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Curriculum vitae of Dieter Waloszek, Ulm

Main University duties:

  • University Professor (C3) and team leader of the Workgroup Biosystematic Documentation,
    address see AG Team German / English
Personal dates
  • Born in 1951 in Kellinghusen, a small, beautiful town in the middle of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • currently living in Ulm in southern Germany (since 1995, formerly Bonn from 1981 to 1994 and Hamburg from 1971 – 1981)
  • Married to Kriemhild Waloszek, nee Jundt, teacher, 3 children


  • 1995________ from April onward permanently employed (verbeamtet) as a University Professor at the University of Ulm
  • 1994/1995___ Substitute of a C3 professorship at the Zoological Institute of the University of Kiel, Germany, successful appointment for a C3
    ____________ position at the University of Ulm
  • 1990/1001___ Habilitation and achievement of the teaching qualification (venia legendi, Privatdozent)
  • 1982 – 1994 _ employment in a project financed by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Project dealt with 3D-preserved
    ____________ microarthropods from the Upper Cambrian 'Orsten' of Sweden and - subsequently - from similar fossil occurrences in other
    ____________ areas and of different age. Co-operations with colleagues from Germany, Europe and abroad
  • 1983________Thesis defence and achievement of the academic degree of a Dr. rer. nat.
  • 1981________Interruption by a one-year period as a substitute for an assistent position at the Palaeontological Institute, University of Bonn
  • 1980________Two research cruises on board of the FRV "Walther Herwig" around Britsh Isles and to Greenland, collection of benthos for the
    ____________ZMZI Hamburg
  • 1979________Diploma degree and beginning of doctoral thesis
  • 1978________First research cruise on board of the Walther Herwig to Argentina, collection of benthos for the ZMZI Hamburg and material for
    ____________diploma work
  • 1971 – 1979__Study of biology at the University of Hamburg with focus on zoology, first 3 years also studying physical education

List of Publications


  • 2006 Invitation to a lecture in the frame of a course at the marine-biological station Kristineberg in Sweden
  • 2004 Invitation to a lecture at the Russian Academy of Sciences in ST. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2001 Invitation to keynote lecture on the Orsten on behalf of the International Prize for Biology given to Harry Whittington in Kyoto, Japan
  • 2000 Invitation to Welcome Address of the Annual Meeting of the Paleontologiocal Association in Leicester
  • 1997 Award of the University of Ulm for excellence in teaching
  • 1991 Hannelore und Helmut Greve Prize of the Jungius-Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften Hamburg
  • 1990 Invitation of the Royal Acedemy of Sweden to a workshop on arthropod phylogeny at the Kristineberg Marine Biological Station, Sweden
  • 1988 Keith prize of The Royal Society of Edinburgh jointly with Klaus J. Müller

Scientific travels – examples of zoological and palaeontological research visits, partly incl. conference participations

  • Africa, Namibia_2006 (conference)
  • Argentina_______1978 museum research
  • Australia_______1986 (conference, field trip)
  • Austria_________1989, 2008 workshop, conference
  • Belgium_________1996 conference
  • China___________several times between 1999 and 2006 (conferences and field trips)
  • Denmark_________several times between 1991 and 2007 (research stays, PhD defences, etc.)
  • France__________1979 (museum research)
  • Japan___________2001 (conference)
  • Greece__________2001 (conference)
  • Netherlands_____1995, 1997 (conferences)
  • Russia__________1992, 2001 to Siberia (research, field trip), 2004 to St. Petersburg (invitation to colloquium by Academy of Sciences)
  • Sweden__________1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008 (research, field trips, conferences etc.)
  • UK______________1988, 1995, 2000 and 2003 (research, conferences, invitations to lectures)
  • U.S.A.__________1986, 1989, 1992, 2005 (research, talks, field trips)
  • 3 research cruises on board of the FRV "Walther Herwig" to Argentina, around the Britsh Isles and to Greenland

Research Interests

  • Phylogeny and evolution of Metazoa in general, and especially of the Arthropoda and in-group taxa such as Crustacea
  • Investigations of so-called 'Orsten' fossils consisting of 500 Mio years old, bodily preserved, most likely benthic fossils from the Swedish Orsten (Upper Cambrian), partly still with the discoverer of this exceptional fauna and retired professor for micropalaeontology, Klaus J. Müller, Bonn, and now continued in Ulm with Andreas Maas, Joachim Haug and Christopher Castellani and many colleagues from the CORE Group
  • Ontogeny of crustaceans and other arthropods, specifically and in an evolutionary context
  • Hypotheses building on crustacean, arthropod and metazoan phylogeny and evolution, especially on arthropod limb evolution and the feeding and locomotory mechanisms, but also on tagmosis and segment formation.

    Examples of scientific co-operations with:

    • Collaborations exist, e.g., with several colleagues from the C.O.R.E. Group (see CORE website):
      • Prof. Dr. Chen Junyuan, Nanjing, China – 2001–2005, collaboration on Chengjiang fossils (see list of publications)
      • Prof. Dr. Euan Clarkson, Edinburgh, UK (CORE member), running (see list of publications)
      • Dr. Philipp Donoghue, Cambridge, UK (CORE member), running (see list of publications)
      • Dr. Jens T. Høeg, Copenhagen, DK (CORE member) – projects e.g. on maxillopod phylogeny, on the 'Orsten' eucrustacean Dala peilertae, a possible stem-lineage maxillopod, and more, running (see list of publications)
      • Prof. Dr. Hans Kerp and Hagen Hass, Univ. Münster, on Devonian Rhynie-Chert arthropods, ongoing
      • Prof. Dr. Reinhardt M. Kristensen, Copenhagen, DK (CORE member) – project on a tardigrade from the Middle Cambrian of Siberia and a lobopodian from the Upper Cambrian of Sweden, running (see list of publications)
      • Dr. Jørgen, Olesen, Copenhagen, DK (CORE member) – various projects on different crustaceans, running (see list of publications)
      • Dr. Andrew Parker, London, UK – ms on eye structure of an isolated eye of possibly Cambropachycope from the Orsten, ongoing
      • Dr. John Repetski, Reston, USA (CORE member), running (see list of publications)
      • Prof. Dr. David Siveter, Leicester, UK (CORE member) – several projects, e.g., on chinese lower Cambrian fossil in Orsten preservation, running (see list of publications)
      • Dr. Martin Stein, Kansas (CORE member), running (see list of publications)
      • Prof. Dr. Zhang Xiguang, Kunming, China (CORE member) – projects on chinese lower Cambrian fossil in Orsten preservation, running (see list of publications)

    Academic Activities

    • Advisory beard member (formerly section editor) of Arthropod Structure & Development
    • Advisory board member of Palaeontologica Electronica
    • Advisory board member of the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
    • Chief-COREr, i.e. leading the international CORE research group.

    University functions

    • Member of the Studienkommission
    • Member of the Prüfungsausschuss.

    Past functions at the University

    • Dean of Studies for Biology between 11/1998 and 10/2000

    Sportive activities

    • after a long time being back to play fistball, a team game played mainly in Germany the last hundred years, but remarkably, besides other German speaking countries, also played in Brazil (who often won the World Championships in the past), and in Namibia, also in Austria and in Switzerland. German vie champion as a youth player, during study time in Hamburg playing mainly in the third division (regional liga). Spring 2009 participation in the German Championships for senior players in Stuttgart.
    • water skiing is another favourite since long. We own a small boat, with a small outboarder for really good sport, at least enough for us.
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