Torsten Hugo Struck

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Room 209, Robert Colletts hus (Zoologisk museum)
Visiting address Sars gate 1 Colletts hus 0318 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1172 0316 OSLO


Since 2015 Professor in Evolutionary Genomics & Curator of the Helminth collections 2015
2011-2015 Heisenberg fellow, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn Germany
2005-2011 Researcher, Deep Metazoan Phylogeny - Priority Programm, University of Osnabrück, Germany
Since 2009 Affiliated Assistant Professor, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
Since 2008 Privatdozent, University of Osnabrück, Germany
2003-2005 PostDoctoral fellow, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
1999-2003 PhD in Biology, University of Osnabrück, Germany with fellowships from Episcopalian Cusanuswerk & the State of Lower Saxonia, Germany
1993-1999 Diploma in Biology, University of Osnabrück & Max Planck-Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany

Teaching and tutoring

2016 (spring): BIO4240 - Evolution and Systematics in Selected Taxa: Kingdom Animalia.

I also supervise Master and PhD  candidates in Genomics, Phylogenomics, Phylogeography, Taxonomy, and Bioinformatics.

Fields of interest

My research encompasses different aspects of the evolution and biodiversity of marine spiralians at all taxonomic levels with an emphasis on annelids. My group thereby employs evolutionary genomic, phylogenomic, phylogeographic, population genetic and bioinformatic approaches to address questions in the evolution of these taxa.

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Tags: Phylogenomics, Evolution, Zoology, Phylogeography, Population genetics, Bioinformatics, Genome evolution, Systematics, Phylogeny, Molecular evolution


