Research interests

Molecular systematics and taxonomy, population and evolutionary biology. Teaching the bodyplans and classification of arthropods and molluscs.

Interests out-of-office: bird watching, Finnish language and grammar‚ Jass card game, travelling to islands

Education and professional experience

since 01/2007 University of Basel, Section Plant Ecology, Research technician in Population Biology
2002 - 2006 University of Basel, Section of Conservation Biology, Lab Supervisor and Research Assistant
2000 (Jan-Feb) Museum of Natural History (Sydney), Research Fellow, supported by a grant of the German Science Foundation
1998 – 2001 University of Leipzig, Department of Systematic Zoology/Ecology, Lecturer and Research Assistant
1997 University of Leipzig, Department of Zoology, Postdoc Fellow of the German Science Foundation, and CNRS Genetique & Environnement in Montpellier (France), Research Fellow
1996 NGO Institute BIOPLAN (Tübingen), Researcher in ornithological, ecological and malacological projects,  and University Hospital Tübingen, scientific co-worker as statistician
1992 – 1995 University of Tübingen, PhD thesis supported by a grant of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. In my PhD thesis, I focused on the delimitation of evolutionarily significant units of self-fertilizing snails, using molecular and morphological data series
1991 – 1992 University of Tübingen, Master Thesis on morphological and seasonal variability of hermaphroditic organs of land snails
1988 (Mar-July) University of Helsinki and Oulu (Finland), Graduate courses in population genetics and cytogenetics
1985 – 1991 University of Tübingen, Study of Biology with focus on Systematic Zoology, Paleontology, Genetics and Plant Physiology
1979 – 1985 Involved in nature conservation projects and field ornithological studies at Lake of Constance, southern Germany
1963 Born at Lake of Constanc, Germany

Teaching experience

  • Molecular Methods in Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research (four-week lab course; for 10 graduate students; Leipzig University, 1997-2001)
  • Molecular Techniques in Conservation Genetics (two-week lab course for 5 graduate students; Basel University, 2003-2005)
  • Theory and Practise in Conservation Genetics (4 h lecture for 40 graduate students; Basel University, 2003-2005)
  • Ecological Field Course (one-week field course for graduate students; Basel University, since 2007)
  • Comparative Anatomy of Animals (dissection course for 60 undergraduate students; Leipzig University, 1997-2001)
  • Determination of Invertebrates and Vertebrates (course in taxonomy and identification of animals; for 100 undergraduate students at Leipzig University, 1997-2001)
  • Faunistic Field Course (14-day field excursion on zoological diversity; for 100 undergraduate students; Leipzig University)
  • Ornithological, Entomological and Malacological Excursions (for undergraduates and graduates during summer semester; Leipzig and Basel University)
  • Evaluation of Invertebrate Collections of master students (Leipzig University, 1997-2001)
  • Taxonomy and Classification of Land Snails (course for 50 undergraduate students; Basel University in cooperation with Basel Museum of Natural History, 2002-2006)
  • Course in determination of animals (each spring semester, for 80 undergraduates and graduates; Basel University, since 2007)

Reviewer for journals and foundations, e.g.

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; Conservation Genetics; BMC Evolutionary Biology; Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research; Marine Biology; Acta Oecologica; National Science Foundation (USA); Israel Science Foundation


Dr. Georg Armbruster

Universität Basel
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
Pflanzenökologie und -evolution
Schönbeintrasse 6
CH-4056 Basel

+41 61 207 29 76