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PD Dr. Torsten Wappler

wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter







Contact information

Nussallee 8
Raum 118
Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-4682
Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-3103 (Sekretariat)
E-Mail: twappler [at]


Research interest

  • Insect herbivory in the fossil record
  • Systematic, palaeoecology and taphanomy of insects
  • Biogeography of extinct lace bugs (Heteroptera, Tingidae)


Ongoing projects

  • Evolution of insect-mediated pollination indicated by Palaeogene flowers and insects from Central Europe (DFG WA 1492/6-1) since 2010
  • Pattern of plant-insect associations from the Miocene floras of Iceland: Indicator for late Cainozoic plant and insect migration? (EU-SYNTHESYS) since 2010
  • Plant-arthropod associations from the Lower Miocene of the Most Basin in northern Bohemia (Czech Republic) (DFG WA 1492/4-1) since 2008


Selected publications

  • Hartkopf-Fröder, C., Rust, J., Wappler, T., Friis, E. M. & Viehofen, A. (2011): Mid-Cretaceous charred fossil flowers reveal direct observation of arthropod feeding strategies. Biology Letters, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0696.
  • Petrulevicius, J. F., Wappler, T., Nel, A. & Rust, J. (2011): The diversity of Odonata and their endophytic ovipositions from the Upper Oligocene Fossillagerstätte of Rott (Rhineland, Germany). ZooKeys, 130: 67-89.
  • Wappler, T. & Denk, T. (2011): Herbivory in early Tertiary Arctic forests. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 310: 283-295.
  • Hughes, D., Wappler, T. & Labandeira, C. C. (2011): Ancient death-grip leaf scars reveal ant-fungal parasitism. Biology Letters, 7: 67-70.
  • Wappler, T., Tokuda, M., Yukawa, J. & Wilde, V. (2010): Insect herbivores on Laurophyllum lanigeroides (Engelhardt 1922) Wilde: the role of a distinct plant-insect associational suite in host taxonomic assignment. Palaeonto­graphica, Abt. B, 283 (4-6): 137-155.
  • Prokob, J., Wappler, T., Knor, S. & Kvaček, Z. (2010): Plant-arthropod associations from the Lower Miocene of the Most Basin in northern Bohemia (Czech Republic): A preliminary report. Acta Geologica Sinica, 84 (4): 903-914.
  • Wappler, T. (2010): Insect herbivory close to the Oligocene-Miocene transition – a quantitative analysis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 292: 540-550.
  • Wappler, T., Currano, E. D., Wilf, P., Rust, J. & Labandeira, C. C. (2009): No post-Cretaceous ecosystem depression in European forests? Rich insect-feeding damage on diverse middle Palaeocene plants at Menat, France. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 276: 4271-4277.
  • Wappler, T. & Engel, M. S. (2003): The Middle Eocene bee faunas of the Eckfeld Maar and Messel, Germany (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Journal of Paleontology, 77 (5): 908-921.