IUCN SSC Mid-Atlantic Island Invertebrates Specialist Group

Martin Wiemers

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I am currently working for the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ in Germany to support IPBES and my main research fields are evolutionary biology and community ecology, with a focus on butterflies. I obtained my PhD at Bonn University working on a molecular phylogeny of a young species-rich radiation of blue butterflies. Before and after my PhD thesis I worked several years as an entomologist in Papua New Guinea and then became an Assistant Professor at Vienna University. I have authored more than 90 scientific papers and books, served as reviewer for more than 30 journals and am a board member of the German Society for Conservation of Lepidoptera and of Butterfly Conservation Europe. My special interest in the butterflies of the Macaronesian islands started already 30 years ago


Department of Community Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4, 06120 Halle, Germany


Web References:

Evolutionary biology, molecular systematics, community ecology, conservation

Relevant Island Knowledge:
Canary Islands; Madeira

Lepidoptera, especially butterflies

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