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Dr. Frank Nitsche

Curriculum vitae

1989–1995 Study of biology at the University of Salzburg
1995–1996 Diploma thesis at the University of Salzburg. Theme: Ecology and faunistic of the molluscs in lake Fuschel with a special focus on Valvata alpestris
1996-1998 Free-lance biologist and consultant in Birmingham
1998-2001 Employee in the IT-field in Cologne. Main field of work were databases, queries and teaching those.
2001-2003 Free-lance programmer, biologist and consultant in Cologne.
2003-2007 PhD study at the University of Cologne (Systematic and morphology of freshwater Choanoflaggelates)
Since 2007 Postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Cologne, Zoological Institute, General Ecology and Limnology



Research interests

Aquatic ecology, molluscs, benthic organisms, influence of protozoans on nutrient cycles, microbiological methods, applied biology

Recent publications

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Venter, P., Nitsche, F., Arndt, H. (2018): The hidden diversity of flagellated protists in soil. Protist (in press)

Li, R., Nitsche, F. Arndt, H. (in press): Mesoscale investigations based on microsatellite analysis of the freshwater sponge Ephydatia fluviatilis in the River-Sieg system (Germany) reveal a genetic divergence. Conservation Genetics

Venter, P., Nitsche, F., Scherwass, A., Arndt, H. (2018): Discrepancies between molecular and morphological databases of soil ciliates studied for temperate grasslands of central Europe. Protist (in press)

Jeuck, A., Nitsche, F., Wylezich, C., Wirth, O., Hennemann, M., Troll, N., Bergfeld, T., Monir, S., Scherwaß, A., Arndt, H. (2017): A comparison of quantification methods for heterotrophic flagellates of different taxonomic groups. Protist 168: 375-391

Venter, P., Nitsche, F., Domonell, A., Heger, P., Arndt, H. (in press) The protistan microbiome of grassland soil: distribution in the mesoscale. Protist

Živaljić, S.,  Schoenle, A., Nitsche, F., Hohlfeld, M., Piechocki, J., Reif, F., Shumo, M., Weiss, A., Werner, J., Witt, M., Voss, J., Arndt, H. (in press) Survival of marine heterotrophic flagellates isolated from the surface and the deep sea at high hydrostatic pressure: literature review and own experiments. Deep-Sea Res. II

Richter, D., Nitsche, F. (2017): Choanoflagellata. in: Handbook of Protists. Archibald, J.M. Simpson, A.G.B , Slamovits, C.H.(eds.) Springer, 2nd edition ISBN-13: 978-3319281476.

Carr, M., Richter, D., Fozouni, P., Smith, T.J., Jeuck, A., Leadbeater, B., Nitsche, F. (2017): A six-gene phylogeny provides new insights into choanoflagellate evolution. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 107: 166-178

Nitsche, F. (2016): A phylogenetic and morphological re-investigation of Diaphanoeca spiralifurca, Didymoeca elongata and Polyoeca dichotoma (Acanthoecida/Choanomonadida) from the Caribbean Sea. European Journal of Protistology 52: 58–64

Nitsche, F., Thomsen, H. A., Richter, D.J. (2016): Bridging the gap between morphological species and molecular barcodes - Exemplified by loricate choanoflagellates. Europ. J. Protistol. 57: 26-37 doi: 10.1016/j.ejop.2016.10.006

Pitsch, G., Adamec, L., Dirren, S., Nitsche, F., Šimek, K. Sirova, D., Posch, T. (2016): The green Tetrahymena utriculariae n. sp. (Ciliophora, Oligohymenophorea) with its Endosymbiotic Algae (Micractinium sp.), living in traps of a carnivorous aquatic plant. Protist doi.10.1111/jeu.12369

Schönle, A., Jeuck, A., Nitsche, F., Venter, P., Prausse, D., Arndt, H. (2016): Methodological studies on estimates of abundance and diversity of heterotrophic flagellates from the deep-sea floor. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 4, 22; doi:10.3390/jmse4010022

Thompsen, H.A., Nitsche, F, Richter, D.J. (2016): Seasonal occurrence of loricate choanoflagellates in Danish inner waters. Protist 167: 622-638 doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2016.09.002

