Jan Wölfer, M.Sc.

research assistant, Postdoc

Email: woelferj(at)hu-berlin.de

Phone: +49.30.2093-6309


I received my Bachelor’s degree in biology at the MLU Halle-Wittenberg in 2012 and my Master’s degree in evolution, ecology and systematics at the FSU Jena in 2014. During my Master’s program, I focused on the functional morphology of the vertebrate locomotor apparatus.

Starting in 2014 at the HU Berlin, I worked on my Ph.D. thesis which was concerned with the evolution of the locomotor apparatus in the squirrel-related clade (Sciuromorpha, Mammalia), defending it in 2020. Afterwards, I worked half a year as a statistics freelancer at a company, assisting Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. students with the quantitative analysis of their theses.

In 2020, I started as a research and teaching assistant at the HU Berlin. My interest lies in the macroevolution of the locomotor apparatus in mammals with a specific focus on rodents. I use macroevolutionary models to investigate the adaptive significance of functionally relevant traits which I obtain on a clade-wide basis from natural history collections.

Here is a link to my ResearchGate profile.