Linn Fenna Groeneveld




Room 237, Goldschmidtstr. 3, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
Office Phone: +49 551 39 13423
Lab Phone: +49 551 39 10258
Fax: +49 551 39 7918



About me

Hobbies and personal interests

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Research interests

I am fascinated by the amazing complexity and beauty of biodiversity and the idea that molecules can inform us about the history of species and populations. My previous work focussed on phylogenetic questions and species delimitation in African damselflies, baboons and Malagasy dwarf lemurs using combined molecular and morphological data. I furthermore worked on the characterization of genetic diversity in chicken breeds and how to prioritize rare farm animal breeds for conservation. In my current research I aim to characterize the gut symbionts of freshwater Niphargus amphipods, in order to examine whether their symbionts are enabling them to live in harsh environments, such as highly sulfidic waters.

Curriculum Vitae

Current position

Since March 2012: Postdoc on the Ecology and Evolution of Groundwater Amphipod Gut Symbioses at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Courant Research Center Geobiology, Germany.


2004-2008: PhD program “Biological Diversity and Ecology”, University of Göttingen, Germany. Thesis: Species delimitation, phylogeography and population genetics of the endemic Malagasy dwarf lemurs (genus Cheirogaleus) in Prof. Peter M. Kappeler’s group at the Institute for Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen and the German Primate Center.

1999-2000: Two semesters abroad at the Universidad Nacionale, Heredia, Costa Rica.

1996-2003: Diploma in Biology, University of Hannover, Germany. Thesis: “Molecular approaches to systematics, speciation, and population genetics of four African damselfly species” at the Institute of Animal Ecology and Cell Biology, Division of Ecology and Evolution, School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in Prof. Schierwater & Dr. Heike Hadrys’ lab.

1996: Abitur, Gymnasium Neustadt am Rübenberge, Lower Saxony, Germany.

1994: High School Diploma, Urbana High School, Illinois, USA.

Past Positions

2010-2011: Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Linda Vigilant’s lab, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Leipzig, Germany. Topics: Genetic structure of wild baboon populations and characterization of the putative speciation gene PRDM9 in the genus Pan.

2008-2009: Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Farm Animal Genetics, Breeding and Genetic Resources, Friedrich Loeffler Institut, Mariensee, Germany. Topic: work within the EU-project “GLOBALDIV” A global view of livestock biodiversity and conservation


Zinner D, Wertheimer J, Liedigk R, Groeneveld LF, Roos C. 2013. Baboon phylogeny as inferred from complete mitochondrial genomes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150:133–140.

Vigilant L, Groeneveld LF. 2012. Using genetics to understand primate social systems. Nature Education Knowledge 3(7):3.

Groeneveld LF, Atencia R, Garriga RM, Vigilant L. 2012. High Diversity at PRDM9 in Chimpanzees and Bonobos. PLoS ONE 7(7): e39064. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039064.

Lenstra JA, Groeneveld LF, Eding H, Kantanen J, Williams JL, Taberlet P, Nicolazzi EL, Sölkner J, Simianer H, Ciani E, Garcia JF, Bruford MW, Ajmone-Marsan P, Weigend S. 2012. Molecular tools and analytical approaches for the characterization of farm animal genetic diversity. Animal Genetics 43(5):483-502.

Cong TVC, Groeneveld LF, Morgenstern B, Groeneveld E. 2011. MolabIS – An integrated information system for storing and managing molecular genetics data. BMC Bioinformatics. 12:425.

Cuc NTK, Simianer H, Groeneveld LF, Weigend S. 2011. Multiple maternal lineages of Vietnamese local chickens inferred by mitochondrial DNA D-loop Sequences. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences. 24(2):155-161.

Groeneveld LF, Rasoloarison RM, Kappeler PM. 2011. Morphometrics confirm taxonomic deflation in dwarf lemurs (Primates: Cheirogaleidae) as suggested by genetics. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 161: 229-244.

Mtileni BJ, Muchadeyi FC, Maiwashe A, Groeneveld E, Groeneveld LF, Dzama K, Weigend S. 2011. Genetic diversity and conservation of South African indigenous chicken populations. Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics. 128(3): 209-218.

Cuc NTK, Simianer H, Eding H, Tieu HV, Cuong VC, Wollny CBA, Groeneveld LF, Weigend S. 2010. Assessing genetic diversity of Vietnamese local chicken breeds using microsatellites. Short communication. Animal Genetics 41(5):545-547.

Groeneveld LF, Blanco MB, Raharison, J-L, Rahalinarivo V, Rasoloarison R, Kappeler PM, Godfrey LR, Irwin MT. 2010. MtDNA and nDNA corroborate existence of sympatric dwarf lemur species at Tsinjoarivo. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55:833-845.

Groeneveld LF, Lenstra JA, Eding H, Toro MA, Scherf B, Pilling D, Negrini R, Finlay EK, Jianlin H, Groeneveld E, Weigend S and the GlobalDiv Consortium. 2010. Genetic diversity in farm animals – a review. Animal Genetics 41 (Suppl. 1):6-31.

Keller C, Roos C, Groeneveld LF, Fischer J, Zinner D. 2010. Introgressive hybridization in southern African baboons shapes patterns of mtDNA variation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142:125-136.

Groeneveld LF, Weisrock D, Rasoloarison RM, Yoder AD, Kappeler PM. 2009. Species delimitation in lemurs: multiple genetic loci reveal low levels of species diversity in the genus Cheirogaleus. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:30.

Zinner D, Groeneveld LF, Keller C, Roos C. 2009. Mitochondrial phylogeography of baboons (Papio spp.): Indication for introgressive hybridization? BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:83.2007

Dijkstra K-DB, Groeneveld LF, Clausnitzer V & Hadrys H. 2007. The Pseudagrion split: molecular phylogeny confirms the morphological and ecological dichotomy of Africa˙s most diverse genus of Odonata (Coenagrionidae). International Journal of Odonatology 10(1):31-41.

Fredsted T, Schierup MH, Groeneveld LF, Kappeler PM. 2007. Genetic structure, lack of sex-biased dispersal and behavioral flexibility in the pair- living fat-tailed dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus medius. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61(6):943-954.

Groeneveld LF, Clausnitzer V, Hadrys H. 2007. Convergent evolution of gigantism in damselflies in Africa and South America? Evidence from nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42(2):339-346.

Hadrys H, Clausnitzer V & Groeneveld LF. 2006. The present role and future promise of conservation genetics for forest odonates: Habitat specificity reflects population genetic structures in three African damselflies. In: Cordero Rivera, A. (ed.) Forests and dragonflies. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia, pp. 279-299.