Misof. 2015. Mandibles with two joints evolved much earlier in the history of insects: dicondyly is a synapomorphy of bristletails, silverfish and winged insects. Systematic Entomology 40: 357-364.
  • Misof B.; Liu S.; Meusemann K.; Peters R.S.; Donath A.; Mayer C.; Frandsen P.B.; Ware J.; Flouri T.; Beutel R.G.; Niehuis O.; Petersen M.; Izquierdo-Carrasco F.; Wappler T.; Rust J.; Blanke, A. et.al. 2014. Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution. Science 346: 763-767.
  • Blanke, A., Koch, M., Wipfler, B., Wilde, F., Misof, B. 2014. Head morphology of Tricholepidion gertschi indicates monophyletic Zygentoma. Frontiers in Zoology 11: 16.
  • Blanke, A., Wesener, T. 2014. Revival of forgotten characters and modern imaging techniques help to produce a robust phylogeny of the Diplopoda (Arthropoda, Myriapoda). Special issue of Arthropod Structure & Development (“Morphology and Evolution of Myriapoda) 43: 63-75.
  • v. Reumont, B. M., Blanke, A., Richter, S., Alvarez, F., Bleidorn, C.Jenner, R. A. 2014. The first venomous crustacean revealed by transcriptomics and functional morphology: remipede venom glands express a unique toxin cocktail dominated by enzymes and a neurotoxin. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31: 48-58.
  • Blanke, A., Beckmann, F., Misof, B. 2013. The head anatomy of Epiophlebia superstes (Odonata: Epiophlebiidae). Organisms Diversity and Evolution 13: 55-66.
  • Blanke, A., Greve, C., Mokso, R., Beckmann, F., Misof, B. 2013. An updated phylogeny of Anisoptera including formal convergence analysis of morphological characters. Systematic Entomology 38: 474-490.
  • Blanke, A., Greve, C., Wipfler, B., Beutel, R.G., Holland, B., Misof, B. 2013. The identification of concerted convergence in insect heads corroborates Palaeoptera. Systematic Biology 62: 231-249.
  • Blanke, A., Wipfler, B., Letsch, H., Koch, M., Beckmann, F., Beutel, R., Misof, B. 2012. Revival of Palaeoptera – head characters support a monophyletic origin of Odonata and Ephemeroptera (Insecta). Cladistics 28: 560-581.
  • R. Mokso, L. Quaroni, F. Marone, S. Irvine, J. Vila-Comamala, A. Blanke, M. Stampanoni. 2012 X-ray mosaic nanotomography of large microorganisms. Journal of Structural Biology 177: 233-238.