Prof. Dr. Miguel Vences 

Arbeitsgruppe AG Vences
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Education and career

1989-1993 Universität zu Köln; 1992 Vordiplom
1993-1996 Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 1996 Diplom (Prof. W. Böhme)
1997-2000 Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 2000 Dr. rer nat. (Prof. W. Böhme)
2000-2001 Postdoc, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France (Prof. A. Dubois)
2001-2002 Postdoc, Institute of Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany (Prof. A. Meyer)
2002-2005 Assistant Professor and Head of the Vertebrate Section, Zoological Museum, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2005-  Professor for Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany


Research interests:

- Patterns and processes of species formation

- Biogeography of Madagascar and surrounding islands

- Amphibian phylogeny and systematics

- Rapid assessment methods for biodiversity research


Selected publications

Wollenberg, K. C. W., D. R. Vieites, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2011): Speciation in little: the role of range and body size in the diversification of Malagasy mantellid frogs. – BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: article 217.

Townsend, T. M., K. A. Tolley, F. Glaw, W. Böhme & M. Vences (2011): Eastward from Africa: palaeocurrent-mediated chameleon dispersal to the Seychelles islands. – Biology Letters 7: 225-228.

Irisarri, I., M. Vences, D. San Mauro, F. Glaw & R. Zardoya (2011): Reversal to air-driven sound production revealed by a molecular phylogeny of tongueless frogs, family Pipidae. – BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: article 114.

Rodríguez, A., D. Poth, S. Schulz & M. Vences (2011): Discovery of skin alkaloids in a miniaturized eleutherodactylid frog from Cuba. – Biology Letters 7: 414-418.

Padial, J. M., A. Miralles, I. de la Riva & M. Vences (2010): The integrative future of taxonomy. – Frontiers in Zoology 7: article 16.

Vences, M., K. C. Wollenberg, D. R. Vieites & D. C. Lees (2009): Madagascar as a model region of species diversification. – Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24: 456-465.

Vieites, D.R., K. C. Wollenberg, F. Andreone, J. Köhler, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2009): Vast underestimation of Madagascar's biodiversity evidenced by an integrative amphibian inventory. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 106: 8267-8272.

Verneau, O., L. H. Du Preez, V. Laurent, L. Raharivololoniaina, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2009): The double odyssey of Madagascan polystome flatworms leads to new insights on the origins of their amphibian hosts. – Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 1575-1583.

Wollenberg, K. C., D. R. Vieites, A. van der Meijden, F. Glaw, D. C. Cannatella & M. Vences (2008): Patterns of endemism and species richness in Malagasy cophyline frogs support a key role of mountainous areas for speciation. – Evolution 62: 1890-1907.

Kremen, C., A. Cameron, A. Moilanen, S. J. Phillips, C. D. Thomas, H. Beentje, J. Dransfield, B. L. Fisher, F. Glaw, T. C. Good, G. J. Harper, R. J. Hijmans, D. C. Lees, E. Louis Jr., R. A. Nussbaum, C. J. Raxworthy, A. Razafimpahanana, G. E. Schatz, M. Vences, D. R. Vieites & M. L. Zjhra (2008): Aligning conservation priorities across taxa in Madagascar with high-resolution planning tools. – Science 320: 222-226.

Vences, M. & D. B. Wake (2007): Speciation, species boundaries and phylogeography of amphibians.  – In: Heatwole, H. H. & M. Tyler (eds.): Amphibian Biology, Vol. 6, Systematics: pp. 2613-2669.  – Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, Australia.

Fouquet, A., A. Gilles, M. Vences, C. Marty, M. Blanc & N. J. Gemmell (2007): Underestimation of species richness in Neotropical frogs revealed by mtDNA analyses.  – PLoS ONE  2(10): e1109.

Van der Meijden, A., M. Vences, S. Hoegg, R. Boistel, A. Channing & A. Meyer (2007): Nuclear gene phylogeny of narrow-mouthed toads (Family: Microhylidae) and a discussion of competing hypotheses concerning their biogeographical origins.  – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44: 1017-1030.

Glaw, F. & M. Vences (2006). Phylogeny and genus-level classification of mantellid frogs.  –  Organisms Diversity and Evolution 6: 236-253.

Köhler, J., D. R. Vieites. R. M. Bonett, F. Hita García, F. Glaw, D. Steinke & M. Vences (2005): New amphibians and global conservation: a boost in species discoveries in a highly endangered vertebrate group. - Bioscience 55: 693-696.

Vences, M., M. Thomas, R. M. Bonett & D. R. Vieites (2005): Deciphering amphibian diversity through DNA barcoding: chances and challenges. - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London, Ser. B, 360: 1859-1868.

Poux, C., O. Madsen, E. Marquard, D. R. Vieites, W. W. de Jong & M. Vences (2005): Asynchronous colonization of Madagascar by the four endemic clades of primates, tenrecs, carnivores, and rodents as inferred from nuclear genes. - Systematic Biology 54: 719-730.

San Mauro, D., M. Vences, M. Alcobendas, R. Zardoya & A. Meyer (2005): Initial diversification of living amphibians predated the breakup of Pangaea. - The American Naturalist 165: 590-599.

Vieites, D. R., S. Nieto-Román, M. Barluenga, A. Palanca, M. Vences & A. Meyer (2004): Post-mating clutch piracy in an amphibian. - Nature 431: 305-308.

Vences, M., D. R. Vieites, F. Glaw, H. Brinkmann, J. Kosuch, M. Veith & A. Meyer (2003): Multiple overseas dispersal in amphibians. - Proceedings of the Royal Society B 270: 2435-2442.

Vences, M., G. Aprea, T. Capriglione, F. Andreone & G. Odierna (2002): Ancient tetraploidy and slow molecular evolution in Scaphiophryne: ecological correlates of speciation mode in Malagasy relict amphibians. - Chromosome Research 10: 127-136.

Vences, M., J. Freyhof, R. Sonnenberg, J. Kosuch & M. Veith (2001): Reconciling fossils and molecules: Cenozoic divergence of cichlid fishes and the biogeography of Madagascar. - Journal of Biogeography 28: 1091-1099.