Berney, C., Geisen, S., Van Wichelen, J., Nitsche, F. Vanormelingen P., Bonkowski, M., Bass, D. (2015): Expansion of the ‘Reticulosphere’: Diversity of novel branching and network-forming amoebae helps to define Variosea (Amoebozoa). Protist 166: 271-295 doi: 10.1016/j.protis

Nitsche, F., Arndt, H. (2015): Comparison of similar Arctic and Antarctic morphotypes of heterotrophic protists regarding its genotypes and ecotypes. Protist 166: 42-57

Schoolmann, G., Nitsche, F., Arndt, H. (2015): Aspects of the life span and phenology of the invasive freshwater shrimp Atyaephyra desmarestii (Millet, 1831) at the northeastern edge of its range (Upper Rhine). Crustaceana 88: 949-962

Jeuck, A., Arndt, H., Nitsche, F. (2014): Extended phylogeny of the Craspedida (Choanomonada). Europ. J. Protistol. 50: 430-443

Nitsche, F. (2014) Stephanoeca arndti spec. nov - First cultivation success including molecular and autecological data from a freshwater acanthoecid choanoflagellate from Samoa. Europ. J. Protistol. 50: 412-421

Quintela-Alonso, P., Nitsche, F., Wylezich, C., Arndt, H., Foissner, W. (2013): A New Tetrahymena (Ciliophora, Oligohymenophorea) from Groundwater of Cape Town, South Africa.  J. Euk. Microbiol. 60:235-246

Domonell, A., Brabender, M., Nitsche, F., Bonkowski, M., Arndt, H. (2013): Community structure of cultivable protists in different grassland and forest soils of Thuringia. Pedobiologia 56: 1-7

Brabender, M., Domonell, A., Kiss, A.K., Nitsche, F., Arndt, H. (2012): Phylogenetic and morphological diversity of novel soil cercomonad species with a description of two new genera (Nucleocercomonas and Metabolomonas). Protist 163: 495-528

Pawlowski, J., Audic, S., Adl, S., Bass, D., Belbahri, L., Berney, C., Bowser, S.S., Cepicka, I., Decelle, J., Dunthorn, M., Fiore-Donno, A., Gile, H.G., Holzmann, M., Jahn, R., Jirk?, M., Keeling, J.P., Kostka, M., Kudryavtsev, A., Lara, E., Lukeš, J., Mann, G.D., Mitchell, A.D.E., Nitsche, F., Romeralo, M., Saunders, W.G., Simpson, G.B.A., Smirnov, V.A., Spouge, J., Stern, F.R., Stoeck, T., Zimmermann, J., Schindel, D., de Vargas, C. (2012): CBOL Protist Working Group: Barcoding eukaryotic richness beyond the animal, plant and fungal kingdoms. PLoS Biology 10 (11): e1001419

Shah Salani, F., Arndt, H., Hausmann, K., Nitsche, F., Scheckenbach, F. (2012): Analysis of the community structure of abyssal kinetoplastids revealed similar communities at larger spatial scales. ISME Journal 6: 713-723

Stoupin, D., Kiss, A.K., Arndt, H., Shatilovich, A.V., Gilichinsky, D.A., Nitsche, F. (2012): Cryptic diversity within the choanoflagellate morphospecies complex Codosiga botrytis – Phylogeny and morphology of ancient and modern isolates. Europ. J. Protistol. 48: 263-273

Quintela Alonso, P., Nitsche, F., Arndt, H. (2011): Molecular Characterization and Revised Systematics of Microdiaphanosoma arcuatum (Ciliophora, Colpodea). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 58: 114-119

Nitsche, F., Carr, M., Arndt, H., Leadbeater, B.S.C. (2011): Higher level taxonomy and molecular phylogenetics of the Choanoflagellatea. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 58: 452-462

Nitsche, F., Arndt, H. (2008):  A new choanoflagellate species from Taiwan: Morphological and molecular biological studies of Diplotheca elongata nov. spec. and D. costata. Europ. J. Protistol.44: 220-226
Nitsche F., Weitere M., Scheckenbach F., Hausmann K., Wylezich C., Arndt H. (2007): Deep sea records of choanoflagellates with a description of two new species. Acta Protozool. 46 (2): 99-106