Torsten Struck

The Struck Lab














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


Postal address:

PO Box 1172 Blindern

N-0318 Oslo



Visiting address:

Room 209

Zoological Museum

Sars gate 1

0562 Oslo



phone: +47-228-51740



Torsten H. Struck

Research interests

  • Biodiversity and evolution of marine invertebrates
  • Adaptation of metazoans to different environments (interstitium; extreme sulfide-concentrations)
  • Phylogenomic, comparative genomics and systematics of animals
  • Phylogenetic theories and methods
  • Bioinformatics


Professional experience

Since 10/2011

Heisenberg fellowship of the DFG at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany

Since 2009

Affiliated Assistant Professor at the Department of Life Sciences in the College of Science and Mathematics of Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

2005 – 2011

Head of the molecular-phylogenomics laboratory within the working group “Zoology” of Prof. Dr. Achim Paululat, position funded by my own grants from the DFG, University of Osnabrück, Germany

2003 – 2005

Postdoctoral Fellow in the working group of Dr. Kenneth M. Halanych, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

2002 – 2003

Scientific assistant in the working group „Systematic Zoology” of Prof. Dr. Wilfried Westheide, University of Osnabrück, Germany


Scientific assistant in the working group „Systematic Zoology” of Prof. Dr. Wilfried Westheide, University of Osnabrück, Germany


Trainee in the Department of „Physical Biochemistry“ of Prof. Dr. Roger Goody, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany


Scientific cruises and expeditions


Cryptic speciation-Project: Western Australian Coastline from Perth to Augusta, Australia


Cryptic speciation-Project: Langebaan Bay, South Africa


WormNet II-Project: Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia


AnnEvol-Project: Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland, Denmark


WormNet II-Project: Stellenbosch, South Africa

EU ASSEMBLE program: Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Scotland


R/V Atlantis with the submersible Alvin (WHOI Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA): Eel River (CA, USA) and Hydrate Ridge (OR, USA), Northeast Pacific


R/V Western Flyer with ROV Tiberon (MBARI Aquarium, Monterey, CA, USA): Eel River (CA, USA) and Hydrate Ridge (OR, USA), Northeast Pacific




NSF-ATOL-10-513 “Collaborative Research: WormNet II: Assembling the Annelid Tree of Life”

DFG-STR-683/7-1 “AnnEvol – Evolution and phylogeny of Annelida based on phylogenomic data (i.e. EST libraries)”

DFG-STR-683/6-1 & 6-2 “Phylogenetic position of interstitial polychaete taxa of supposedly paedomorphic origin (i.e., Dinophilidae, Protodrilida, Polygordiidae and Nerillidae) using mitogenomic data”



2000 – 2002

Graduate Fellowship of the Bischöflichen Cusanuswerk, Bonn, Germany

1999 – 2000

Graduate Fellowship of the Graduiertenförderung des Landes Niedersachsen, Hannover, Germany