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Frederike Alwes



My main interests in research are questions concerning animal development in the light of evolution. One way to address issues of how developmental characters have been transformed during evolution is comparative developmental biology that provides the background of my studies. Fascination with the vast variety of arthropod development finally brought me to the Crustacea, which are not only highly diverse in their adult morphology, but also reflect this diversity in developmental aspects. I’m especially interested in early cell division patterns, cell lineages, and germ layer formation processes. The overall aim of my studies is to contribute to our knowledge of how germ layer specification is realized in various arthropods other than in ‘model organisms’.


Zeng, V., Villanueva, K.E., Ewen-Campen, B., Alwes, F., Browne, W.E. and Extavour, C.G. De novo assembly and characterization of a maternal and developmental transcriptome for the emerging model crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis. BMC Genomics 12(1): 581 (2011).

Alwes F., Hinchen B. and Extavour, C.G. Patterns of cell lineage, movement, and migration from germ layer specification to gastrulation in the amphipod crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis. Developmental Biology 359: 110-123 (2011).

Cleavage and gastrulation of the dendrobranchiate shrimp Penaeus monodon (Crustacea, Malacostraca, Decapoda).  Biffis, C., Alwes, F., and Scholtz G.  Arthropod Structure and Development 38: 527-540 (2009).

Development, Genes, and Decapod Evolution. Scholtz G., Abzhanov A., Alwes F., Biffis C., and Pint J. In: Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics, Martin JW, Crandall KA, Felder CL (eds.), Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, Boca Raton. pp. 43-59 (2009).

The post-embryonic development of Remipedia (Crustacea) – additional results and new insights.  Koenemann S., Olesen J., Wolff C., Ungerer P., Alwes F., and Scholtz G.  Development Genes and Evolution. 219: 131-145 (2009).

Stages and other aspects of the embryology of the parthenogenetic Marmorkrebs (Decapoda, Reptantia, Astacida). Alwes, F. and Scholtz, G.. Development, Genes and Evolution 216: 169-184 (2006)

Cleavage and gastrulation of the euphausiacean Meganyctiphanes norvegica (Crustacea, Malacostraca). Alwes, F. and Scholtz, G. Zoomorphology 123: 125-137 (2004)