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porifera.net lab

@ Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

  • A sponge is a sponge is a sponge is a sponge

    Sponges are different and ever fascinating ...

  • porifera.net featured in Terra X

    After the 7 minute TV-feature about our research in TerraX in March (watch online!), there will be another feature on Satarday Sept. 7 on ZDF Neo and Sunday Sept. 8 on ZDF: Terra X "Supertiere 4 with Dirk Steffens.

  • Tethya wilhelma in NATURE

    Steinmetz P. R. H. et al. Independent evolution of striated muscles in cnidarians and bilaterians, Nature (2012), DOI: 10.1038/nature11180

Functional morphology and physiology of basal metazoa

  • Nickel_2011
Welcome to the porifera.net lab of PD Dr Michael Nickel. We mainly explore the functional anatomy and physiology of sponges (Porifera), within a broader comparative context of the basal metazoan phylogenetic framework. The lab is part of the Institut für Spezielle Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie mit Phyletischem Museum at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena since October 2007.


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Latest Articles


Our Latest Articles are:

  • Nosenko, T, Schreiber, F, Adamska, M, Adamski, M, Eitel, M, Hammel, J, Maldonado, M, Müller, WEG, Nickel, M, Schierwater, B, Vacelet, J, Wiens, M and Wörheide, G (2013), "Deep metazoan phylogeny: When different genes tell different stories", Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Online first: in press.
  • Steinmetz, PRH, Krauss, JEM, Larroux, C, Hammel, JU, Amon-Hassenzahl, A, Houliston, E, Wörheide, G, Nickel, M, Degnan, B and Technau, U (2012), "Independent evolution of striated muscles in cnidarians and bilaterians", NATURE, 487: 231–234.
  • Martinand-Mari, C., Vacelet, J., Nickel, M., Wörheide, G., Mangeat, P. and Baghdiguian, S. (2012), "Cell death and renewal during prey capture and digestion in the carnivorous sponge Asbestopluma hypogea (Porifera: Poecilosclerida) ", Journal of Experimental Biology, 215: 3937-3943.
  • Hammel, JU, Filatov, M, Herzen, J, Beckmann, F, Kaandorp, JA and Nickel, M (2012), "The non-hierarchical, non-uniformly branching topology of a leuconoid sponge aquiferous system revealed by 3D reconstruction and morphometrics using corrosion casting and x-ray microtomography", Acta Zoologica, 93: 160-170.