  • Struck, T. H., Wey-Fabrizius, A. R., Golombek, A., Hering, L., Weigert, A., Bleidorn, C., Klebow, S., Iakovenko, N., Hausdorf, B., Petersen, M., Kück, P., Herlyn, H. & Hankeln, T. (2014). Platyzoan paraphyly based on phylogenomic data supports a non-coelomate ancestry of Spiralia. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31: 1833-1849.
  • Weigert, A., Helm, C., Meyer, M., Nickel, B., Arendt, D., Hausdorf, B., Santos, S. R., Halanych, K. M., Purschke, G., Bleidorn, C. & Struck, T. H. (2014). Illuminating the base of the annelid tree using transcriptomics. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31: 1391-1401.
  • Struck, T. H. (2014). TreSpEx – Detection of misleading signal in phylogenetic reconstructions based on tree information. Evolutionary Bioinformatics 10: 51-67.
  • Struck, T. H. (2013). The impact of paralogy on phylogenomic studies – a case study on annelid relationships. PLoS ONE 8: e62892.
  • Thornhill, D. J., Struck, T. H., Ebbe, B., Lee, R. W., Mendoza, G. F., Levin, L. A. & Halanych, K. M. (2012). Adaptive Radiation in Extremophilic Dorvilleids: Diversification of a Single Colonizer or Multiple Independent Lineages? Ecology & Evolution 2: 1958–1970.
  • Struck, T. H., Paul, C., Hill, N., Hösel, C., Kube, M., Lieb, B., Meyer, A., Tiedemann, R., Purschke, G. & Bleidorn, C. (2011). Phylogenomic analyses unravel annelid evolution. Nature 471: 95-98.
  • Struck, T. H. & Fisse, F. (2008). Phylogenetic position of Nemertea derived from phylogenomic data. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25: 728–736.
  • Struck, T. H. (2007). Data congruence, paedomorphosis and salamanders. Frontiers in Zoology 4: 22.
  • Struck, T. H., Schult, N., Kusen, T., Hickman, E., Bleidorn, C., McHugh, D. & Halanych, K. M. (2007). Annelida phylogeny and the status of Sipuncula and Echiura. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7:57.
  • Cerca De Oliveira, Josè; Meyer, Christian; Purschke, Günter & Struck, Torsten H (2020). Delimitation of cryptic species drastically reduces the geographical ranges of marine interstitial ghost-worms (Stygocapitella; Annelida, Sedentaria). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  ISSN 1055-7903.  143 . doi: Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Cerca De Oliveira, Josè; Meyer, Christian; Stateczny, Dave; Siemon, Dominik; Wegbrod, Jana; Purschke, Günter; Dimitrov, Dimitar & Struck, Torsten H (2020). Deceleration of morphological evolution in a cryptic species complex and its link to paleontological stasis. Evolution.  ISSN 0014-3820.  74(1), s 116- 131 . doi: doi:10.1111/evo.13884 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Elgetany, Asmaa H.; Rensburg, Hendré van; Hektoen, Martin Mejdell; Matthee, Conrad; Budaeva, Nataliya; Simon, Carol A. & Struck, Torsten H (2020). Species delineation in the speciation grey zone—The case of Diopatra (Annelida, Onuphidae). Zoologica Scripta.  ISSN 0300-3256. . doi:
  • Struck, Torsten H (2019). Phylogeny, In Günter Purschke; Markus Böggemann & Wilfried Westheide (ed.),  Handbook of Zoology: Annelida.  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-029146-9.  2.  s 37 - 68
  • Struck, Torsten H & Cerca De Oliveira, Josè (2019). Cryptic Species and Their Evolutionary Significance. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.  ISSN 1476-9506. . doi: DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0028292 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Cerca De Oliveira, Josè; Purschke, Günter & Struck, Torsten H (2018). Marine connectivity dynamics: clarifying cosmopolitan distributions of marine interstitial invertebrates and the meiofauna paradox. Marine Biology.  ISSN 0025-3162.  165(8) . doi: 10.1007/s00227-018-3383-2 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Elgetany, Asmaa H.; El-Ghobashy, Ahmed E.; Ghoneim, Ahmad & Struck, Torsten H (2018). Description of a new species of the genus Marphysa (Eunicidae), Marphysa aegypti sp.n., based on molecular and morphological evidence. Invertebrate Zoology.  ISSN 1812-9250.  15(1), s 71- 84 . doi: 10.15298/invertzool.15.1.05 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Helm, Conrad; Beckers, Patrick; Bartolomaeus, Thomas; Drukewitz, Stephan H.; Kourtesis, Ioannis; Weigert, Anne; Purschke, Günter; Worsaae, Katrine; Struck, Torsten H & Bleidorn, Christoph (2018). Convergent evolution of the ladder-like ventral nerve cord in Annelida. Frontiers in Zoology.  ISSN 1742-9994.  15(1) . doi: 10.1186/s12983-018-0280-y Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ramey-Balci, Patricia; Fiege, Dieter & Struck, Torsten H (2018). Molecular phylogeny, morphology, and distribution of Polygordius (Polychaeta: Polygordiidae) in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  ISSN 1055-7903.  127, s 919- 930 . doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.06.039 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Struck, Torsten H (2017). Phylogeny of Annelida, In Ponnampalam Gopalakrishnakone & Anita Malhotra (ed.),  Evolution of Venomous Animals and Their Toxins.  Springer Science+Business Media B.V..  ISBN 978-94-007-6457-6.  Chapter 18.  s 399 - 413
  • Struck, Torsten H (2017). Spiralia/Lophotrochozoa, In Michel Laurin (ed.),  Evolution of Phylogenetic Tree of Life.  Eolss Publishing CO. Ltd..  ISBN 9781780215242.  Chapter.
  • Struck, Torsten H; Feder, Jeffrey L.; Bendiksby, Mika; Birkeland, Siri; Cerca De Oliveira, Josè; Gusarov, Vladimir; Kistenich, Sonja; Larsson, Karl-Henrik; Liow, Lee Hsiang; Nowak, Michael; Stedje, Brita; Bachmann, Lutz & Dimitrov, Dimitar (2017). Finding Evolutionary Processes Hidden in Cryptic Species. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.  ISSN 0169-5347.  33(3), s 153- 163 . doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.11.007 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Struck, Torsten H; Koczula, Jens; Stateczny, Dave; Meyer, Christian & Purschke, Günter (2017). Two new species in the annelid genus Stygocapitella (Orbiniida, Parergodrilidae) with comments on their biogeography. Zootaxa.  ISSN 1175-5326.  4286(3), s 301- 332 . doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4286.3.1
  • Aguado, Maria Teresa; Richter, Sandy; Sontowski, Rebekka; Golombek, Anja; Struck, Torsten Hugo & Bleidorn, Christoph (2016). Syllidae mitochondrial gene order is unusually variable for Annelida. Gene.  ISSN 0378-1119.  594(1), s 89- 96 . doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2016.08.050 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Kocot, Kevin M.; Struck, Torsten H; Merkel, Julia; Waits, Damien S.; Todt, Christiane; Bannock, Pamela M.; Weese, David A.; Cannon, Johanna T.; Moroz, Leonid L.; Lieb, Bernhard & Halanych, Kenneth M. (2016). Phylogenomics of Lophotrochozoa with consideration of systematic error. Systematic Biology.  ISSN 1063-5157.  66(2), s 256- 282 . doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syw079 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Sielaff, Malte; Schmidt, Hanno; Struck, Torsten Hugo; Rosenkranz, David; Mark Welch, David B.; Hankeln, Thomas & Herlyn, Holger (2016). Phylogeny of Syndermata (syn. Rotifera): Mitochondrial gene order verifies epizoic Seisonidea as sister to endoparasitic Acanthocephala within monophyletic Hemirotifera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  ISSN 1055-7903.  96, s 79- 92 . doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.11.017

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  • Struck, Torsten H; Feder, Jeffrey L.; Bendiksby, Mika; Birkeland, Siri; Cerca De Oliveira, Josè; Gusarov, Vladimir; Kistenich, Sonja; Larsson, Karl-Henrik; Liow, Lee Hsiang; Nowak, Michael; Stedje, Brita; Bachmann, Lutz & Dimitrov, Dimitar (2018). Cryptic Species – More Than Terminological Chaos: A Reply to Heethoff. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.  ISSN 0169-5347.  33(5), s 310- 312 . doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.02.008

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