Thore Koppetsch

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Research and Collections
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Visiting address Sars gate 1 0562 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1172, Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

With a strong interest in zoology and passion for organismic research I am particularly interested in studying how diversification is emerging, developing, and changing in different organisms. My past research projects were focusing on systematics, phylogenetics, and functional morphology of herpetofaunal diversity. However, I have a wide-ranging and broad interest in evolutionary biology, organismic zoology, and biodiversity. During my PhD Research Fellowship I am excited to study the role of hybridization, as well as patterns and processes of speciation in a broader context across several vertebrates.


Since 2021 

University of Oslo, Norway | PhD Research Fellow in the Evolutionary Genomics at the Natural History Museum

2018 – 2020

University of Bonn, Germany | Master studies in Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology

2015 – 2018

University of Kiel, Germany | Bachelor studies in Biology


  • Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Scholarship Foundation (‘Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes’)


12. Böhme, W., Koppetsch, T., Fischer, E. (2021): Die Moorspirke (Pinus rotundata) - ein übersehenes Nadelbaumvorkommen in Schleswig-Holstein. - Natur- und Landeskunde - Zeitschrift für Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg und Mecklenburg 128(4-6): 135-139.

11. Koppetsch, T., Nečas, P., Wipfler, B. (2021): A new chameleon of the Trioceros affinis species complex (Squamata, Chamaeleonidae) from Ethiopia. - Zoosystematics and Evolution 97 (1) 2021, 161–179; doi: 10.3897/zse.97.57297

10. Böhme, W., Koppetsch, T. (2020): Wann wurde das Seitenwinden wüstenbewohnender Vipern erstmals beschrieben? Und war die Spinnenschwanz-Viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides Bostanchi et al., 2006) vielleicht schon fast 2000 Jahre vorher bekannt? - Sekretär 20: 81–89.

9. Koppetsch, T. (2020): A new species of Trachylepis (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Amhara Region, Ethiopia, and a key to the Ethiopian Trachylepis. - Zootaxa 4859 (1): 113–126;

8. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W., Büsse, S., Gorb, S. N. (2020): Comparative epidermal microstructure anatomy and limb and tail osteology of eyelid geckos (Squamata: Eublepharidae): Implications of ecomorphological adaptations. - Zoologischer Anzeiger 287: 45–60;

7. Koppetsch, T., Sánchez Romero, G., Fischer, E., Böhme, W. (2020): A new record of nectarivory for Tarentola delalandii (Duméril and Bibron, 1836) pollinating the introduced palm Dypsis lutescens (H. Wendl.) Beentje and J. Dransf. (Arecaceae) on Tenerife, Canary Islands. - Herpetology Notes 13: 415–419.

6. Koppetsch, T., Wantania, L. L., Boneka, F. B., Böhme, W. (2020): Crossing the Weber Line: First record of the Giant Bluetongue Skink Tiliqua gigas (Schneider, 1801) (Squamata: Scincidae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. - Bonn zoological Bulletin 69 (2): 185–189;

5. Böhme, W., Jacobs, H. J., Koppetsch, T., Schmitz, A. (2019): The Kei Islands Monitor Lizard (Squamata: Varanidae: Varanus: Euprepiosaurus) as a Distinct Morphological, Taxonomic, and Conservation Unit. - Russian Journal of Herpetology 26 (5): 272 – 280; doi: 10.30906/1026-2296-2019-26-5-272-280

4. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W. (2019): Ein Fall von intrasexuellem Kannibalismus bei Weibchen der Europäischen Gottesanbeterin Mantis religiosa, Linnaeus, 1758 (Mantodea: Mantidae). - Entomologische Zeitschrift 129 (1): 3–6.

3. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W., Koch, A. (2019): A new species of Dibamus Duméril & Bibron, 1839 (Squamata: Dibamidae) from Pulau Manado Tua, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. - Zootaxa 4555 (3): 331–345;

2. Böhme, W., Wistuba, R., Koppetsch, T. (2018): Nachweis der Brandmaus, Apodemus agrarius (Pallas, 1771), am Südufer des Neusiedlersees, NW Ungarn. – Säugetierkundliche Informationen, Jena, 11 (54): 35–38.

1. Koppetsch, T., Böhme, W. (2017): Erstnachweis von Hemidactylus pseudomuriceus Henle & Böhme, 2003 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) aus der Zentralafrikanischen Republik (RCA). - SAURIA, Berlin, 2017, 39 (2): 63–67.



Tags: Phylogenomics, Speciation, Hybridization, Vertebrates, Evolution, Zoology, Herpetology
Published Apr. 29, 2021 8:43 AM - Last modified May 10, 2021 6:53 AM