2017 / 08/ 17
After field work all are back in Oslo now
We had a quite successful season this year (especially Jose). Collection of Stygocapitella around the Northern hemisphere has been successfully finished. The last trip this year is going to the Red Sea for Asmaa's project.
2017 / 03/ 27
Spiralian phylogeny remains a tough nut to crack
The phylogenetic relationships within Spiralia and Lophotrochozia remains one of the major challenges in animal evolution. Please see our new publication in Systematic Biology (Kocot et al.)
2016 / 05/ 15
Asmaa arrived from Egypt visiting my lab for two years
Asmaa is finishing her PhD thesis and got a fellowship from the Egyptian government to conduct her research in my lab on polychaetes from Egypt. Welcome Asmaa and a good start in Oslo.
2015 / 12/ 01
Jose started his PhD position today
Welcome Jose as the first member of the Struck lab in Oslo. Jose will work on the species complex of Stygocapitella subterranea using phylogeographic and population genomic approaches.
2015 / 09 / 04
New position started at the Natural History Museum of UiO
At the 1st I started as a Professor of Evolutionary Genomics at the University of Oslo. I am now also Curator of the Helminth collection. Please see my new contact information below.
2015 / 07 / 23
Our analyses on interstitial annelids got published in Current Biology.
In these analyses we showed that the interstitial annelid grouped into groups. Given our results the interstitial realm was inhabited by two evolutionary trajectories.
2015 / 03 / 27
Mitochondrial genomes support monophyly of Gnathifera.
We were able to determine the first mitochondrial genomes for Gnathostomulida and Gastrotricha.
2015 / 03 / 11
First paper on fossils.
My first paper on a fossil is out in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. Thanks Joachim for getting me involved.
2014 / 08 / 26
The Heisenberg fellwoship got extended for two more years.
Good news on my own part. My fellowship was evaluated positively and I have two more years doing my research. Stay tuned.
2014 / 05 / 06
Two new phylogenomic paper are publishec in MBE.
We published two new papers addressing annelid and spiralian phylogeny, respectively, in MBE. Check them out.
2014/ 03 / 31
BaCoCa and TreSpEx manuscripts have been printed now.
Now the manuscripts discribing both programs have been printed.
2013 / 10 / 06
TreSpEx new version is released.
I have released now the version v1 of TreSpEx including a manual, example files and precompiled databases.
2013 / 10 / 06
BaCoCa new version is released.
As MPE accepted our paper on BaCoCa. We have released now the Alpha version.
2013 / 04 / 19
New paper about Diurodrilidae is out.
Congratulations to Anja for the paper published in MPE on the position of Diurodrilidae using mitochondrial genomes.
2013 / 02 / 11
Webpage is online!
Hi all, I moved my web presence to this page, so that it is more independent of my chaniging work places. It will be under construction for some time, but enjoy exploring it anyway.
Torsten H. Struck
Professor of Evolutionary Genomics
Curator of the Helmint collection
Department of Research and Collections
Natural History Museum
PO Box 1172 Blindern
Sars gate 1
My research encompasses different aspects of the evolution and biodiversity of marine lophotrochozoans at all taxonomic levels with an emphasis on annelids. My group thereby employs phylogenomic, phylogeographic and bioinformatic approaches to address questions in the evolution of these taxa.
In some projects the phylogeny of Annelida, Sipuncula, Nemertea and certain platyzoan taxa is studied using RNA-seq data obtained by next-generation sequencing technologies and a more thorough representation of the biodiversity of these taxa to elucidate the evolutionary history of character traits such as segmentation, worm-like bodyplans, but also increased substitutions rates at the molecular level.
Another aspect of my research addresses cryptic species in marine invertebrates. The underlying causes of the evolution of cryptic species are not well studied . Interstitial organisms (animals which live between the sand grains) provide ideal model systems investigating cryptic species. In different projects we address the problem from different angles as well as in theory.
Additionally to these biological questions I am interested in advancing methodology to detect both incongruences, biases and issues of contamination and paralogy. Therefore, I developed, among other methods, the PABA approach, which allows a conflict assessment between partitions for particular nodes in the tree.