Dr. Jonas Zimmermann

phone 
+49 30 838 71 835
fax 
+49 30 838-4 71 835
email 
j.zimmermann@bgbm.org
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
14195
Berlin
Deutschland
Curriculum vitae 
  • Since April 2019 Head of the Research Group Diatoms Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin

  • Since 2015 Researcher/PostDoc, among others PI in the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) project (01LI1501E) German Barcode of Life 2 (GBOL2) subproject "Innovative, NGS-based tool for the assessment of EU Water Framework Directive relevant diatoms", MC representative for Germany CoreGroup Member and applicant for COST Action (CA15219) DNAqua-NET "Development of new genetic tools for the bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems in Europe". Coordinator for Phytobenthos in the Joint Danube Survey 4 (JDS4) of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), Research Group Diatoms Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin.

  • 2011‐2014 Dissertation at the Department of Systematic Botany, Justus‐Liebig-University Giessen in cooperation with the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin, ZE Freie Universität, Berlin‐Dahlem, Diatom Research Group, the IGB and the University Cologne, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) project GE 12 42/11‐1, Supervisor: PD Dr. Birgit Gemeinholzer. Thesis: “Design and valuation of DNA-Barcoding high throughput methods for analyzing diatom diversity: a test case along a south-north gradient in Central Europe (Rivers Lusatian Neisse/Oder).“
     
  • 2010-2011 Scientist: head of the molecular lab per procurationem at the BGBM, DCPS project „DNA extraction from single cell in unicellular algae"
     
  • 2010 Diploma at the Freie Universität Berlin, Thesis: „Evaluierung von cox1 und 18S als DNA-Barcoding Marker für Bacillariophyta (Kieselalgen)“ 
Research interests 
  • Environmental DNA barcoding of diatoms
  • Phylogeny and taxonomy of diatoms
  • Species delimitation and species concept of diatoms
  • Biogeography of diatoms
Research projects 
  • 2019 "Endemism vs. cosmopolitanism: assessing polar benthic diatom diversity and biogeography patterns as baseline for environmental change using an integrative approach" in the Priority Programme SPP 1158 "Antarctic Research" of the German Research Foundation DFG together with the University of Rostock (Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten)
  • 2019 DNA-Metabarcoding for the evaluation of water bodies in the official practice "GeDNA" Departmental Research Plan (REFOPLAN) of the German Environment Agency (UBA) together with University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), AG Aquatic Ecosystem Research (Prof. Dr. Florian Leese and Prof. Dr. Daniel Hering)
  • 2019 Joint Danube Survey 4 (JDS4) of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
  • 2018 Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SWE EPA) "Barcoding of Freshwater Taxa for Improved Assessment of Biodiversity (FRESHBAR) together with Prof. Dr. Maria Kahlert (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden)
  • 2018 R-Syst::diatom, an open-access barcode library for diatoms: fine-tuned taxonomy and curation at genus and species level funded by Biological Resource Centres for the Environment (BRC4Env) and the French "Agricultural Resources for Research" infrastructure (AgroBRC-RARe) Co-curator of the database and external expert for the Thonon Culture Collection of UMR Carrtel
  • 2018 PRISMA Swedish Research Council, FORMAS
    "Barcoding and biodiversity of marine diatoms of Sweden" together with Dr. Regine Jahn and University of Gothenburg (Prof. Adil Yousif Al-Handal, Ph.D and Prof. Angela Wulff)
  • 2016 Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    Third party funding for the BMBF project (01LI1501E) German Barcode of Life 2 (GBOL2) within the subproject "Detection of diatoms and mass sequencing of environmental samples as a future technique for the identification of diatoms in the context of water quality assessments".
  • 2016 EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020
    Co-applicant for the EU COST Action CA15219 on "Developing new genetic tools for bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems in Europe" - or DNAqua-Net
  • Design and evaluation of DNA-Barcoding high throughput methods for analyzing diatom diversity: a test case along a south-north gradient in Central Europe (Rivers Lusatian Neisse/Oder) (DFG, with Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, University Cologne and IGB Berlin)
  • Providing access to the phytoplankton biodiversity of the Northern Adriatic Sea: taxonomy, systematics, genetics, ecology and open access data management (DAAD, with Institute Ruder Boskovic, Rovijn, Croatia)
Honours and awards 
08/2015 Horst-Wiehe-Award, Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG) for an outstanding dissertation, Deutsche Botanikertagung 2015 in Freising (Germany).
05/2015 Ludwig-Jungermann-Award of the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, best dissertation (2013/2014) in the Department for Life Sciences and Chemistry.